Faculty

Louis Nelson, Professor of Architectural History and Associate Dean for Research and International Programs

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$5,999 Per Person, Double Occupancy, including air from Miami

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The School of Architecture has partnered with the Alumni & Parent Travel program to offer you this exclusive opportunity to travel to architecturally diverse and unique Cuba. Travel with Architectural History Professor and Associate Dean for Research and International Programs Louis Nelson.

Cradled between the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, just 90 miles from Florida, lies an island of pivotal history and lush natural beauty, of rich artistic tradition and architectural grandeur. Off-limits to most American travelers for half a century, Cuba—one of the world’s most enigmatic countries—is ready for you to unravel its mysteries.Colorful Havana cars

As diplomatic relations between Cuba and the U.S. continue to develop, now is the perfect time to experience this long-isolated nation on the verge of great transformation. Join us on an extraordinary people-to-people exchange, specially designed to reveal the authentic spirit and culture of Cuba—where 1950s-era automobiles still roll past magnificent Spanish colonial buildings. Together we’ll encounter the true heart and soul of this colorful country by engaging with the diverse, inspiring people who call it home. From artists and students to entrepreneurs, you will connect with a variety of citizens to gain real insight into Cuba’s intriguing past, present, and future. Throughout this week-long journey, you’ll explore the island firsthand, with insider access to unique cultural experiences and off-the-beaten-path sites you won’t find on the typical tourist’s itinerary. Whether visiting a private artist studio in lively Havana, the remote eco-village Las Terrazas, or the beautifully preserved colonial cities of Trinidad and Cienfuegos, each destination will spark meaningful interactions and memories that last a lifetime.

With only enough space for up to 22 participant, this trip will fill up quickly. Don’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in the fascinating heritage of Cuba, one of the most complex and vibrant nations in the world, during a time of historic change.

Program Highlights

Special Note: Please be aware that due to the nature of the program, we expect this itinerary, activities and locations to change based on government schedules. The final itinerary is confirmed approximately 30 days prior to departure whence changes could still occur onsite.

HAVANA
• Visit Havana’s largest plaza, Plaza de la Revolución (Revolution Plaza), where Fidel Castro delivered his major speeches.
• Tour the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, an extravagant Cuban Baroque mansion and museum which showcases colonial-era art and artifacts.
• Experience a visual feast of magnificent architecture while exploring Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with timeless Spanish colonial buildings and graceful cobbled plazas.
– Highlights of your panoramic sightseeing and walking tour include the Plaza de Armas, the Plaza de San Francisco de Asís, the Hotel Santa Isabel, the Convento de San Francisco de Asís, the Plaza Vieja, the Customs House, the Plaza de la Catedral, and the Catedral de San Cristóbal.
• Delight in a morning walking tour of the “Walls District,” where you’ll admire the Hotel Parque Central; the Moorish-style Hotel Sevilla; and the incredibly ornate Gran Teatro de la Habana, home of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba.
• See how art can transform a neighborhood at Muraleando, a vibrant community outreach project founded by local residents.
• Enjoy curator-led tours of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Museum of Fine Arts), featuring an impressive collection of Cuban paintings and sculptures; and the Museo de la Revolución (Museum of the Revolution), housed in the sumptuous former Presidential Palace.
• Take in the Paseo del Prado, a popular tree-shaded promenade; the Avenida del Puerto, a bayside avenue bordered by eye-catching historical buildings; the lovely Capitolio Gardens, originally designed by famed French landscape architect Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier; and the former Bacardí Rum Headquarters, Havana’s Art Deco masterpiece.
• Meet with a Cuban architectural expert for a lecture and open discussion session.
• See the fishing village of Cojimar, the setting for Ernest Hemingway’s book The Old Man and the Sea, and visit Finca Vigía, the mansion where he lived from 1939 to 1960.

