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Program #20612RJ
16 Days | 15 Nights
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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: Thursday, January 30 - Flight to Miami / Orientation / Overnight in Miam...
Note: Please note: Most staircases in Cuba do not have railings, so if you use a walking aid, please bring it on the program.

Afternoon: PLEASE NOTE: This day-by-day schedule should only be used as a guide only. 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. 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 population 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: PLEASE NOTE: Hotels in Cuba are basic by American standards, while this hotel is the best available, clean and safe, it may not meet our higher expectations.

Contact info:
Avd. de las Américas y Calle M, 90400
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
phone: +88895MELIA
web: http://www.melia.com/hotels/cuba/santiago-de-cuba/melia-santiago-de-cuba/home.htm

Room amenities: Tea and coffee making facilities, LCD TV in all rooms with 24 multi-language channels, telephone internal channel, CD player, safe (additional charge), telephone with outside line (additional charge), mini-bar (additional charge), air conditioning, writing desk, table for breakfast, bathtub – shower, hair dryer, make up mirror, weighing scales, coffee maker, radio / alarm clock.

Facility amenities: Business center with secretarial services, foreign exchange service, car rental, tourism bureau, boutique and shop with local art, 24-hour medical attention, parking, exclusive reception area with Concierge service (9th floor), exclusive lounge bar (9th floor) named "Sierra Cristal" with LCD TV, continental breakfast service from 7 am. to 11 am. in the lounge bar (9th floor), 3 swimming-pools set in spacious gardens and terraces, daytime and evening entertainment program with dancing lessons, shows, etc., domino, gym with new equipment including sauna and massage services.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Friday, January 31 - Flight to Santiago de Cuba and an Introduction to...
Breakfast: Boxed breakfast from the hotel.

Morning: Early morning transfer to the airport for our charter flight to Santiago de Cuba. Currently the flight is scheduled to leave at 8:00 AM and arrival in Santiago de Cuba is scheduled for 9:30 AM (times are confirmed in the Final Inforamtion Packet which is sent approximately 4-5 weeks prior to departure. Please note: Departure times are subject to change).

Lunch: Lunch in Santiago de Cuba.

Afternoon: Discover El Morro, the old fortress in Santiago de Cuba boasting history in a port that was one of the first in Cuba. Our Cuban tour guide will lead you through this fortress that once protected the harbor from pirate attacks and guided explorers to its shores. Later, check into the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Melia Santiago

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

Description: PLEASE NOTE: Hotels in Cuba are basic by American standards, while this hotel is the best available, clean and safe, it may not meet our higher expectations.

Contact info:
Avd. de las Américas y Calle M, 90400
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
phone: +88895MELIA
web: http://www.melia.com/hotels/cuba/santiago-de-cuba/melia-santiago-de-cuba/home.htm

Room amenities: Tea and coffee making facilities, LCD TV in all rooms with 24 multi-language channels, telephone internal channel, CD player, safe (additional charge), telephone with outside line (additional charge), mini-bar (additional charge), air conditioning, writing desk, table for breakfast, bathtub – shower, hair dryer, make up mirror, weighing scales, coffee maker, radio / alarm clock.

Facility amenities: Business center with secretarial services, foreign exchange service, car rental, tourism bureau, boutique and shop with local art, 24-hour medical attention, parking, exclusive reception area with Concierge service (9th floor), exclusive lounge bar (9th floor) named "Sierra Cristal" with LCD TV, continental breakfast service from 7 am. to 11 am. in the lounge bar (9th floor), 3 swimming-pools set in spacious gardens and terraces, daytime and evening entertainment program with dancing lessons, shows, etc., domino, gym with new equipment including sauna and massage services.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Saturday, February 01 - Discovering the Soul of Santiago de Cuba
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Explore Santiago de Cuba. We start with a stop at the Plaza de la Revolution and the Mencado barracks for photo stops and learn a bit about Santiago during the revolution. Later in the morning we make our way to the cemetery to see some of the most beautiful burial crypts built in Cuba and to learn about Jose Marti, the Cuban National Hero. We end our discovery witnessing the changing of the guard at the tomb of Jose Marti. We end the morning at the Diego Velázquez House and Museum, said to be the oldest standing house in Cuba, the Spanish colonial structure is an excellent example of how Spaniards built and lived in Cuba.

