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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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Cuba Education Tour 10 From Dec 29 to Jan 5, 2019
Cuba Education Tour 11 From Dec 29 to Jan 5, 2019
Bird Watching Cuba Tour From Dec 29 to Jan 5, 2019
Cuba Architecture Tour From Dec 29 to Jan 5, 2019
Cuban Art Explorer IV From Dec 29 to Jan 5, 2019
Jewish Heritage Tour From Dec 29 to Jan 5, 2019
Photography Tour IV From Dec 29 to Jan 5, 2019
Family Discovery Tour From Dec 29 to Jan 5, 2019
Havana Jazz Festival From Jan 13 to Jan 21, 2019
Cuba Jazz Festival From Jan 16 to Jan 21, 2019
Cuba Real Tour 1 From Jan 19 to Jan 26, 2019
Cuba Engage 1 From Jan 19 to Jan 26, 2019
Havana Book Fair 2019 From Feb 1 to Feb 8, 2019
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
Habano Cigar Festival From Feb 23 to Mar 2, 2019
Cuba Education Tour 1 From Mar 2 to Mar 9, 2019
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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
Cuba Baseball Tour 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 Jun 29 to Jul 6, 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
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Cuba Education Tour 8 From Aug 17 to Aug 24, 2019
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Cuba Architecture Tour I From Aug 17 to Aug 24, 2019
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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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    Are you a US K-12 teacher, university or school professor? Check these tours!

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  • Day 1. Saturday.
    Arrival
    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.

    Breakfast and dinner are complimentary.
    Day 2. Sunday.
    Havana
    Morning: 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.

    Lunch at La Mina restaurant where you can enjoy traditional Cuban dishes and music live!

    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.

    Return to hotel.

    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: Introduction to your Cuban teacher and assistants.

    Cuban Dance Workshop on Casino Dance Body Movements for 2 hrs. Your Cuban teachers and their assistants, who serve as your dance partner, tailor instruction to the individual student: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. Steps, figures and movements particular of each sex will be included so as to allow the dancers to enrich their creativity for improvisation when dancing.

    Lunch at Casa de La Malta in Old Havana.

    Afternoon visit to the Lizt Alfonso Ballet School founded in 1991. Lizt Alfonso’s choreographies are dance and music of a kind no one else creates: a seamless fusion of Spanish classical dance, ballet, flamenco and Afro-Cuban dance.

    Tour the school and meet with students and teachers.

    Evening: attend baseball game at Latinoamericano 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: Cuban Dance Workshop on Casino Dancing for 2 hrs. Your Cuban teachers and their assistants, who serve as your dance partner, tailor instruction to the individual student: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.

    This workshop will focus on the teaching and practicing the different rhythmic ways of Casino dancing in Cuba today. Men and women will be able to participate together. The workshop will teach you to recognize the different tempos in which Casino is danced nowadays.

    Followed by coach tour of the most important sites of Modern Havana such as the Capitol building, the Grand Theatre, Central Park, Prado promenade, Sevilla Hotel, Revolution Square, Malecón seawall, Monument to the Battleship Maine, Hotel Nacional, University of Havana, Cristóbal Colón Cemetery, and the Miramar, Central Havana and Vedado neighbourhoods.

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

    Afternoon: visit to a Pre-University School. Tour the school, learn about the school curriculum and get engaged with students in cultural and/or sport activities. Those who complete pre-university education are awarded the Bachillerato.

    Evening: enjoy Afrojazz, Cubajazz and Sonjazz at Club La Zorra y El Cuervo, Havana’s most famous Jazz club. The club features great performances by island bands and soloists! (optional, not included)
    Day 5. Wednesday.
    Havana
    Morning: Cuban Dance Workshop on Santeria or Regla de Ocha Religious Dancing for 2 hrs. Your Cuban teachers and their assistants, who serve as your dance partner, tailor instruction to the individual student: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.

    Santeria Religious Dance are characterized by the richness of body movements, its expression, its rhythm and the variety of steps and variants devoted to each of the Orichas or saints that make up the pantheon of this religion. These dances have considerably influenced other Cuban dancing expressions such as Casino itself, mainly with the inclusion of steps and gestures in the performances and in some of the figures of the Casino Ring.

    Lunch at local cafeteria "Los Marinos".

    Afternoon: ferry boat ride across Havana harbour to the town of Regla. This Afrocuban community has a long, rich and still active tradition of African-inspired religions.

    We'll visit Regla's church dedicated to the black "Virgen de Regla" Yemayá, the African goddess of the sea in the Yoruba religion and the patron saint of sailors.

    Tour of Regla's municipal museum to learn the origins of this unique community and its Afrocuban cultures.

    Enjoy a private Afrocuban religious dance presentation by Regla Folkloric Group.
    Day 6 Thursday.
    Havana- Las Terrazas- Vinales
    Morning departure to Las Terrazas, in Sierra del Rosario where we start the morning tour of the rural town at Rancho Curujey for explanation of the area.

    Enjoy the view of the village that lies above the shores of San Juan Lake and beneath the mountains.

    We also visit the home/studios of local artists and artisans.

    Visit to rural Primary and Secondary schools.

    Visit to the ruins of a French Coffee Plantation built in 1801.

    Continue to La Moka, an ecological hotel with trees growing up through the balconies and ceiling.

    Later we can take a swim at San Juan River cascades and pools. Lunch by the river.

    Check-in at Los Jasmines hotel with breakfast and dinner included.
    Day 7. Friday.
    Vinales
    Exploration of Viñales Valley, containing the most spectacular scenery in Cuba and some of the most interesting and varied geological formations on the island. The valley is particularly famous for its great freestanding rock formations called mogotes.

    Lunch at Cueva del Indio restaurant.

    After lunch we will visit the Cueva del Indio, used by the Guanahatabey Amerindians as a burial site in ancient time, and as refuge from the Spaniards for both Indians and Black slaves alike. We’ll take a short boat ride on the subterranean river running through the cave.

    Meet with local farmers that have been passing from generation to generation the secrets of growing the best tobacco in the world.

    Visit to Mural de la Prehistoria, a huge painting on the side of a Mogote.

    Explore Viñales Village at your leisure: its open-air craft market, Parque Marti, town church, and other interesting sites of this charming colonial hamlet.

    Visit Carmen and Caridad Miranda’s botanical and herb garden, called the Viñales Botanical Garden. The two widows maintain a garden full of fruits, orchids and medicinal plants.
    Day 8. Saturday.
    Departure
    Early morning departure to Havana City International Airport for departure.

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