Travel to Cuba 2015

May Day in Cuba, April 26 — May 3, 2015

Due to the huge success of our February 150-person “To Cuba With Love” CODEPINK decided to organize another trip–– this time to coincide with May Day, a day when hundreds of thousands of Cubans come out in the street to celebrate International Workers Day. We hope to bring 100 people, which allows us to have multiple itinerary options so you can customize your own experience.

The group will meet with government officials about US-Cuba relations, look at Cuba's changing economy moving away from state-run enterprises to cooperatives, talk to doctors from around the world being trained in Cuba, visit cooperative farms, take day trips outside Havana, and interact with local people about cultural, economic, environmental and health issues. Check out testimoniesphotos and press coverage from our last trip. There’s nowhere on Earth better to be on May 1st than Cuba! Don’t miss the opportunity.

The Cuban people are so wonderful--fun, funny, inventive, creative, well-educated, curious and they have a zest for life that rival any. So join us, and mark history with a mojito, the world's greatest music, and a most-welcomed dose of love for our neighbors.

The price of the trip from Miami is $2,000 for a double room, $2175 for a single room. There are limited single rooms, which we will give out on a first come, first served basis. If you are willing to have a double room but don’t have a roommate, we will pair you with someone.

Please fill out this delegate application and make a non-refundable deposit asap. We cannot hold a place for you without a deposit. Send a check (made out to CODEPINK) to CODEPINK, 1241 Evarts St. NE Washington, DC 20018, (and then inform Nalini@codepink.org so we can mark you as paid), or pay online HERE. **Important** if you pay online, you must pay $520 (an extra $20) because of a 4% online bank fee.

If you are a delegate on the trip already, check out our FAQ page here!

For more information, contact Nalini@codepink.org asap. We hope you can join us for Primero de Mayo!

Can't make it? Please consider making a donation to our trip scholarship fund.

Trip Itinerary - This is the last trip's itinerary, which will be very similar to the next trip.


Sunday, February 8— Arrival

10:00 AM Check-in

2:00 PM Departure from Miami

3:00 PM Arrival

5:00 PM Check-in at the hotel + Orientation meeting with local coordinators

6:30 PM Welcome dinner (included)


Monday, February 9— Overview and city tour

9:00 AM Meeting with Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) Possible meeting with Ricardo Alarcón, Kenia Serrano,Fernando Gonzalez and the Cuban 5

12:30 PM Lunch at Mesón de la Flota (included) in Old Havana

2:00 PM City tour Habana Vieja with Miguel Coyula

4:45 PM Drive back to Vedado. Visit the Revolution Square

Brief visit to the Anti-imperialist Tribune and the University of Havana

5:30 PM Return to hotel — Rest + Dinner on your own

Optional informal meeting with a researcher or journalist


Tuesday, February 10— Health and Education

9:00 AM Visit the Literacy Campaign Museuma nd meet Professor Luisa Campos from the Pedagogical University

10:30 AM Visit to a Special Education School

12:30 PM Lunch in a Paladar (private restaurant) (included)

2:00 PM Meeting with the Health Commission to fight Ébola in Africa

Possible meeting with Dr. Félix Báez, Ébola survivor

5:00 PM Return to the hotel — rest + Evening Optional cultural activities


Wednesday, February 11- Two day Excursions

Las Terrazas and Santa Clara

The delegation will be divided into two groups of 15 participants each, one group will spend the day in Las Terrazas and the second one in Santa Clara


Thursday, February 12— Gender and Race Relations

9:00 AM Meeting Mariela Castro director of the National Sex Education Center CENESEX

11:00 AM Visit a Federation of Cuban Women (FMC) Casa de Orientación a la Mujer y Familia or similar women's project

12:30 PM Lunch (included)

2:00 PM Overview of the Afro-Cuban history and culture with Dr. Esteban Morales,University of Havana Professor, Senior Researcher at the Fernando Ortiz Foundation, member of the National Commission of Race Relations of the National Union for Writers and Artists in Cuba (UNEAC). Author of many publications including the unique book "Challenging of the Race Relations in Cuba Today".

4:30 PM Cultural activity with Okan-Tomi,a grassroots company that explores and reworks Afro-Cuban dances and music traditions

6:00 PM Return to the hotel

8:00 PM Optional dinner at Paladar El Cocinero(10 to 15 CUC)

9:30 PM Optional visit to the Fabrica de Arte Cubano (FAC), an old cooking oil factory that has been restored and is now the venue for concerts and exhibits of vanguard art in Cuba.


Friday, February 13 — Arts and Culture

9:00 AM Meeting with representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla and Josefina Vidal

10:30 AM Visit to the Fine Arts Museum, guided by Curator Omar Diaz

12:00 AM Visit to the home and art studio of ceramist and painter José FusterLearn about his art community project

12:30 PM Lunch at his home-studio (included)

4:00 PM Cuban Music from the origins to modern times, with Professor Dr. Alberto Fayá, musician, chairman of the music department of the National Writers and Artists Union (UNEAC) and founder of Moncada musical band

He will recreate with his group the history of Cuban music and will offer a master class

9:30 PM Optional cultural activity at La Zorra y el Cuervo Jazz Club ($10 CUC cover) or El Saucef or live dancing music (10 CUC cover)


Saturday, February 14 — Community Development

9:00 AM Visit to a Farmer's Market

10:00 AM Visit the Organic Agricultural Urban Cooperative of Alamar meet with managers, specialists and workers.

12:00 PM Visit La Finca and Paladar Divino agricultural community project and restaurant

12:30 PM Lunch at El Divino (15 CUC)

2:00 PM Return to the hotel

3:00 PM Meeting with members of the Community Project Espiral, a grassroots project dedicated to educate young people on environmental issues and sustainable development

Discussion on various pressing issues in Cuba with college students and young professionals

5:00 PM Free

7:30 PM Valentines Day dinner (Included)

9:30 PM Farewell party with Cuban guests and live music


Sunday, February 15 - Departure

Free morning or optional visit to the Arts and Crafts Market

1:00 PM Transfer to the airport

1:30 PM Check-in

4:00 PM Departure for Miami

5:00 PM Arrival in Miami


Program Cost Includes:

  • Round-trip airfare Miami — Havana
  • Cuban Visa
  • Health Insurance in Cuba
  • In/out airport transfers
  • Double hotel accommodations in Havana (Additional cost for single room supplement)
  • Breakfast everyday at the hotel and 7meals (either lunch or dinner) as indicated in the program (see attached itinerary for specific meals included. Dietary needs will be addressed with prior notice)
  • Ground transportation for all scheduled activities in Havana and excursions to Las Terrazas and Santa Clara. A bus will be provided to pick up daily from the hotel according to the itinerary, except for optional activities
  • Entrance/Program fee associated with scheduled activities (unless otherwise indicated).
  • Guided visits and cultural activities included in the program
  • Fees for professors, lecturers, and institutions including a donation to two community projects
  • A day excursion to either Las Terrazas or Santa Clara
  • Program Coordination as is indicated in the tentative attached itinerary, translations and expert guides
  • Expenses for Cuban participants (coordinator, guides, drivers and others)
  • Farewell and Valentine's Day dinner with some Cuban guests
  • Farewell party with Cuban guests
  • Administrative overhead fees

Program Cost does not include:

  • Expenses in Miami
  • Airport taxes (Cuban departure tax $25 CUC)
  • Meals not included in the program, drinks and tips
  • Personal items/expenses
  • Optional/evening activities and/or unscheduled activities
WHEN
April 26, 2015 at 10am - May 03, 2015
WHERE
Cuba
CONTACT
Alli ·