Discover Cuba: Its People and Culture

Feel the entrancing rhythms of Old Havana on our unique people-to-people cultural exchange, where you'll learn about the history, culture, and contemporary issues of this fascinating island nation.

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 Havana, Cuba Credit: Giancarlo Bisone.  Santeria procession Credit: Jia Han Dong  Rumba dancer at Guanabacoa Museum. Credit: Jia Han Dong  Street in Old Havana. Credit: Dreamstime  Shop owner. Credit: Jia Han Dong  Traditional bar. Credit: Jia Han Dong  Painter in his studio, Old Havana. Credit: Jia Han Dong  Students in classroom, Cienfuegos. Credit: Jia Han Dong  Malecón, called "lover's boulevard" by the locals, stretches for four miles along Havana's north coast. Credit: Jia Han Dong  Fishing along Havana's Malecón. Credit: Jia Han Dong  One of many musical performances. Credit: Jia Han Dong

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I have been on a lot of very good tours but nothing compares with this Smithsonian experience. 

Mary-Jeanne M.

Discover Cuba was an intensely educational program that opened my eyes to this Caribbean country, its people, and its culture that for so long have been off limits to me. 

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Sofitel Miami Airport

Miami, United States

Conveniently located near the Miami International Airport, the hotel is tastefully decorated in Art Deco style overlooking a peaceful blue lagoon. Modern rooms feature the Sofitel's luxurious feather top and duvet sleep system. Airport Shuttle service is available and there are two restaurants on site.

Number of nights: 1

Hotel Parque Central - 2016 departures

Havana, Cuba

The Hotel Parque Central is located in the center of Old Havana and within walking distance to Plaza de la Catedral, the Capitolio, the Gran Teatro de La Habana, and the Havana Harbor. There are beautiful views of Havana from the rooftop pool. The hotel amenities include a business center, pool, and two restaurants, as well as wireless Internet in the lobby. All hotel rooms feature air-conditioning, satellite television, telephone, hair dryer, and safety deposit box. Travelers on 2016 departures will stay in the Parque Central on the evenings of days 2-4, 7, and 8.

Number of nights: 5

Meliá Cohiba Hotel - 2015 departures

Havana, Cuba

The 22-story Meliá Cohiba is located in the modern Vedado district of Havana and faces the Havana coastline with its renowned Malecón ocean drive. Just a 10-minute cab ride from Old Havana, the hotel has comfortable rooms, a spacious and elegant lobby with fountains, classical furnishings, and panoramic windows. A wireless Internet connection is available in the lobby, and several restaurants, bars, and cafes are nearby. Travelers on 2015 departures will stay in the Meliá Cohiba the evenings of days 2-4.

Number of nights: 3

Hotel Nacional - 2015 departures

Havana, Cuba

The Hotel Nacional is a National Monument that overlooks the Malecon in Central Havana.  Located on top of a hill, the hotel offers excellent views of the Havana Harbor and surrounding areas.  The hotel also offers an executive office and business center. Guest room amenities include air conditioning, a television, telephone, safe, and in-suite bathroom with a hair dryer. Travelers on 2015 departures will stay in the Hotel Nacional the evening of day 7.

Number of nights: 1

Hotel Jagua - All departures

Punta Gorda, Cuba

The Hotel Jagua is located in the well-known area of Punta Gorda, overlooking the Cienfuegos Bay and just a few minutes south of the city center. The modern rooms are spacious, comfortable, cool, and bright, with a large sliding-glass door to let in light, white tile floors, and plenty of amenities.

Number of nights: 2