Cuba Travel Program |

Cuba Travel Program

Alums, parents, and friends of Hampshire College, we invite you to participate in the Hampshire College/Holbrook Travel trip to Havana, Cuba in January 2018.

Today's Cuba: Confounding Realities

Led by Carollee Bengelsdorf and Margaret Cerullo

Join us as we travel to Havana, January 7-15, 2018, for a unique experience specially curated by Professors Margaret Cerullo and Carollee Bengelsdorf. Recent and historic changes in U.S. policy regarding the island nation promise to make this an extraordinary time to experience the people, politics, culture, and history of Cuba.

Participants will meet Cuban writers, visual artists, architects, and filmmakers, as well as a social scientist or two, to get a sense of the vitality, complexities, and contradictions of contemporary Cuban life. Topics of discussion will include issues related to gender, race, equality/inequality, the ongoing reforms in the Cuban system and their effects on people’s daily lives, and relations between Cuba and the U.S.

Beyond the amazing places I visited, foods I ate, and people I met (fellow Hampshire alumni travelers among them), the best part about participating in the alumni trip was sharing all these experiences with my family. Even years later, we bond over the shared excitement that was first generated when we registered for the trip. Gather your loved ones for intellectual conversations, cultural surprises, and vivid history—don't pass up Carol and Margaret's decades-old connections to the island that no other tour to Cuba can boast.
RJ Sakai 08F
Chair, Alumni Advisory Group

The all-inclusive cost of this tour is $4,395.00 (double occupancy). Single supplement is $1,025 per person.

It covers eight nights at the Hotel Santa Isabela, ground transportation in a deluxe air-conditioned coach, guided tours, seminars, and lectures; personal introductions to architects, artists, filmmakers, and writers; all breakfasts, all lunches, welcome/farewell dinners, and one additional dinner; and many captivating activities and events. Note: Pricing does not cover airfare to Havana, phone and Internet service, tips, personal items, additional beverages not included in the meals.

What a great experience for our family. Hard to imagine a more thought-provoking, horizon-expanding trip. Our kids (in their 20s) loved it: the exposure to Cuba's history, culture, politics, incredible architectural beauty; Havana's edgy combination of stateliness and wildness; the dancing; the rich discussions of political philosophy; the amazing insider knowledge/access/jokes/banter/sociological insights of our indefatigable guides, Margaret and Carol. Highly recommend this trip for families with young adults.

Cathy Barber 73F

For more information or to enroll:

Contact Sandy Schmidt at 877.907.5360 or email

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The deadline for registration is Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

The trip draws on the close contacts made during the College’s unique Study Abroad Program in Cuba, which began in 1997, planned and operated in conjunction with the Cuban Union of Artists and Writers (UNEAC.) Participants will meet with sociologists, musicians, visual artists, architects and planners, and filmmakers and dancers for discussions and performances. Many of those leading workshops and discussions are members of UNEAC and have worked with Hampshire faculty and students since the founding of the program.

Hampshire is collaborating with Holbrook Travel, a Florida-based organization. Since 1974, they’ve taken thousands of travelers on expeditions across Latin America, Africa, and destinations beyond. They combine reliable travel support with deep knowledge to create enriching travel experiences that last a lifetime.

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