Journey to Jewish Cuba

With the Yiddish Book Center

December 11-18, 2015

Led by Ruth Behar, Collegiate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan

The Yiddish Book Center is pleased to announce our second trip to Cuba scheduled for Friday, December 11 to Friday, December 18. Our seven night and eight ­day program will focus on Havana’s Jewish community, including visits to the most important synagogues, community centers, and other Jewish community sites as well as a full program of art, architecture, music and other cultural highlights of Havana. The group will enjoy the special opportunity of experiencing island life with Cuban-­born Professor Behar, who brings an intimate knowledge of the Jewish community and the world of Cuban arts and letters through more than twenty years of return visits and engagement with her compatriots.

Along with your full -time religious program, you will visit architectural sites, artist studios, museums and galleries and have expert discussions regarding the city’s cultural and religious history and contemporary art with gifted Havana artists and scholars. Your trip will start in Miami and you will fly to and return from Havana. You will be housed in a high-quality five-star hotel in Havana. There will be a full-­time Cuban Guide, and you will have luxury transportation throughout the trip. The trip will include 17 meals total, daily breakfast at the hotel and a variety of lunches and dinners. Meals will be at a combination of the best government restaurants, the most exciting private Paladares, religious centers, and artist studios. There will be free time for dining on your own and for exploring the city.

We have selected Cuba Tours and Travel, a very experienced Cuba tour operator that is primarily devoted to assisting travel license holders. To accommodate your visit, we will be providing letters of travel from the Yiddish Book Center, a Jewish community organization, for the purposes of using a General Religious license No.515.560(c) for your trip. This trip fully complies with all U.S. laws governing American travel to Cuba.

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It's now easier to visit Cuba

On January 16, 2015 President Obama liberalized People to People educational travel, which now allows Americans to travel to Cuba without all of the paperwork previously needed. This makes travel to Cuba infinitely easier. People to People travel is not tourist oriented or self directed but it is both rewarding and unique. It 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. This PVAC trip includes a full time schedule of educational exchange activities designed to promote meaningful interactions between Americans and the people of Cuba.

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The trip will be organized and led by Ruth Behar, a cultural anthropologist and writer, who has worked to create bridges to Cuba for the last twenty-four years. She is the editor of the pioneering anthology, Bridges to Cuba, and author of An Island Called Home and Traveling Heavy. Her editorials on Cuba have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and the Huffington Post.

Trip costs

Land $ ​3300.00​ Per passenger. ​Hotel Cohiba

Air $ ​545.00​​( Includes airport taxes in Miami Cuban Visa and meet and greet at the Miami airport)

Total $ 3845​.00​​ Per passenger. $ 450.00 ​single supplement (Wholesale price)

What's included

The week long tour will include round-trip travel from Miami to Havana, one night

in Miami, seven nights in Havana, all transportation within Cuba, tours, seminars,

lectures, guided visits, most of your meals, and many unique events and

activities. A full itinerary will be available closer to departure time.


* Meet and greet at the Miami International Airport

* Round trip air Mia­Hav ­Mia, Departure Tax in Miami

* Arrival assistance at Jose Marti Airport (HAV)

* Cuban Visa

* Transfers in and out from the airport to hotel

* Medical Insurance in Cuba

*Accommodations for 1 night at a Miami hotel ( TBD)

* Accommodations for 7 nights at five star Hotel Cohiba

* Daily breakfast at the hotel

* 5 dinners * 5 Lunches (Seventeen meals total)

* 5 visits to Museums or organizations in the Capital City

* Luxury Motor coach transportation as per itinerary

* Full translation by professional Cuba based guide

* Program Management in Cuba

* Artist studio & gallery visits as required

* Cuba Travel Tips and extensive traveler guidance



*Tips for (Guide and Driver, baggage handlers & waiters)

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

*Single room differential ( $450 per single traveler)

*Trip Interruption Insurance

*Air from Home City to Miami

*All other items not listed in “PROGRAM PRICE INCLUDES”

To sign up please hit this button

This will take you to the sign up link. Please have your passport number to sign up

For further information

Please contact the Yiddish Book Center 413-256-4900 or write to us at

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 and Cuba 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. Fla. Seller of Travel Reg. No. ST39635

Long Beach, CA. Office

320 Pine Avenue. Suite 503
Long Beach, CA. 90802

Miami, FL. Office

10631 N. Kendall Drive

Suite 1208

Miami, Fl. 33176

For more information please write to

or call us at 888 225-6439 Ext. 804

Cover Photograph by Ruth Behar

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