Travel to Cuba

American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba leads unique curated trips to Cuba for individuals, small groups and organizations throughout the year who qualify under the present regulations. These thoughtfully customized tours offer an insider’s view of the thriving Cuban arts community. Our partnership with the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba, a uniquely non-governmental organization located in Havana, gives us unparalleled access to Cuba’s contemporary art scene.

Stay at five-star hotels or boutique Casa Particulars as you explore Havana through a carefully designed program featuring exceptional cultural experiences. Highlights include a guided walking tour of colonial old Havana, a private tour of Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, visits to Cuban art collections led by specialists, the chance to meet artists at the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba and in their own studios, a visit to the Hemingway museum Finca La Vigia, and exciting nightlife events, concerts, dance performances and more.

In addition to these activities, some of our travel programs are scheduled to coincide with special cultural events such as the 40th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema (Havana Film Festival) and the 13th Havana Art Biennial. We sometimes venture out of Havana for overnight stays at some of Cuba’s other striking destinations such as Trinidad/Cienfuegos, Matanzas/Varadero, Viñales and more.

Travel Schedule 2018

All tours experience Havana’s rich culture of art, architecture and the performing arts

HAVANA INTERNATIONAL BALLET FESTIVAL

Travel with The American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba to the 26th Havana International Ballet Festival, Nov 1-5 or Nov 1-7 

This year’s Festival promises to be a whirlwind of international dancers alongside the Cuban ballet’s roster of stars. The 26th edition celebrates acclaimed dancer and choreographer Alicia Alonso, founder of the National Ballet of Cuba, and honors the 75th anniversary of her debut in the masterpiece of Romantic ballet, Giselle. Anne Schwimmer, Former Dancer Royal Danish Ballet, will join us for a customized, expert-led trip offering a singular example of the illustrious world of Cuban art and culture and a behind-the-scenes look at the classical ballet scene.

Highlights of our program include:

  • Private tour of the National Ballet of Cuba’s studios and backstage access to the costume department
  • Intimate dinner reception with Prima Ballerina Viengsay Valdes
  • Private rehearsal of internationally-acclaimed modern dance company Malpaso
  • Expert-led walk-through of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and architecture tour of Old Havana
  • Air-conditioned transportation in Cuba, tourist visa, festival credentials, nightly ballet performances, most meals, and accommodations at Havana’s historic Hotel Nacional, airport tranfers
  • 7-day trip includes two day-trips to UNESCO World Heritage Site Las Terrazas,and to the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, Finca Vigia

 5 day trip (Nov 1-5) includes special performance of Giselle

7 day trip (November 1-7) includes two day-trips to Finca Vigia and to Las Terrazas as well as the closing night Gala and Party of the Ballet Festival 

Please contact info@AFLFC.org for more information and pricing.

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Dec. 8-15, 2018
HAVANA FILM FESTIVAL

  • Attend the 40th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema (includes credentials)
  • 7-day tour includes credentials, Closing Night events, a day trip outside Havana, airport transfer, 5-star hotel accommodations and more

April 13-20, 2019
HAVANA ART BIENNIAL “The Constructing of the Possible” 

  • Attend the 13th Havana Art Biennial, an immersive art experience that turns the city of Havana into a living art gallery
  • Considered one of Latin America’s most significant art events, it features contemporary art from 200+ global artists
  • 7-day tour includes credentials, airport transfer, 5-star hotel accommodations and more

AFLFC Curated Trips – 2018-2019
If you would like to travel with AFLFC on a particular date, please contact us at 212.687.2146 or info@AFLFC.org 

EMERGING ARTISTS TOUR

  • Meet with up-and-coming artists that are shaping the new wave of Cuban art
  • 7-day tour includes 2 nights outside Havana

CUBAN BOTANICAL AND PRIVATE GARDENS

  • Discover Cuba’s diverse tropical plant life
  • 7-day tour includes 2 nights in Cienfuegos and Trinidad

ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE

  • Experience how old meets new in Havana’s ever-changing cityscape
  • 7-day tour includes 2 nights in Cienfuegos and Trinidad

Packages include

  • 5 Star Hotel accommodations in Havana
  • All breakfasts, most lunches and dinners
  • Visa, health insurance in Cuba, travel affidavit, authorization letter/license
  • Admission fees
  • Air-conditioned transportation with professional driver
  • Experienced bilingual American tour leader
  • Airport/Hotel transfers

    Note: Flights are not included

Pricing per person (depending on accommodations)

  • 5-day trip: from $3,750 to $4,200
  • 7-day trip: from $4,750 to $5,200
  • 7-day trip including Cienfuegos/Trinidad: $4,950 to $5,400

Customized trips are also available upon request. For more information, contact Carole Rosenberg at 212.687.2146 or cr@AFLFC.org