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Hi. I’m Luis D'Aguiar, and I invite you to join our education tours to Cuba, the least commercialized, largest, and most authentic island in the Caribbean. The Cuban heritage is a very diverse blend of African, European and North American design reflecting the diverse demographic of the island. I graduated at the University of Havana, and led hundreds of Cuba education tours from the most prestigious North American shools & universities before moving to Canada. Today US higher education insitutions can travel to Cuba legally without prior application to OFAC. Let us take your faculty, staff and students to Cuba! Questions? Send me a message.
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Sponsored by Authentic Cuba Travel, and in association with the University of Havana and Santiago de Cuba, Education Tours to Cuba offer a brilliant way for US education professionals to witness the best that Cuba has to offer at affordable prices. North American educators choose to travel to Cuba with us not only because our educational trips to the Caribbean island feature guaranteed lowest prices but because of the great educational experience, unparalleled support and value we provide.

No other educational travel company that imitates our educational tours to Cuba can duplicate the Authentic Cuba Travel experience. Our Cuba tours will take you to explore more authentic Cuban destinations than any other, all while providing 5 stars treatment and affordable prices. Our Cuba tours change lives forever, build people- to-people bridges, and facilitate mutual respect and understanding. And this educational trip from December 29, 2016 to January 5, 2017 is no exception. It is open to all US professionals that wish to go up front and unveil the reality of a country that has been alienated from the USA for so long.

Exploring the Cuba’s educational system, accomplishments, challenges and recent reforms will be a main goal during this tour. Yet this educational journey is also a high caliber cultural trip to Cuba. We will venture into Santiago de Cuba, or the “Capital of the Caribbean”, Cuba’s second largest city and the first capital of the island. Return domestic flights are included in the cost of the trip- hence its great value among other things. While in Santiago de Cuba, we will visit attractions as varied as the City’s Historical Headquarters, the Fortress of San Pedro de La Roca, Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Cobre and take a boat ride to Cayo Granma.

Havana city, the vibrant Cuban capital will also provide ample opportunities for discovery and exploration. Guided tours of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Old Havana, the Literacy Museum, the University of Havana, Jaimanitas Coastal Town, among others are always highlights of our education tours to Cuba. And of course, you will attend all the political and cultural celebrations around the 56th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, an event that draw thousands of foreign visitors each year.

The educational tour includes luxury air-conditioning transportation; 24/7 dedicated Cuban tour guide and bus driver; accommodation at central hotels in Havana and Santiago de Cuba- Presidente and Casagranda; 14 meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 4 dinners at best restaurants; and all activities as described in the itinerary. Please, check out the detailed program below and book today. Space for this tour is limited due to limited seat capacity of domestic flights. We will only allow 25 participants in this educational Cuba adventure.

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    Facts & Highlights

    • Overnight at Comfortable Hotels, El Presidente & Casagranda.
    • 14 meals included: 7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, and 4 Dinners.
    • 2 Domestic Flights Included (Havana- Santiago de Cuba).
    • 24/7 DEDICATED Cuba Tour Guide and Bus Driver Escorts.
    • Luxury Air-conditioning Transportation and 5 Stars Service.
    • Guided Walking Tour of Old Havana, Havana's Historical Center.
    • Explore Santiago de Cuba, the Capital of The Caribbean.
    • Tour UNESCO Heritage Site San Pedro de La Roca Fortress.
    • Exchange with Professors at the Cuba’s Eastern University.
    • Panoramic Ferry Boat Ride to Cayo Granma, a Colorful Little Key.
    • Rare Access to Cuba’s most Sacred Pilgrimage Site.
    • Attend the Celebrations the 56th Anniversary of La Revolucion!
    • Mingle with Cubans at the "Fire of The Cannon" Ceremony.
    • Exclusive Access to the University of Havana, Cuba’s Oldest.
    • Private Lunch and Exchange with Cuban Artist, Jose Fuster.
    • Meet Dra Campos, director of the Literacy Campaign Museum.

    Attention US Educators

    Now American citizens that have some professional involvement in the educational system of the United States of America can qualify to travel to Cuba legally to do research on Cuba’s education as part of our Cuba educational tours.

    All that WITHOUT applying to the Office of Foreign Control of Assets (OFAC) for a Specific license to Travel to Cuba as it used to be before 2011.

    Please do notice that if you want to take your students to Cuba with Authentic Cuba Travel you may qualify to join this tour for free. Click here for more information.

