The Experience of a Lifetime: A People-to-People Educational Exchange

 

• Travel legally to Cuba. Even your passport can be stamped!

• Partake of side-by-side learning experiences with Cuban students and educators

• Learn about Cuban private initiatives and discuss conservation and sustainability with like-minded Cubans

• Exchange ideas and concepts with participants in community projects of all kinds

• Enjoy interactions and cultural moments to remember for a lifetime!

 

There are very few places in the world as Cuba. It’s the 50’s, it is art deco, it is old, and it is new. Old Chevys, old Fords and new Mercedes-Benzs. Hemingway’s hangouts and Lanky’s casino legacy. Amazing buildings, great climate, beautiful and real friendly people. Learn about its rich history through meaningful interactions with performers, community members, students, professors and educators. Enjoy the beautiful green landscapes and the bounty of nature. Talk with cigar farmers and transport yourself to a bygone era. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy every moment and talk, interact and connect with the Cuban people. All tours to Cuba depart from the Miami International Airport. Domestic flights to and from Miami are not included in the tour package.

 

Upcoming Themed Tours

YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN ONE OF OUR THEMED TOURS!
ENJOY THE COMPANY OF LIKE-MINDED TRAVELERS WHILE VISITING CUBA!

Cuba Education Mission-November 4-8, 2013

A tour designed and dedicated for teachers, school principals and other educators, visiting Old Havana, museums, schools and trade schools.

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Cuba Higher Education Tour-November 7-11, 2013

A tour inviting college students, professors and other professionals to visit Old Havana, and local attractions with student visits and people-to-people exchanges at the University of Havana, foundations and other locations of interest.

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International Film Festival in Havana Tour-December 4-8, 2013

For film buffs and other interested in enjoying Havana’s many sights and sounds, this is a special tour which includes credentials for three days of attendance at the Film Festival.

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Cuba Business Mission-January 20-27, 2014

A visit aimed at exploring the business climate in Cuba and the extent of the economic reforms undertaken in recent years. Travelers will visit the Cuba Chamber of Commerce, will undertake exchanges with jurists and licensed entrepreneurs, and participate at lectures exploring the current legal business arrangements for the purchase of U.S. goods.

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Cuba Group Trip

Schedule and Price Information

 

Fare Schedule for 2013 Cuba Educational Tours: 5 Day Excursion

 

Dates 2013Land CostCharter FlightOther*Total
Dates 2013Land CostCharter FlightOther*Total
October 21 – October 25$1800.00 $479.00 $90.00 $2,369.00
November 4 - November 8$2,110.00$479.00$90.00$2,679.00
November 7-November 11 $2,110.00$479.00$90.00$2,679.00
December 4-December 8 $2,110.00$479.00$90.00$2,679.00

 

Fare Schedule for 2013 Cuba Educational Tours: 6 Day Excursion

 

Dates 2013Land CostCharter FlightOther*Total Cost
Dates 2013Land CostCharter FlightOther*Total Cost
October 14 -October 19$1,800$479.00$90.00$2,369.00

Fare Schedule for 2013 Cuba Educational Tours: 8 Day Excursion

 

Dates 2013Land CostCharter FlightOther*Total
Dates 2013Land CostCharter FlightOther*Total
December 11 – December 18$2,350.00$479.00$90.00$2,919.00

 

Fare Schedule for 2014 Cuba Educational Tours: 8 Day Excursion

Dates 2014Land CostCharter FlightOther*Total Cost
Dates 2014Land CostCharter FlightOther*Total Cost
January 6 – January 13$2,350.00$479.00$90.00$2,919.00
January 20 – January 27$2,881.00$479.00$90.00 $3,450.00
February 12 – February 19$2,350.00$479.00$90.00$2,919.00
December 11-December 18$2,250.00$479.00$90.00$2,819.00

 

Fare Schedule for 2014 Cuba Educational Tours: 5 Day Excursion

Dates 2014Land Cost Charter FlightOther*Total
Dates 2014Land Cost Charter FlightOther*Total
January 9-January 13$2,110.00$479.00$90.00$2,679.00
January 23-January 27$2,110.00$479.00$90.00$2,679.00
February 6-February 10$2,110.00$479.00$90.00$2,679.00
February 20-February 24$2,110.00$479.00$90.00$2,679.00
March 6-March 10$2,110.00$479.00$90.00$2,679.00
March 20-March 24$2,110.00$479.00$90.00$2,679.00
April 3-April 7$1,961.00$479.00$90.00$2,499.00
April 17-April 21$1,961.00$479.00$90.00$2,499.00

 

 

Program fees do NOT include domestic roundtrip airfares to and from Miami 

*Includes $75.00 for Cuba Visa fee and $15 for Federal Express delivery fee

Hotel Information

 

In Havana we will be staying at one of two hotels, the Havana Riviera or Hotel Nacional, depending on availability and
Havana Riviera Cubaseasonal requirements. The Havana Riviera (www.hotelhavanariviera.com) was opened in 1956 and is a true representation of the art deco style prevalent in the 1950’s. The Riviera was built by the colorful Meyer Lanski of mafia fame, who built the largest casino (the curious spherical structure next to the main edifice, painted in vibrant hues, was once the casino, acoustically designed to take the sound of chips and slot machines into the hotel and seduce guests) with the largest gambling revenue in Havana only to be dislodged by the Cuban Revolution.

