Trips At-A-Glance

Our current itineraries are highlighted below.  While each trip has a distinct focus, there is nothing cookie cutter about our programs.  It is not unusual for travelers who've joined one of our tours to repeat the same trip the following year and have an entirely different experience.   If your group consists of 8 or more, we'd be happy to customize the itinerary for you.

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034-hotel-nacional-v3.jpgCUBA NOW - 7 Nights/8 Days
-March 3-10, 2017
-May 5-12, 2017
-June 30-July 7, 2017
-August 18-25, 2017
-October 20-27, 2017
-December 22-29, 2017
Cuba Now introduces you to the island with experiences that provide insight into what’s happening socially, economically, and politically.  Cuba has been off-limits to most U.S. travelers for more than 50 years, so this trip has a lot of catching up to do! Traveling to Havana, Cienfuegos and Trinidad, you’ll get up close and personal with Cubans from all walks of life and learn how relations with the U.S. affect their daily lives. 


Program Highlights

  • Walking tour of Old Havana and its famous plazas and a visit to independent business and galleries on Obispo Street
  • Visit to Chevet Akim, the oldest synagogue in Cuba, and Centro Sefaradi to meet with its program directors and to discuss the role of Jewish life in Cuba
  • Tour of the Museum of Fine Arts, one of the largest collections of visual arts in Cuba
  • Drive to the seaside village of Cojimar and enjoy lunch in the town made famous by Ernest Hemingway
  • A visit and lunch with the visionary artist Jose Fuster in the town of Jaimanitas where you'll explore his unique and colorful landscape
  • Meeting with Jose Pepe Viera, former UN diplomat and Vice Minister of Foreign Relations to discuss the current status of US-Cuba relations
  • Experience the ArteCorte project, a creative enterprise located in a beauty salon that is part museum/part training center
  • Travel to Cienfuegos, Cuba's "pearl of the south," and meet with local artists, musicians, and gallery owners
  • Tour the town of Varadero, which is rapidly losing its famous wooden houses to the tourist trade's large resorts
  • Explore the eco-community of Las Terrazas in the Sierra del Rosario Mountains


VISUAL ARTS IN CUBA - 9 Nights/10 Days
-March 24-April 2, 2017
-October 14-21, 2017

Unchanged over time, Havana’s architecture has been called its golden egg.  With its Belle Époque mansions, Spanish Colonial palaces, 1950s modern homes, scattered 1960s Soviet apartment buildings, and beach villas it’s no wonder visitors are captivated. This tour leads you on an intimate journey, taking you into the homes of artists and architects, into galleries and museums, and through the streets of Havana, Cienfuegos and Trinidad.


Program Highlights

  • Architectural walking tour of Old Havana's famous plazas, vintage poster shops, art galleries, and small markets
  • Experience local nightlife through Havana's jazz and dance music
  • Meet with historic photographer Roberto Salas
  • Visit the home of the artist Kcho in Romerillo and explore the community project he created
  • Tour the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), the graduate art school known for its architecture 
  • Visit the studio of mixed media photographer Ernesto Javier, one of the Cuba's hottest artists
  • In Pinar del Rio visit the organic farm of Fernando Funes, a well-known agronomist
  • Visit a tobacco farm in Cuba's rich farming region of Vinales
  • Meet with Jose Pepe Viera, former UN diplomat and Vice Minister of Foreign Relations to discuss the current status of US-Cuba relations
  • A guided exploration through the Museum of Fine Arts, one of the largest collections of visual arts in Cuba
  • A visit and lunch with the visionary artist Jose Fuster in the town of Jaimanitas where you'll explore his unique and colorful landscape
  • Travel to Sante Fe for a visit with artists Sandra Dooley and Guillermo Estrada-Viera
  • Travel to Cienfuegos, Cuba's "pearl of the south," and meet with local artists and gallery owners and enjoy the entertainment of local musicians
  • In the historic village of Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, explore the town's cobblestone streets, street fairs, and colonial architecture

002-yemaya-calle-jon-v2.jpegAFRICAN ROOTS OF CUBAN CULTURE - 14 Nights/15 Days
-July 7-19, 2017

This exciting trip will take you across country where you’ll see much of the lovely island. Starting in the northeast and traveling south and west across the country to explore how African customs, religion and people have contributed to la cubanía.  You’ll meet artists, dancers, musicians, as well as learn about Santería and other religious practices.  You’ll learn about the influence of religious iconography, and the significance it plays in the country and how these elements have survived throughout the years.  You’ll meet and interact with scholars, artists, researchers, and writers who have dedicated their work to researching Cuba’s African roots and visit landmarks in Afro-Cuban history.  

