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The Cuban Art Revolution: Meeting the Artists and People of Cuba

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Program #20610RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
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Itinerary for Jan 23 — Jan 31, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Explore a full range of attractions within minutes of Miami Airport hotel's front door- including Downtown Miami, South Beach, University of Miami, the Miami Beach Convention Center, Coral Gables and countless golf courses. The airport is 10 minutes from the hotel and offers a free shuttle service from the airport to the hotel which runs every half hour. Look for a red colored Marriott shuttle curbside at the "Arrivals" level.

Contact info:
1201 N.W. Lejeune Rd.
Miami, FL 33126 USA
phone: 305-649-5000
web: www.marriott.com/miaap

Room amenities: AC, hair dryer, cable TV, telephone, free in room high-speed internet

Facility amenities: Business center, pool, fitness center, restaurant on-site, room service

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact Road Scholar Travel
Contact Road Scholar Travel Services for details.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Wednesday, January 23 - Arrival in Miami / Program Orientation
Arrive To: PLEASE NOTE: This day-by-day schedule should only be used as a guide since program elements are subject to change as availability is controlled by the Cuban government. Individuals will arrive at the Miami International Airport with an independent transfer to the hotel using their free shuttle service. Upon arrival at the hotel, check in and relax until orientation. Please arrive no later than 4 PM.

Afternoon: The Road Scholar Group Leader will be in the hotel lobby at 4:45 PM to accompany the group to the orientation room. Welcome and orientation begins at 5:00 PM followed by a presentation by a member of the Cuban American community in Miami to hear about the Cuban American experience.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott Miami Airport South Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the center of the city, the hotel stands on a hill just a few meters from the sea, which offers a great view of the Havana Harbor, seawall/malecon, and the city. The Hotel Nacional de Cuba was declared a National Monument and was inscribed in the World Memory Register.

Contact info:
Calle 21 y O, Vedado, Plaza
Havana, 10400 Cuba
phone: + 53 7 836 3564 al 67
web: www.hotelnacionaldecuba.com/en/home.asp

Room amenities: Air conditioning, safe, radio, TV, minibar, phone, hairdryer

Facility amenities: 3 Restaurants, swimming pool, bar, 24 hour room service, business center with computers that have internet access (open from 9:00AM-7:00PM). The hotel has unreliable WiFi service. There is internet service at the hotel however, it is very expensive and very slow. The Hotel Nacional de Cuba charges 2.5 CUC’s for 15 minutes of internet access. PLEASE NOTE: If you exceed that time and use 16 minutes, you will be charged for two(2) 15-minute intervals.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Thursday, January 24 - Fly to Havana, Cuba / Revolution Plaza / Check in...
Breakfast: Breakfast boxes at the hotel.

Morning: Morning departure from the hotel to the terminal (final flight times will be confirmed during orientation). The Road Scholar Group Leader will meet the group in the hotel lobby to transfer to the airport. Please be in the hotel lobby with your luggage and be ready to depart the hotel 15 minutes before departure schedule. Transfer to the airport and check in to the charter flight to Havana (PLEASE NOTE: Flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in the Final Information Packet). Upon arrival in Havana, enjoy a welcome greeting by an experienced bilingual Cuban Guide, who will be with us for the entire program. Along the route, visit the famous Revolution Square in Havana and learn about the monumental events that have taken place there. On some buildings facing the square, you will notice monuments of several Cuban heroes; this is a great opportunity to take a group photo.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant

Afternoon: Depart for a driving excursion of Havana's sites to get a sense of the city. See the capitol, malecon, U.S. Interest Section, La Rampa, and Havana University. Check-in, unpack, and relax before dinner.

Dinner: Walk to dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Evening at leisure

Lodging: Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the center of the city, the hotel stands on a hill just a few meters from the sea, which offers a great view of the Havana Harbor, seawall/malecon, and the city. The Hotel Nacional de Cuba was declared a National Monument and was inscribed in the World Memory Register.

