Cuba 2017

Cuba Through the Eyes of the People

March 4-11, 2017

Please join us for an exciting trip to discover the vibrant arts and culture of Cuba, March 4-11, 2017. This fascinating excursion will be led by Fernando Rosenberg, chair of the Department of Romance Studies and a professor in the Latin American and Latino Studies Program, who will enrich our experience with his expertise about Cuba's role in the cultural history of the Americas.

About the Trip

Our exclusive itinerary has been carefully crafted to provide an insider’s view of life on this historic island. Brandeis Travelers will enjoy private events, opportunities to meet leading artists and historians, and interacting with local residents. Special visits include the Adath Israel synagogue — the only Orthodox synagogue in Cuba — and the Jewish Community Center, for a briefing by the organization's president. Tour highlights also include excursions to the Instituto Cubano Arte Industria Cinematographia and the Instituto Superior de Arte. 

During a trip to the island’s north coast, visitors will discover the rich Afro-Cuban heritage of Matanzas and witness the production of the area’s famous handmade books. Our group will also visit western Cuba and the Pinar del Río province to learn about sustainable development practices and agriculture. Travelers will tour an orchid farm, walk on a trail within the Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve and have lunch at a colonial coffee plantation. We will savor Cuban cuisine during meals at paladares — privately owned restaurants often located in the owners’ homes — and at a unique field-to-table restaurant.

Visitors will stay at the Hotel Saratoga, Old Havana’s grandest hotel, located in the heart of Havana’s city center.

View the brochure to learn more.

About Professor Fernado Rosenberg

Professor Rosenberg

Fernando J. Rosenberg is chair of Romance Studies and a faculty member of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program at Brandeis University. Rosenberg teaches and writes about contemporary Latin American cultural expressions — film, visual arts and literature. His classes at Brandeis explore topics such as narratives of nationhood, poetry and the short story, the relationship between art and social change, and films from and about Latin America. He is fascinated by the pivotal role that Cuba has played in the cultural history of the Americas and by its always-lively artistic scene. Rosenberg is the author of ”AvantGarde and Geopolitics” (2006) and “After Human Rights: Literature, Visual Arts, and Film in Latin America 1990-2010” (2016), as well as of numerous articles.

Accommodations: Hotel Saratoga

Saratoga Rooftop Pool  Hotel Saratoga  Hotel Saratoga

The Hotel Saratoga is Old Havana’s grandest hotel and is designed for discerning travelers who wish to combine cultural and historical exploration of the city with enjoyment of its world-famous nightlife. The Saratoga has all the amenities one would wish for in an exclusive city hotel, including a stunning rooftop pool. Among the hotel's 96 rooms are seven suites and other junior suites. Hotel Saratoga maintains an international five-star standard.

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Tour package

Pinar Del Rio  Cuba  Havana

Tour Operator: Academic Arrangements Abroad (AAA), OFAC licensed 

Package: $5,895 per person, based on double occupancy. Airfare is additional and may be purchased through Academic Arrangements Abroad or arranged by the individual traveler. See the brochure for details.

Single supplement: $1,995 (very limited availability)   

  • Seven nights accommodations at the Hotel Saratoga, Havana
  • Meals as per itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, R = Reception); bottled water, beer, house wine, and coffee/tea with included lunches and dinners
  • Escorted sightseeing via private motorcoach per itinerary, including services of bilingual national guide throughout the trip and entrance fees for all included visits
  • Group or private transfers for all participants to/from airport in Cuba and gratuities to local guides and drivers

Not included in the rate:  Airfare; Cuban visa; Cuban departure tax; limited Cuban health insurance policy (required for all foreign travelers to Cuba under age 80); passport fees; alcoholic beverages other than as noted; personal expenses such as laundry, phone calls, etc.; travel insurance; any other items not specifically mentioned as included.

Activity level: This program involves extensive walking over uneven surfaces, climbing stairs without handrails at locations that are not handicapped accessible. Any condition that may require assistance or special medical attention should be requested to the tour provider upon booking.

Please note: The itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of Brandeis University and Academic Arrangements Abroad (AAA). For complete details, please carefully read the terms and conditions at

Flights to Cuba: AAA anticipates that commercial flights between U.S. gateway cities and Cuba will soon be operational and may be the most convenient and cost-effective way of traveling to Cuba from the traveler’s home city. It is expected that Cuban health insurance and departure tax will be included in the cost of commercial air tickets. At the time of brochure production, flight schedules and the process for acquiring a visa on your own have not been finalized. AAA will provide up-to-date information on air travel to Cuba. Should commercial air service not be available, AAA is prepared to offer an air package which includes round-trip flight from Miami to Havana; Cuban visa; Cuban departure tax; limited Cuban health insurance policy (required for all foreign travelers to Cuba under age 80), $40 processing fee for air arrangements, and one checked bag, at a price of $625 per person. Additional information will be shared as it becomes available.


Havana doorwayAcademic Arrangements Abroad (AAA) is pleased to assist you with reservations, flight or travel related inquiries by phone at 800.221.1944 or via email at

To reserve your space, a deposit of $1,000 per person is requested by Academic Arrangements Abroad, of which $350 is non-refundable for administrative fees. Final tour balances are payable by credit card, wire transfer or check 120 days prior to departure. View the brochure

For more information, contact Alyson Saykin, director of special programs, at or 781-736-2988.




Tour Operator 
Academic Arrangements Abroad (AAA)
1040 Avenue of the Americas
23rd Floor
New York, NY 10018-3721

Travel Program
Alyson Saykin, director of special programs