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Cuba is a paradise in the Caribbean, just 90 miles off Key West. In fact, Cuba is so close that swimmers have made it from coast to coast, even without a shark cage! Yet it is a land of mystery for most American travelers due to the US travel restrictions and the frozen diplomatic relations in between the two countries. The discerning travelers are taken off guard when joining our education tours to Cuba. They are surprised to find a bubbly atmosphere charged with the smoke of Cuban cigars, the loud music that pours out of the windows of 1950’s vintage cars, the lively salsa dancing in every corner, and the entrepreneurial spirit of the Cuban people. Not what they have anticipated for sure! Absorb it all in a short time by the hand of the Cuba travel experts!
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Cuba is cozy, quaint, exhilarating. There are no American franchises in sight. Despite being so close to the USA, visiting Cuba legally is a complex endeavour for US citizens due to US government travel regulations and restrictions. Therefore, Cuba is a mystery that the discerning USA travelers can not figure it out just yet in spite of its proximity to the most popular tourism destinations in the Caribbean. With legendary vintage cars, habanos, mojitos and salsa pouring all around, Cuba gets under your skin and remains with you for a lifetime. Cuba education tours are a wonderful way to absorb it all in a short time. Let our team of USA Cuba travel experts help you venture beyond full-packed beach resorts into the heart and soul of the authentic Cuba.

Even though the island has been embroiled in some complex modern history, its culture is rich, diverse and unique among Caribbean neighbours. Once a luxury destination for the wealthy American citizens, Cuba now strives with a harsh economy. The discerning travelers find it raw and yet sophisticated and classic. Getting to know Cuba can be a complex chore to say the least, especially because of the notions and prejudices that many North Americans and other travelers have.

Cuba’s global isolation for half a century does not make it easy either. Yet, when the avid travelers set food on Cuba as part of our education tours they are taken by surprise completely. Cuba offers a truly welcoming people, an amazing wildlife, pristine crystal clear beaches, breathtaking landscapes, numerous UNESCO world heritage sites, and a stunning architecture. And we take you to explore it all.

You won’t find an oppressed country but a vivacious place sparkling with excitement and extruding a vibrant culture. From the balcony of your hotel Presidente or Nacional de Cuba, you will be amazed to see Cubans laughing, dancing, singing and playing music at the malecon waterfront 24/7 despite Cuba’s hardships and austerity. In the so commercialized Caribbean tourism, Cuba is a fresh breeze that is enthralling and welcoming. Welcome aboard!

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    Facts & Highlights

    • 5 Nights at The Riviera or The National Hotel in Havana.
    • 2 Overnights at Beach Resort Costa Sur in Trinidad.
    • 15 Complimentary Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 2 Dinners.
    • All Drinks, Snacks and Meals Included at Costa Sur Hotel.
    • Dedicated Luxury Air-conditioned Coach Transportation.
    • All Activities Described in Itinerary. Except “Optional” Activities.
    • 24/7 Expert Cuban English Speaking Guide and Translator.
    • 24/7 Support from Authentic Cuba Travel in Cuba and Canada.
    • Official Asistur Cuban Health Insurance Coverage.
    • Full Tour of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    • Travel to Cuba’s Parisinian City of Cienfuegos.
    • Full Tour of Old Cienfuegos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    • Travel to Cuba’s Prettiest Spanish Colonial City, Trinidad.
    • Full Tour of Old Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    • Travel to The Sugar Mills Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    • Meet with Faculty of the Cuban National Art Schools.
    • Visit an Iconic Primary School in Old Havana.
    • Visit a Rural Art School in Cuba’s Country.
    • Full Tour of the Cuban Museum of Arts.
    • Follow the Trail of Hemingway in Cuba.
    • Full Tour of Finca La Vigia, Hemingway Residence.
    • Full Tour of The National Museum of the Literacy Campaign.
    • Private Backstage Tour of the Lizt Alfonso Ballet School.
    • Shopping in Cuba’s Best Art and Craft Markets.

