Your journey will include an extensive and stimulating daily program and six nights at The Capri Hotel, one of Havana's most storied four-star hotels, located just a block from the the Malecón, a broad esplanade and seawall that stretches five miles along the Cuban coast. We'll also travel to the scenic Viñales Valley to spend the night with a Cuban host family at their "casa particulare" (private home), offering you an opportunity to closely interact with residents of the community. The travel dates are April 23 – 30th.
After our chartered jet lands Saturday afternoon at Havana's historic José Martí International Airport, we will spend our days meeting with prominent Cuban professors, government officials, physicians, community activists, farmers, urban planners, business owners, journalists, and artists. Our evenings will be filled with exclusive concerts by renowned musicians, private showings at artist's studios, and performances by students of Cuba's internationally acclaimed dance institutes.
We will tour museums with eminent art historians, wander through the artist's markets of Old Havana, experience the scenic beauty of Pinar del Río province, and savor traditional Cuban food and spirits at the island's finest restaurants and organic farms.
While travelling under The Nation's general license issued by the US Office of Foreign Assets Control to promote people-to-people contact, you will be accompanied by Cuba expert and longtime Nation contributor Peter Kornbluh. A former professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University and currently the director of the Cuba Documentation Project at the National Security Archive at George Washington University, Peter is the author of several books on Cuba, including the recently published Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations Between Washington and Cuba.
In addition, your host will be Charles Bittner, The Nation's long serving Academic Liaison. Charles has organized and directed five previous Nation trips to Cuba and teaches in the sociology department at St. John's University. During the entire week, you will also be escorted by a bilingual Cuban tour guide.
The all-inclusive cost of this weeklong tour is $5,585 / $5,990 per person (double/single occupancy) and includes round-trip chartered airfare from Tampa to Havana, six nights at the four-star Capri Hotel, one evening at a private residence in Viñales, airport transfers, health and evacuation insurance, Cuban visas, all ground transportation within Cuba, guided tours, seminars, lectures, entrance to Cuba's preeminent museums and attractions, several private music concerts, dance performances, almost all your meals, including libations, and many other captivating activities and events.