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Christopher from Orland Park, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/25/16 - 02/02/16
I could not get the last dialog box to hold my statements about why and how I was changed by the program. I tried three times and ended up leaving it blank.

Leslie from Lake Worth, FL Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 01/09/16 - 01/17/16
One of the best travel experiences I ever had.

Gail from Denver, NC Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 12/21/15 - 12/29/15
This program was so far beyond my expectations I was unable to contain my comments to the 2000 character limit. The music, the art, the dance, the center for the elderly, for the special needs children, all wonderful. Our group, our leaders and the Cubans all unforgettable.

Shondra from St Petersburg, FL Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 12/10/15 - 12/18/15
I can't recommend this trip enough. It was so filled with wonderful experiences. And everyone was kept extremely busy. Thank you Manuel for such a great experience.

Gerald from Tallahassee, FL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 12/23/15 - 12/31/15
Exceeded my expectations. Educational and thoroughly delightful.

Joanna from Sacramento, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 12/05/15 - 12/13/15
This program provides lots of interesting activities and opportunities to have positive interactions with people of Cuba. There's a wide variety of activities to engage in. The tour is at an easy, comfortable pace and is well organized. I'm am not previously a "tour person" and I am glad I went.

Robert W from Des Moines, IA Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 12/21/15 - 12/29/15
Will recommend to all our dancing friends as that was one of the highlights we loved.

Michael from Medford, WI Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 12/07/15 - 12/15/15
If you like art and dance and music and want to learn what's going on in Cuba on that front, this trip is for you.

Elisabeth from Oberlin, OH Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 12/09/15 - 12/17/15
The Cuban People to People program surpassed my expectations. We met, saw, participated, reveled and discussed everything together. Our group was extremely congenial, and the leadership above and beyond.

Gennaro from Mechanicville, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/14/15 - 11/22/15
Money exchange is as easier than going to the Bank in the US. Hotel National de Havana has a money exchange right in the main lobby. You can change your US Dollars to Cuban Pesos as you need. Cashiers are there from morning thru evening. 1 Cuban Peso will cost you approx. $1.15. or to put it the other way $1 is worth only 87cents Cuban. The monetary system is like in the US. You can break down your Peso into 20, 10, 5 and 1 bills paper money, also into coins of 50, 25, 10 and 5 cents. Then spend just like you are at home. Prices are generally lower than here for similar items.

Dominic from Dunmore, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/11/15 - 11/19/15
Road Scholar Cuba tour is wonderful.

Christine from Ashford, CT Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 11/28/15 - 12/06/15
The trip "Cuba Today; People and Society - Havana and the Countryside" was so much more than I expected. We met and talked to interesting and welcoming artists, farmers, dancers, and entrepreneurs in their own spaces and had the feeling of being "in" Cuba instead of "above" it because of these visits. Our Cuban leader and the Road Scholar group leader were both first class, very knowledgeable, and answered any and every question fully. We ate some exceptional meals in newer "paladors" and, even better, at a community arts center and at a small organic Finca. I want to go back.

Matthew from Decatur, GA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 11/11/15 - 11/19/15
Cuba was great. The group was great. The Staff was wonderful, the food was delicious, the cars were great, the artists were great, the music was great, the singers and dancers were great, and the weather was perfect.

George from Cookeville, TN Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 11/12/15 - 11/20/15
This was a wonderful, educational and interesting trip with very informative and interesting guides. What was crammed into eight days was mind boggling. As I tried to digest the last venture, I was already being introduced to the next venture. it fulfilled a long time wish to visit Cuba and see if it was really as bad since the Revolution as our government told us it was. it certainly was not! It was amazing to me how enterprising and ambitious the Cuban people are. They are taking advantage of every opportunity afforded them to prosper. It was interesting to learn that the Castros are very low key and live like every other Cuban. There are no homeless in Cuba!

David from Worthington, OH Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/11/15 - 11/19/15
A delightful tour for people interested in learning about the Cuban people and the current living situation in Cuba.