    Notice to US Travelers:

    U.S. Cuba Legal Travel Travel to Cuba was shut down almost completely during the Bush era. Yet since Obama took office, his administration began lifting many of the Bush administration USA-Cuba travel restrictions which has resulted in increasing traffic over the bridge connecting US citizens and Cuba.

    Traveling to Cuba for educational research, it is one category that Obama’s administration has widened over previous administrations, even that one of President Clinton. It makes possible for U.S.A. education professionals (from university professors and k12 teachers to administration staff) to travel to the Caribbean island in a legal way.

    Even US Universities and schools do not need a Specific License now to take their students and faculty, and they can go to Cuba for educational purposes under a general license. Our Cuba education tours meet the guidelines for legal Cuba travel. Call us and find out how you can travel to Cuba legally. Talk to the experts!

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    Vedado Hotels, Cuba.
    Cuba education tours include accommodation at the Riviera or at the National hotel, both located in Vedado, an upper-middle class distinctive neighborhood home to Cuba’s most beautiful hotels, restaurants, clubs, and 1950’s buildings including those in The Revolution Square such as the National Library Jose Marti and the National Theatre of Cuba, and the Jose Marti Memorial.
    Hemingway Cuba Travel 2014.
    No other place in the world contains such a memorabilia of Ernest Hemingway as Finca La Vigia. Because of the strained relationship in between US and Cuba, little is known in North America about the life of the US author in Cuba and the influence of the Caribbean island on his literary production and career. Our education tours to Cuba attempt to shed lights on several aspects of Hemingway's life and work in Cuba with a guided tour of this property where he lived for over 20 years.
    Despite the economic difficulties, Cuban primary students are at the top of Latin America’s peers in test scores. Our Cuba educational tours include visits to primary schools both in Havana and in the countryside to learn more about the successful approach to primary education in Cuba.
    Restoration School in Old Havana.
    Students at the Havana restoration school learn all the necessary skills for 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 during our Cuba travels. Another treat of our Cuba education tours is that our travelers are personally welcome and escorted through the school by the principal Dr. Eduardo Gonzalez.
    Studying at the Cuba’s Higher Institute of Arts (ISA), the leading art school in the Caribbean island is similar to do conservatory work in North America. Built after an idea of young revolutionaries Fidel Castro and Ernesto Che Guevara in 1961, the art complex occupies the former Havana Country Club and comprises five art schools for the studies of music, drama, dance and visual arts. Our education tours to Cuba include a tour of the schools and meeting with students and professors- all active Cuban artists, all escorted by director Sonia Ortega.
    The 1961 Literacy Campaign is viewed as a cornerstone in Cuban modern history and as a pivotal event in Cuba educational change, laying the foundations for the Cuban education philosophy in the years to come. Our education tours to Cuba feature a private meeting with Dra Luisa Campos, the museum director and former alfabetizadora (literacy campaign teacher), to share her memories and anecdotes with our tour participants.
    Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba
    A treat of our Cuba education tours is a private visit to Dance Cuba, a ballet school and company lead by the Cuban dancer and choreographer, Lizt Alfonso. This female-only dance company has its own music group which is in charge of composing the original music that accompanies each performance. The acclaimed company, that fusions classic ballet with flamenco and African rhythms, has extensively performed abroad, including the USA.
    Cienfuegos, a city that seduces the savvy Cuba travelers with its cleanness, elegance and feisty Caribbean flair; in fact, if Cuba had a Parisinian city, Cienfuegos would be it. Not only because the city was founded by French colonists but because of its French spirit, architecture and its rich cultural life. Complimentary lunch will be served at Palacio del Valle, one of Cuba’s prettiest palace located in Punta Gorda neighbourhood, a thin peninsula that slices into the Bay of Cienfuegos.
    Tours to the Sugar Mills Valley.
    Our education tours to Cuba visit more UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Cuba than other escorted Cuba tours out there. Period. One great authentic Cuba destination we feature is the Valley of the Sugar Mills. Comprising the valleys of San Luis, Agabama Meyer and Santa Rosa, this valley created the wealth that financed Trinidad’s cityscape in colonial times.
    We will embark on a walking tour of one of the prettiest and best preserved Spanish colonial cities in all the Americas, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Trinidad, a reflection of the vast fortunes amassed by Trinidad’s sugar plantation owners in the nearby Valley of the Sugar Mills.

