Cuba: Havana | 9 days | October 19-27, 2018 | $4,699

Day 01: Group Convenes in Miami
Travel by individual arrangement to Miami, Florida. Upon arrival in Miami, transfer to the Miami Airport Hilton Hotel—or a hotel of similar quality—to check in. Enjoy dinner on your own tonight. Please note: The program officially begins on Day 2 after arrival in Havana, and no scheduled activities will take place Day 1. However, your hotel accommodations in Miami are included in the program cost.
OvernightMiami Airport Hilton (or similar)

Day 02: Depart for Cuba!
Depart the hotel this morning for the Miami International Airport (transfer provided by the hotel).  Airport check-in is required three hours prior to your scheduled departure time; optional breakfast choices will be available for purchase after check-in. 

Upon arrival in Havana, meet your local guide and travel amid bicycles, bright yellow cocotaxis, and giant camello (camel) buses on your way to lunch at a local restaurant.

Enjoy a stop at Revolution Square and Vedado before heading to your hotel.

This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at a local Paladar (local family run Cuban restaurant).
Overnight:  Four Points Sheraton (or similar)
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 03: Welcome & Havana City Exploration 

​After breakfast, which will be provided daily at your hotel, gather for a welcome and orientation session on Cuba. Meet with your leader and national guide to learn more about the program.

Continue your explorations during a walking tour of the historic center of Old Havana, a village founded in 1519 and declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1982. There will be an explanation of the projects carried out by the City Historian’s Office for the rehabilitation of Old Havana.

Lunch will be provided at a local paladar after which you will depart for a visit to the city of Regla.  Explore the church of Nuestra Señora de Regla, one of Cuba’s most frequented pilgrimage churches. The most impressive is the statute of the Virgin of Regla who is black and cradles a white infant in her arms.  She is the patron and protector of sailors. 

Enjoy dinner at a local paladar before heading to a local Jazz Café. 

Overnight:  Four Points Sheraton (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Introduction to Cuba 
Meet with representatives from the Cuban Institute of Friendship with People. This mandatory meeting focuses on Cuban/U.S. relations, and is a required component of all U.S. visits to Cuba. 

This morning, visit the National School of Arts. Start with a short introduction to the role of arts, with an emphasis on music & performing arts in Cuban culture and society; higher education training for artists. Meet with fine arts students and faculty about their art, work and life in Cuba.

Lunch will be provided at Artechef Restaurant & Culinary School, which is a combination culinary school and restaurant. The chef/instructor will demonstrate the proper preparation of ropa vieja which you will be able to sample for lunch (audience participation encouraged); so simple, but so good.

This afternoon the group will enjoy a driving tour around Havana in antique cars with your guide. Discover the unique photo opportunities and have a chance to exchange with local Cubans on daily life issues.

Later this afternoon, the group will stop at the Centro Cultural Antiguos Almacenes to visit and talk with private sector owners of more than 300 different booths selling art, handicrafts, clothing, and a variety of Cuban products.

After dinner on your own arrangement, meet local Cubans during an evening neighborhood street party with the local people. This is a great opportunity to meet and speak with them personally in a casual setting.
Overnight: Four Points Sheraton (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 05: Introduction to Photography

Today visit the capital's leading photographic center.  Established in 1986, the Fototeca de Cuba contains the widest and most valuable archive of Cuban photos, plus temporary exhibitions. Its permanent exhibition – displaying the work of Cuba’s photographic heroes such as Raúl Corrales, Alberto Korda, Osvaldo Salas, Ernesto Fernández and Mario García Joya – is the main reason for coming.

There’s also a shop selling postcards, photographic works and publications. Also housed here is one of Havana’s scarce communal darkrooms, so it’s a good place to meet photographers.

After lunch at a local restaurant, visit The National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (Unión Nacional de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba). A prominent social, cultural and professional organization of writers, musicians, actors, painters, sculptors, and artist of different genres. It was founded on August 22, 1961, by the Cuban poet, Nicolas Guillen. Initially their objective was uniting the intellectuals within the young Cuban Revolution to maintain a genuine Cuban culture.

Dinner is on your own arrangement this evening. Your hotel has some options or you may venture out to a local paladar. 
Overnight: Four Points Sheraton (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 06: Cultural Immersion with Photo Ops
This morning, a special visit is in the works to the Cuban National Ballet School (Escuela Nacional Cubana de Ballet). With 4,350 students, it is the largest ballet school in the world and the most prestigious ballet school in Cuba. The school was expanded in 2002, and of the 52,000 students who applied to join, 4,050 were selected. Most of the school’s graduates are now eminent dance professionals, recognized for their superb training, technique and style, in Cuba and around the world. Enjoy photographing the school’s faculty, students, and surroundings.

Lunch will be provided at a local paladar.

Travel onward to see the Fuster Project in Jaimanitas, a small coastal neighborhood west of Havana, led by famous Cuban painter and ceramist Jose Fuster. This unique setting is a fantastic location for photographs.

Dinner is on your own arrangement this evening.
Overnight: Four Points Sheraton (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 07: Home of Hemingway
The group will visit the Hemingway House this morning to see the home and gardens where he penned many of his great novels and short stories.

Lunch will be provided at a local paladar.

This afternoon the group will visit the Experimental Graphic Art Cooperative. Meet and talk with staff and project leaders to learn more about their center and how it ties to the photographic world.

Dinner will be provided at a local restaurant like La Fontana Paladar.

This evening, depart for the Cannon Blast ceremony, a tradition evoking the announcement of the closing of the gates of the city and of the channel of the bay, at the 18th century San Carlos de La Cabaña fortress.
Overnight:  Four Points Sheraton (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 08: Cultural Exploration - Havana
This morning, visit the “Opera de la Calle.” Opera Street is a community project founded in 2006 by the baritone Ulises Aquino and has about 80 members. The musical arrangements of the Opera de la Calle blends Emilio Vega, who makes the orchestral part, Natacha Prado who deals with the vocal arrangements, Ruben Rodriguez who is the choreographer and other artists. The novelty of this project lies without doubt to bring opera singing to various audiences, using the neighborhood as the ideal setting for the community. However, Opera Street does not exclusively deal with lyrical art, but also venturing into the large Cuban universal sound providing a tour of the musical heritage of the country.

After lunch. continue on to the Museo de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Museum) dedicated exclusively to Cuban art collections beginning in the mid-16th century. Spanning the 17th and 19th centuries, it has galleries devoted to landscape, religious subjects and the Costumbrismo narrative scenes of Cuban life.

This evening’s farewell reception is at the Santa Isabel Hotel terrace in Old Havana. The stilt walkers dance group will entertain you as you follow them dancing in the streets to your farewell dinner at Café Del Oriente Restaurant in the historic center.
Overnight: Four Points Sheraton (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 09: Time to say goodbye
Say goodbye to Cuba and all of your new friends! Your guide will accompany you to the local airport for your charter flight back to Miami late this morning.​
Meals: Breakfast

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.​​

Understanding the Cuban Lifestyle through
Photography, Music, the Arts, and Culture, led by Tom Jacobs

Tom Jacobs

Tom’s new path of impressionistic imagery is a natural evolution of, and complement to, his traditional style. The colors, textures and light in his images often lead the viewer to think they are paintings rather than photographs. His "traditional" photographs also provide a unique window to the world rather than simply an often-photographed pretty scene.

He considers himself fortunate to have the Pacific Ocean and redwood forests in his own “back yard,” allowing him the time necessary to capture the perfect light, colors and shapes. His home near Santa Cruz offers endless opportunities for art, whether impressionistic or traditional. Tom’s ongoing travels in this country and Europe also provide compelling settings for his images of nature, nautical life, and faded structures. Tom has been a full time and passionate photographer for over 16 years. His work has been exhibited in many local venues and at higher-end juried art fairs. His background in computer software contributes to

the technical skills he applies to

his photography. Tom’s creative

side is nourished by his lifelong

talent as a guitarist.

He is a member of the Carmel

Center for Photographic Arts and

Monterey County ImageMakers.

Travel to Cuba for U.S. citizens is still restricted. Under the general “people-to-people” education license (515.560(c)) posted by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control, you can legally visit Cuba with Nanda Journeys only if adhering to the guidelines outlined below. The general license allows U.S. visitors to make contact with professionals, as well as local Cuban citizens, as long as the visits support civil society in Cuba, and/or helps promote independence and the notion of peace through interaction. Only U.S. citizens, and non-U.S. citizens living within the jurisdiction of U.S. territory with a valid green card, are allowed to travel under this license. If you were born in Cuba, please contact the program office for details. A full-time schedule of educational exchange activities will be coordinated that will result in meaningful interaction between the travelers and individuals in Cuba. Your commitment to full participation in the program is required if you choose to join the program. Most tourist-oriented activities are forbidden by the people-to-people license which does not allow time for independent exploration. Given those parameters, all accompanying guests (18 and over) must take part in the complete professional and educational program along with the registered traveler. The overall goal is to enhance contact with the Cuban people through interaction and exchange of information between travelers and Cuban citizens. The cost of obtaining a Cuban visa is included in the journey cost.



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Number of payments 4
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Upon Registration$500.00 USD
Every 4 weeks (x 3)$1,399.66 USD
Total $4,698.98 USD
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Every 4 weeks (x 3)$1,666.00 USD
Total $5,498.00 USD
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You are invited to become part of a once-in-a-lifetime experience: This journey offers serious  photographers and photographic enthusiasts, unique opportunities to create a visual vocabulary to tell stories about the rich cultural environment of Cuba. Combining guidance on photographic craftsmanship with exposure to fascinating Cuban historic, artistic, cultural, and social life, as well as Cuban photographers and artists, makes this journey unlike other photographic or travel tours. Come back with an appreciation for Cuba’s music, arts, and culinary cultures while exploring local museums, taking part in a cooking class and visiting ballet and Jazz Cafe's. Take a driving tour around Havana in an antique car to discover great photo opportunities and talk with the local Cubans; Visit the capital's leading photographic center, the Fototeca de Cuba and the largest ballet school in the world, the Cuban National Ballet School.