Watch Prof. Santana's "Intro to Cuban Culture 101" video to see how program participants experienced Cuban culture in 2012.
Embark on a fascinating journey where both historical culture and present day realities are explored within this Caribbean island nation. During our voyage, you will find yourself participating in cultural events in exciting Havana—the Cuban capital rich in music, art and history, and Matanzas—home to Ediciones Vigia, an institution that makes unique handmade books. The journey also includes a two-night stay at Varadero, the largest resort complex in the Caribbean.
- Discussions led by school teachers, professors, doctors and other Cuban citizens will enrich you with the history prior to and following 1960.
- Our travel agent is licensed by the US Department of the Treasury for legal travel in Cuba.
- One-unit of academic credit
This program is open to the general public.
Legal travel in Cuba is a unique opportunity and there are a limited number of spaces available on this tour. We recommend that you submit your deposit and application as soon as possible to secure your space.
The tour fee of $3,495 includes:
- Roundtrip airfare from Miami
- Bus transfers
- Cuban visa
- All breakfasts
- Double occupancy lodging
- Lunch and dinner where indicated in the itinerary
- 1 unit of credit in Foreign Languages (up to 2 additional units can be obtained for an extra cost of $330/unit).
The tour fee does not include:
- $25 Cuban departure tax
- Single supplement option ($350)
- Meals not specified in the itinerary
- Personal items
Participants will meet the group in Miami. You will need to reserve your flight to Miami in advance and arrive one day earlier.
Cuba Itinerary (May be subject to changes)
Group arrives in Miami on March 16, 2012
March 17, Saturday
Departure for Habana. Transportation and hotel check-in as well as a short briefing on the tour sights and itinerary.
Old Habana - Afternoon walking tour, pointing out a number of colonial and tourist sites that may be of interest to participants during their free time. Site include: the Cathedral, the Palace of the Marqueses de Aguas Claras, the Wilfredo Lam Center (artist), la Bodeguita del Medio (Hemingway’s favorite watering hole), Obispo Street, the Santería Museum and other places of interest.
March 18, Sunday
The Revolution and Castro - Bus excursion focusing on political and historical landmarks such as El Castillo del Morro. Emphasis will center on Fidel Castro’s Cuba and the Revolution: the Plaza de la Revolution and the Revolution Museum. Evening recommendation: listen to lively Cuban music.
March 19, Monday
Cuban Way of Life - How Cubans live in today’s Cuba: socialized medicine, education, agromercado (semi-capitalist fruit/vegetable markets).
March 20, Tuesday.
CUBAN ART - Visit Las Terrazas, an art colony outside of Havana where artists live and work in workshops and learn about other artistic activities. Tour of the Gran Teatro de La Habana.
March 21, Wednesday
Depart for Varadero, stop in Matanzas on the way (the Athens of Cuba). Meeting at the local library and learning about literacy in Cuba. (Donate American classics to the library?). Visit the Ediciones Vigía, to see how books are hand made. Continue to the Varedero resort area. Check into an all inclusive hotel.
March 22, Thursday
Relaxing day in Varadero and free time. There are a number of museums or other points of interest if the beach is not of interest.
March 23, Friday
Return to Habana. Visit the Dupont Mansion and nearby city of Cardenas, home of Elían González and a museum dedicated to him. Afternoon free time to visit your points of interest. There’s always so much to see and do in Habana.
March 24, Saturday
Return flight to Miami.
Download the application PDF
Application Deadline with $1,000 deposit due by Feb. 17, 2012 with the remaining fees due on March 2, 2012.
For more information about the Cuba Cultural Seminar, please contact:
Dr. Jorge A. Santana, Tour Director
California State University, Sacramento
Foreign Language Department