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Cuba Student Tour

$1,795.00

Able to both confound and exceed expectations in equal measure, Cuba is an endlessly fascinating place. Safe, beautiful, and never boring, Cuba is an amazing destination for your next student tour! Rhythms and melodies are ubiquitous in this melting pot. As a former Spanish colony liberally coloured with French, African, American, Jamaican, and indigenous Taíno influences, there’s no denying the breadth of its historical heritage. When Castro pressed the pause button on economic development in the 1960s, he inadvertently saved many endangered traditions. It is the Cuban people who have kept the country alive as the infrastructure has crumbled; and it is also they who have ensured that Cuba continues to be the fascinating, perplexing, paradoxical nation it is.

Finisterra Travel believes that visits to Cuba should transcend the mass tourism by engaging students with the social values of Cuban culture through cultural interactions. Travelling with us, students are immersed in local culture, history, politics, national treasures, music, and contemporary arts in a context of mutual appreciation and safety.

Customize this trip to best suit your students’ needs!

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HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

  • Exploring the picturesque countryside around Viñales
  • Learning about Cuba’s fascinating culture & rich history
  • Meeting locals & learning about life in Cuba
  • Wandering through the bustling streets of Havana
  • Visiting local farms, museums, and colonial centres around Havana
  • Enjoying unique Cuban rhythms which permeate the streets

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Day 1: Havana (Arrival Varadero) -/L/D
Bienvenida a Cuba!
Today we will be transferred from the airport (Varadero)
Visit the city of Matanzas
Visit Castillo San Severino/ Slavery Museum
Continue to Havana – Orientation meeting en route

Check-in our hotel
Dinner at local restaurant (Paladar)

Day 2: Havana B/L/D
After breakfast we’ll visit Habana Vieja, as it’s known in Spanish, features spectacular colonial architecture and certainly beats to its own rhythm. Our walking tour with a local guide takes us along cobbled streets plied with vintage cars to the most important plazas of the old city, where costumed characters and street performers help create a carnival-like vibe.

Walking tour of Old Havana: its cobblestone streets, vibrant dynamics and stunning architecture.
Lunch at a Paladar (local restaurant)
Visit Compas Dance and Music Company (or similar)

Day 3: Havana B/L/D
Cuba’s dynamic capital was once one of the world’s most prosperous ports and the third most populous city in the Americas. As La Llave del Mundo (Key of the World), it saw riches from Mexico, Peru, and Manila pass through its sheltered harbour en route to Spain. Havana shows evidence of long neglect but her beauty still shines, with an amalgam of Spanish, African, colonial, communist, and capitalist influences.

Today we explore history and culture through Cuban art, music, and dance
Visit the fascinating Museum of the Revolution.
Visit local development project – Arte Corte (or similar)
Lunch at a Paladar
Learn about Cuba’s literacy campaign in the 1960’s at the Literacy Museum
Salsa dance lessons and/or listen to live music (and try dancing)

Day 4: Havana B/L/D
Visit an organic farm to learn about urban farming techniques (organiponico)
Visit the artistic studio of the well-known whimsical artist, Jose Fuster
Lunch at a local restaurant
Ferry boat across Havana Harbour to the town of Regla to learn about various Afrocuban religions
Discussion on Cuba’s diversity

Day 5: Las Terazzas B/L/D
Depart early from Havana for the eco-community of Las Terazzas
Visit the home studios of artists and artisans
Visit a local school (If Possible)
Lunch in the community
Tour of a former French Coffee Plantation
Opportunity to swim at the San Juan River cascades and pools
Travel to the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve – Viñales
Check-in casas

Day 6: Viñales B/L/D
Located in the province of Pinar del Rio, the lush Viñales Valley is blessed with iron-rich soil. Viñales Valley also boasts exceptional landscapes, limestone formations (mogotes) and ecological plantations, which are amazing to hike around. It is a wonderfully relaxed, traditional settlement that never fails to impress with its beauty. Those who would prefer to stay in Havana to write and explore independently are welcome to do so.

Walking tour of the town and beautiful valley to learn about fora and fauna
Visit Cueva (cave) del Indio
Learn about organic farming practices at a local fnca
Lunch at a local farm
Free time to explore the beautiful valley (option to go horseback riding)
Dinner in Vinales

Day 7: Vinales to Varadero B/-/D
Depart Vinales to visit the beautiful beaches of Varadero
Free beach time in the afternoon
We refect on our amazing adventure during the last dinner

Day 8: Departure for Airport (Varadero) B/-/-
Time to enjoy the beach in the morning (fight time dependent)
Check-in airport
We miss Cuba already!

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7 nights accommodation based on double occupancy in Private Homes (Casa Particulares)
All transportation as per itinerary
7 breakfasts, 6 lunch, 6 dinners
Guiding services as per itinerary
Sightseeing as per itinerary
Service of an experienced Tour Leader & Local Guide
Tips (service staff at group meals, drivers, local guides)
All applicable taxes

TOUR EXCLUSIONS:
International flights (can be arranged through us [email protected])
Mandatory travel medical insurance and optional cancellation insurance (can be arranged through us [email protected])
Meals not mentioned
Items of a personal nature
Transportation and services not mentioned

*IMPORTANT NOTES:
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Accommodation: Hotels (double, triple or quad occupancy), casas in Vinales (B&Bs)

[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Important Info” tab_id=”1449289392103-be095264-cb20″][vc_column_text]PLEASE NOTE: This itinerary is subject to change. Although we always do our best to stick to the itinerary, due to the ever changing nature of Cuba, activities, restaurants, hotels, and sites are subject to change due to forces beyond our control.

PASSPORTS: Must be valid for at least 6 months after departure from Cuba. Proper documentation is the responsibility of each traveller.

TERMS & CONDITIONS: Please click HERE for our T & C
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Prices from: $1795USD per student. Please note that prices are subject to change and will fluctuate with the student/chaperone ratio.
We can accommodate groups of 10-24 students + chaperones
Contact: [email protected]
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