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University & College faculty, staff & students, K-12 teachers from USA are eligible to travel to Cuba under the General License, a process that can be completed by individuals & educational institutions without submitting the application to OFAC.

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Havana Jazz Festival From Jan 13 to Jan 21, 2019
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Cuba Real Tour 1 From Jan 19 to Jan 26, 2019
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Cuba Al Natural From Feb 15 to Feb 26, 2019
Cuba Real Tour 2 From Feb 16 to Feb 23, 2019
Cuba Engage 2 From Feb 16 to Feb 23, 2019
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Cuba Education Tour 1 From Mar 2 to Mar 9, 2019
Cuba Education Tour 2 From Mar 9 to Mar 16, 2019
Cuba Real Tour 3 From Mar 16 to Mar 23, 2019
Cuba Engage 3 From Mar 16 to Mar 23, 2019
Cuba Art Explorer I From Mar 16 to Mar 23, 2019
Bird Watching Cuba Tour From Mar 16 to Mar 23, 2019
Cuba Education Tour 3 From Mar 16 to Mar 23, 2019
Cuba Education Tour 4 From Mar 23 to Mar 30, 2019
Photography Tour I From Apr 13 to Apr 20, 2019
The Nature of Cuba From Apr 13 to Apr 22, 2019
Cuba Engage 4 From Apr 13 to Apr 20, 2019
Cuba Real Tour 4 From Apr 13 to Apr 20, 2019
Havana Art Biennial From Apr 13 to Apr 20, 2019
Four Biosphere Reserves From May 3 to May 12, 2019
Cuba Engage 5 From May 18 to May 25, 2019
Cuba Real Tour 5 From May 18 to May 25, 2019
Cuba Education Tour 5 From Jun 15 to Jun 22, 2019
Cuba Engage 6 From Jun 15 to Jun 22, 2019
Cuba Art Explorer II From Jun 15 to Jun 22, 2019
Cuba Real Tour 6 From Jun 15 to Jun 22, 2019
Photography Tour II From Jun 15 to Jun 22, 2019
Fire Festival Cuba Tour From Jul 2 to Jul 9, 2019
Cuba Education Tour 6 From Jul 6 to Jul 13, 2019
Cuba Real Tour 7 From Jul 6 to Jul 13, 2019
Cuba Engage 7 From Jul 6 to Jul 13, 2019
Cuba Education Tour 7 From Jul 13 to Jul 20, 2019
Cuba Real Tour 8 From Aug 17 to Aug 24, 2019
Cuba Engage 8 From Aug 17 to Aug 24, 2019
Photographers On Tour From Aug 17 to Aug 24, 2019
Cuba Education Tour 8 From Aug 17 to Aug 24, 2019
Cuba Art Explorer III From Aug 17 to Aug 24, 2019
Jews of Cuba Travel From Aug 17 to Aug 24, 2019
Cuba Architecture Tour I From Aug 17 to Aug 24, 2019
Legal Cuba Travel From Aug 17 to Aug 24, 2019
Seven Historical Cities II From Aug 17 to Aug 28, 2019
Cuba Real Tour 9 From Sep 14 to Sep 21, 2019
Cuba Engage 9 From Sep 14 to Sep 21, 2019
Cuba Baseball Tour From Sep 14 to Sep 21, 2019
Cuba Real Tour 10 From Oct 12 to Oct 19, 2019
Cuba Engage 10 From Oct 12 to Oct 19, 2019
Cuba Business Tour From Oct 13 to Oct 20, 2019
Performing Arts Tour From Oct 13 to Oct 20, 2019
Healthcare Cuba Tour From Oct 13 to Oct 20, 2019
Dance Cuba Tour From Oct 13 to Oct 20, 2019
Seven Historical Cities I From Nov 7 to Nov 18, 2019
Cuba Nature Tour From Nov 8 to Nov 17, 2019
Jo Jazz Havana Trip From Nov 13 to Nov 20, 2019
Cuba Real Tour 11 From Nov 16 to Nov 23, 2019
Cuba Engage 11 From Nov 16 to Nov 23, 2019
Film Festival Cuba Tour From Dec 9 to Dec 16, 2019
Cuba Real Tour 12 From Dec 28 to Jan 4, 2020
Cuba Engage 12 From Dec 28 to Jan 4, 2020
Cuba Education Tour 9 From Dec 28 to Jan 4, 2020
Cuba Education Tour 10 From Dec 28 to Jan 4, 2020
Cuba Education Tour 11 From Dec 28 to Jan 4, 2020
Bird Watching Cuba Tour From Dec 28 to Jan 4, 2020
Cuba Architecture Tour From Dec 28 to Jan 4, 2020
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Jewish Heritage Tour From Dec 28 to Jan 4, 2020
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Family Discovery Tour From Dec 28 to Jan 4, 2020
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Jacqui Birchall, Authentic Cuba Travel Expert Travel Agent Hello! My name is Jacqui Birchall. I am a retired Surrey (BC) high school teacher. My students and I travelled to Cuba with this wonderful people. It was an amazing experience for my students, students who cried as we left Cuba. I am happy to answer any questions you may have about how to organize your trip and any other questions you may have about Cuba. I have been lucky enough to have spent time teaching in Cuba and I have travelled extensively throughout the island. I invite you to take your classroom to Cuba with us!
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As your students explore America’s largest and best preserved Spanish historical cores such as UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Old Havana, Cienfuegos and Trinidad, they will enjoy cross cultural/ people-to-people experiences that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. They will be fascinated by the Cuban people, the Cuban culture, and the social/political/economic structure of Cuba.

