Colonial history, revolution and classic cars

Cuba for school groups

All our trips to Cuba are safe and legal. The itinerary is carefully designed to meet the category: “Support for the Cuban people”.

Cost:

7 days start from $1595
9 days start from $1795
(all inclusive)

Add airfare: $325-$695

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Cuba is great for learning about

History Columbus and discovering America, colonization, slavery, revolution
Architecture colonial, art deco, modern
Arts theatre, cinema, music, ballet, dance, painting, ceramics
Ecology birds, crocodiles, marine biology
Literature Hemingway, Jose Marti
Spanish language, Afro-Cuban religion, Entrepreneurship
And much more

Cuba Itinerary

This is an example of the Cuba itinerary.

Remember: We are very happy to customize this itinerary to accommodate your group specific interests. We can make it longer or shorter and adjust the cost to fit different budgets.

Day 1: Fly to Cuba

Arrival at Havana Jose Marti International Airport

Transfer to casas or hotels

Orientation with Tour direct

Dinner

Group discussion on Cuba, meet your guides, learn a few useful phrases in Spanish 

Day 2: Havana

Christopher Columbus discovery of America, colonization, colonial architecture, slavery and Cuba independence wars against Spaniards.

Guided tours of Old Havana: Visit Plaza Vieja, Plaza de La Catedral, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de San Francisco, Calle Obispo, Calle Mercaderes, Capitolio and Parque Central, Bacardi Building, Ambos Mundos Hotel (Hemingway room), Alicia Alonso Theatre

Lunch: Traditional Cuban sandwiches

Explore local craft market, artist galleries, old market, Clandestina (first Cuban designer boutique)

Special event: Dinner and evening with Cuban students. FAC visit

We meet Cuban students of similar age for dinner and games and discussion. Students from both countries talk about their favorite songs, artists, school life, sports and play games (1000 questions, idiomas, etc)

Together we visit  FAC (Fabrica de Arte Cubano) – multimedia art venue in and old factory with several music scenes, open air movie theatre, art galleries.

Day 3: Havana

We discuss the history of Cuban revolution, its leaders and impact on US – Cuba relations. Classic cars in Cuba

Revolution day in convertible cars, Museum of Revolution, Plaza of the revolution

Lunch in Lost City of Gaudi in Havana Forrest

Special event: Dinner conversation with Marc Frank – Reuters correspondent living in. Havana

Day 4: Havana

Life and work of one of the US most famous writer Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway house Finca Vigia

Muraleando art community with lunch

Sunset and ferry ride across the bay from La Cabana Fortress

Special event: Lunch and live music concert and dancing with Muraleando community

Day 5: Viñales

Day in countryside, getting to know Cuban farmers.

Hike in Viñales mountains, visit to several viewpoints for the valley

Walk through the caves

Midnight hike in the jungle

Special event: Lunch on the farm with guajiros

Day 6: Las Terrazas

Eco community of artists and coffee growers living in idyllic valley in Sierra Rosario Mountains.

Eco-hotel Moka

Lunch and Cuban frappuccino tasting

Artist studios: Lester Campa, Ares, Henry Aloma

Special event: Reclaimed paper art workshop with Ares

Day 7: Departure

Add 2 more days (For 9 days itinerary)

Day 7: Trinidad/Santa Clara

Visit to Che Guevara Mausoleum

Photo tour to colonial Unesco listed

Day 8: Cienfuegos 

Day 9: Departures

Departures

Example of organizations we work in Cuba

  • Muraleando Community Project
  • Havana Artist Studios
  • Las Terrazas Biosphere Reserve (UNESCO)
  • Instituto Superior de Arte ISA
  • Emprendo Cuba
  • Universidade de Habana, Universidad de Cienfuegos
  • and over 100 more

Accommodation

Our hotels and casas are centrally located and we usually place 2 students per room. Teachers are placed in single rooms. We offer discounted or complimentary spots for parents and chaperons.

Air condition

Towels and soap

Hair Dryer

Safe

Example from past accommodations

Inclusions

What’s included?

