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Hello! My name is Jacqui Birchall. I am a retired Surrey (BC) high school teacher. My students and I travelled to Cuba with this wonderful people. It was an amazing experience for my students, students who cried as we left Cuba. I am happy to answer any questions you may have about how to organize your trip and any other questions you may have about Cuba. I have been lucky enough to have spent time teaching in Cuba and I have travelled extensively throughout the island. I invite you to take your classroom to Cuba with us!
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Travel to Cuba legally from USA and partake in Cuba Art Tours

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Cuba Student Tours for US Students offers American Schools the RARE chance to travel to Cuba legally from USA and partake in Cuba Art Tours at the prestigious Cuban Art Academy of San Alejandro. This authentic Cuba travel experience offers the chance to discover the authentic Cuba that lays beyond Cuba tourism hotspots.

Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes “San Alejandro” is the oldest and most prestigious fine arts school in Cuba. It was founded in 1818 at the Convent of San Alejandro by the French painter, Jean Baptiste Vermay, who was its first director. It is located today in a monumental building built in the early 1940s. Originally a conservative institute, San Alejandro has now become a symbol of what the revolution has done for the Cuban education system.

Do not wait any longer. Now is the time to start planning the next Cuba tour for your students. Cuba tours for students are hard to find these days, especially if traveling to Cuba from the United States of America. Your students will consider traveling to Cuba an experience of a lifetime. They will come home optimistic and inspired by fresh perspectives on what is possible not only personally but also socially. Request a custom-made no-obligation Cuba School Tour for your students today, and check some of the resources we put at your service.

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With customizable Cuba student tours, it is easy to offer North American Universities and Schools the educational experiences American students expect out of art tours to Cuba. Not only is there a Cuba school tour to fit any group size, educational interest and budget, but each one also immerses Canadian and US professors and students in the authentic Cuba and takes you deep into the heart and soul of the Cuban people.

Cuba Student Tours Include:



  • Nice, Safe, Clean 3 & 4 Star Hotels
  • Most Meals
  • Complimentary Professor(s) Participation
  • Official Asistur Cuban Health Insurance
  • Luxury Air-conditioned Coach Transportation
  • An Expert Cuban English Speaking Guide
  • Activities & Exchanges as Described
  • 24/7 Support Before, During and After
    your Cuba Study Tour
  • Resources for Educators



  • Free Exploration Tour
  • 100 Educator Loyalty Points per student!
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    If you are an education professional looking to explore Cuba on your own before taking your students, check these Cuba education tours. They are even free for qualifying educators.

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  • Cuba Education Tour 4Havana, Las Terrazas & Vinales Apr 15- Apr 22, 2017Book Now
  • Cuba Education Tour 5Havana, Cienfuegos & Trinidad Jun 17- Jun 24, 2017Book Now
  • Cuba Education Tour 6Havana & Santiago de Cuba Jul 8- Jul 15, 2017Book Now
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  • Day 1. Saturday. Your Cuba Student Tour Begins!

    Arrival at "Jose Marti" International Airport in Havana City.

    Student tours to Cuba for US high schools, colleges and universities start in Havana city.

    Group welcomed by the Authentic Cuba Travel Cuban guide and driver. Transfer to your Hotel Presidente, located in Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Private group check-in.

    Breakfast and dinner are complimentary in our cuba tours for american schools.

    Day 2. Sunday. Students explore Old Havana, UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Morning: tours to Cuba for students kick off with a guided walking tour of Old Havana, UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Visit to Square of Arms, ancient military parade ground for Spanish soldiers and surrounded by impressive buildings such as:

    Palacio de los Capitanes Generales was the former seat of colonial government. Today the building houses the Museum of the City.

    Palacio del Segundo Cabo. The seat of the second authority of the island. Today it houses important publishing concerns.

    Castillo de la Real Fuerza. The second oldest fortress built by the Spaniards in the West Indies. The castle was recently renovated and reopened in June 2008 to hold the impressive maritime museum. Well laid out exhibits chart Spain and Cuba's naval history.

