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Warm Greetings! I’m Luis D'Aguiar, and I warmly invite you to join our educational journeys to Cuba, the least commercialized, largest, and most exciting island in the Caribbean. Cuban culture is a very diverse cultural blend of African, European and North American design reflecting the diverse demographic of the island. I studied at the University of Havana, and guided hundreds of cultural groups from the most prestigious North American museums of arts before moving to Canada. Today Cuban contemporary art remains one of the few export items for collectors. Come and join us! Need help, send me a message.
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Cuba Cultural Immersion from USA

Traveling to Cuba for educational activities on Cuba cultural trips from USA offers the rare chance to explore Cuban UNESCO World Heritage Sites, picturesque villages and vibrant urban cities. All while advancing people to people exchanges in which US visitors to Cuba absorb side by side with Cubans the mysterious culture of this wonderful island.

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Educational Cuba Tours are a Brilliant Way of Witnessing the Authentic Cuba. This Cuba Journey is a Unique Opportunity for K-12 Teachers, School and University Professors and Staff to travel from Coast to Coast!


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Authentic Cuba Travel in coordination with Cuba’s Teachers Union, the University of Havana and the University of Santiago de Cuba warmly invite teachers, professors, and educators from Canada, United States and all over the world to join this official Cuba education tour taking place from July 8 to July 15, 2017. This is the only tour for educators that travels from coast to coast! No other company offers this type of opportunity. Actually we run it twice a year only!

Cuba, with its mix of Spanish and African roots, is the largest, least commercialized, and most exciting island in the Caribbean. Nowhere in Cuba is it more evident that in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba, the second major metropolis in the largest Antillean Island, boasting the privilege of being considered the capital of the Caribbean, due to its centuries-old history.

Cuba educational tours are a great opportunity for educators, historians, anthropologists, sociologists and scholars keen on African and Caribbean heritage to witness the profound influence of African culture on the social fabric of our Americas. Cuba is also one of the world's last bastions of communism with a fascinating modern history. Cuba's relative political isolation has prevented it from being overrun by tourists, and locals are sincerely friendly to those who do venture in.

Our study tours to Cuba are also a brilliant way of seeing the real Cuba; such a passionate and patriotic people have transformed this country into a very environmentally friendly place (Cuba is one of the few self sustainable countries in the world); partly because of the trade embargo, meaning that nearly everything the Cuban people uses is made and produced in Cuba and as a result is sustainable.

Please, check the day-by-day itinerary below. Welcome Aboard!

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  • Educational Cuba Travel Highlights

    • Explore UNESCO World Heritage Site, Old Havana
    • Travel to Santiago de Cuba, Cuba's second largest city
    • Tour UNESCO World Heritage Site San Pedro de La Roca Fortress
    • Stay at historic Cuban hotels such as Casagranda and Presidente
    • Meet professors at the University of Santiago de Cuba
    • Ferry boat ride to Cayo Granma, a picturesque little island
    • Visit Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Cobre- the most sacred pilgrimage site
    • Join the Celebrations the 55th Anniversary of the Cuban Revolution!
    • Attend one of the most traditional and popular ceremonies in Cuba, at La Cabana Fortress
    • Tour the University of Havana, a cornerstone of higher education in Cuba
    • Lunch at Fusterlandia, the studio & residence of Jose Fuster
    • Learn about The Literacy Campaign with Dra Campos at the Literacy Museum

    Notice to US Educators:

    Cuba education tours could be licensable for US educators and professionals. Cost is low to ensure that hard working professors, teachers and educators can attend.

    The purpose of the educational tours is for North America education professionals to get a sense of Cuba’s education, architecture, culture, history and people.

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

    Don't wait? This is a once in a lifetime opportunity so don't miss out. Call us or book your tour on line now

    You can also take your students to Cuba with us. We will make sure your school trip meets all of your educational goals.