Therefore, our Cuba Study Tours are also a brilliant way of seeing the real authentic Cuba; such a passionate and patriotic people have transformed this country into a very environmentally friendly place; partly because of the trade embargo, meaning that nearly everything the Cuban population uses is made and produced in Cuba and as a result is sustainable.

Do not wait any longer. Now is the time to start planning the next Cuba tour for your students. Your students will consider traveling to Cuba an experience of a lifetime. They will come home optimistic and inspired by fresh perspectives on what is possible not only personally but also socially. Request a custom-made no-obligation Cuba Study Trip for your students, and check some of the resources we put at your service.

Notice to US Academic Institutions, US Secondary Schools and other US Educational Organizations on Cuba Travel:



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 November 9, 2017, 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.

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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With customizable Cuba study tours, it is easy to offer North American Universities and Schools the educational experiences they expect out of Cuba travel. Not only is there a Cuba study trip to fit any group size, educational interest and budget, but each one also immerses Canadian and US Professors and students in the authentic Cuba and takes you deep into the heart and soul of the Cuban people.

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  • Nice, Safe, Clean 3 & 4 Star Hotels
  • Most Meals
  • Complimentary Professor(s) Participation
  • Official Asistur Cuban Health Insurance
  • Luxury Air-conditioned Coach Transportation
  • An Expert Cuban English Speaking Guide
  • Activities & Exchanges as Described
  • 24/7 Support Before, During and After your Cuba Study Tour
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  • Cuba Education Tour 1Havana, Cienfuegos & Trinidad Mar 2- Mar 9, 2019Book Now
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  • Day 1. Saturday.
    Hello Cuba
    Arrival at "Jose Marti" International Airport in Havana.

    Group welcomed by the ACT Cuban Guide. Transfer to your hotel Park View, located in Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Private group check-in.

    Cuba has some of the biggest and better conserved Spanish colonial architecture cores in America. No wonder, Cuba’s Architecture is one of the most significant attractions for foreign visitors to the largest island in the Caribbean.

    Breakfast and dinner are complimentary.
    Day 2. Sunday.
    Havana
    Morning: meeting with our guide for the morning, architect Miguel Coyula from the Group for the Comprehensive Development of Havana City at their headquarters in The Scale Model of Havana City, a museum that contains a model of the entire city of Havana.

    The model took nine years to build and is the second largest in the world after one of New York. Havana's 727 square kilometers are represented in an area of 22 meters of length and 10 meters of width. City planners needed to see and have a tactile sense of the impressive physical and cultural patrimony of Havana, spanning five centuries as a port city, island Caribbean capitol, and launching pad for the conquest of the Americas.

    Guided panoramic motor coach tour of Modern Havana.

    We will visit places like Square of Revolution, University of Havana, Seawall, Vedado neighbourhood, 1830 Restaurant, Miramar neighbourhood, Nacional Hotel, Cemetery Colon, and others.

    We will also see important examples of Art- Deco style architecture such as:

    The House of Catalina Laza, Havana's first art deco house, was built in 1926 by Juan Pedro Baro with marble from Carrara, ornaments from Lalique and sand from the Nile. Baro had it built for the beautiful Catalina Laza.

    America Building is a theatre complex designed in 1941 by architects Fernando Martinez Campos and Pascual de Rojas, consisting of two theatres, a restaurant and some shops in the main floor and residential apartments in the upper floors. Its interiors are very well preserved and conserve all the details of the original monumental design.

    Lopez Serrano Building, with its strong reminiscence of American Skyscrapers. Built in 1932 by Mira & Roisch, it was the highest residential building in Havana for many years.

    Lunch at La Mina restaurant.

