Journey with Dr. Conway and

I AM ABEL FOUNDATION

As We Spend Our Holiday Break in

 CUBA

Cuba Health System Tour, January 6 - 13, 2020

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Dr. Conway has shared the homeland of her maternal grandfather with countless travelers over the years.  This year will be extra special as we enjoy a medical tour of Cuba especially designed for the medical professional.   Enjoy a rich cultural, social and medical exchange with this small country so rich in culture, benevolence and heart.  

We will travel to Havana and enjoy afrocuban music and history and of course some cuban salsa.  We will also delight in the regional foods and spectacular people. When we take a break from our medical expeditions, we will explore how the world famous cuban cigars are made and visit the rum museum.  No trip to Cuba will be complete without a quick detour to the Malecon. 

Finally, we will spend the afternoon at Escuela Latinoamericano de Medicina (ELAM) where students from all over the world, including many american students, study medicine absolutely FREE OF CHARGE.  This is one of Cuba's humanitarian outreaches to help those who are from underserved areas train in medicine to become physicians and to prepare them to return to their home country and serve those same communities.  Our host will be Dr. Lourdes Tavares from the  University of Havana who is planning an exciting program for us!

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

Dates Of Travel: January 6-13, 2020

Who Can Join Us?    Physicians, Nurses, Social Workers and Allied Health Professionals as well as pre-professional students in the noted professions. Spouses and adult children are also welcome. Lay persons interested in a deeper understanding of the Cuban Health System are also welcome to attend.

Legal Travel: All travel is LEGAL and with approved licenses

Costs:  Our charges are the most affordable available for legal travel to Cuba. Tours that include only significantly less cost quite a bit more.  Please browse the websites of InsightCuba or other vendors for comparatives.  We are traveling with a trusted vendor who has navigated our travel needs for many years and we have never been disappointed. Your airfare IS NOT includedYour  Cuban Visa IS included in your costs, including trip interruption insurance.

Join Dr. Conway and I AM ABEL FOUNDATION as we navigate the Cuban Healthcare System with our Cuban Partners.  This is a completely customized excursion tailored to the medical professional and health pre-professional.  We will stay at one of the finest hotels in Modern Havana.  Most meals will be covered (2-3 daily) along with professional guided tours to each stop along our journey.  The Cubans have well understood how the social determinants of health affect and impact medical health.  This is an incredible opportunity to observe how this small, island country with truly limited resources is able to provide some of the finest healthcare in the world to it's citizens.   On our free night we plan to enjoy the Afro-cuban sounds of the Buena Vista Social Club.  Of course a stroll in the old classic cars is already on the itinerary!  This is the "Don't Miss" event of the year.  

ToursAll tours are lead by experienced Cuban tour guides with expertise and knowledge in Cuban History as well as the Cuban Health System.  For large groups, travel is in air-conditioned coach bus but no matter the group size, travel accommodations are spacious and comfortable.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner are typically included but we have a few nights out on our own where we can try other exciting options. 

Visa: Your Cuban Visa IS included in your costs. You will receive it by mail. Please do NOT complete it UNTIL you are on the leg of your flight that is flying out to Cuba.

Trip Interruption Insurance: is included.

Pre-departure Dinner:  Come enjoy a pre-departure dinner meeting on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at the home of Dr. Conway where you can sample some Cuban Cuisine and ask any remaining questions you may  have.  It's also a great time for everyone to get to meet their fellow travelers in advance!  Our last pre-departure shin ding was a huge hit so don't miss it!

Air Fare: If you are interested in group airfare please email us at globalhealthstudies@iamabel.org for more information.  If you will arrange your own airfare, please check with Dr. Conway prior to choosing flights to best coordinate with airport transfer to hotel with our Cuban partners.

CUBA TRIPS COMING SOON:

May 21-26, 2020

December 28, 2020 - January 1, 2021 - New Year's Weekend in Cuba!

