A Touch of Religions Tour of Cuba BC01

8 Days From £0 (950 USD)

A Tour designed for people interested in learning about the interesting syncretism of religions that shaped Cuba’s culture.

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Key Information

Travel Style: Private Tour
Start Location: La Havana, Cuba
End Location: La Havana, Cuba
Accommodation: Hotels
Period: All Year Round
Difficulty: Suitable for Most Travelers

About The Operator

Accreditations: Rep in Cuba, Registered at the Chamber of Commerce of Cuba
Years In Business: 7

Join us on an amazing trip to the largest Caribbean Island. A controversial, vibrant, beautiful and musical place. Known mainly for its tobacco, its music and its Revolution, Cuba is full of culture, history, fascinating people, relaxing beaches as well as breath taking scenery and architecture.

Tour Highlights
This tour will allow to learn a great deal about religious syncretism which shapes various areas of Cuban culture today, also to appreciate Cuba’s cultural and architectural heritage, to learn about and get better understanding of social and cultural processes taking place in a country that treasures some of the richest mixtures of religious traditions in the Americas since 16th Century up to the 20th Century.
Appreciate the uniqueness of a culture and religions that have been adapted to the island’s geography, weather and idiosyncrasy.
Take advantage of the unique opportunity of engaging in conversations with local experts, while getting explanations about culture, religion and music… and have professional guided visits to the most interesting museums, churches and the most outstanding promenades, buildings, fortresses and monuments.
Visit Havana City and Trinidad city (listed World Heritage Sites by UNESCO), as well as Cienfuegos city.
Walk through Trinidad and Old Havana´s beautiful Squares and streets.
Visit some of the Americas’ oldest and most important fortresses, churches, squares and buildings built by the Spaniards during Colonial Times.
Appreciation of urban and rural life in Cuba will be achieved.

Description

A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

Includes
- Accommodations in 4 * Hotels in Havana City and Trinidad City
- Daily breakfasts.
- Most lunches and dinners in some of the best restaurants of the city.
- Full- time bilingual tour guide to accompany the group
- City tours, visits and lectures conducted by internationally acclaimed Cuban scholars, professors and researchers.
- Admission to places as described on itinerary.
- Air-conditioned bus for transportation from day 1 to day 8, to all places as described on itinerary.

Excludes
-International flight to Cuba
-Travel insurance
- Havana airport departure tax ($25 CUC)
- Tourist visa
-Tips and gratuities

Prices per person - please submit an enquiry to receive a personalized itinerary and costs.

Itinerary
Day 01. Arrive to Havana Airport. Welcome by agency Rep. Transfer to Hotel. Welcome Cocktail at hotel Accommodation. Conference on religious syncretism in Cuba throughout the time, beginning by the Catholicism brought to the Island by the Spaniards and the further incorporation of African cults brought with the African slaves. (The lecturer will be one of the main researchers and writers on the topic within the island). Dinner at Hotel.
Day 02. HAVANA. Morming Breakfast at Hotel. The Catholic Beginning. Tour in Old Havana areas, visit to El Templete, where the first Mass was held during the city’s foundation ceremony. Visit to the Havana’s Cathedral, San Francisco Convent, Paula church, Santo Angel chuch and Las Mercedes catholic churches. The group will also have an explanation on architecture and history of the colonial town.Visit El Cristo de La Habana. (Havana Christ Statute) El Cristo de La Habana Out looking point is located in the east of Havana, on a hill over the harbor. It has a great statue of Jesus Christ hewn from Italian Carrara marble, surrounded by parks, cafeterias and other tourist facilities. You can get a spectacular view of Havana from its platform, and access to Morro-Cabaña Historical Military Park. Lunch at a restaurant, by the cathedral square. The influence of the Slave’s cults. Visit to La Casa de Africa, where there is an exhibition on African cults brought by the slaves to the island in the past centuries. Visit to the Regla Church (Regla was one of the villages located outside the City walls during colonial times). This church is one of the main exponents of the religious syncretism in Cuba. Evening Dinner at Hotel restaurant.
Day 03. HAVANA. Morning Breakfast at Hotel. Visit to the Ethnographic Room of the Guanabacoa Museum. It is one of the most complete exhibitions in Cuba, where photos and objects describing the ancestral roots of our inhabitants are shown. Lunch at some restaurant nearby. Visit to the home of the Babalao (Santería priest) in the Guanabacoa district of Havana, where the Bantú and Yoruba temples will be shown, as well as the Capilla de San Lázaro (Chapel). In this place, a general explanation on the religions and syncretism sects in Cuba will be given. Performance of Afro-Cuban dance forms (in front of the Babalao Home) for 45 min. Evening Dinner at Hotel restaurant.
Day 04. HAVANA. Morning Breakfast at Hotel. Special conferences about the trans-culturing process and historical formation of Cuban nationality. The role of Afro-Cubans in this process. Visit to old catholic churches in Centro Habana Municipality, Reina’s Church, Carmen’s Church and Monserrate’s Church. Lunch at El Aljibe restaurant. Visit to the catholic churches in Modern Havana, Miramar neighborhood, built in the 50’s. Meeting with Catholic authorities from The Apostolic Nunciatura . Dinner at the Hotel. Witness the Ceremony of The Cannon Firing, a colonial custom carried out sharply at 9.00 p.m. During colonial times, The Cannon Shoot used to signal the closing of the the city walls doors and the raising of the chain across the entrance of Havana Harbor. It takes place every evening in La Cabaña fortress, and it is known as El Cañonazo de las nueve (The Cannon-Ball Firing at nine). Nowadays, soldiers dressed like a Spanish military squad from the XVIII Century, fire an old cannon every evening, sharply at 9 o’clock.
Day 05. HAVANA. Breakfast at Hotel. Visit Colón Cemetery. Internationally known due to its great historical, artistic and architectural values, the cemetery has been declared National Monument of Cuba, and one of the most important funeral art treasures in the world. Lunch at Tocoro restaurant. Departure to Trinidad Arrival in Trinidad. Colonial town which is among the first seven villages founded by the Spaniards in the island. It’s been declared by UNESCO as World Heritage Accommodation at Hotel Las Cuevas Dinner in a restaurant placed in down town.
Day 06. HAVANA. Breakfast at the hotel. City Tour in the colonial town including museums and a visit to the old cathedral. Tour including Lunch in the Valley of the Sugar Mills. Visit to the ruins of sugar mills and barracks where the African slaves lived.
Day 07. HAVANA. Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Havana City. On the way to the Capital, panoramic city tour in Cienfuegos, another colonial town by the Jagua bay.Arrival in Havana, accommodation at Hotel and lunch at the hotel restaurant Free time. Evening Farewell Dinner at El Floridita restaurant, one of the Ernest Hemingway’s favorites. Optional After dinner, depart by bus for the Tropicana Nightclub for spectacular show that lasts approximately 4 hours. After show, return to the hotel.
Day 08. HAVANA. Breakfast. Transfer to Havana International airport to take the returning flight.