Journey of Purpose and Discovery

Havana, Cuba

NJ
18 reviews
Nov 5 - 11, 2022
Group size: 1 - 16
Journey of Purpose and Discovery
Havana, Cuba

18 reviews

$NaN
Nov 5 - 11, 2022
Group size: 1 - 16

About this trip

Cuba is a country steeped in mystery. Connect with the warm Cuban people while enjoying a unique mix of vibrant music, eclectic art, and 1950s cars. Delve into the complexities of Afro Cuban customs and thoughts. Our Journey of Purpose & Discovery to Cuba draws people closer together but does not whitewash the challenges that the Cuban people face.  Experience the real Cuba, filled with culture, creativity, art and loving people. Explore the reality of Cuban living standards, which are often difficult and impoverished. Our journey to Cuba will provide you with a host of experiences that will allow you to truly connect with the Cuban people in their local communities going about their every day lives.  It will also will afford you an opportunity to look past politics and into the heart and soul of a culture and its reality. Come back with an appreciation for Cuba’s music, arts, and culinary cultures after exploring local museums; taking part in a cooking class, salsa class, and community block party; and visiting the world’s largest ballet school, Hemingway’s residence and much more! Experiencing these elements first-hand will change your understanding of the roles of those involved in creating a positive social structure and give a broader perspective on this nation.
 

Under current guidelines, this program conforms to OFAC requirements for support of the Cuban People education license (515.560(c)).
 

DOWNLOAD PROGRAM ITINERARY HERE

DOWNLOAD PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS HERE

Why Nanda Journeys

"It's all about customer service. Tapping the knowledge, expertise and communication capability of a Nanda Journeys means our group gets expert advice, customized to our interests, knows what to expect each step of the way, gets answers and help on all those impossible exceptions that crop up, and returns from the adventure having an experience that lasts a lifetime…and craving even more.”  G. Crispin - Business Owner


Read more about what people are saying about Nanda Journeys HERE

What’s included

  • Airfare
    Roundtrip economy airfare from Miami
  • Hotel Accommodations
    4* Star Accommodations
  • Cuba Visa
    Includes required visa in compliance with OFAC regulations
  • Most Meals
    Breakfast 4 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Entrance Fees
    All entrance fees and activities mentioned
  • National Guide
    English speaking guide to stay with you throughout the program
  • Local Guides
    Local Guides who will provide specialized local knowledge throughout the journey
  • Private local transport
    Private motor coach and driver
  • 24/7 Travel Support
    Nanda Journeys team support before, during and after travel. 24/7 during travel.
  • Most Tips
    Tips for restaurants, local guides included
  • Passport
    Passport application, renewal are not included
  • Alcoholic Beverages
    Meals include soft drinks with alcoholic beverages being at your own personal expense
  • Meals
    Meals not mentioned in the program itinerary
  • Insurance
    Travel insurance is not included, but highly recommended. Nanda Journeys will provide recommendations
  • Tips
    Tips for national guide, driver and hotel staff are not included. Suggested tipping $10-15 per day guide, $3-$5 per day driver, $2-4 in room maid service.
  • Personal Items
    Any item purchased at the hotel or restaurant which is not mentioned in the daily itinerary

Available Packages

Shared Room with flights

Pricing per person including airfare, shared room with twin or double bed. Please review Booking Terms & Conditions HERE

** Nanda Journeys will endeavor to assist persons requesting a roommate, however, a shared room cannot be guaranteed. Participants will be contacted to confirm space in a shared occupancy room approx. 90 days prior to travel. If we are unsuccessful in finding a suitable roommate, the enrollee will be invoiced the applicable single supplement **

$3,999
Deposit: $500
Single Room with flights

Pricing per person including airfare and single room. Please review Booking Terms & Conditions HERE

$4,998
Deposit: $500
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Itinerary

Daily Itinerary
Program Highlights and PDF Download

Cuba is a country steeped in mystery. Connect with the warm Cuban people while enjoying a unique mix of vibrant music, eclectic art, and 1950s cars. Delve into the complexities of Afro Cuban customs and thought. Our Journey of Purpose & Discovery to Cuba draws people closer together but does not whitewash the challenges that the Cuban people face.  Experience the real Cuba, filled with culture, creativity, art and loving people. Explore the reality of Cuban living standards, which are often difficult and impoverished. Our journey to Cuba will provide you with a host of experiences that will allow you to truly connect with the Cuban people in their local communities going about their every day lives.  It will also will afford you an opportunity to look past politics and into the heart and soul of a culture and its reality. Come back with an appreciation for Cuba’s music, arts, and culinary cultures after exploring local museums; taking part in a cooking class, salsa class, and community block party; and visiting the world’s largest ballet school, Hemingway’s residence and much more! Experiencing these elements first-hand will change your understanding of the roles of those involved in creating a positive social structure and give a broader perspective on this nation. 


Under current guidelines, this program conforms to OFAC requirements for support of the Cuban People education license (515.560(c)). 

DOWNLOAD PROGRAM ITINERARY HERE

DOWNLOAD PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS HERE


Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.
 

Your Organizer


NJ
Nanda Journeys
18 reviews
Nanda Journeys offers theme-focused trips to global destinations that speak to your interests, bringing together travelers with purpose and passion to explore the world in an meaningful way. We create travel programs for the diverse, adventurous explorer united in a desire: to not only experience a destination, but to truly experience a culture & connect with its people, visiting unexplored, off-the-beaten path destinations, that provide an opportunity to give back, and make a meaningful difference in the communities they visit.