    In any case, American educators have now a unique opportunity to travel to the Caribbean island legally as part of our Cuba educational tours & travel to immerse in the authentic culture and ways of living of a country that has been such a mystery for the American citizens for so long.
    Hotel Presidente, Cuba.
    Location, location, location! Education tours to Cuba feature centrally located & comfortable hotels. The Presidente hotel is located at the heart of Vedado, the vibrant entertainment center of the Cuban capital today. Providing great comfort with amazing ocean and city views, this designer hotel displays hundreds of artworks, antique furniture & décor and great friendly service.
    Our Cuba education tours are different from others because of the amazing authentic Cuban destinations they feature. And this cultural & educational journey to the authentic Cuba is very special in this regard as you will get to venture into the historic city of Santiago de Cuba, the Cradle of the Revolution, at the far eastern end of the island.
    In 1997, UNESCO included the Fortress of San Pedro de La Roca in its list of world heritage sites for a good reason. The Fortress that you will visit as part of your educational travel to Santiago de Cuba, was built in the early 17th century on top of a cliff that overlooks the Bay of Santiago de Cuba.
    Atop one of the hills of El Cobre mining town we will visit the only basilica in Cuba, dedicated to the Virgin of Charity of El Cobre, consecrated as Cuba’s Saint Patron in 1916 by the Pope and crowned in 1998 by Pope John Paul II. Attended by hundreds of Cubans daily, the Basilica de La Caridad del Cobre is a mandatory visit for those interested in venturing into the authentic Cuba.
    Hotel Casagranda, Santiago de Cuba.
    From the charming rooftop of your hotel Casagranda in Santiago de Cuba you can enjoy striking views of the cityscape, the Sierra Maestra mountain range, and the calm waters of the Bay. All while staying at the very heart of the historical centre. Another great accommodation handpicked by our team of Cuba Educational Travel experts for your enjoyment.
    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.
    The Fortress of San Carlos de La Cabana boasts great panoramic city views of Havana at night, and host one of the most popular ceremonies in Cuba, the Fire of the Cannon of 9 O'Clock, which is attended by thousands of Cubans night after night. Get ready for mingling with habaneros as soldiers in Spanish costumes announced the closing of the city gates by firing a noisy Spanish cannon!
    Cuba Student at Escuela Taller in Old Havana.
    Historic preservation comprises the preservation, conservation and protection of buildings and objects of historical significance in Old Havana, Cuba. And that’s the educational objective of the Escuela Taller “Gaspar Melchor” that we will visit during your Cuba travel. Another treat of our Cuba education tours is that our groups are personally welcome and escorted through the school by principal Dr. Eduardo Gonzalez.
    A visit to the Literacy Museum may not sound like a train stopper, but it is! At least in the opinion of the thousands of visitors that have enrolled in our education tours to Cuba over the years. The museum tells the story of the national literacy campaign of 1961. At Authentic Cuba Travel, we have the privilege and great honor to introduce you to Dr. Luisa Campos, the museum director who will share her anecdotes and stories with our group. The literacy campaign made possible that over 700,000 Cubans learnt to write and read in the short period of time of one year.

    Day 1. Thursday 29 December 2016. Hello Cuba

    Upon arrival at the Jose Marti international airport in the Cuban capital, please proceed to clear customs and collect your personal luggage. Then look for your Authentic Cuba Travel guide in the waiting room out of the baggage area.

    Your 24/7 dedicated team of professionals for this Cuba education trip will introduce you to other group members arriving in the same flight and take you to the iconic hotel Presidente.

    Please, do remember that breakfast is included everyday at your hotel (both in Havana and Santiago de Cuba) so make sure to pay attention to the hotel staff as they provide an introduction to the hotels facilities.

    Day 2. Friday 30 December 2016. Authentic Cuban Destination: Santiago de Cuba

    Morning: our Cuba education tours are different from others because of the varied quality of authentic Cuban destinations they feature. And this cultural & educational journey to the authentic Cuba is very special in this regard as you will get to venture into the historic city of Santiago de Cuba, the Cradle of the Revolution, at the far eastern end of the island.

    After a two-hour flight, you will arrive at the Capital of the Caribbean, the nicknamed of Santiago de Cuba among Caribbean neighbours. Founded by Spanish conquistador, Don Diego Velazquez himself as early as 1514 by a large pocket-shaped bay that opens to the Caribbean Sea, the city soon became the capital of Cuba. Soon the Spanish conquistadores sent expeditions to Florida and Mexico from this city that then became a crucial center of operations for The Americas exploration.

    Complimentary Lunch: not far from the Santiago de Cuba International Airport, we find a very authentic Cuban restaurant El Morro. Boasting spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea and near the Fortress of San Pedro de La Roca, this would be our first stop for some delicious lunch and refreshments.

    Afternoon: in 1997, UNESCO included the Fortress of San Pedro de La Roca in its list of world heritage sites for a good reason. The Fortress that you will visit next as part of your educational travel to Santiago de Cuba, was built in the early 17th century on top of a cliff that overlooks the Bay of Santiago de Cuba. Ever since it has guarded the entrance to the city and repelled the attacks of pirates, corsairs and buccaneers operating in the Caribbean region.

