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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 Educational Travel

Due to changes in USA-to-Cuba travel policies by Obama administration, Cuba educational travel is now possible for US higher education institutions without prior application for a Specific License to the US Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control, or OFAC. It eliminates the long waiting time, paperwork and bureaucracy previously associated with such application. Under the new OFAC General License guidelines, no application is required prior to traveling to the iconic island, as long as US professors, students and staff are participating in a structured educational or study program offered by such American academic institution.

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Cuba cultural tours from USA are cultural expeditions that traverse Cuban UNESCO World Heritage Sites, picturesque villages and vibrant urban cities. These are cultural journeys that advance people-to-people exchanges in which US visitors to Cuba absorb side by side with Cubans the mysterious culture of this wonderful destination in the Caribbean.
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Cuba's Higher Education Ministry provides state subsidized education to foreign nationals under specific educational programs, including U.S. students who are trained as doctors at the Latin American School of Medicine.

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US Education Professionals are Welcome Aboard

Are these changing times for Cuba? Is Cuba preparing for a life after Fidel Castro? Is Cuba getting ready for a new period of relations with the United States of America? Is this really the last chance to visit the island before it becomes flooded by mainstream US tourism? Why is Cuba reforming its educational system? What are the reforms in higher education about? Why is the correlation in between higher education reforms and economic survival so crucial? Find answers to these questions by enrolling in our Cuba educational trips and see Cuba insight like never before.

For some scholars, the sweeping economic changes, the revitalization of the dormant private sector, the reduction of ration programs and the elimination of millions of jobs in the public sector mean that the Caribbean island is rolling back its communist state changing the iconic country forever. For others, it just signals an adjustment to the reality of the outside world today. North American educators, k-12 teachers, university professors and staff are welcome to travel to Cuba legally to discover the far reaching butterfly effects of such dramatic changes.

You will meet ordinary Cubans, get up close and personal with Cuban education professionals like you, talk to Paladares (private restaurant) owners and emerging entrepreneurs who dreamed of establishing new brands and are embracing the economic reforms. You will also tour Cuban iconic educational institutions such as the historic University of Havana and the Higher Institute of Arts.

Take A Sneak Peak at the Cuban Destinations You Will Visit Outside Havana





You will also get under the skin of picturesque and vibrant Cuban towns, UNESCO heritage sites and UNESCO biosphere reserves in rural Cuba like Las Terrazas community, Vinales town and Sierra del Rosario to learn firsthand about the life today in Cuba’s countryside.

Will Cuba be able to support the positive aspects of its accomplishments in more than 50 years of The Revolution such as having one of the best educational and health care systems in the world as it embraces more and more certain practices of the capitalist society? Joins us and discover the authentic Cuba that lies beyond and off the beaten track. Flashing images of the Cold War, bright visions of the most beautiful Caribbean beaches, African origin music & sounds, the big mystery of the iconic Caribbean island are all about to be unveiled. Cuba educational tours are your gateway to Cuba insight.

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  • A Look at Cuba’s Educational System- a Goal of Cuba Education Tours



    Shedding lights on the way the Cuban system of education has evolved since 1959 is one of the main objectives of our Cuba education tours. The Cuba’s system of education is completely subsidized by the Cuban government. It means that all students in the Caribbean island can attend school without paying a penny at all levels. Since 1961, the Revolution has been funding Cuba’s educational institutions. Cuba shows an impressive record of educational standards ever since. With a 96% literacy rate in 1995 and 3rd and 4th graders outranking their South American peers in 1998 according to a study conducted by UNESCO. Today Cuba’s hopes of raising economic standards are closely linked to the emphasis it places on education.

    Mandatory Education in Cuba



    From ages 6 to 16, all Cuban children must go to school. Cuban students are required to wear uniforms that are different in colors to differentiate the students’ school level. Primary school students attend school for 6 years, and then they continue to secondary school for 3 more years. At the end of basic secondary education, students can choose between pre-university education and technical- professional education at specialized schools generally for 3 more years. Then students can attend Cuba’s main universities and technological institutes. Your Cuba education travel includes private access, exchanges and tours of some of those educational institutions.

