Join The Nation for a week of educational and cultural exchange in Havana, Cuba!
January 15-22, 2016


Join us in Havana, Cuba, during this historic period of change, for a unique trip specially curated for fellow Nation travelers. The experience is certain to offer a unique opportunity not only to visit the island but also to experience its people, politics, culture, and history in a way few ever have.

After our chartered flight from Tampa arrives at Havana’s historic José Martí International Airport, we will attend private seminars and concerts featuring prominent Cuban professors, government officials, urban planners, journalists, musicians, artists, dancers, and community activists. We’ll also tour museums with renowned art historians, wander through the artist’s markets of Old Havana, experience the hospitality of local residents in small country towns, and savor traditional Cuban food and spirits at the island’s finest restaurants and markets.


The all-inclusive cost of this weeklong tour is $5,550 to $5,950 per person (double/single occupancy) and includes round-trip chartered airfare between Tampa and Havana, seven nights at the Hotel NH Capri La Habana, one night in a private guesthouse in Pinar del Río Province, all transportation within Cuba, tours, seminars, lectures, concerts, most of your meals, and many other captivating events.


Complete the appropriate registration form and submit it, with a $1000 deposit, to The Nation by email, fax (212-982-9000 – Attn: Loren), or mail (The Nation, Cuba Trip, 33 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003). Once you are approved for travel to Cuba (Cuba and the US have a simple application process that all travelers must follow) The Nation will contact you regarding further payments.

January Registration Form

For additional information or to register, contact Charles Bittner at or 617-833-1435.


  • Settle into a wonderful four-star hotel, centrally located along The Malecón, the broad esplanade that stretches for miles along the coast in Havana.
  • Discuss Cuban foreign policy and the coming changes with Carlos Alzugaray, former Cuban diplomat and expert on US-Cuba relations.
  • Enjoy the beautiful Viñales Valley, staying in a private home for one night of dining and interaction with your Cuban family hosts, tour a bucolic private farm, and join the local townspeople for their nightly party in the town center.
  • Explore La Habana Vieja, the oldest neighborhood in Havana, and discover Morro Castle, one of the oldest and most important Spanish forts anywhere in the Americas.
  • Visit the Latin American Medical School, where Cuba trains thousands of doctors from all over the world, and the prestigious University of Havana for a private tour of the grounds and classrooms.
  • Enjoy private music and dance performances all week long at venues throughout Cuba, and savor the tastes of traditional Cuban food at the island’s finest restaurants and markets.
  • AND much more!
    View the Full Program for January.


Sujatha Fernandes

Sujatha Fernandes is a Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center. Her first book, Cuba Represent! looks at the forms of cultural struggle that arose in post-Soviet Cuban society. Her most recent book Close to the Edge grapples with questions of global voices and local critiques, and the rage that underlies both. Fernandes has been published in both academic journals and popular forums, including The Nation, The New York Times, American Prospect, and Dissent.

Charles Bittner

For almost two decades Charles Bittner has served as The Nation‘s Academic Liaison, representing the magazine and organizing panels at academic conferences throughout the country. He has hosted four previous Nation trips to Cuba and teaches in the sociology department at St. John’s University.

A portion of the proceeds will support The Nation‘s journalism

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