CREST Charter Club Trip: Eastern Cuba

November 4 - 11, 2017

Cuba is a place like no other. Join us and explore! Building on three highly successful people-to-people Charter Club trips to Cuba in 2016 and 2017, CREST is hosting our fourth specially designed tour, this time to the lesser visited Eastern side of the island. The trip is organized by Cuba Educational Travel - the premiere small-group U.S. tour operator to this fascinating country. Join us for an extraordinary eight day/seven night adventure focusing on a selection of the island’s cultural, historic, and natural tourism offerings.

We begin the trip in Santiago de Cuba. Santiago celebrated 500 years in 2015 and has played an important role in Cuban development. Facing a bay off the Caribbean Sea, it's known for colonial architecture and revolutionary history.

We then travel to Baracoa, which is located where Christopher Columbus landed in Cuba on his first voyage. This colonial town is said to be one of the most beautiful in Cuba. The town was only accessible by sea until 1960. Even after a road linking Baracoa to Guantanamo was built, the settlement maintained a small-town colonial feel. Along the way, we stop at Guantanamo City, where we will enjoy a city tour and learn about the local traditional music.

Finally, we visit Holguín, which is set in rugged, mountainous territory in the east. Cuba’s fourth largest city, it is known as the City of Parks and has important sites of religious significance. From Holguín, we will enjoy a day trip to Guardalavaca, a white sandy beach of warm waters located 35 miles to the north of the city of Holguín, including a visit to the Bahia de Naranjo National Park, known for extensive mangrove swamps.

*If you are interested in extending your trip to Havana, let us know, and we can coordinate with CET for a separately priced add-on. Please note: our trip will be on the Eastern side of Cuba, while Havana is in the West. The internal flight to Havana from Holguín must be coordinated on your own.

Photo courtesy of Steve Cook.

CREST's Charter Club trip offers far more than a typical tour, and does so at a highly competitive price. Our accommodations throughout the trip will be in casas particulares, or private homes, which provide an opportunity for interaction and conversation with every day Cubans. Throughout the trip, you will enjoy educational meetings and experiences with artists, farmers, historians, and experts in various fields. Also included are nature tours, musical performances, and visits to must-see sites including the Moncada Barracks, where the first armed assault of the Revolution took place, and Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, Santiago's most famous landmark.

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The cost is $3,700 double occupancy and $4,050 single occupancy. Space is limited to approximately 20 travelers. Due to the boutique nature of this trip and limited accommodations, it is recommended that you commit to the trip as early as possible. Registration and a deposit of $1,000 per person is due by Friday, June 30, 2017. The remaining balance is due by Friday, July 28, 2017.

For reservations or to request additional information, please contact Samantha Hogenson at shogenson@responsibletravel.org.