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LITTLETON, Colorado – August 10, 2011 – Shrouded in mystery for the past 50 years, the island nation of Cuba is waiting to be rediscovered. And now, Globus travelers will be among the first Americans in five decades to visit Cuba. Sponsored by the Center for Caribbean Religion and Culture (CCRC), in 2012, for the first time, Globus will present travelers a rare opportunity to experience the enduring faith, colorful history and lively culture of this captivating nation with
its new itinerary, Cuba: A Spiritual, Historical and Cultural Journey.


"From its beautifully adorned churches and vintage cars to its world-renowned cigars and lush, tropical climate, this newly created offering to be among the first to visit Cuba presents a once in a lifetime experience to Globus travelers," said Scott Nisbet, chief executive officer for the Globus family of brands. "We're thrilled to be among an elite group of tour companies selected to transport travelers on this spiritual journey to a bygone era."


Spending seven days in Havana, Globus travelers will enjoy a perfect blend of spiritual, historical and cultural sights to truly experience this unique nation. Tour highlights include:

  • Enjoying a walking tour along the cobblestone streets of the old town
  • Visiting El Templete where Havana's first Catholic Mass was celebrated nearly 500 years ago
  • Learning about Havana's unique architecture from a local architect, including the religious and cultural aspects that have influenced the structures
  • Taking a guided tour through world-famous Colon Cemetery, where an expert will explain the flamboyant chapels, vaults, tombs and galleries
  • Dining at a paladar with a local clergy, discussing Cuban life today
  • Visiting the Museum of the Revolution housed in the ornate former Presidential Palace
  • Attending a private candlelight choir concert at San Francisco De Asis Church with members of the community
  • Visiting Finca Vigia, Ernest Hemingway's beloved home (his fishing boat is still there)
  • Touring El Morro Castle, a picturesque fortress that "guards" the entrance of Havana Bay
  • Learning about the Black Madonna at the Church of Our Lady of Regla, where Christianity and the Santeria religion are practiced side-by-side
  • Driving to dinner on the last night in style – byway of a 1950s car (Cuban law dictates only cars bought before the 1959 Revolution can be freely bought and sold)

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"Great storytelling can bring a vacation to life," said Nisbet. "And it's the memorable stories our Globus travelers 'live' while touring that give them the chance to do more than simply see the world's greatest sights. We help them immerse themselves in the history and culture of each destination. This new itinerary presents an especially interesting, insightful and unforgettable opportunity for travelers to connect with a fascinating country we know very little about."


Globus' new 8-day Cuba: A Spiritual, Historical and Cultural Journey is priced from $2,889 (land-only). Travelers booking early can save $200 per person!* Visit for more information.


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*Book a 2012 Globus or Monograms South America or Cuba vacation air-inclusive to receive the $200 per person discount. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between August 10 and October 11, 2011 for travel through December 31, 2012. Offers not valid with any other offer except Journeys Club and applies to new 2012 bookings only.  Offer reliant on space availability.  Full cancellation penalties will apply.  Full cancellation penalties will apply.  Certain government-imposed taxes and fees of up to $375, including a September 11th Security fee of up to $10, are additional and must be paid by each traveler. For current prices, please see our web site.   Additional restrictions may apply. 




The Center for Caribbean Religion & Culture is a cultural, educational and non-denominational religious organization that is authorized by the U.S. Government to organize religious travel to Cuba. The CCRC has worked to organize these special departures to Cuba. Those going on this vacation will travel as a member of the CCRC, with membership arranged through Globus. For more information on the CCRC, visit All travel services to Cuba are provided by Cuba Travel Service, Inc., an agency authorized by the U.S. Treasury Department's office of Foreign Assets and Control.



With more than 80 years of international travel expertise, Globus is the world's leading tour operator. Globus has teams of people on the ground in more than 65 countries around the world, and is an expert in providing travelers a holiday from the everyday by helping them truly experience each destination. We bring to life cultures and histories through storytelling and in-depth journeys in the heart of each city, region or country. Honored with countless industry awards, including Travel Weekly's Reader's Choice Awards three years running and Recommend magazine's Best Tour Operator to Europe for more than 10 consecutive years, Globus also unites travelers with similar interests through niche tours, including family vacations, music-oriented journeys, faith-based travel and holiday excursions. The Globus family of brands is a member of Sustainable Travel International (STI).


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