The opportunity for American travelers to visit Cuba has finally arrived. You can discover the people and culture of Cuba at this pivotal moment in the island’s history with Grand Circle Foundation, which has been granted a license from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer People-to-People programs to Cuba. We now offer three programs to Cuba—each visiting different destinations and exploring unique historical and cultural aspects of Cuba. See below for brief summaries of each program.
All three programs include roundtrip air from Miami; all accommodations; most meals; transportation by private, air-conditioned motor-coach (or any internal flights); and a full schedule of People-to-People exchange meetings—daily cultural interactions with the people of Cuba. You’ll be traveling in a small group of just 12-20 participants, accompanied by a Foundation representative and an English-speaking Cuban guide. If you compare our programs with those offered by other organizations, you’ll find that Grand Circle Foundation offers outstanding value to Cuba—no one can match our combination of included features and immersive cultural experiences.
Remember, now is the time to visit Cuba, not later. We urge you to consider joining us in Cuba while the window of opportunity remains open. Decide which of the programs is right for you, and call Grand Circle Foundation toll-free at 1-855-423-3443 today.
Cuba: Music, Culture & the Roots of Revolution
13 days—including airfare from Miami—
New for 2013
A rare opportunity to visit Eastern Cuba
Our newest program in Cuba travels to the east of this island nation, where you’ll gain insight into the Cuban identity during People-to-People meetings in two locales steeped in Cuban culture and its revolutionary past, as well as the colorful capital:
- Santiago de Cuba (4 nights)—Experience a mix of Afro-Cuban tradition and revolutionary history on Cuba’s southeastern coast. Highlights of your stay include visits with different dance groups and meetings with two of Cuba’s famous artistic families, including internationally-known artist, Carlos Rene Aguilera.
- Baracoa (3 nights)—Discover the spot where Columbus first landed, a remote colonial port and one of Cuba’s most enchanting locales. Highlights in Baracoa include visits to a cacao and coconut farm, and an afternoon of Afro-Cuban music and dance during a visit to a rural community.
- Havana (4 nights)—Spend four nights exploring the historic streets of Cuba’s exciting capital, enjoying activities such as a visit to a chapter of the Cuban Dominoes Federation and a stop at Muraleando, a neighborhood arts project where we’ll join some of the local artists for a home-cooked meal and dancing.
Cuba: A Bridge Between Cultures
12 days—including airfare from Miami—
Our most popular Cuba program:
Space is filling quickly—Call now
Our first and most popular program in Cuba features People-to-People exchanges in three historic Cuban cities:
- Havana (3 nights)—Spend three nights in Cuba’s bustling capital and enjoy visits to non-governmental institutions, such as a senior center at a local church; and learn about urban organic farming techniques while enjoying a meal with some local farmers.
- Cienfuegos (2 nights)—Journey to a historic harbor town in the heart of Cuba’s sugar and tobacco trades and discover the only Cuban city founded by the French. Listen to a lively son band and enjoy a performance of religious music by the world-renowned Chorus of Cienfuegos.
- Trinidad (3 nights)—Visit this colonial gem of cobbled streets and historic plazas nestled between the Escambray Mountains and the Caribbean. While here, learn about Cuban religion at a temple devoted to Santeria.
- Havana (2 nights)—Return to the island capital for a final two-night stay at Havana’s world-renowned Hotel Nacional, a 1930s-era Art Deco monument overlooking Havana’s Malecón promenade that once hosted movie stars, mobsters, and presidents. While in Havana, you’ll also attend a reception and dinner at an organization of local Havana artists.
Cuba: Havana & Viñales Valley
9 days—including airfare from Miami—
Limited space available:
Call today to reserve
From the city to the countryside, our shortest Cuba program offers a unique view of the country’s cultural and natural landscapes—all in a little more than a week. Our itinerary focuses on meaningful cultural exchange with the people of Cuba in two contrasting locales:
- Havana (2 nights)—Enjoy your first two nights in Cuba’s vibrant capital and journey to the outskirts of Havana to discover a neighborhood arts project that Cuban artist and sculptor Jose Fuster has transformed into what is now called “Fusterlandia in Jaimanitas.”
- Viñales Valley (3 nights)—Experience the “green” side of Cuba in this lush rural landscape situated in Cuba’s western province of Pinar del Rio. Spend time with some local tobacco farmers and meet with members of Las Terrazas, an eco-community and nature reserve nestled in the Sierra del Rosario mountain range which was designated a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1984.
- Havana (2 nights)—Return to Havana and mingle with local Cubans during a stroll through Habana Vieja (Old Havana) and a visit to the village of Cojimar, where you can ask some of the local fishermen about the inspiration for Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea.
Before you reserve, please note these important differences about traveling with Grand Circle Foundation.
Reservations can only be made through Grand Circle Foundation: (toll-free) 1-855-423-3443
9:00 am–8:00 pm (EST)
9:00 am–7:00 pm (EST)
A $500 deposit is required to reserve your departure. (Within 90 days of departure, full payment is due at point of sale.)
About the People-to-People experience
The focus of the three programs above—as the “People-to-People” categorization of Grand Circle Foundation’s license implies—will be meaningful cultural exchange with the people of Cuba, whom we think you'll find to be warm, welcoming, and eager to interact with Americans. Grand Circle Foundation aims to change people's lives, and that includes both the American participants and the Cuban people they’ll encounter. As we come face to face with a culture that is undergoing major reforms, we will serve as agents of positive change by listening, encouraging, and openly sharing our viewpoints and ideas. We see these programs as an important first step toward bringing a better understanding between the United States and Cuba.