Lunch: Light lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: People to People Connection: This afternoon we walk over to the Casa de la Trova where you meet with your dance instructor and spend the hour learning the Salsa while you engage in a truly cultural connection. Later this afternoon enjoy an expert presentation on Afro-Cuban Culture and Religion.

Dinner: Dinner at a paladar, a privately run restaurant.

Lodging: Melia Santiago

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

Description: PLEASE NOTE: Hotels in Cuba are basic by American standards, while this hotel is the best available, clean and safe, it may not meet our higher expectations.

Contact info:
Avd. de las Américas y Calle M, 90400
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
phone: +88895MELIA
web: http://www.melia.com/hotels/cuba/santiago-de-cuba/melia-santiago-de-cuba/home.htm

Room amenities: Tea and coffee making facilities, LCD TV in all rooms with 24 multi-language channels, telephone internal channel, CD player, safe (additional charge), telephone with outside line (additional charge), mini-bar (additional charge), air conditioning, writing desk, table for breakfast, bathtub – shower, hair dryer, make up mirror, weighing scales, coffee maker, radio / alarm clock.

Facility amenities: Business center with secretarial services, foreign exchange service, car rental, tourism bureau, boutique and shop with local art, 24-hour medical attention, parking, exclusive reception area with Concierge service (9th floor), exclusive lounge bar (9th floor) named "Sierra Cristal" with LCD TV, continental breakfast service from 7 am. to 11 am. in the lounge bar (9th floor), 3 swimming-pools set in spacious gardens and terraces, daytime and evening entertainment program with dancing lessons, shows, etc., domino, gym with new equipment including sauna and massage services.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Sunday, February 02 - Guantanamo's Musical Cultural Heritage: Chengui a...
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: People to People Connection: Interact with musicians from Casa del Chengui. Chengui, is the original Cuban musical style and rhythm made famous all over the world and originating in the country side around Guantanamo. During this activity, interact with the musicians and learn how each instrument is played. Later enjoy another People to People Connection: Interact with dancers at the Tumba Francesa Pompadour, a Franco-Haitian dance. La Tumba Francesa is a traditional cultural dance and style that emerged in the 18th century in Oriente, Cuba. It combines music from West Africa and traditional French music. It is on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Speak with the members of this group and learn about their cultural heritage.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Explore the main square of Guantanamo - Plaza Marti, which features the smallest Cathedral in all of Cuba and which was once a busy commercial city center. Later enjoy a People to People Connection: Meet the Vincente Family and learn what life is like for Cuban families on the eastern side of the island.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Melia Santiago

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

Description: PLEASE NOTE: Hotels in Cuba are basic by American standards, while this hotel is the best available, clean and safe, it may not meet our higher expectations.

Contact info:
Avd. de las Américas y Calle M, 90400
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
phone: +88895MELIA
web: http://www.melia.com/hotels/cuba/santiago-de-cuba/melia-santiago-de-cuba/home.htm

Room amenities: Tea and coffee making facilities, LCD TV in all rooms with 24 multi-language channels, telephone internal channel, CD player, safe (additional charge), telephone with outside line (additional charge), mini-bar (additional charge), air conditioning, writing desk, table for breakfast, bathtub – shower, hair dryer, make up mirror, weighing scales, coffee maker, radio / alarm clock.

