Detailed Itinerary

Cultural Journey to Cuba; Havana & Varadero led by Dr. Clint Dorn


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Leader Spotlight:

Clint Dorn

Dr. Clint Dorn is the owner and lead

chiropractor of Chiropractic Health and

Rehabilitation Center as well as an adjunct anatomy professor at Rasmussen College (2011–2012).

  • Member, Board of Directors, Wisconsin Chiropractic Association
  • Member, American Chiropractic Association, Motion Palpation Institute, and Integrity Management
  • Recipient of the Five Star Service Award—awarded for service and professional excellence in chiropractic services
  • An avid traveler, he loves the outdoors and is looking forward to the beauty and adventure that Costa Rica has to offer

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 in Miami. Your hotel accommodations in Miami are included in the program cost.

DISCLAIMER: Both the gateway city and itinerary flow noted in this program are subject to change. The ongoing development and availability of commercial flights to Cuba requires us to remain fluid in our planning over the coming months.

OvernightMiami Airport Hilton (or similar)

Day 02: Depart for Cuba!
Together with your group, depart the hotel early this morning for the Miami International Airport (transfer provided by the hotel). Airport check-in is required approximately three hours prior to your scheduled departure time this morning; meal choices will be available for purchase after check-in at various airport dining venues.

Upon arrival in Varadero, Matanzas Province you will be met and transfer via private coach to your local resort. Settle into your room and enjoy some time to explore the hotel and get some lunch.

Enjoy Cuba’s blissful year-round climate, stunning white sand beaches, and crystal clear waters with a stay at the Hotel Las Morlas Varadero. As time permits, enjoy the dazzling pools, work out at the fitness center, or pamper yourself at the luxurious spa.

This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel. 

Overnight:  Hotel Las Moralas Varadero (or similar)
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 03: Matanzas 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.

Depart later this morning for Matanzas, also known as the city of bridges and capital city of the Matanzas Province. Also known as “Venice of Cuba” it is bithplace to many famous Cuban poets. In route stop to see the Oscar Maria de Rojas Museum. Founded in 1900, the Museum is one of the oldest in Cuba, and is dedicated not only to the history of the city of Cardenas but to the country. 

Your visit to Matanzas will not be complete without a specially arranged visit to the old French Colonial pharmacy, formerly known as Botica La Francesa. Founded by Dr. Ernesto Triolet and his wife Dolores in 1882 the pharmacy stands unchanged today. A quick stop in prior to lunch across the street will provide a chance to take a step back in time during your personal tour.

Return to your hotel where dinner is included this evening.

Overnight:  Hotel Las Moralas (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Zapata Peninsula
Today will provide a unique opportunity to head south towards the Zapata Peninsula and famed Bay of Pigs. 

Start your morning with a stop at a crocodile farm at Boca de Guama. Next stop is Playa Larga, considered to be home to one of the most beautiful beaches in the region, and well known for its white sand and turquoise blue water. Bring your bathing suit!

Lunch will be provided in Girón where you will have a chance to visit the Playa Girón Museum. Here you will find relics to the history of the region and revolution.

Travel to the rural town of Papite - home of the Korimacao Community Project, where residents from the surrounding communities are given the opportunity to develop and improve their performing skills such as singing, dancing, and playing musical instruments. You’ll learn about the growth and development of the program and interact with the talented students. The students don't need to have any prior art background. The only requirements: they need only be young and have talent. The project is an attempt to provide community art and cultural training free of charge to young artists.

Return to Varadero for dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Las Moralas (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Cultural Exploration 
This morning you will explore the Hicacos Peninsula and resort town of Varadero. Start with a panoramic tour to see the Varadero Museum, Josone Park, and Al Capone’s House (Casa del Al) which has been converted to a restaurant. You will have some time this morning to shop at a large craft market.

Later this morning, visit a Rum and Cigar House and Xanadu Mansion (aka Dupont Mansion), which is the former exclusive estate of French American millionaire Irenée Dupont de Nemours, where you can have a drink at their top-floor bar while enjoying the breathtaking views of the sea and golf course.

Return to your hotel for lunch before you check out and board your motor coach for the drive to Havana.

Upon arrival in Havana, you will check into your local hotel. Enjoy dinner at a local paladar before heading to a local Jazz Café.

Overnight: NH Hotel Capri (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06: Old Havana & Regla
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. 

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.

After lunch, 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.  Next visit the Municipal Museum of Regla.

After dinner on your own, meet local Cubans during an evening neighborhood street party with the residents of the block participating.

Overnight:  NH Hotel Capri (or similar) 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 07: Cultural Program
Start your day at a rehearsal of the MalPaso Dance Company. Founded in 2013 under the artistic direction of Osnel Delgado, MalPaso, the dance company expresses the passion and uncertainties that define Cuban life and are embodied in the country’s rich dance tradition. There will be time to speak with the company members after their performance.

Lunch will be provided at the La Casa Paladar.

This afternoon dust off your dancing shoes and work off lunch during dance classes at El Chevere Night Club. Learn some Latin moves from a local instructor.

Dinner is on your own arrangement this evening.

Overnight:  NH Hotel Capri (or similar) 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 08: Cultural Program & Hemingway House
This morning, visit the Museo de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Museum). Dedicated exclusively to Cuban art collections beginning in the mid-16th century, meander its many galleries devoted to landscape, religious subjects and the Costumbrismo narrative scenes of Cuban life. 

Lunch will be provided at Bodega las Brisas, in the small town of Cojimar, near Ernest Hemingway’s beloved Finca Vigia.

This afternoon you will continue on to the Hemingway House. Visit the home and gardens where he penned many of his great novels and short stories.

​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:  NH Hotel Capri (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.

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You are invited to become part of a once-in-a-lifetime experience: The primary mission of this journey will be to gain an in-depth understanding of Cuban culture: the social, artistic, musical, culinary and economic forces that have created the richness of today’s Cuba. Enjoy a neighborhood street party as you get to know how the locals live and plan for their futures. Experience Cuban music and dance; a few Latin moves from a dance instructor at the El Chevere Night Club. Hear some of Cuba’s famous jazz at a local Jazz Café. Visit a rehearsal of the MalPaso Dance Company, founded in 2013 under the artistic direction of Osnel Delgado, with an opportunity to speak with the company members.!  A journey beyond compare, a must see before Cuba is changed beyond compare.

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9 days | April 13 - 21, 2018 |$4,999 

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.