Wendy Perrin Trusted Travel Expert

Travel to Cuba: “Our trip with Cultural Cuba was extremely well-organized. We enjoyed exciting and interesting venues. The staff involved made us feel that we were not tourists, pointing out aspects of Cuba and Cuban life that others would not get to see or experience. Overall, a fantastic first-class experience and one that I would recommend without reservation!”

Dr. R. Steinfield

Unique Access  Authentic Experiences

Cultural Cuba offers fascinating full itineraries covering highlights and hidden gems with downtime included for private exploration. 

  • Dine in the best private paladars
  • Visit appointment-only private art galleries
  • Interact with expert speakers who highlight the architecture and history of Old Havana
  • Tour behind-the-scenes with the world’s best cigar manufacturers
  • Enjoy private rum tastings mixed with intimate dining experiences
  • Engage in exciting dance and music performances

Luxury Travel Advisors – Safe To Travel To Cuba?

The recall of some US Embassy staff is an old story and has been in the works for many weeks. This is primarily a political issue. If Embassy staff is reduced to only offer emergency services to US citizens, a travel warning must be issued. We have been doing these trips to Cuba for 9 years, long before there was an official US Embassy in Havana.

Cuba remains an incredibly safe destination to travel. U.S. travelers face no risk as the reported sonic disturbances are considered isolated incidents. Our travelers stay in unaffected luxury hotels and none of the over three million worldwide tourists to Cuba have reported health problems this year.

The roll-back on the easing of sanctions certainly takes us back to earlier times of travel from the U.S. to Cuba. We have always followed all the guidelines for Americans to travel to Cuba from the U.S. on legal Itineraries. The changes that were announced by Trump will effectively remove the option for individual travelers to sign self-affidavits stating they are traveling under one of the licenses without really being on a sanctioned itinerary.

Cultural Cuba manages the entire process; from travel documentation to airport transfers to top-rated accommodations to paladar reservations and pre-arranged cultural interactions, providing our travelers with real insight into the culture and people of Cuba. Our travelers enjoy authentic Cuba knowing the legal requirements and travel logistics have been seamlessly coordinated.

I personally will be joining several VIP groups in October (my 73rd trip to Cuba) and look forward to sharing photos and the rewarding details of our fully-guided people-to-people trips.

Feel free to reach out to me with any specific questions or concerns or to plan a Festive or 2018 trip to Cuba for your VIP travelers.

David Lee

Founder, Cultural Cuba

Custom Itineraries • Legal • Private Tours

Travel to Cuba with Cultural Cuba and let us manage the entire process including:

  • all of the VISA documentation
  • top-rated hotel accommodations
  • exclusive private (paladar) restaurant reservations
  • air-conditioned transportation
  • expert and dedicated guides
  • full and custom itineraries



David Lee

David Lee

Founder of Cultural Cuba

Step in to EL TALLER EXPERIMENTAL DE GRAFICA, a community-based Graphic Arts Studio. Printmaking is an important traditional art form in Cuba, and the studio has helped preserve it, turning out etchings, lithographs, collagraphs, and woodcuts since 1962. You can talk with the artists as they work, and there is a gallery and small shop on the second floor.

“Cuba is unexpectedly beautiful and complex. David has amazing relationships in Havana and the best, most “cut through the BS” guide I’ve ever encountered. I’m already thinking about when I can go next. Bravo, David.”

Jessica Floyd Battista

Luxury Travel Advisor

“We first reached out to Cultural Cuba with pretty short notice for a completely private couples trip. Owner and Founder David Lee was willing to make happen, but we ultimately decided to go on one of his pre-arranged small group trips that he invited us on to help us make it happen (for cost). Our five-day trip was a completely effortless vacation! I barely had to lift a finger to plan but was able to get everything I wanted, and things I didn’t know I wanted, out of the trip. We came home feeling very excited about Cuba and rejuvenated as if we’d been on a longer vacation. Perfect balance of activities and downtime. I can’t even think of anything else I’d had wanted to do had we had more time If you’re looking to go to Cuba, go now! And go with Cultural Cuba. Best decision we made in 2015.” – Kayla Wagner

Kayla Wagner

“First, Cuba is worth seeing and sooner rather than later. The art, music, and dance scenes, as well as the food and hotels all exceeded our expectations – by far. How you see Cuba is just as important and Cultural Cuba provided an almost unbelievably well-orchestrated experience. Everything was beautifully taken care of -which we would have expected, but David’s own immersion in the country allowed flexibility and provided very special visits to venues and presentations unmatched by tours taken by other friends with other groups. So glad we went with Cultural Cuba and cannot imagine visiting Cuba with anyone else.”

John Cohn

Feb 2016

“Our trip to Cuba with Cultural Cuba shattered our lofty expectations. It provided a perfect balance of structured itinerary and flexibility making it seem like we were immersed in Cuban culture and history while at the same time feeling like we were on vacation. In addition to the first class accommodations, every experience felt exclusive and VIP making the trip truly memorable.”

Bob Davidowitz

“David knows Cuba, and he knows his clients. Put them together, and it’s a trip done right.”

Jordan Handler

President, MonoSystems, Inc.

“What a fantastic trip . . . the right blend of cuisine, cigars, aged rum, music, and sightseeing, your team immersed us head first into the Cuban culture.”

Steve Salzer

March 2016

“If looking to take a trip to Cuba you couldn’t pick a better organizer and guide than David Lee of Cultural Cuba. From enjoying things off the beaten track to always feeling comfortable and safe, Cultural Cuba plays an integral role in making your trip as special as possible. Without a doubt there isn’t a better guide to have put your dream trip together.”

Peter Billenmeyer

“David Lee has such vast knowledge of Cuba plus his effortless attention to every detail provides an absolutely fascinating experience that keeps one in awe for the entire trip. The staff at Cultural Cuba even managed to arrange a few surprises that had everyone saying, “Wow! Are you kidding me?!” Thank you for giving my daughter and me an incredible memory. We both agree it was the best trip ever. Five Stars!”

Ron M.

Attorney / Rancher, Dallas, TX

“The best way to do Cuba is with a small, private group led by a knowledgeable and experienced host, like David Lee and Cultural Cuba. David created a customized itinerary that maximized our time in Cuba and highlighted our personal interests: rum, cigars, local art, and history. The private guide and driver he arranged for us were both outstanding and I cannot imagine exploring the Cuba any other way.  Even though Cuba is a Caribbean island and there are beautiful beaches, it is not a leisure travel destination. It’s a destination for the culturally curious.”

Carol Lin

Cultural Cuba is proud to sponsor Habana Compás Dance, a group of classically trained dancers and musicians who use castanets, hourglass-shaped batá (the drums of Cuban Santeria), and even chairs as percussion instruments—think Stomp! mixed with flamenco. Cultural Cuba clients have the opportunity to attend a private performance followed by a Q&A session in which the performers discuss how the choreography, a mix of traditional and modern, is derived from the dancers’ Spanish, Cuban, and Afro-Cuban roots.


Contact us today to make your trip to Cuba a reality! There has never been a better time to go.

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