CUBAN HEALTH SYSTEM CUSTOM TOUR

 

ITINERARY SUMMARY

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DAY 1 - MONDAY, January 6th: Arrive at Havana

  • Arrival at José Martí International Airport from Miami

  • Welcome session by the tour guide including a very brief overview of the health care system and the tour activities in general.

  • Private check-in to Hotel with assistance from your guide.

  • Free time to settle in and rest up at your hotel.

  • Bus tour of Modern Havana

  • Transfer to Mediterraneo Habana restaurant for welcome dinner, included.

DAY 2 - TUESDAY, January 7th: Havana, Cuba, Cuban Health Care System presentation and a visit a polyclinic

  • Breakfast in hotel

  • In Hotel Florida, a special presentation and dialogue: "Overview of Cuba Health Care System" by a Professor of Havana University.

  • Lunch at restaurant Mojito Mojito private restaurant, included

  • Visit to a polyclinic in Havana

  • Return to hotel to rest and freshen up

  • Dinner at Los Naranjos Private restaurant (included)

  • EVENING HIGHLIGHT: We witness a most dramatic ceremony – El Cañonazo – the Firing of the 9PM Cannon at the Fortress of San Carlos de la Cabaña. This enchanting colonial reenactment dates back to 1519 when the city of Havana was enclosed by a tall thick rock wall to ward off attacks from pirates and the English. The cannon firing signaled the closing of the city gates for the night. If you were outside at the time, you were in "vedado" or the forbidden zone. Today Vedado is an important cultural hub and beautiful section of modern Havana.

DAY 3 - WEDNESDAY, January 8th: ELAM | Visit Cuban High Schools

  • Breakfast in hotel

  • Visit ELAM. Interchange with students and professors

  • We'll feast on a delicious lunch hosted by Jose Fuster, one of Cuba's most important ceramists and painters at his whimsical studio in Jaimanitas, just outside of Havana.

  • Visit a high school in Old Havana. Interchange with students and professors.

  • Dinner not included

DAY 4 - THURSDAY, January 9th: Havana, Health Care System and Hemingway

  • Breakfast in hotel

  • Visit Maternity Hospital “Ramón González Coro. Meet staff and talk about future work

  • TOUR HIGHLIGHT: Lunch at El Ajiaco private restaurant (included)

  • Visit Cojímar, small fishing Village one of Hemingway’s favorite’s places

  • Visit Finca La Vigía (House and farm of Ernest Hemingway Museum)

  • Dinner at Decameron private restaurant (included)

  • Attend Buena Vista Social Club at Havana Cafe (included)

DAY 5 - FRIDAY, January 10th: Consultorio/Clinic Cira Garcia

  • Breakfast in hotel (included)

  • Visit a "consultorio"

  • Lunch at Bonita private restaurant (included)

  •  Visit Cira Garcia Clinic, part of the Public Health National System of Cuba for attention to foreign patients from the diplomatic corps accredited in Cuba, to foreign business men established in Cuba and to foreign persons who come to the country. (Included)

  •  Return to hotel to rest and freshen up

  • Dinner not included.

DAY 6 - SATURDAY, January 11th: Community Projects | Rum Museum

  • Breakfast in hotel

  • Visit to the Convento de Nuestra Señora de Belén [Convent of Our Lady of Belén], a humanitarian health project in Old Havana. Construction on the Convent was begun in 1712. It was expanded and remodeled several times over the centuries. Finally abandoned in 1925, it fell into grave disrepair. In 1991 restoration began and continues with amazing results. Today the Office of the Historian, local Public Health authorities and the Order of the Sisters of Charity jointly manage the Belén Convent. It is home to fifty elderly people and provides physiotherapy and ophthalmological services to many more elderly in the community. Other activities include exercise classes, board games, cognitive rehabilitation, films, crafts workshops, and "love among the elderly" lectures.

  • Lunch at El Rum Rum private restaurant (included).

Excursion The Art of Rum: 

*     Get to know about the origin and development of the rum production in the island.     