• Stop at the artist studio project La Lavanderia and meet with a local artist to learn about traditional art in Cuba.
• Embark on a guided campus tour of the University of Havana*, Cuba’s oldest university and one of the first established in the Americas, and gain insight into the Cuban higher education system.
• Head to an area known as La Rampa (The Slope); the Hotel Habana Libre (originally the Hotel Habana Hilton); the Radio Centro Building, built to imitate New York’s Radio City; and the Odontological Building.
• Explore the grounds and lobby of the 1930s-era Hotel Nacional de Cuba, or perhaps stop at its legendary Bar de la Fama (Hall of Fame Bar).
• View the Riviera Hotel, a classic 1950s hotel overlooking the Malecón; the Italian Renaissance-style Baró-Lasa Mansion; and the Museo de Artes Decorativos (Museum of Decorative Arts), which occupies the mansion of the Countess of Revilla Camargo.
• See the Scale Model of Havana, one of the largest scale models in the world.

• Discover the elegance of the Miramar district, with its remarkable Art Deco buildings, stunning villas, and private clubs, while enjoying a panoramic drive.

CIENFUEGOS
• Admire the colonial architecture of Cienfuegos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the “Pearl of the South,” and see the Punta Gorda Peninsula.
• Meet with a local choir or visit an art school to discuss the role of art and music in Cuban society.
• Visit a ration store where the store manager will explain rationing, the dual-currency system, and the difference between ration stores, Cuban peso stores, and CUC stores.
TRINIDAD
• Take in the centuries-old charms of Trinidad, a Spanish colonial gem and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
• Learn about traditional ceramic techniques at the Casa del Alfarero, a pottery house founded and operated by the Santander family for generations.
• Tour a bed and breakfast where you will learn about this new entrepreneurial opportunity for Cubans, a business typically operated by the state.
• Join a Santeria practioner at the Templo de Yemaya, and delve into the history and basic principles of this Afro-Cuban religion.

SANCTI SPIRITUS
• See the picturesque town of Sancti Spiritus, one of the original seven Cuban cities founded by the Spanish.
• Witness how a variety of produce, meat, and local products are displayed and sold with visits to an outdoor food market and industrial goods market.
SANTA CLARA
• Enjoy dance, theater, and music performances by the students at the Santa Clara Music and Performing Arts School, and hear how the performing arts have influenced Cuban life.
• Stop at the Museum and Mausoleum of Che Guevara (time permitting).

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The features listed above are samples of the activities you may participate in. You will receive a detailed daily itinerary approximately 14 days prior to departure. While unlikely, slight changes to the itinerary and accommodations may occur due to Cuban government directives. *In the event a school or other venue is closed, an alternate people-to-people exchange will be scheduled.
PARTICIPANTS SHOULD BE IN GOOD PHYSICAL CONDITION. This program involves motor coach and walking tours with more than a moderate amount of walking on cobblestone streets, stairs, and uneven ground. The daily tours can include moderate to strenuous walking, primarily over natural and uneven surfaces. There are numerous steps and inclines to negotiate and many sites do not have elevators.

PLEASE MAKE YOUR ARRANGEMENTS TO ARRIVE IN MIAMI ON April 7, 2016.
Crowne Plaza Miami International Airport hotel check-in is at 3PM and an orientation meeting will be held this evening.

All passengers must travel with a passport valid at least 6 months beyond their return date.

Faculty

Louis Nelson, Professor of Architectural History and Associate Dean for Research and International Programs

Faculty_Louis_NelsonWEB is a Professor of Architectural History, the Associate Dean for Research and International Programs in the School of Architecture and the Director of the Program in Historic Preservation. He is a specialist in the built environments of American colonial architecture and the architectures and landscapes of the early modern Atlantic world. Working together with archaeologists, Nelson is interested in using buildings to explore Afro-Caribbean culture through the transition from slavery to freedom.
Louis earned his Bachelor’s at The College of William and Mary and his Master’s and Ph.D at the University of Delaware. He was the recipient of the University Teaching Award in Spring 2007, the highest recognition for excellence in teaching at U.Va. Nelson’s teaching and research focuses on the close examination of evidence-both material and textual-as a means of interrogating the ways architecture shapes the human experience. His published work is best exemplified in his monograph, The Beauty of Holiness: Anglicanism and Architecture in Colonial South Carolina (UNC, 2008), winner of the 2010 SESAH Best Book of the Year Prize. He has also edited, together with Maurie McInnis, Shaping the Body Politic: Art and Political Formation in Early America (Virginia, 2011) and has published numerous scholarly articles.

