Architecture Tour of USA, Cuba & Mexico with Malcolm Carver

May 25
Including accommodation, guided sightseeing,
tours, entries

Our tour takes a new direction after beginning in vibrant New York to see the very latest in contemporary architecture, we then travel south down through Philadelphia, Washington, Tampa and to Miami in Florida. We then fly to Cancun for the highlight of Mayan architecture in Mexico. One of the many wonders of the world. Chichen Itza was the inspiration for Jorn Utzon's platform base, to the shells of the Sydney Opera House. His travels in 1956 help create a path for many of our ongoing architectural pilgrimages around the world. We then fly across to the fascinating Havana which has been in a time warp with virtually no building work for the past 60 years.

We pride ourselves in achieving a high percentage of return guests and whilst some are architects, most just enjoy the variety of buildings, urban spaces and people, which all help to create the camaraderie and fun on all of our renowned architecture tours. We have included exceptional buildings, many with guided tours, providing a balance of new and old classics. We have also allowed additional time for participants to individually enjoy personal interests, or time to enjoy galleries, visit museums and share the sheer pleasures these beautiful places have to offer.

Visiting New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Tampa, Miami, Cancun (Mexico), Havana (Cuba)

Tour highlights

  • Welcome drinks.
  • Exploring New York's architectural highlights.
  • Frank Lloyd Wrights "Beth Shalom" in Elkins Park.
  • Touring to Comcast Innovation and Technology Centre, Philadelphia.
  • Visit to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey in Mt Vernon.
  • Smithsonian Air and Space Museum (HOK).
  • East Wing National Art Gallery (I M Pei).
  • Florida Polytechnic SIT Campus (Santiago Calatrava) in Lakeland.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright's Florida Southern College (FSC).
  • New Norton Museum of Art.
  • Enjoy a wonderful day seeing the Art Deco and contemporary architecture of Miami.
  • Visiting Chichen Itza and The Kukulkan Pyramid.
  • Coach tour of the city with an expert guide including Miramar, Vedado,Havana Cemetery, Hotel Ambos Mundos, the Ballet School and the Square of the Revolution.
  • El Morro Castle.
  • Cabaret Parisien Show at the Hotel Nacionale.
  • Tropicana Club (own expense).
  • Farewell Dinner.
Architecture Tour of USA, Cuba & Mexico with Malcolm Carver Map


  • Flights from Washington to Tampa, Miami to Cancun and Cancun to Havana as listed in the itinerary
  • Travel in first-class chartered coaches
  • Accommodation in first-class and moderate first-class, centrally located hotels with private facilities throughout the tour. Hotel taxes and service charges (NB: Cuban hotel standards are not as high as Australian ratings)
  • Buffet breakfasts in USA, Mexico and Cuba
  • Welcome drinks in New York
  • Half-day, full day and evening tours of Havana
  • Entry to buildings, museums and attractions as detailed in the itinerary
  • A farewell dinner on Thursday 11 June 2020
  • Tour leadership by well-known architect Malcolm Carver
  • Fully escorted by Travelrite professional tour manager Jim Webber
Malcolm Carver

Malcolm Carver

Malcolm Carver (AIA AWI) is an Architect and former Principal of Scott Carver Architects, a highly successful Sydney based practice which has won numerous awards for their work including the RAIA National Environment Award. Over the past 40 years Malcolm has travelled extensively in Europe, Asia and the Americas having led over 14 Travelrite Tours. His passion for architecture is only matched by a keen interest in sketching and painting and he has many solo exhibitions of his work. His sketches appear online at

Read an Interview with Malcolm Carver

Jim Webber

Jim Webber was deputy secretary of Planning and Heritage in Victoria's Department of Planning and Development, from 1993 to 1996. He then became a planning and transport consultant and was responsible for planning and urban design at Melbourne Docklands from 1997 to 1999. He was also involved in planning advisory committees for Melbourne's 2006 Commonwealth Games. He has organised and managed 24 overseas tours for Travelrite, 18 architecture tours and six tours for developers and town planners.


