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January 19-27

Join us for this unique opportunity to travel Cuba

Dear Alumni and Friends of Carroll,

On behalf of Carroll’s Office of Alumni Engagement, Raul Galvan and I invite you to join us on an amazing journey to Cuba.  This rich tour of Cuba, a place of great importance to both Raul and I, will be filled with warmth - the warmth of the Cuban people and their thirst for knowledge, and the warmth of the beautiful environment and climate, which during January will be a welcome dose of sunshine. This journey will transport you back to an age of simpler times; you will see things untouched by the modern world, while at the same time a place that yearns to modernize and improve. I have been involved in issues impacting the Hispanic culture for more than 35 years here in the United States, always striving to help the community be self-sufficient, creative, and motivated to better their lives.  In Cuba, you see all of that every day with people who have had far less resources and support.  Their daily existence is often a challenge, but they tackle life with a deep thirst for improvement and knowledge.

Raul brings a wealth of experience to this journey, as he has been a student of Cuba most of his adult life.  He helped found a Sister City relationship with a city in Cuba and earned a Ph.D. in Global History, researching 19th Century Cuban transnationals.  He's accompanied numerous groups to Cuba and has appeared on local and national media referencing Cuba.  He has cultivated many relationships with Cubans on the island. The itinerary for this trip will provide travelers with the opportunity to experience many aspects of Cuba from the beaches, to the architecture, the landscapes and the cities.  You will learn and be immersed in the culture, music, cuisine, and learn about the Cuban education system, business, art and history. Like us, you will find Cuba is like no other country in the world, and as many Cubans say, "the people are Cuba’s richest asset."  It's a special time in Cuba, and we look forward to exploring it with you and sharing our insights along the way.

Join us for the adventure of a lifetime.

Ricardo Diaz ’74
Raul Galvan


Alumni & Friends Travel - CUBA
January 19-27, 2018

* Preliminary day itineraries subject to change.
* Health Insurance, Visas and all ground transportation to tours and excursions are included.


  • $3,278 per person, based on double occupancy
  • Single supplement of $759


  • RT air between Miami and Havana.
  • 6 nights at Hotel Riviera or similar 4* in Havana with breakfast.
  • 2 nights at Hotel Velazco in Matanzas with breakfast.
  • 2 additional dinners (welcome and farewell) and 6 additional lunches.
  • Program of visits, meetings and excursions as outlined in the program.
  • Transportation by air conditioned bus for transfers in/out, for all excursions and scheduled activities, and between cities and provinces.
  • English speaking guide to accompany group throughout.
  • Medical insurance included with charter flight ticket.
  • Service and mailing fees.

Not included:

  • Domestic airfare to and from Miami.
  • Travel/trip insurance.
  • Meals not indicated.
  • Gratuities.
  • Personal purchases or any personal items.

Tour Guides

The trip will be lead by two Carroll tour guides

  • Ricardo Diaz ’74 - Cuban native and Executive Director of the United Community Center in Milwaukee.
  • Raul Galvan - Cuban native, former history professor at Carroll, and ‎Manager of Program Production at Milwaukee Public Television.
  • Tour will include the following cities: Havana, Matanzas, Varadero, Pinar del Rio, and Vinales.

Friday, January 19

  • Arrive in Havana. On way to hotel, stop at the Plaza de la Revolución, site of many historic speeches, concerts and the Pope’s Mass and hear about the Castro Revolution, and the Father figure of the Cuban nation – José Martí.
  • Lunch at historic El Aljibe restaurant (included), check in at Hotel Riviera or equivalent, and tour the Vedado neighborhood of Havana.
  • Welcome dinner (included).

Saturday, January 20

  • Breakfast at hotel (included).
  • Tour Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Visit several of the old-town’s classic Plazas including the Plaza de Armas and its book sellers, the Plaza de la Catedral and its San Cristobal Cathedral dating back to the late 18th Century, and the Plaza Vieja, which have all been restored by the Office of the City Historian.
  • Lunch with group in Old Havana (included).
  • Tour Cuban School.
  • Dinner on your own.

Sunday, January 21

  • Breakfast at hotel (included).
  • Havana – Tour of Fábrica el Laguito, in Cubanacán, where Cohiba cigars are made.
  • Lunch at La Foresta Paladar or similar (included).
  • Continue to Jaimanitas – where you’ll visit the world of artist José Rodriguez Fuster – "Fusterlandia" and panoramic bus tour around the Hemingway Marina, and the Biltmore.

Monday, January 22

  • Breakfast at hotel (included).
  • Check out of hotel and drive to Matanzas, the “Athens of Cuba” stopping by the Yumuri Valley, approx. 2 hr. drive from Havana.
  • Tour Castillito de San Severino, fortress built in 1745 on the west side of Matanzas Bay and visit the Museo de la Ruta del Esclavo (Museum of the Slave Route).
  • Group Lunch (not included).
  • Check into Hotel E Velasco.
  • Visit and talk to publishers at Ediciones Vigia, makers of one-of-a-kind handmade books.

Tuesday, January 23

  • Breakfast at hotel (included).
  • Drive to Varadero, tour French-American chemist and industrialist Irénée DuPont’s classic mansion "Xanadú" and grounds on the east end of the Avenida de las Americas.
  • Lunch at DuPont or similar (included).
  • Speak with a representative in the Varadero tourist industry.

Wednesday, January 24

  • Breakfast at hotel (included).
  • Check out and return to Havana, stop in Cojimar, the small port from where Ernest Hemingway docked his boat "Pilar".
  • Lunch at La Terraza (included), one of Ernest Hemingway’s haunts. In the afternoon, visit Morro Castle / El Castillo and Havana’s Jesus sculpture. Check in at Hotel Riviera or equivalent.

Thursday, January 25

  • Breakfast at hotel (included).
  • Visit Havana’s historic Colon Cemetery, laid out in 16 rectangular blocks covering approx. 140 acres, and containing mausoleums, chapels, vaults and tombs housing the remains of Cuban revolutionary war heroes, artists, athletes and entertainers.
  • Group Lunch (not included). Travel to Hemingway’s farm Finca Vigia (Lookout Farm) now home of the Hemingway Museum and see where the troubled novelist wrote many of his finest novels.
  • Meet with filmmaker Gloria Rolando and hear about her latest project.
  • In the evening, enjoy an exclusive concert by world renowned flutist Orlando “Maraca” Valle and his quartet at the Raquel Hotel rooftop.

Friday, January 26

  • Breakfast at hotel (included).
  • Day trip to Pinar del Rio.
  • Visit Taller Grabdown or Esperanza y Amor Project to meet young adults with Down’s Syndrome.
  • Lunch at Paladar (included) and stop at Benito’s Tobacco Coop.
  • Travel to Vinales overlook by Hotel Jazmines, and return to Havana.
  • Farewell Dinner (included).

Saturday, January 27

  • Breakfast at hotel (included).
  • Check out and return to the United States.
  • For more information, please contact:
  • Dolores Ocampo Brown, Senior Director of Alumni Engagement at Carroll University
  • 262-524-7237 or


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