Contact info:
Calle 21 y O, Vedado, Plaza
Havana, 10400 Cuba
phone: + 53 7 836 3564 al 67
web: www.hotelnacionaldecuba.com/en/home.asp

Room amenities: Air conditioning, safe, radio, TV, minibar, phone, hairdryer

Facility amenities: 3 Restaurants, swimming pool, bar, 24 hour room service, business center with computers that have internet access (open from 9:00AM-7:00PM). The hotel has unreliable WiFi service. There is internet service at the hotel however, it is very expensive and very slow. The Hotel Nacional de Cuba charges 2.5 CUC’s for 15 minutes of internet access. PLEASE NOTE: If you exceed that time and use 16 minutes, you will be charged for two(2) 15-minute intervals.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Friday, January 25 - Cuban Art / Plaza Vieja (the Old Square) / Art Ed...
Cuban Art / Plaza Vieja (the Old Square) / Art Education / Artist Collaborative Dinner

Note: This day will require walking over cobblestone and uneven streets in Old Havana.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: People to People Connection: Explore the Havana Museum of Fine Arts, while a local Art Historian discusses the history and evolution of art in Cuba, and the style that has made Cuba a favorite of the art world.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch, enter Old Havana to explore the city's intimate beauty and history. In Plaza Vieja (Old Square), discover the finest examples of restoration, which also serves as the market square. Then, explore Camera Obscura which allows for a unique view of Old Havana. People Connection: Learn about art education in Cuba today, and meet with students and faculty at an art school. This is a rare occasion to talk directly with students and faculty about thier lives and education.

Dinner: People to People Connection: Meet with an artist collaborative based in Havana, and join these members for a dinner reception in your honor. Meet each artist and enjoy some time to talk about their art, work, and life in Cuba.

Evening: After the reception, enjoy the evening at leisure.

Lodging: Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the center of the city, the hotel stands on a hill just a few meters from the sea, which offers a great view of the Havana Harbor, seawall/malecon, and the city. The Hotel Nacional de Cuba was declared a National Monument and was inscribed in the World Memory Register.

Contact info:
Calle 21 y O, Vedado, Plaza
Havana, 10400 Cuba
phone: + 53 7 836 3564 al 67
web: www.hotelnacionaldecuba.com/en/home.asp

Room amenities: Air conditioning, safe, radio, TV, minibar, phone, hairdryer

Facility amenities: 3 Restaurants, swimming pool, bar, 24 hour room service, business center with computers that have internet access (open from 9:00AM-7:00PM). The hotel has unreliable WiFi service. There is internet service at the hotel however, it is very expensive and very slow. The Hotel Nacional de Cuba charges 2.5 CUC’s for 15 minutes of internet access. PLEASE NOTE: If you exceed that time and use 16 minutes, you will be charged for two(2) 15-minute intervals.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Saturday, January 26 - Expert Presentation and Cuban music / Plaza de Ar...
Expert Presentation and Cuban music / Plaza de Armas (Arms Square) / Cuban Choir rehersal

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: People to People Connection: This morning, learn about the interesting and different styles and types of Cuban music. Enjoy a walking excursion of the Hotel Nacional. This sprawling property includes a Hall of Fame featuring pictures and folklore about its many famous past guests: Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Jack Nicholson, Eva Gardner, John Wayne and many, many more.

Lunch: Light lunch at hotel.

Afternoon: Enter Old Havana to experience the city's historic beauty and focus on the oldest part of the city at the Plaza de Armas (Arms Square). See the Greek-Roman ‘El Templete' site of the first Mass and town council meeting in 1519. Also, learn about the city's restoration project of its plazas and squares while discovering how and who funded this renovation. Next, visit the City Museum, which was once the Governors palace. People to People Connection: Next, meet with members of a choral group to discuss and learn about Cuban music as they take us on a musical journey through the various musical styles of Cuba. Each song is meant to highlight a style which can generate enlightening conversations.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Evening at leisure.

Lodging: Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the center of the city, the hotel stands on a hill just a few meters from the sea, which offers a great view of the Havana Harbor, seawall/malecon, and the city. The Hotel Nacional de Cuba was declared a National Monument and was inscribed in the World Memory Register.