What’s not included

Why teachers and students love our educational trips

Low cost

Our prices include everything listed on itinerary, all meals etc.

Rich itinerary

We add fun experiences: music, dance, cooking, art workshops, bike tours

Centrally located hotels

We stay in 3-4 stars hotels, mostly 2 students per room

Scholarships for students

We offer full or partial scholarships for the students with financial need.

Interaction with locals

Joint activities or dinner discussions with local students, teachers, artists, entrepreneurs.

Teachers and parents travel

Teacher travel for free and parents/chaperons receive 200-300 USD discount.

Essential Travel Information

for school tours to Cuba

visa requirements, health, currency and more

▹ Visa requirements for school tours to Cuba

Cuba requires each traveler to obtain a visa (tarjeta de turista) before entering the country. The service is already included in the price. Please make sure your passport is valid for at least another 6 months and has empty pages.

 

▹ How to make flight reservations for Cuba tours

If you are booking a flight on your own you will be asked by the airline to choose a travel category. Please choose: “ Support for the Cuban people”.
Colibri Travel & Tours  can help with flight bookings.

 

▹ Health, Vaccinations

✔︎ All travelers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to manage and enjoy our style of travel. Please note that if in the opinion of our group leader or local guide any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, we reserve the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund. You should be able to walk at least 2-3 miles a day and be able to climb at least two sets of stairs.
✔︎ You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations before departure.
✔︎ There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Cuba. The most common tropical disease in Cuba is dengue. There is no vaccination against dengue and the best protection is mosquito spray.
✔︎ Please make sure to have mosquito spray and sunscreen (travel size) always with you.
✔︎ At least 30 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
✔︎ If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour and any possible delays ( we recommend additional 1-2 weeks of supply).
✔︎ If you tend to get motion sickness please travel with appropriate medication. If you have a sensitive stomach consider bringing imodium as well.

Health Insurance: international health insurance, evacuation or cancelation insurance are not included. We recommend purchasing those before the trip. See the insurance box on the sidebar of this page.

 

▹ Electricity

Cuba operates on both US and European types of outlets and electricity so there is no need for a converter.

 

▹ Connectivity, Internet

✔︎ Please contact your phone provider to make sure that your phone will work in Cuba. International calls from Cuba are expensive (2 USD/min, 50c – text).
✔︎ The internet in Cuba is limited and can be accessed via a special internet card. Colibri will provide the cards ( $1.50 per 1 hour). We will make sure that you will be able to connect each day for 1-2 hours. Please remember that the connection is generally slow.

 

▹ Time zones
Cuba is on Eastern Time (ET) zone so 12 pm in New York is also 12 pm in Havana.

 

▹ Currency, cash, credit cards

✔︎ You will be using Cuban currency for tourists CUC (peso convertible) and we will help you exchange the money after arrival in Havana. Cuban currency is not traded abroad so you can only exchange money in Cuba.
✔︎ Please note that you can’t use US credit cards or travel checks in Cuba due to the US embargo so you must travel with cash. We recommend bringing at least $50-70 per day per traveler (more if you plan to shop for art, cigars etc) for personal use and $300-500 emergency cash.
Here is our blog with detailed information on money in Cuba.

 

▹ Baggage allowance

✔︎ Our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. Additional baggage can be a subject of extra fees. Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights.
✔︎ We recommend that you make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents and a set of clothes, pijamas and cosmetics (travel size) in your carry-on bag in case of baggage delays. ber of your first hotel printed out.

 

▹ Tipping

✔︎ It’s customary to offer your guide and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
✔︎ We recommend tipping the equivalent of $10 per day per person and giving the tips to tour leaders to distribute between drivers, guides etc.
✔︎ Tips can only be paid in cash.

 

▹ Itinerary

Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travelers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any such changes once on tour.

 

We LOVE to talk about travel. If you have any questions please give us a call: 617 301 1237 or email us: info@colibritraveltours.com.

We are always happy to talk to our travelers and answer the questions!

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Cost:

7 days start from $1595
9 days start from $1795
(all inclusive)

Add airfare: $325-$695

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