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"I teach a course in Urban Development at a US College. I've read about the historic preservation efforts, planning and development taking place in Old Havana. I would like to go to Cuba to prepare a course on Cuba’s Architecture and Urban Development. Then I would like to take my students to Cuba as part of such a course. However, USA Cuba travel restrictions are hard to understand. Can you help me and my students?" Yes, we can arrange educational and cultural tours to Cuba from USA.

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Cuba Tours
Whether you want to go to Cuba for Professional Research, Support for the Cuban People, Professional Meetings, Religious Activities, Public Performances, Exhibitions or Workshops, chances are you can find a Cuba tour that matches your interest in our 2020 & 2021 rooster. Here’s our full roster of Cuba tours:
Photography Tour I From Apr 11 to Apr 18, 2020
The Nature of Cuba From Apr 11 to Apr 20, 2020
Cuba Engage 4 From Apr 11 to Apr 18, 2020
Cuba Real Tour 4 From Apr 11 to Apr 18, 2020
Four Biosphere Reserves From May 1 to May 10, 2020
Cuba Engage 5 From May 16 to May 23, 2020
Cuba Real Tour 5 From May 16 to May 23, 2020
Cuba Education Tour 5 From Jun 13 to Jun 20, 2020
Cuba Engage 6 From Jun 13 to Jun 20, 2020
Cuba Art Explorer II From Jun 13 to Jun 20, 2020
Cuba Real Tour 6 From Jun 13 to Jun 20, 2020
Photography Tour II From Jun 13 to Jun 20, 2020
Fire Festival Cuba Tour From Jun 30 to Jul 7, 2020
Cuba Education Tour 6 From Jul 4 to Jul 11, 2020
Cuba Real Tour 7 From Jul 4 to Jul 11, 2020
Cuba Engage 7 From Jul 4 to Jul 11, 2020
Cuba Business Tour From Jul 4 to Jul 11, 2020
Healthcare Cuba Tour From Jul 4 to Jul 11, 2020
Cuba Education Tour 7 From Jul 11 to Jul 18, 2020
Jews of Cuba Travel From Aug 13 to Aug 20, 2020
Cuba Real Tour 8 From Aug 15 to Aug 22, 2020
Cuba Engage 8 From Aug 15 to Aug 22, 2020
Photographers On Tour From Aug 15 to Aug 22, 2020
Cuba Education Tour 8 From Aug 15 to Aug 22, 2020
Cuba Art Explorer III From Aug 15 to Aug 22, 2020
Cuba Architecture Tour I From Aug 15 to Aug 22, 2020
Lawyers Cuba Travel From Aug 15 to Aug 22, 2020
Seven Historical Cities II From Aug 15 to Aug 26, 2020
Cuba Real Tour 9 From Sep 12 to Sep 19, 2020
Cuba Engage 9 From Sep 12 to Sep 19, 2020
Cuba Baseball Tour From Sep 12 to Sep 19, 2020
Cuba Real Tour 10 From Oct 10 to Oct 17, 2020
Cuba Engage 10 From Oct 10 to Oct 17, 2020
Performing Arts Tour From Oct 11 to Oct 18, 2020
Dance Cuba Tour From Oct 11 to Oct 18, 2020
Cuba Ballet Festival From Oct 27 to Nov 3, 2020
Seven Historical Cities I From Nov 5 to Nov 16, 2020
Cuba Nature Tour From Nov 6 to Nov 15, 2020
Jo Jazz Havana Trip From Nov 11 to Nov 18, 2020
Cuba Business Tour From Nov 14 to Nov 21, 2020
Healthcare Cuba Tour From Nov 14 to Nov 21, 2020
Cuba Real Tour 11 From Nov 14 to Nov 21, 2020
Cuba Engage 11 From Nov 14 to Nov 21, 2020
Film Festival Cuba Tour From Dec 7 to Dec 14, 2020
Cuba Real Tour 12 From Dec 26 to Jan 2, 2021
Cuba Engage 12 From Dec 26 to Jan 2, 2021
Cuba Education Tour 9 From Dec 26 to Jan 2, 2021
Cuba Education Tour 10 From Dec 26 to Jan 2, 2021
Cuba Education Tour 11 From Dec 26 to Jan 2, 2021
Bird Watching Cuba Tour From Dec 26 to Jan 2, 2021
Cuba Architecture Tour From Dec 26 to Jan 2, 2021
Cuban Art Explorer IV From Dec 26 to Jan 2, 2021
Photography Tour IV From Dec 26 to Jan 2, 2021
Family Discovery Tour From Dec 26 to Jan 2, 2021
Jewish Heritage Tour From Dec 28 to Jan 4, 2021
Havana Jazz Festival From Jan 17 to Jan 25, 2021
Santiago Jazz Festival From Jan 18 to Jan 25, 2021
Cuba Jazz Festival From Jan 20 to Jan 25, 2021
Cuba Real Tour 1 From Jan 16 to Jan 23, 2021
Cuba Engage 1 From Jan 16 to Jan 23, 2021
Havana Book Fair From Feb 5 to Feb 12, 2021
Cuba Al Natural From Feb 12 to Feb 23, 2021
Cuba Real Tour 2 From Feb 13 to Feb 20, 2021
Cuba Engage 2 From Feb 13 to Feb 20, 2021
Habano Cigar Festival From Feb 20 to Feb 27, 2021
Cuba Education Tour 1 From Feb 27 to Mar 6, 2021
Cuba Education Tour 2 From Mar 6 to Mar 13, 2021
Cuba Real Tour 3 From Mar 13 to Mar 20, 2021
Cuba Engage 3 From Mar 13 to Mar 20, 2021
Cuba Art Explorer I From Mar 13 to Mar 20, 2021
Bird Watching Cuba Tour From Mar 13 to Mar 20, 2021
Cuba Education Tour 3 From Mar 13 to Mar 20, 2021
Cuba Business Tour From Mar 13 to Mar 20, 2021
Healthcare Cuba Tour From Mar 13 to Mar 20, 2021
Cuba Education Tour 4 From Mar 20 to Mar 27, 2021
Havana Art Biennial From Apr 17 to Apr 24, 2021