    Next we will check in at the Casagranda hotel which is centrally located at the heart of the historical headquarters of the city.

    Tonight: Casa de La Trova, an iconic music venue popular with Santiagueros and foreigners alike is just steps away from your hotel, and the place we will venture in tonight for a taste of the authentic Cuba. Be ready for live music and contagious sensual dancing with Cubans and fellow travelers!

    Day 3. Saturday 31 December 2016. Touring Eastern Cuba

    Morning: Eastern University (Universidad del Oriente) professors Lloga and Sanz will be your expert guides during the tour of this prestigious educational institution, the second largest in Cuba that confers higher education graduate and undergraduate degrees to the students of the Eastern provinces of Cuba.

    Professors Lloga and Sanz will also escort our group to visit the largest primary school in the city. They will provide precious insights into Cuba’s educational system, current challenges and the impact of current reforms from primary schooling to university studies. Housed in the former Moncada Barracks, the largest military bastion of dictator Batista in Eastern Cuba, this school is attended in any given year by over 1700 primary students.

    Just before lunch we will travel off the beaten track to the cooper mining village of El Cobre (about 20 kms outside Santiago de Cuba). Atop one of the hills of this mining region we will visit the only basilica in Cuba, dedicated to the Virgin of Charity of El Cobre, consecrated as Cuba’s Saint Patron in 1916 by the Pope and crowned in 1998 by Pope John Paul II. Attended by hundreds of Cubans daily, the Basilica de La Caridad del Cobre is a mandatory visit for those interested in understanding the Cuban people.

    On the way to El Cobre town, we will make stops at the most significant attractions of the modern part of the city to take pictures and learn how Santiago de Cuba has grown into Cuba’s second largest city ever since colonial times. The Heredia Theatre, the Revolution Square, and the Baseball Stadium are among those sites of interest we will explore.

    Lunch is not included today so that you have a chance to explore local eateries and private restaurant near your hotel on your own. Your Authentic Cuba Travel guide will help in.

    Afternoon: with your Cuba Education Tours guide bringing colonial times back to life, we will venture into the historical center of the city. Our guided walking tour will kick off in the Cespedes Square which is surrounded by monumental buildings such as the City Hall, from where Fidel Castro announced the triumph of the Cuban Revolution over dictator Batista on January 1st, 1959.

    Is believed that Spanish conquistador and city founder Diego Velasquez remains are buried in the Cathedral of Santiago de Cuba, another historical building standing on the south side of Parque Cespedes. This is the spot where the first cathedral of Cuba was build in the 1520’s, but it was destroyed by different events. So the church that we will visit today- dating from the beginning of the 20th century, it is just the latest in a series of churches that have occupied this location.

    One visit of great significance this afternoon, it is the guided tour (by a local expert historian) to the Casa de Diego Velasquez, the oldest house in Cuba still standing since 1522! The main floor used to house a gold foundry and trading house while the Spanish conquistador used the upstairs as his private residence.

    Return to hotel.

    Evening: celebrate New Year’s Eve at a venue of your choosing tonight (optional/ not included in tour costs). Your tour guide will give you advice on the numerous venues in the city where you can partake in the celebrations for New Year’s Eve. He will also help you book your favourite dinner and event. Your hotel tour desk can also help with booking events for this special night where one more anniversary of the Cuba Revolution is also celebrated.

    Day 4. Sunday 1 January 2017. Ferry Boat to Granma Island

    In our quest to explore the most authentic destinations in Cuba, we have to travel by road, by air and now by sea! Today we will enjoy a very pleasant panoramic boat ride into the Bay of Santiago de Cuba to a little key named after the famous Granma boat.

    Originally known as Cayo Smith, Cayo Granma is like a fantasy land inhabited by fishermen. With wooden houses stilted above the water showcasing red roofs and colorful windows, this key is a great place to escape the urban buzz of the busy big city into the real Cuba.

    Your Authentic Cuba guide will take you for a hike uphill to visit the San Rafael Church at the highest point of the key and then downhill for a seafood complimentary lunch at the local restaurant.

    Tonight: Casa de La Trova, an iconic music venue popular with Santiagueros and foreigners alike is just steps away from your hotel, and the place we will venture in tonight for a taste of the authentic Cuba. Be ready for live music and contagious sensual dancing with Cubans and fellow travelers!

    Day 5. Monday 2 January 2017. Back to Havana!

    This morning your educational travel to the historic city of Santiago de Cuba comes to an end. After checking out of your hotel, we will enjoy a panoramic bus ride to the airport to take a flight back to Havana city.