  • Many thanks to you both (and Travelrite) for a fantastic US tour! A very memorable experience indeed…and nice to meet all the Tour group as well!
  • What a delight and privilege it was for me to spend that time soaking in amazing architecture with such a lovely, interesting group of people. I enjoyed meeting all of you.
  • As non-architects, but with a passion for great buildings and a long standing curious fascination in all things Frank Lloyd Wright, we decided to embark on this trip and must say it has exceeded our expectations. It was a great way to tour these parts of the USA and explore not only great architectural buildings with informative tour guides at each location, but also venture into new cities.
  • As one of the “non architects” I was impressed how you made every building interesting for me and simultaneously brought humour and bonhomie to each and every day. I learnt a lot from you, the guides and from many of our fellow travelers also along the way and for this I am grateful. A terrific, eclectic group of people and a well oiled touring machine; a credit to you and your colleagues.
  • Thank you for a very well organized and most enjoyable USA Architecture Tour.
  • Thank you for your efforts to enable us to see such exciting places in USA.
  • For me the experience was invaluable, one that I will always remember

DAY 1 Monday 25 May 2020 New York, USA
Arrival day in New York. Check in is available after 3:00pm (Flight and pre tour accommodation options are available). This evening join Malcolm and Jim for welcome drinks.

DAY 2 Tuesday 26 May 2020 New York
The tour begins this morning with the stunning World Trade Centre Transportation Hub (Santiago Calatrava). This is followed by Residential SC 56 Leonard St (Herzog & de Meuron), Gallery 257 The Bowery (Sperone Westwater (Norman Foster) and the New Museum of Contemporary Art (SAMA). In the afternoon we walk along sections of the High Line lineal park, visiting The Shed (DS + RN), the 11th Twisting Towers (BIG) and the New Whitney Museum of American Art (Renzo Piano).

DAY 3 Wednesday 27 May 2020 New York
This morning we visit some of New York's finest modern masterpieces. We start the day with 529 E 28th St (Zaha Hadid) followed by 425 Park Ave (Norman Foster) and Nike New York Headquarters (Studios Architecture). In the afternoon we visit the Vageles Education Center (DS + RN), W57 VIA 57 West St (BIG) and the Rose Center for Earth & Space (American Museum of Natural History (James Polshek).

DAY 4 Thursday 28 May 2020 Philadelphia, USA
We depart New York for Philadelphia. Along the way we will visit Frank Lloyd Wrights "Beth Shalom" in Elkins Park. Wright designed the synagogue near the end of his life and died only months before its dedication in 1959. We check into our hotel mid-afternoon and the evening will be free.

DAY 5 Friday 29 May 2020 Philadelphia
A day touring Philadelphia's architectural highlights including the Comcast Innovation and Technology Centre (Foster+Partners), the Centre for Nanotechnology (Weiss/Manfredi) and 1200 Intrepid (BIG) with its curved wall and functioning periscope providing internal light and views of the nearby Navy Yards.

DAY 6 Saturday 30 May 2020 Washington, USA
In the morning we travel by coach to Washington. The afternoon is free to see some of the wealth of fascinating buildings. Perhaps see the Capitol and the White House, or visit the many Smithsonian Museums.

DAY 7 Sunday 31 May 2020 Washington
We start our exploration of Washington with a visit to Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey in Mt Vernon. In the afternoon we visit the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum (HOK) and the East Wing National Art Gallery (I M Pei). The evening will be free to explore.

DAY 8 Monday 1 June 2020 Washington
In the morning we visit Frank Ghery's Eisenhower Memorial and the National Museum Africa American History & Culture (Ajayi Associates). In the afternoon we visit the Kogod Courtyard (National Portrait Gallery) (Norman Foster). There will be some free time in the afternoon. In the evening we visit several Washington memorials – Jefferson, Lincoln, Korean War Memorial and the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial.

DAY 9 Tuesday 2 June 2020 Tampa, USA
Today we fly from Washington to Tampa arriving early afternoon. We will depart from the modern Dulles International Airport. Its architect, Eero Saarinen, includes curving and organic forms in the design of this 1960's airport on the outskirts of Washington D.C. In the afternoon we visit the Florida Polytechnic SIT Campus (Santiago Calatrava) in Lakeland.

DAY 10 Wednesday 3 June 2020 Tampa
In the morning we return to Lakeland to visit Frank Lloyd Wright's Florida Southern College (FSC). The afternoon is free.

DAY 11 Thursday 4 June 2020 Miami, USA
We drive from Tampa to Miami. Stopping at Palm Beach we visit the new Norton Museum of Art. Combining the new street frontage and transparent entrance lobby (Foster) with the institution's original Art Deco inspired 1941 east wing. We check in to our downtown hotel late afternoon.

