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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:
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
Photography Tour I From Apr 10 to Apr 17, 2021
The Nature of Cuba From Apr 10 to Apr 19, 2021
Cuba Engage 4 From Apr 10 to Apr 17, 2021
Cuba Real Tour 4 From Apr 10 to Apr 17, 2021
Havana Art Biennial From Apr 17 to Apr 24, 2021
Four Biosphere Reserves From May 7 to May 16, 2021
Cuba Engage 5 From May 15 to May 22, 2021
Cuba Real Tour 5 From May 15 to May 22, 2021
Cuba Education Tour 5 From Jun 12 to Jun 19, 2021
Cuba Engage 6 From Jun 12 to Jun 19, 2021
Cuba Art Explorer II From Jun 12 to Jun 19, 2021
Cuba Real Tour 6 From Jun 12 to Jun 19, 2021
Photography Tour II From Jun 12 to Jun 19, 2021
Fire Festival Cuba Tour From Jun 29 to Jul 6, 2021
Cuba Education Tour 6 From Jul 3 to Jul 10, 2021
Cuba Real Tour 7 From Jul 3 to Jul 10, 2021
Cuba Engage 7 From Jul 3 to Jul 10, 2021
Cuba Business Tour From Jul 3 to Jul 10, 2021
Healthcare Cuba Tour From Jul 3 to Jul 10, 2021
Cuba Education Tour 7 From Jul 10 to Jul 17, 2021
Jews of Cuba Travel From Aug 12 to Aug 19, 2021
Cuba Real Tour 8 From Aug 14 to Aug 21, 2021
Cuba Engage 8 From Aug 14 to Aug 21, 2021
Photographers On Tour From Aug 14 to Aug 21, 2021
Cuba Education Tour 8 From Aug 14 to Aug 21, 2021
Cuba Art Explorer III From Aug 14 to Aug 21, 2021
Cuba Architecture Tour I From Aug 14 to Aug 21, 2021
Lawyers Cuba Travel From Aug 14 to Aug 21, 2021
Seven Historical Cities II From Aug 14 to Aug 25, 2021
Cuba Real Tour 9 From Sep 11 to Sep 18, 2021
Cuba Engage 9 From Sep 11 to Sep 18, 2021
Cuba Baseball Tour From Sep 11 to Sep 18, 2021
Cuba Real Tour 10 From Oct 9 to Oct 16, 2021
Cuba Engage 10 From Oct 9 to Oct 16, 2021
Performing Arts Tour From Oct 10 to Oct 17, 2021
Dance Cuba Tour From Oct 10 to Oct 17, 2021

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Cuba Cultural Festivals

Cuba Travel, Havana Jo Jazz Festival 2019. 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 2019. 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 2020; Authentic Cuba cultural travel goes to Havana for the 35th Jazz Festival of Havana 2020 organized by renowned Cuban jazz musician Chucho Valdes will run January 14-19, 2020 at several locations in Havana.

Travel to Cuba for the International Havana Book Fair, 2019. Travel to the festival with the highest attendance in Cuba: the 29th Havana International Book Fair 2020 that will begin in Havana City on February 2020, 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 2020 The Habano Cigar Festival 2020 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 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 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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Cuban Culture Today

The cultural heritage of Cuba is rooted in a distinctly unique combination of Aboriginal, French, Chinese, Spanish, and African cultures. Since 1959, the Cuban Revolution has promoted Cuban culture by creating number of art schools and guarantying salaries for Cuban artists.

Many cultural institutions have been founded such as the Cuban Film Institute, the Cuba’s National Ballet (that has gained worldwide recognition in this period), the Cuban Institute of Music and the National Cultural Council as well as museums, Afro-Cuban folklore ensembles and theatre groups.

In contrast to earlier periods, when Cuban culture was permeated by foreign influences, the promotion of domestic cultural expressions has been paramount and a revaluation of Cuba’s unique African heritage and Afro-Cuban folklore groups have been fostered.

Music Cuba’s most important ethnomusicologist Fernando Ortiz described Cuban music as “a love affair between the African drum and the Spanish guitar”. A simple yet comprehensive description of what Cuban music is about, a happy marriage of African beats and Spanish melodies.

Painting Early evidence of Cuban painting can be found in the religious mural paintings and oils of Jose Nicolas de La Escalera (1734- 1804). However, for the greater part of 18th century, portrait and religious painting dominated Cuban artistry production. In 1818, the Academy of Painting of San Alejandro was founded, dominating Cuban art until the 1920’s when a group of young Cuban painters broke away from the academy into more European avant-garde trends that had sensationalized Europe decades earlier.

Literature Cuban literature dates as far back as 1605 to a poem titled Espejo de Paciencia written by Silvestre de Balboa. It is in the early 19th century that Cuban literature really began to emerge as its own unique style of writing. The turning point for Cuba literature is regarded to have come with the lyrical poetic works of Jose Maria Heredia (1803-1839), with his famed Oda al Niagara and En El Teocalli de Chobula being considered the start to the Spanish Romanticism style of writing.

Film The Cuban Film Institute, or the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC) was created in the early days of the Cuban Revolution placing emphasis on documentary production at first. Icon Cuban directors of the last fifty years are Tomas Gutierrez Alea and Humberto Solas. The former was the creator of the film Strawberry and Chocolate that won the Berlin Film Festival’s special prize in 1994 and tells the intricacies of the relationship in between the Revolution supporters and Cuban homosexuals.

US Cuba Cultural Travel

Authentic Cuba Travel® offers US citizens and permanent residents escorted cultural tours to Cuba in the fields of arts, photography, dance & music, ballet, performing arts under the provisions of General License for Professional Research and the General License for Support for the Cuban People of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)..

Our cultural Cuba tours are escorted by world class Cuban culture personalities and university graduated tour guides.

No one can say what the future will hold for U.S.-Cuba relations, so it's important to take advantage of the current opportunity.

Art Cuba Tours | Sport Tours to Cuba | People-to-people Cuba Tours | Education Tours to Cuba | Cuba Photography Tours | Jewish Cuba Tours | Dance Cuba Tours | Performing Arts Cuba Tours | Jazz Cuba Tours | Film Cuba Tours |

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 US Schools of the Arts; US Schools of Photography; US Ballet Schools; US Schools of Music & Dance; US Schools for the Performing Arts; 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 the Arts; US Schools of Photography; US Ballet Schools; US Schools of Music & Dance; US Schools for the Performing Arts; and other Academic Institutions from USA 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;

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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