    Day 1. Saturday 19 August 2017. Hello Cuba

    Welcome to La Habana, the capital city of the largest island in the Caribbean- just 90 miles from Florida, a destination that will surely create lasting memories during your travels to the authentic Cuba.

    Cuba education tours include a private bus transfer to your hotel (Riviera or Nacional) both iconic facilities are located in Vedado, an upper-middle class distinctive neighborhood home to Cuba’s most beautiful hotels, restaurants, clubs, and 1950’s buildings including those in The Revolution Square such as the National Library Jose Marti and the National Theatre of Cuba, and the Jose Marti Memorial.

    Day 2. Sunday 20 August 2017. Following Hemingway's Trail in Havana

    Morning: Still deeply remembered and beloved in Cuba, American author Ernest Hemingway established his primary residence in Finca La Vigia in 1939. A shared heritage that brings together the United States and Cuba, Finca La Vigia (or the Lookout Farm) is a must-visit attraction in our education tours to Cuba. The country estate comprises a large main house, extensive gardens, a tower and a swimming pool. It also contains Hemingway’s favourite things: hunting trophies, fishing gear, paintings, photographs, a valuable library as well as his manuscripts, correspondence and journals.

    No other place in the world contains such a memorabilia of Ernest Hemingway as Finca La Vigia. Because of the strained relationship in between US and Cuba, little is known in North America about the life of the US author in Cuba and the influence of the Caribbean island on his literary production and career. Our Cuba education tours attempt to shed lights on several aspects of Hemingway's life and work in Cuba with a guided tour of this property where he lived for over 20 years.

    Complimentary lunch at Las Terrazas restaurant in Cojimar fishing village, one of Hemingway's favourite hangouts.

    Followed by a guided walking tour of Cojimar fishing village, the coastal town where El Pilar boat was docked during Hemingway’s times in Cuba. We will visit a small commemorative plaza near Cojimar waterfront that contains a gazebo and a bust of Ernest Hemingway.

    Our education tours to Cuba usually head to Old Havana afterwards, and today is no exception. Old Havana, a very small area, at least geographically speaking, of the Cuban capital today is the historical center of the city. Old Havana was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982, and easily among the finest surviving Spanish colonial sites in Latin America.

    In the words of Alejo Carpentier, arguably Cuba’s most important writer of the 20th century, the Cathedral of San Cristobal de La Habana is “like music carved in stone”. Located in the cobblestone Cathedral Square, one of the most visited colonial squares, the church asymmetrical towers and baroque facade loom over imposingly over this cozy plaza that we will visit next.

    San Cristobal de La Habana was not originally founded by the Spaniards in the area that is considered Old Havana today but on the south coast. Yet in 1519 the town was re-established (for the third time!) in its present location at the mouth of the Havana Bay.

    The ceremony and mass of foundation took place under the shade of a Ceiba tree. The exacty spot is marked today by a little neoclassical building known as El Templete in the Plaza de Armas, the oldest colonial square in the old city which we will explore next. In fact, our Cuba educational tours include a guided walking tour to four of the most important colonial squares founded by the Spanish conquistadores. And Plaza de Armas' surrounds is next on the check list.