    Afternoon: guided walking tour of Old Havana, UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Visit to Square of Arms, ancient military parade ground for Spanish soldiers and surrounded by impressive buildings such as:

    Palacio de los Capitanes Generales was the former seat of colonial government. Today the building houses the Museum of the City.

    Palacio del Segundo Cabo, the seat of the second authority of the island. Today it houses important publishing concerns.

    Castillo de la Real Fuerza. The second oldest fortress built by the Spaniards in the West Indies. The castle was recently renovated and reopened in June 2008 to hold the impressive maritime museum. Well laid out exhibits chart Spain and Cuba's naval history.

    Visit to the Cathedral Square, the most beautiful and private 18th century colonial plaza of Cuba, named after the masterpiece of Cuban baroque architecture: the Cathedral of Havana built by the Jesuit order.

    Continue walking tour onto San Francisco Square, one of the oldest in the historical quarter.

    Visit to Plaza Vieja, the only civic square of colonial times. Notice it doesn't have a church or government building around. Here we will visit important institutions for visual arts.

    Free time in the famous handicraft market of Old Havana where you can purchase all sorts of crafts and souvenirs by local artisans.

    Evening: tonight we have a Cuban band playing for us! You'll learn to dance to Salsa, Son, Rumba, and other popular Cuban rhythms with instruction from bandleaders.
    Day 3. Monday.
    Havana
    Morning: guided walking tour of Havana’s Parque Central and surrounding buildings:

    Visit to the Capitolio Nacional, designed by Cuban Architects and built by the American construction company of Purdy & Henderson. This monumental building is one of Cuba’s most outstanding architectural patrimonies packed with artwork from Cuban and foreign artists.

    The dome is 300.96 ft. high (7 inches higher than the highest capitol building in the US) and the recently renovated gardens are the work of the famous French Landscape architect, Forestier.

    Centro Asturiano, inaugurated in 1927 designed by Spanish Architect Manuel del Busto features solid heavy façades constructed in Capellania Stones with clear influence of Spanish Renaissance. It houses the most majestic staircase of Cuban Architecture. Since 2001 the building houses the new Museum of Fine Arts.

    Manzana de Gomez, first entire city block built in Cuba in the beginnings of the 20th century completely for commercial use with two inner diagonal streets that cross the building in all directions integrating the pedestrian circulation with the outer fabric.

    Visit to the former Centro Gallego, built in 1915 by Belgian architect Paul Belau. The facades have a rich decoration derived from baroque and renaissance styles. Today, the center houses the Gran Teatro de La Habana, home of Modern Dance Companies.

    Bacardi Building, designed in 1930 by Cuban architects Esteban Rodriguez Castells, Rafael Fernandez Ruenes and Jose Menendez Menendez, located in Las Murallas district. The rich façade design is based on polychrome granite imported from Bavaria and Norway as well as coloured brick, terracotta and Capellania stone. The elaborate decoration of the building crown features a bat, logo of the Bacardi company.

    Visit the rooftop of the Sevilla hotel for an eagle view of the walk you have taken in the morning while enjoying a refreshing Mojito cocktail.

    Light lunch at Prado cafeteria.

    Walking tour along the Paseo del Prado, a pedestrian promenade remodelled in 1929 with the inauguration of Havana’s Capitol Building.

    Visit to residential buildings along the boulevard with clear influence from European and American architecture. Visit to the interior of the most important residence: Cuba’s former president Jose Miguel Gomez Residence.

    Visit to Telegrafo Hotel.

    Visit to the former Asociacion de Dependientes del Comercio, a Venitian neo-renaissance style building placed in a key corner of the Prado featured in the film Buena Vista Social Club.

    Visit to the former Casino Español, currently used for wedding ceremonies for its lavish interiors.

    Return to hotel.

    Evening: attend baseball game at Latino americano Stadium, popularly known in Cuba as "The Colossus of Cerro” is home of Ciudad Habana Industriales. The stadium holds 55,000 people. In 1999, it hosted an exhibition series between Cuban National Team and the Baltimore Orioles.
    Day 4. Tuesday.
    Havana
    Morning: guided tour of the National Art Schools. The schools were designed and built by architects Cuban Ricardo Porro and the Italians Roberto Gottardi and Vittorio Garatti from 1961 to 1965, in the former affluent neighbourhood of Country Club Park (today known as Cubanacán), specifically on the grounds of the Havana Country Club golf course.

    Only two of the schools were completed, the rest being abandoned and awaiting restoration funding recently approved by the Cuban government.

    Lunch hosted by Jose Fuster, one of the most important Cuban ceramists and painters today.

    Afternoon: visit to Partagas Cigar Factory, founded in 1845 by Spaniard Don Jaime Partagas. Don Jaime owned many of the best plantations in the Vuelta Abajo tobacco-growing region of Cuba and being able to choose from among the finest tobaccos on the island made the brand Partagas incredibly successful.