DAY 12 Friday 5 June 2020 Miami
We will enjoy a wonderful day seeing the Art Deco and contemporary architecture of Miami. In the morning we visit Art Deco Miami (Aranda Lasch) and 11 Lincoln Rd Miami Beach (Herzog & de Meuron). In the afternoon we visit the Miami New World Center ( Norman Foster), The Grove @ Grant Bay Coconut Grove (BIG) and the Perez Art Museum Miami (Herzog & de Meuron).

DAY 13 Saturday 6 June 2020 Cacun, Mexico
We will have a free morning to explore Miami or for some shopping before transferring to the airport for our flight to Cancun. Upon arrival we are transferred to our hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure.

DAY 14 Sunday 7 June 2020 Cancun/Chichen Itza, Mexico
We have an exciting day visiting the famous ruins of Chichen Itza. Chichen Itza, which means "at the mouth of the well of Itza ", is the second most visited archaeological site of Mexico today. The Kukulkan Pyramid, which is known as "El Castillo" (the castle), is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World (elected 7th July 2007). It is exactly 24 metres high to the upper platform. We will also see the many other archaeological sites, all carrying traces from Mayan Culture.

DAY 15 Monday 8 June 2020 Havana, Cuba
This morning we fly to Havana, capital of Cuba. Havana is lined with pastel houses, 1950s-era cars and Spanish colonial architecture in the 16th century Old Town. Salsa music plays in the dance clubs and cabaret shows are performed at the famed Tropicana. After we arrive in Havana we will have a coach tour of the city with an expert guide including Miramar, Vedado, Havana Cemetery, Hotel Ambos Mundos, the Ballet School and the Square of the Revolution. The evening is available for exploring this fascinating exotic city.

DAY 16 Tuesday 9 June 2020 Havana
This morning we will have a walking tour of the old quarter with an expert guide. The afternoon is free to for independent sightseeing. This evening we explore El Morro Castle prior to dinner at the Castle (at own cost), followed by one of Havana's main attractions the Cannon Ceremony at the Castle. We then visit the 10pm Cabaret Parisien Show at the Hotel Nacionale to cap off a great evening.

DAY 17 Wednesday 10 June 2020 Havana
Today we will have a cultural tour of Havana that includes the port, the various districts, the beaches, the original hotels, the museums, and the parks and squares, We will capture the character of this city that has remained ostensibly much the way it was prior to the Revolution some sixty years ago. In the evening we visit the renowned 9:30pm showtime at the famous Tropicana Club (own expense).

DAY 18 Thursday 11 June 2020 Havana
Our last day in this colorful city will be a free day with our Farewell Dinner in the evening.

DAY 19 Friday 12 June 2020 Departure
We transfer to the airport for our flights back to Australia and New Zealand.

Twin Fare Single Fare
$9,995 $12,595


  • Flights from Washington to Tampa, Miami to Cancun and Cancun to Havana as listed in the itinerary
  • Travel in first-class chartered coaches
  • Accommodation in first-class and moderate first-class, centrally located hotels with private facilities throughout the tour. Hotel taxes and service charges (NB: Cuban hotel standards are not as high as Australian ratings)
  • Buffet breakfasts in USA, Mexico and Cuba
  • Welcome drinks in New York
  • Half-day, full day and evening tours of Havana
  • Entry to buildings, museums and attractions as detailed in the itinerary
  • A farewell dinner on Thursday 11 June 2020
  • Tour leadership by well-known architect Malcolm Carver
  • Fully escorted by Travelrite professional tour manager Jim Webber


  • International airfares, air taxes, fuel and government surcharges
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals and drinks unless specified in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing and general expenses unless specified in the itinerary
  • Additional travel arrangements not in the detailed itinerary will be quoted for separately


Touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this tour without the need of assistance from others.

Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organiser. All passengers must complete and sign a Travelrite International booking form.

A deposit of $1000 per passenger should be sent with a completed Travelrite International booking. As soon as the booking is confirmed, (usually within 24 hours), a confirmation advice will be posted to the client. A further deposit of $1500 is due by 25 January 2020. Final payments are due to be paid to Travelrite International 60 days prior to the commencement of the tour. A 1.5% administration fee will be added to payments by credit card.

CANCELLATION CHARGES:Number of days before departure.

Days prior to Departure Cancellation Fee
Over 120 days $1000 per person
120 - 61 days $2500 per person
60 days or less 100% of full fare

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