    Lunch at La Mina restaurant where where students participating in our Cuba school tours can enjoy traditional Cuban dishes and music live!

    Visit to the Cathedral Square, the most beautiful and private 18th century colonial plaza of Cuba, named after the masterpiece of Cuban baroque architecture: the Cathedral of Havana built by the Jesuit order.

    Continue walking tour onto San Francisco Square, one of the oldest in the historical quarter.

    Visit to Plaza Vieja, the only civic square of colonial times. Notice it doesn't have a church or government building around.

    Here we will visit important institutions for visual arts in Cuba. It provides an introduction to one of the main educational objectives of our Cuba art tours: getting to know Cuba’s contemporary art scene and Cuban artist firsthand.

    Next our tours to Cuba for students offer ample free time in the famous handicraft market of Old Havana where travelers can purchase all sorts of crafts and souvenirs by local artisans.

    Return to hotel.

    Evening: tonight we have a Cuban band playing for your students privately! An authentic Cuba travel treat that separates our student tours to Cuba from the rest. You'll learn to dance to Salsa, Son, Rumba, and other popular Cuban rhythms with instruction from bandleaders.

    Day 3. Monday. Intro to Cuba Art Program

    Morning: fine arts classes at the Cuban Fine Arts Academy "San Alejandro".

    The course begins with an audition class specially structured to assess the students’ artistic level. It is important for the success of your school tour to Cuba that Cuban teachers assess your students’ artistic level that way students can be placed in the right classroom. Students traveling to Cuba as part of our Cuba Art Tours will benefit from this assessment greatly.

    Lunch on your own.

    Afternoon: Tours to Cuba for students feature private visits to the studios of important Cuban contemporary artists such as Alicia Leal and Juan Moreira, Britos’ Sisters, Ernesto Benitez and others young prominent artists. Our Cuba student tours lead the way to inclusive Cuba art tours that bring you closer to the way of doing of top-notch Cuban artists. Exclusive visits to secluded Cuban art collections enrich the authentic Cuba travel adventure.

    Evening: attending a baseball game at the Latinoamericano Stadium, popularly known in Cuba as "The Colossus of Cerro” is an attractive activity of our Cuba student tours that US students visiting Cuba enjoy greatly. The stadium holds 55,000 people. In 1999, it hosted an exhibition series between Cuban National Team and the Baltimore Orioles (optional)..

    Day 4. Tuesday. Cuban Art Exploration

    Morning: Students taking part of our Cuba art tours for American schools will attend today fine arts classes at the Cuban Fine Arts School "San Alejandro" for the second time.

    Student Cuba tours are welcomed by Jose Fuster, one of the most important Cuban ceramists and painters today at his private residence and studio in “Fusterlandia”.

    Afternoon: followed by coach tour of the most important sites of Modern Havana such as the Capitol building, the Grand Theatre, Central Park, Prado promenade, Sevilla Hotel, Revolution Square, Malecón seawall, Monument to the Battleship Maine, Hotel Nacional, University of Havana, Cristóbal Colón Cemetery, and the Miramar, Central Havana and Vedado neighbourhoods. Another highlight of our Cuba tours for US schools.

    Evening: Cuba tours for US colleges and universities appreciate very much an evening exploration of Club La Zorra y El Cuervo, Havana’s most famous Jazz club. The club features great performances by island bands and soloists! (optional, not included)

    Day 5. Wednesday. Authentic Cuba Discovery

    Morning: Students taking part of our Cuba student tours for US high schools, colleges and universities will attend art classes at the Cuban Art School "San Alejandro" for the third time.

    Lunch on your own.

    Afternoon: Cuba tours for American students also feature a ferry boat ride across Havana harbour to the town of Regla. This Afrocuban community has a long, rich and still active tradition of African-inspired religions.

    We'll visit Regla's church dedicated to the black "Virgen de Regla" Yemayá, the African goddess of the sea in the Yoruba religion and the patron saint of sailors.

