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The Cuban Experience

Day 0 - Friday (Jan 1):

  • Meet in Miami by 6:00PM
  • Dinner at local restaurant
  • Orientation Talk
  • Bed early. We need to be on the 4:00AM bus to MIA!

Day 1 – Saturday (Jan 2): 

Early start to our day in Miami / Flight to Havana

  • MaleconMaleconArrival at Havana’s José Martí International airport
  • Transfer to “homes stays” in historic Centro Havana,
    located in the heart of Havana, just 1 block from the ocean & 1/4 mile from Havana Viaja (Old Havana)
  • Check-in to your room and enjoy a welcome cocktail with classmates!
  • Time to settle in to your room and freshen up 
  • Lunch at Castropol (pizza & pasta), beautifully situation on the oceanfront promenade, the Malecon.
  • Tour/Orientation of Havana Vieja, including 1950s era American convertibles! Convertible ToursConvertible Tours
  • 5:00pm Orisha/Santeriá ceremony at El Museo de Los Orisha (Paseo del Prado No. 615 e/ Monte y Dragones. La Habana Vieja. La Habana.)
  • 7:00pm dinner at the home stay
  • Free time to explore the city in the evening. Stay near home and get to bed early, we have an early day!

Day 2 – Sunday (Jan 3):

  • 9:30 Breakfast at home stay Dance ClassesDance Classes
  • 10:30-11:45 Traditional dance Lessons/Workshop with Raices Profundo (Orisha Dance)
  • 12:00-4:00 Afternoon Beach Trip (Las Playas del Este)
  • Box lunch (provided by the College)
  • Dinner at home stay
  • 7:30 Attend El Cañonazo, the 9 PM Cannon Firing Ceremony at Havana’s Oceanfront Fortress

Playas del EstePlayas del Este


Day 3 – Monday (Jan 4) 

  • 9:00 Breakfast at home stay 
  • 9:30-11:00 Salsa Dance Lessons
  • Lunch on your own in Havana Vieja (we’ll give maps and suggestions)
  • Explore Cuban commerce scene on Calle Obispo
  • Conduct soundscape experiments (music is ubiquitous in Havana, but none more so than in the central portion of Havana Vieja!<em>Castillo de los Tres Reyes Magos del Morro</em>Castillo de los Tres Reyes Magos del Morro
  • 3:00PM Return to home stay for class, lecture, and/or performance
  • 5:00PM Dinner
  • 6:30PM Salsa/Timba Concert

Day 4 – Tuesday (Jan 5)

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • 10:00-11:30 Traditional Dance lessons/Workshop with Raices Profundo (Orisha Dancing)
  • Tour Museo Bellas Artes showcasing 300 years of Cuban masterpieces
  • Tour Museo de la Revolucion
  • 3:00PM Return to home stay for class, lecture, performance (Events TBD - Click here for list of potential events)
  • Evening Concert atTropicanaCabildos FestivalCabildos Festival

Day 5 – Wednesday (Jan 6)

  • 10:30 (sleep in) Breakfast at home stay
  • 11:30-3:00 Free time
  • 3:00-5:00pm Cabildos festival (Beginning in Plaza de
    de San Francisco de Asís - Plaza de Armas - Plaza Vieja y Plaza de la Catedral)
  • 6:30PM Concert

Day 6 – Thursday (Jan 7) 

  • Breakfast at home stayTrinidad de Cuba
  • Tour Bus Havana - Sancti Spiritus Santa Clara -Trinidad
  • Overnight in Trinidad

Day 7 – Friday (Jan 8)

  • Breakfast at hotelOrisha Dancer at Conjunto FolkloricoOrisha Dancer at Conjunto Folklorico
  • Tour Bus from Trinidad - Cienfuegos - Havana

Day 8 – Saturday (Jan 9)

  • 9:00 Breakfast at the Homestay
  • 10:00-11:00 Lecture/Demontration
  • Lunch on your own in Vedado
  • 3:00-5:00PM Sábado de la rumba in Vedado (Conjunto Folklórico Nacional)

Day 9 – 10 Sunday/Monday (Jan 10/11)


The plans for the end of our trip will be developed as we get
closer to our arrival, and won’t be formalized until we are in
Cuba. We are considering two different excursions. One to the beautiful mountainous regions of Western Cuba (Viñales in Piñar del Rio) and one to the magnificent waterfront town of Varadero in Matznas Province. Vinales in Pinar del RioVinales in Pinar del Rio

Day 11 – Tuesday (Jan 12)

  • Breakfast at Homestay
  • Transfer to José Martí International airport

Things happen: Our Cuban partners work super hard to make your tour unfold seamlessly. Unlike in the States, however, they lack easy access to communications, transportation and supplies. Once in a while, itinerary changes are VaraderoVaraderonecessary to accommodate island realities. If anything promised is missed we will replaced it with an activity or service of equal interest and value.