    Please, do notice the large military fortress on the northeast side. It is the oldest surviving Spanish-built military fortress in Cuba and the Americas, known as Castillo de La Real Fuerza. Please, do also take notice of the baroque Palace of the Captain Generals on the west side containing today the Museum of the City and the Palace of the Spanish Vice-Governor on the northwest corner, housing today the Cuban Book Institute.

    Havana was never meant to be the capital of the country. It offered little of no control over central and eastern Cuba, where most rebellions against the Spanish rulers broke out. Yet Havana’s strategic location, at the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico, made the Spanish authorities realize that it was the perfect gathering place for the transatlantic treasure fleets. And soon the Plaza de San Francisco, the next stop in our Cuba education tours, was established to stockpile the goods arriving in Havana and to provide supplies to the Spanish Galleons arriving from Mexico and Peru gathering in Havana before continuing on journey to Spain.

    Plaza Vieja is the last colonial square we will visit today and the last one founded by the Spanish authorities in Havana. Since its foundation in the 16th century it served as an open-air market place until the late 19th century. It also served as a gathering forum to discuss civic matters of habanero’s aristocracy. Surrounded by the wide-covered gallery mansions of the former Havana wealthiest, this is the only plaza where no church or government building was ever built.

    Next we will pay a visit to Almacenes de San Jose (former San Jose warehouse), a harbour side facility built in 1885 that has been recently restored. Today it houses a cultural centre that offers temporary art exhibits, theatre performances, and a variety of cultural activities for the children of Havana. However, it also contains the largest arts and crafts market in the country, and some free time for shopping is in order before heading back to the hotel for some refreshments.

    Return to hotel.

    Evening: one of the standout highlights of our education tours to Cuba are the salsa lessons tour participants received from dance instructor, Elsa at her home, a rooftop overlooking the Cathedral Square in Old Havana. There will also be an amazing musical band playing live for our group!

    Day 3. Monday 21 August 2017. Touring Cuba's Schools

    Restoring the grand old structures of Old Havana that has been crumbing for years due to economic hardships is not an easy task. Yet it is a process that has been in the making slowly but steady for the last 40 years led by a highly skilled workforce of architects, archeologists, historians and restoration graduates from Escuela Taller, a unique workshop school that prepares students through an apprenticeship in restoration and conservation. As part of our educational tours to Cuba we feature a private visit to this school to learn more about technical education.

    Follow by a visit to the Escuela Primaria Angela Landa. Despite Cuba’s economic difficulties, Cuban primary students are at the top of Latin America’s peers. Our next visit will shed some lights on the successful Cuban approach to primary education in Cuba in test scores.

    Lunch at the private family-run restaurant La California, a good example of the culinary revolution currently sweeping Havana.

    Afternoon: a treat of our Cuba education tours is a private visit to Dance Cuba, a ballet school and company lead by the Cuban dancer and choreographer, Lizt Alfonso. This female-only dance company has its own music group which is in charge of composing the original music that accompanies each performance. The acclaimed company, that fusions classic ballet with flamenco and African rhythms, has extensively performed abroad, including the United States of America.

    To wrap it up in style, we will enjoy a guided walking tour of the Palace of Fine Arts, treasuring the most important existing collection of Cuban art in the world. Be ready for a crash course on Cuban fine arts from the colonial religious oil paintings of Nicolas de la Escalera to the temporary performances of Tania Brugueras.

    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 Cuban Jazz Musicians! (optional, not included)

    Day 4. Tuesday 22 August 2017. Learning Cuba Insight

    Morning: studying at the Cuba’s Higher Institute of Arts (ISA), the leading art school in the Caribbean island is similar to do conservatory work in North America. Built after an idea of young revolutionaries Fidel Castro and Ernesto Che Guevara in 1961, the art complex occupies the former Havana Country Club and comprises five art schools for the studies of music, drama, dance and visual arts. Our education tours to Cuba include a tour of the schools and meeting with students and professors- all active Cuban artists, all escorted by director Sonia Ortega.