Itinerary

Accommodations

Parque Central Hotel—Havana

Positioned in the cultural center of Old Havana is the Parque Central Hotel, ideally located in the lovely Central Park area, near the historic Plaza de la Catedral, the Capitol and the Havana Harbor. This Spanish colonial-style hotel offers an array of modern amenities, including restaurants, snack bars, lounges, a fitness room, a massage room and a rooftop pool. Each classic guest room radiates a warm ambience with rich wood furniture and features satellite TV, a safe, air conditioning and a hair dryer.

Iberostar Grand Hotel—Trinidad
Ideally positioned in the heart of Trinidad and across from Céspedes Park, a peaceful square sprinkled with verdant plants and trees, is the Grand Hotel Trinidad. Featuring a pastel-colored façade, this delightful hotel showcases a charming lobby with checkered floors leading to a fountain. Other amenities include a restaurant and a game room with billiards. Each warmly decorated, air-conditioned guest room comes complete with a minibar, hairdryer,satellite TV, and an iPod docking station clock radio.

Meals

19 meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners, including a welcome and farewell dinner in Havana (two local beverages are included with each meal)

Program Fees

$5,999 Per Person, Double Occupancy, Air inclusive from Miami

A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $900 per person to the double occupancy rates.

Deposits may be made by credit card; however, all FINAL payments are required to be made by check or cash.

Price includes:

Small group limited to 22 participants.

In Miami:
• 1 night at the Crowne Plaza Miami International Airport hotel or similar accommodations
• Orientation meeting in the evening
• Exclusive local representative

In Cuba:
• Round-trip chartered flight between Miami and Havana
• 7 nights’ accommodations:5 nights in Havana, 2 nights in Trinidad
• 19 meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners, including a welcome and farewell dinner in Havana (two local beverages are included with each meal)
• Transportation via private, A/C vehicles with 2 bottles of water per person, per day
• Full schedule of educational activities that result in meaningful interaction with the locals
• Certification of travel to Cuba under the U.S. Department of the Treasury general license
• All entrance fees to included tour sites
• Private English-speaking national guide
• Exclusive program manager
• Gratuities for restaurant staff, local guides and drivers, and luggage handling
• Cuban travel insurance covering medical repatriation expenses only, as required by the Cuban government, valid only during your stay in Cuba

Price Does Not Include:

  • Airfare between home and Miami
  • Passport fees
  • Cuban visa fee of approximately $85
  • Cuban departure tax of approximately $25
  • Beverages other than those included with meals as indicated
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional travel insurance
  • Baggage fees
  • Other items not specifically mentioned as included.

General Terms & Conditions

TRAVEL INSURANCE
We strongly suggest purchasing travel insurance.

OPERATOR/PARTICIPANT AGREEMENT
Go Next, Inc. (hereinafter GN), located at 8000 West 78th Street, Suite 345, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55439-2538, in return for full payment by you of the amounts specified, is responsible to arrange for the transportation, accommodations and other services specified as included in this brochure as and to the extent you have selected them, and subject to the following terms and conditions. Unless expressly specified as included by this brochure, services, taxes and fees are not included.
RESPONSIBILITY: GN is responsible to you for arranging all included transportation, accommodations and other services. However, in the absence of negligence on its part, GN and the affinity group (hereinafter AG) for which this program was developed are not responsible for personal injury, property damage, or any other loss, claim or damage arising out of or related to goods or services offered or included. GN and the AG for which this program was developed are not responsible for personal injury, property damage or any other loss, claim or damage related to or arising out of, in whole or in part, the acts or omissions of any direct air carrier, hotel, ground operator, or other person not its direct employee or not under its exclusive control supplying any services or providing any goods offered or included. GN and the AG for which this program was developed are not responsible for personal injury, property damage or any other loss, claim or damage arising out of, either in whole or in part, acts of God, weather, labor strife, government actions, mechanical breakdowns, war-like acts, terroristic activities or other causes reasonably beyond the respective control of GN and the AG for which this program was developed. GN and the AG for which this program was developed are not responsible for incidental or consequential losses or damages.
Neither GN nor the AG for which this program was developed are responsible for any penalty, loss or inconvenience resulting from air or land arrangements made independently by travelers, including non-refundable conditions, restricted travel or frequent flyer tickets.

