Travel: Cuba

In January 2019, join the Emmanuel Alumni Travel Program on a journey discovering the white sand beaches, lush tobacco fields and Spanish-colonial architecture of Cuba.



Join us in January 2019 for a cultural, economic and political exploration of Cuba. Led by Associate Professor of Political Science Petros Vamvakas in collaboration with Alpha Omega Council, guests will learn about Cuba-US relations, visit the Museum of Revolution, explore tobacco fields, discover Old Havana and experience the island's vibrant music, dance and theater scene.

  • Saturday, January 19: Arrival in Havana; transfer to Hotel Presidente; orientation; welcome dinner at hotel; walk along the Malecón.
  • Sunday, January 20: Morning lecture on Cuba-US relations; visit to Museum of Revolution; walking tour of Old Havana, visit to rum museum, lunch at Mojito Mojito; visit to Casa de Africa-dance performance; dinner at La Guarida, evening jazz music (optional).
  • Monday, January 21: Morning tour of University of Havana, lunch at Ajiaco, visit to Finca Vigía, afternoon activities to choose from: 1)Visit to San Ignacio School; or 2) Visit to US Embassy, dinner at Atelier.
  • Tuesday, January 22: Depart for Viñales; visit to community project in Pinar del Río; visit to tobacco farm in Pinar del Río; lunch at Finca Paraíso, overnight stay at Hotel Jazmines in Viñales, dinner with group at hotel.
  • Wednesday, January 23:Early morning departure to Havana; visit to the Museum of Fine Arts, lunch at Mediterraneo Havana restaurant,visit to ISA campus, dinner at La Torre, show at Teatro Alicia Alonso, if possible.
  • Thursday, January 24: Visit to Finca Coincidencia and Museo San Severino in Matanzas, lunch in Matanzas at private restaurant, dinner at hotel, overnight stay in Matanzas at Hotel Velasco.
  • Friday, January 25: Morning trip to beach in Varadero, afternoon free, return to Havana, farewell dinner at Paladar Vistamar.
  • Saturday, January 26: Transfer to airport; departure for US.

 Please note: Some activities/events might change on short notice.

Details & Fees

Price: $4,112 per person, based on double occupancy. Single occupancy option available for $4,500 per person. Price includes accommodations, breakfast and other meals as listed, excursions and transportation between sites as listed, as well as a donation of $600 to Emmanuel College to support student travel to Peru. Airfare ($500 roundtrip for Boston-Newark-Havana - can be booked through Abroadia), cost of visa ($100) and optional jazz concert (10 CUC) and theater performance (25-30 CUC) not included. Purchasing travel insurance (not included) is suggested. View full trip fee details »

Please note: American credit and debit cards do not work in Cuba, so travelers must bring enough cash for the duration of the trip. Trip organizers recommend bringing money in denominations of "clean" (unmarked, untorn) $100 bills for ease of exchange in Cuba. Smaller denominations or bills with any damage will often not be exchanged.



Don't wait to take advantage of this opportunity! Space is limited and the deadline to register is September 25, 2018. This trip is open to alumni and their guests.

Travel is booked through our agent at Abroadia, who can also assist with airfare and visas.

Tom Millington, Abroadia
315-398-2752  |  |

A check for $600 to support the study abroad scholarship should be made out separately to Emmanuel College and mailed directly to:

Meg Butler
Emmanuel College
Office of Development & Alumni Relations
400 The Fenway, Boston, MA  02115



For any questions, please contact Petros Vamvakas at

Panoramic of Old Havana (Cuba) by Brian Snelson from Hockley, Essex, England