Has Cuba been on your bucket list? But you’re just not sure about speaking Spanish or about understanding Cuba’s multiple currencies? Put your worries aside, because I can personally take you there. My team and I will handle it all for you!
My next three novels are set in Cuba during the Spanish-American War, so I am inviting my readers, historians & friends to join me on a very unique tour of the Spanish-American War in eastern Cuba, the war which made America a global power. You will walk where legends were made, and in the footsteps of Theodore Roosevelt.
We’ll set foot on the invasion beach at Siboney, where the American Army came ashore; stand at the edge of the jungle at Guasimas where Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders came under enemy fire for the first time as they stormed the trenches; look out over the walls of the besieged Spanish fort at El Caney; walk on Kettle Hill, where black American soldiers carried the day; and examine the storied Heights of San Juan, where Roosevelt won lasting glory. From the ramparts of El Morro Castle on the coast, you’ll take in the spectacular scene where the Spanish & American fleets clashed on the Caribbean Sea.
Throughout, you’ll have time to relax and savor the incredible cuisine, drinks, music, and folk crafts of exotic Cuba. During our six days & five nights inside Cuba, your home will be in the heart of Old Santiago. March is an ideal month to visit.
Daily, I’ll present historical briefings about the personalities and actions of the Cubans, Spanish and Americans in the war. Then we’ll head out to explore the actual sites set among eastern Cuba’s beautiful countryside. We’ll travel to museums, restaurants, and battlefields. After each day of exploring, there will be time for pre-dinner discussions at the historic Casa Granda Hotel (1914) rooftop bar, surrounded by the stunning sunset views of the city and bay. This is Cuba at its very best!
If you or your spouse loves to retrace battlefields of history, but the other isn’t into it, optional social/cultural activities can be arranged.
A brief description of our itinerary:
[Activity Level Required – Moderate Walking, Standing & Stairs]
Sunday, March 5th – Travel from Ft. Lauderdale to Santiago, check-in, relax at accommodations
Monday, March 6th – Tour of Santiago, visit Tomb of José Martí, El Morro Castle & Museum of Rum
Tuesday, March 7th – Visit Siboney invasion beach, Guasimas War Museum, Guasimas battlefield, and drive the American Army’s route of approach to Santiago
Wednesday, March 8th – Visit the battlefields at El Caney, Kettle Hill and San Juan Heights
Thursday, March 9th – Return visit to El Morro Castle to view the scene of the naval battle and afterward visit craft artisans with a grand finale evening on a boat cruising through Santiago Bay to view the ceremonial firing of El Morro Castle’s sunset cannon; followed by a sumptuous farewell dinner overlooking the bay
Friday, March 10th – Departure from Santiago and travel homeward
How’s this for hassle-free? The cost includes airfare from Ft. Lauderdale to/from Santiago de Cuba, visas, and taxes. Once in Santiago, the price covers lodging, daily transport, all meals, one alcoholic drink with each lunch/dinner, and museum entrance fees. You will be asked to pay tips for maids, meal servers, the driver, and guides [gratuity suggestions will be provided in advance]; and for any additional alcohol or soft drinks you may want. In the van/bus, there will be ice cold bottles of beer and water for purchase as well.
COST: $3995 per person double occupancy, $4495 single occupancy
REGISTER VIA EMAIL BEFORE NOVEMBER 30, 2016: ExpeditionaryTours@gmail.com
Contact our tour coordinator, Justin White, of Expeditionary Tours and specify your choice of single or double room option with name(s) of passenger(s). He’ll reply with further details.