    Upon arrival in the city, we will head to the President hotel, your home away from home, for some downtime by the swimming pool.

    Evening: our expedition to the authentic Cuba is far from ending though. Tonight we will tour the largest fortress every built by the Spanish rulers in Las Americas, The Fortress of La Cabana.

    The fortress boasts amazing panoramic city views at night, and host one of the most popular ceremonies in Cuba, the Fire of the Cannon of 9 O'Clock, which is attended by thousands of Cubans night after night. Get ready for mingling with habaneros as soldiers in Spanish costumes announced the closing of the city gates by firing a noisy Spanish cannon!

    Day 6 Tuesday 3 January 2017. The Cornerstone of Cuba's Education

    Morning: our educational trips to Cuba always include a private tour of the University of Havana (1728) because of the role that this higher education institution have played in giving shape to the real identity of Cuba as a sovereign nation. As we tour this educational facility, the largest and oldest in Cuba, your guide and local experts will tell you about its history, past and present.

    Complimentary Lunch: lunch today would be a very special treat. Our group will be hosted by Cuban artist Jose Fuster, regarded as one of Cuba’s foremost ceramists and painters at his home/studio in Jaimanitas, a coastal town in the outskirts of Havana.

    We will also pay a visit to the Jaimanitas Community Project, the brainchild of Fuster- an educational outreach idea that brings high art to the streets. The decoration of over 50 houses of local fishermen with original murals of great value makes possible the daily integration of fine arts into the daily routines of ordinary Cubans. And this is just the beginning. His mission: complete the entire town! After lunch we will tour the artist’s studio and the Jaimanitas coastal town, a living gallery.

    Afternoon: a visit to the Literacy Museum may not sound like a train stopper, but it is! At least in the opinion of the thousands of educators and travelers that we have taken to this modest museum over the years. The museum tells the story of the national literacy campaign of 1961. And this afternoon, we have the privilege and great honor to introduce you to Dr. Luisa Campos, the museum director who will share her anecdotes and stories with our group. The literacy campaign made possible that over 700,000 Cubans learnt to write and read in the short period of time of one year.

    Welcome in the New Year with family, friends, and tour mates at your chosen Havana venue (optional/ not included). There will be many special cultural and political events taking place to celebrate the 56th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution! Your Authentic Cuba Travel guide will give you options the days before so that you plan ahead this day or just play as it goes! You could also book venues at your hotel tour desk.

    Day 7. Wednesday 4 January 2017. Havana

    Morning: The historic preservation of the architectural and historical wealth of colonial Old Havana is not an easy task. You need to have a highly qualified workforce trained in historic preservation, a profession that comprises the preservation, conservation and protection of buildings and objects of historical significance. And that’s the educational objective of the Escuela Taller “Gaspar Melchor” that we will visit today. Another treat of our Cuba education tours is that our groups are personally welcome and escorted through the school by the principal Dr. Eduardo Gonzalez.

    Another school principal we will have the pleasure of meeting today is Prof. Sonia Garcia from the primary school “Angela Landa”. Professor Garcia will give us a tour of the school as she talks about the student’s daily activities and extra curriculum programs. This is your last chance to ask questions about Cuba’s primary education.

    As Cuba cuts on public sector jobs it allows more private businesses to open. The so called paladares- privately-run and usually family-owned restaurants are a popular business in the capital. Your lunch break will be a good opportunity to try one of those. Your Authentic Cuba Travel guide will recommend great ones and help with individual bookings. Usually the owners and staff are happy to exchange with guests.

    Afternoon: our authentic Cuba tours are as much a cultural journey as an educational one, and exploring Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site will prove to be a must-do for most Cuba travelers.

    Old Havana is one of the 15 municipalities (districts) that Havana city comprises. Even though is the smallest in area, it has the second highest population density in the capital- a fact that makes housing and restoration a recurrent challenge. Add to that the busloads of tourist that come daily to tour its colonial squares, Spanish built fortresses, historical buildings and numerous museums and you have a very buzy historical center to manage.

    By the hand of your expert Authentic Cuba Travel tour guide you will tour four of the main colonial squares in the old city: Plaza de Armas, the original site of foundation of San Cristobal de La Habana in the early 16th century; Plaza de la Catedral, named after the beautiful Cathedral of Havana; Plaza de San Francisco, dominated by the imposing Lonja del Comercio (former Havana Exchange) and Plaza Vieja, the largest one surrounded by art institutions today.

    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.

    Since its very opening, El Aljibe has been one of the most popular restaurants in the city. And tonight we are going to enjoy our farewell complimentary dinner in this establishment that has become the center of Cuba’s culinary world.

    Day 8. Thursday 5 January 2017. Departure

    Today you will be escorted to the Habana International Airport. Please, make sure to review your flight information with your guide in advance.

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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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