-    Visit to the Rum Museum.

-    Tasting of the Havana Club Rum. 

-    Cocktail-making lessons: the barman will teach the costumers how to prepare their own Cuban cocktail. 

-    Tour of the most famous bars of the old town: the Floridita and the Bodeguita del Medio including the tasting of a cocktail at the Ambos Mundos or the Beltrán de Santa Cruz hotels.

 

 

•    Evening is free. Your guide will keep you posted on entertainment options

DAY 7 - SUNDAY, January. 12th: ELAM and Visit Cuban High School

  • Breakfast in hotel (included)

  • Followed by a walking tour of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage     Site. We’ll visit four of the five historic plazas that make Havana unique in the western hemisphere. It contains the largest collection of remaining colonial-era architecture. This is a private tour led by your Cuba Explorer Tours guide.

  • Cathedral Square, the most beautiful and private 18th century colonial plaza on the island. Named after the masterpiece of Cuban baroque architecture: the Catedral de San Cristóbal de la Habana built by the Jesuit order.

*   Square of Arms, an ancient military parade ground for Spanish soldiers, surrounded by impressive buildings such as:

*  Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, former seat of colonial government. Today the building houses the Museum of the City.

*    Palacio del Segundo Cabo [Palace of the Second Lieutenant] dates from 1770. 

 

  • Lunch at La Moneda Cubana (included)         

  • Visit The Museum of the Revolution. The Museum of the Revolution is a museum located in the Old Havana section of Havana. The museum is housed in what was the Presidential Palace of all Cuban presidents from Mario García Menocal to Fulgencio Batista. It became the Museum of the Revolution during the years following the Cuban revolution.    

  • Evening is free. Your guide will keep you posted on entertainment options. 

  • Enjoy a panoramic ride in old convertible cars to your dinner at Rio Mar private restaurant (Included in tour cost)

DAY 8 -  Havana and Home

  • Breakfast in hotel (included)

  • Check-out at hotel.

  • Transfer to José Martí International Airport for Flights home.

  • Cuba travel is a challenge. Our staff and Cuban partners work super hard to make your tour unfold seamlessly despite Third World conditions on the island. Sometimes things don’t go as planned. Flexible travelers understand this is part of their Cuban adventure.

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COSTS AND DATES

Tour Date: January 6 -13, 2019

Cost: $2895 per person, double occupancy

To travel single or with minors UNDER the age of 12: register and 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • A non-refundable deposit of 300.00 USD is required upon registration.

  • The last day for deposits are November 1, 2019. We recommend early commitment, however, as there is a max number of attendees.

  • Final payment is due November 22, 2019.

INCLUDED IN TOUR COST

  • All taxes. Prices listed are the total amounts you pay. All amounts are quoted in US dollars.

  • Airport transfers: We meet you at José Martí Int’l Airport in Havana and take you to your hotel upon arrival. We return you to José Martí Airport for departure.

  • Hotels as listed in tour itinerary or similar.

  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners as per itinerary.

  • All activities, services, speakers, meetings and meals as described in tour itinerary except those noted as “optional” or “not included in cost.”

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach transportation and a full-time professional driver.

  • An expert Cuban English-speaking guide and translator whose background matches tour content throughout the program.

  • Ongoing support from Cuba Explorer Tours staff in North America and Cuba before, during and after your stay.

  • Emergency collect call access to our North American staff while in Cuba.

  • Emergency cash advances for our tour participants who face complications accessing funds from aboard while in Cuba.

  • Cuban Visa and Trip Interruption Insurance are included.

NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR COST

  • Cost of airfare to and from Havana. 

  • Gratuities for Cuban tour guide, bus driver, chambermaids, restaurant staff, porters, etc. 

Check out this video on ELAM Medical School that educates thousands of underserved physicians for FREE!

Check out this clip of Afro-Cuban Jazz, then join us for a night at the "Buena Vista Social Club!"

 

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