    Another standout highlight of our Cuba education tours is the visit to the fantasy land of Jose Fuster, in Jaimaintas, a seaside village in Havana’s outskirts. Called the Picasso of the Caribbean sometimes by art critics, the fun-loving and hard-drinking renowned Cuban artist will host our group for lunch at his home and studio which is the epicenter of the Jaimanitas Community Project: an art work in progress that has transformed a humble community into a wildly colorful living art gallery.

    The 1961 Literacy Campaign is viewed as a cornerstone in Cuban modern history and as a pivotal event in Cuba educational change, laying the foundations for the Cuban education philosophy in the years to come. To understand the educational system of Cuba today, its achievements and methodological approach it is necessary to visit this humble museum and meet with some of the actors of the historical event. And that’s why, our educational tours to Cuba feature a private meeting with Dra Luisa Campos, the museum director and former alfabetizadora (literacy campaign teacher), to share her memories and anecdotes with our tour participants.

    Evening: At the very end of 1958, Ernesto Che Guevara gained control of Havana once he occupied the colonial Fortress of La Cabana, a military stronghold of dictator Batista. Hours later Batista fled the country and Fidel arrived in the Cuban capital after announcing the success of The Cuban Revolution in Santiago de Cuba. These days a troop of soldiers in Spanish uniforms recreate a long standing tradition, the Fire of the Cannon. Attended by a crowd of hundreds of Cubans and foreign visitors every night, the soldiers load an original Spanish cannon and fire a very noisy distinctive blast over Havana at 9 o’ clock.

    Day 5. Wednesday 23 August 2017. Traversing the Caribbean Cuba

    This morning we will wear our Cuba explorer hats and head on to the Caribbean south coast of Cuba to visit several UNESCO World Historical Sites. No other education tours to Cuba offer more destinationas and attractions than Authentic Cuba Travel.

    We will spend most of the day at the Pearl of the South, Cienfuegos, a city that seduces the savvy Cuba travelers with its cleanness, elegance and feisty Caribbean flair; in fact, if Cuba had a Parisinian city, Cienfuegos would be it. Not only because the city was founded by French colonists but because of its French spirit, neoclassical architecture and its rich cultural life.

    Complimentary lunch will be served at Palacio del Valle, one of Cuba’s prettiest palace located in Punta Gorda neighbourhood, a thin peninsula that slices into the Bay of Cienfuegos.

    Afternoon: with our tour guide bringing back the times of foundation of the city by French refugees from Lousiana in the USA in 1819, we will enroll in a guided walking tour of Cienfuegos historical centre, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005.

    We will start at the former square of arms which is the epicentre of the urban development of the city during colonial times. In the 20th century, the square was renamed Parque Jose Marti after Cuba’s greatest hero of independence.

    Standing on the northern side of Plaza Marti, we will visit the Tomas Terry theater, a 950 seat Italian inspired auditorium whose construction was financed by the Terry family and opened its doors in 1895 with a performance of a Verdi’s play.

    Dominating the east side of the square, the magnificent Cathedral of Cienfuegos stands imposingly with its asymmetrical bell towers and neoclassical facade. It is worth taking a look inside to appreciate the original architectural elements such as the stained glass windows depicting the 12 apostles and the clock machinery both imported from France in the 19th century.

    Enjoying the finest city views over Cienfuegos is also part of our Cuba education tours. Time allowing, we will step in the Ferrer Palace and climb the wrought iron marble staircase that leads to the blue domed mirador tower. Today the palace houses the Municipal Cultural House, an institution that promotes Cienfuegos children artistic education through a series of workshops.

    Before wrapping out our ample tour of Cienfuegos and heading further east along the south coast to our next destination, Trinidad, we will have some free time at the Maroya Art Gallery where city visitors descend to haunt for local fine arts and crafts at very reasonable prices.