Facility amenities: Business center with secretarial services, foreign exchange service, car rental, tourism bureau, boutique and shop with local art, 24-hour medical attention, parking, exclusive reception area with Concierge service (9th floor), exclusive lounge bar (9th floor) named "Sierra Cristal" with LCD TV, continental breakfast service from 7 am. to 11 am. in the lounge bar (9th floor), 3 swimming-pools set in spacious gardens and terraces, daytime and evening entertainment program with dancing lessons, shows, etc., domino, gym with new equipment including sauna and massage services.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Monday, February 03 - Art in Santiago de Cuba, the History of the Spani...
Art in Santiago de Cuba, the History of the Spanish American War and San Juan Hill

Note: Many uneven steps, Artist Collaborative uneven paths

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: People to People Connection: Explore a Performing Arts school and meet with students and faculty. Learn and discuss education in Cuba and especially artistic education in Cuba.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: People to People Connection: This afternoon we drive outside of Santiago to an artist colony where we meet and have a chance to talk with the artists about their work and the role and freedom of artists in Cuba. Later we explore the Museum of the Spanish, Cuban, American war (Spanish American War) and learn about what the Cubans call the war of independence. Later wander San Juan Hill and learn about the battle fought here and made famous by Teddy Roosevelt and the rough riders.

Dinner: Dinner on your own to discover one of the local paladar (private Cuban restaurants run out of people's homes).

Lodging: Melia Santiago

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: PLEASE NOTE: Rural hotels in Cuba are very basic by American standards, while this hotel is the best available, clean and safe, it may not meet our higher expectations.

Contact info:
Maceo 64 e/ General Gomez e Ignacio Agramonte
Camaguey, Cuba
phone: +3229209332292094
web: http://www.hotelgran.com/hotel-gran-hotel-facilities.htm

Room amenities: Air conditioning, baby's cot (on request), balcony (subject to availability), bathroom, double beds, hot & cold water, safe box, radio, satellite TV, telephone and twin beds.

Facility amenities: Bar, café, restaurant, grill, international cuisine, snacks and drinks 24 hours a day, internet, money exchange, reception staff speak Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, medical service, safety - uniformed security personnel 24hrs, shop(s) with basic supplies, souvenirs & gifts, taxis desk, telephone - national & international calls

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Tuesday, February 04 - Discover El Cobre Sanctuary and Bayamo, and Trans...
Note: Today we cover 300 KM as we make our way from Santiago de Cuba to Camaguey. Roads can be bumpy at times.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: This morning we transfer from Camaguey to Santiago de Cuba via Bayamo. the road takes us into the heart of Cuba and you witness some of the most beautiful scenery. This will take about 3 hours with a rest stop along the way. Bayamo was the second city founded by the Spanish in Cuba in 1513. We stop to discover the El Cobre Sanctuary, dedicated to the Patron Saint of Cuba. Here pilgrims from all over Cuba come to pray and ask for favors of the most cherished saint. Afterwards, explore a traditional horse-drawn carriage factory unique only to Bayamo. Meet the craftspeople and learn about this disappearing art.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Bayamo.

Afternoon: People to People Connection: Explore a Visual and Plastic Arts school and meet with students and faculty. Learn and discuss education in Cuba and see the incredible work being done by the rising artists.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Gran Hotel

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

Description: PLEASE NOTE: Rural hotels in Cuba are very basic by American standards, while this hotel is the best available, clean and safe, it may not meet our higher expectations.

Contact info:
Maceo 64 e/ General Gomez e Ignacio Agramonte
Camaguey, Cuba
phone: +3229209332292094
web: http://www.hotelgran.com/hotel-gran-hotel-facilities.htm

Room amenities: Air conditioning, baby's cot (on request), balcony (subject to availability), bathroom, double beds, hot & cold water, safe box, radio, satellite TV, telephone and twin beds.

Facility amenities: Bar, café, restaurant, grill, international cuisine, snacks and drinks 24 hours a day, internet, money exchange, reception staff speak Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, medical service, safety - uniformed security personnel 24hrs, shop(s) with basic supplies, souvenirs & gifts, taxis desk, telephone - national & international calls

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Wednesday, February 05 - Discovering Camaguey, its Squares and its Artists
Note: Extensive use of bicycle rickshaws this morning. You must be able to share the seat with another participant and get on and off the rickshaw with no assistance (step up is 1 - 1.5 Feet)

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: One of the first seven villages founded by the Spaniards in Cuba, Camagüey played a prominent role as the urban centre of an inland territory dedicated to cattle breeding and the sugar industry. It is the 3rd largest city in Cuba and the historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later on bicycle rickshaws we explore the city. We start at the workers square, La Iglesia Nuestra Senor de la Merced, Principe theater, Agromonte park, the farmer's market and end at Carmen square. We end the morning with a People to People Connection: Meet the creator of a very unique public art program that has received UNESCO awards for cultural heritage. Martha Jimenez is a world renowned sculptor and painter, she created the Plaza Carmen Sculpture project and will share with us her motivation and her community around Carmen Square.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Camaguey.