Mary from Wichita, KS Number of programs attended: 16
Date attended: 10/24/15 - 11/01/15
Cuba is a breath-takingly beautiful island, so close to our shores, yet years away, due to political ideology, deprivation and the hardheartedness of those who lost property and left, (and who are determined to make the people of Cuba continue to suffer--even 50 years later). Yet their educational system has produced amazing visual art, dance, sports and music professionals. This program gives you an opportunity to see the old and new, and to understand the challenges and frustrations the people face. The hotels are fantastic, the food is delicious and--for visitors--abundant. It is fascinating to see how technology has crept in, as well as how effectively industry and consumer goods have been kept out.

Jeanne from Alexandria Bay, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/07/15 - 11/15/15
It was a wonderful experience interacting with the warm and friendly Cuban people. I hope we left as good an impression on them as they did for us. It was enlightening and changed my conception of Cuba. Julie and Vivien were the best guides possible. I look forward to more Road Scholar travels.

Douglas from Pittsford, NY Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 11/11/15 - 11/19/15
"Cuba Today" was a rare opportunity to meet and interact with real Cubans. Road Scholar has made many unique connections with artists, dancers, and community projects. We also were able to select private restaurants on our own. Highly recommended

Alice V from New York, NY Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 11/11/15 - 11/19/15
"Cuba Today" was an extraordinary experience where you truly connect with the everyday people, artists, dancers, musicians and more; truly an unforgettable experience. Hope to return to Cuba with Road Scholar.

Elisabeth from New York, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/07/15 - 11/15/15
Anyone interested in getting to know more about Cuba, especially Havana, and Cuban music, dance, art culture should try this program.

Shannon from Woburn, MA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/28/15 - 10/06/15
The people of Cuba are absolutely amazing! They seem to be very happy, hard working, and dedicated individuals. I recommend anyone to go, you will not regret it!

Kate from Henderson, NV Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/28/15 - 10/06/15
Cuba was exactly what I thought it would be. Cuba was nothing like what I thought it would be. My expectations about a country in a state of arrested decay were absolutely true. Havana was once a fine, wealthy city with mahogany doors and marble floors. Then imagine that great city lying almost untouched for 50 years. Every sidewalk, and almost every building, is crumbling. What wasn't what I thought it would be: Somehow, I thought the government, and the legend of Fidel, would be more oppressive. It wasn't. In fact, it was hardly there at all. Cubans appear to be ordinary people living life. Or perhaps, EXTRAORDINARY people. Despite the poverty, it's rich and warm. And fun. Just go.

Julius from HOUSTON, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/05/15 - 10/13/15
The program was outstanding.Recommend it to people who are interested in seeing Cuba before it changes.The tour leaders were very helpful and always available and nothing was too much for them. The only drawback was that at least forty per cent of our group got sick which I guess is a risk when you go to these kinds of places.My wife and myself were very particular on what we ate and so remained healthy.

Constance from Fort Worth, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/28/15 - 10/06/15
as a long-time world traveler , cuba finally made my list of people and places to see. i loved every minute of the trip, the instructors, the guides, the participants, the sights and the cuban people. open your mind and your heart to this excellent experience. constance rees, ph.d.

Joyce from Ambler, PA Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 10/07/15 - 10/15/15
This program exceeded my expectations in every way. Just arrived home last night and I am already emailing and texting pictures to friends and relatives. During the trip we all kept saying to each other, "I'm so happy I did this (traveled to Cuba)"

Bill from Hartsdale, NY Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 10/07/15 - 10/15/15
This is the trip of a lifetime. Very well designed for the first time traveler to Cuba. We got to interact with the locals. We were blessed with beautiful weather and congenial fellow travelers. The guides were great.

Mary from Santa Monica, CA Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 10/05/15 - 10/13/15
A great way to travel and learn about the world. Your guides will take care of you in comfort and style and you will meet new friends.

Carl from Morristown, NJ Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 09/30/15 - 10/08/15
This was a great time to visit Cuba (Oct 2015), but it would have been a difficult rip to negotiate on your own. Road Scholar not only did a great job of managing the logistics, but they ensured understanding of the people and culture rather than just the sites. It was a great trip; we learned and we had a lot of fun. This was my first Road Scholar adventure, and I am looking forward to many more.

Diana from Manning, SC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/28/15 - 10/06/15
Road Scholar did an excellent job. This was our first time taking a tour with them but it will not be our last.