    After a relaxing panoramic transfer to Trinidad, we will check in at the Costa Sur beach resort...just in time for a swim in the beach or just to enjoy a beautiful sunset over the Caribbean horizon. This is an all inclusive facility which means that all meals, snacks and drinks are included in the tour price.

    Day 6. Thursday 24 August 2017. Exploring Trinidad and the Sugar Mills Valley

    Morning: serious cultural and educational tours should attempt to explore artistic education beyond Havana city. A visit to the municipal school of painting “Oscar Fernandez” in Trinidad will shed lights on how rural art schools in central Cuba are coping with the recent overhauling of Cuba’s educational system where emphasis is placed in agricultural and technical studies. You will also learn that talent is the determining factor to enroll in art studies in Cuba. The school principal will also talk to our tour participants about the hardships they face in Cuba today and the need for improving the curriculum and qualification standards.

    Even though it sounds too good to be true, medical education is free in Cuba. Our next visit will allow us to talk to young doctors and nurses about the various specialties they can study at no cost in Cuba. Even though it sounds hard to believe, Cuba has also being providing such free medical education studies to foreign students from developing countries and even from the United States of America. Next we will visit the municipal maternity home, another highlight of our Cuba education tours.

    Complimentary lunch and refreshments back at the hotel.

    We will embark on a walking tour of one of the prettiest and best preserved Spanish colonial cities in all the Americas, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Trinidad, a reflection of the vast fortunes amassed by Trinidad’s sugar plantation owners in the nearby Valley of the Sugar Mills.

    A great place to kick off the exploration of this enchanting open-air museum, it is the Municipal Museum of Trinitarian History housed in the former Cantero Palace, a grand building with a macabre past. Rumor has it that Mr. Kanter (Cantero in Spanish), a German doctor that settled in the region, poisoned the owner of vast properties in Trinidad (including this palace) and the Valley of the Sugar Mills. Then he married his widow acquiring huge sugar estates in the process. His new wife was to die soon after in a mysterious ways too. But these are just rumors, ok?

    Next we will visit the Museo of Lucha Contra Bandidos, housed in one of Trinidad’s most recognizable structures, the former convent and bell tower of San Francisco de Asis. The museum contains photographs, military equipment, and objects related to the fighting of the local militias against the counterrevolutionary gangs operating in the nearby Escambray mountains in the early 1960’s. The remains of an American U2 spy plane that was shot down over this region is also on display.

    Comprising the valleys of San Luis, Agabama-Meyer and Santa Rosa, the Valley of the Sugar Mills created the wealth that financed Trinidad’s cityscape in colonial times. Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988, the valley is worth a visit to understand the history of the province. We will make a stop at a mirador that has been established atop La Loma del Puerto hill for breathtaking views of the valley.

    Trinidad is well known for its pottery makers. We meet with a family that has been passing the tradition for generations: the Santanders.

    Cultural and educational tours to Trinidad, Cuba wouldn’t be complete without some further exploration of the beautiful Caribbean beaches of Peninsula de Ancon, a short 15 mile drive south of the historical center and, of course, some free time to shop at a leisurely pace the numerous open air handicraft markets that the old city has to offer.

    Evening is free to enjoy the beach, hotel amenities, and the lively streets of Trinidad. How about live Cuban popular music on steps of Casa de la Trova – a great opportunity to dance with Cubans and your tour companions.

    Day 7. Friday 25 August 2017. Heading Back to the Cuban Capital

    Morning: this is your last chance to take a bath in the Caribbean beaches of Peninsula de Ancon, to do some last minute shopping at the historical center, or just to revisit some of the numerous museums and venues we explored yesterday. Whatever you do, please make sure to let your Authentic Cuba Travel guide know. We are heading back to Havana today.

    Assisted by your guide and hotel staff, we will check in at Riviera Hotel or National of Cuba Hotel upon arrival at the Cuban capital.

    Day 8. Saturday 26 August 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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