    Cuba’s Higher Education- Touring Cuba's Universities



    There are 47 universities and higher education technical schools in the Caribbean island of Cuba which are attended by approximately four hundred thousand students each year. High education in Cuba is administered by the Ministry of Higher Education (MES), the government body that oversees the management of schools, the regulation of teaching methodology, and the establishment of standard educational policies. The University of Havana, The University of Eastern Cuba, Las Villas Central University, among others are among the oldest and most prestigious in Cuba and Hispanic Americas as you will witness firsthand during your educational tours to Cuba.

    Requirements to Attend Higher Education?



    First, students must have completed secondary education. Then, students should pass entering exams satisfactorily. In the case of Cuban young men, the mandatory military service must have been completed with the exceptions of those that were unable to serve due to medical or family reasons.

    Cuban higher education institutions offer a broad variety of studies to choose from technical careers, medicine, education, law, finance, science, economics and more. Students receive a professional diploma (Bachelor’s degree) upon successfully completing a 4-6 year program. A Bachelor’s degree completes the first stage of higher education. You will have the opportunity to research more on higher education as a participant of our Cuba study tours.

    Education Challenges in Cuba Today- Exploring the Authentic Cuba



    Due to economic hardships, recent years have seen some major cutbacks in university enrolment for Cuban students. The government’s emphasis has also shifted to having more openings for medical and scientific programs which can help improve Cuba’s economic development versus the social science or humanities fields. Authentic Cuba Travel participants will have the opportunity to dig more into this subject during meetings with Cuban scholars at different levels.

    Cuba Education Tours & Travel
    Highlights & Facts

    • Stay at the iconic Riviera or National Hotel of Cuba.
    • 13 Meals Included: 7 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, and 2 Dinners at Best Restaurants.
    • Travel to 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites featuring Old Havana, Vinales Valley & Town and Sierra del Rosario Mountain Range.
    • Learn about Hemingway’s Life & Work in Cuba.
    • Tour Hemingway’s former Estate and other Hangouts.
    • Private Presentation on Cuba’s Literacy Campaign at the Literacy Museum.
    • Tour the Museum of Fine Arts, displaying the World’s most Extensive Collection of Cuban Visual Arts.
    • Get Up Close and Personal with Cuban Educators, Visual Artists and Community Leaders.
    • Go Up Front and Visit Educational Outreach Efforts such as the Jaimanitas and the Cintio Vitier Community-based Projects.
    • Visit both Urban and Rural Primary and Secondary Schools.
    • Exchange in Private with Faculty at the Cuba’s Arts School and the University Of Havana.
    • Experience the AUTHENTIC CUBA while attending traditional Ceremonies, Musical Performances and Marketplaces.

    Notice to US Educators:

    U.S. Cuba Legal Travel Our Cuba Education Tours comply and meet the legal requirements set by the US Law for most education professionals in the United States of America- as long as legitimate, academic and educational research is to be conducted and disseminated.

    At Authentic Cuba Travel, we specialized in USA to Cuba legal educational travel. We are well versed on Cuba travel arrangements for the discerning North American traveler.

    If you work for, are part of the staff of, or have full time academic ties to an accredited school, college or other educational institution in North America, you could qualify to visit Cuba legally in one of our authentic Cuba tours.

    Call Now and Let Us Explain to You the Intricacies of Traveling to Cuba LEGALLY under a Specific or General OFAC-Administered Travel License.