Architecture Highlights
Cuba Tours & Travel

Giraldilla of Havana City, Cuba (architectural detail)Travel to Havana, one of the best architecturally designed cities in the world. Its architecture mirrors its rich social and political history.

Lion of Cienfuegos, Cuba (architectural detail)Travel to Cienfuegos. In 2005, its historic Ccenter became a UNESCO World Site, for the stunning architecture of an area stretching for 70 blocks.

Iznaga Tower: Trinidad, Cuba (architectural detail)Travel to UNESCO World Heritage Site: Trinidad city, a perfect relic of the early days of the Spanish colony with hardly a trace of the 20th century anywhere.

Maceo Sculpture in Santiago de Cuba (architectural detail)Travel to Santiago de Cuba, former capital of the country, founded by Spanish Diego Velazquez in 1514 by the bay of Santiago de Cuba.

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Cuba Cultural Festivals

Cuba Travel, Fire Festival 2020. Travel to Santiago de Cuba for the Fiesta del Fuego Festival 2020 (Fire Festival 2020) that highlights the cultural expressions of the region. The annual Fire Festival is a very well-known street party taking place in the month of July in the city of Santiago de Cuba.

Cuba Travel, Havana Ballet Festival 2020. International Ballet Festival of Havana 2020. Organized by the Cuba’s National Ballet, the International Ballet Festival of Havana draws dancers, choreographers and companies from all over the globe.

Cuba Travel, Havana Jo Jazz Festival 2020. Jo Jazz Festival of Havana The Jo Jazz Havana is the result of music education in Cuba. As talented young jazz musicians emerged from Cuban music schools every year, they are eager to showcase their talents in Havana’s most popular jazz venues.

Cuba Travel, Havana Film Festival 2020. Cuba Festival of New Latin American Cinema. The Havana Film Festival is a cultural event with no parallel for the promotion of Spanish language filmmakers. It draws thousands of movie goers and cultural buffs from all over Cuba each December.

International Jazz Festival of Havana Cuba Cultural Tour 2021; Authentic Cuba cultural travel goes to Havana for the 36th Jazz Festival of Havana 2021 organized by renowned Cuban jazz musician Chucho Valdes will run January 20-25, 2021 at several locations in Havana.