Henry from Manning, SC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/28/15 - 10/06/15
This was an awe inspiring trip. Meeting the people of Cuba are so heart warming. We wanted to bring everyone we met home with us. Road Scholar put us in the best hotels and gave us a spectacular tour. Our tour leader Carol and our Cuban leader Jo were the best. They provided us with a lot of information and helped with any problems we had and also provided some extra surprises. I can't say enough about how happy we were with this tour.

Roberta from Tarrytown, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/28/15 - 10/06/15
The program exceeded my expectations and was over the top in terms of delivering everything (and more) that was detailed in the program description. It was worth every penny!!

Thomas from CARMEL, CA Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 09/30/15 - 10/08/15
What an eye-opener for so many of us; that Cuba is a vibrant, exciting, beautiful, and industrious nation, filled with people who treat us Americans like cousins. A trip of a life-time!!!

Patricia from East Wenatchee, WA Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 09/28/15 - 10/06/15
AS someone who has always been an independent traveler, I wondered if I would truly enjoy a group experience. This program far exceeded my expectations and left me enlightened, enriched entertained, and energized. I would recommend it highly to anyone.

Patricia from Bronx, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/01/15 - 07/09/15
I found the website a little overwhelming but I was able to call and speak to someone on the phone when I had questions.

Barbara from Portland, OR Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/01/15 - 07/09/15
The trip to Cuba exceeded my expectations in virtually every regard. On the first day of the program the program leader used the metaphor of peeling the layers of an onion to describe how we would come to understand the complexity of Cuban society. It is an apt metaphor and one that helped me make sense of the multitude of experiences provided on this trip.

Debra from Fripp Island, SC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/24/15 - 07/02/15
The program that my husband and I attended was "The People of Cuba: Meet Leading Musicians, Athletes and Artists", program #20610. We went at the end of June into the first of July and had an absolutely wonderful experience, despite the intense heat. Our American group leader, Lana, couldn't have been more compassionate or solicitous; and our Cuban leader, Vivien, went in depth with her knowledge of Cuba and with her kindness,understanding and insight. Our accommodations were excellent; the food and drinks were plentiful and delicious (although we both got sick at one point: my husband in Havana and I in Varadero); the bus was clean, air conditioned and very comfortable; and the people to people interactions were interesting and heart-warming I felt like I had taken a graduate course on Cuba after experiencing Vivien's lectures and taking the field trips and I was honored to be in Cuba at this time of hope and change. This trip totally exceeded my expectations and I recommend it highly. My husband says, "Ditto".

Marilyn from Evanston, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/11/15 - 05/19/15
As an independent national and international traveler, the 'Cuba and Its People' program was my first organized travel program and first RS program. From my first contact with the RS staff to the time we took off from Miami to Havana and our return, the program, the leadership, the learning experiences in Cuba, and the camaraderie of the group, were all memorable. I cannot say enough about this program and all one would see and experience. Be open and flexible on this adventure....just go!

Sara from Olympia, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/24/15 - 07/02/15
President Obama announced the resumption of diplomatic ties between the US and Cuba during the June 24-July 2 tour. It was an incredible opportunity to see and experience the country first-hand knowing it will be in the news in the coming weeks and months. Both Kerry and Obama will presumably stay at the gorgeous and historic Hotel Nacionel, as do Road Scholars! I urge you to go now, and be assured, as I saw, that some of the program fees go towards each of the people-to-people connections, as did any of our purchases of t- shirts or CDs after the interactions. Our group leader well-prepared us prior to departure, dealt with the myriad arrangements during the week and accompanied us until baggage claim on the return to Miami. Our Cuban guide and driver were outstanding. I am younger than most RS participants and a fiercely independent traveler but navigating Cuba, even if you are fluent in Spanish (I am not) would be a nightmare. It was well-worth moving at a much slower pace and adhering to the day's agenda for all I gained. Adequate free time was built into each day, whether to explore on your own or just relax in and around either if the beautiful properties. The food was plentiful, and much attention paid to our remaining healthy. Several in my group became ill the first day but it's not clear it was Cuba-related food. You will eat primarily in the private restaurants or the hotels. I strongly recommend going to Old Havana in Miami and also the Bay of Pigs Museum. Both really enhanced my understanding of both perspectives. The other participants were friendly and welcoming, and 4-5 were single travelers like me. While currently rated as "active" I would disagree. We did very little walking and the pace was very slow when we did. There are some stairs here and there and rough cobblestones occasionally, but always elevators as an option and assistance on and off the bus. Some in my group used walking aids. Maybe this is subjective?