Afternoon: People to People Connection: Camaguey has been blessed by some of the best dancers in Cuba and the city is home to 3 of the best dance companies in Cuba. Today we attend a rehearsal of one of these companies (which is dependent on their touring schedule and we cannot confirm until just a few days prior) and we meet the dancers and enjoy an opportunity to talk about their careers and their art.

Dinner: Dinner at a paladar. People to People Connection: Talk with the family and learn about what it's like to run a private enterprise in Cuba.

Lodging: Gran Hotel

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

Description: PLEASE NOTE: Rural hotels in Cuba are very basic by American standards, while this hotel is the best available, clean and safe, it may not meet our higher expectations.

Contact info:
Maceo 64 e/ General Gomez e Ignacio Agramonte
Camaguey, Cuba
phone: +3229209332292094
web: http://www.hotelgran.com/hotel-gran-hotel-facilities.htm

Room amenities: Air conditioning, baby's cot (on request), balcony (subject to availability), bathroom, double beds, hot & cold water, safe box, radio, satellite TV, telephone and twin beds.

Facility amenities: Bar, café, restaurant, grill, international cuisine, snacks and drinks 24 hours a day, internet, money exchange, reception staff speak Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, medical service, safety - uniformed security personnel 24hrs, shop(s) with basic supplies, souvenirs & gifts, taxis desk, telephone - national & international calls

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Thursday, February 06 - Camaguey and Rural Ranching
Note: While on the ranch some steep steps (10 steps) are unavoidable to get onto the seating observation area and climbing into a horse drawn wagon is required (1 - 1.5 foot climb up)

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: This morning we leave the city center and explore the region outside of Camaguey. People to People Connection: We meet with real Cuban cowboys. Camaguey is the center of livestock in Cuba and outside of the city are a number of ranches. We explore a working ranch and witness the work and the games before engaging the ranchers in a conversation about rural life in Cuba. Later we enjoy another People to People Connection: Next to the ranch is a small rural village were the workers and their family live, meet the local teacher and see and speak with students in the one classroom school. Later visit a humble home and meet the family to hear about life in this very isolated and poor community.

Lunch: Lunch on the ranch.

Afternoon: People to People Connection: This evening we visit a unique Artist studio and meet with 3 artists each using a different medium. This presents the unique opportunity to discuss the role of the Artist in Cuban society and to better understand the level of freedom they are given in their pursuit of creativity. After our meeting we enjoy the performance of a string quartet.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Gran Hotel

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

Description: Hotel Islazul Plaza Sancti Spiritus stands in the old quarter of Sancti Spirtius City, near Trinidad. This hotel is perfect for those who would like to explore this wonderful city, discover its traditions, customs and life of local people. Plaza Hotel was first built in 1843 as a family mansion, but by 1914 it had been transformed into a cafeteria, cake shop, guest house and meeting place for the main landowners in the central region of the country. The premises were reopened in 1996, after being entirely rebuilt in such a way that all the former colonial style features of the building were returned to its original glory.

Ship Information: NA

Contact info:
Calle Independencia No. 1, esq.a Ave. Martires
Sancti Spiritus, Cuba
phone: +Not Available
web: none available

Room amenities: Air Conditioning, Bathroom (ensuite) and Shower only, Hot & Cold Water, In-room Safe (paid), Room service, Satellite TV, Telephone and Terrace or Balcony

Facility amenities: Hotel Plaza is a quite small hotel, only 29 rooms. Its facilities include a 24 hour lobby bar, restaurant that offers National and International cuisines, tourist desk from where you can book various tours to visit the Museum of Colonial Art (the house of a hundred doors), the Main Parish Church (National Monument), the bridge over the Yayabo river, the Ruben Martinez Villena library and many more.

