Dive deep into the history of Cuba on this journey specially designed to reveal the authentic spirit and culture of a nation undergoing great change.


  • Experience the island’s two largest cities—Havana and Santiago de Cuba—with insider access to unique cultural experiences and off-the-beaten-path sites.
  • Discover Old Havana and its timeless Spanish colonial buildings, churches, and palm-fringed plazas.
  • Take a guided campus tour of the University of Havana, Cuba’s oldest university, and learn about the Cuban higher education system.
  • Visit the fishing village of Cojimar, the setting of Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, and Finca Vigia, where Hemingway lived from 1939 to 1960.
  • Explore the San Juan Hill memorial, where Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders famously battled against Spain.
  • Engage with Cuba’s rich musical culture at the Conservatorio Esteban Salas, one of the nation’s first music education centers.
  • Visit a school of metal casting and ceramics at the Caguayo artistic foundry workshop and witness the complex process of artistic casting.
Due to the nature of tourism and travel in Cuba, the day-to-day itinerary will not be finalized and made available until closer to departure.

Trip Scholar

Rachel Galvin

Rachel Galvin is an assistant professor of English and Latina/o literature, and is affiliated with the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Chicago. She holds a PhD in comparative literature from Princeton University, and she is the author of News of War: Civilian Poetry 1936–1945 (Oxford UP, 2017) and coeditor of Auden at Work (2015). Galvin’s scholarship has appeared in Comparative Literature Studies, ELH, Jacket2, the Los Angeles Review of Books, MLN, and Modernism/modernity. She has published two poetry collections, Lost Property Unit (2017) and Pulleys & Locomotion (2009), and translated Raymond Queneau’s Hitting the Streets (2013), which won the Scott Moncrieff Prize. She is cotranslator, with Harris Feinsod, of Oliverio Girondo’s early poetry, which Open Letter Books will publish in spring 2018. Galvin’s poems and translations have appeared in many publications, including Boston Review, Chicago Review, Colorado Review, Drunken Boat, Gulf Coast, MAKE, McSweeney’s, the New Yorker, PN Review, and Poetry.