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Program #20437RJ
9 Days | 8 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.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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Patricia from Jensen Beach, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/23/14 - 10/01/14
This was an amazing experience, thanks to the warm and friendly Cuban people and the superb Road Scholar guides. Our guide told us that in Cuba they say: where there is a problem, there is a mojito. We said: where there is a problem, there are Road Scholar guides Lana and Jose Luis, and they make everything turn out wonderfully well.

John from Saint Louis, MO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/23/14 - 10/01/14
The people to Cuba program truly exceeded our expectations! Our tour leaders of Lana and Jose were 2 of the most caring, thorough, organized and fun people we have ever met on any other tours! Cuba now is a country that is changing, albeit very slowly, and to be able to experience it at this juncture in history is amazing!

Margaret from Newton, MA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/23/14 - 10/01/14
I had never been on a tour before and only to get to Cuba did I consider one. This trip exceeded all my expectations. It was relaxing and energizing every day all day.

Scott from Fort Worth, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/03/14 - 06/11/14
This trip by far exceeded my expectations. It was so well planned out and organized. The hotels and food was very good. The tour guide and tour leader worked very well together and answered all the questions. Great bus and bus driver. I am very happy that I took this trip and hope I can return with RS>

Julie from Blakehurst, Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 06/03/14 - 06/11/14
This program helps you not just to visit Cuba, but to understand it.

Terry from Tecumseh, KS Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/20/14 - 05/28/14
Just go! Cuba is fascinating and is at a historical crossroads. We learned so much and had a great time doing it. Talk about unplugging, the internet is very very limited - you can do it!

Freida from Charleston, SC Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 05/13/14 - 05/21/14
RS trip to Cuba was an experience that stretched my mind and filled my heart through interaction with the Cuban people. I came away with a better understanding of the history and culture of Cuba and current US/Cuba relations. During our stay, we were treated to delightful performances by dancers, singers, & musicians along with visits to museums, paladars, artisan markets, and much more. The food and fellowship with our group is also a memory to treasure. I highly recommend this program.

Jean from Columbia, SC Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 05/13/14 - 05/21/14
This program captures the essence of RS travels... it is only the beginning of my desire to know more about this country. Thanks to Marie Elena, our guide, who gave practical guidance and some itinerary tweaking to get us to all planned site visits. Great group of fellow travelers with pertinent observations and questions added to an unforgettable experience. Looking forward to future travels.

Hali from The Hills, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/13/14 - 05/21/14
The program was excellent with a great combination of learning Cuban history, culture and people and lots of fun. Our group leader and tour guide were outstanding. I also met a fine group of fellow travelers. The experience was unforgettable.

Lynda from Santa Clarita, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/15/14 - 04/23/14
If you have never considered going to Cuba ask yourself why. If you are not supportive of the country go there and see why you need to have another perspective on this issue.

Judy from Enterprise, AL Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 05/13/14 - 05/21/14
I refer to this trip as my Cuban Adventure. My brain is filled up with so many things that I want to know more about. Where we stayed in Cienfuegos was an extremely peaceful place. I know there has been a lot of stress on the Cuban people for generations yet they seemed to be very happy overall. I hope to return to Cuban again.

Hilda from Cheltenham, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/20/14 - 05/28/14
For anyone who has ever wanted to visit Cuba you will not be disappointed by this trip. There is a wealth of information/education you will take away.

Robert from Washington, DC Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 05/13/14 - 05/21/14
"Eye Opener" is the phrase that kept recurring, thought by ourselves and heard from others. The usual RS thoughtful and thorough approach to the experience made this both great fun and truly educational. Maria Elena Valdes, our guide, was a key to making it all both intense and relaxed. We did our own tour of Miami's "Little Havana" with David Del Rio before we left, which was really valuable and fun. He and his tour could be a prescribed part of this trip. A practical end note: although active, none of this trip exceeded the capacities of we two octogenarians.

James from Norfolk, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/13/14 - 05/21/14
This was a graduate course in "Cuba Today" compressed into an 8-day crash course. It was a wonderful educational experience.

Ruth from Pittsboro, NC Number of programs attended: 19
Date attended: 04/22/14 - 04/30/14

Joyce from Plano, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/08/14 - 04/17/14
The tour was delightful, with knowledgeable and fun RS guide who definitely earned her money on our trip. Local guides and the Cuban guide who accompanied our tour were friendly and shared freely about their country. Havana was exciting with a lot of history. Loved the classic cars and architecture. The People-to-People experiences with dance troupe, arts school, San Lazario hospital, elderly citizens who danced with us, paladares, swimming in the infamous Bay of Pigs at Playa Largo were highlights. People were very welcoming and friendly. Our hope is that relations between US and Cuba will open up in the near future. Thanks RS for a great tour - highly recommended to others.

Patricia from Santa Clarita, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/15/14 - 04/23/14
The Cuba trip to Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad and Santa Clara was excellent - about 1/3 of our group were women traveling by themselves and we all had a wonderful time - we were just one big family of 24 that mixed and matched when doing before or after hours things like watching the sun rise or going to a late night entertainment in the hotel or the "on your own dinner". I will definitely use Road Scholar again and most likely go to Cuba again.The RS tour guide and the Cuba tour guide and bus driver were amazing.

Sandra from El Cerrito, CA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 04/08/14 - 04/17/14
This program will make you uncomfortably aware of how the United States has interfered with and played a major part in keeping Cuba in the state it is in. But seeing what Cuba as accomplished with so little resources is amazing, incredible, unbelievable. It will astound you!