Program Highlights

  • In Santiago de Cuba meet with the city's historian and preservationist and explore its historic buildings
  • Meet local artists whose work reflects the influence of Africa and Haiti
  • Travel to El Cobre to visit the Church of the Virgin Charity, the patron saint of Cuba
  • Enjoy Santiago's Museum of Carnival, in an 18th-Century building, dedicated to preserving the areas rich and diverse culture, and enjoy a performance of African-inspired dance on Santeria and the Orishas
  • In Case de Caribe meet with an expert on the history of African religions
  • On the way to Camaguey, "the city of Square," explore the historic town of Bayamo
  • Meet with local Camagueyan artists and learn what makes their city's culture so unique
  • Explore Camaguey's city center and visit local galleries
  • In the Spanish-colonial settlement of Trinidad, stroll its cobblestone streets, street fairs, and historic buildings
  • Visit local artist studies such as Benito Ortiz, Carlos Cesar Roman, Jorge Sainz, and Hermanos Saiz group
  • In Cienfuegos, Cuba's "pearl of the south," explore the city's architecture and historic places
  • Visit the Maroya Gallery and meet with some of Cienfuegos' best-known artists in their studios
  • A stop in Tapaste brings you up close and personal with a santero whose art is strongly influenced by African religion
  • In Havana's Callejon de Hamel, an alley vibrating with themes of Afro-Cuban culture and religion, hear a talk on Santeria
  • In Guanabacoa, a small town know for its Santeria traditions, spend time with artist Alberto Casado

7 Nights/8 Days
-June 16-25, 2017

When it comes to its land, Cuba is a country of organic techniques and cooperative farms.  The country’s environmental laws reflect its commitment to the island’s natural resources.  Starting in Havana and driving through Las Terrazas, Pinar del Rio, and Vinales, you'll meet with local business owners, community members, and farmers and learn about agrarian reform, conservation, and how successful Cuba has been on these fronts and what may be at stake as the island nation braces itself for an influx of tourism.


Program Highlights

  • Waking tour of Old Havana and its famous plaza where you'll meet with local shopkeepers
  • An urban agriculture tour with visits to Old Havana and Central Havana organic farms, community gardens, local farmsteads, and farmer's markets
  • Guided visit to Havana's National Botanic Garden
  • Meet with workers at the National Institute for Basic Research in Tropical Agriculture
  • Visit an organic farm and apiary
  • Tour the eco-community of Las Terrazas, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, where research is focused on ecology and the environment
  • Explore the Biosphere for a hike, swim, or zip line
  • Tour the largest collection of orchids on the planet at the Soroa Orchid Museum
  • Meet with researchers of Las Terrazas and learn about their work, and with residents and shopkeepers to learn the advantages and disadvantages of tourism
  • In Pinar del Rio, Cuba's tobacco domain, meet with farmers and learn about tobacco production and its' importance in the local economy
  • Visit with workers at El Moncada farming cooperative and learn how state-run farms operate
  • Hike the Vinales valley and meet with small independent tobacco and coffee farmers
  • At a visit and lunch with the artist Jose Fuster in the town of Jaimanitas where you'll learn about and explore his community revitalization projects 
  • Discuss the provincial and municipal role in grass roots organizing to produce urban agriculture with workers at the Tienda Consulturio del Agricultor and the National Urban Agriculture group
  • Meet with an architect of the Master Plan for a tour at Reparto Camilo Cienfuegos on the different types of architecture in planned developments
  • Visit Organoponico, an organic farm in Alamar known for its high quality food
  • Meet with Jose Pepe Viera, former UN diplomat and Vice Minister of Foreign Relations to discuss the the current status of US-Cuba relations


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