Professional Groups Discuss Their Experience in Cuba with the World Passage Team

“World Passage has a professional, organized, and detail-oriented staff that is very helpful in not only planning excellent lodging options, but also in helping with cultural excursions as well.”

Dr. Perry Robins
Founder President, The Skin Cancer Foundation

Join your colleagues and friends on a voyage of intellectual and cultural discovery in Cuba. Why Cuba? Full of hustle and bustle, culture and history, there is much to experience in this wondrous place. Over the last 20 years, World Passage has taken many professional groups to Cuba to explore every corner of the tropical island nation. In addition to meeting with Cuban professionals in your industry, you will visit local historical, arts and cultural institutions, experience the pleasures of Cuban nightlife and cuisine, discuss experiences and ideas, and sample the culture of our fascinating southern neighbor.

We Make it Easy for Your Professional Group to Get Into Cuba

Getting permission from the Cuban government is labor intensive and many travel companies don’t know how to make it happen. World Passage has no problem making the effort to do what’s necessary to make your professional group tour of Cuba a reality. It can be difficult (if not impossible) to travel to Cuba on your own and make the professional connections you seek. World Passage has the relationships and contacts to make it simple.

Traveling to Cuba for the last 20 years has enabled us to connect with many of the Cuban professionals who are eager to meet with their colleagues from the states. With all the talk in the media about the opening up of Cuba, it is still difficult (and in some cases impossible) for professionals to travel outside of their beloved country. World Passage enjoys bringing professionals together from both nations.

Explore the Real Cuba & Connect with Cuban Professionals

When you book a tour of Cuba for your group through World Passage, you get a rare glimpse into the how the Cuban people really live. You also get to connect and build relationships with Cuban business professionals in your industry. Cuba is an intriguing country with a rich history and interesting culture. The Cuban business professionals we work with are very inviting and happily educate you about their country. They also make sure you have fun while doing it! The best way to go on a real Cuban exploration is to actually connect with the people who live there. Your professional group will get to see more than just sandy white beaches. You get to connect with your Cuban colleagues who may have the same interests as you. Your group trip to Cuba will be balanced between:

  • Your professional interests
  • Tourism (historical and cultural)
  • Entertainment (art, dance, choral performances and sunset cruises)
  • Leisure time and independent exploration

We Can Create Customized Tour & Travel Packages for Your Professional Group

We can accommodate many types of professional groups and stay within your budget. Our specialty is creating customized tour and travel packages for professional groups who want to hold their annual meetings in Cuba, connect with business professionals in their field, or simply explore Cuba to learn more about its art, history and culture. No matter what your interests are, the World Passage team works closely with you to plan a tour to Cuba that specifically meet your needs. These are just a few examples of the professional groups we have taken to Cuba over the years:

  • The Skin Cancer Foundation
  • The College of Physicians Philadelphia
  • Citizens Housing Planning Council of New York City
  • Institute for International Urban Development
  • Family Planning Services of New Orleans
  • Social work groups holding their annual meetings
  • Medical Interest Groups
  • Legal Interest Groups

Sample Itinerary

Sunday – Miami

  • Overnight at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (near the Miami International Airport).  Your room is confirmed.  You may arrive at a time of your choosing.

Monday - Miami – Havana

  • 6:00 am – Hotel breakfast service begins
  • 8:45 am – Group will meet in the hotel lobby with luggage
  • 9:00 am – Group transfer to Miami International Airport
  • AA 9426 – Depart 11:30 am – Arrival: 12:30 pm – Miami to Havana – An American Airlines’ plane and crew but not an AA scheduled flight; leased by Department of the Treasury licensed airline charter company
  • Lunch not provided – please eat at the Miami International Airport
  • Meet guide and driver at the Havana Airport
  • Check in to our hotel – Hotel Nacional
  • Time to relax and exchange money – enjoy a drink on the most beautiful patios in all of Havana
  • Short tour briefing. Discuss Itinerary; Paladares; Optional Activities
  • Welcome Dinner – La Baracca on the patio of the Hotel (included meal)
  • Remainder of the evening to listen to the music on the patio or enjoy Afro- Cuban jazz at a nearby club

Tuesday - Havana

  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • 8:30 am – Cigar Factory Tour – the art of making a fine cigar
  • Walking Tour of Old Havana
  • Lunch at El Templete in Habana Vieja (included meal)
  • Continued tour of Old Havana
  • Visit to Hospital Ortopedico “Frank Pais”
  • Overview of Cuban Healthcare system
  • Meeting with Dr. Alvares Cambras – Cuba’s preeminent orthopedic surgeon (subject to availability)
  • Tour of Hospital
  • Dinner at El Aljibe – best chicken and black beans and rice in Havana
  • Optional non-included activity: Tropicana – a Cuban institution since the 30’s – 10:30 pm–12:30 am

