It is possible for US citizens to go to Cuba legally despite the elimination of the General License for People to People travel on June 5, 2019. None of the existing 12 categories of legal Cuba travel have been eliminated. The General Licenses for Educational Activities (515.565), Professional Research (515.564), Support for the Cuban People (515.574), and others are still in place. Learn more about the updated
Cuba Travel Regulations
"First of all, our trip to Cuba turned out to be one of the outstanding experiences of my life. It far exceeded my expectations. Initially, the main reason for going was the music, but as it turned out, seeing the culture, seeing the people, meeting the people, interacting with some of our fellow travelers and other attractions dominated." Fred Friedman
"Over the last several years I have led numerous Study Abroad trips with my students. None of them had been to Cuba. This last Spring, I crafted a business course to Cuba to explore the emergence of entrepreneurship in the country. I needed to find a vendor with extensive knowledge and contacts on the ground, that could organize not only a culturally rich experience, but also a very targeted academically ambitious program. Authentic Travel Cuba was that outfit." Jose Gonzalez, Belmont University
"From start to finish our trip to Cuba was spectacular. Your patient attention to details and reassurance that all was in order was greatly appreciated. You walked us through each and every step and provided us with all the tools necessary for a successful trip. There wasn't a single question that you didn't answer and the trip proceeded without a glitch or misstep. Then there was the itinerary for this educational tour to Cuba. I can't imagine a more comprehensive and well scheduled tour." Mary Jones
"I just wanted to say thank you for arranging our trip to Cuba. I just got back yesterday and the trip was incredible. I LOVE Cuba and can't wait to go back. The trip was very organized, informative, and I learned so much. Alexis, our local guide, was the best-- so much knowledge!! And our driver, Ramon was so much fun. I also loved the music we had with the new group Autotiempo...it was a private show! So good!!! We had a memorable experience." Nahyon Le
"I am on the plane home from Miami. I wanted to tell you that we all had a really good Jewish trip to Cuba. It's a fascinating country with a lot of potential for the future. The people were warm and welcoming. Mirelys was as good a guide. She went out of her way to accommodate all our requests and changes and add-ons. She couldn't have been more cooperative. Efrin, our driver was also very capable. We appreciated all that you and Authentic did to make our trip so rewarding." Arthur Selkowitz
"Seeing 12 of the endemic bird species of Cuba and all the other great birds was a big highlight. Also swimming in the cave and under the waterfall. Lobster and shrimp was good too! Fabulous coffee at Maria's cafe! And thanks to all in the group for the fabulous memories!" Sheila Ziman
"Still recovering from the journey home. Great trip. David is a terrific guide and Enrique got us around safely with a big smile. I will be happy to be a reference person for you and will share photos when they are processed. Thank you for your help and guidance for the Cuba cultural trip. We got home without any hassle." Lawrence Sherwin
"The trip that Authentic Cuba Travel® put together for us was fabulous. We all loved David, our Cuban guide. He did an exceptional job. He made the trip even better than it would have been without him. Enrique, the bus driver, was an excellent driver, great sense of humor and seemed to know how to avoid every bump in the roads. All in all, the trip was exceptional. I will be happy to give anyone rave reviews about our photography trip to Cuba." Richard Farnell
"The International Havana Jazz Festival was amazing and we got to listen and see artist that we would never have encountered. We had heard about the music in Cuba from friends that have attended the International Jazz festival in the past. Your organization of this tour made it so easy for us as we did not have to worry about planning our day. The trip was first class and our thanks again for putting together an amazing package." George and June Kawaguchi
"Only ninety miles from the United States, Cuba is virtually unknown to most Americans, inspiring, at best, superficial and contradictory images of an island paradise and an island prison. To help our students overcome such a deficit of information, Western Kentucky University sponsored its first ever Cuban study-abroad program during the 2013 winter term. As the co-leader for fourteen students and three non-credit participants, I was particularly grateful for the thoughtful & efficient arrangements that Authentic Cuba Travel® provided." Walker Rutledge
Reviews & Testimonials about Authentic Cuba Travel®
The above movies were shot during Authentic Cuba Travel® Official Cuba Tour to the Havana Jazz Festival 2011 by tour participant Orville Teising. We invite all those looking for reviews on Authentic Cuba Travel® to watch them as they are the best graphic testimonials ever! Authentic Cuba Travel® is forever grateful to Orville Teising for such a nice work.
