-- Gate 1 is not GATE (Global Awareness Through Experience) --

GATE will not be offering a program to Cuba in late October 2021. Cuba will only be opening its doors to vaccinated international travelers on November 15, 2021. This short notice is not enough time to attend to program details. However, GATE has tentatively scheduled program dates for March 2022, as follows:

  • March 7, 2022 overnight at Miami hotel
  • March 8-18, 2022 program in Cuba

If you have ever been interested in visiting Cuba, please consider emailing your name to gate@fspa.org to be placed on an "interested list." This is not a registration. As 2022 approaches, all names on the list will be contacted to see if they wish to travel in March 2022. Thank you.


Elements of The Program

We enter Cuba with a Religious Activities visa sponsored through the Cuban Council of Churches. This is a unique opportunity to experience Cuba and her people. 

As with other GATE programs, you will learn about:

  • The Cuban Revolution and how it has impacted families and the country
  • The effect of the decades-old blockade on the country
  • The high priority given to education and healthcare for all
  • Recent efforts at organic food production
  • The value given to the arts in people's lives

Other programmed activities include:

  • A guided tour of the Bay of Pigs Museum
  • A visit to a highly specialized neurological center
  • An ecological preserve
  • A late afternoon visit to the former DuPont home
  • An opportunity to interact with children at a school
  • A presentation on current Cuban family life
  • A presentation on the Cuban system of government
  • Time at a Cuban Art Museum
  • Time in Old Havana and handicraft and art market
  • Families who own their own restaurants
  • A music or dance performance
  • and more!

Program fees: $2,500.00
Visa: $120.00
Registration fees: $100.00 with completed registration form
Charter flight plus required Cuban health insurance: $250.00 - $300.00 range in 2017, Subject to change 
Hotel cost in Miami and personal money for souvenirs etc. is not included. 

The program fee includes all meals in Cuba except one, in-country transportation, translation, tips. Some in the previous groups opted for travel insurance in case of plane delays. This is your own choice. Some in the previous GATE groups opted to stay in Miami the night of our return from Varadero. We have a morning flight from Miami to Havana, and an afternoon flight from Varadero to Miami. The time of your connecting flights home would determine the need, or not, of an extra night in Miami.
Lodging in Cuba is in Havana and Varadero.

While the program fee to Cuba is higher than most GATE programs, I have done a comparison search of other groups who travel to Cuba. Here are some samples:

A national magazine has advertised:

$5,855.00 for an 8-day period in Cuba
$5,980.00 for an 8-day period in Cuba

A national organization has advertised:
$5,770.00 + $380.00 group air travel from Miami-Havana-Miami for 7 days
$5,865.00 + $430.00 group air travel from Miami-Havana-Miami
*Charter flight costs vary by the month

Join us for this unique opportunity to meet our Cuban neighbors! As with all GATE programs, we do not go as tourists. All participants will be receiving a religious visa to enter the country. This does not mean that the focus of the program is church buildings, but rather Cuban people who work to improve life for their brothers and sisters.

Please contact GATE (gate@fspa.org) for more information and/or a registration form. Given the advance time needed for visa work as well as group plane reservations from Miami to Havana, and Varadero to Miami, now is the time to register. With so many changes being made in Washington, we do not know how long it may be possible for American citizens to travel to Cuba. Contact us today and register!
Only a few spaces available, click here for registration.