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    Santiago de Cuba is the former capital of the country and the second largest city in Cuba. The city experienced an influx of French immigrants in the late 18th century and early 19th century, many coming from Haiti after the Haitian slave revolt of 1791. This added to the city's eclectic cultural mix, already rich with Spanish and African culture.
    San Pedro de la Roca Morro Castle, a XVII century military construction atop the cliffs at the narrow entrance to Santiago Bay and one of the settings of the Spanish American War.
    The shrine of Our Lady of Charity is housed in Cuba's only basilica, a cream-colored square church with red domes overlooking the town of El Cobre. The Virgin of Charity (La Virgen de la Caridad) is a miraculous statue of the Virgin Mary in the mining town of El Cobre in Santiago de Cuba. Her shrine is the most important religious site on the entire island.
    Cayo Granma, Santiago de Cuba.
    In our quest to explore the most authentic destinations in Cuba, we have to travel by road, by air and now by sea! Included in your educational travel to Cuba, it is a very pleasant panoramic boat ride into the Bay of Santiago de Cuba to a little key named after the famous Granma boat.
    Visit to the Cathedral Square, in Old Havana, 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.
    Every night a cannon shoot rumbles at 9pm so called Cañonazo de las 9, a custom kept from colonial times, signaling the closure of the city wall doors. Night after night hundreds of people attend to this tradition of Havana. In today´s ceremony, voices and movements of the Infantry Colonial Regulations of Spain are used. Also the uniforms of almost every force that formed the Royal Spanish Army are used.
    Tour of Cuba's Literacy Museum in Havana City. Meeting with museum director Luisa Campos for an introduction on the history of the literacy campaign. Cuban students and volunteers went to rural areas to teach other country men to read and provide information on current Cuban politics. Rural women received schooling and job training if they choose to, which allowed them to work outside of agriculture.
    Casino, Cuba Cultural tour.
    Casino styling includes men being "machisimo" and women being femininely sexy, with major body and muscle isolations, through the influence of Rhumba dancing.

    Day 1. Saturday 8 July 2017. Hello Cuba

    Arrival at Havana's International Airport.

    You are welcomed by your Authentic Cuba Travel tour guide and bus driver.

    Private transfer to your hotel Presidente, located in Vedado (Havana Entertainment District). Group check-in.

    Breakfast is complimentary from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

    Day 2. Sunday 9 July 2017. Havana- Santiago de Cuba

    Morning: Check out your hotel and transfer to Jose Marti Airport. Flight to Santiago de Cuba. Estimated flight time: 2 hours.

    Santiago de Cuba is the former capital of the country and the second largest city in Cuba. Founded by Diego Velazquez in 1514, the city was built on the east side of the bay.

    This was the starting point of the expeditions led by Juan de Grijalba and Hernan Cortes to the coasts of Mexico in 1518, and in 1538 by Hernando de Soto's expedition to Florida. The first cathedral was built in the city in 1528. From 1522 until 1589 Santiago was the capital of the Spanish colony of Cuba.

    The city experienced an influx of French immigrants in the late 18th century and early 19th century, many coming from Haiti after the Haitian slave revolt of 1791. This added to the city's eclectic cultural mix, already rich with Spanish and African culture.

    Lunch at El Morro Restaurant (included).

    Afternoon: Followed by visit to San Pedro de la Roca Morro Castle, a XVII century military construction atop the cliffs at the narrow entrance to Santiago Bay and one of the settings of the Spanish American War.

    The fortress was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997, cited as the best preserved and most complete example of Spanish-American military architecture.

    Check in at Casagranda Hotel (breakfast and dinner included).

    Evening: enjoy traditional local music at Casa de la Trova. Your guide will give you options the days before so that you plan ahead this day or just play as it goes!

    Evening Special Event: participation in the different musical venues taking place in the historical center around the annual Fire Festival. There are over 50 locations holding activities during the fire festival, many of them in natural open settings (optional).

    Day 3. Monday 10 July 2017. Santiago de Cuba

    Morning: meet with professors of the University of Santiago de Cuba, also known as the Eastern University of Cuba. Founded in 1947, it is organized in 11 Faculties: Social Sciences, Humanities, Law, Economics, Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Distance Education, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Construction.

    Professors Lloga and Sanz will be your escorts for the rest of the morning.

    Visit to Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Cobre. This is the country’s most sacred pilgrimage site since the Virgin of Charity is the patron saint of Cuba. In the Afro-Cuban religion she is associated with Ochun, the Yoruba goddess of love.

    Visit to Moncada barracks, one of the largest military barracks of Batista government. On July 26, 1953, it was the site of an armed attack by a small group of revolutionaries led by Fidel Castro. This armed attack is widely accepted as the beginning of the Cuban Revolution.

    Today it houses the largest primary school of Eastern Cuba with over 1600 students and 245 teachers.

    Panoramic bus ride of Modern Santiago de Cuba. We will visit the Heredia Theatre, San Juan Hill, Square of Revolution Antonio Maceo, baseball stadium Saturnino Lora, Palacio de Justicia, among others.

    Lunch at Plaza Dolores restaurant (optional/ not included).

    Afternoon: visit to Parque Cespedes, located at the heart of the historical center of the city. The Plaza is surrounded by important buildings such as:

    The Cathedral, originally built in 1522 and where the remains of Diego Velasquez are buried.

    Ayuntamiento (City Hall) erected in 1950’s. From the balcony of this building Fidel Castro gave his victory speech immediately after the success of the Revolution on January 1rst, 1959.

    Visit the oldest house in Cuba, today Museo de Ambiente Historico Colonial and formerly the residence of Diego Velázquez in the XVI century.

