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Program #20610RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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Itinerary for Oct 8 — Oct 16, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Situated one mile from Miami International Airport (MIA), this modern Miami, Florida hotel adjoins the Miami Airport Convention Center and the Miami International Merchandise Mart, which is also open to the public.

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.

Contact info:
711 NW 72nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33126 USA
phone: 305-261-3800
web: doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-miami-airport-and-convention-center-MIAMADT/index.html

Room amenities: 334 oversized guest rooms with complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access, individual temperature and air-conditioning control, alarm clock radio with MP3 connection, coffee maker with coffee, iron and ironing board, 2 line speaker phone and an in room safe.

Facility amenities: Warm chocolate chip cookie at check-in; restaurant, bar, Automated Teller (ATM), baggage storage, beauty salon, clothing store, gift shop, laundry/valet service, room service, fitness room, heated outdoor pool, the hot tub and whirlpool spa, 24-hour complimentary airport transportation to and from Miami International Airport and the Waterford Blue Lagoon Office Park.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: To be determined
Contact Road Scholar Participant Services at (800) 454-5768 for details.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Wednesday, October 08 - Arrival in Miami / Program Orientation / Overnigh...
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.

Dinner: In the hotel’s Rioja Restaurant.

Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Miami Airport & Convention Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the center of Havana, The Nacional Hotel is situated on a vantage point overlooking the Malecon – Havana’s seafront promenade. The Hotel Nacional de Cuba has hosted numerous illustrious guests: actors, artists and many other famous people. The hotel is a National Monument and is inscribed in the UNESCO Memory of the World 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, in-room safe (additional fee), radio, TV, direct-dial telephone, private bathroom with hairdryer. Please note that there are no designated non-smoking rooms.

Facility amenities: 3 Restaurants, bar, 24 hour room service, outdoor swimming pool, gift shop, beauty salon, Cabaret Parisien show, business center with computers and Internet access (open from 9:00a.m. - 7:00 p.m.) Please note that Internet service in Cuba is expensive and very slow. The hotel has unreliable WiFi service.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Thursday, October 09 - Fly to Havana, Cuba / Revolution Plaza / Check in...
Note: Most staircases in Cuba do not have railings, so if you use a walking aid, please bring it on the program. All accommodations in Cuba feature clean, comfortable rooms with private baths and standard amenities. Please note that Cuban hotel standards may not equal their American or European counterparts. Improvements are ongoing, and we hope that the potential glitch in service or amenities is a minor tradeoff for the authentic connections and enrichment you’ll experience.

Breakfast: Breakfast boxes are provided for early morning departure from the hotel.

Morning: Early 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 the scheduled departure time. 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, meet your Cuban Study Leader who will provide local history and knowledge throughout the program. Visit the famous Revolution Square in Havana and learn about the monumental events that have taken place there. This is a great opportunity to take a group picture.

Lunch: Late lunch: A light meal is planned at a Paladar (privately owned restaurant.) Private Enterprise: Learn the restaurant owner’s story and how he sources his fresh supplies.

Afternoon: Depart on an overview of Havana's sites to get a sense of the city. See the capitol, the Malecón – Havana’s seafront promenade, U.S. Interest Section, La Rampa, and Havana University. People to People Connection: Meet with local photographers and discuss their inspirations. Late afternoon arrival at the hotel. An orientation of the Hotel Nacional’s sprawling property shows you the services as well as the Hall of Fame, where famous past guests such as Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Eva Gardner, John Wayne and many more are immortalized.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Hotel Nacional de Cuba

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

Description: Located in the center of Havana, The Nacional Hotel is situated on a vantage point overlooking the Malecon – Havana’s seafront promenade. The Hotel Nacional de Cuba has hosted numerous illustrious guests: actors, artists and many other famous people. The hotel is a National Monument and is inscribed in the UNESCO Memory of the World 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, in-room safe (additional fee), radio, TV, direct-dial telephone, private bathroom with hairdryer. Please note that there are no designated non-smoking rooms.

Facility amenities: 3 Restaurants, bar, 24 hour room service, outdoor swimming pool, gift shop, beauty salon, Cabaret Parisien show, business center with computers and Internet access (open from 9:00a.m. - 7:00 p.m.) Please note that Internet service in Cuba is expensive and very slow. The hotel has unreliable WiFi service.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Friday, October 10 - Cuban Art and Historic Old Havana
Note: Walking and standing for up to 2 hours at a time in the Fine Arts Museum and on cobblestone and uneven streets in Old Havana.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Explore the Fine Arts Museum of Havana with your Cuban Study Leader. Cuban art is renowned world-wide. Delve into the stories that each work of art relates and the statement on politics, culture and society that each artist conveys.

