The Fulbright Association invites members to sign up for its February 4-12, 2018 Cuba trip. The Association has brought Fulbrighters and friends to Cuba on several insight tours, providing each participant a life-changing adventure truly embracing the Fulbright mission of international learning and cultural exchange.
A tour with the Fulbright Association is no ordinary tourist trip. Our itinerary revolves around the ideals of building lifelong connections and cultural understanding to reflect the founding vision of Fulbright. Our tours are uniquely designed for Fulbrighters and Friends of Fulbright who seek a deeper travel experience and to discover foreign countries in a more meaningful way. This is more true than ever with our Cuba trip: you will meet university leaders and students, historians and art experts, economists and small business owners. You will explore museums and monuments and learn about Cuban history, art, and culture from the Cuban perspective. You will have the opportunity to represent the Fulbright Association, and build a cultural bridge into a country long separated from the United States.
ABOUT THE TRIP
Total cost: $4425 (for shared room); additional $895 for single room
Upon arrival into Havana, private transfer will be provided for the drive through the vibrant city to Hotel Nacional. Hotel Nacional is considered a symbol of history, culture and Cuban identity and is a National Monument of Cuba. With its privileged location in the middle of Vedado, it stands on a hill on the sea and offers a great view of Havana Harbor. In the evening enjoy a welcome dinner at Café del Oriente.
Hotel Nacional (D)
Today explore Old Havana during visits to the Museum of the Revolution and the National Museum of Fine Art. Havana is a living time capsule, from its Spanish colonial history to the enduring legacy of the Revolution, characterized by 1950s American cars and colonial architecture. After lunch at la Torre visit the famous open air market of San Jose. This evening, receive a presentation from a Cuban economist on Cuba's economy past and present.
Hotel Nacional (BLD)
Today will start with a visit to the University of Havana to talk with professors and study abroad programs. Next visit organic farm, El Vivero, in the populated area of the Alamar neighborhood. Established about 10 years ago it is considered one of the most successful organic farms in the city. After lunch at Bodega las Brisas, visit Ernest Hemingway's house, Finca Vigia, where Hemingway wrote two of his most celebrated novels: For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea. A Movable Feast was written there as well. In the evening attend the cannon firing ceremony and enjoy dinner at la Divina Pastora.
Hotel Nacional (BLD)
Today depart for Trinidad stopping in Cienfuegos along the way. Established in 1819, more recently than most major Cuban cities, and the only city in the country founded by French settlers, Cienfuegos is an easy going place, noticeably cleaner and more spacious than the average provincial capital and deserving of its label as the "Pearl of the South." After lunch at Dona Nora explore Cienfuegos, one of the chief seaports of Cuba, and the center of the sugar, coffee and tobacco production. During the exploration visit Castillo de Jagua, a fortress erected in the 1740s for protection against Caribbean pirates, the restored main square, the Catedral de la Purisima Concepción, and the Teatro Terry. Also visit Prado, which is decorated by monuments and important buildings such as the former Rotary Club building, which is now the house of the culture of the city. Later, drive along Punta Gorda on a nearly two‑mile‑long peninsula where the Malecón promenade is bordered by imposing villas, vestiges of the American period under Batista. Later in the day continue on to Trinidad. After dinner at the hotel have time to explore on own.
Hotel Brisas Trinidad del Mar (BLD)
Trinidad is the perfect example of a colonial town, which has earned it a position on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The cobbled streets are lined with colorful houses from a bygone era which remain well preserved even today. A particular highlight is the impressive palaces on the Plaza Mayor which used to belong to wealthy sugar barons. Upon arrival, visit the Painting School of Trinidad where and have the chance to take a look around the school and meet students and staff. Before lunch at Sabor Tropical, experience a traditional music bar, La Canchanchara, and taste a Cuban drink. Lunch will be in the Manaca Iznaga ruins, in the heart of the sugar cane valley of San Luis. These historic ruins once belonged to the Sanchez Iznaga family. On the visit learn about the history of the sugar barons and the development of the sugar cane industry in the first half of the 19th century. After lunch, return to the village and explore more of the cobblestone streets of Trinidad on a walking tour of this beautiful World Heritage Site. Visit Tres Cruces square, the former Fisher House, and El Cabildo de San Antonio, the first cult house where African slaves got permission from the Spanish authorities to worship their deities. Stop at a family‑run pottery workshop where the tradition of making pottery has been passed on for generations. Dinner on your own to enjoy local Paladar.