    Old Havana Guided Tours.
    Our Cuba education tours kick off with a fascinating guided walking tour through the historical center of the Cuban capital, La Habana Vieja (Old Havana). As you tour this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll explore the magic of colorful and vibrant colonial squares, historical buildings and the ever crowded waterfront.
    Educational Cuba trips to Old Havana should start right at Plaza de la Catedral, or the Cathedral Square and pay a visit to the Cathedral of Havana, an iconic religious institution of Cuba since the 18th century that has stood the test of time remarkably well.
    Cuban Music Tours.
    The one single thing most Cuba travelers agree on is that Cuba produces wonderful and diverse music. During your Authentic Cuba Travel experience you will get a taste of the Cuba insight in the form of live music and dancing— so get ready to dance all night long!
    Cuba School Tours.
    On the second day of our Cuba Educational Tours, we like to take tour participants inside some primary and secondary schools. The first visit will be to Escuela Taller (Restoration School). This technical school is a step stone to continue higher education in the field of historical restoration. Woodworking, ironworking and painting renovation as well as archeological techniques are part of the educational program of the school. It arms young graduates with an arsenal of tools to join the qualified workforce of Cuba after completion on projects involving historic and artistic preservation and/ or continue higher education in any of the fields taught.
    Cuba Tours, Ernest Hemingway.
    Authentic Cuba Travel will engage tour participants with ordinary Cubans, visit their communities and provide a space for mutual understanding. So we are off to visit one of Hemingway’s favorite fishing towns, Cojimar- a small coastal settlement in Eastern Havana that served as the backdrop for The Old Man and the Sea, the famous book by the American novelist.
    Recently toured by American singer Beyoncé, the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) is the leading and largest artistic education institution in Cuba. It dates back from the 1960’s when The Revolution leadership decided to covert the aristocrat Country Club of Habana into five art schools. As a member of our education tours to Cuba, you will get to talk to students and professors who are all active musicians, dancers and artists about their view of art education in the iconic island.
    The Cuba educational travel also includes visits to primary schools as they are the cornerstone of Cuba's Educational System. You will be met by uniformed Cuban pioneros with vivacious smiles who might bring memories of your own students at home! The school’s energetic principal will also talk to you about some of the particular challenges facing this urban educational institution as Cuba’s economy and educational focus begin to adjust.
    A treat and a highlight of our Cuba educational & cultural tours is the opportunity to meet Dra. Luisa Campos who has served as director of the Museo de La Alfabetizacion for decades. As a volunteer of the Cuba’s Literacy Campaign of 1961 herself, Dra Luisa is passionate about this incredible educational project that brought about the high literacy rate that Cuba is proud of today. Several decades later, the campaign continues to be a role model for literacy efforts in the developing world.
    For most travelers that join our Cuba study tours, visiting Las Terrazas community is always a highlight of the country Cuban adventure. Located in Sierra del Rosario, Cuba’s premier UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, it is hard to imagine that this area was totally devastated by farming and lumber deforestation prior to the 1960’s.
    Nestled into Sierra de los Organos mountain range, the Vinales valley & town are a UNESCO Heritage Site in the Category of Cultural Landscapes and the pride and joy of the pinarenos, the inhabitants of Pinar del Rio Province, Cuba’s premier tobacco-growing region. And it’s breathtaking indeed. Imagine dramatic cliffs, underground caves, subterranean rivers, royal palm trees, and tobacco fields lying alongside the mogotes- flat top limestone hills that emerge sharply up from the valley bottom.

    Authentic Cuba! Sunday, July 15, 2017— Day One

    Your Educational Cuba tour is about to start! After landing at the Havana City main airport just 20 minutes away from your chosen hotel, you’ll be welcome straightaway by your Authentic Cuba Travel expert tour guide and bus driver who will be your 24/7 escort for the time of your stay— your personal connection to the authentic Cuba.

    After an introductory bus ride, you’ll check into the hotel of your choice—either the Riviera Hotel or the magnificent Nacional de Cuba Hotel, both facilities are iconic establishments in the Cuba hospitality industry since the 1930’s! And have been the favorite ‘home away from home’ for an array of celebrities, both are very near the seawall in Vedado entertainment district. It is all about location and comfort.

    You will have a complimentary breakfast at your hotel between 7 and 10am.

    Hello Old Havana! Monday, July 16, 2017— Day Two

    Morning: Ready? Our Cuba education tours kick off with a fascinating guided walking tour through the historical center of the Cuban capital, La Habana Vieja (Old Havana). As you tour this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll explore the magic of colorful and vibrant colonial squares, historical buildings and the ever crowded waterfront. You will also be introduced by your Authentic Cuba Tours guide to an array of educational institutions such as the University of San Geronimo and San Ambrosio, the Old Havana Restoration School and several primary and secondary schools.

    Cuba Explorer Tours to Old Havana should start right at Plaza de la Catedral, or the Cathedral Square and pay a visit to the Cathedral of Havana, an iconic religious institution of Cuba since the 18th century that has stood the test of time remarkably well. This square is a favorite hangout of both habaneros and foreign travelers, and has lots of welcoming cafés from which you can watch life stroll by while sipping a refreshing Cuban mojito.