Contact info:
Calle 21 y O, Vedado, Plaza
Havana, 10400 Cuba
phone: + 53 7 836 3564 al 67
web: www.hotelnacionaldecuba.com/en/home.asp

Room amenities: Air conditioning, safe, radio, TV, minibar, phone, hairdryer

Facility amenities: 3 Restaurants, swimming pool, bar, 24 hour room service, business center with computers that have internet access (open from 9:00AM-7:00PM). The hotel has unreliable WiFi service. There is internet service at the hotel however, it is very expensive and very slow. The Hotel Nacional de Cuba charges 2.5 CUC’s for 15 minutes of internet access. PLEASE NOTE: If you exceed that time and use 16 minutes, you will be charged for two(2) 15-minute intervals.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Sunday, January 27 - Danza Combinatoria / Art Studio
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: People to People Connection: This morning, interact with an emerging dance troupe of renowned dancers from the Danza Combinatoria, and enjoy unique interactions (PLEASE NOTE: This activity may be substituted with another performing art group).

Lunch: Boxed lunch with the performance group; this is a unique opportunity to have intriguing conversations.

Afternoon: People to People Connection: Meet and have authentic dialogues with a group of local contemporary artists from the Artist Collaborative at their studio to learn about their work and lives.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Evening at leisure.

Lodging: Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the center of the city, the hotel stands on a hill just a few meters from the sea, which offers a great view of the Havana Harbor, seawall/malecon, and the city. The Hotel Nacional de Cuba was declared a National Monument and was inscribed in the World Memory Register.

Contact info:
Calle 21 y O, Vedado, Plaza
Havana, 10400 Cuba
phone: + 53 7 836 3564 al 67
web: www.hotelnacionaldecuba.com/en/home.asp

Room amenities: Air conditioning, safe, radio, TV, minibar, phone, hairdryer

Facility amenities: 3 Restaurants, swimming pool, bar, 24 hour room service, business center with computers that have internet access (open from 9:00AM-7:00PM). The hotel has unreliable WiFi service. There is internet service at the hotel however, it is very expensive and very slow. The Hotel Nacional de Cuba charges 2.5 CUC’s for 15 minutes of internet access. PLEASE NOTE: If you exceed that time and use 16 minutes, you will be charged for two(2) 15-minute intervals.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Monday, January 28 - Expert Presentation on dance / Dance rehearsal / ...
Expert Presentation on dance / Dance rehearsal / Senior Center / Cathedral Square

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: People to People Connection and Presentation: Meet with a local dance instructor and learn about the history of dance in Cuba, and explore the various styles and learn why Cuba has such a rich tradition of dance. Next, engage with a dance group and see their rehearsal before taking some time to talk with the dancers and learn about their training and careers. People to People Connection: Next, engage with members of a senior community center to learn about the work done by the charity that runs the center. Then, enjoy some time with our host over snacks and drinks to play cards and dominos or just chat about family (PLEASE NOTE: We recommend that you bring postcards of your town with landmarks that you can leave as gifts. These can also be used as great conversation starters. Though, this is the only stop where donations can be dropped off, Road Scholar does make a financial contribution to the center on your behalf. Please consult the list in the information packet for suggested items).

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Discover Plaza de la Cathedral (Cathedral Square), in Old Havana, which has boasted an interesting history (PLEASE NOTE: If the Cathedral is open, we will take this opportunity to visit the inside, though, open hours are often changed).

Dinner: Dinner on own in Havana. Explore one of the many paladars (home hosted meals) that offers a unique opportunity to meet face-to-face in much smaller groups with local Cubans. This is also an opportunity to go into Old Havana and explore the culinary selection available. A list will be provided of good choices and the Cuban Guide can help make recommendations on site.

Lodging: Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Resort

Description: Located beachfront on Varadero Beach, near the the Plaza America Convention Center. Five-Star All Inclusive Resort with 340 rooms.