Reviews

KK
Wow, where to begin? Thanks to all who helped plan our amazing journey! I fell in love with Scotland; it's history and respect for the past truly won my heart. The people were very friendly and the food was fantastic- even the haggis, which I had with my "traditional Scottish breakfast" every morning. Our guide Edward was a font of information which was effusively shared throughout or 4 day sojourn; he was a sweetheart. Edinburgh Castle was wonderful as was Sterling. Loch Ness was a treat for the eyes with a glimpse of the Highlands as we traveled on to Oban. I enjoyed our distillery tours, both the education and the tastings. Inveraray Castle was wonderful as well with it's mix of old and more modern rooms. The stroll through the gardens seemed to take one back 500 years; the beauty of the the blooming azaleas and rhododendrons will remain a favorite memory for years. Ireland was beautiful as well with it's rolling green countryside, sheep and hedgerows. The highpoints for me were the Rock of Cashel and the time spent in Killarney National Park and the Gap of Dunloe; despite the rain, the boat ride and Jaunty cart ride were amazingly beautiful and a real taste of old Ireland. While we had a few timing issues, the overall trip was great and our accommodations were above board. I really enjoyed staying in the castle and older hotels like in Oban. We had a very busy trip but we saw so many wonderful things! I do wish we would have had more time to just stay a day and more thoroughly enjoy some of the areas. The Nanda gals were extremely accommodating and willing to meet all our needs and requests both before and during our journey. Kudos to Nicola and Debra! I would be very happy to work with them again! Thanks again to all who helped make my dream come true. God bless.
By Karen K for Scotland and Ireland Castles, Countryside and Coast on 04 Jun, 2022
Karen, thank you for your kind words! It was a true honor and pleasure creating this journey for you and I am so grateful for your support and faith in our team! We can’t wait to plan the next journey for you! Nicola
By Nanda Journeys on 05 Jun, 2022
NJ
MS
This was an educational, detailed trip about the history of medicine and nursing. I enjoyed the in depth knowledge of the local tour guides. The staff was very pleasant and willing to be flexible when needed. The hotel was in a great location, easy to get to and from the tube or with uber if needed. The meals were hit or miss, but we were allowed to have a few meals on our own. We enjoyed the one day trip out from London to Stonehenge, it was a nice break from the city.
By Michelle S for England History of Nursing with Dr. Patricia Hanes on 01 Jun, 2022
Michelle, we are delighted to hear you enjoyed your experience in London! Thank you for your kind words, we look forward to welcoming you on your next journey. Nicola
By Nanda Journeys on 05 Jun, 2022
NJ
AC
Overall I had a great time exploring the life of Florence Nightingale and learning about the NHS healthcare system. However I’d like to express some concerns regarding the following: 1. Compressed schedule that did not allow for much needed rest [as we acclimated to the time change] and/or time for sightseeing. 2. Change in local restaurants as not all reserved for us were up to par. 3. Lack of communication between Mary (local guide) and the local guide company, and between Mary and the group. This led to confusion and chaos at times. 4. Lack of CEU’s resulting from Dr. Patricia Hanes absence. On the bright side, I’m grateful for Nora Flanagan (local nurse). Nora was the shining light that helped to add relevance to our trip. She went above and beyond to make our trip memorable.
By Alana C for England History of Nursing with Dr. Patricia Hanes on 26 May, 2022
Alana, we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your time exploring the life of Florence Nightingale and your time in London. Nora Flannigan was indeed an incredible addition to the program, and we are immensely grateful to her stepping in at the very last-minute following Patricia's unforeseen withdrawal from the program. We will follow up with our local partner to review the challenges you highlight and would welcome the opportunity to chat with you further as we always aim to deliver a program of the highest quality. We will reach out directly to schedule a call with you. Thank you for journeying with us. Nicola
By Nanda Journeys on 26 May, 2022
NJ
Despite many setbacks, we had a great time. Patricia did not facilitate the group and I am unclear how CEU's will be provided. I felt there was not good communication with the local guide Mary or the transportation company. A few times we did not know when or where we would be eating until the last minute, and the frustration in the schedule was seen in Mary. There were some hurry up and wait times that I did not feel were due to real issues other than lack of communication in changes. On one day the entire schedule changed and we not aware until mid day. On our day of departure the bus company was not made aware of the time change and were an hour late. We felt much anxiety based on the information we were given to book our covid testing at the airport within a specific time frame. A couple travelers were so overwhelmed that they bailed out and took an Uber. Nora, the additional nursing expert called at the last minute to replace Patricia, was the best part of the trip. She went out of her way to make sure we were enjoying the trip and even found additional information for us based on all of our individual interests ( she personally accompanied us to extra evening activities on her own). Having never been on such a trip, we were also very confused with the tipping of the driver and local guide. Now that we had additional individuals assisting us in the absence of Patricia Hanes, were we to tip them as well? ( Nora and Dianne). We did, although I personally felt this was not an added expense I should have incurred due to last minute changes from the travel company. Based on how the information on tipping was presented all of us took it that we would be providing the tip at the completion of the program. The driver complained that we had not tipped him, which I felt was inappropriate, but how were any of us to know it would be expected the end of every day. I wish there had been an option to allow even a half day of free time to do something on our own. The days were so packed that it left us with very little opportunity for anything additional. Even one free day at the end would have been wonderful. I would not recommend the Wellcome exhibit, and I would have skipped the Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust meeting unless it was in conjunction with the Nightengale Museum tour. Although interesting, it was really just a presentation by a nursing director and could have been accomplished by a powerpoint. I was anticipating a round table discussion. I would have rather had a free half day to see a more interesting museum. I believe everyone was disappointed that the changing of the guards was not an opportunity. I know it is a true tourist item and not nursing history but we all wanted this experience. I would also change the dinner on day one to just be at the hotel and let the second day be a welcome dinner experience. It appeared to be a wonderful restaurant, but we were so exhausted from travel that it wasn't able to really be appreciated. I enjoyed the experience but would definitely say the communication needs to be improved for travelers.
By Kelly G for England History of Nursing with Dr. Patricia Hanes on 25 May, 2022
Kelly, we are glad that over all you enjoyed your experience, and we too are immensely grateful for Nora Flannigan's professionalism, generosity and leadership stepping into the role at such short notice, following Patricia's unforeseen withdrawal from the program. We are very sorry for some of the logistical issues that occurred and thank you for your feedback, we will be following up with our local partner and would welcome an opportunity to discuss your concerns in person. We will reach out directly to schedule a call so we can review in detail the communication challenges you faced. Nicola
By Nanda Journeys on 26 May, 2022
NJ
JT
It was lovely...Lori did a great job and the scenery and the food was amazing. I would travel with Lori again.
By Julie T for Extension Iceland (Lori Greenwood's Group) on 18 May, 2022
Julie, we are thrilled to red you had a great time! Lori is an amazing leader, and we are so thrilled to be designing programs with and for her! Until next time! Nicola
By Nanda Journeys on 18 May, 2022
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