The below reviews and testimonials from past travelers of our Cuba tours have been sorted by theme for the readers’ convenience. Please do contact Authentic Cuba Travel® if you would like to hear directly from those who have so generously traveled and published their experiences in our websites
"The trip was terrific in so many ways. My family fell in love with the country as I knew they would. A major highlight was Alexis, our guide. He is a special guy. The Hotel Nacional is a lovely hotel. The staff was attentive to every need. We also really love the Hotel Jagua. Our driver Noel was first rate. He was professional and gracious at all times." Diana Canova
"Kudos to our guide Mirelys. This was my second trip to explore the island of friendly Cuba with Authentic Cuba Travel®. And it won't be the last! Your team has done a great job in putting together a well-rounded trip. I only wished that it lasted longer. And the price was reasonable and affordable. Again, Thank you and your team." Bret Boone
"We thank Authentic Cuba Travel® for making our trip to Cuba work so smoothly. We appreciated your professional assistance, but also your continual availability to answer any and all questions before we left. We would certainly look to you again for future Cuba travel." Anita and Jim Hadley
"We found Authentic Cuba Travel® to be wonderfully helpful, not only with the arrangements for the Film Festival tour, but for extra add-on arrangements. As for the tour itself, a week in the Hotel Nacional and a pass to the film festival add up to pure happiness. Everything else was icing on the cake. Can’t wait until next year’s film festival!" Kathy Kahn
"Our trip to Cuba was unbelievable and I have only one word to describe it ILEANA.
Her knowledge of the country and her openness made the education components of the trip so wonderful for our students. She also could be tough when needed to protect our students and gentle when they need encouragement. The students all loved her and our bus drive.
Hotels and staffs were great! " S. Kent Miller, Culver-Stockton College
"The Cuba trip, being my first time out of the country, holds a special place in my heart. I had many wonderful first-time experiences — my first plane ride, my first time through customs, to mention a few. This, accompanied with all the amazing activities, meals, and company that came with it, made the trip one of the best experiences of my life." James McNulty, Hotchkiss High School Student
Catholic Pilgrimage to Cuba Reviews & Testimonials
"We were welcomed by Deacon Juan Rios in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We distributed rosaries, holy cards, medicine and financial aid to the Deacon. During our second day, we visited the "Santovenia Senior Center," a Catholic nursing home for the elderly run by Sister Consuelo Pena..." Rev. Thaddeus Dzieszko
"We all had a really good trip to Cuba. It's a fascinating country with a lot of potential for the future. The people were warm and welcoming. Mirelys was as good a guide. She couldn't have been more cooperative. Efrin, our driver was also very capable. We appreciated all that you and Authentic Cuba Travel® did to make our trip so rewarding." Arthur Selkowitz
"Our judicial Cuba trip was absolutely fantastic in every way--a trip of a
lifetime. But I would be remiss if I did not tell you that our tour guide,
Iliana, was so fantastic that I am still shaking my head in awe. I think she could
single handedly re-establish diplomatic relations between beautiful Cuba and
US. Your itinerary and lectures were so thoughtfully put
together. It was a fabulous trip." Martha Simonett
"Seeing so much of the country was wonderful. Happening upon the sugarcane harvest was wonderful. I am glad we got to see the main birds we hoped to see- but the birding itself was the least important part of the trip. Another highlight was our last night together- we could not have been in a better place (Chez...)- great meal, fun waitstaff, great company. Well done! " Ralph Van Dusseldorp
"As an author, I am particularly interested in writing, publishing, and other literary systems, so I signed up. I was thrilled. The tour was both educational and stimulating, and very well planned. Yane, the contact at Authentic Cuba Travel®s, was very patient and returned my calls promptly. Everything went like clockwork, and the tour itself, a combination of industry and sight-seeing, was fascinating." Libby Hellmann, Author
"Please give the rest of your Authentic Cuba Travel® team my thanks as well. The trip was perfectly planned. We had busy days but we saw more than I could have imagined. Alexis must be the best guide in Cuba, and all of the other speakers were excellent as well. I was amazed at the amount of knowledge and passion that all of the historians had for their cities." Will O'Connor
"I just returned from the Cuba trip and I have to tell you that I have been travelling with students and on my own for over 40 years and this was the absolute BEST tour that I ever experienced! Everything, down to the smallest detail, was organized! Thank you, for a life changing experience that I will treasure always." Laura M. Rodriguez, Hamden High School
Authentic Cuba Travel®
Cuba Escorted Tours
Authentic Cuba Travel® Lifetime Deposits offers any of our tour participants forced to delay a departure to retain their deposit for use at a later date at no extra charge and NO QUESTIONS ASKED.
Authentic Cuba Travel® is offering a new level of service for our loyal teachers: the FREE Cuba Explorer Tours. All teachers may qualify!
For Authentic Cuba Travel® safety always comes first. Constant on-tour safety expertise & on-site assistance. Your safety is our top priority.
Nobody knows Cuba as Authentic Cuba Travel®! Our staff is fluent in English and Spanish and have lived and worked in Cuba Travel Industry for over 10 years. Guaranteed!
Sustainable tourism is where our Cuba tour participants can enjoy their holiday and at the same time respect the authentic culture of local people and also respect the environment.
Authentic Cuba Travel® escorted tours to Cuba's international Festivals: Jazz Festival, Book Fair, Havana Art Biennial, Fire Festival and more!
Authentic Cuba Travel®'s nature and bird watching eco tours grant access to UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, National Parks & Protected Areas!
Authentic Cuba Travel®'s Cuba cultural tours feature visits to Cuba’s premier art galleries & artists' studios.