Kathryn from Newark, DE Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/10/15 - 06/18/15
This program gave us an opportunity to learn about Cuba and to meet a variety of Cubans that we never would have met as tourists. The programs gave us a variety of contacts with different artists, dancers and community facilities. Participants were interesting and kind. The guide and leader were very knowledgeable, helpful and just overall great peopole. Fantastic experience. It was my first Road Scholar experience and I plan to join others.

Karen from Denver, CO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/10/15 - 06/18/15
Go to Cuba now so you'll have some perspective when Kentucky Fried Chicken opens up next to a Starbucks. Seeing/experiencing Cuba in the intense Road Scholar way is the only way to "know" Cuba. Otherwise, you will be just a tourist and could be anywhere there is a beach,sand and Mojitos. This trip was well organized and well led. The weather interrupted our schedule, but our guide Vivian and leader Cuqui weren't ruffled and still managed to fit everything in. The food is good and plentiful. The traveling companions were well-traveled and amazingly up for anything no matter their ages. Many singles, so if you are a single traveler, Don't let that stop you. Cuba fills your heart.

Geraldina from Nutley, NJ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/27/15 - 06/04/15
I recommend this trip if you have the curiosity about Cuba and its people, you will have the opportunity to meet and talk to them, listen to their music, enjoy their culture, learn about their history. It is a beautiful country overall. Also, you will travel with interesting people, too.

Barbara from Wellesley, MA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 05/27/15 - 06/04/15
Go to Cuba! You will have a better understanding of how resilient people can be in spite of a controlling government and limited resources.

Laura from Baton Rouge, LA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/20/15 - 04/28/15
Such a wonderful tour -- don't hesitate, if you are interested!! Fast paced, packed with amazing tours, visits with artists, dancers, musicians. If you are lucky enough to get the tour guide I had -- Maria Gross -- you will be in heaven -- she is a joy!! It is very educational -- you will come away with a full understanding of Cuban politics. I loved every single second of the tour. 5 days in Havana & then 2 glorious days at Varadero Beach Resort.... One word of advice: be VERY careful about what you eat & get your Hep A, B & Typhoid vaccines prior to going... several members of our group got rather ill......

Constantine from Charlestown, MA Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 05/06/15 - 05/14/15
Cuba is a fascinating country hoping to improve its economy by increased trade with the US. The people are friendly, hard-working and good looking. This is a thoroughly enjoyable, interesting and eye-opening trip.

Madeline from Dallas, TX Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 05/11/15 - 05/19/15
If you want to have a wonderful experience in Cuba this is the way to do it. RS guides (in US and Cuba) and bus driver in Cuba were all caring and efficient. The Cuban people were open and welcoming. The food was delicious and the accommodations were first-class for Cuba. Go before McDonald's gets there!

Catherine from Roslindale, MA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/20/15 - 04/28/15
I have never taken a Road Scholar trip before and have not taken an organized tour in more than 15 years but I loved every minute of my trip to Cuba.

Harriet from Ridge Manor, FL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/11/15 - 05/19/15
Here's what I received for the money: I got to learn about how inventive, resourceful, and proud the Cuban people are. I learned just how hard the American embargo has been for the average Cuban I got meet artists, dancers and musicians. Cubans are warm, inviting, proud of their high literacy rate and their healthcare system. They love their educational system, too. The sooner you can go, the better.

Evelyn from Sammamish, WA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/11/15 - 05/19/15
Go to Cuba now! It is more than what we have expected. It is indeed learning about what people in Cuba have gone through these last 50 years and feeling their enthusiasm about the future of friendship between US and Cuba. Great guides and driver. They took good care of us Home cooked meals at the farm and community art center debunked the myth about bad food in Cuba. In fact, local food is still organic...no pesticide, herbicides (because they can't afford to buy them)! Better than many of our bastardized mass produced products in the USA which we call food.