    Your cultural & educational Cuba trip continues on to the oldest colonial square, La Plaza de Armas. Located at the heart of La Habana Vieja, this is the place of foundation and the center of urban development of the old city- from this very square the city grew from during bygone Spanish colonial & modern times.

    The Spanish garrison of the Fortress of the Royal Force (the oldest castle in Cuba and one of the oldest in The Americas) used to practise their military drills in the square as early as the 16th century- hence the name of this plaza. The square is surrounded by imposing buildings that used to serve as the center of Spanish ruling of the island nation of Cuba during colonial times such as the Palace of the Captains Generals and Palace of the Spanish Vice Governor.

    Complimentary Lunch: Next we will find some shelter in one of the most vivacious restaurants in Old Havana, Restaurante La Mina. Homed in one of the oldest colonial building of Cuba, it serves delicious Cuban food. Its enchanting central patio is graced with peacocks and live music!

    Afternoon: your educational Cuba travel experience will take you to explore Plaza de San Francisco next. Surrounded by the former church and monastery of San Francisco de Asis, the earlier Exchange of Havana (the equivalent of Wall Street in the USA), and numerous waterfront warehouses (today housing international cruise terminals and other facilitiees), this colonial square used to be the commercial center of the city for many decades and it does retains its liveliness today for sure.

    Originally, Plaza Vieja or “Old Square” was named Plaza Nueva when the Spanish first built it in the 16th century. Over the years, it has been the home of aristocrats, the location for bullfights, and the site of fiestas and religious celebrations. Today you will find some important museums and several beautifully restored buildings.

    Even though is known as Plaza Vieja (or Old Square) this square is the latest square established by the Spaniards in what is today the historical center. Bull fights, slave trade, religious celebrations and social gatherings are just some of the events it has witnessed. Your Authentic Cuba Travel escort will tell you about some of those events as you take pictures from the shade of the porticos of the magnificent buildings surrounding the square. Having stood the pass of time, today they house premier cultural and educational institutions.

    Evening: The one thing most Cuba travelers agree on is that the Caribbean island produces wonderful and diverse music. This evening you will get a taste of the Cuba insight in the form of live music and dancing— so get ready to dance all night long!

    Insight Cuba! Tuesday, July 17, 2017— Day Three

    Morning: On the second day of our Cuba Educational Tours, we like to take tour participants inside some primary and secondary schools.

    The first visit will be at the Escuela Taller (Restoration School). This technical school is a step stone to continue higher education in the field of historical restoration. The basis of woodworking, ironworking and painting renovation as well as archeological techniques are part of the educational program of the school. It provides young graduates with an arsenal of tools to join the qualified workforce of Cuba after completion on projects involving historic and artistic preservation and/ or continue higher education in any of the fields taught.

    After, you’ll visit the students of a primary school. You will be met by uniformed Cuban pioneros with vivacious smiles who might bring memories of your own students at home! The school’s energetic principal will also talk to you about some of the particular challenges facing this urban educational institution as Cuba’s economy and educational focus begin to adjust.

    Optional Lunch Break (not included): authentic Cuba tours should engage visitors with ordinary Cubans by visiting their communities. Next we are off to visit one of Hemingway’s favorite fishing towns, Cojimar- a small coastal settlement in Eastern Havana that served as the backdrop for the Old Man and the Sea, the famous book by the American novelist.

    Afternoon: After the lunch break, your Authentic Cuba Travel tour guide will give you a short tour of Cojimar including a bust of Hemingway created from the propellers of the community’s fishing boats.

    Then we will enjoy a short but relaxing bus ride to Hemingway’s former estate, known locally as Finca La Vigia. Here the American journalist lived and wrote for over 20 years with his 3rd and 4th wives. Hemingway used to welcome popular Hollywood movie stars, boxers, and even Spanish bull fighters in this place.

    The house is national monument and the pride of the working class inhabitants of San Miguel del Padron, a municipality of Eastern Havana. A large collection of Hemingway’s manuscripts and books, his hunting and fishing gear, photographs and even stuffed animals are all preserved in the original condition the author left them. It seems nothing have been touched ever since Hemingway left this place.