Hotel Brisas Trinidad del Mar (BL)
Travel today to Santa Clara exploring the Valle de los Ingenios along the way. Located 12 kilometers northeast of Trinidad are three interconnected rural valleys, San Luis, Santa Rosa and Myer. They make of up the Valle de los Ingenios. More than 50 super mills were in operation at the industry's peak in the 19th century. The valley is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival in Santa Clara you will enjoy lunch at Los Caneye. After lunch visit the Che Guevara Mausoleum. Learn about Che's life and his historic December 1958 capture of Santa Clara. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore on your own.
Hotel Los Caneye or similar (BL)
This morning depart for Remedios located a few miles from the coast. The town is known for its Parrandas de Remedio (carnival like street party that takes place on Christmas eve). Upon arrival visit the Museo de las Parrandas Ramedianas to learn about the history of their famous celebrations. Enjoy lunch at Mascotte Hotel located on the main square. After lunch visit the seaside town of Caibarien and the Tradition House to learn about the history of the city and then have free time to explore before enjoying dinner and returning to Remedios for the night.
Mascotte Hotel (BLD)
This morning will be free to explore Remedios. Afterwards, visit Cuevas de Bellamar in Matanzas stopping for lunch at paladar Amelia del Mar before continuing to Havana. Dinner at Hotel Nacional or a Paladar this evening.
Hotel Nacional (BLD)
Transfer to the airport for flight home. (B)
Double room accommodations in comfortable hotels (2 occupants per room). Single rooms are available for an additional $895.00 for the entire trip
Breakfast daily and additional meals listed in itinerary
Transportation by private, air-conditioned motor coach
English speaking guide(s)/interpreter(s)
Preparatory reading materials
Admission and fees to museums and program activities as listed in itinerary
Honoraria for speakers
Tax-deductible donation to the Fulbright Association
What’s Not Included
Expenses of a purely personal nature
Room service charges
Transportation of luggage in excess of weight allowance
Travel Cancellation Insurance
Meals not stated in itinerary
Extra and or alcoholic beverages at group meals
Visas or other necessary entry documents
To register, the following items should be sent to the Fulbright Association Office by the registration deadline of November 11, 2017:
Paying by card: Click here to pay online. You can choose to pay the deposit and second payment separately, or pay everything all at once. You may also call us at (202) 775-0725 to pay by card over the phone.
Paying by check: Checks should be made payable to the Fulbright Association. Please list “Tour to Cuba” in the memo. Registration packets and checks should be sent to the Fulbright Association office in Washington, DC. The address is:
1900 L Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
Once you have registered and submitted both your deposit and registration forms to the Fulbright Association, we will contact you with additional information about the trip.
Final Payments: Final payments for the trip are due by November 1, 2017. Please read all the information in our registration packet for terms on cancellations, refunds, and other policies.
Membership requirements: Please also note that you must be a current member of the Fulbright Association in order to join the tour. If you are not a member, you can click here to join, or if you are a lapsed member, please click here to renew your annual membership. Not a Fulbright alumn? No problem! The Fulbright Association welcomes all supporters of the mission of the Fulbright Program to join as Friends of Fulbright. Tour registrants may also bring one non-member guest. Please indicate who your guest is in your registration materials.
If you have any questions, please give us a call at (202) 775-0725 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.