Travel to Cuba for the International Havana Book Fair, 2021. Travel to the festival with the highest attendance in Cuba: the 30th Havana International Book Fair 2021 that will begin in Havana City on February 2021, and then it will spread east and west of the capital. The book fair will end in Santiago de Cuba.

Cuba Tour, Habano Cigar Festival 2021 The Habano Cigar Festival 2021 is considered by experts as the biggest world party to promote the Premium type cigar. It only competes with this one, without surpassing its quality, the Big Smoke of Las Vegas in the United States.

Cuba Tour, Havana Art Festival 2121 The Havana Art Biennial 2021 is an exciting celebration featuring not only the best of Cuban visual artists, but also artists from other countries from Latin America, the Caribbean, and from developing countries.

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Authentic Architecture Cuba Tours for Architects, Urban Planners, Landscape Designers, Architecture Professors, Faculty and Students; and all those interested in Cuba’s Architecture and Historical Preservation from USA, Canada and around the world.

Cuban architecture is a unique combination of colonial and modern structures giving the island a very distinct architectural landscape, while differences in pre and post-Revolution architecture provide valuable insight into the changes that the island has undergone over time. If you are looking for more than the chance to walk around and catch a glimpse of some of Cuba’s most famous structures, architecture tours to Cuba from Authentic Cuba Travel® are certainly the right choice.

The escorted Cuba tours from Authentic Cuba Travel® are always led by university educated guides. This means that we can take you beyond looking at Cuba’s unique architecture and can tell you the stories and histories behind it. Our Cuba architecture tours take you up close and personal into some of Cuba’s most interesting and historic cities, while providing you a look into our architectural history in a way that few others could.

If you have always longed to study and explore Cuban architecture outside of the internet and classroom textbooks, let our Cuba travel experts help you get a front row seat to the best that Cuba has to offer!

Notice to US Historic Preservation Organizations, US Heritage Foundations, US Architectural Heritage Associations, and other US Organizations:



Historic Preservation Organizations, Heritage Foundations, Architectural Heritage Associations, and other Organizations from USA can organize a trip to Cuba under the provisions of the General License for Educational Activities, the General License for Support for the Cuban People, the General License for Professional Research, the General License for Public Performances, Clinics & Workshops, among others. Certain conditions are to be met to comply with OFAC General License requirements for each category of USA Cuba travel though.

The mission of your organization and the objective of your trip to Cuba determine under what general license you can travel to Cuba legally. In general, most trips should consist of a full-time schedule of activities intended to promote the exchange with the ordinary citizens of Cuba. This full-time schedule must also include educational activities that result in meaningful interaction in between U.S and Cuban nationals. Free time in excess or regular tourists' activities are not permitted.

We take care of all details both in North America and in Cuba, including VISA and flight arrangements to Cuba's main destinations via USA ports (Miami, Tampa, New York, Los Angeles, or other) or through third countries like Canada and Mexico. Authorized US organizations can travel through a third country subject to the same restrictions and requirements as those flying directly from USA.

At Authentic Cuba Travel®, we have been organizing such educational and cultural travel experiences from the United States of America for years with great success. Call us and let us know more about your organization and we will provide guidance and assistance.

Cuba's Architecture Overview

Throughout Cuba, you can find some of the most well preserved and biggest cores of Spanish colonial architecture in The Americas. This is one of the many reasons that Cuba architecture tours are one of the most frequent types of specialized tourism to Cuba. Authentic Cuba Travel® gives visitors the chance to travel to those important historical sites whether they are found close to urban cities or in remote picturesque towns, and to hear from Cuban architects and locals, the authentic Cuba history behind them.

During the period spanning from 1512 to 1519, Cuban governor Don Diego Velazquez founded the island’s first seven settlements: Santiago de Cuba, Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion de Baracoa, San Cristóbal de La Habana, San Juan de los Remedios, San Salvador de Bayamo, Sancti Spiritus, Santisima Trinidad, and Santa Maria del Puerto del Principe, now known as Camaguey. Today, much of these settlements remains intact and holds its original charm and antiquity, which can be explore on Cuban architecture tours from Authentic Cuba Travel®.

