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  • Locations: Cienfuegos, Cuba; Havana, Cuba
  • Program Terms: Summer Tours
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
APA Program Type: Lifelong Learning Tour APA Advisor: Marissa Baham
Program Description:

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¡Geaux Cuba!

LSU Continuing Education and LSU Academic Programs Abroad Departments invite you to spend a week with us exploring the business and cultural sides of Cuba. With governmental restrictions relaxing between the US and Cuba, the opportunity for economic growth will only expand.  This trip is for business professionals who want to explore Cuba with a seasoned international traveler.  

Experience the Louisiana-Cuba connection with an exciting and unique custom designed eight-day program. 

  • Walk the cobblestone streets of Havana and Cienfuegos with local business leaders and academics, learning about the influence of French immigrants from Bordeaux and Louisiana.
  • Discuss Old Havana's architectural similarities with our own famed New Orleans French Quarter on a guided walking tour.  Meet with the Union of Cuban Jurists to discuss the unique Cuban legal system and its connection to Louisiana Law.
  • Enjoy a private performance by a Cuban jazz troupe and speak with the musicians about the popularity of jazz in Cuba.
Early Bird Discount
Save $200 by registering by April 10

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Dates & Costs

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Start Date End Date Program Fee
June 13, 2015  June 20, 2015 $4995

Save $200 with the early bird discount if you register by April 10!  

Program Fee Includes

  • Chartered Airfare from Miami to Santa Clara, Cuba
  • Housing at top hotels in Cienfuegos and Havana
  • All meals in Cuba
  • Air conditioned ground transportation in Cuba
  • Fieldtrips and cultural events
  • Cuban Medical Insurance
  • Visa processing as needed
  • MedEvac insurance for all participants
  • Service charges, taxes and gratuities for guides, bus drivers, porters, hotel staff and restaurant staff

Program Fee Does NOT Include

  • Transportation from participant's home to Miami Airport
  • Travel and trip cancellation insurance
  • Passport, visa, airport departure and excess baggage fees
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary; food and beverages not part of the included meals
  • Personal items such as telephone, fax and internet charges, laundry, room service, alcoholic or other beverages not specified as included
  • Gratuities for non-group services
  • Expenses resulting from delays due to bad weather, road conditions, sickness, government action, and flight delays
  • Expenses incurred in making individual travel arrangements in conjunction with the trip
  • Spending money

Spending money: Although meals are provided once in Cuba, you should plan for additional expenditures, including  snacks, souvenirs, and outings with friends.


In order to be eligible for the program, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old by the first day of the program
Application Deadline
April 10, 2015

The program will fill on a first come, first served basis from those who meet the eligibility requirements. 



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While in Cuba, we will stay at top hotels in Cienfuegos and Havana.  Each property boasts excellent views and many comfortable amenities, including swimming pools.

Cienfuegos:  Hotel Jagua,
Havana: Hotel Parque Central,

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June 13 Depart Miami on a scheduled charter flight to Santa Clara (schedule TBD). Upon arrival, enjoy lunch before departing for Cienfuegos and checking into your hotel.

Gather for an informational program briefing and welcome reception before heading out for a welcome dinner. 
(L, D)
Day trip to  Trinidad, Cuba's best-preserved colonial city and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy a walking tour, climb the tower of Manaca, and visit the Valle de los Ingenios to learn about the area's long history of sugar production. With a local expert, tour Manaca Iznaga, a sugar plantation.

Dinner will be enjoyed at a local paladar (privately owned restaurant).
(B, L, D)
June 15 Cienfuegos community exploration.This colonial gem was founded by French Immigrants from Bordeaux and Louisiana.  Cienfuegos is a major trade hub for sugar cane, coffee and tobacco.

Engage with local cuentapropistas (independent business owners). Meet with a historian at the port to discuss the economic impact of sugar industry in Cuba. 

The evening will be spent with the Cienfuegos community reveling in Afro-Cuban culture, music and dance. 
June 16 Travel from Cienfuegos to Havana.

Explore the cigar industry including a factory tour and meeting local rollers to discuss the importance of cigar industry in Cuba.

Meet with representatives from the Office of the Minister of Public Health for a discussion on public health care with a focus on the economics of subsidized healthcare. 

Listen to Cuba-based American journalist, Marc Frank, discuss the past, the present, and the future of Cuba.
June 17 Begin the morning with a talk from Miguel Coyula, renonwned architect, urban planner and community developer. Señor Coyula is a community development specialist from the UNEAC Commission on the City,Culture, and Architecture.

Take a walking tour of Old Havana keeping an eye out for examples of historic preservation efforts.

Visit an iron workshop to see how the intricate railings of Havana and New Orlean's French Quarter are made.

Meet with the Union of Cuban Jurists for a discussion about the Cuban legal system.

Spend the evening listening to Cuban Jazz troupe.
June 18 Start the day with a visit to the Foundation of Antonio Nuñez Jimenez for Nature and Humanity for a panel discussion with environmentalists and scientists to discuss efforts to promote environmental consciousness efforts in Cuba.

After lunch, meet with Cuban health care workers to discuss humanitarian efforts around the world.

Visit the Asociaciòn Nacional de Economistas y Contadores de Cuba to learn about the Cuban economy- before, during and after the Revolution.
June 19 Drive through the lush Cuban countryside to Pinar del Río Provience's tobacco farms. Meet with farmers to learn the history, cultivation and harvesting techniques of this legendary crop.

Visit an eco-community, Las Terrazas, to see first hand the country's reforestation project.

Tour a former coffee plantation and learn about its impact on Cuba and Louisiana.

Upon returning to Havana, the group will visit Organiponico Alamar, one of Havana's largest urban gardens.

Farewell dinner will be at San Cristobal.
June 20 Depart in the morning for Miami via chartered flight.

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Program Director

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Andre Clouatre  

Andre Clouatre has over 30 years of experience in international education. He has studied in France, Germany and the US. His extensive travel with students includes unique sites such as Turkey and Holland.

How to Apply

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All reservations will be made through Academic Travel Abroad. Please contact ATA to book your tour, ask questions and receive more details about the ¡Geaux Cuba! program.  

Contact Academic Travel Abroad
202-785-9000 or 800-556-7896

For your convenience, Academic Travel Abroad accepts Visa, Mastercard and American Express.


This program is currently not accepting applications.