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.
We will gather in our private meeting room where the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.
Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
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 dinner in the hotel restaurant.Dinner: In the hotel’s Rioja Restaurant.Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Miami Airport & Convention CenterMeals Included: 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: 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: As an “appetizer”, enjoy a performance by a women’s a capella chorale. This is an opportunity not only to hear beautiful voices, but 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
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: Farewell dinner in the hotel.Evening: Evening at leisure and prepare for tomorrow's return to the U.S.Lodging: Hotel JaguaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner