Vancouver, Canada (PressExposure) April 14, 2008 -- The Cuban Revolution will be 50 years old as New Year's Day of 2009 arrives. To celebrate this event, Cuba Education Tours of Vancouver, Canada, is hosting a once-in-a-lifetime 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Revolution Tour to Cuba from December 27, 2008, to January 3, 2009. Tour members will join Cubans in celebrating five decades of resilience, progress, and commitment to peace and social equality. Over eight days, they'll witness the remarkable achievements of the revolution first hand.
The group will spend five days in Havana, including New Year's Eve, and three days in Trinidad, experiencing the best of island music, dance, art, nature, and history. In the capital, they'll stay at the Hotel Saint Johns, just off the romantic Malecon seawall. In Trinidad, they'll lodge at the all-inclusive Resort Hotel Costa Sur, nestled on the warm, sandy Caribbean shore.
The stay in Havana will include a walking tour of Old Havana with a special visit to the unique scale model of the historic district. The group will take an air-conditioned coach tour of the Vedado, Miramar, and Central Havana neighborhoods with their historic and architectural attractions. They'll enjoy a private tour of the Museum of the Revolution led by Dr. Manuel Yepe, participant in the 1959 victory, former ambassador, and prolific journalist.
Tour members will enjoy Cuban cuisine at the best restaurants and dance the nights away at favorite Latin jazz clubs. They'll meet artists at the forefront of Cuban creativity and attend a fiesta put on by members of a local CDR (Committee for the Defense of the Revolution). On the social front, they'll hear a special report on "Cuban Society Today" by University of Havana scholar and author Dr. Martha Nunez. They'll meet with Mariela Castro Espin's CENESEX and the volunteer group Linea Ayuda, two organizations advancing sexual health, education, and AIDS awareness.
No island tour would be complete without visits to cigar and rum factories, long the mainstays of Cuban economy. But the tour will also explore Cuba's leading role in organic farming as they visit the Vivero Organoponico Alamar cooperative and enjoy a tasty lunch from its gardens. This will be an opportunity to talk about planet friendly lifestyles with the farmer hosts.
En route to Trinidad, they'll stop at the tomb of Che Guevara and the museum dedicated to his life. While in Santa Clara, they'll also see the site of Che's final decisive battle -- the wreck of the armored train that sent then-dictator Fulgencio Batista packing on December 31, 1958.
Naturally, the participants will get to know Cienfuegos and Trinidad well after guided walking tours of their central plazas. And while they're in the area, how about climbing to the top of the Escambray Mountains in Soviet army trucks? Exploring an ancient coffee plantation, dining on yummy peasant cuisine, examining tropical flora and fauna? They'll do it all! Indeed, many surprises are in store for North American friends of Cuba on this unforgettable New Year's celebration.