    Don Jaime is also believed to have experimented with various methods of fermenting and aging tobacco and is legendarily credited with hiring the first lector to read to and entertain the cigar rollers as they worked. Before and after the Revolution, the Cuban-produced Partagás has been one of the most revered and highest-selling brands of cigars in the world.

    Return to hotel.

    Dinner at hotel.

    Evening: attend one of the most traditional and popular ceremonies in Cuba, The Fire of the Cannon of 9 O’Clock at the Fortress of San Carlos de La Cabana.
    Day 5. Wednesday.
    Havana- Cienfuegos - Trinidad
    Morning departure to Trinidad, in Central Cuba.

    En route, we will visit Cienfuegos, a city of neoclassical buildings with a European flair.

    Visit to Palacio de Valle upon arrival. This architectural jewel originated as a home for trader, Celestino Caceres, who later gave it as a wedding present to the Valle family who added to it (in a Mughal Style with carved floral motifs) a stunning Carrara marble staircase, cupped arches, bulbous domes and delicate arabesques.

    Lunch at Palacio del Valle restaurant.

    Afternoon: guided walking tour of Cienfuegos Historical Center.

    We will visit neoclassical buildings around Paseo del Prado and the main Square Jose Marti such as:

    The Tomas Terry Theatre, completed in 1895 and named after a sugar baron from Venezuela who arrived in Cuba with no money and made his fortune by buying sick slaves for a low price, to later nurse them back to health and reselling them. This money was invested in a sugar estate that brought him the wealth to build several outstanding buildings in Cienfuegos, including this theatre, with materials specially brought over from Europe.

    The Casa de la Cultura, home of another wealthy sugar baron, stunning mansion in neoclassical style.

    The Cathedral built with the donation of wealthy families like the Lebrancs, the Albis, the Terrys. Inside you find the reproductions of the 12 Apostles in stained glass imported from Paris. Also the original machinery of the clock tower was built in France. Still in place and working.

    We'll also visit the elegant art gallery Galería de Arte Maroya and review its impressively displayed collection of paintings, sculptures and antiques.

    Now we journey on to the historic city of Trinidad and check in at all-inclusive Costa Sur. You'll have time for dinner and a swim in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea.
    Day 6 Thursday.
    Trinidad
    Morning: guided walking tour of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Trinidad’s Historical Center, a perfect relic of the early days of the Spanish colony with beautifully preserved streets and buildings with hardly a trace of the 20th century anywhere.

    Visit to the Architecture Museum (Casa de los Sanchez Iznaga), housing the most representative samples of the city's architectural development in the 18th and 19th centuries.

    Visit to Museo Lucha contra Bandidos, former home of the San Francisco de Asis convent.

    Visit to Museo Romantico, overlooking the Trinidad main square. It has an excellent exhibition of romantic style porcelain, glass, paintings and decorative furniture which belonged to the Conde de Brunet and other Trinidad notorious families.

    We will stop at a mirador (lookout) over the Sugar Mill Valley, where the sugar barons used to have their countryside mansions and mills. This site is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Trinidad is well known for its pottery makers. We meet with a family that has been passing the tradition for generations: the Santanders.

    Lunch back at the hotel.

    Free time to wander the streets of historical centre or enjoy the beach.

    Evening is free to enjoy the beach, hotel amenities, and the lively streets of Trinidad. How about live Cuban popular music on steps of Casa de la Música – a great opportunity to dance with Cubans and your tour companions.
    Day 7. Friday.
    Topes de Collantes
    Morning: we will board former Russian army trucks for Topes de Collantes in the Escambray Mountain Range, Cuba's second highest mountain range- reaching 3,700 feet atop Pico San Juan. The mountains are home to small mountain villages and are a delight for birders and walkers alike. Slopes are swathed in Caribbean pines, ancient tree ferns, bamboo, and eucalyptus.

    Arrival at Hacienda Codina, an old Spanish Hacienda, once part of a large Spanish coffee plantation where we will have a typical lunch. Followed by a walk around this area to admire the beauty of the surrounding landscape.

    Topes de Collantes National Park in the Escambray mountains in Central Cuba. A perfect place for encountering the Cuban Emerald (Chlorostilbon ricordii), Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus), Cuban Parrot (Amazono leucocephala), Fernandina’s Flicker (Colaptes fernandinae)…

    Afternoon return to Trinidad.

    Evening venue: Cuban Popular Music Live at Steps of Casa de la Musica not to be missed, and a great opportunity to dance with Cubans!
    Day 8. Saturday.
    Departure
    Early morning departure to Havana City International Airport for departure.

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