About this tour

To visit Cuba as a student is to live an unforgettable moment in the most formative years of your life. Cuba’s culturally rich environment enthuses even the most wandering mind. On Cubartour’s Cubaism tour students will be immersing themselves into the cultural heart of the vibrant, awe-inspiring and spirited Cuban art scene. The package, consisting of various elements, balances an educational experience with classic tourist hotspots and things to do.

DAY 1:

Day 1 begins with a talk by University of Havana Art History Professor Mari Pereira. Professor Pereira has been teaching contemporary Cuban Art History at the University of Havana for over 15 years and will present a short lecture starting with the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes collection and continuing onto contemporary art. The talk will form the backdrop to the entire tour and will inform the rest of your experience in Cuba. After leaving the presentation, you will be taken around the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes by one of our fully qualified art professionals. Lunch will follow the morning session. The afternoon session will begin with a tour around the Taller de Arte Grafica. This will then be followed by a tour around the most important squares in Old Havana. The walk around will form part of the architectural study of the trip, it will also help students familiarise themselves with the setup of the city, making it easier to navigate themselves around for the duration of the trip. The evening will consist of a trip to La Cabaña where students will bear witness to the daily spectacular--the cannon show.

DAY 2:

Day 2 will consist of a full day conference. The day will be broken into 3-panel discussions. The lineup is subject to change based on the availability of speakers but each panel shall consist of 3 speakers, an affluent artist, a prominent critic and an influential curator. The first panel will be made up of figures who were active the 60s and 70s, the third, representatives of the 80s and 90s generation of artists and the third will be individuals who represent the millennials. The evening will be open for students to meander through the city.

DAY 3:

Day 3 is an activities day. After two intensive arts days, students will get the chance to pick an activity and unwind or sightsee for the day. There are four activities available as part of the Basic and Premium packages:

BASIC:

Playa del Este:

The beaches located on Havana’s coastline present a perfect example of the stunning beaches Cuba is so well known for. A short drive outside the main city, you will be greeted by crystal clear waters and fine white sands. Along the beach, you will find various restaurants and drinks stands to quench your thirst throughout the day.

Hemingway tour:

Take a trip through Hemingway’s Cuba. It is widely known that Hemingway’s favourite place on earth was Havana. The historic writer, penned three of his most famous novels on the island: For Whom the Bell Tolls, A Moveable Feast and The Old Man and the Sea. The tour will first take you to the Hemingway’s house, La Finca Vigia and then to the writer’s favourite bars. You will finish at Ambos Mundo, where you will be able to see the room in which Hemingway frequently resided.   

PREMIUM PACKAGE:

Viñales:

Take a trip to one of Cuba’s UNESCO heritage sights. Known as one of Fidel Castro’s favourite parts of the island, the lush greenery, the hilly highes and escape from the city will no doubt seduce you in the same way. The viñales valley, although predominantly celebrated for its stunning sceneries, is also home to some of the island’s oldest caves and last remaining features of the Cuban indigenous Indian population.

Playa Jibacoa:

Jibacoa, well known for its crystal clear waters and pearly white beaches, boasts perfect snorkelling sites and nature reserves. Situated between Varadero and Havana, the beach is the perfect start to the stretch of crystalline Cuban beaches and is easily accessible from the city. The tour includes a walk through the Yumuri Valley and the city of Matanzas. You will delve into the depths of the Caves of Bellamar and Saturno. Following a traditional criollo lunch, you will get the chance to snorkel in the virgin Punto de Maya. The opportunity to ride horses through the lush greenery will also be available.

DAY 4:

Day 4 will take students around some of Havana’s most important schools. Starting at the University of Havana, the tour will explore the grounds of one of the oldest universities on the island. Built in 1728, the university is comprised of 15 faculties and includes a National Science Museum. The University formed the backdrop to the 1959 Cuban Revolution, with Fidel Castro having studied there before embarking on his movement to overthrow the Batista government. From there we will go to the oldest art school in Latin America, the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes San Alejandro. Founded by Jean Baptiste Vermay in 1818, the school followed a very traditional European teaching, morphing into a more experimental institute post-Revolution. Following through the educational ranks, the tour will move to the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA). Established in 1976, the Instituto Superior de Arte has shaped the Cuban contemporary art scene since its first graduates in 1981. Located next to ISA is the Museo Romerillo, founded by Kcho, considered by many to be a State artist. After a brief walk around the Romerillo, the bus will take students 45 minutes outside the centre of Havana to visit the historic film school Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television. The school has been frequented by figures such as Francis Ford Coppola, who famously included Havana in the Godfather epics and Steven Spielberg who last visited Cuba in 2002.

