HAVANNA 500TH ANNIVERSARY TOURS January – November 2019

In 1519 the city of known as Villa de San Cristobal de la Habana was founded.  500 years later, a vibrant Capital is eager to celebrate the growth and potential of this up-and-coming Caribbean landmark.  Join I-Dared Travels, Inc. on a unique cultural journey through time.  Experience the old and the new of Havana.  Monthly travel programs will be offered throughout 2019.  Highlights of each excursion will include all-time favorite Cuban travel experiences, such as a City Tour in an American Classic Car, tours of the Rum and Tobacco Factories, and historical landmarks—including the renowned Plaza de la Revolucion and El Castillo del Morro y Fortaleza de la Cabaña and the restored El Capitolio.  Each tour will feature different cultural events depending on what’s on tap in Havana.  Possibilities include a night out at the elegant Gran Teatro de Alicia Alonso to witness the amazing talent of Cuban Ballet or experience live music at the Fabrica de Arte or La Zorra y el Cuervo. Surprises await!!

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Register now!  Five-day travel programs will be offered throughout the year.  Cost per person is $1950.00*.  During the summer take in the sites of Havana and Beyond on an eight-day journey to Cuba.  Cost per person is $2250.00.*  What’s included:  Comfortable lodging at a Casa Particular, in-country transportation, most meals, bilingual guide, entrance fees to historical sites and program events/activities, pre-travel logistical support.  *Airfare and visa NOT included.

5-Day Anniversary Tour Travel dates:  January 17-21, 2019 / February 14-18, 2019 / March 21-25, 2019 / May 16-20, 2019 / September 26-30, 2019 / October 17-21, 2019.    6-Day Spring Break Tour: April 17-22, 2019.   8-Day Summer Tour Travel Dates: June 19-26, 2019 / July 17-24, 2019 / August 14-21, 2019.    Advanced Registration Required. 

 

VII Torneo Internacional de Go / VII International Tournament of Go * February, 2019 

Tournament dates rescheduled to February 2019.  Exact date to be determined.

Join the Go Academy of Cuba for three-days of mental challenge and comeraderie.  Participants will take part in five rounds of WGAC regulation games.  Medals and certificates will be awarded at a heartwarming closing ceremony.  Lodging will be provided by the Hotel Palco, an extension of the Convention Center of Havana.  In addition to the tournament, travelers will explore the vibrant city of Havana and its outskirts, including a visit to Finca Vijia, home of Ernest Hemingway.  Tournament dates rescheduled to February 2019.  Exact date to be determined.    Cost per person: $850.00*  Registration closes January 31, 2019. 

 

Cycle Cuba Mission * March 3 – March 13, 2020 

Cycle Enthusiasts from Colorado will embark on a unique exploration of Cuba’s Western Provinces.  This ten-day journey through the provinces of Pinar del Rio and Artemisa will provide travelers with a first-hand view of Cuba’s picturesque landscape and create unique opportunities to connect with the people of Cuba in both rural and urban communities.  Starting in Havana, cyclists will make their way along the Northern coast, across the Cordillero de Guanguanico, and through tobacco country to discover the history and heritage of the island.  In addittion to being immersed in the natural beauty of Cuba, travelers will meet with Cuban entrepeneurs, artists, and educators.  A portion of the program costs will be donated to CENESEX and The School for Austism–two charitable organizations supporting marginalized segments of the Cuban population.   Cyclists throughout the US are welcome to join the adventure.  Cost per person: $2100.00*  CONTACT FOR REGISTRATION

 

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PAST PROGRAMS HIGHLIGHTED

International Conference of Mind Sports  * May 2 – 10, 2017 ** 

Call for Papers accepted until January 31, 2017**

Embark on an intellectual and inspirational week-long journey in Cuba.  Strategy game aficionados are invited to take part in a three-day event hosted by the University of Camaguey, followed by three days of exploration.  Coined by Dr. Lazaro Bueno as “Cuba’s Mental Olympics,”  this program invites you to test your mental mettle in Go, Chess, Checkers, and Scrabble.  Beware–you’ll be matching your skills against Cuba’s brightest young minds.  In addition to spending three fabulous days in the picturesque city of Camaguey, we will explore the enchanted cities of Holguin and Santiago de Cuba in Eastern Cuba. Not to worry, there will be a conference “beach break” in Playa Santa Lucia!  Conference agenda and entrance fee included. Cost per person: $1570 conference only/ $3570 Conference & Extension program* Registration closed.   **NOTE: Plans are underway for the International Conference of Minds Sports 2019.  Stay tuned for details. 

**Conference committee invites attendees to submit papers for lectures/workshops.  Details outlined in the mind-conference-program.  

 

Shavitz Family B’Nai Mitzvah * November 19-24, 2017

The Jewish faith is unique in requiring their youth to enter adulthood by commiting to engaging with ones heritage and community.  Charity and humanitarian deeds are the cornerstone of this tradition.  The Shavitz family of Bethesda, Maryland are proudly supporting their children in this rite-of-passage.  Alexandra, Madeline, and Evan will celebrate their B’Nai Mitzvah with the Centro Hebrero Sefaradi in Havana.  Not only will the children engage with the elders of the Jewish community–and provide a donation of much-needed medical supplies–they will visit a wide range of cultural and historical sites and meet legendary figures in the world of Cuban art and sports. They will cap off their week with a luxurious escape to Varadero.  A truly memorable birthday experience.  Cost per person: Privately coordinated.

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YOUR Organization / Group Excursion * Determine YOUR Dates of Travel 

Are you a non-government or community organization / university student association / secondary school club with ten or more participants ready to embark on an intercultural exchange with your like-minded counterparts in Cuba?  I~Dared Travels supports humanitarian-minded interactions with Cuba and its people.  We are delighted to support you in creating a Unique Travel Program ideally suited to your organization.  Private groups are encouraged to donate items related to their mission (i.e art supplies, sports equipment, medical supplies). Kind gestures of this nature support our underlying purpose of promoting respectful ties between our two nations.

* Airfare and visa not included. Tipping and incidental expenses vary per person. 

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