Lisa Reilly, Chair & Professor in the Department of Architectural History

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$6,499 Per Person, Double Occupancy, including air from Miami


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.

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.

Colorful Havana cars
Colorful Havana cars
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.

• Enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour and walking tour of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, filled with timeless Spanish colonial buildings, churches, and palm-fringed plazas.

UVA Group at the University of Havana
University of Havana

• 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 discuss the Cuban higher education system.
• Meet with an official representative of the Office of the City Historian who will describe various aspects of Old Havana’s sustainable development, current urban planning practices, and unique historic preservation program.
• Gain insight into Cuba’s film industry and culture at the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry, created in 1959 to improve the quality of Cuban films—focusing on education and artistic expression.
Ration Shop
Ration Shop in Cien Fuegos

• Experience a panoramic tour of the District of Alamar, a 1970s social housing project of Soviet-style concrete apartments—that today is home to thousands of Cubans.
• Chat with locals about organic farming at Organopónico Vivero Alamar, one of Havana’s largest and most successful cooperative urban gardens.
• See how art can transform a neighborhood at Muraleando, a vibrant community outreach project founded by local residents.
• Travel south of Havana to Las Terrazas, a self-sustaining community and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, surrounded by lush, forested hills.
– Get a rare glimpse into rural Cuba’s medical services at a local clinic.
– Sample coffee at Café Maria, where the owner and her family welcome visitors and explain the role of coffee in Cuba’s culture.
– Visit the lakeside studio of Lester Campa, a celebrated landscape artist whose pieces reflect political and environmental themes, or stop at the workshop of local artist Ariel Gato Miranda to view his unique paper recycling process.
• Visit the home of renowned ceramicist and painter José Rodríguez Fuster, known as the “Picasso of the Caribbean.” See how his creative vision has transformed the local neighborhood into a colorful, artistic landscape.Gohagan_ILCuba_2017_01_Havana_Cuba_DavidM_FREE
• Head to 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.
• Explore the artist studio project La Lavanderia and meet with a local artist to learn about traditional art in Cuba.
• At several dinners held in privately owned restaurants or private homes known as paladares, hear firsthand from the owners about the entrepreneurial climate in Cuba.
• 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.
Hemmingway Portrait• 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.
• 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.
• 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).

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.

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.


Lisa Reilly, Chair & Professor in the Department of Architectural History

lisa_reilly_05hr_da_091614_cropLisa is chair of the Architectural History Department and has regularly taught the global survey of architectural history as well as courses on medieval, Islamic and nineteenth century architecture. Her chief research interest is in the history of Norman architecture in England, France, and Italy. Together with Kevin Murphy of Vanderbilt University, she has edited a volume of essays on skyscraper Gothic due to be published by UVA press in 2017. Ms. Reilly is currently preparing a book on Norman visual culture throughout the Romanesque world as well as a study of medieval stained glass in York. She has previously published books on Peterborough Cathedral (Oxford University Press) and Vassar College (Princeton Architectural Press). In 2015 she was the Fulbright Fellow in the History of Art at York University and she held the NEH/Horace Goldsmith Distinguished Teaching Chair of Art and Architectural History from 1999-2002. She teaches a course entitled “Rome: Baroque & Renaissance Art on Site” during U.Va.’s January term.
(Provence ’07, Sicily ’08, Turkey ’10, Around the World by Private Jet ’11, Turkey ’14, Normandy ’15, Gods & Heroes ‘15, India ’16)


The exact itinerary will be set 30 days prior to the start of the trip and will be sent to you.


Located in Havana’s colorful Vedado neighborhood, the modern Meliá Cohiba hotel is just a short drive from Old Havana. Stroll along the Malecón, the city’s famous promenade, explore the Plaza de la Revolución, or enjoy the hotel’s outdoor pool, whirlpool, solarium, gym, restaurants, and bars.

HOTEL PLAZA Sancti Spiritus
Standing in the old quarter of Sancti Spiritus is the charming Hotel Plaza, offering a memorable and authentic Cuban hotel experience. Originally built in the 19th century as a family mansion, this quaint hotel has been completely renovated to reflect its former colonial style. Take in views of the main square from the rooftop terrace, or visit the on-site bar and restaurant.


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

Program Fees

$6,499 Per Person, Double Occupancy, Air inclusive from Miami

There are no single accommodations available at this time.

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 24 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

We strongly suggest purchasing travel insurance.

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.

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.


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.
Cancellations received 111 days or more before initial flight departure, $250 per person; 110-95 days before departure, $1,000 per person; 94-61 days before departure, $3,000 per person; 60 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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