The hotel is a 10 minute drive from the airport and offers a free shuttle service from the airport to the hotel. To call the shuttle upon arrival at the airport: On the 2nd Level / Departure Level, go to the nearest outside door and identify the Door number. Call the hotel on (305) 261-3800 and tell them your location. The shuttle will come and pick you up upon request.
Depart on a full day Field-trip to Santa Clara, the beautiful provincial capital of the region Villa Clara. People to People Connection: Enjoy lively interactions with a vivacious group of senior citizens. These young-at-heart folks share their leisure activities and discuss how some Cubans enjoy retirement.Lunch: At a restaurant in Santa Clara.Afternoon: Visit the Che Guevara Memorial and Mausoleum which features unique historical pieces from one of the most influential revolutionary leaders. The displays chronicle the events of an era in this extraordinary man's life. The mausoleum is the final resting place of Ernesto "Che" Guevara and his companions. Return to Cienfuegos and stroll through the main shopping street of to learn the differences between Ration, Cuban Pesos and CUC stores. Explore the complexity of the two-currency system and have the opportunity to talk with Cubans and workers who shop at these stores. People to People Connection: Enjoy a performance by one of Cienfuegos’ talented musical groups and discuss their musical careers, how they studied their art and what a typical day is for them.Dinner: Dinner in a local restaurant.Evening: Evening at leisure.Lodging: Hotel JaguaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Head to the Hotel Nacional and enjoy a welcome cocktail and a guided exploration of this historical and beautifully preserved national monument. This sprawling property includes a Hall of Fame featuring photographs and folklore about its many famous past guests: Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Meyer Lansky and more.Dinner: In the hotel's outdoor restaurant.Evening: At leisure.Lodging: Hotel Nacional de CubaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Next, discover the four "plazas" in Old Havana: Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza Vieja, Plaza de San Francisco de Asis, and Plaza de Armas. Each square has its own unique features. People to People Connection: Meet with members of a graphic arts cooperative and discuss what they do.
Lunch: On your own to explore the many eateries in Old Havana.Afternoon: People to People Connection: Experience Havana's first English bookstore and engage in discussions with Cuban intellectuals. This activity accepts a variety of donations. Please check the Road Scholar Discussion Board for this program, for the most up-to-date information.Dinner: Your choice to explore the many new privately owned restaurants (Paladares) in Havana. The array of possibilities is constantly growing. A list of suggestions will be provided.Evening: At leisure.
Lodging: Hotel Nacional de CubaMeals Included: Breakfast
Begin today’s explorations at the Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana, also known simply as "La Cabana." This fortress protected the mouth of the Havana harbor in its day and offers unique views over Havana - ideal for gaining a better understanding of the city's layout.Lunch: Private Enterprise: Enjoy lunch in a Paladar and hear the owner’s story of how he operates and sources his ingredients.Afternoon: People to People Connection: Observe a rehearsal then enjoy conversation and interactions with a modern dance group.
People to People Connection: At the San Jose Artisan Market, interact with artisans selling their original works. Here, see paintings, photography, crochet, wood crafts and many other forms of art. This is a wonderful opportunity to ask the artisans about their inspirations and their daily lives.Dinner: People to People Connection: Meet Cuban women to discuss what life is like for women today in Cuba. Then enjoy dinner in a Paladar.Evening: At leisure.Lodging: Hotel Nacional de CubaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner