Tuesday April 16, 2013: West Coast travelers will Depart LAX on a non-stop flight to Havana (air not included). Once we arrive in Havana, our air-conditioned coach will take us to check in at the Parque Central Hotel. Today is free to explore Havana – we can make recommendations to you of the wonderful cultural and religious sites available to see in and around Havana. With a deep history of Catholicism, Christianity, and Judaism, plus the recent rise in popularity of Santeria (The way of the Saints), a much misunderstood fusion of an Afro-Caribbean religion based on Yoruba beliefs and traditions, and Roman Catholicism, there is a lot of opportunity for places to see.
Departing from the East Coast? Arrive in Miami any time and stay overnight at the hotel of your choice (not included). On April 16th: Check in at Miami International Airport, meet your fellow pilgrims, and take an early morning flight to Havana.
April 17th: As the primary purpose of our pilgrimage, we will attend a Christian church service, then view some of the many religious sites this city is home to. Get to know this unique and unusual island as we explore its culture. Our assistance is much needed by the locals, and we will go to Church La Merced, meeting those who will bring our humanitarian aid to Havana children and expectant mothers. This evening, we will enjoy a welcome dinner at the Parque Central. (B/D)
April 18th: Today we will take a full day to visit the city of Havana. The UNESCO heritage sites are powerful examples of Cuba’s history and architecture. We’ll be seeing locales including the Cathedral, Opera House and Capitolio Building, and museums, as we explore Havana’s culture and history.
April 19th: We’ll enjoy the UNESCO heritage site of Old Havana this morning, as we walk the cobblestone streets. The flea market gives us insight into the culture of the locals, and an optional excursion to Havana’s Chinatown, lets us see the remarkable, thriving culture of the Asian community here.