OUR GOAL IS TO PROVIDE REASONABLY-PRICED EXPEDITIONS WITH AN EMPHASIS ON SAFE, HEALTHY, RELAXED TRAVEL, WHILE EXPLORING HAVANA, THE COUNTRYSIDE, MOUNTAINS, & BEACHES.
Our scheduled programs:
*Cuba’s Health Care System–10 Days/9 Nights: December 8-17 (FULL). Spring 2018: February 23 – March 4; April 6-15; May 11-20; $2950 double-occupancy. The itinerary and details are posted below.
Comments from recent travelers—
“I really enjoyed this trip. I was very surprised at the high quality of our housing and meals. After the first few days, I learned to relax. I felt safe throughout our trip, even when wandering around alone at night in Havana.” —Farah Krozan, Atlanta
“We are not in the health care field, but we enjoyed the medical presentations. We feel that was just about the right amount of exposure. We both especially enjoyed the trip to the national park in the mountains, Hemingway’s home, and the old American cars. Thanks for a wonderful trip.” —Bob Manning, San Jose
CUBA’S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM: ITS STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES: 10 Days/9 Nights:–December 8-17 (full). 2018–February 23-March 4; April 6-15; May 11-20. (Note: You can schedule your own dates if you have your own group.) The price for our 2018 trips is $2950 (double-occupancy). Single Supplement for Guaranteed Single Room is $350. On previous expeditions, the $550 cost of round-trip charter flights from Miami to Havana was included. Beginning with our 2017 trips, the cost of these flights will NOT be included, but overall costs for travelers will be much less. If requested, we will be happy to assist you to arrange your flights. Flight schedules change frequently. Sometimes you can save money by connecting in various cities.
Previous travelers have called our health care expeditions “Tours for Non-Tour people!” You do not have to be a health care professional to come along on these trips. We emphasize true people-to-people contact. Our accommodations have been selected because they are in the best locations. In addition to our program, our facilitated expeditions offer optional activities and more free time than more highly-structured commercial tours. Our itinerary includes most sights and activities you would expect on a first visit to Cuba. In addition, there will be conferences and presentations on a variety of health care topics. Travelers will have opportunities to interact with Cuban professionals and other citizens, so we can learn from each other.
Itineraries will allow our guests to see the highlights of today’s Cuba at a relaxed pace. There will be presentations, a variety of musical venues, visits to historic sites, and free time for guests to explore individual interests. Experienced Cuban travel professionals will arrange in-country accommodations and coordinate activities for our travelers. Non-health care professionals are welcome.
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DETAILS AND ITINERARY for Cuba’s Health Care Expeditions: Each group will be limited to just 14 travelers. We will be staying 6 nights in Havana, 2 nights at Varadero Beach, and one night at the historic Bay of Pigs. Our guide will be an English-speaking local travel specialist who will interpret for us when necessary. We will travel in air-conditioned buses to see the highlights of Cuba’s Capital City, visit the countryside, and relax at the beach, while learning about Cuba’s unique national health care system. We will be donating medical and school supplies to various facilities along the way.
To understand Cuba’s health care system, it is important that visitors also learn about Cuba’s geography, culture, and history, especially the history of U.S.-Cuba relations. During this people-to-people program, personal interactions will be emphasized, as required by the U.S. Treasury Department. Health care information and presentations will be interwoven into our overall program. Visitors will see most sights and activities a first-time visitor to Cuba would expect to see.
The following ITINERARY is only a partial list of activities.
Friday, Day One: Arrive Havana International Airport. Meet up with our Cuban guide and driver. Bus ride to Havana, where we’ll check-in to our accommodations. After orientation meeting, we’ll have dinner, followed by a short optional walking tour to visit various music venues and discover Friday nightlife in Havana.
Saturday, Day Two: Walking Tour of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit Presidential Palace Museum of the Revolution, Cathedral Square, and the Castillo de la Real Fuerzo, built in the 1500’s–the oldest fortress in the western hemisphere. Lunch in Paladar—a private in-home restaurant. Visit 2 other historic squares in Old Havana, Museum of Chocolate, and Hemingway’s Room in the Ambos Mundos Hotel. Afterwards there will be free time to visit crafts market.
Sunday, Day Three: Free time in the morning, including time to attend church. Visit Cuba’s National Museum of Fine Art. Tour of Central Havana, including Revolutionary Square, University of Havana, and Christopher Columbus Cemetery. Visit Morro Castle Fortress across the harbor. See military display of aircraft and missiles that were active during the 1962 Missile Crisis. Free Time in the afternoon.
Monday, Day Four : Meet with Representative of ICAP—which has helped the Cuban people maintain positive relations with Americans for the past few decades. Meet with representative of Ministry of Health. Visit Hotel Nacional. See military bunkers dug prior to the Missile Crisis. View display of newspapers from around the world describing the critical events of October 1962. Visit Celebrity Bar, with displays of photographs of dignitaries from all over the world. Lunch at Hotel. Afterwards, visit Cuban Nursing School. Visit Spy Museum; Free Time.
Tuesday, Day Five: Visit Pediatric Psychological Center; meet with patients and staff. Visit Havana Museum of Rum, Cigar Factory. Visit Murealando Community project. Visit local hospital: presentations by medical/nursing staff, followed by question and answer session. See Highlights of Havana in Vintage American Convertible Automobiles.
Wednesday, Day Six: Check-out; Travel to Finca Vigia–Hemingway’s country estate. Afterwards we will travel east and south to the historic Bay of Pigs. Visit wildlife exhibit for up-close interactions with crocodiles and other Cuban wildlife. Check-in to hotel or BnB. Dinner at local paladar.
Thursday, Day Seven: Visit Bay of Pigs Museum. Visit snorkeling area with easy access, colorful fish, and wonderful coral display. (Snorkel equipment provided.) Those not snorkeling can walk on trails and relax by the flat water of the Bay of Pigs. Travel north to the beautiful beach town of Varadero. Check-in to our well-located accommodations–the small town’s main drag is right out front; a beautiful swimming beach is just out back.
Friday, Day Eight: Tour of Varadero area, including visits to Casa de Al (the former beachfront home of Al Capone), shopping at an artists fair in town, visit the DuPont Mansion Xanadu (built in 1929 by American chemist and multi-millionaire Irénée Dupont). Bus tour of Varadero Peninsula. Afternoon free time with many options. Dinner at Hotel. Attend CDR fiesta in local beach town, where we will be guests of honor. (This is always one of our highest-rated activities.) Afterwards, optional evening in town visiting The Beatles Nightclub.
Saturday, Day Nine: Free time with optional activities. Check-out and visit local children’s Fine Art Performing Group. Return to Havana along the north coast to view the Canyon of Rio Bacunayagua from Cuba’s highest bridge. Check-in in Havana, followed by free time. Farewell dinner and pre-departure fiesta at restaurant located on Plaza de San Francisco.
Sunday, Day Ten: Leave for Havana International Airport; return flights to U.S.