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2017 Cuba: A Bridge Between Cultures

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12 Days from only $4595 including international airfare from Miami

Havana • Cienfuegos • Trinidad

Courtesy Diego Vivanco
Havana Bikes

In Havana, more than just the cars are vintage. Learn how locals rely on (and strive to maintain) their 1950s bicycles.

Courtesy of David Conover & Paul Villanova
Travelogue: Havana, Cuba 1931

See what life in Havana was like before the Batista regime in this 16mm film footage from 1931

Courtesy Paul Wegschaider
Cuba - Lost in Time

Let the rhythms of Cuba captivate you in this music-driven video, highlighting everyday scenes from across the island.

Courtesy of David Conover and Compass Light Productions
Malpaso: A Cuban Dance Project

Meet the members of a Cuban dance company.

Courtesy of Peter Wisdom and Ian Cross
Planet Food: Cuba

Explore Cuba like a local, finding traces of European and African influences at every corner.

including international airfare from Miami
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Before You Go

For more detailed information about this trip, view our Travel Planning Guide below. This official document is written expressly for this itinerary. It covers a wide range of information on specific areas of your trip, from detailed itineraries, weather details, optional tours, and trips extensions, to currencies of the countries you’ll visit and the types of electrical outlets you’ll encounter. It also includes packing information, recommended reading, movies, and websites, and more. For your convenience, we've highlighted our travelers' most common areas of interest on this page. Learn more about the passport and visa requirements for this trip, as well as vaccinations you might need before departing.

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Travel Documents


Your passport should meet these requirements for this itinerary:

  • It should be valid for at least 6 months after your scheduled return to the U.S.
  • It should have the recommended number of blank pages (refer to the handbook for details).
  • The blank pages must be labeled “Visas” at the top. Pages labeled “Amendments and Endorsements” are not acceptable.


U.S. citizens will need a visa for this People-to People program; the visa will be processed through the Grand Circle Foundation. For non-Cuban born participants the visa fee is included in your program price, for Cuban-born participants there is an additional supplement. Information about the visa—and instructions on how to apply—will be mailed to participants about 10 days after booking.

Vaccinations Information

For a detailed and up-to-date list of vaccinations that are recommended for this trip, please visit the CDC’s “Traveler’s Health” website. You can also refer to the handbook for details.

Before Your Trip

Before you leave on your adventure, there are at least four health-related things you should do. Please check the handbook for specifics, but for now, here’s the short list:

Step 1: Check with the CDC for their recommendations for the countries you’ll be visiting.
Step 2: Have a medical checkup with your doctor.
Step 3: Pick up any necessary medications, both prescription and over-the-counter.
Step 4: Have a dental and/or eye checkup. (Recommended, but less important than steps 1-3.)

Trusted Traveler Programs

Some travelers have found that Trusted Traveler programs can expedite long waits at customs when re entering the U.S. There are currently three programs available: Global Entry, NEXUS, and SENTRI. These three programs also include TSA Pre-Check, which allows you to use a dedicated security line at participating airports, or you can apply solely for TSA Pre-Check.

TIP: Keep in mind that not all airports and airlines participate in these programs. You may want to consider checking with your airport prior to applying to find out if these programs would benefit you.

To apply for a Trusted Traveler program or TSA Pre-Check, typically you will be asked to pay an application fee (varies by program) and schedule a background check and/or an interview. If you are approved, you will be issued a Known Traveler Number (KTN). Your KTN is valid for a set number of years, based on the conditions of the program. Please see the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website for more details on each of these programs: You can also find more information about TSA Pre-Check at

If you are enrolled in TSA Pre-Check (or a Trusted Traveler program that includes it), you must provide your KTN to the airlines. If you have purchased air with us, you can enter your KTN through your My Account and we will enter it into your airline reservation.

What to Bring

In an effort to help you bring less, we have included checklists within the handbook, which have been compiled from suggestions by Trip Leaders and former travelers. The lists are only jumping-off points—they offer recommendations based on experience, but not requirements. You might also want to refer to the climate charts in the handbook or online weather forecasts before you pack. Refer to the handbook for details.

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