Sophia's Travel/ Jewish Travel Agency proudly presents, In association with: Vamonos! Welcome to Isramworld’s Shalom Cuba! In the last half century, while off-limits to American vacationers, Cuba has become a favorite destination for Canadians and Europeans, developing world-class hotels and a tourism infrastructure that meet the needs of international visitors.
9 Days / 8 Nights Monday DepartureRoundtrip Airfare Included
Jews have lived in Cuba for more than a hundred years and today’s small community is eager for contact with the Jews of other countries. Meetings with Jewish Cubans and visiting their synagogues and institutions are integral elements of Isramworld’s "Shalom Cuba!” programs, a unique opportunity to learn about Jewish life in this island nation that is so near (just 90 miles from the shores of the United States) yet, ever since 1961, so far. Once one of Americans’ most favored vacation destinations, Cuba is not a mere "Caribbean island.” It is home to some of the most beautiful colonial cities in the Americas. It’s a country the size of Pennsylvania, with an enthralling history and an even more fascinating dynamic. Meeting Jewish Cubans, understanding their challenges and achievements, learning what makes them tick and sharing your own experiences, is what SHALOM CUBA! is all about. As you travel through this gorgeous country, you’ll make friends inside and outside the Jewish community, and you’ll uncover the secrets of a proud, sensual and colorful land.
Vamonos! Welcome to Isramworld’s Shalom Cuba!
In the last half century, while off-limits to American vacationers, Cuba has become a favorite destination for Canadians and Europeans, developing world-class hotels and a tourism infrastructure that meet the needs of international visitors.
Sunday - Day 1
Arrive in Miami and check-in to your airport hotel. Early evening get-together with your traveling companions and a briefing on the Cuban adventure that awaits you.
Monday - Day 2
Morning 50-minute flight from Miami to Havana. Bienvenidos! Meeting on arrival followed by a visit to the Plaza of the Revolution. Cocktail and Lunch at EL AJIBE Restaurant (President Carter loves their roast chicken!). After lunch, transfer to your elegant hotel in theoceanfront Vedado district, considered the Beverly Hills of Havana. After checking in, we will have a briefing on your scheduled program. Welcome-to-Cuba, Dinner at the historic and elegant Café del Oriente. (L, D)
Tuesday - Day 3
After breakfast, visit the El Patronato Jewish Community Center and meet its president and other members of the Havana Jewish community. Tour the center’s library and visit the nursery school classrooms – Cuban Jewish kids are as lively as American kids – and see Temple Beth Shalom. Meet with the leadership of Hadassah-Cuba and see the Jewish Community pharmacy. After a cocktail and lunch at La Barraca, continue to the Centro Hebreo Sefaradi (the Sephardic Community Center and synagogue) and meet community members. This evening is unplanned; perhaps dinner at a family-run paladar? Then, choose from a variety of cultural options.(B, L)
Wednesday - Day 4
After breakfast, a fascinating guided walk through Old Havana to admire the ongoing restoration transforming this UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the Belen neighborhood, visit the orthodox Adath Israel Synagogue, Cuba’s only kosher butcher and see Temple Shevet Achim (Cuba’s first synagogue). Lunch today is at the magnificent belle-epoque Raquel Hotel, then continue your discovery of Old Havana’s main squares and elegant lanes. Tonight, a cocktail and dinner at the lively El Templete restaurant. (B, L, D)
Thursday - Day 5
This morning, we’ve arranged an excursion to Finca Vigia (“Lookout Farm”) in San Francisco de Paula, Ernest Hemingway’s winter home from 1939 to 1960. See the author’s 9,000 volume library, his yacht “Pilar” and the typewriter on which he wrote some of his greatest works; learn about his life here during a talk with a docent. After lunch at La Finca, drive to nearby Jaimanitas to visit the home, studio and community art projects of José Rodríguez Fuster, the Cuban naïve artist specializing in ceramics, painting, drawing, engraving, and graphic design. Cocktails and dinner at the palatial Casa Espanola in Miramar. (B, L, D)
Friday - Day 6
Visit the Guanabacoa museum and Jewish Cemetery east of Havana, followed by a visit to the fishing community of en Cojimar. After lunch at La Terrazas (one of Hemingway’s favorite restaurants), drive to Cuba’s central Villa Clara province where you will visit the Jewish cemetery and the holocaust museum dedicated in 1947. Tonight is spent in colonial Santa Clara; Shabbat Kiddush then a Shabbat dinner with members of the local Jewish Community. (B, L, D)
Saturday - Day 7
After breakfast, you will visit the Teatro de La Caridad, one of the few remaining colonial theatres in Cuba, and a national treasure. Join members of the small Jewish community of Santa Clara for lunch and a discussion on the Jewish life in Cuba, then a leisurely evening in this captivating town. (B, L)
Sunday - Day 8
This morning drive to Trinidad, to tour this delightful colonial city, in the shadow of the Escambray mountains, the best-preserved colonial city in Cuba, recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO with a municipal historian. See the Canchachara Tavern and the Casa del Alfarero pottery workshop. After drinks and lunch at Plaza Mayor time to discover Trinidad with your Cuban guide. In the late afternoon, transfer to Cienfuegos for a farewell dinner tonight at the atmospheric El Colonial restaurant. (B, L, D)
Monday - Day 9
After breakfast, a leisurely drive to Cienfuegos Airport. Late afternoon flight to Miami. (B)
· Round trip air between Miami and Cuba
· 8 Nights Hotel accommodations (1 night in Miami International Airport & 7 nights in Cuba)
· All ground transportation and airport transfers via deluxe Air Conditioned Motorcoach
· Full people to people Cultural Exchange Programs
· Professional Bilingual Cuban Guide
· LATOUR Tour Manager
· Cuban Visa
· Cuban Health Insurance
· Tips at restaurants and Organizations
· Porterage at the Hotels (1 piece of luggage per person)
· Hotel Service Charges and Taxes
· The $ 20 charge for 1 checked suitcase at Miami Airport
· All meals as outlined in the Itinerary
Tour includes 19 meals: breakfast daily, as well as 7 lunches and 5 dinners with a cocktail and wine.
First night in Miami Sheraton, Miami, U.S.A.