A Spiritual Pilgrimage to Havana & the Cuban Keys

The Essence of Cuba

Travel to Cuba is a life-changing experience. Take part in this unique opportunity to explore the essence of Cuba, person to person, and bring humanitarian aid to Cubans who make an average of just $12 a month – you can make a real difference in their lives! See Havana before it changes, and get educated on the pristine shoreline of Cuba and the conservation taking place there as you see the unspoiled Cuban Keys.
November 9-15, 2016
All-inclusive package includes round-trip air from Miami, hotels, in-country transportation, all activities, all breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. PLEASE book your connecting flight only after you have obtained the necessary visa, which we will help you procure.
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November 9 – Arrival, Santa Clara, Cayo Santa Maria

Meet in Miami International Airport for our early morning Eastern Airlines flight to Cuba (less than 1 hour), arriving in Santa Clara. We will take care of your visas and tickets and your Transformational Tours leader Halle will be with you the whole time. You’ll need to come into Miami the day before, and we can help you arrange your domestic air and a hotel anywhere from the airport to Miami Beach – whatever you prefer.
After our group arrives in Santa Clara, our air-conditioned coach brings through into the ancient town, where we will lunch at Las Canayes. Afterwards, we continue on to Cayo Santa María, a small island off Cuba's north central coast. Located in the Jardines del Rey archipelago, it is home to myriad and colorful aquatic life, and will be our home for the next three nights. We check into the Melia Cayo Santa Maria, a very comfortable and laid-back hotel, and have our welcome dinner at the hotel.
This evening, a spiritual gathering with your fellow travelers will set the tone for the rest of your journey; here is where you will bring your intentions for growth and releasing on this transformational tour. (L, D)

November 10 – Remedios, Cayo Santa Maria

Breakfast at our hotel, after which we will travel to the Sugar Mill museum. Cuba’s central zone is known for its sugar mills and slave plantations dating back to colonial times, and it is to step into another culture to see these towns. We take a restored train to Remedios, the oldest town in ancient Santa Clara, which was built during that period and whose buildings still stand as a testament to another way of life. Afterwards, lunch in Remedios and then continue on to Ensenachos to see the crystal clear waters before returning to our hotel for dinner. (B, L, D)

November 11 – Cayo Santa Maria

After breakfast, a second spiritual gathering with your fellow travelers will allow you to do a powerful releasing session on the water. Then relax in the Cayo Santa Maria’s own charms. See the coral reefs on a snorkeling excursion, view one of the most pristine beaches on the planet, and rest from all of your travels. This evening, enjoy our last dinner at the hotel, and get ready for Havana! (B, L, D)

November 12 – Cayo Santa Maria, Havana

We will have a last breakfast at the Melia and check out, then our air-conditioned vehicle will take us into Havana, stopping on the way for lunch. Once we arrive in Havana, at Plaza de Revolucion, we will see an homage to the revolution that changed Cuba forever, as well as getting a close-up look at the classic cars Cuba is so known for. Then check in at the excellent Melia Habana Hotel, and enjoy a welcome cocktail. This evening, after a delicious dinner at a local family-run restaurant, we will have a night-time visit to Morro Castle to see the “Ceremonia del Canonazo” (Ceremony of the Cannon), an important historic and cultural experience. (B, L, D)

November 13 – Full Day Havana Tour; Old Havana

After breakfast at our hotel, we experience the history of Cuba through the can’t-miss Museo de Belles Artes. Seeing the Cuban people through the eyes of its painters is an enlightening experience that you will not soon forget. Afterwards, a walking tour of Old Havana and lunch at a local Paladar will give you insight into the last 500 years of Havana’s amazing history. The UNESCO heritage sites are powerful examples of Cuba’s history and architecture. We’ll be seeing locales including the Plaza Cathedral, Opera House and Capitolio Building. After lunch, continue your walking tour, visiting the local sights and seeing the people of this city that merges modern culture with ancient history. Late in the afternoon, stop at Callejon Hamel, a place where shopping, art and the street combine into a powerful expression of today’s Havana. This evening’s meal is at Meditteraneo Havana. (B, L, D)
This morning, an early spiritual gathering with your fellow travelers to set the tone for the rest of your journey; here is where you will bring your intentions for growth and releasing on this transformational tour. After breakfast at our hotel, we experience the history of Cuba through the can’t-miss Museo de Belles Artes. Seeing the Cuban people through the eyes of its painters is an enlightening experience that you will not soon forget. Afterwards, a walking tour of Old Havana and lunch at a local Paladar will give you insight into the last 500 years of Havana’s amazing history. The UNESCO heritage sites are powerful examples of Cuba’s history and architecture. We’ll be seeing locales including the Plaza Cathedral, Opera House and Capitolio Building. After lunch, continue your walking tour, visiting the local sights and seeing the people of this city that merges modern culture with ancient history. Late in the afternoon, stop at Callejon Hamel, a place where shopping, art and the street combine into a powerful expression of today’s Havana. This evening’s meal is at Meditteraneo Havana. (B, L, D)

November 14 – Full Day Havana Tour & Compass Dance

This morning, after an early breakfast, we will take the time to have our last spiritual gathering and continue the inner work we are doing on our transformational tour.
Then we will have another full day to experience the city of Havana. This morning, we visit the Cemetario de Colon, dedicated to Christopher Columbus, seeing the way the Cubans honor their departed, almost an outdoor museum of magnificent sculpture and religious ardor. After lunch at La Fontana, another excellent Paladar, we visit Havana’s own Compass Dance Company for a private rehearsal session. Hailed by everyone from Mick Jagger to Usher, they fuse rhythm, drums, the Santerria religion, chant, and art into a unique blend of powerful performance. In the afternoon, we tour modern Havana, marveling at the contrasts with the older parts of the city and seeing the new sights as we interact once again with the Cuban people. Our group is incredibly lucky to be able to visit with a Cuban family, seeing how they live day to day and spending time in their family home, which dates back generations. It's an amazing insight into Cuba before, during, and after the revolution. This evening, our farewell dinner is at Rio Mar on the waterfront, where a musical duo will treat us to another cultural favorite in Havana—its amazing sound. (B, L, D)

November 15 – Departure

Late morning pick-up for our return flight to MIA — we will bring home amazing memories of our spiritual journey to the island of Cuba. (B)