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”.
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
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
Group discussion on Cuba, meet your guides, learn a few useful phrases in Spanish
Day 2 Havana
Christopher Columbus’s 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
- For lunch, eat the traditional Cuban sandwiches
- Explore local craft market, artist galleries, old market, Clandestina (first Cuban designer boutique)
Special event: Meet Cuban students 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 an old factory with several music scenes, open air movie theatre, art galleries.
Day 3 Havana
We discuss the history of the Cuban revolution, its leaders, and impact on U.S. – Cuba relations.
Revolution day in:
- Convertible cars
- Museum of Revolution
- Plaza of the revolution
Have lunch at the 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
Sunset and ferry ride across the bay from La Cabana Fortress
Special event: Visit the Muraleando Art community, have lunch, and enjoy the live music concert and dancing.
Day 5 Viñales
Day in the countryside, getting to know the Cuban farmers.
- Hike in Viñales mountains, visit several viewpoints for the valley
- Walk through the caves
- Midnight hike in the jungle
Special event: Lunch on the farm with the 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 Departures
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
We will do:
- City tour around Cienfuegos.
- Sunset walk in Punta Gorda.
Day 9 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
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Emergency Telephone Numbers
Cuba – Country Code +53 | Police 106 | American Embassy: (+53) 783 941 00 Address: 55 Calzada, La Habana, Cuba
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Example from past accommodations
What’s not included
Why teachers and students love our educational trips
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 traveler 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 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 adding 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.
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 in Eastern Time (ET) zone so 12 pm in New York it 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 travelers 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 motorcoaches 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, documents, and a set of clothes, pajamas and cosmetics (travel size) in your carry-on bag in case of baggage delays.
✔︎ It’s customary to offer your guide and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep currency 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.
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.
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