With incredible variety and a stark contrast between colors and textures, Havana is certainly one of the most architecturally impressive cities in the world. But Havana is not the only city of architectural significance and beauty in Cuba... Read More

US Cuba Architecture Travel

Cuba Architecture Travel is within reach for urban planners, architects, landscape designers, architecture professors, and architecture related professionals from the United States. There is currently an opening in US policy that allows porfessional and academic Cuba travel. And Authentic Cuba Travel® is proud to offer Cuba architecture tours that comply with current USA Cuba travel regulations.

If you are a professor of architecture or urban development at a US university or college, you can take your classroom to Cuba under the premises of the General License. Our team of Cuba travel experts will work with you to create a custom itinerary that meets your course requirements while meeting current USA Cuba travel criteria.

With Cuban renowned architects and expert guides escorting all of our authentic Cuba tours and with the future of licensed travel to Cuba so uncertain, now is the perfect time to take advantage of the architecture tours to Cuba put together by our team of Cuba travel experts!

Architects on Tour I

Architects on Tour II

Seven Historical Cities II

Seven Historical Cities I

Cuba Travel NEWS

On June 5, 2019 the Department of The Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published the new amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, 31 CFR part 515 to further implement the policy towards Cuba announced by President Trump on June 16, 2017 in Miami.

Despite the harsh rhetoric of President Trump on June 16, 2017 against Cuba, NONE of the existing 12 categories of Cuba legal travel have been eliminated. Furthermore, the General License authorization remains in place as well; although the General License for Group People-to-people Cuba Travel has been eliminated. Read more...
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Notice to Schools of Architecture, Historic Preservation, Urban Planning and other Academic Institutions from USA:



In January 2016, the US Government announced further enhancements to the 12 categories of authorized travel to Cuba that previously required a specific license (this is, lengthy applications to OFAC). Now travel to the Caribbean island is allowed under a general license (this is, self-completed paperwork with no application to OFAC needed).

After President Trump’s policy change on USA Cuba travel on June 6, 2019, the General License for Educational Activities remains in place. Accredited U.S. graduate or under graduate degree-granting institutions; U.S. Academic Institutions; and U.S. Schools can organize and sponsor an educational trip to Cuba for their students, faculty and staff under the General License for Educational Activities, provided that the trip meets OFAC guidelines; and that an employee or other representative of the organization escorts the trip to make sure such guidelines are followed by all participants.

US Schools of Architecture, Historic Preservation, Urban Planning and other US Academic Institutions can organize and sponsor a trip to Cuba for educational activities. The purpose of the Cuba travel should be for:

_ the participation in a structured educational program offered for credit as part of a course of the sponsoring institution;

_ educational exchanges sponsored by Cuban or U.S. secondary schools involving secondary school students’ participation in a formal course of study or in a structured educational program offered by a secondary school or other academic institution, and led by a teacher or other secondary school official are authorized. This authorization allows for participation of a reasonable number of adult chaperones to accompany the secondary school students to Cuba.

_ attendance at non-commercial academic seminars, conferences and workshops related to Cuba sponsored or co-sponsored by U.S. academic institution.

_ non- commercial academic research related to Cuba for the purpose of obtaining a graduate or undergraduate degree;

_ the participation in a formal course of study at a Cuban academic institution provided that credits will be accepted toward the student’s graduate or undergraduate degree;

_ participation in a 10-week structured educational program in Cuba as part of a course offered at the U.S. institution;

_ participation in a formal 10-week course of study at a Cuban academic institution, provided the formal course of study in Cuba will be accepted for credit toward the student’s undergraduate or graduate degree at the U.S. institution;

_ teaching for 10 weeks at a Cuban academic institution by an individual regularly employed in a teaching capacity at the U.S. institution.

We take care of all details both in North America and in Cuba, including VISA and flight arrangements to Cuba's main destinations via USA ports (Miami, Tampa, New York, Los Angeles, or other) or through third countries like Canada and Mexico. Authorized US organizations can travel through a third country subject to the same restrictions and requirements as those flying directly from USA.

At Authentic Cuba Travel®, we have been organizing such educational and cultural travel experiences from the United States of America for years with great success.

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