Cuban art, murals and architecture

With Rosa Lowinger

Join Cuba Educational Travel and Cuban-born American art conservator Rosa Lowinger on a very special tour of Cuba!

DECEMBER 08-12, 2014.

On this People to People trip to Cuba you will be exposed to its history, art and architecture as they have developed from pre-independence to today. Meet the people of Cuba and enjoy the art, music and culture of the island. This trip is open to all professional researchers with documented experience in the art and architectural world. It is also open to others with a genuine interest in arts and culture who could benefit by exposure to their practice in Cuba. This insightful visit to Cuba will allow Americans to understand the Cuban people and experience through the eyes of its built environment and the arts.

Art, architecture, music and the people of Cuba!

You will make new friends and build relationships with everyday Cubans. Additionally you will be exposed to colonial, Art Neauveau, Art Deco, Mid Century and Post Modern architecture, experience the country’s lively music and its deep rooted culture. We will discuss Cuban art. urbanism and culture with some of the island’s most articulate cultural thinkers. Cuba’s warm and welcoming people are waiting to engage with you and learn first-hand about Americans and our values. Literary Havana travelers will make new friends and build relationships with everyday Cubans from many walks of life.

What is People to People Travel?

In 2012 President Obama reinstated “People to People” educational travel, which allows Americans to travel to Cuba via a Specific License issued by the US Department of the Treasury (OFAC). All programs under this License, issued to Cuba Educational Travel, includes a full time schedule of educational exchange activities designed to promote meaningful interactions between Americans and the people of Cuba. “People to People” travel is neither tourist oriented or self-directed, but allows participants to visit a wide scope of organizations, institutions, and community projects that provide a deeper understanding of Cuba, its people and its culture. In short, travel under a “People to People” license is both rewarding and unique. Your People to People travel license will be provided by Cuba Educational Travel.
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Program price


Land $ 2345.00 Per passenger at Hotel Parque Central

Air $ 650.00 Mia­ Hav­ Mia (Includes Miami departure tax, Cuban Visa,& Check-in assistance)

Total $ 2995.00 Per passenger. $ 450.00 single supplement.

Note: If you qualify as a professional in the art, architecture or historic preservation field and plan to conduct research we will deduct $250 from your trip price.

Your trip details

Your trip will include a four night and five day program focused on the preservation and architectural projects and issues in Havana with a special focus on murals, and other painted and decorated architecture as shown in the itinerary, we will also include a variety of artist studio, museum and gallery visits, expert discussions regarding the city’s urban mural history and design, music, and other visits designed to allow you to meet and get to know Cubans in the preservation community and other walks of life. Your trip will start and end in Miami and you will fly to Havana where you will be housed in the five star Hotel Parque Central.


* Meet and check-in assistance at the Miami International Airport

* Round trip air Mia­ Hav ­Mia, Departure Tax in Miami

* Arrival assistance at Havana Airport

* Cuban Visa

* Licensing cost for People to People travelers

* Transfers in and out from the airport to hotel in Havana

* Medical Insurance in Cuba

* Accommodations for 4 nights Hotel Parque Central

* Daily breakfast at the hotels

* Three Dinners

* Three Lunches

* Four visits to Museums or organizations

* Artist studio visits as required

* A private visit to a rehearsal of the Folklorico Nacional Dance Troupe

* A special ride for the group in a fleet of restored Havana Almendrones

* A Copy of Tropicana Nights (paperback edition)

* Luxury Motor coach &/or van transportation for the whole program

* Full translation by professional Cuba based guide

* Program Management in Cuba

* Our Cuba Travel Tips publication and other traveler guidance


* Passports

* Tips per person (Guide and Driver, baggage handlers & restaurants)

* Airport departure tax upon departing Havana (CUC 25/USD 30)

* Single room differential ($450)

* Trip Interruption Insurance

* Air from Home City to Miami

All other items not listed in “PROGRAM PRICE INCLUDES”

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Departure is a few short months away. This is a perfect time to book your visit to Cuba. Please sign up now to insure your place. We accept your reservation on a first come first served basis.