TRAVELER RESPONSIBILITY: GN has been issued a specific license by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (hereinafter OFAC) to organize and conduct a program consisting of a full-time schedule of educational exchange activities that will result in meaningful interaction between the travelers and individuals in Cuba. U.S. law requires that all participants adhere to this full-time schedule of activities, and imposes on GN the obligation to ensure such adherence. By registering, I/we confirm and agree to adhere (without deviation) to the itinerary submitted by GN and approved by OFAC. In the event any traveler does not adhere to this full-time schedule, GN will require the traveler to leave the travel program and may result in legal penalties for the traveler. OFAC may require the submission of a report from each participant concerning the activities undertaken pursuant to GN’s license. Each participant is required to keep a record of all transactions undertaken pursuant to GN’s license for a period of at least five years from the date of travel.

PAYMENT: A deposit in the amount shown on the reservation form and a signed agreement for each person is required to secure reservations. Final payment is due as shown on the reservation form. If space is fully booked, your payment will be returned or, with your authorization, your name placed on a waiting list. ALL CHECKS AND MONEY ORDERS ARE TO BE MADE PAYABLE AS INDICATED ON THE RESERVATION FORM. CONFIRMATION IS SUBJECT TO RECEIPT BY GN OF DEPOSIT AND A SIGNED AGREEMENT.

PRICES: GN RESERVES THE RIGHT TO INCREASE PRICES IN THE EVENT OF ANY INCREASED SECURITY OR FUEL RELATED SURCHARGES, OR AIRFARE INCREASES IMPOSED BY THE AIRLINE THAT MAY BE IN PLACE AT THE TIME OF TICKETING OR TRAVEL, FOREIGN OR DOMESTIC TAX INCREASES, OR ADVERSE CURRENCY EXCHANGE FLUCTUATIONS, AFTER JANUARY 01, 2015. GN RESERVES THE RIGHT, IF NECESSARY OR ADVISABLE, TO SUBSTITUTE HOTELS BUT IS NOT OBLIGED TO DO SO.
The price is based on tariffs in effect for estimated 2016 prices as of January 01, 2015. Prices increase every year, and it is therefore possible that increases could occur after the printing of this brochure and in advance of your departure.

AIR TRANSPORTATION: Airfares are capacity controlled and may have restrictive terms and conditions. Participants who make their domestic airline reservations with Go Next will be responsible for any airline fees or penalties incurred as a result of program cancellation and/or change in travel dates, or airline schedule(s). After tickets are issued, penalties up to 100% of the ticket may be assessed by the airlines if reservations are changed or canceled after ticketing. Travel participants who choose to make their own domestic airline reservations independent of Go Next, will be wholly responsible for any airline fees or penalties incurred as a result of program cancellation and/or change in travel dates, or airline schedule(s). GN reserves the right to specify the international charter air carrier and routing. Some airline-imposed fees may be additional, including but not limited to baggage, priority boarding, and special seating.

BAGGAGE: GN CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST OR DAMAGED LUGGAGE. YOU SHOULD GIVE IMMEDIATE NOTICE OF ANY LOST OR DAMAGED LUGGAGE TO THE INVOLVED AIR CARRIER, HOTEL, AND TO YOUR OWN INSURANCE COMPANY. AIRLINE BAGGAGE FEES WILL BE ADDITIONAL. ALL FLIGHTS HAVE LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS.

