Plan your Trip
November 14-20, 2018
National Labor Conference
If you would like to join our trip please fill out the form just below or on our home page. Once we have your contact information you will receive an application and detailed trip information via email from our coordinator, AltruVistas. To join our delegation to Cuba, we will need your completed application and payment in full.
Prices and Inclusions
The cost for this delegation is $1145 per person in double room accommodations. Single room supplement is $160. An extra night will be $75 USD per room.
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Nov. 14th Arrival and Orientation (Dinner)
Arrive in Jose Marti International Airport. Today is set aside as an arrival day. We ask that you arrive by 4 pm. Take or share a cab to the Hotel. The coordinator will meet you at the hotel to assist with check in.
6:00pm Welcome Meet and Greet Orientation Meeting with your Cuban Guide (Arturo Mesa) and the Building Relations with Cuban Labor (BRWCL) leaders with a Welcome Mojito.
8:00 pm Welcome Dinner. (Scheduled guests from Cuban organizations and unions)
Nov. 15th (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
9:00am Introduction/history of the Cuban Revolution (Arturo Mesa).
10:30am Enjoy a guided Walking City Tour of Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Delegates also have time to engage with Cubans at their art studios, galleries and markets where participants will meet with Cuban artists and find out first hand how artists negotiate between the tourist market, a socialist economy and new opportunities for individual entrepreneurship. Visit the four major historical squares of Cuba. Historian’s massive efforts to restore Old Havana buildings, attract tourism and new investment, and improve social services for local residents. See buildings and homes in different stages of reconstruction, meet with neighborhood residents. Learn about how tourism impacts economic good.
Lunch in old Havana at Hemingway’s old dive the Bodequita del Medio . Continue our City Tour after lunch.
4:00pm We end our orientation in Havana with a visit to the Museum of the Revolution.
5:30-7pm Free time
7:30pm Dinner tonight is at the Floridita Restaurant.
Nov. 16th (B,L,D)
8:00am We are off for the province of Matanzas known for its AfroCuban culture and legacy is called the “City of Bridges” or the Athens of Cuba. We stop at the Bacunayagua Bridge on way to Matanzas town.
10:30 am Reception and exchange with the Provincial Secretary of the Provincial Union.
1:00pm Tour and visits to the “Colectivos de Cubanacán y Gran Caribe”. This afternoon, if time permits, we will request to visit Ediciones Vigia, in Matanzas town. A wonderful literary arts collective. They make hand made paper books.
Return to Havana
Nov. 17th (B,L,D)
8:00am We are off for the province of Santa Clara today. Santa Clara is the capital of the central Cuban province of Villa Clara. It’s chiefly known for its revolutionary landmarks. In the city's west, the Che Guevara Mausoleum is the resting place of Che Guevara and other fighters. It’s crowned by a massive bronze statue of the revolutionary leader. We will visit the Memorial and the Tren Blindado and La Loma del Capiro, to learn more about the history of the Cuban Revolution, and the Battle of Santa Clara.
Lunch at the Campismo Arco Iris.
After lunch we will participate in the National Conference and have a US/Cuba labor union exchange. Return to Havana.
Nov. 18th (B,L,D)
9:00am Meeting with a representative from the Poder Popular to discuss political representation in Cuba and the new Constitutional process.
11:00am Exchange with the General Secretary of the CTC, the Cuban Workers Union to learn about the history and current status of labor and labor rights in Cuba. Requested speaker is Ulises Guilarte de Nacimiento.
2:30pm Visit to Cuba's Museum of the Organs of State Security. The exhibit, which includes many of the committee's findings, even describes one of the more bizarre CIA ideas: to coat Castro's shoes with a chemical that would make his beard fall out, thus presumably reducing his charismatic appeal.
4:00pm If time permits, meeting and exchange at the home of Cuban photographer Roberto Salas. He documented much of the Cuban Revolution
5:30-7:00pm Free time
Nov. 19th (B,L,D)
9:00am Meeting with a representative from ICAP, the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples. Here you can ask questions about US Cuban international relations today.
11:00am If time permits, an exchange with the Muraleando Community Arts program, a community-based art programs in Havana, inspired originally by local neighborhood artists who taught art “in the streets.” Outdoor murals and sculptures, depicting fanciful celebrations of Cuban life, were a natural outgrowth of these art classes.
Lunch at a local Paladar, privately owned restaurant.
Our afternoon is reserved for an exchange with the Ministry of Tourism.
If we have free time we will visit the San Jose de Amancenes arts and crafts fair for those that would like to shop for gifts and meet with local craft persons.
6:00-7pm Wrap- up meeting facilitated by Bill Camp and BRWCL.
7:30pm Farewell Dinner at a local Restaurant (scheduled Cuban labor guests)
Nov. 20 th Hasta Luego (B)
9:00am Check out of Hotel after breakfast. We will have a morning transfer to Jose Marti International Airport for our departures back to US.
For those leaving later, feel free to have the hotel care for your bags after your 12noon check out time and to arrange a taxi to the airport. Please be at the airport 3 hours before departure to allow for plenty of time to pass through immigration.
e price includes the following:
All confirmations in the program
Double room accommodation in Havana (hotel Vedado)
On-ground transportation by air conditioned motor Bus.
One full time leader/translator from Havana and this may vary to two if the group is larger than 30 we may add another support guide.
Additional Altruvistas staff support
Preparatory reading and orientation materials.
Admission to all programmed activities on the Itinerary.
Funds for group donations
Honoraria to all speakers
Three meals a day for full days of programming
One bottle of water everyday kept on bus
Tips for group meals, bell hops, tour driver and tour guide
The price does not include:
Expenses of a purely personal nature.
Airfare and visas
Extra Beverages or snacks and any meals on your own.
Tips for chamber maids (1 - 2 CUCs/day recommended)
Luggage transfer (at owner's risk throughout). Baggage allowance is two checked baggage with linear dimensions totaling 55x39x39; (the sum of the three dimensions), providing all pieces do not exceed 44 pounds. One hand luggage piece is allowed and is the responsibility of the passenger throughout.