Smithsonian Journeys offers it's Discover Cuba tour

Posted: 12-Oct-15 18:07

With travel restrictions easing between the USA and Cuba more tour packages than ever are being offered to the Caribbean island nation. One of the tours is a cultural itinerary created by Smithsonian Journeys.

Smithsonian Journeys offers it's Discover Cuba tour

This is the ideal time to visit the Caribbean island nation of Cuba, as this country has been frozen in time for many decades and its culture has been uniquely preserved. Smithsonian Journeys is offering a tour that will allow visitors to experience the traditional Cuban culture and see what life is like in this fascinating country.

The Smithsonian Journeys itinerary is a specially designed "people-to-people" program which includes visits with local students, teachers, musicians, artists and others who are eager to meet visitors and exchange views.

The tour will focus on the culture and history of Cuba and will include visits to important World Heritage Sites. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the architectural heritage of Cuba and how it is being preserved. They will also meet with artists in their studios to see how Cuba's art traditions are being preserved. The tour will include a visit to the National Museum of Fine Arts so visitors can see the collection of Cuban art and learn about how the history of the country has influenced its artistic tradition.

Another aspect of the tour will cover the Santeria religion and its African origins. Those on the tour will learn more about this religion as they meet with practitioners of Santeria at a local museum.

The tour will also cover an introduction to the traditions of Cuban music. Visitors will get a chance to hear live music performances of Cuban music, from rumba to jazz to son. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about these Cuban music styles and dance the night away.

As well as offering all of these cultural experiences in Cuba, tourists will be able to attend a special panel discussion with a group of cultural experts, which will take place in Miami prior to their departure.

Travel restrictions for Cuba have been eased, but Americans are still not allowed to visit the country on purely touristic reasons. The reason for visiting must fit within one of the approved categories, such as visiting relatives, studying or taking part in a cultural exchange, which is why Smithsonian Journeys has put together this cultural and educational itinerary.


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