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

Bathroom: Shower only


Day Nine: Friday, February 07 - Discover Sancti Spiritus and the Role of the Writ...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: This morning we depart Camaguey and transfer to Sancti Spiritus the western part of central Cuba. The transfer takes you through some of the most rural and least developed parts of Cuba. We will stop in Sancti Spiritus, another of the original 7 cities founded by the Spaniards. The drive is about 200 KM and with some batroom breaks will take us about 3.5 Hours. We will have Lunch at the hotel and check in for 1 night.

Lunch: Lunch at a plaza in Sancti Spiritus

Afternoon: Field Trip: Discover the Historic center Square of Sancti Spiritus, one of the original 7 Spanish village settlement and also one of the most original Cuban cities we explore. Few tour groups stop to explore this small city, which make it an ideal place for us to enjoy some authentic experiences. People to People Connection: Meet with a local writer that runs a number of community programs and hear about those programs first hand. Then, experience another People to People Connection: Explore the Guayabera Project and Center. Learn about the famous Cuban shirt the Guayabera and the work done by the center.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Plaza Hotel

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

Description: Hotel America is located very close to Leoncio Vidal Central Park and Santa Clara´s Civic Square, the main socio-cultural and economic center of the territory, a place where you can enjoy museums, night clubs, shops, cafes and restaurants. PLEASE NOTE: Rural hotels in Cuba are very basic by American standards, while this hotel is the best available, clean and safe, it may not meet our higher expectations.

Contact info:
Ave. Eucaliptos y Circunvalación. Santa Clara, Villa Clara
Santa Clara, Cuba
phone: +204513
Room amenities: Air conditioning, radio, telephone, and satellite TV.

Facility amenities: Swimming pool, safe (extra charge), internet cafe (24 hrs but very slow), a la carte restaurant with indoor and outdoor terrace, snack-bar, sunbathing area, ideal for entertainment and stage shows, international and national phone service, custodial service for luggage, hair dryers, minibar.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Saturday, February 08 - Discovering the Beauty of Trinidad and Cienfuegos...
Discovering the Beauty of Trinidad and Cienfuegos, UNESCO World Heritage sites

Note: Extensive walking over rounded cobble stone streets is required and can be difficult in Trinidad. Standing and walking in the heat of the day is unavoidable.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: This morning explore Trinidad de Cuba, one of the original Spanish Settlements and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city is a pristine example of Spanish colonial caribbean towns. Before leaving Trinidad, participate in a People to People Connection, meet the owners of a Casa Particular (private B&B) and learn about the challenge they face as a small private business in Cuba.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Trinidad.

Afternoon: This afternoon we drive to Cienfuegos, Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site but a city founded by the French, who came to Cuba after the Haitian revolution. The city offers outstanding architecture and is home to a large artistic community and one of the most beautiful theaters in Cuba. After exploring the city center, enjoy another People to People Connection, meet with members of the local choir and learn about what they do, we have some time to listen and talk to them.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel America

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

Description: Hotel America is located very close to Leoncio Vidal Central Park and Santa Clara´s Civic Square, the main socio-cultural and economic center of the territory, a place where you can enjoy museums, night clubs, shops, cafes and restaurants. PLEASE NOTE: Rural hotels in Cuba are very basic by American standards, while this hotel is the best available, clean and safe, it may not meet our higher expectations.

Contact info:
Ave. Eucaliptos y Circunvalación. Santa Clara, Villa Clara
Santa Clara, Cuba
phone: +204513
Room amenities: Air conditioning, radio, telephone, and satellite TV.

