Experience the start to a New Year like you never imagined, enjoying the festivities, music, carnivals, fireworks and traditions of Cuba on New Year’s Eve and Cuban Liberation Day. To celebrate, Cuban families burn their Año Viejo doll and spill a bucket of water on the street—throwing out the past year’s bad things and ushering in the new. This gesture couldn’t be more symbolic as Cuba embarks on a new relationship with the United States. This unique opportunity will immerse you in the local culture and rhythms of daily life in Cuba. View the architecture, art, landmarks, farms and markets that display the country’s beauty, history, and heritage while you witness this exciting time of change.

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Trip Highlights

  • Engage in Cuban culture by watching Cuban children play a game of baseball before enjoying a traditional pig roast
  • Have lunch at the home and studio of artist José Fuster surrounded by his vibrant mosaic sculptures which have transformed this Havana neighborhood. Then take a visit to Ernest Hemingway’s beautifully restored home
  • Drive to the west part of Cuba with its jungle-covered summits and continue on to Valle de Viñales, Cuba’s most famous landscape
  • Tour the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes accompanied by an art curator who will help us understand Cuba’s major historical events through this fascinating collection of art
  • Enjoy special performances and meetings with members of the dance and musical group, Havana Compass

Smith Faculty Speaker

Donald Joralemon, professor of anthropology, and Phoebe Porter, lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese

Trip Details

  • Duration: 7 days
  • Activity Level: Moderately active
  • Cost: $5,380 per person, based on double occupancy; for triple occupancy, rate reduced by $90 per person
  • Single Supplement: $1,820 per person
  • Deposit: $600 per person, payable to Distant Horizons

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