    Tour of Regla's municipal museum to learn the origins of this authentic Cuban community and its Afrocuban cultures.

    Enjoy a private Afrocuban religious dance presentation by Regla Folkloric Group_ another treat of our art tours to Cuba.

    Return to your hotel.

    Day 6 Thursday. Havana

    Students taking part of our Cuba student tours for US high schools, colleges and universities will attend art classes at the Cuban Art School "San Alejandro" .

    Lunch on your own.

    Afternoon: visit to the community-based project Cintio Vitier in Nuevo Vedado neighbourhood. This project offers painting, papier-mache, drama, music, dance, and other skill development workshops to elementary and secondary students. We’ll meet with director Pedro Pulido for a presentation on his outreach work in the community of Colon. Partaking with Cuba students in their daily routines is part of our Cuba students tours.

    Evening: attend one of the most authentic and popular ceremonies in Cuba, The Fire of the Cannon of 9 O’Clock at the Fortress of San Carlos de La Cabana_ another treat of our Cuba education tours for American Schools.

    Day 7. Friday. Havana

    Students taking part of our Cuba student tours for US high schools, colleges and universities will attend art classes at the Cuban Art School "San Alejandro" .


    Lunch on your own.

    Afternoon: Cuba educational tours should include a tour of the Museum of Fine Arts' Cuban Collection where students can appreciate the evolution of Cuba's visual arts over the last 300 years. The collection accounts for the richness of Cuban Spanish, French, Chinese and African roots. This is a mandatory stop in all our students tours to Cuba.

    Evening venue: visit to Casa de La Musica de Miramar. A great opportunity for US students visiting Cuba to partake in Rueda de Casino and Salsa dancing with Cubans and tour companions to live music of Cuban best salsa bands such as Los Van Van, Paulito FG, La Charanga Habanera, Adalberto Alvarez, and many others (entrance fee not included).

    Day 8. Saturday. Cuba Explorer Tours_ Las Terrazas Excursion

    Morning: time to wear those Cuba Explorer hats and hit the road. Morning departure to Las Terrazas, in Sierra del Rosario where we start the morning tour of the rural town at Rancho Curujey for explanation of the area.

    Enjoy the view of the village that lies above the shores of San Juan Lake and beneath the mountains.

    We also visit the home/studios of local artists and artisans. It is important for the success of our Cuba art tours that students traveling to Cuba from USA get familiar with the art done in rural Cuba.

    Visit to rural Primary and Secondary schools.

    Visit to the ruins of a French Coffee Plantation built in 1801.

    Continue to La Moka, an ecological hotel with trees growing up through the balconies and ceiling.

    Later we can take a swim at San Juan River cascades and pools. Lunch by the river.

    Check-in at Los Jazmines hotel with breakfast and dinner included.

    Day 9. Sunday. Vinales Valley_ UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Student tours to Cuba from USA will embark on the exploration of Vinales Valley, containing the most spectacular scenery in Cuba and some of the most interesting and varied geological formations on the island. The valley is particularly famous for its great freestanding rock formations called mogotes.

    Lunch at Cueva del Indio restaurant.

    After lunch we will visit the Cueva del Indio, used by the Guanahatabey Amerindians as a burial site in ancient time, and as refuge from the Spaniards for both Indians and Black slaves alike. We’ll take a short boat ride on the subterranean river running through the cave.

    Meet with local farmers that have been passing from generation to generation the secrets of growing the best tobacco in the world. Students joining our Cuba student tours learn to appreciate the hardwork and knowledge involved in the making of the famous Cuban cigars.

    Visit to Mural de la Prehistoria, a huge painting on the side of a Mogote.

    Explore Viñales Village at your leisure: its open-air craft market, Parque Marti, town church, and other interesting sites of this charming colonial hamlet.

    Visit the Viñales Botanical Garden.

    Transfer back to your hotel in Havana City.