    Evening: during one of the first nights of our educational Cuba tours, we take the Cuba explorer to the Castle of San Carlos de La Cabana (the largest fortress ever built by the Spanish monarchs in The Americas) to attend one of the most authentic ceremonies in Cuba, El Canonazo de las 9. An old tradition dating back from Spanish colonial times where a real cannon used to be fired to announce habaneros that it was time to close the gates of the city walls.

    Cuban Adventures! Wednesday, July 18, 2017— Day Four

    Morning: this morning our Cuba study trip takes us to explore the largest, oldest and principal educational establishment in Cuba, La Universidad de La Habana (1728). Centrally located in Vedado neighborhood, the university’s main campus comprises the faculties of Natural Sciences, Law and Social Sciences. As the cornerstone of Cuba’s higher education, this university has 15 faculties in total, several research centers and about 6000 students a year. Even Fidel Castro is a graduate of this prestigious institution.

    Pedro Pulido, a renowned Cuban visual artist that incorporates the Cuba’s African heritage in his artistic production, is also the leader of the Community Project "Cintio Vitier" that we will visit next. Named after Cintio Vitier, a beloved and prolific Cuban poet and novelist, this outreach educational project enrolls local children and teenagers into artistic creation through painting, theatre, music and dance workshops and projects that are voluntarily taught and led by Pulido himself and his followers. Having the opportunity to connect the North American educators and travelers to the community leaders and students of this project is a component of our Cuba education tours that makes us very proud.

    Optional lunch today serves as a good excuse to exchange with the new Cuban entrepreneurs, the paladar (privately-run family restaurant) owners. Your guide will assists you with reservations to Cuba’s most popular ones. Before tour departure, we will also provide you with a list of those paladares we recommend.

    Afternoon: La Maqueta de La Habana Vieja (or the Scale Model of Havana) is the scenario where we will have the privilege to meet one of Cuba’s top scholars when it comes to modern urban development, Dr. Miguel Coyula, a university professor of architecture and leader of the Group for the Comprehensive Development of the City.

    An educational travel experience to Cuba wouldn’t be complete without visiting Cuba’s most internationally acclaimed museum, the Palacio de Bellas Artes which contains the largest and most impressive collection of Cuban artwork in the world. Centuries of Cuba’s artistic production by Cuban masters, curated by top-notch Cuban scholars are displayed in several thematic rooms from religious paintings of earlier colonial times to the modern pieces of contemporary generations.

    Evening: At Authentic Cuba Tours we suggests a visit to Club La Zorra y El Cuervo this evening (optional/ not included in tour costs/ about 10 cuc). If you love jazz, it’s a great opportunity to hear some of the hottest artists on the island.

    Explore Art Education in Cuba! Thursday, July 19, 2017— Day Five

    Morning: Recently toured by American singer Beyoncé, the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) is the leading and largest artistic education institution in Cuba. It dates back from the 1960’s when The Revolution leadership decided to covert the aristocrat Country Club of Habana into five art schools. As a member of our education tours to Cuba, you will get to talk to students and professors who are all active musicians, dancers and artists about their view of art education in the iconic island.

    Complimentary Lunch: next we are off to meet another ISA graduate, Jose Fuster- considered as one of the most important Cuban ceramist alive today. The artwork of this iconic Cuban figure has been exhibited and it is part of the most important art collections worldwide. Lunch will be served in the artist private home and studio and hosted by Fuster himself who will talk to us about the importance of artistic community projects for the local people. Fuster has turned his beloved coastal town of Jaimanitas into a living ceramic gallery. Must be seen!

    Afternoon: a highlight of our Cuba educational & cultural tours is the opportunity to meet Dra. Luisa Campos who has served as director of the Museo de La Alfabetizacion for decades. As a volunteer of the Cuba’s Literacy Campaign of 1961 herself, Dra Luisa is passionate about this incredible educational project that brought about the high literacy rate that Cuba is proud of today. Several decades later, the campaign continues to be a role model for literacy efforts in the developing world.

    Evening is free to explore the sounds of the city at your very own leisurely pace or getting some rest before tomorrow's departu to Cuba's Western countryside.

