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A dream achieved – finally "The Nation" magazine gets Americans into Castro’s slave camps

27 Oct

Join us this winter as we travel to Havana, Cuba, and its surrounding regions for a unique experience specially curated for fellow Nation travelers. Recent historic changes in US policy toward the island nation promise to make this a particularly inspiring and extraordinary time to experience the people, politics, culture, and history of Cuba in a way few ever have before.

 Your journey will include an extensive and stimulating daily program and five nights at one of Havana’s most storied four-star hotels, located just a block from the Malecón, a broad esplanade and seawall that stretches five miles along the Caribbean Sea in Havana. We’ll also travel to the scenic Viñales Valley to spend two nights with a Cuban host family at their casa particulare—their private home—which will offer an opportunity to closely interact with residents of the community. The travel dates are January 15–22.

Tour stop 1:  Site where Raul Castro executed opponent

After out chartered jet lands Friday afternoon at Havana’s historic José Martí International Airport, we will spend our days meeting with prominent Cuban professors, government officials, physicians, community activists, farmers, urban planners, business owners, journalists, and artists. Our evenings will be filled with exclusive concerts by renowned musicians, private showings at artists’ studios, and performances by students of Cuba’s internationally acclaimed dance institutes.

We will tour museums with eminent art historians, wander through the markets of Old Havana, experience the scenic beauty of the Pinar del Río province, and savor traditional Cuban food and spirits at the island’s finest restaurants and organic farms.

Tour stop 2:  Food lines for meatless meals reduce carbon footprint

While traveling under The Nation’s license issued by the US Office of Foreign Assets Control to promote people-to-people contact, you will be accompanied by Cuba expert and Nation contributor Sujatha Fernandes. Dr. Fernandes is professor of sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City and author of Cuba Represent!, which examines the forms of cultural struggle that arose in post-Soviet Cuban society. In addition, your hosts will include Charles Bittner, The Nation’s long-serving academic liaison, and Collin Laverty, author of Cuba’s New Resolve: Economic Reform and Its Implications for US Policy. Laverty has visited the island over 100 times, frequently guiding members of the US Congress and their staffs on official fact-finding missions. During the entire week, you will be escorted by a bilingual Cuban tour guide.

The all-inclusive cost of this weeklong tour is $5,550/$5,950 per person (double/single occupancy), and it includes round-trip chartered airfare from Tampa to Havana, five nights at a four-star hotel in Havana, two evenings at a private residence in the Viñales Valley, airport transfers, health and evacuation insurance, Cuban visas, all ground transportation within Cuba, guided tours, seminars, lectures, entrance to Cuba’s preeminent museums and attractions, several private music concerts, dance performances, almost all your meals (including libations), and many other captivating activities and events.


Additional details and the complete itinerary may be found at

Scan and email registration forms to Charles Bittner

Or call 617-833-1435.