Announcing NOVEMBER 2014 Cuba Tour

CUBA Open Tour – a Road Trip – 06 – 13 NOVEMBER 2014 – Early Bird Pricing
Our fully licensed Cuba tour features top hotels including 5 nights at the historical and stately Hotel Nacional de Cuba in Havana just off the Malecon on the Gulf of Mexico and the four-star Hotel Las Cuevas overlooking the city of Trinidad.  In addition to a full itinerary of people to people activities, your trip will include a Cuban tourist Visa, U.S. Treasury Department License and Letter of Authorization to travel, an experienced U.S. based tour leader, a bilingual Cuban guide with us the entire trip, health insurance while in Cuba, most meals, in country ground transportation (air conditioned) and the round trip flight between Miami  Havana.  
Travelers on our CUBA tours often use words like eye opening, interaction, diverse, understanding, educational, challenging, spectacular, safe, trip of a lifetime, and transformative.  One recent traveler wrote: “We brought home from Cuba memories of an intact culture and people with a deep artistic spirit.  Conversations and contact with local Cubans enabled us to see a warmth, creativity and sense of humor that wouldn’t have been experienced without our well planned program.”
Another person wrote, “I wish for others to enjoy a similar experience—visit a city lively with music, beautiful and welcoming.  I would also like to visit the countryside to see how other Cubans live…” Our upcoming NOVEMBER 06-13, 2014 tour to Havana, Cienfuegos and Trinidad (see attached itinerary) brings the capital city and the Cuban countryside to life.
This first call is featuring Early Bird pricing.  Email Scott Schwar at or call 224-829-7040 for trip details.
Scott Schwar,Lisa Greyhill

The Committee on Illinois; OFAC license number: CT-2012-298487-1 


Departure:                   Miami
Havana Hotels:           Hotel Nacional de Cuba
Trinidad Hotel:           Hotel Las Cuevas

Day 1 – 06 NOV       


  • Depart Miami
  • Visit to the Plaza de la Revolucion
  • Visit University of Havana
  • Group Lunch at La Barraca
  •  Check in at Hotel Nacional
  • Group Dinner – La Divina Pastora  
  • Transfer across Habana Bay to tour the Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana
  • 9:00 AM – Canonazo Ceremony     

Day 2 – 07 NOV

  • Walking Tour of Old Havana and it 4 main Plazas
  • Meet with representatives of the City Historian’s office to discuss the ongoing renovation of Old Havana and its housing
  • Group Lunch
  • Meet with students/professors -Escuela Gaspar Melchor e Jovellanos and Escuela Carlos Mariategui Vocational Restoration School
  • Continue Walking Tour 
  • Visit Instituto Superior de Arte for tour/discussion with teachers/students
  • Enjoy one of Havana’s new paladares, private restaurants

Day 3 – 08 NOV       

  • Visit Farmer’s Market
  • Meeting with Cuban professor to discuss the new economic changes impacting individuals and Cuba today in major ways 
  • Visit the Headquarters of the National Union of Cuban Jurists to discuss family rights in Cuba
  • Visit Centro Pro Danza ballet school – Laua Alonso director
  • Lunch at El Aljibe                                         
  • Visit Studio Fuster a community art project in Jaimanitas
  • Tour the National Museum of Fine Arts,– Cuban Section    
  • Attend Ballet Performance at the National Theater                    


Day 4 – 09 NOV                               


  • Visit Callejon de Hamal – Santeria art celebration project
  • Tour Hemingway’s home Finca Vigia, see his boat the Pilar and meet with Ada Rosa, museum director and staff
  • Visit the fishing village of Cojimar, setting for Old Man and the Sea
  • Lunch at La Terraza de Cojimar
  • Visit Guanabacoa Museum to learn about slavery in Cuba  and witness ritual dances in Santeria, the popular Afro-Cuban syncretic religion
  • Dinner with Cuban guests and music – Hotel Ambos Mundos rooftop

Day 5 – 10 NOV


  • Bus cross-country to Cienfuegos on the southern coast 
  • Tour Cienfuegos, the Pearl of the South– historical area
  • Lunch in Palacio del Valle in Cienfuegos
  • Meet with local musicians and artists at Casa de la Cultura
  • Bus across the Sierra Escambray ridges to Trinidad and the Hotel Cuevas 


Day 6 – 11 NOV


  • Walking tour of Trinidad , a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Visit the Casa de la Cultura and meet with local historians
  • Meet local artists in their studios.                              
  • Visit Casa de la Trova and meet with local musicians


Day 7 – 12 NOV       


  • Bus transfer to Havana
  • Lunch enroute at Aguada de Pasajeros
  • Overnight in Havana – Hotel Nacional


Day 8 – 13 NOV       


  • Flight to Miami
Early Bird PRICE: 06 – 13 NOV 2014 – CUBA Open Tour including Miami-Havana round trip airfare, Cuba Visa and U.S. Treasury Department license,
LAND program – per person double room $3,195 plus AIR package $595 per person for $3,790 per person double occupancy. Single Supplement: $300.
The Committee on Illinois (dba Cuba Tours 4 U) is an LLC with Scott Schwar and Lisa Greyhill as partners who have several decades of travel experience in wholesale, retail, themed, adventure cultural and luxury tour travel in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific islands. Since 2000, we have led over 25 groups to Cuba. 

Scott Schwar

The Committee on Illinois
Licensed CUBA Travel Programs
office phone and FAX: 708-386-8506
cell: 224-829-7040

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