Facility amenities: Swimming pool, safe (extra charge), internet cafe (24 hrs but very slow), a la carte restaurant with indoor and outdoor terrace, snack-bar, sunbathing area, ideal for entertainment and stage shows, international and national phone service, custodial service for luggage, hair dryers, minibar.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Sunday, February 09 - Discovering the People of Santa Clara
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: This morning we explore the main square of Santa Clara before participating in a People to People Connection: Enjoy a visit to the local Cultural center to meet a very special group. Run by an independent theater group for Children, each week this small group of kids get together to rehearse and perform Cuban folk plays and songs. Join the rehearsal and meet the parents and the kids and enjoy a discussion about life in Santa Clara. Later we explore another aspect of life in this city and enjoy another People to People Connection at the local Senior center. Chat and talk about life and learn about what retirement is like in Cuba.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: This afternoon you gain insight into a central figure in the Cuban revolution as you explore the Che Guevera Memorial and Museum. Later enjoy a People to People Connection: Santa Clara’s Troubadour. Meet with some of the best known local trobadours, enjoy a performance and then some time to learn about what they do during an informal discussion.

Dinner: Dinner at leisure at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel America

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 Twelve: Monday, February 10 - Transfer and an Introduction to Havana
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: We start the morning with a drive to Havana along the autopista (highway), the drive is just about 3.5 hours (with stops) and covers almost 300 KM.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Havana

Afternoon: After lunch discover the Revolution Plaza and learn about the monumental events that take place and have taken place here. Later enjoy a drive through the famed Colon Cemetery to see the spectacular crypts built prior to the revolution. We end the afternoon exploring la Cabana Fort overlooking Old Havana and learn about the defense of Havana harbor. Experience a People to People Connection: Visit the dance group Mal Paso and watch a performance with a discussion to follow. Afterwards transfer to the hotel by coach and check in.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

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 Thirteen: Tuesday, February 11 - Discovering Old Havana, Cuban Art and an Urban Fa...
Note: Standing and walking in full sun with limited shade for up to 2 hours is unavoidable in Old Havana.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: We start the morning with an expert presentation: Havana City of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. We then explore Old Havana and have the opportunity to look at the vast types of architecture and see the restoration first hand. We end the Morning with a People to People Connection: Meet with members of a graphics workshop and discuss what they do.

Lunch: Lunch on your own in Old Havana.

Afternoon: After lunch explore the Cuban Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts. Later we end the day with a People to People Connection: Meet with a local family in a nearby suburb of Havana. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy a conversation and compare your experience between Oriente, Camaguey, Trinidad and Havana.

Dinner: Dinner on your own to discover one of the many paladars that have opened in Havana (suggestions will be provided).

Lodging: Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Meals Included: Breakfast
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 Fourteen: Wednesday, February 12 - Cuba - US Relations, Las Terazza a Biosphere Rese...
Cuba - US Relations, Las Terazza a Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage site

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: This morning enjoy an expert presentation: US - Cuba Relations: A Cuban Perspective. We then depart for a full morning of People to People Connections as you interact with students and faculty at a small rural school in Las Terraza. Learn about this rural sustainable project and meet residents, Artists, Artisans and many others who make their lives here in this self sustaining community.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: This afternoon our final People to People Connection allows you to meet with a farmer and his family just outside of the Las Terraza community and learn about his life and the struggle he faces daily.

Dinner: Dinner on your own to discover one of the many paladars that have opened in Havana (suggestions will be provided).

Lodging: Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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 Fifteen: Thursday, February 13 - Cuban Society and Religion, Hemingway, and Commun...
Cuban Society and Religion, Hemingway, and Community Projects and Organizations

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Start the Morning with an expert presentation: Religion and Society in Cuba Today. Later explore Finca la Vigia home and museum, Ernest Hemingway's house.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After Lunch we participate in two People to People Connection's. We start by meeting with nuns at the San Lazaro Hospice to learn about the hospice care they give and about health care in general. Later we travel a few kilometers away to a small town and meet with members of a local community organization that works with young kids and women on health and education.

Dinner: Farewell dinner in Havana.

Lodging: Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Sixteen: Friday, February 14 - Return flight to the U.S.
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer from the hotel to the airport in Havana for your return flight to the US.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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