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Program #20610RJ
10 Days | 9 Nights
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Marianne Ham Apr 21, 2015 at 07:40 PM

For those of you on this post who've been to Cuba already you might want to consider Philadelphia! The NY Times 52 places to go in 2015 listed Cuba #2 and Philadelphia #3. We have some great Road Scholar Programs ...just a little commercial. I might even be your Group leader.

Marianne Ham Apr 21, 2015 at 07:38 PM

Thanks Jeffrey ...I have always kept my passport with me on any trip out of the country for as long as I can remember. It just FELT better and sometimes in Europe they would ask to see a passport when you were purchasing something in a shop using a credit card. So I got into the habit. I also carry a copy of the inside page of my passport and leave that in the hotel and then I also leave one with someone at home. I agree with you about the money ...sometimes it's just easier to not get involved and let anyone know what you have to begin with.

Jeffrey Hamann Apr 21, 2015 at 06:34 PM

I was told that the room safes were not dependable. So I kept my passport with me the entire trip. I had some money in my backpack. I figured that I could lose most anything, but my passport.
Terry Heller Apr 21, 2015 at 07:15 PM

We used it after they fixed it at the Hotel National

Marianne Ham Apr 21, 2015 at 06:01 PM

Jeffrey ...did you use a central hotel safe for your cash or a safe in your room?

Jeffrey Hamann Apr 21, 2015 at 05:26 PM

Just back from Cuba: Art, Dance, Baseball player. It was one of the best tours I have ever attended. I took about $800 U.S which was exchanged at the Hotel in Havana (open 24 hrs). I bought some art with U.S. dollars which the artist gladly took.
The people are so wonderful and really appreciate tips in Cuban money. We walked the streets one night when we were a little lost and felt very safe in the neighborhoods.

ENJOY :) :)

Marianne Ham Apr 20, 2015 at 11:13 AM

We are not supposed to bring any amount of cash ...the info gave the $500 figure as a suggestion since they do not accept credit cards from American banks in Cuba. Also we may want to purchase things and we have the usual out of pocket for drinks (if we want wine or something) as well as the departure fee from Cuba that has to be paid in cash. I'm sure less would be fine ...it was only a suggested amount. Marianne
Susan Sandler Apr 20, 2015 at 07:38 PM

I leave tomorrow for Miami...program starts officially on Wednesday evening.....We fly to Havana on Thursday. The cash would be mostly for purchases, I think...
Jeffrey Hamann Apr 21, 2015 at 05:20 PM

Stephanie Buffum Apr 19, 2015 at 07:38 PM

Why do you think we're suppose to bring so much cash?

Marianne Ham Apr 18, 2015 at 07:41 PM

Thank you Susan ...I see no reason why what you read would not be true ...it sounds very viable as the hotel workers probably make more than anyone else. People there need money and I can see them selling things. Since RS does so many programs in Cuba and works with so many organizations there I'm sure they know exactly what to do and how to do it. One of the big advantages of traveling with RS. They know what they are doing! Marianne

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22 meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
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