2018 Study Tour, Havana, Cuba

ARLIS/NA Study Tour to Havana, Cuba

Saturday, June 2, 2018
to Friday, June 8, 2018
Havana, Cuba
Category: Study Tours


The International Relations Committee (IRC) announced the 2018 Study Tour to Havana, Cuba, from June 2 to 8.

The 2018 Study Tour will offer members an exciting educational itinerary that will explore Havana at a time in Cuba’s history when cultural exchange is being encouraged. With the help of a respected travel agent and Llilian Godoy Llanes—art historian, founder of an art museum, and a prolific author of books on Cuban art—many doors have been opened to our group, including visits to the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National Library, the University of Havana, the Center for Contemporary Art Wifredo Lam, and the Taller Experimental de la Grafica. In addition, we will spend a special day with Llilian, whose knowledge of Cuban art is unsurpassed. As always, conversations with our international colleagues will be a highlight of our time in Cuba.

We will stay at four-star hotels and a luxury coach and full-time chauffeur will transport participants to site visits, landmarks, cultural events, and culinary experiences. An English-speaking guide and translator will accompany the tour, and please know that visas will be handled through our travel agent.

Itinerary and Registration

Registration limited to 20 participants.

View the full itinerary and register via the tour provider.

Tour Information


$299.00 USD is due at time of registration to hold a place on the accepted list or wait list. Funds will be used toward group activities or local group transportation during the trip. Wait list participants not selected for the trip will receive a full refund.

Cancellation Policy

Notice of tour cancellation must be received by email or courier. Cancellation after registration and 45 days prior to travel. Non-refundable deposit will be credited to future travel with Zunzun or your deposit can be transferred to another traveler of your choice. Cancellation 44 to 20 days prior to departure. Loss of air cost, and loss of tour cost, however 50% of the paid portion of tour cost can be applied to future travel with Zunzun. Cancellation 19 days prior to departure. Loss of all payments received, however tour deposit can be applied to future travel with Zunzun. Refunds and credits are not offered to participants who arrive late for or depart early from a tour, or to travelers who don’t show up for services and activities. Note on sharing rooms. If you cancel your tour and were sharing a room with another tour participant the cost of a single room supplement will be deducted from your refund (if any). If no refund is forthcoming, your tour deposit will be applied to the single room supplement.

For additional information, please click here: https://cubaexplorer.com/terms-and-conditions/.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend trip interruption and cancellation insurance. We partner with Allianz Global Assistance for Cuba travel peace of mind.

Flight Arrangements

You are responsible for booking and paying for your own flight. ARLIS/NA and the Study Tour organizers are not responsible for travel to and from the Study Tour site and therefore are not able to issue any refunds for travel for any reason.


A Study Tour is a great opportunity to visit colleagues, their collections, and tour relevant cultural institutions while representing ARLIS/NA and your home institution. Past tours include library visits, business meetings, collections presentations, and are often in conjunction with conferences, symposiums, or colloquiums. Applications for ARLIS/NA Study Tours will be accepted for current ARLIS/NA members working or currently seeking employment as arts information professionals. Spouses, partners, or friends of Study Tour participants are welcome to travel with participants, however inclusion in tour activities or special events is at the discretion of the hosts.

An agenda is constructed by the tour leader in conjunction with hosts in the chosen location. All items on the agenda are by formal invitation of the hosts and the following guidelines are recommended for all scheduled activities:

  • Participants are expected to participate in the agenda provided by the host(s) and plan to visit local sites either before or after the Study Tour.
  • Study Tour schedules often begin early in the morning and include multiple visits throughout the entire day. Sometimes meals are included or time is allotted for meals on one’s own. It is important that all participants arrive at designated meeting points on time in order to keep the schedule accurate for all our hosts.
  • As representatives of ARLIS/NA and their institutions, participants should dress in a manner that is appropriate for business and wear shoes comfortable for extensive walking and standing.
  • Please refrain from separating from the group while in transit between tour locations.
  • Our hosts often include their supervising directors, or other VIP administrators, in our meetings and tours. Please be prepared to participate in discussions related to the arts information profession and follow all security rules provided by the host institution when invited to examine collections.
  • Not all items on the agenda will be of interest to everyone in a group, however our hosts will expect the entire group to participate and will plan activities based on our full number.
  • If a participant is unable to attend a scheduled part of the agenda, it is advised that the tour leader be informed before the activity. Participants are also recommended to send a note of regret to the host.
  • Many countries and cultures that we visit are very generous with receptions and souvenir gifts. It is recommended that participants bring business cards, brochures, and/or small hostess gifts that represent their institution. Participants should also plan to send thank you notes or emails after the trip is complete. 

For more information about the itinerary, travel plans or other questions contact either of the the group leaders:

Gabrielle Reed

Elisa Hansen