Lunch: In a local restaurant.

Afternoon: People to People Connection: Meet an artist in his home studio for conversation. Field Trip: Discover two of the historic "plazas" in Old Havana: Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza Vieja and learn about the city's restoration project , with fascinating before and after images around the square. People to People Connection: Meet with members of a graphic arts cooperative and discuss what they do.

Dinner: Dine in a Paladar (privately owned restaurant) in Old Havana.

Evening: Take some time to enjoy the ambiance of Old Havana at night before returning to the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Nacional de Cuba

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

Description: Located in the center of Havana, The Nacional Hotel is situated on a vantage point overlooking the Malecon – Havana’s seafront promenade. The Hotel Nacional de Cuba has hosted numerous illustrious guests: actors, artists and many other famous people. The hotel is a National Monument and is inscribed in the UNESCO Memory of the World 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, in-room safe (additional fee), radio, TV, direct-dial telephone, private bathroom with hairdryer. Please note that there are no designated non-smoking rooms.

Facility amenities: 3 Restaurants, bar, 24 hour room service, outdoor swimming pool, gift shop, beauty salon, Cabaret Parisien show, business center with computers and Internet access (open from 9:00a.m. - 7:00 p.m.) Please note that Internet service in Cuba is expensive and very slow. The hotel has unreliable WiFi service.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Saturday, October 11 - Cuban Music Presentation and a Special Community ...
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Expert Presentation: Learn about different styles and types of Cuban music. Field Trip: Explore one more of Old Havana’s historic squares, the Plaza de Armas, the oldest part of the city. See the Greek-Roman ‘El Templete' site of the first Mass and town council meeting in 1519. Next, visit the City Museum, which was once the Governors palace.

Lunch: Your choice to explore the new privately owned restaurants in Old Havana.

Afternoon: People to People Connection: See Free Enterprise in action as you talk with artists and entrepreneurs at the San Jose Feria.

Dinner: People-to-People Connection: Enjoy homemade cooking prepared by the members of a neighborhood arts center and learn the story of the center’s unique construction.

Evening: People-to-People: Interact with locals at the neighborhood community arts center and enjoy their Saturday evening music and dance party.

Lodging: Hotel Nacional de Cuba

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

Description: Located in the center of Havana, The Nacional Hotel is situated on a vantage point overlooking the Malecon – Havana’s seafront promenade. The Hotel Nacional de Cuba has hosted numerous illustrious guests: actors, artists and many other famous people. The hotel is a National Monument and is inscribed in the UNESCO Memory of the World 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, in-room safe (additional fee), radio, TV, direct-dial telephone, private bathroom with hairdryer. Please note that there are no designated non-smoking rooms.

Facility amenities: 3 Restaurants, bar, 24 hour room service, outdoor swimming pool, gift shop, beauty salon, Cabaret Parisien show, business center with computers and Internet access (open from 9:00a.m. - 7:00 p.m.) Please note that Internet service in Cuba is expensive and very slow. The hotel has unreliable WiFi service.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Sunday, October 12 - Danza Combinatoria and Art Studios
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: People to People Connection: Meet with a collaborative of local contemporary artists, the Merger Studio to learn about their work and to have an unscripted dialogue. Then, 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 if they are touring).

Lunch: Boxed lunch with the performance group, a unique opportunity to have one-on-one conversations.

Afternoon: People to People Connection: Meet the artist Joaquin Crespo Manzano, known throughout Cuba as “Bebo”. Born in 1927, Bebo is one of Cuba’s most important engraving artists. Field Trip: Take in the expansive views of the Havana skyline and visit the fortress of El Morro, built in 1589 to defend Havana harbor.

Dinner: At El Aljibe, a local favorite, famous for its roast chicken and secret sauce.

Evening: Return to the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Nacional de Cuba

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

Description: Located in the center of Havana, The Nacional Hotel is situated on a vantage point overlooking the Malecon – Havana’s seafront promenade. The Hotel Nacional de Cuba has hosted numerous illustrious guests: actors, artists and many other famous people. The hotel is a National Monument and is inscribed in the UNESCO Memory of the World 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, in-room safe (additional fee), radio, TV, direct-dial telephone, private bathroom with hairdryer. Please note that there are no designated non-smoking rooms.