Once you sign up you will get a set of forms by return e mail that you need to print and fill out. Don't forget to sign them!

Meet Rosa Lowinger!

Rosa Lowinger is an art conservator and writer with a specialty in art, architecture, and Cuban culture. The author of Tropicana Nights: the Life and Times of the Legendary Cuban Nightclub, (Harcourt, 2005) a memoir and history of 1950s Havana, Rosa is a respected scholar and lecturer on Cuban art, architecture and modern heritage. She specializes in high end, in-depth art and architecture programming and has designed and spearheaded Cuba travel programs for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Museum of Arts and Design in NY, the Menil Museum, the Bronx Museum, Art in General, the Association for Preservation Technology, the Santa Monica Museum, and the American Institute for Conservation. Rosa guest curated the 2013 exhibitConcrete Paradise: Miami Marine Stadium at the Coral Gables Museum, and is presently guest curator for an exhibit on Cuba that will open in 2016 at the Wolfsonian Museum in Miami Beach, FL. She is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation and was the 2008-2009 Rome Prize winner in conservation.

Tropicana Nights: The Life and Times of the Legendary Cuban Nightclub

At Tropicana you could play the roulette wheel, dance to the latest mambo or rumba, or simply ogle the parading goddesses of the flesh. It was the brightest jewel in 1950s Cuban nightlife, and Nat “King” Cole, Liberace, Josephine Baker, and Carmen Miranda performed there before audi­ences that included Ernest Hemingway, Marlon Brando, and Joan Crawford.

In Tropicana Nights, Rosa Lowinger and Ofelia Fox, widow of Martin Fox, the club’s last owner, take us back to its glory years. Ofelia, the “first lady” of Tropicana, shares her memo­ries, undimmed by decades of exile, with Rosa Lowinger, also a Cuban exile, whose parents frequented the club in its heyday. Together, Lowinger and Fox vividly portray the cultural rich­ness and roiling social problems of pre-Revolutionary Cuba and take the reader on a tour of one of the world’s most glam­orous venues at its most brilliant moment.

Cuba Educational Travel

Cuba Educational Travel

Run by Collin Laverty, a leading expert on Cuba and U.S.-Cuba relations, Cuba Educational Travel organizes educational exchange programs and people-to-people travel for U.S. citizens and residents to Cuba. We believe our two countries have much to learn from each other and meaningful exchanges that foster dialogue can be highly beneficial to strengthening the artistic, environmental, medical, scientific, and social science communities in the U.S. and Cuba. Most importantly, increased travel and people-to-people contact will strengthen ties between ordinary Americans and Cubans.

Cuba Educational Travel's mission is to connect the people of the United States and Cuba. This is done through coordinating travel between both countries – in both directions – to facilitate two-way learning; as well as producing studies and publications about issues of mutual concern and organizing events in the United States that deal with issues related to Cuba and U.S.-Cuba relations.

People to People License Number: CT-2013-303986-1

Cuba Tours and Travel

Cuba Tours and Travel has over fifteen years of experience offering expert-driven cultural travel to Cuba. Our management and program-design team, working together with a team of superb Cuban travel associates in both Havana and Miami, are uniquely suited to offer you the finest in-depth travel program to the island. We are licensed by the US Treasury Department and are fully insured. Most importantly, we have an abiding love for Cuban art and culture and have strong connections to the cultural institutions on the island.

Cuba Tours and travel is a full-service agency licensed by the U.S. Government

TSP# CU-077926-b. CST number 2073790-40

We are located at

320 Pine Avenue, Suite 503.

Long Beach, California. 90802

For more information please write to

or call us at 888 225-6439

For more information on OFAC licensing please visit the following document:­center/sanctions/Programs/Documents/cuba_tr_app.pd