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A Cuba Experience: Behind The Scenes

Jan 26 - Feb 05, 2025

12 days | Cuba | alumni UBC Travel Club

Study Leader Wendy Holm hosted a webinar about this tour! Click here to watch (26 min.)

With all the world having to content themselves with crowded resorts, we invite you to join Wendy Holm for an intriguing and intimate journey through this fascinating island nation. Unpackage and understand this unique country where revolution is being replaced by an evolutionary wave of private enterprise and creativity.

Gain special insight into the scope and nature of the radical changes Cuba has undergone since 1991. In meetings with local experts that Wendy has worked with over the years, you’ll gain an appreciation of how Cuba’s critical advantages have enabled the country to face the particularly complex challenge of food production. And you’ll examine and consider how the new direction of the Cuban government has opened the door to new forms of private enterprise and the creation of worker cooperatives in many sectors of Cuba’s economy. Presentations by Wendy’s many contacts add to your understanding of today’s Cuba, beyond the beaches.

On this tour, you’ll spend time in the beautiful colonial towns of Cienfuegos and Trinidad before heading to Havana where you’ll be mesmerised by the eclectic architecture and cutting-edge contemporary art. Enjoy the creative cuisine in private ‘paladars’ and thrill to Havana’s musical nightlife. Join Wendy to explore firsthand the culture, food, and communities of this most amazing little country on the cusp of change.
alumni UBC Travel Club Cultural Explorations
Tour Cost (per person):
TBA
Group Size:
15 - 20 participants

What’s included: Airport transfers for passengers arriving and departing as per the group itinerary; accommodation based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar; breakfast daily; meals as indicated in the itinerary; transportation by private air conditioned coach; bottled water on the coach; all activities and entrance fees; services of specialized English speaking guides; presentations and seminars; gratuities for escort, local guides, drivers, hotel and group meals; taxes; fully escorted by Wendy Holm.

"Excellent! Interesting, educational and useful. I personally learned a lot on this tour. The tour leaders as well as the external speakers were all good." - Catherine P. (On our 2020 alumni UBC Cuba Tour)
"Never knew so much about Cuban history before!" - Participant our 2020 alumni UBC Cuba Tour
"Wendy was amazing. She lives part of the year in Havana and knows the places to go and things to do that we would certainly have missed on our own. She has great local connections and arranged for us to meet the most interesting people." - Participant our 2020 alumni UBC Cuba Tour

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Meet in Varadero
2Briefing and the beach
3Drive to Cienfuegos, Bay of Pigs
4Colonial architecture and meeting with artists
5The Escambray Mountain Range on the way to Trinidad
6T crown jewel of Cuba's colonial cities
7Santa Clara on the way to Havana
8Old Havana
9Finca Marta and urban agriculture
10Farmers' Market and the Fine Arts Museum
11San Carlos de la Cabana Fort, more of Old Havana
12Transfer to Varadero and Depart
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Your Tour Leader

Wendy Holm (M.Sc., UBC, ’74; M.M.C.C.U., Saint Mary’s University, 2014) is an award-winning Canadian Agrologist, columnist, author and speaker. 

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Or call 1-800-387-1483 with any questions or to reserve your spot!

alumni UBC Travel Club Cultural Explorations
Tour Cost (per person):
TBA
Group Size:
15 - 20 participants

What’s included: Airport transfers for passengers arriving and departing as per the group itinerary; accommodation based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar; breakfast daily; meals as indicated in the itinerary; transportation by private air conditioned coach; bottled water on the coach; all activities and entrance fees; services of specialized English speaking guides; presentations and seminars; gratuities for escort, local guides, drivers, hotel and group meals; taxes; fully escorted by Wendy Holm.

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