Facility amenities: 3 Restaurants, bar, 24 hour room service, outdoor swimming pool, gift shop, beauty salon, Cabaret Parisien show, business center with computers and Internet access (open from 9:00a.m. - 7:00 p.m.) Please note that Internet service in Cuba is expensive and very slow. The hotel has unreliable WiFi service.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Monday, October 13 - Senior Center and Cuban Jazz
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: People to People Connection: Interact 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 hosts 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. Donations are welcomed. Road Scholar also makes financial contribution to the center on your behalf.)

Lunch: In the OnCuba offices. People to People Connection: Visit the offices of OnCuba Magazine and learn about the first American business to be authorized in Cuba. Meet the writers and artists featured by the publication for conversation. Enjoy the panoramic views overlooking all of Havana from the office’s advantageous location.

Afternoon: Expert Presentation: Enjoy a demonstration and presentation by the Alex Bosch Jazz Group.

Dinner: Own your own to explore one of the many Paladars that are turning Havana into a “foodie” destination.

Lodging: Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Resort

Description: Located beachfront on Varadero Beach, The Meliá Varadero is a modern, five-star all-inclusive resort featuring recently renovated rooms.

Contact info:
Crta. de las Morlas
Varadero, Cuba
phone: + 53 45 66 70 13
web: www.melia.com/en/hotels/cuba/varadero/melia-varadero-en/index.html

Room amenities: Air conditioning, telephone, satellite television, in-room safe, minibar restocked every day with included beverages, kettle with coffee, iron and ironing board, private bathroom with shower, amenities and hairdryer. Electrical voltage: 220 V/ 60 Hz.

Facility amenities: Six restaurants, six bars, 24 hour reception, Currency exchange, non-smoking areas, Lobby Internet Center with PC , Wi-Fi in the rooms and public areas of the hotel (additional fee), doctor and nurse on call, 24 hour security, outdoor swimming pools with hydro massage, waterfalls and lovely sea views, direct beach access, hammocks, fitness center, evening entertainment, gift shop, beauty salon, pool towel service.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Seven: Tuesday, October 14 - Afro Cuban Dance and a Unique Farm en Route to Va...
Note: Travel by motorcoach. Walking and standing for short amounts of time around the farm, on unpaved ground.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Depart Havana by private motorcoach for the drive to Varadero. En route, stop in Matanzas for a People to People Connection with a dance company that preserves Afro Cuban culture and the traditions of Santeria. Continue on to Coincidence Farm, home and pottery workshop of a couple whose unique vision is expressed through both their agricultural and artistic creativity.

Lunch: Enjoy a delicious array of homemade dishes prepared from the farm’s produce.

Afternoon: Late afternoon arrival in Varadero Beach.

Dinner: At leisure in the Buffet Restaurant La Habana.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Meliá Varadero

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Located beachfront on Varadero Beach, The Meliá Varadero is a modern, five-star all-inclusive resort featuring recently renovated rooms.

Contact info:
Crta. de las Morlas
Varadero, Cuba
phone: + 53 45 66 70 13
web: www.melia.com/en/hotels/cuba/varadero/melia-varadero-en/index.html

Room amenities: Air conditioning, telephone, satellite television, in-room safe, minibar restocked every day with included beverages, kettle with coffee, iron and ironing board, private bathroom with shower, amenities and hairdryer. Electrical voltage: 220 V/ 60 Hz.

Facility amenities: Six restaurants, six bars, 24 hour reception, Currency exchange, non-smoking areas, Lobby Internet Center with PC , Wi-Fi in the rooms and public areas of the hotel (additional fee), doctor and nurse on call, 24 hour security, outdoor swimming pools with hydro massage, waterfalls and lovely sea views, direct beach access, hammocks, fitness center, evening entertainment, gift shop, beauty salon, pool towel service.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Eight: Wednesday, October 15 - Cuban Dance Traditions of Danzon and Salsa
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: People to People Connection: Meet a group of vivacious seniors who share their enjoyment of the most traditional dance of Cuba, Danzon with you.

Lunch: At your leisure in the hotel.

Afternoon: People to People Connection: Meet and interact with dance instructors to learn Salsa, the most popular of Cuban dances. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure to prepare for the return home.

Dinner: Farewell dinner in the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Meliá Varadero

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Nine: Thursday, October 16 - Departure to Miami / Return to U.S.
Breakfast: Breakfast boxes are provided for early morning departure from the hotel.

Morning: Early morning check out and departure to Havana airport for return charter flight to Miami. 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 less than 3 - 4 hours of arrival in Miami due to possible delays and airport security (PLEASE NOTE: The flight time is subject to change).

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Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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8 nights of accommodations
21 meals: 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
1 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips
14 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances
2 Flights during the program
Visas: 1(out of 1 required)

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