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University of Buckingham Study Tour 2022

University of Buckingham and IISC

Study tour of Cuba 10-22 September 2022*

A hugely enjoyable trip with a good balance of learning and fun’
(2018 participant)

Fully guided, ten nights with flights, breakfasts and lunches. Includes some nights staying in Cuban family homes.

*Cost tbc (in the region of £1,750 pp)

Following two successful tours in 2018 and 2019, the University of Buckingham is once again offering this study visit to Cuba led by Dr Stephen Wilkinson, who lectures on Latin American and Cuban Politics. Steve is Editor of the International Journal of Cuban Studies and the Director of International Institute for the Study of Cuba. Steve has been visiting Cuba since 1987, holds a PHD in Cuban Literature and has led more than twenty study tours to the island.

The flights and itinerary are organised by the ATOL/ABTA protected Cuba Specialist Travel company LoveCuba.

The tour will deepen participants’ understanding of history, politics, economics and international relations as well as expand their knowledge of Cuba, its unique character and history. Following a highly successful visit to Cuba by Dr Wilkinson in January, important links with Cuban HE institutions have been established and we hope to be able to rovide an itinerary that will be extremely special. Arrangements for the visit are still being made but the  plan is to include some nights staying in casas particulares (B&Bs in Cuban family homes) and two nights as guests of the University of Villa Clara, Marta Abreu, in the centre of the island. Among the visits being planned are to the Cuban Parliament, the Bio tech research centres where the Cuban vaccines against Covid were developed and the highly prestigious Higher Institute of International Relations. But there will also be time to relax, explore Havana on your own and enjoy a couple of days at the beach!

We will be flying by Air Europa via Madrid departing from Heathrow on Saturday 10th September and returning overnight on Tuesday 21st arriving in Heathrow on Wednesday 22nd.

The price is yet to be finalised but will include the visa, flight, ten nights (2 in all inclusive the rest B&B) in hotels and casas, English speaking tourist guide, transfers, visits, and stated lunches, based on a shared double room. A single supplement of £250 applies to those who do not wish to share a room.

The tour is for students, alumni, staff. Relatives, friends and interested others are welcome to join as well.

An excellent complement to my course’

‘Fantastic organisation, interesting itinerary with a good variety of programmes.’

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN TAKING PART IN THIS TOUR, PLEASE EMAIL cubastudies@gmail.com immediately in the first instance. We need a minimum of 12 participants to make this trip work.

Itinerary*

Flights with Air Europa Atlantic (Economy Class)

Saturday 10/09/22….Heathrow / Madrid/Havana….

Wednesday 22/09/22….Havana / Madrid/ Heathrow….(Flight arrival following day)

 

Accommodation

5 Nights – Havana

5 Nights – Casas Particulares – As per Itinerary below

2 Nights-Varadero All inclusive

 

Includes 

– service of guide (English language) and Dr Stephen Wilkinson (Cuba academic specialist)

– private bus for the group in all transfers.

– Lunch and excursions as per described on the itinerary.

– accommodation at comfort casas and hotels as per itinerary.

 

Day 1

Sat. 10/9/22 Arrival to Havana Airport Jose Marti and transfer to Havana. Accommodation for 5 nights. BandB

Day 2

Sun. 11/9/22 9.00 am. Departure to Havana and city tour visiting the Square of the Revolution. Old Havana with the 4 main squares at the historical centre. Include visit to Jose Marti museum. Lunch Included at Floridita.

Day 3

Mon. 12/9/22. 9.00am transfer to the Higher Institute of International Relations (ISRI) to meet with students and receive a lecture in Cuba’s foreign policy from one of the experts.

Lunch at the Hotel Presidente. Afternoon. Visit to the Casa de las Americas cultural centre and the students of the Casa programme.

Day 4,

13/9/22. 9.00am Visit to the Capitolio Building and Cuban Parliament, exchange with Cuban delegates. Lunch in Chinatown. Afternoon: Visit to a biotechnology centre at the Polo Scientifico.

Day 5

14/9/22 9:00 am 9.00 am Departure to Trinidad. On route visit to Santa Clara city including Ernesto Ché Guevara Mausoleum and tren blindado (armoured train). Lunch included at Los Caneyes Accommodation in casas, BB for 5 nights

Day 6

15/9/22 9:00 am After breakfast departure for a tour through the historic center of the city. Include visit to the Romantic Museum, Lunch Included at Bodeguita del Medio.

Day 7

16/9/22 9:00 am Departure to visit to the Bay of Pigs, visit to the Museum of Playa Girón, visit to the Crocodiles farm. Lunch Included at Fiesta Campesina.

Day 8

17/9/22 9:00 am Train ride and Visit to Manaca Iznaga tower. Lunch at the Tower.  Valle de los Ingenios (valley of sugar mills).

Day 9

18/9/22 9.00am hiking excursion into Topes de Collantes, visit a waterfall, campesino house. Lunch in a finca.

Day 10

19/9/22 Depart for Varadero Beach resort. Two nights accommodation in an all inclusive Hotel

Day 11

20/9/22 Free day on the beach. Farewell dinner in Hotel

Day 12

21/9/22 Transfer out to Havana Airport to take the return flight

Price per person based on a double occupancy room £ TBC (without flight £ per person) 

Price per person based on Single occupancy £ TBC (without flight £ per person)

 

 

The deposit on this is £150 per person and the balance is payable 8 weeks prior to departure

 

*Please note the price and itinerary is subject to confirmation at this stage. Some of the visits may be retimed or altered but substitute activities will be arranged. If Covid restrictions prevents the trip from going ahead, refunds will be made (See note on Covid below)

 

To BOOK:

We will tell you when sufficient numbers have expressed their desire to go. You should book at that point. Please let Stacey Ridgway stacey.ridgway@buckingham.ac.uk know that you are booking. Then contact Charmaine Miller at LoveCuba to arrange payment. Charmaine will take your payment and issue a receipt.

 

Charmaine at LoveCuba Travel: + 44 0203 023 7650 charmaine@lovecuba.com

Love Cuba/termsandconditions

 

VISAS: Travel to Cuba requires you to purchase a Tourist Card/Visa. These will be supplied by Love Cuba and the cost is included in the price.

 

INSURANCE: If you are a student or employee of the University, you will be covered by the University’s policy. Stacey will provide details. If you are not a student or employee, you will need to acquire travel insurance, Love Cuba can advise on this.

 

QUERIES: Dr Stephen Wilkinson 07956 381640 stephen.wilkinson@buckingham.ac.uk or Stacey Ridgway stacey.ridgway@buckingham.ac.uk

 

COVID: As of the 23/04/22 visitors to Cuba must have a negative PCR Test outcome within 72 hours prior to travel to the island. The UK currently prohibits travel abroad for a holiday. This tour is being advertised assuming the permissions will be changed by the time it takes place. If travel is not permitted, a refund will be made. Please read the LoveCuba terms and conditions and contact Charmaine if in doubt.

ONCE WE HAVE A LIST OF INTERESTED PARTICIPANTS, we will arrange a meeting on Microsoft Teams where Dr Wilkinson and Charmaine Miller from LoveCuba will explain the programme.