The hotel is a 10 minute drive from the airport and offers a free shuttle service from the airport to the hotel. To call the shuttle upon arrival at the airport: On the 2nd Level / Departure Level, go to the nearest outside door and identify the Door number. Call the hotel on (305) 261-3800 and tell them your location. The shuttle will come and pick you up upon request.
Field Trip: One of the first seven villages founded by the Spaniards in Cuba, Camagüey played a prominent role as the urban center of an inland territory dedicated to cattle breeding and the sugar industry. It is the 3rd largest city in Cuba and the historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the main squares, the church and the city park by pedicab, each uniquely decorated by a local artist. Traveling by pedicab is an intimate introduction to the pulse of the city's streets and residents.Lunch: Light lunch in a local restaurant.Afternoon: People to People Connection: Meet a family of potters who have been making the Tinajones, the large terracotta pots that Camaguey is famous for a generation. In their beautifully landscaped garden, examine the skill of the potter as he practices his craft and learn the stories of the family members who are each artists in their own right.Dinner: Buffet dinner in the hotel restaurant.Evening: Enjoy the evening breezes and views from the rooftop terrace of the hotel.Lodging: Gran HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
People to People Connection: Meet the creator of a very unique public art program who has received UNESCO recognition as an intangible cultural treasure of Cuba. Martha Jimenez is a world-renowned sculptor and painter; she created the Plaza Carmen Sculpture project and will share with us her motivation and her community around Carmen Square.Lunch: In a paladar on Carmen Square.Afternoon: Free Time in Carmen Square: Examine the sculptures of every day life by Martha Jimenez. Stroll at your leisure to peek into the other independently owned art galleries on the square and speak with the artists on your own.
People to People Connection: This evening we visit a unique artist studio and meet the owner and some of the resident artists, each one using a different medium. This presents the unique opportunity to discuss the role of the Artist in Cuban society and to better understand the level of freedom they are given in their pursuit of creativity. It is also an opportunity to engage with the owner who is a member of the Cuban Jewish community.Dinner: Walk to dinner in a restaurant nearby.Lodging: Gran HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Field Trip: Enjoy the historic El Morro Fortress that guards the entrance to the Harbor of Santiago de Cuba. The views from El Morro are spectacular.Lunch: Take a ferry for a short crossing over to Granma Island to visit the fisherman's village. People to People Connection: Share lunch with local fishermen and learn about their way of life.Afternoon: People to People Connection: At Casa de la Trova meet with your dance instructor and spend the hour learning the Salsa while you engage in a truly cultural connection.Dinner: Private Enterprise: Dinner in a paladar. Talk with the family and learn about what it's like to run a private enterprise in Cuba.Lodging: Melia SantiagoMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner