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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.


500 Cathedral Dr #2377 
​Aptos, CA, 95001

Amy Recommends - Unfinished Spaces - a documentary.

The riveting story of Cuba's ambitious National Art School, designed by three young architects in the wake of Castro's Revolution, then nearly forgotten, and ultimately rediscovered as a visionary architectural masterpiece.

Directed by award-winning filmmakers Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray.


Detailed Itinerary

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!
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 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. Late this afternoon, transfer to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at a local Paladar (local family run Cuban restaurant). 
Overnight:  Quinta Avenida
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 03: Havana – Welcome & 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 from Cuba to learn more about the program.

Put on your walking shoes for an exploration of the historic center of Old Havana, founded in 1519 and declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Walk through the area with your guide, exploring the restorations and current projects being worked on to preserve the history and architecture of this unique neighborhood.  Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant.

After lunch, visit Regla to explore the church of Nuestra Señora de Regla, one of Cuba’s most frequent places of pilgrimage. The most impressive statute is of the Virgin of Regla who cradles an infant in her arms. She is the patron and protector of sailors and is considered the equivalent of Yemaya, the goddess of the sea in the Yoruba religion.

Tonight enjoy a musical performance at a local Jazz Café with invited professional guests from the arts community.

Overnight:  Quinta Avenida
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 04: Havana – Career Enrichment
Meet with representatives from the Cuban Institute of Friendship with People at the Casa de la Amistad. This mandatory meeting focuses on Cuban/U.S. relations, and is a required component of all U.S. visits to Cuba.

Immediately following, meet with staff from the National School of Arts (ISA) to discuss topics such as the inspiration and evolution of arts managers and the greatest resource in managing the arts in Cuba. The goal of this program is to share arts management practices between Cuban and American arts managers, non-profit board members, and patrons through the exploration of arts creation, management, audience engagement, and community stewardship. We will also look at art as a cultural product and explore its societal and economic impacts. Arrive with an open mind and open heart. Depart inspired, motivated and focused on a vision for your role in the cultivation, creation, administration and exchange of arts and culture.
Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant.

Later explore the Centro Cultural Antiguos Almacenes to chat with private sector owners of more than 300 different booths selling art, handicrafts, clothing, and a variety of Cuban products.

Return to the hotel for some free time and a chance for dinner on your own arrangement. Meet local Cubans during an evening neighborhood street party with the residents of the block participating.
Overnight: Quinta Avenida
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 05: Havana - Career Enrichment
This morning a meeting has been requested with staff from Kcho Estudio Romerillo Art Lab and Cultural Center to continue your exchange and discussions on what the future hold for arts, innovation and creativity. Lunch will be provided this afternoon.

This afternoon, meet with the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (pending availability). They are a prominent social, cultural and professional organization of writers, musicians, actors, painters, sculptors and artists of all genres. Founded in 1961, their objective is to promote the arts and support the artists.

Enjoy some time to relax this evening and explore independently with dinner on your own.
Overnight: Quinta Avenida
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06: Cultural Program

Immediately after breakfast, spend the morning visiting a local ballet school. Have a chance to watch a performance and interact with the teachers and students about their dance programs.
After a stop for lunch, continue on to watch a rehearsal of the Mariana de Gonitch Chorus. Hear a performance from this lovely choral group and time permitting afterward meet with the students and instructors about music arts in Cuba.

Return to the hotel to relax with dinner on your own this evening.
Overnight: Quinta Avenida
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 07: Havana City Exploration
Begin your day with a journey to the Hemingway House. Visit the home and gardens where he penned many of his great novels and short stories. Stop for lunch at a local Paladar.

This afternoon a meeting has been requested with the staff at a local music conservatory. Spend some time learning about training of musicians and music appreciation in Cuba. Learn about the unique musical traditions influenced mostly by West African and European (especially Spanish) music.

Dinner this evening will be provided at the La Fontana Paladar.
Overnight:  Quinta Avenida
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 08: Cultural Exploration

Begin your day with a visit to the Opera de la Calle on Opera Street. This is a community project founded in 2006 that incorporates a children’s opera with about 120 children who also perform. The project aims to bring opera singing to the people of Cuba. You will have a chance to interact with the artists and choreographers.

After lunch, visit the National Museum of Fine Arts for a tour and a chance to talk to the art docent. The Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) is dedicated exclusively to housing Cuban art collections spanning the 17th-19th centuries. The most notable works are those of René Portocarrero and Wifredo Lam. A modernist sculpture by noted Cuban artist Rita Lonja stands outside the main entrance.

Enjoy a farewell dinner at the Café del Oriente.

Overnight:  Quinta Avenida
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​

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​​​Dates:   October 21 - 29, 2016

Cost:      USD $4,799 per person

Days: ​    9

Leader Spotlight: 

AMY KWESKIN - Consultant, Educator & Facilitator

Amy Kweskin is an arts management

instructor and consultant specializing

in the business of art.

In all practices, Amy strives to build

collaborations that allow individuals

and organizations to reach their

fullest potential.

She is a faculty member at the Art Institute of California–San Francisco in the Fashion Marketing & Management and Culinary Departments.

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. Gain insight into Cuba’s arts management practices through the exploration of arts creation, management and community stewardship.
Return with an understanding of the people of Cuba and their culture especially as it relates to pathways to being an artist. Discuss the evolution of artwork and what their hopes are for the next generation as well as learn about possibilities of exchanging art between our countries. Enjoy a neighborhood block party as you get to know how the locals live and plan for their futures. Experience Cuban music and dance!  A journey beyond compare - join us for a life changing experience.

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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.





Arts Management Journey to Cuba, led by Amy Kweskin

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Cuba: Havana | 9 days | October 21-29, 2016

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