SAMPLE PROGRAM - PANORAMIC CUBA: HISTORY, LANGUAGE & CULTURE
Get off the well-worn tourist paths and discover authentic Cuba. Politics, art, history, economics, food, business, healthcare, education, religion, and culture--Panoramic Cuba offers it all!
Live in Havana, the political, economic, and social hub of the island nation. Walk the streets of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and soak in the Caribbean sights and sounds of the city. In dynamic classroom sessions, learn from Cuban experts about the strengths and struggles of their country, and the waves of change that have begun to hit the island nation.
Each lesson is paired with in-depth visits to schools, clinics, government offices, museums, hotels, factories, and neighborhoods, allowing students to explore modern life in Cuba for themselves. Excursions to the gorgeous Vinales Valley and to Matanzas, a beautiful port city that was once the center of Cuba's sugar industry, expose students to Cuba's rich history and stunning natural sights.
And, of course, no visit to Cuba would be complete without music, dance, and delicious food! From salsa classes and live jazz to the best of local cuisine, Panoramic Cuba immerses students in La Vida Cubana.
Sample Daily Itinerary
Arrive | At José Martí International Airport
Check in | To your hotel in Havana
Enjoy | A welcome reception and orientation
Eat | A delicious welcome dinner at a popular Havana restaurant
Learn | About Cuba's founding history and national hero, writer, and independence leader José Martí
Visit | The Museo de la Revolución for a guided tour
Explore | Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage site, on a guided walking tour
Enjoy | Dinner out in Havana
Watch | The famous canon ceremony at Havana's historic Spanish fort, Fortaleza La Cabaña
Learn | About Cuba's economic reforms with a University of Havana economics professor
Visit | A rationed food bodega and farmer's market
Tour | A vintage car cooperative and meet the mechanics
Dance | Salsa with a local instructor
Enjoy | Dinner at a favorite local Havana spot
Learn | About U.S. - Cuba relations and migration from a University of Havana professor
Hear | A lecture on Cuba's renowned medical system from a Havana doctor and medical professor
Visit | A local polyclinic to see Cuba's primary health care system firsthand
Dinner | A top Havana restaurant
Learn | About the LGBTQ community in Cuba with a local activist and leader
Hear | A lecture on Cuba's universal public education system
Visit | A pediatric health center, La Castellana, for children with down syndrome
Dinner | Out in Havana
Learn | About race relations in Cuba with professor, writer, scholar, and editor Roberto Zurbano
Hear | A lecture on gender dynamics and the role of women in Cuban society from a University of Havana professor
Meet | The students and teachers at Emprendedores Juveniles, a culinary arts training center for Havana's youth
Play | Soccer with the students of Emprendedores Juveniles
Enjoy | Dinner at a Havana restaurant
Travel | Out of Havana and into the countryside of Caimito
Visit | Finca Marta, a sustainable farm that produces over 60 kinds of crops and products
Enjoy | Fresh lunch made from the delicious produce of Finca Marta
Relax | At Finca Marta and explore the farm's beautiful grounds
Travel To Matanzas, a historic port city that was once a hub of Cuba's colonial sugar industry
Tour | The Slave Route Museum at Castillo San Severino and learn about the city's storied history of slave resistance and rebellion
Visit | Ingenio Triunvirato, a sugar plantation where one of the earliest and most famous slave uprisings of the 19th century occured
Meet | The artists of the Callejón de las Tradiciones community project, who use theater and visual arts to celebrate Cuba's history and diversity
Enjoy | A farewell dinner at a favorite Havana restaurant
Check out | Of your lodgings and say goodbye to your hosts!
Depart | From José Martí Airport
Arrive | Home with wonderful memories and stories to tell!