    Return to hotel.

    Evening Special Event: participation in the different musical venues taking place in the historical center around the annual Fire Festival. There are over 50 locations holding activities during the fire festival, many of them in natural open settings (optional).

    Day 4. Tuesday 11 July 2017. Santiago de Cuba (Cayo Granma)

    Morning: ferry boat ride to Cayo Granma, a picturesque little island of red-roofed dwellings just inside the Bay of Santiago de Cuba.

    Seafood lunch at Cayo Granma (included).

    Afternoon: free time.

    Evening Special Event: participation in the different musical venues taking place in the historical center around the annual Fire Festival. There are over 50 locations holding activities during the fire festival, many of them in natural open settings (optional).

    Day 5. Wednesday 12 July 2017. Santiago de Cuba- Havana

    Check out your hotel. Check in at Santiago de Cuba airport to take flight back to Havana City.

    Check in at the Presidente Hotel in Havana City.

    Day 6. Thursday 13 July 2017. Havana

    Morning: visit to Workshop School in Old Havana. High school graduates enroll in this institution to learn the arts and crafts necessary to authentically restore the ancient buildings of Old Havana. The school teaches young people archeological and restoration work that helps preserving the heritage and cultural wealth of Old Havana.

    Followed by visit to Primary School “Angela Landa”. Exchange with teachers and students to learn Cuba’s primary education level. Tour the schools and enjoy educational and cultural activities by students. Meet the principal of the school Prof. Sonia Garcia. Tour of the school.

    Followed by guided walking tour of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Old Havana.

    Visit to the Cathedral Square, named after the masterpiece of Cuban baroque architecture: the Cathedral of Havana built by the Jesuit order.

    The Cathedral's baroque facade is simultaneously intimate and imposing, and one of the two towers is visibly larger, creating a pleasing asymmetry. As with many churches in the city, the building material of Havana Cathedral includes coral, cut and hauled from the edge of the sea by slaves. Look carefully and you'll see fossils of marine flora and fauna in the stone of the cathedral.

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

    Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, the former official residence of the governors (Captains General) of Havana, Cuba. It is home to the Museum of the City of Havana. It houses exhibitions of art and historical artifacts and many of the rooms are preserved with their original Colonial decoration.

    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.

    Continue walking tour onto San Francisco Square, named after the Convent of San Francisco, this square was conceived in 1628, with the objective of supplying water to the ships trading with the metropolis. For many years it also served to stockpile the goods arriving from the harbor. Chronicles of the time say that the square had a busy commercial life. The people, in humble carts or afoot, sold and bought a variety of goods. It’s important to know that through this place the Spanish immigrants arrived to Cuba.

    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.

    Lunch is optional today so you can try one of the many paladares (private restaurants) flourishing in the city due to the economic overture of Cuba in recent years.

    Free time in the famous handicraft market of Old Havana, located inside the Almacenes de Depósito San José, an old warehouse on the harbourside where you can purchase all sorts of crafts and souvenirs by local artisans.

    Return to 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 7. Friday 14 July 2017. Havana

    Morning: The University of Havana has long been a cornerstone of higher education in Cuba. As first a religious institution, and then a secular one, it has been the birthplace of important cultural and political ideas for the country. During your tour of the campus, you’ll have an opportunity to meet with students from the Law School—whose most prominent graduate is the long-time leader of Cuba, Fidel Castro.

    We are now "leaving" Havana and entering Fusterlandia, the studio, residence and wild kingdom of José Rodriguez Fuster, one of the most important Cuban ceramists and painters today. Lunch hosted by Jose Fuster.

    Afternoon: visit to the Literacy Museum in the Liberty City neighborhood of Havana.

    Meeting with museum director Luisa Campos for an introduction on the history of the literacy campaign and the new literacy campaigns taking place in Venezuela, Bolivia and other regions based on the Cuban Campaign model.

    Farewell dinner at El Aljibe, one of the most popular restaurants in the city (included).

    Day 8. Saturday 15 July 2017. Departure

    Early morning departure to Havana City International Airport for departure.

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    Notice to USA Academic and Educational Institutions, Secondary Schools and similar Educational Organizations:



    In January 2016, the US Government has 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).

    Subject to criteria established for each general license in the Federal Register published in February 1, 2016, travel to Cuba is permitted for educational and academic institutions.

    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 U.S. secondary schools for secondary students to take part in courses or structured program offered by the secondary school or other U.S. academic institution provided that a reasonable number of adult chaperones escort the secondary students in their Cuba trip.

    _ educational exchanges not involving academic study to promote people to people contact.

    _ 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;

    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, 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 Cuba travel experiences for US educational institutions for many years with great success.
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