Louisville to Cuba – Sign up for Trip of a Lifetime

Want to go to Cuba as part of a group of Louisvillians in a People-to-People exchange program?

Dr. John Gilderbloom of the University of Louisville is organizing a unique one-week trip to Cuba. Only groups with permission from the U.S. State Department can legally travel there, and this is the first U of L group to go.

And you get to travel with Gilderbloom, who has made dozens of trips there and has written extensively about the island.

And then there are just a few spots left. The trip begins June 12. If you’d like to join in, follow the link below:

Here are some details, also available here.

University of Louisville sponsored people to people program
Program emphasis on historic preservation, planning, community development, architecture, transportation and housing.

10 rooms confirmed at the Hotel Sevilla. It is rated a four star Hotel in the heart of Havana. Upon confirmation of the arrangements, I will immediately send you application forms which each participant must complete.

Costs are divided into three parts:

AIR $479 via American Airlines roundtrip from Miam to Havana VISA $75

$479 per person roundtrip Miami/Havana/Miami

Costs include U.S. Departure taxes and Cuban medical insurance
Costs also now include Cuban departure taxes previously paid in Havana upon departure. Costs do not include $20 charge per checked bag plus overweight charges


AA 9450 MIA/HAV 12:50 PM-1:50 PM / Check-in by 9:50 am – Concourse. D, 2nd fl AA 9451 HAV/MIA 2:50 PM-3:50 PMí

$75 per person
(This visa is not applicable for any participant born in Cuba)


University of Louisville. June 12-19 at the Hotel Sevilla. The price is $2,495 includes Hotels, transfers, breakfast, lectures, bus, English speaking

presentations by Cubans and Americans involved in Planning. Single room is $300.


DEPOSIT OF $200 PER PARTICIPANT IS DUE NO LATER THAN April 25 made out to John Gilderbloom, and sent to John Gilderbloom, 1405 Morton Avenue, Louisville, KY 40204


June 12-19 at the Hotel Sevilla

Organized by

John I. Gilderbloom Ph.D., 2013 Presidential Medal Award Distinguished Faculty Award for Research and Creative Activity
Urban and Public Affairs, University of Louisville, Kentucky http://sun.louisville.edu

email: jgilde02@sprynet.com phone: 502-608-7567

Program emphasis emphasis on historic preservation, planning, community development, transportation and housing.

Friday, June 12

Depart hotel lobby and transfer to Miami Airport via private motor coach

12:50pm 1:50pm


Charter departs Miami for Havana Arrive Havana

After clearing customs, we will proceed by private motor coach to the Sevilla Hotel, our accommodation Upon arrival, we will enjoy a welcome cocktail reception at the hotel.

Walking tour of Habana Vieja (Old Havana)/Obisbo Street.

This afternoon, we will become acquainted with Havana, one of the most architecturally alluring cities in the Western Hemisphere. View examples of colonial architecture around Havana’s handsome main squares.

Reception: from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. mansion of the U.S. Embassy

Dinner at the roof top restaurant of the historic Hotel Sevilla Departures: Hotel Lobby

With its old world charm and architectural splendor, this 1908 colonial hotel will transport you back to another time. The spectacular Roof Garden restaurant features a stunning Venetian- style painted ceiling and panoramic views of the city and the sea. The Hotel Sevilla is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Program Session: Havana’s Historic Preservation

Walking Tour of the Capitolo Area (new city)

Departures: Hotel Lobby

The program will be held in the Convent of Santa Clara, which is a striking example of how this historically important building has been restored with attention to bothhistoricpreservationandpresent-dayneeds. Anais Nin once lived and wrote here.

Speaker: Isabella Rigol


Saturday June 13

9:00 am – 12:00 nn and

12:00 nn – 2:30 pm own or

2:30 pm – 4: 00 pm

Formerly Director of Restoration and Preservation for Old Havana
Professor of Planning, University of Havana

Prof. Rigol was in charge of unprecedented historic preservation effort in historic Old Havana.