 

It is an imposing edifice, 16 stories told, with 352 rooms. Thanks to the ingenious building design, all guest rooms have views of the Atlantic, taking full advantage of the splendid location: at the north end of Paseo, right on Malecón, a short distance away from Vedado’s restaurants and entertainment venues and a short cab ride away from Old Havana. It boats impressive, a little dated restaurants, shops and other amenities.

 

cubabuildingThe Hotel Nacional (www.hotelnacionaldecuba.com) is one of the oldest hotels in Cuba, opened on December 30, 1930, and is full of history. This was the place where Cuban army officers headquartered during the October 1933 revolution when army privates revolted against the Gerardo Machado dictatorship, only to be replaced by Fulgencio Batista’s with the support of the United States. Batista was an army sergeant who took command of a faction of the army and defeated the officers who had defended Machado. The Nacional was bombarded by cannon fire until the officers surrendered.

Island Itinerary

 

 

DAYS 1-2

History & Architecture of Old Havana In Habana Vieja (Old Havana), visit Escuela Taller and participate in the side-by-side learning project Converse and share personal accounts with students and professors about the city’s conservation and restoration efforts, view on-going projects firsthand with Escuela’s Instructors and students and engage with the people doing this important work Tour Old Havana, with visits to Cathedral Square, Plaza de Armas, and the City Museum Visit Hogar de Niños Sin Amparo Filial, learn and discuss Cuba’s foster care public policies Attend historic Cannon Blast ceremony at El Morro Castle.

 

DAYS 3-4

Law, Agriculture, & Santería Visit to the Union of Cuban Jurists, and learn about the nuances, similarities and differences between the U.S. legal system and Cuba’s At a private paladar, sit down to a delicious lunch and engage with our Cuban friends on topics such as private enterprise and the importance of food in Cuban culture Visit Havana’s Organipónico de Alamar, and work on a project with local students as they learn about moringa and other legumes, herbs and the nutritional value of those staples Visit the Yoruba Association in Havana and learn about Cuban religions with locals who practice Santería, a fusion of African, Caribbean and Roman Catholic beliefs.

 

DAYS 5-6

Rural Areas, small towns and Beautiful People Trip to the Pinar del Rio Province. Admire cigar country and ox-driven farming Learn about the unusual topography of the area (the mogotes) and its geological history Learn about sugarcane production and its historical role, with a cultural exchange at a historic sugar mill Take part in an educational exchange and open discussion about politics and social issues with a community “defense committee” Visit a rural medical clinic and learn how Cuba practices community medicine.

 

DAYS 7-8

Education, Music & Dance in Havana Back in Havana, visit the Antonio Nuñez Jimenez Foundation and enjoy a side-by-side lesson on the foundation’s sustainable development projects as they are being developed in Cuba Visit an elementary school in the Vedado section of Havana and enjoy a cultural presentation prepared by the students. Enjoy an educational exchange with teachers discussing their teaching methods and curricula Visit Callejón de Hamel and enjoy Rumba performances while learning about the African heritage from renowned performers Head to José Martí International Airport the following morning for the return flight to Miami.

 

 

This is our Sample Program, which may be subject to change based on availability of educational venues, weather conditions, and season. This Sample Program is eight (8) days and seven (7) nights, we also offer a shorter, less expensive tour of five (5) days, four (4) nights in Havana. In addition, for affinity groups (college/universities, professional associations, museums, labor groups) we are prepared to custom design a trip based on their singular interests.

Custom Group Travel

 

planeProfessional associations, affinity groups, societies, museums, colleges and universities, historical societies, fraternities and sororities, family groups, all are able to use our Custom Group Travel Service. Leave the logistics, details and headaches to us. When planning a trip to Cuba, work with the Institute, and we will give you a turnkey solution. We will work with you to design a trip catered to your needs, interests and calendar.

 

Your group will travel legally to Cuba under the auspices and authority of the Institute’s people-to-people, U.S. Treasury Department license. Please give us a call today at 973-273-0273 or contact us via email at carmentorres50@verizon.net to discuss your group’s needs and travel plans.