DAY 5:

Day 5 will focus on photography and architecture, tying the two tightly together. In the morning students will visit the Fototeca, Cuba’s most auspicious photography gallery. After seeing the latest exhibition, you will explore the facades and interiors of the Fototeca, which marks the beginning of the architectural tour. Whilst being shown the plethora of architectural gems Havana has to offer, students will be accompanied by a professional photographer who will teach students skills such as framing an image, manipulating light and choosing effective subjects.

DAY 6:

Day 6 is focused on showing students a more personalised and intimate insight into Havana’s contemporary art scene. The day will be dedicated to visiting artist’s studios around Old Havana. The first half of the day will consist of visits to Studio 66 (a privately run gallery space), the La Mina complex (a labyrinth of studios) and Adonis Ferro’s studio (young Cuban artist). After having lunch in the local area, the tour will continue to the studios of Jose Manuel Mesias and the studios of Nelson Dominguez and Choco. The two later artists make up a formative part of Cuban art history. Both active from the 60s onwards, Nelson Dominguez and Choco will take students on a journey of Cuban art over the last 50 years.

DAY 7:

Day 7 is an activities day. There are five activities available:

BASIC:

Playa del Este:

The beaches located on Havana’s coastline present a perfect example of the stunning beaches Cuba is so well known for. A short drive outside the main city, you will be greeted by crystal clear waters and fine white sands. Along the beach, you will find various restaurants and drinks stands to quench your thirst throughout the day.

Hemingway tour:

Take a trip through Hemingway’s Cuba. It is widely known that Hemingway’s favourite place on earth was Havana. The historic writer, penned three of his most famous novels on the island: For Whom the Bell Tolls, A Moveable Feast and The Old Man and the Sea. The tour will first take you to the Hemingway’s house, La Finca Vigia and then to the writer’s favourite bars. You will finish at Ambos Mundo, where you will be able to see the room in which Hemingway frequently resided.   

PREMIUM PACKAGE:

Viñales:

Take a trip to one of Cuba’s UNESCO heritage sights. Known as one of Fidel Castro’s favourite parts of the island, the lush greenery, the hilly highes and escape from the city will no doubt seduce you in the same way. The viñales valley, although predominantly celebrated for its stunning sceneries, is also home to some of the island’s oldest caves and last remaining features of the Cuban indigenous Indian population.

Playa Jibacoa:

Jibacoa, well known for its crystal clear waters and pearly white beaches, boasts perfect snorkelling sites and nature reserves. Situated between Varadero and Havana, the beach is the perfect start to the stretch of crystalline Cuban beaches and is easily accessible from the city. The tour includes a walk through the Yumuri Valley and the city of Matanzas. You will delve into the depths of the Caves of Bellamar and Saturno. Following a traditional criollo lunch, you will get the chance to snorkel in the virgin Punto de Maya. The opportunity to ride horses through the lush greenery will also be available.

DAY 8:

After an art-filled week, Cubaism and Cubartours will bid you farewell at your hotel. Pre-arranged transport will take students to the airport, three hours before the flight.

 

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The tour was incredible -the most enjoyable thing I did in Havana. The artists you guys chose were so interesting and it was nice to see the broad spectrum of art in Cuba. I'm so happy I booked this, all the girls were so friendly and knowledgeable.

Taleen Setrakian

Jasmine curated one of the most incredible arts experiences we've had. Anyone who is a genuine art lover and interested in connecting with the source of these works should go on a tour. It is truly an elevated experience--5 stars all around!

Karla Braun

The tour was insightful and interesting. We had the rare experience to see works of art up close and personal, as well as the chance to discuss those works with the artists themselves. An experience I never would have had if it were not for this tour.

Natasha Persun