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Warm Greetings! I’m Luis D'Aguiar, and I warmly invite you to join our cultural 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 Festivals

Cuba Travel, Fire Festival 2018. Travel to Santiago de Cuba for the Fiesta del Fuego Festival 2018 (Fire Festival 2018) 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 2018. International Ballet Festival of Havana 2018. Organized by the Cuba’s National Ballet, the International Ballet Festival of Havana draws dancers, choreographers and companies from all over the globe.

Cuba Travel, Havana Jo Jazz Festival 2018. 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 2018. 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 2019; Authentic Cuba cultural travel goes to Havana for the 34th Jazz Festival of Havana 2019 organized by renowned Cuban jazz musician Chucho Valdes will run January 16- 20, 2019 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 28th Havana International Book Fair 2019 that will begin in Havana City on February 2019, 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 2019 The Habano Cigar Festival 2019 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 Tour, Havana Art Festival 2019 The Havana Art Biennial 2019 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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Visit to Cuba's Premier Art Galleries, Museums & Foundations

Authentic Cuba Travel operates under the auspices of Cuba’s premier cultural institutions and organizations. As a participant in our cultural tours you will be granted access to Cuba’s premier art galleries, museums, and art foundations.

If you choose a Cuba festival tour, you will have official status and will be provided with “all access” pass that will grant you access to all official festival exhibits, concerts, presentations and venues. You will enjoy back stage tours, stay in official festival hotels and rub shoulders with prestigious Cuban and international musicians, exhibitors, speakers, publishers, personalities and more.

Largest Selection of Escorted Cuba Cultural Tours

Authentic Cuba Travel offers the largest selection of educational and cultural Cuba tours available. No other company offers the wide scope and quality of tours we do. Each member of our staff has lived and worked in Cuba's travel industry for 10 years minimun. We do Cuba and only Cuba.

All our tours include the best accommodations, luxury vehicles with private driver, most meals, access to all educational and cultural activities, and a professional tour guide, who is responsible for ensuring first class service during your educational and cultural learning experience.

Private Visit to the Studios of Cuban Contemporary Artists

Worth mentioning too are the private receptions and exchange with renowned Cuban artists at their studios and personal residences. As a participant of our Cuba cultural tours, you will have a unique opportunity to also buy Cuban art first hand, directly from the artists! Authentic Cuba Travel assistant guides, art curators and tour directors will help you with export paper work and other hassles when needed.

Travel to UNESCO World Heritage Cuban Sites

Authentic Cuba Travel escorted cultural tours provide a unique opportunity to visit UNESCO World Heritage sites, considered as the best preserved Spanish historical cores in The Americas, you will visit Old Havana and Camaguey Historical Center, Cienfuegos and Trinidad Historical Cores, among others. All tours are fully escorted by Cuban highly trained university graduated tour guides.

Travel to UNESCO Biosphere Reserves & Protected Areas

Authentic Cuba Travel escorted cultural tours provide a unique opportunity to visit the most pristine natural sites of this tropical paradise, from UNESCO Biosphere Reserves and National Parks to Protected Areas, and witness the great biodiversity of the largest and most unspoiled island in the Greater Antilles.

Convinient Lifetime and Transferable Cultural Tour Deposits

Understanding that travel plans change and sometimes need to be delayed, we’ve established the Lifetime Transferable Deposit option, designed to ensure that if you need to cancel or delay a trip, you’ll be able to find another time to take your next, great life-changing educational or cultural tour to Cuba.

Lifetime Deposits offers any of our tour participants forced to delay a departure to retain their initial deposit for use at a later date at no extra charge—and with no questions asked. The Lifetime Deposit policy allows you to save your initial deposit (one per person, per confirmed tour) for an unlimited time, be it 10 weeks or 10 years.

Put simply, we want to do the right thing by our travellers and ensure you can still take another trip if your plans have to change.

Please, do notice that if you cancel your participation within 20 days of tour departure you lose 50% of your ground tour payment. If you cancel your participation within 10 days of tour departure you lose 100% of your ground tour payment. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for further details.

We also realize that your travel preferences can change over time, so your Lifetime Deposit can be used on any future tour and is not limited to the original tour you booked. Use your Lifetime Deposit to select the dream trip that suits your interests when you plan your next cultural and educational experience with us.

Under this policy, Lifetime Deposits are also transferable. That means you can transfer your initial deposit to another traveller of your choice at no additional charge!

Applies to the “deposit” value of your payment only. All other payments and final payment amounts subject to Terms and Conditions. Not redeemable with any other offer, discount or promotion.

Most Experienced Cuban Cultural Tour Speakers, Guides and Staff

Each one of us, from directors to tour leaders, speakers, guides and representatives in Canada and Cuba has lived and worked in the Cuba travel industry for a minimun of 10 years.

Nobody knows Cuba as we do! Call us and you will find sales representatives that are fluent in English and Spanish and who have lived and worked in Cuba Travel Industry for over 10 years minimun. Guarantee!

Safest Cuba Cultural Travel Experience

Authentic Cuba Travel knows that safety always comes first. From performing rigorous safety checks, to providing constant on-tour safety expertise and immediate on-site assistance through our Cuba staff, our dedication to your safety is our top priority.

Our Cuba operation experienced staff visits each and every hotel, restaurant, and site to ensure they meet our safety and security guidelines. We won’t book you in 4 or 5 bed share dormitories, like other companies do to reduce costs, but in clean, comfortable and safe double/ single rooms at the best hotels and resorts available in the area we visit.

Most important, the hotels we work with are used to and happy to receive our tour participants. The hotel staff provides a level of attention, quality of service and friendliness to our foreign visitors that are unparallel in the Cuba travel industry.

Authentic Cuba Travel has partnered exclusively with the best Cuba transportation company in Cuba: Transgaviota that operates the largest, newest, safest and most advance fleet in Cuba. We only provide luxury air conditioning motor coaches with the most experience drivers for our school Cuba education tours.

An expert Authentic Cuba Travel Cuban guide and bus driver will be with your group every step of the way, providing constant and immediate guidance. They have been fully trained to handle any safety situations that may arise.

Our Escorted Cuba Cultural Tours are Customizable

Authentic Cuba Travel educational and cultural tours are fully customizable to meet the needs of your your organization, private group or business around any interest or theme.

We also help groups organize events, festivals and conferences in Cuba. We facilitate 100% of your travel, accommodation and itinerary arrangements from departure to return.

We make certain your Cuba experience is rewarding, safe and memorable. Our expert staff in Canada and Cuba guarantee quick seamless coordination.

A custom itinerary proposal and budget takes about two days for us to deliver to you. And it is a complimentary service (no charge for it!)

Minimum group size is ten (10) travelers, unless you are willing to pay a lot of money! There is no upper limit on group size. Cost drops dramatically with larger groups.

Most of Your Cultural Tour Revenues Stay in Cuba

Our escorted Cuba cultural tours are the result of the direct involvement of Cuban cultural institutions and organizations, universities and colleges, local tour companies, Cuban personalities, small communities and other hosts in the design and operation of our cultural programs. In return, most Authentic Cuba Travel's revenues remain in the pocktes of all these actors that made all and each tour possible. We are forever grateful to all those that made our programs the best experience ever for our tour participants!
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