"Stephen Kinzer is fascinating, has an amazing breadth of knowledge, tells stories in animated and funny ways, and is so interested in others. I didn’t want the trip to end, but had to return to my job!"
Discovering Cuba-Waitlist status
Journey to Cuba and discover this fascinating island nation in Commonwealth Club fashion. Through a series of meetings, discussions, and guest speakers we learn about art, dance, history, education, religion and the economy. This is an extensive and intense learning experience built on the foundation of meeting Cubans and creating a meaningful exchange of ideas and information.
Explore the old city as we learn about Havana's history and architecture. Meet with tobacco farmers, and see the site of the famous "Bay of Pigs." Converse with students when we visit an art school and enjoy a private flamenco performance by some of Cuba's best dancers. Discuss U.S. foreign policy with Cuba during a visit to the U.S. Interests Section and during our lecture with Cuba's former ambassador to the E.U. See how small private business is taking root in Cuba and speak with an expert on the economy about where things are headed. Enjoy music, dance, and the vibrant Cuban artistic expression. Includes 7 nights in the cultural jewel of Havana, 2 nights to explore the colonial city of Trinidad and the historical sites of Cienfuegos, and time in Viñales Valley to take in views of the dramatic limestone mogotes.
Words from our travelers:
“Don’t change a thing.” – 2013 Cuba, Joyce Turley Nicholas
“Each stop was interesting and varied; which created an amazing mosaic of the complicated Cuban experience.” – 2013 Cuba, Nikki Young
“The speakers were all great.” – 2013 Cuba, Larry Friedman
"We came home with a much more nuanced understanding of the history of the region and, in particular, U.S.-Cuban relations.” -Susan Milstein, 2012 Journey to Cuba
“Exceeded expectations.” -Elliot Morrison, 2012 Journey to Cuba
“You provided an authentic cultural and historic experience. The current situation in Cuba was presented well and provided a rich experience.” -Robert MacDonald, 2012 Journey to Cuba
“The Commonwealth Club always delivers.” -Christine Gould, 2012 Journey to Cuba
“One of the things that surprised me in Cuba was the beauty, variety, and the unique creativity of the visual arts.” - Bob Sessler, 2012 Journey to Cuba
“It was one of two trips in my life that was astounding.” - Jo Wunderlich, 2012 Journey to Cuba
“This was our second trip with the Commonwealth Club – Antarctica and Cuba. I was impressed with both programs. Please keep up the great service.” - James Bates, 2012 Journey to Cuba
$5,045 per person, based on double occupancy and including charter air from Miami to Havana, single supplement $550
Travelers should arrive to Miami the day before any program, so as to ensure making the charter flight to Havana on the first day of the trip. (Airport hotel information will be provided.)
Trip is limited to 25 travelers.
*The Commonwealth Club has had a license to operate People to People programs in Cuba since 2011.