    Sierra del Rosario, a UNESCO Bioshere Reserve! Friday, July 20, 2017— Day Six

    For most travelers that join our Cuba study tours, visiting Las Terrazas community is always a highlight of the country Cuban adventure. Located in Sierra del Rosario, Cuba’s premier UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, it is hard to imagine that this area was totally devastated by lumber deforestation and farming prior to the 1960’s.

    We will visit the colourful community of nearly 1000 inhabitants whose houses were built using the innovative Novoa building system which consists of small prefabricated pieces that can be carried and assembled by a few men- hence avoiding the use of heavy machinery and minimizing the human footprint in the region.

    In our quest to understand the effects of the new economic reforms in Cuba’s rural communities, we have included visits to the studio of local artists, to small private ventures of local entrepreneurs, and to the local primary and secondary schools of the community.

    We will also visit the former estate of a coffee plantation French owner who fled Haiti during the Haiti Revolution and settled in this region where he built a prosperous coffee plantation, Cafetal Buenavista (1801). The property seats atop a hill that offers breathtaking views of Sierra del Rosario. The ruins of slave barracks and coffee drying platforms can also be toured in the property.

    We will also take a guided tour to arguably Cuba’s only ecological hotel, La Moka. With a large mahogany tree growing through the lobby and graced with flower gardens and water features everywhere, this facility shows how tourism impact on the environment can be minimized.

    Complimentary Lunch: An authentic country lunch will be served in a rustic restaurant by the natural pools and waterfall of the San Juan River- a favourite summer getaway for Cubans. We invite you to bring your swimming suit and mingle with the locals as you go for a splash in the crystal clear waters of this Biosphere Reserve.

    In the late afternoon, we will continue our Cuba educational travel to the authentic Cuba country. This time, we head further west to Vinales Valley & Town. Complimentary dinner and overnight at Los Jazmines hotel. Your morning awakening will prove to be mesmerizing as your room offers the best views of one of Cuba’s most beautiful landscapes. You are welcomed!

    Good Morning, Vinales! Saturday, July 21, 2017— Day Seven

    Nestled into Sierra de los Organos mountain range, the Vinales valley & town are a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Category of Cultural Landscapes and the pride and joy of the pinarenos, the inhabitants of Pinar del Rio Province, Cuba’s premier tobacco-growing region.

    And it’s breathtaking. Imagine dramatic cliffs, underground caves, subterranean rivers, royal palm trees, and tobacco fields lying alongside the mogotes- flat top limestone hills that emerge sharply up from the valley bottom.

    With your Authentic Cuba Travel guide bringing prehistoric times back to life as you tour El Mural de La Prehistoria (an amazing painting that covers the entire side of a mogote), you will venture into the heart and soul of this natural landscape for unforgettable memories of Cuba’s countryside.

    You will meet tobacco growing farmers and tour tobacco plantations. You will even get to roll your own Cuban cigars as you sip the real Cuban coffee grown in the Cuba’s West.

    Shopping in the open air street markets of Vinales downtown, visiting Vinales botanical garden, and sampling some local rum known as Guayabita del Pinar is also included in today’s expedition.

    Complimentary Lunch: Our Cuba education tours also offer complimentary lunch today at restaurante Cueva del Indio. You will enjoy delicious roasted pork, plantains and moros y cristianos a la pinarena.

    After lunch you will descend underground to admire the centuries-old stalactites and stalagmites of the Indian Cave, then we will go for a boat ride along an underground river which emerges into a peaceful valley at the other side of the mogote.

    The rest of the afternoon will be free time for your own exploration and shopping ventures into this amazing area.

    Bye Bye Cuba! Sunday, July 22, 2017— Day Eight—Departure

    Morning: your authentic Cuba guide will review with you your departure schedule and flight information the night before and escort you this morning to the Havana airport for taking your flights back home. Our Cuba tours are gate to gate experiences and you will be pampered all along the way.

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    Two-week Spanish Immersion Course (sponsored by the University of Havana)

    Cuban Ballet Course (sponsored by Cuba's National Ballet School)

    Competition, Training & Cross Cultural Exchange Sports Course

    Arts Course at Cuba's Art School "San Alejandro"

    Havana Jazz Festival for University Jazz Big Bands and Ensembles

    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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