Rotary International 2014


Departure Dates: February 23 – March 1, 2014 (7 days/6 Nights)

Day 1 – Havana

  • Arrive at the José Martí International Airport
  • After clearing immigrations and customs, your Cuban host will accompany you to your hotel in the heart of the country’s capital.
  • Get acquainted with your Cuban Guide and your Insight Cuba Tour Leader your with an afternoon program orientation.
  • Later that evening, celebrate your arrival with a fantastic welcome dinner at the hotel.
  • After dinner, depart to the Morro-Cabaña with a tour through the installations, and view the historical canon blast ceremony.

       Meals | Lunch*, Dinner        *For early arrivals

Day 2 – Havana

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • This morning Insight Cuba will lead an educational exchange between the U.S. travelers and Cuban patients, residents and doctors at the local polyclinic, concerning, among other topics, socialized medicine and healthcare in both the U.S. and Cuba
  • Meet with Cuban farmers and administrators at Vivero Organopónico to discuss organic farming and its role in providing food in urban areas and the availability of organic farming supplies in both the U.S. and Cuba.
  • Lunch at Vivero Organopónico
  • Explore Finca Vigia, the birthplace of many of Ernest Hemingway’s best works, including For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea.
  • Meet with the director of the Casa Taller Antonia Eiriz and discuss the incredible works of Paper Mache.   Explore other expressions of Fine Arts from various artists and receive insight into the pieces made by members of the workshops taking classes at the institution.
  • Dinner in Havana

       Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 – Havana/Santiago

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  •  After breakfast we will meet with the Director of Havana Club. Havana Club rum is made in Santa Cruz del Norte, Cuba. The world famous brand was established by José Arechabala in 1878
    • Next we’ll visit with friends from the University’s FLEX program (the Foreign Language department), where we’ll have a chance to talk candidly about life in Havana.
    • Next, sit down with the director of the Literacy Museum in Havana to hear about Cuba’s literacy campaign and how the island’s youth have mobilized across the country to teach rural inhabitants how to read.
    • Enjoy an educational exchange with Cuban dance students at ProDanza Ballet School. You will have a chance to watch a stunning ballet performance. Afterwards meet and speak with the famed owner and director of the Laura Alonzo
      • Finally, it’s onward via domestic flight to Santiago de Cuba.
      • Dinner in Santiago.

        Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 – Santiago

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • En route to Santiago de Cuba, stop at the village of Cobre to view the Basilica of Our Lady of Charity of Cobre beautifully tucked away in the hills. The Basilica is one of the most important churches of Cuba. Hike up the hills to view the Cimarron memorial (sculpture by Alberto Lescay, 1997, the first monument erected in the slave route established by UNESCO).
  • After arriving in Santiago de Cuba, enjoy lunch at El Morro fortress overlooking the sparkling blue Caribbean Sea.
  • Enjoy a panoramic tour of Santiago de Cuba, including Revolution Square, Cuartel Moncada, and Loma San Juan from the back of a bici-taxi!
    • Next, visit the Museo de Carnival to discuss the history of the slave trade, and how African roots have permeated the local culture.
    • Dinner in Santiago.

       Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner                                        

Day 5 – Santiago/Havana

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Kick off the day with a discussion on the Afrocubanismo movement during a visit to a local artist’s studio.
  • Get acquainted with Santiago de Cuba on a delightful walking tour en route to visit a Casa Particular to explore the details of this fascinating cottage industry with the owners.  Learn about the challenges they face and the successes they enjoy, buy being on the frontline of private industry in Cuba.
  • Visit the Casa Artex where we will enjoy an Afro-Cuban dance performance, before returning to Havana by domestic flight.
  • Dinner in Havana.

       Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 – Havana

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  •  Meet with ICAP representatives. ICAP promotes friendship and peace between Cubans and other parts of the world.
    • Later, get a snapshot into the lives and work of a local hair salon. We will meet with the owner of the business and learn about the unique challenges they face.
    • After lunch, move onto the next artistic adventure at La Zorra y El Cuevo, Havana’s famous jazz club, where you’ll meet jazz musicians for a sampling of sounds and rhythm. 
    •  Engage in non-guided dialogue with English speaking Cuban university students from the Cuban Amigos, sharing vivid details about life in Cuba.
    • Dinner in Havana.
    • After dinner we will head off to a famous night club for a fantastic show!

       Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 – Havana

  •  Breakfast at the hotel
  • Sit down with a manager of a prominent Cuban hotel and discuss the unique nuances of the Cuban hospitality industry.
  • Next, we will enjoy a talk about Cuban Economics with a specialist in the field.
    • Enjoy a visit to a local cigar factory where Cuba’s world famous cigars are produced.        
    • After our visit, bid farewell to Cuba as you board your flight home.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch


*We will make every effort to operate all programs as disclosed in this agreement. However, circumstances beyond our control may arise which would require an adjustment to the program. We will do all that is possible to avoid such changes but we must reserve the right to make such modifications. Normal cancellation penalties still apply to the program that has been change.

Pricing to Include hotel Nacional or similar

  • Base Price for Double Occupancy:   $ 3,299
  • Single Supplement Add-on:   $ 500
  • First-class accommodations
  • Full schedule of guided people-to-people activities
  • All meals while in Cuba as agreed upon in final itinerary
  • U.S. Treasury Department License and Letter of Authorization
  • Insight Cuba Tour Leader
  • Cuban Guide
  • Small group size of no more than 24 guests
  • All entrance fees to scheduled activities and events
  • All in-country ground transportation, and airport transfers
  • Guaranteed flights from Miami to Cuba and priority handling (flight cost is additional)
  • Travel health insurance, emergency medical evacuation, and trip cancellation coverage (up to $1,000)
  • Insight Cuba Travel Guidebook
  • 24 hour emergency customer service hotline

Included in Tour Price:



not included in Tour Price:

  • Estimated Flight and Visa Fees not included
    • US domestic flights and International Flights are not included in the cost of the program (prices vary month to month). Flights to and from Cuba will be arranged by an authorized Charter Company via Insight Cuba. Payments for Flight Fees will be made payable to Insight Cuba. (Current flight price range including cost of Cuban Visa is $450 to $600)
  • Cuban Exit Fee not included
    • $25 Cuban Convertible Peso Exit Fee to be paid upon departure of Cuba (at the airport in Cuba)
  • Tips are not included
    • Tips for your guide, driver, chambermaids, bell hops and waiters are not included in the program fee. It is important that the group leader collect these funds from the group and pays the tip directly in Cuba or tell the participants that tips are not included and that they should be prepared to pay for this in Cuba.
  • Alcoholic Beverages and Bottled water are not included
    • Meals include 1 beverage. Bottled water can be requested at meals and additional bottles of water can be purchased on a daily basis. Alcoholic consumption is on your own account.


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We look forward to the pleasure of your company on this extraordinary adventure.

If you have additional questions, please call or email Janet Walsh: 

Phone:  914 218 3149