​​Architecture in Havana

January 15-21, 2018

Registration Deadline - September 1, 2017

Learn about the people, art, history and architectural value of the City of Havana. The program starts with a conference by a Cuban architect to learn about the colonial, republican and revolutionary architectural eras, styles and the restoration efforts that makes Havana the most impressive historical city center in the Caribbean and one of the most notable in the American continent as a whole. The process of architectural restoration in Havana is unique in the way residents are included in the decision-making process needed to implement a plan to recreate spaces and structures to cater for residents as well as visitors. As we interact with Havana’s architects, historians, residents in plazas, churches, museums, communities and institutions we will explore the universal value of Havana’s architecture.

Program Package Fees

What is included?

  • Ground transportation in microbus
  • Bottled water in microbus
  • Six nights at a B&B with all breakfasts
  • Welcome and farewell diners
  • Conference by Cuban architect
  • daily visits guided by Cuban architect-historian
  • Visit to architecture school to meet faculty and students
  • Admission to museums in the itinerary
  • Orientation before departure
  • Travel Guide with tips for a safe and fun trip
  • Emailed information about sites to be visited
  • Bilingual Program Leader traveling with the group
  • Educational / people-to people license to travel
  • Tips for B&B host, maids, breakfast and included dinners servers and driver

What is not included?  (Estimates)

  • $250 round trip airfare to Havana from Tampa - Southwest Airline
  • $50 Cuban tourist visa – visas will be available at the airport on departure day.
  • $200 for meals not included
  • $25 Other transportation (taxi)
  • Trip interruption and cancellation insurance
  • Airfare for connecting flight to - from Tampa
  • Tampa hotel the night before departure, optional

For a Registration Packet

Please visit our  
Contact Us   page and provide all required Information. As soon as we hear from you, we will email a registration packet with required forms and instructions. You can also call us at 978-998-0039.

Payment Options - Program Package

Cashier's Check or Credit Card

Timetable for Registration and Payments
September 1, 2017      Registration Documents Deadline
                                     50% of Program Package Cost

September 5, 2017      Deadline to buy air tickets online through the Southwest website
                                     Please submit a copy of air ticket confirmation # to CubArtEdu

December 1, 2017         50% balance due of Program Package Cost

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations after registration and before December 1 - 50% refund
Cancellations after December 1 - no refund



Our flight from Tampa to Havana, Cuba will take 45-50 minutes.  This evening we will meet for a welcome dinner.

DAY 2 - Colonial Era 1

On day 2 we will begin with a lecture about Havana architectural history. After lunch in Old Havana we will have a walking tour of Old Havana visiting the City of Havana Scale Model. The walk will include three of five plazas. Old Havana, which is defined by the extent of the former city walls, has maintained the pattern of the early urban setting with its three large plazas, each with its own architectural character: Arms Plaza, Old Plaza, and Saint Francis of Asis Plaza. Around these plazas are many outstanding buildings such as the Convent of Saint Francis of Asís, Second Lieutenant Palace and the Museum of the City of Havana former Captain Generals Palace.

DAY 3 - Colonial Era 2

Our third day in Havana will consist of a guided tour of the complex system of fortifications that protected Havana. This system is comprised of the La Cabaña Fortress, one of the largest colonial fortresses in the Americas and the Morro Castle, guarding the entrance to the bay, Royal Fortress Castle, one of the oldest colonial fortresses in the Americas (1558), and San Salvador of the Point Castle. The historic destiny of Havana was the result of the exceptional function of its bay as an obligatory stop on the maritime route from the New World to Europe, which consequently necessitated its military protection. After lunch in Old Havana we will visit Cathedral Plaza. Around the plaza we will explore the Cathedral of Havana, Museum of Colonial Arts former Casa del Conde de Casa Bayona (1720), the Office of the Historian of the City of Havana and the offices of the Master Plan for the Revitalization of the City of Havana in former Palacio de Lombillo (1742), Casa del Marqués de Arcos (1741), and Casa del Marqués de Aguas Claras (1760) now restaurant El Patio. Victor Manuel Gallery occupies the former Casa de Baños (public baths).   

DAY 4 - Republican Era 1

Day 4 begins with the exploration of the Republican architectural era (1898 - 1959), with a panoramic tour of the architecture of Havana and the neighborhood of Vedado. We will visit Revolution Square former Civic Center. In the square we will visit the José Martí Memorial Monument, tower and museum. After lunch we will visit and learn about the history and architecture of the Hotel Nacional (National Hotel - 1930).

DAY 5 - Republican Era 3

To continue with our exploration of the republican era of architecture in Havana, we will visit Colón Cemetery - 1876. It was built by the Galician architect Calixto Arellano de Loira y Cardoso, a graduate from Madrid`s Royal Academy of Arts of San Fernando, and who became Colón Cemetery’s first occupant when he died before his work was completed. After the visit to Colón Cemetery we will travel from Vedado to Old Havana through Malecón Avenue, and Paseo del Prado to explore the National Capitol - 1929). The Capitolio was the tallest building in Havana until 1950 and houses the world´s third largest indoor statue. Today El Capitolio is undergoing restoration efforts implemented by the Office of the Historian of the City of Havana. After lunch we will visit Museum of Fine Arts Universal Collection, former Asturian Club, and the Grand Theater of Havana former Galician Social Club. 

DAY 6  - Post-Revolutionary Era

Our last day in Havana will consist of a visit to the University of the Arts (ISA), representative of the post-revolutionary period of architecture in Havana. Located on the former American-owned country club in the western Havana suburb of Cabanacan, the University of the Arts was founded in 1961. ISA has produced an astounding number of Cuba's leading artists and musicians, and remains a vibrant source of artists' training. Enjoy a guided tour of the school's impressive revolutionary architecture and meet students and faculty with an opportunity to arrange the purchase of paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, and ceramics. After the tour of ISA and lunch we will visit the Polytechnical Superior Institute José Antonio Echeverria for a tour and conversation with architects, professors and students. This evening we will have a farewell dinner and visit La Cabaña Castle for the Firing of the Cannon Ceremony.

DAY 7 - Departure

Departure from José Martí International Airport

Bed and Breakfast selected will depend on availability at the time of registration deadline and group rooming needs.