Lunch/Free Time to explore Havana either on your join one of ULI’s Cuban tour guides

4:30 – 6:00 pm
sing and Transportation Ideas by U.S. Citizens



Sunday,June 14
9:00 am – 10:15 am

Program Session: Model City of Havana

Departures: Hotel Lobby

We will meet back at the hotel and proceed to the “Maqueta de la Havana.” The Model City shows every building, street, and tree in Havana and is a wonderful planning guide. Here, the group will take part in a workshop with Miguel Coyulla and exchange ideas on planning issues in Havana concerning buildings, transportation, commercial development, tourist development, and recreational uses.

Speaker: Miguel Coyulla
Development expert, Urban Planner

Presentation of Planning, Architecture, Dinner at the Hotel Naçional

Departures: Hotel Lobby

Program Session: Globalization of Cuba

Location: Sevilla Hotel


Nicola Cecchi
Cristobal Investment & Financial Services And
Eduardo Luis Rodriguez
Architect & Planner

10:30 am – 12:00 nn with



Monday, June 15

9:00 am – 10:30 am Havana

Sr. Cecchi is considered a leading “player” in commercial development and, as a lawyer, puts together many international commercial investment deals.

Sr. Rodriguez is the author of Havana Guide: Modern Architecture 1925 to 1965 which has won wide acclaim as the best book on building design in Cuba. He is considered the leading architecture critic in Cuba and edits a Cuban journal on architecture. He has lectured at Harvard and other leading schools.

A walking/bus tour of commercial developments Sr. Cecchi and Sr. Rodriguez.

Free Afternoon – Time to explore on Own


9:00 am – 10:30 am

Departures: at 5:30 p.m. Hotel Lobby

Historic Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro (El Morro) Sunset Cannon Ceremony

Program Session: Hotel and Office Development in

Location: Sevilla
Speaker: José Choy


Sr. Choy has been called Cuba’s greatest living commercial architect, and is considered to be the “Frank Gehry” of Cuba. He has created some of Cuba’s most highly acclaimed hotels, office buildings and homes in the past 15 years. After he speaks, he will take us on a personal visit to a shopping mall he designed as well as his bank building on Avenida 5 in Miramar.

Santería Museum & the artist Salvador

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Plaza de Armas Art Fair
Cigar Factory Tour
Santa Maria Beach (departures at 12:00nn)

Dinner at local Paladar

10:30 am – 12:30 pm by Sr. Choy
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 pm

Early Afternoon

3:00 pm – 5:30 pm


Tuesday June 16
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm


We will visit his studio and outdoor sculpture garden. He is the subject of a PBS documentary

Tour of shopping mall and office building designed

Lunch at La Ferminia (Miramar)

This is an outdoor luncheon with a beautiful garden and musicians.


We will spend the afternoon in the Havana suburb of Miramar. Before the revolution, wealthy Habaneros used to live in the grand houses that characterize Miramar. It is still an exclusive district, but many of the mansions have been converted into offices for foreign companies and embassies that line the main thoroughfare, Avenida 5.

Private non-profit development partnerships

Location: Visit Housing Sites

Speaker: Isabella Leone

Sra. Leone has helped build houses for poor people under the sponsorship of the Lutheran Church; previously she was a Professor of Planning at the University of Havana. We will also visit newer hotels in Miramar.

Dinner Paladar.

Las Terrazas including lunch


We will return to Havana and meet with residents of Alamar.

Evening on Your Own

Wednesday June 17
9:00 am – 10:30 am

Demographic and Social Changes in Havana

Location: Sevilla Hotel
Speaker: Ruben Bancroft (and graduate students)

Dean of Engineering, Planning, Architecture and Urban Studies
University of Havana

Dean Bancroft has sponsored numerous international conferences on development in Havana. He will address the demographic, social and economic make-up of the Cuban people.

Visit to neighborhood school
Meeting and Reception at the U.S. Interests Section

Visit Jaimanitis and Jose Fuster enterprise Lunch at Fuster’s
Free afternoon

Dinner at El Aljibe followed by Tropicana Night Club

Bus departure from Sevilla Hotel to airport 2:50pm Depart Cuba for Miami

3:50pm Arrive Miami