AIRCRAFT BOARDING: The air carrier reserves the right to substitute equipment but is not obliged to do so. GN reserves the right to substitute air carriers but is not obliged to do so. GN CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR AIRLINE DELAYS.
Aircraft boarding privileges are limited to persons whose full payment and signed agreement have been received by GN and whose names are on the manifest given to the carrier before departure. All persons must also present a passport with at least six months validity beyond their return date and a Cuba visa when boarding. Improper documentation, inadequate proof of identity, inadequate proof of age for children under 2, or any other reason may result in denial of boarding privileges. The air carrier reserves the right to decline, accept or retain any person on the flight at any time within their sole discretion. If you are denied boarding privileges, you forfeit all monies paid and will be assessed any non-recoverable costs.

VISAS: A visa is required for U.S. citizens traveling to Cuba. GN’s OFAC authorized travel service provider will endeavor to assist travelers in applying for the necessary visa subject to the following. A signed, valid passport is required for each person and it is suggested that if you do not already have your passport that you apply for it immediately. If you currently have a valid passport, it must be valid a minimum of 6 months after your scheduled date of return to meet the requirements for your visa. Visa assistance will only be provided for those travelers paid in full 45 days prior to departure.

NOTICES: Any complaints or claims against GN must be made in writing and received by GN within 90 days after scheduled termination of the trip. Any action or suit against GN must be commenced within 1 (one) year after scheduled termination of the trip or be forever barred.
The rights and remedies relating to cancellations made available under this agreement are in addition to any other rights or remedies available under applicable law. However, we offer any refunds under this agreement with the express understanding that the receipt of that refund by you waives all other remedies.
While Go Next makes every effort to adhere to the specifics shown in this brochure, all information contained herein is subject to change. Go Next is not responsible or liable for typographical errors, omissions or misprints.

INSURANCE: Travel insurance is available and can provide coverage for unforeseen circumstances that could disrupt your trip. See panel above.

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS ONLY: International travel involves stringent identification and documentation requirements. Be sure you are familiar with them sufficiently in advance and early in your planning.

ADVISORY: When you are traveling outside of the United States, please be aware that significantly different health, safety and legal standards may prevail. You should plan and act accordingly and exercise good personal judgment for your own health and safety at all times when abroad. If you have special medical or physical requirements, you should investigate your destination(s) beforehand and ensure the care and conditions you need will be available.

IF YOU CHANGE PLANS OR CANCEL, YOUR RIGHTS TO A REFUND ARE LIMITED: The following charges will be assessed for cancellations.
If you cancel or change plans more than 100 days in advance of initial flight, a full refund less a $250 per person administrative fee is provided. Any refunds are provided only in accordance with the following schedule. Any requests for cancellation must be communicated to GN in writing. Applicable refunds, if any, will be made within 14 days after the cancellation.
CANCELLATIONS: Upon receipt of written cancellation from you, the following service fees will apply in addition to any applicable airline cancellation fees: Cancellations received 101 days or more before initial flight departure, $250 per person; 100-46 days before departure, $1,000 per person; 45 days or less, no refund.

HEALTH: Any physical or mental condition requiring special medical attention or equipment must be disclosed in writing to GN at the time the participant makes a reservation. GN may reject the reservation of any person who, in the opinion of GN, is unfit for travel or might be a danger to themselves or incompatible with others on the trip. Participants requiring special assistance, including without limitation those who permanently or periodically use a wheelchair, must be accompanied by someone who agrees to provide the required assistance and participate in the program. GN reserves the right in its sole discretion to terminate the authority of any participant to remain in Cuba under GN’s license.

THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS OF ANY KIND (INCLUDING MEDICAL EXCEPTIONS) TO THESE POLICIES. No refunds will be made for any portion of the arrangements we have made for you that are not actually utilized by you. There is no variance from these policies for the services we arrange as described in this brochure.
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