♦ Start: Havana
♦ Finish: Havana
This itinerary has been designed to meet requirements set by the United States Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to provide those who register as participants in our programs to visit Cuba legally for educational people-to-people interactions. Our itineraries provide a full-time schedule of people-to-people educational exchange activities designed to result in meaningful interactions between our travelers and individuals in Cuba. United States law requires that all participants in our programs adhere to the full-time schedule of people-to-people activities. You should be aware that you are not traveling to Cuba as a “tourist.” You will be traveling as part of a people-to-people educational exchange program and must participate in all activities of the program.
Come with us and explore Cuba! Cuba’s rich history and culture will come to life over two magical weeks, and we are quite sure that you won’t want to leave. From Havana’s historical streets, travel east to Santiago de Cuba and Baracoa and encounter the birthplace of Cuban rhythms and revolutionary fervor. Imagine yourself walking along the pristine shores of the Caribbean, strolling through World Heritage sites, learning sultry salsa dance moves, and walking along the cobblestoned streets of gorgeous Trinidad. Explore one of the most biologically diverse places on earth in Alejandro de Humboldt National Park and cruise the streets of Havana in the back of a classic car. On this 15-day tour, we’ll relive a fascinating colonial history and experience the rich heritage of music and dance that Cuba is known for.
- Rest your weary head at a Cuban Bed and Breakfast, known as a Casa Particular. Experience the warmth of Cuban hospitality by staying with a Cuban family, who will make you feel right at home.
- Drive along the picturesque Playa Giron, also known as the Bay of Pigs, the infamous site where the landing of US sponsored counter-revolutionary exile militia occurred in 1961.
- Take in the final resting place of the iconic Che Guevara.
- Visit Cienfuegos, also known as the ‘Pearl of the Caribbean,’ which stands out for its rich French-influenced architecture.
- Try out some sultry salsa steps and dance the night away at Casa de la Musica in Trinidad.
- Explore the beautiful colonial city of Trinidad, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988.
- Buy some pottery to take home from the Casa Chichi pottery house of the Santander family, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Watch a performance from the dancers of Camaguey’s world-renowned ballet company.
- Learn about the Afro-Cuban religion at the Temple of Yemaya.
- Hiking in Alejandro de Humboldt National Park, recognized by UNESCO as one of the most biologically diverse tropical island sites on earth.
- Explore Havana on foot and in a classic car and attend the famous cannon ceremony at the La Cabana Fortress.
- Visit the oldest cigar factory in Havana and learn about the cigar making process.
- Enjoy a live performance by Cuba’s most famous musicians, Buena Vista Social Club!
Is this trip right for you?
- The guesthouses (Casas) we use are much nicer than your average Cuban dwelling but keep in mind that each and every room is unique. Regardless of where you stay, power cuts and breaks in hot water are sometimes unavoidable, as in any developing country.
- Funds can be difficult to access in Cuba. If you’re traveling from the US, bring plenty of cash and if you’re traveling from other countries, bring multiple credit cards from several different banks just to be sure (non-US affiliated banks)
- Luxuries such as air conditioning, and even toilet seats, are often scarce. Part of the experience here is learning to appreciate everyday Cuban resourcefulness.
- Internet access can be hard to come by, and when it’s available it’s often unreliable and expensive. This is, on the other hand, a great opportunity to take a break from modern devices and have a true holiday.
- Cuba is different, and that’s a big part of its allure. Things don’t always go according to plan, and many things don’t work the same way as back home. Patience and good humor will go a long way in this beautiful destination.