The energetic changes taking place in Cuba today are palpable and alluring. Now is the time to make this short journey and delve into Cuba’s history and culture in Havana.

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 Fishing along Havana's Malecón. Credit: Jia Han Dong  Children in Old Havana.  Credit: Allison Tenn

Havana: A Cultural Stay

Featuring Cuba’s Capital City

5 days from $3,995

The energetic changes taking place in Cuba today are palpable and alluring. Now is the time to make this short journey and delve into Cuba’s history and culture in Havana.

or Call 855-330-1542


Following a panel discussion with experts in Miami, capture a taste of lively Havana during a four-day stay in Cuba's capital city.

Highlights Include

  • The Old Town: Enjoy a walking tour of beautifully restored plazas and buildings and meet with an architectural historian who discusses preservation successes and challenges.
  • Academia and Entreprenuers: Tour the University of Havana; hear about economic reforms, women's rights, and thoughts on Cuba's future; and learn how non-state community projects support the society, including a program that trains Cuba's emerging entrepreneurs.
  • Finca Vigia: Visit Ernest Hemingway's Havana home of 20 years.
  • Agriculture: Meet community members working on an urban farm and at a cigar factory.

To see itinerary, please click on an option below.


Day 1 — Miami

Arrive in Miami and check into your hotel. This evening, begin your people-to-people program with a welcome reception and dinner. Engage in a lively, thought-provoking panel discussion on the most vital issues facing Cuba today. Your Smithsonian Journeys Expert joins two other Cuba experts to share insights into the Cuban economy, political structure, and culture. A question-and-answer session concludes the panel, preparing you for your journey ahead. This valuable meeting with a range of Cuba scholars is an exclusive feature of Smithsonian Journeys’ Cuba programs. (R,D)

Day 2 — Miami to Havana

Depart for Havana this morning. After clearing customs and claiming your luggage, visit Finca Yoandra, a community agricultural farm, or organiponico. Interact with farmers and members of the community and learn about projects designed to connect the community with nature. Then have lunch at Il Divino, a restaurant located on the farm that uses the fresh ingredients grown there. Before checking into your hotel, meet with a representative from the U.S. Embassy to discuss the normalization of US-Cuba relations*.  Gather for a welcome reception, followed by dinner at one of the city’s paladares. (L,D) Meliá Cohiba Hotel or Hotel Nacional de Cuba.

*Subject to availability 

Day 3 — Havana

Begin the day with an historical overview of Havana with a prominent architectural historian to discuss the city’s urban layout and architecture as well as the success and challenges of its preservation efforts. Afterwards, take a walking tour of Habana Vieja to see the city’s Colonial architecture and plazas firsthand. After lunch, visit the Felix Varela Cultural Center to learn about how non-state community projects support the society, including the Cuba Emprende Project, a program that trains Cuba’s emerging entrepreneurs. Before dinner, attend a performance by the Angeles de Futuros, a community project that teaches disadvantaged children to overcome their emotional and social anxieties through circus performance training.  Following dinner on your own, experience a special musical performance. (B,L) Meliá Cohiba Hotel or Hotel Nacional de Cuba.

Day 4 — Havana

Start the day by visiting one of Havana’s cigar factories to learn about the importance of the iconic product. Next, engage in a question-and-answer session with a panel of Cuban experts to explore such topics as economic reform, women's rights and Cuba's future.  After lunch, visit the University of Havana for a tour of the campus and a discussion on Cuba’s economic reforms. Then, visit Finca Vigía, Ernest Hemingway’s home for 20 years. With an expert, explore the twelve-acre property and house that contains original furniture, artwork, and personal memorabilia. Gather this evening for dinner as you bid farewell to Havana. (B,L,D) Meliá Cohiba Hotel or Hotel Nacional de Cuba.

Day 5 — Havana to Miami

Transfer to the Havana Airport today for your return group flight to Miami. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)