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

Dear Prospective Traveler.

The June 4, 2019 announcement regarding the U.S. Treasury Department ending the People to People license for travel to Cuba will not affect any of Cultural Cuba’s currently booked or future booked travel.

Cultural Cuba provides private custom travel which falls under the authorized category of the Support for the Cuban People OFAC travel CFR 515.574 license. These new restrictions predominantly affect companies that organize large group tours, cruises, and independent travelers who check the People to People box for travel but do not actually travel with a licensed tour operator.

Our itineraries are curated in accordance with OFAC’s Support for the Cuban People guidelines but are customized to our travelers’ specific interests and preferred travel pacing. We will continue our enriching and enjoyable Cultural Cuba tours as usual, providing real insight into the culture and people of Cuba while taking care of all the logistics for U.S. citizens touring in a foreign country with travel regulations.

The U.S. ban on general tourism to the Caribbean island was in place even after the lessening of restrictions under the Obama administration, which meant “tourism” was not/is not a valid reason to visit Cuba. Too many hours at the beach and travelers could run afoul of OFAC which requires that all documents related to travel by US citizens to Cuba, including; a pre-approved schedule, a record of appointments, and all receipts, be documented and kept for five years post-travel. Cultural Cuba manages and keeps all of this paperwork for our clients in addition to providing the official visas and travel authorization letters prior to travel which confirm the Cultural Cuba trip falls under the legal category of Support for the Cuban People travel.

Commercial airlines will still be allowed to fly to Cuba. If you are considering flying privately (on your own jet or with a private jet charter service) or via cruise ship, and have not yet deposited on such trip, these changes will affect the logistics of travel but should not influence your decision to visit Cuba since you may continue to do so legally. Havana is a short flight from the US where you can comfortably enjoy your fully-guided private tour led by your expert guide, private driver and transportation, and relax in 5-star centrally located accommodations.

By choosing Cultural Cuba, you are not only gaining insider access to unique experiences, you are choosing the legal and seamless route to explore the dynamic culture, beautiful landscape, enticing streets, fascinating history, and warm people of Cuba.

If you missed our June newsletter, with David’s Insider Guide , the Upcoming retreat with Vaera Journeys highlighting Cuban Women Entrepreneurs, and more; click here.

Feel free to reach out to us with any questions, concerns, or special requests. We look forward to providing you with an enriching, safe, legal, worry-free, and, most of all, an enjoyable trip!

David Lee
Founder and Owner
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.



“An unbelievably well-orchestrated trip!”
–Dr. Nayak

“ALL aspects of the trip; hotel, meals,guide, driver and selected itinerary components were perfect.
–A. Zelkin

“Great experience for people who have traveled all over the world. The hotel was deluxeand unexpected for a third world country. We would highly recommend Cultural Cuba. Thanks for a great birthday celebration!” –D. Fox“The trip was simply brilliant!”
–R. Mantena


“Everything was top notch. The restaurants were all superb.
We toured some great sites and gained a new found
education on the Cuban culture. The Dance troop was a
wonderful stop. So much passion and feeling for their craft.
Our great guide had a plethora of knowledge and a passion
for her home. That is a plus when trying to provide a sense
of understanding for an outsider. She handled every issue
with professionalism and no stress. She gets 5 stars!! We left
Cuba with a clear mind and a love for the culture, food and
people. We would love to visit again! “
– R. Gathen, Esq.
“We had a fabulous 4 days in Havana. The Manzana
Kempinski Hotel was amazing and definitely the perfect
place to stay. We loved the location, the rooms and
especially the rooftop bar! Our guide and driver were also
fantastic and went out of their way to make sure that we
had a rich and enjoyable experience.
– A. Dunn

Wow, Wow, Wow! “Cultural Cuba put together an itinerary that was fun, informative, and relevant. Our
tour guide was so fabulous and loved by my entire family. Our driver was also great. We met with several
important Cubans who each gave us insight into Cuba’s history, present issues, and their hope for the future.
David’s access in Cuba is amazing which enabled us to have such a fascinating trip.” – M. Krapf


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

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