    Day 10. Monday. Havana

    Students taking part of our Cuba student tours for US high schools, colleges and universities will attend art classes at the Cuban Art School "San Alejandro" .

    Lunch on your own.

    Afternoon: as part of our Cuba educational tours, we include a guided tour of the Museum of Revolution, the former Presidential Palace. Today it exhibits the history of the Cuban Revolution through documents and objects among which we find the famous Yacht Granma that returned Fidel and his 82 guerilla fighters from Mexico to Cuba to launch the struggle for liberation from the Batista dictatorship.

    Other historic artifacts include military vehicles and weaponry from the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, a U-2 spy plane shot down during the Cuban missile crisis, and items from Cuba’s nineteenth-century wars of independence.

    Evening: free to explore the city on your own and spend time with your classmates and new Cuban friends.

    Day 11. Tuesday. Havana

    Students taking part of our Cuba student tours for US high schools, colleges and universities will attend art classes at the Cuban Art School "San Alejandro" .


    Lunch on your own.

    Afternoon: a visit to Partagas Cigar Factory, founded in 1845 by Spaniard Don Jaime Partagas is also a highlight of our education tours to Cuba. Don Jaime owned many of the best plantations in the Vuelta Abajo tobacco-growing region of Cuba and being able to choose from among the finest tobaccos on the island made the brand Partagas incredibly successful.

    Don Jaime is also believed to have experimented with various methods of fermenting and aging tobacco and is legendarily credited with hiring the first lector to read to and entertain the cigar rollers as they worked. Before and after the Revolution, the Cuban-produced Partagás has been one of the most revered and highest-selling brands of cigars in the world (optional/ not included)

    Evening: our Cuba tours feature a free evening to explore the city on your own and spend time with your classmates and new Cuban friends.

    Day 12. Wednesday. Havana

    Students taking part of our Cuba students tours for US high schools, colleges and universities will attend art classes at the Cuban Art School "San Alejandro" .


    Lunch on your own.

    Afternoon: visit to Taller Experimental de Gráfica (Experimental Printing Workshop), a cooperative of young Cuban artists whom can be found working on their lithographs over stone matrices in the large, airy building. The variety of colors, sizes, and content of the prints is wide, including pieces with recognizable Cuban icons, bold black and white woodcuts.

    Evening venue: visit to Habana Cafe. A great opportunity to practice Rueda de Casino and Sala dancing with Cubans and your tour companions to live music of Cuban best salsa bands such as Los Van Van, Paulito FG y su Elite, La Charanga Habanera, Adalberto Alvarez y su Son, NG La Banda, and many others (optional/ entrance fee not included)

    Day 13. Thursday. Havana

    Morning: Students taking part of our Cuba tours for American schools will attend today fine arts classes at the Cuban Fine Arts School "San Alejandro".

    Lunch on your own.

    Afternoon: visit the studios of important Cuban contemporary artists such as Alicia Leal and Juan Moreira, Britos’ Sisters, Ernesto Benitez and others young prominent artists.

    Evening: attend baseball game at Latinoamericano Stadium, popularly known in Cuba as "The Colossus of Cerro” is home of Ciudad Habana Industriales. The stadium holds 55,000 people. In 1999, it hosted an exhibition series between Cuban National Team and the Baltimore Orioles (optional).

    Day 14. Friday. Havana

    Morning: Students taking part of our Cuba art tours for American schools will attend today fine arts classes at the Cuban Fine Arts School "San Alejandro" for the second time.

    Fine Arts School " San Alejandro" will present course participants with Certificate of Completion for their study of the Spanish Language. Lunch on your own.

    Afternoon: Free. Evening venue: visit to Casa de La Musica de Miramar. A great opportunity to Rueda de Casino and Salsa dancing with Cubans and your tour companions to live music of Cuban best salsa bands such as Los Van Van, Paulito FG, La Charanga Habanera, Adalberto Alvarez, and many others (entrance fee not included).

    Day 15. Saturday. Departure

    Early morning departure to Havana City International Airport for departure.

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