Contact info:
Crta. de las Morlas, Cuba.
Varadero, Cuba
phone: +011+53- 45- 66- 7600
web: www.meliacuba.com/cuba-hotels/hotel-melia-lasamericas/

Room amenities: Air conditioning, coffee maker, safety deposit box, pillow menu, health center nearby, clothes hangers in the bathroom, temperature control, 20 volt outlet, plug for electric shaver in the bathroom, full-length mirror, rooms for smokers and non-smokers, breakfast table and chairs, minibar, assorted minibar, umbrella, iron and ironing board, door with peephole, hair dryer, 24-hour room service, telephone, terrace or balcony, satellite TV, golf course and garden view

Facility amenities: Craftworks, boutique, trips and optionals desk, foreign currency exchange, internet connection (additional cost), reception desk, art gallery, rooms for smokers and non-smokers, hammocks, mini market, laundry and dry cleaning services, fax service, 24-hour medical service, taxis, gift shop, private transfers in cars (upon request), 24-hour room service Restaurants: Il Limoncello, La Arcada, La Robleza BBQ, La Terraza, Sakura Health and Beauty: Cardiovascular equipment, gym, whirlpool, massages, beauty parlor, sauna Pools: hammocks, towel service, lounge chairs service

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Tuesday, January 29 - Drive to Matanzas and Varadero/ French Pharmacy/ ...
Drive to Matanzas and Varadero/ French Pharmacy/ San Severino Fortress / Danzon

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Check out of Hotel Nacional and board the coach to begin the drive to Varadero. On the way, discover the famous French Pharmacy known as La Botica Francesca, founded in the late 1800's by the Triolet family. See some of the items that would have been found during this time period which are housed in this museum: hand painted porcelain vases, medical recipes, old bottles and jars, medical instruments, labels, mortars, scorpion oil and other seemingly ancient pharmaceutical items. Then discover the San Severino Fortress, built in 1734, it was used to protect the city from pirates and offers a unique view of Matanzas Bay.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: People to People Connection: Learn about the most traditional dance of Cuba, Danzon and interact with those who practice it. Afterward, check-in to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Evening: Evening at leisure.

Lodging: Meliá Las Americas

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Located beachfront on Varadero Beach, near the the Plaza America Convention Center. Five-Star All Inclusive Resort with 340 rooms.

Contact info:
Crta. de las Morlas, Cuba.
Varadero, Cuba
phone: +011+53- 45- 66- 7600
web: www.meliacuba.com/cuba-hotels/hotel-melia-lasamericas/

Room amenities: Air conditioning, coffee maker, safety deposit box, pillow menu, health center nearby, clothes hangers in the bathroom, temperature control, 20 volt outlet, plug for electric shaver in the bathroom, full-length mirror, rooms for smokers and non-smokers, breakfast table and chairs, minibar, assorted minibar, umbrella, iron and ironing board, door with peephole, hair dryer, 24-hour room service, telephone, terrace or balcony, satellite TV, golf course and garden view

Facility amenities: Craftworks, boutique, trips and optionals desk, foreign currency exchange, internet connection (additional cost), reception desk, art gallery, rooms for smokers and non-smokers, hammocks, mini market, laundry and dry cleaning services, fax service, 24-hour medical service, taxis, gift shop, private transfers in cars (upon request), 24-hour room service Restaurants: Il Limoncello, La Arcada, La Robleza BBQ, La Terraza, Sakura Health and Beauty: Cardiovascular equipment, gym, whirlpool, massages, beauty parlor, sauna Pools: hammocks, towel service, lounge chairs service

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Wednesday, January 30 - Committee of Discourse and Reconciliation / Orpha...
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: People to People Connection: Meet with members of the Committe of Discourse and Reconcilation to learn about the work they do in peace-building and conflict transformation. Next, meet with workers at a local orphanage to learn about their outreach with children in their local community.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel at leisure.

Afternoon: Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to prepare your bags and rest.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Evening at leisure.

Lodging: Meliá Las Americas

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Nine: Thursday, January 31 - Departure to Miami / Return to US
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Check out of the hotel very early and drive to the Havana airport for flight to Miami. Charter flight times will be confirmed in the Final Information Packet which is normally sent approximately 4-5 weeks prior to departure. Please do not schedule connecting flights within 3 - 4 hours of arrival in Miami due to possible delays and airport security (PLEASE NOTE: The flight time is subject to change).

Meals Included: Breakfast

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