Michael from San Antonio, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/08/14 - 04/17/14
I don't care if you have to sell your kidneys, you need to visit Cuba.

Judith from Homer, AK Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 04/08/14 - 04/17/14
I no longer receive program notices on the email except for the trips I actually sign up for. My first trip was determined from an email. I have tried to express that I no longer get he program emails but no one listens! Recently I heard a program on NPR telling us about how many trees that were cut for the advertising for Victoria's Secret! I'm thinking that Road Scholar must at least come in second for the amount of trees that are cut for the amount of paper advertising that I receive each week in the mail. Road Scholar needs to address this issue. It would help to cut some very expensive costs for publishing and mailing!

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George from Shawnee Mission, KS Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 04/01/14 - 04/09/14
I was a bit apprensive about this trip before going, because of all of the special arrangements even though we had been to Haiti 18 months before. All of my concerns were unfounded. All arrangements went absolutely smoothly. The entire trip was well planned, well conducted, interesting and enjoyable. All of our staff were most personable and attentive and extremely well informed. The things that stick in my mind are the informative lectures, the arts (especially the music) and the resourcefulness of the people in creating jobs to enhance their resources. I would recommend the trip to anyone who is interested in American History and Cuba's role in it.

William from Athens, GA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/08/14 - 04/16/14
The Cuba People to People program was excellent in every way. It was most informative and enjoyable, and our tour guide made the entire visit to Cuba a pleasure. In addition, the food was delicious and the entertainment provided by local musicians at each location was wonderful. We learned a lot during this short period, and made me want to enroll again for comparable trips to Cuba and other locations throughout the world.

Rebecca from West End, NC Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/01/14 - 04/09/14
A great trip that took me out of my comfort zone and showed me a part of the world I really had no experience in.

Michael from Storrs, CT Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/25/14 - 04/02/14
The tour that Cuqui and Guillermo provided was an informative, lively, entertaining, and fascinating glimpse of Cuba and its people. Each day was full of intriguing and stimulating visits with a variety of people, sites, and organizations, all designed to broaden and complicate whatever assumptions and preconceptions we might have had while, simultaneously revealing the very real problems and issues that the country endures.

Mary from Wichita Falls, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/01/14 - 04/09/14
I did't know Americans could go to Cuba before I learned about Road Scholar. I was excited just to be going to Cuba. It was one of the best trips I have ever taken. Cuba is a beautiful country. I gained alot from the learning experiences, meeting Cuban people and hearing more about USA and Cuban relations from Cubans. It was a very active trip with little free time but I wouldn't have wanted to miss out on any of the activities we had. Seeing the dance company, the school for art and music and dance, hearing the choir, meeting Cuban people in their homes, swimming in the Bay of Pigs, the beautiful architecture, the old cars, visiting the senior center and that is just some of what we did. Go to Cuba.

Anne from Midlothian, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/25/14 - 04/02/14
This experience in Cuba was magical, thanks to our leader Cuqui, our Cuban guide Guillermo, our bus driver Rey, and my fellow travelers. All of them are the best. Our experience included expert lecturers who gave us a good overview of Cuba's history and current condition. It also provided a personal view of different parts of the country and delightful personal interactions with Cubans. Our visits with Cubans in various locations, such as homes, schools, restaurants, were so enjoyable and impressive. We talked, we laughed, we sang, we danced, we ate. We fell under the spell of the Cuban music, that I have always loved.

Karen from Mount Holly, VT Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/25/14 - 04/02/14
Cuba had long been a subject of fascination for me, and I was worried that the trip would not live up to expectations. In fact, the Cuba Today trip exceeded every expectation. Our coordinator Cuqui was caring, knowledgeable and so well-known in Cuba that our trip was that much more delightful. Guillermo our tour guide was charming, thoughtful and open about life in his beautiful country. Our driver was a magician. The lectures, performances, meals and tours were fascinating, enriching and thought-provoking. As exhausted as I was at the end, it left me wanting more!

Anna from Montague, MA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/25/14 - 04/02/14
Cuba Today was a life changing trip for me. My world view was broadened thanks to the knowledge and kindness of our guide Cuqui and Guillermo and incredible speakers along the way.

Judy from Jensen Beach, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/04/14 - 03/12/14
The Cuba trip is a must see and do. It will greatly increase our awareness of the Cuban situation. We look forward to seeing the country take on a more open status in the years to come.

Dennis from Sturgeon Bay, WI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/04/14 - 03/12/14
due to our group leaders, Cuqui and Hector , we were well informed , exposed and grew from our Cuban experience

Patricia from Menominee, MI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/11/14 - 02/19/14
The web site was marvelous. Very interactive. Except, I couldn't discover who was going to be on our group tour before we left for the trip.

Frances from Tucson, AZ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/18/14 - 03/27/14
Considering the current troubled relationship between the US and Cuba, the Cuban People to People tour is highly recommended. Exposure to Cuban people and outstanding lectures by University of Havana professors helped to clarify the Cuban position for me.

Emily from Portland, OR Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 03/11/14 - 03/20/14
I would encourage everyone to take the trip,to Cuba. It was very enlightening , educational as well as fun. The participants were compatible, the guides extremely well informed, congenial and helpful. The opportunity to visit and see first hand various parts of the culture and economy was priceless. I also had the opportunity, while seeking the perfect espresso and café cubano, to practice español and spanglish with many people. Everyone was reactive to conversation both in English and Spanish. You will never regret this trip. The only regret would not taking it!

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