Havana – Cienfuegos – Pinar del Rio

February 14 - 21, 2016

Double Occupancy:      $5,335 per person 

 Single Occupancy:        $5,635 per person

On the same day the flag was raised at the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C., The Science Museum of Long Island, in conjunction with Cuba Educational Travel, announced its plan to organize a guided tour of Cuba from February 14-21, 2016.  The trip, one of many SMLI has planned in the past through the Museum’s P.U.L.S.E. (People Understanding and Learning Through Science Exploration) program, will provide participants with a unique opportunity to meet with specialists in various scientific disciplines as well as to experience Cuban culture first hand.

Included in the tour will be a day trip to Pinar del Rio-Viñales Valley National Monument. This site, boasting breath-taking karst formations amid agricultural bounty, was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.

In addition to the trip’s primary focus on science-related activities, the tour leaders will highlight the arts in Cuba, as experienced in the Old City, the University of Havana, and the Museum of Cuban Art, among many other venues. Participants will stay at the five-star Hotel Melia while in Habana and at the Hotel Jagua in Cienfuegos.

This SMLI P.U.L.S.E. tour was custom tailored for SMLI by Collin Laverty, a recognized expert on Cuba and U.S.-Cuba relations. Laverty founded Cuba Educational Travel; he and his staff at CET organize educational exchange programs and customized “people-to-people” travel for U.S. citizens and residents.  His expertise has deep roots; as the director of the Cuba Program within the Center for Democracy in the Americas, Laverty has personally guided many members of Congress and their staffs on fact-finding trips to Cuba. He is the author of Cuba's New Resolve: Economic Reform and its Implications for U.S. Policy, as well as numerous reports and articles related to U.S.-Cuba relations and Cuban society.
Some of the participants in this trip—the itinerary of which has been created specifically for the Science Museum of Long Island—will earn continuing education credits; for other travelers in the group, the trip will be the fulfillment of a lifelong desire to visit this island nation.  All participants, however, will return to the U.S. with a treasure trove of memories!  So, don’t delay:  Check the expiration date on your passport, dust off your luggage, brush up on your Spanish, and start counting the days until you embark on the trip of a lifetime! 
Package Includes:

  • 7 night hotel accommodations in Cuba
  • Round-trip Airfare Miami – Havana/Cienfuegos – Miami
  • Daily breakfast
  • Lunches and dinners (as specified on the itinerary)
  • All local ground transportation
  • Speaker fees and coordination of all listed activities
  • Pre-trip departure information
  • Cuban Insurance (health and evacuation)
  • Cuban Visa
  • Compliance with U.S. Treasury Department regulations
  • Travel on the OFAC License No. CT-2013-303986-1

image005 SCIENCE:

  • Cienfuegos’ Botanical Garden
  • Viñales Valley – a karst valley and National Natural Monument
  • Fish Cave -  formed by a tectonic crack
  • Organic Farm with lunch
  • Various top science institutions

  • University of Havana
  • The Latin American Medical School
image014 CULTURE:

  • Walking tour of the Old City
  • Museum of Cuban Art
  • Lizt Alfonso Dance Academy
  • Symphony Orchestra’s youth group
  • Musicians
  • Ernest Hemingway’s former home
  • Morro Castle
  • Community project
  • Restored 50’s American cars
  • John Lennon Park

Includes discussions with: 
  •    Scientists
  •    Former diplomat 
  •    Historian
  •    Architect/urban planner
  •    Art historian
  •    Farmers
  •    Entrepreneurs

    Melia Habana - Havana
    Jagua - Cienfuegos 


A deposit of $1,000 per passenger due ASAP to hold a spot Full payment will be due 100 days prior to departure – Nov. 3

 *** itinerary subject to change 
Science Museum of Long Island
Earth P.U.L.S.E. trip  (People Understanding & Learning Through Science Exploration)
1526 N. Plandome Rd.
PO Box 908   Plandome, NY 11030
(516) 627-9400 ext 11      

Cuba Educational Travel