Wednesday – Cienfuegos

  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Travel to Cienfuegos – “the pearl of the south,” settled by French planters seeking a new life after the revolt in Haiti
  • Light lunch at Hotel Union (included meal)
  • City visit and a bit of time to roam its pedestrian boulevards. Visit to the Teatro Tomas, a magnificent 19th century theatre built when sugar was “king” – it hosted Enrico Caruso and Sarah Bernhardt
  • Visit to Hospital General de Cienfuegos, “Gustavo Aldereguia,” or the Policlinic of Cienfuegos
  • Check in to our hotel – Hotel Jagua
  • Choral group performance – Cienfuegos is famous for its choral groups
  • Dinner at Palacio del Valle (included meal), once home to a wealthy Spanish sugar baron from Andalusia – built in the style of his beloved Alhambra

Thursday - Havana - Cienfuegos

  • We travel to Trinidad de Cuba for the day – a city built on sugar, which died when the market collapsed
  • Visit to a countryside community doctor’s office – part of the government effort to bring medical care to rural communities
  • Visit to a pottery works – the clay of the region is known to have unique properties
  • Visit to a state run at-risk pregnancy clinic
  • Some time to wander and have lunch at your leisure – Explore! This city is frozen in time – there are some great galleries and new and wonderful paladares ( private restaurants)
  • There is an interesting craft market
  • Afternoon, the bus will return to Cienfuegos
  • Optional non-included activity: sunset cruise on bay – open bar (time and weather permitting)
  • Dinner at our Hotel at a time of your choosing (included meal)

Friday - Cienfuegos – Havana

  • 8:30 am – Depart for Havana
  • Tour of Hemingway’s home in Cuba – just as he left it before returning to the USA and his tragic end (he said of his Cuban home that “it was the best place to work in the world”)
  • Lunch at El Patio – overlooking Havana’s cathedral (included meal)
  • Tour of Escuela LationoAmericana de Medicina (ELAM), meet with faculty, hear about the school’s projects and impact in other countries
  • We hope to meet with students from the USA and other countries – Cuba has a very active program of free medical education for individuals from around the world.
  • Check into our hotel
  • Dinner at your leisure – enjoy one of the many palladares (private restaurants) and local nightlife – your guide will assist you in making a selection and reservation

Saturday – Havana

  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • 9:00 am – We travel across the bay from Havana to learn about Afro-Cuban religion through a lecture and dancing by practitioners of this faith
  • Return to Havana – drop off at several locations, including the craft market, and then back to the Hotel
  • Remainder of the day at leisure
  • 8:30 pm – optional non-included performance at Teatro Nacional or other optional activities, which your guide will discuss

Sunday – Havana

  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • 10:00 am – Guided tour of the Bellas Artes Museum – Cuban Collection – the history of Cuba through its art – by the Museum Curator
  • Visit to the home/studio of Jose Rodriguez Fuster, the “Caribbean Picasso” – his home is his art and is extraordinary
  • Lunch at La Fermina (included meal)
  • Optional non-included activities:
  • For the serious art collector – visit to private galleries
  • Salsa lesson – in a very authentic venue
  • Rum Tasting with cigars
  • Farewell Dinner – Café del Oriente (included meal)
  • 10:30 pm – 12:30 am – Tropicana – the perfect way to say goodbye to Cuba

Monday – Havana – Miami

Breakfast at Hotel

  • A couple of unusual sites
  • Group photo – Plaza de la Revolucion
  • Return flight to Miami

Depart: 1:30 pm – Arrive 2:30 pm          

Featured Testimonials

“With World Passage, our congregational trip to Cuba was unique! Our trip was comprehensive, exciting and educational – we always felt that we were seeing and doing everything… World Passage is the only way to go to Cuba.”

Julie A. SilbermanPresident, Temple B’nai Abraham, NJ

“Our congregation has travelled twice to Cuba. World Passage arranges it all. And no one does it better! World Passage was our partner, guiding us, encouraging us, and making our Cuba journey a memory that we will never forget.”

Rabbi Bennett MillerAnshe Emeth Memorial Temple, NJ

“In planning of the itineraries, World Passage accommodated our specific interests in gardens, horticulture, and farms and also recommended top notch cultural experiences. These intertwined marvelously in a reasonable and enjoyable pace.”

Lenny WilsonDirector of Development, Delaware Center for Horticulture

Cuban culture’s vibrancy and vitality is alive.

Cuba is old, some of it is destroyed, and it feels as though time has stopped.
But it is full of life from the aroma of cooking food, to the warmth of the
people, to the rhythm in the way people move, to the sound of music in the air.

Cuba is changing Rapidly; Now is the Time!

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