Robert from Rueil Malmaison, Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 05/04/15 - 05/12/15
We very much enjoyed this program and all of its aspects. One suggestion would be to skip the Bebo visit. This old man was grinding very old axes. The Cuban people are dynamic, warm, enterprising.

Anita from Annapolis, MD Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/06/15 - 05/14/15
Came away with a greater understanding and appreciation for the Cuban people and their system of government. They are warm hearted, ,hungry for building links with the United States,intelligent,hard working, hopefully for their future, incredibly resourceful, family orientated,fun loving.

Donna from Newburyport, MA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/04/15 - 05/12/15
we just loved this program and Cuba in general. Would enjoy seeing more of the country. all the people on our tour were great to travel with, the RS guide was the best. Hope to here from others who traveled on May 4th.

Donna from Austin, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/04/15 - 05/12/15
Cuba..never thought that I would travel there and be fully engaged with the people who live there. All ages...everyone was so happy and eager to share they information and their homes I want to go back.

Joshua from Oak Park, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/09/15 - 03/17/15
Highlights: (a) how fascinating Cuba is now--old character plus optimism about the future, (b) excellent educational/cultural events in Cuba (c) extremely knowledgeable and personable Cuban guide. Our events included an outstanding presentation on Cuban music; two excellent dance performances; interesting meetings with visual artists; and a meeting with journalists who were open and candid about life in Cuba. Poorly managed trips to an elder facility and a cigar-factory outlet store were rare duds. Downsides: The most DISorganized tour ever! Deviations from plan are inevitable, but our Road Scholar trip coordinator seemed never to know what was going to happen next and thus gave us minimal information. She was defensive in response to questions about logistics. She knew little about Cuba and gave us some very strange misinformation. She led us to expect harassment by Cuban officials (there was none), said not to stray far from our hotel (Why? The crime rate is low, the people are friendly, it’s easy to find your way and easy to get a taxi back), and didn’t know about the two Cuban currencies or current rules on what we could bring back. That said, she did work hard to fix any problems that arose, and some of the misinformation seems to have come from Road Scholar itself, whose written materials are out of date and have a needlessly hostile, anxious tone. (Written by anti-Castro expats?) Our hotel (the Nacional) was very nice, though room sizes vary a lot. A last-day stay at a Spanish-run resort was pleasant. Food was variable, starting with a truly awful Miami hotel dinner. In Cuba, meals ranged from very nice restaurant dinners to dreadful box lunches. People with food preferences are poorly accommodated. And the organizers need to be more careful with food: Almost all of us suffered some food-related problems (though nothing too serious). Meals had lots of lettuce and raw vegetables, which it’s good practice to avoid outside of wealthy countries.

Paul from Burlingame, CA Number of programs attended: 16
Date attended: 04/15/15 - 04/23/15
Road Scholar provides a wonderful window into the lives of a people and a country which has remained somewhat a mystery for over fifty years. The activities and lectures rounded out a picture of the art, music and dance of these lively and friendly people.

Mary from Philadelphia, PA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 04/06/15 - 04/14/15
This was a wonderful introduction to Cuba. We learned a great deal, met many friendly Cubans who seemed to enjoy meeting us, and had our eyes opened in many ways.

Beatrice from Bakersfield, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/13/15 - 04/21/15
To learn about the arts and people of Cuba, this program is outstanding and a must!

Hilary from Narragansett, RI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/25/15 - 04/02/15
To experience Cuba at this moment in time seemed essential to me, before the US has easy access to the culture. I respect the Cuban experiment, though I may have seen it through rose-colored glasses. I would go and make your own judgment. But hurry! Who knows how it will change once we have an eased relationship? (Hopefully that will happen.) The Road Scholar trip is a great way to go!

Donna from Santa Rosa, CA Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 04/09/15 - 04/17/15
Now is the perfect time to participate in a Road Scholar program in Cuba. Cubans welcomed us with big smiles, eager greetings, and optimism about the new future of their country. An exciting time to be there. Donna Love, Santa Rosa, CA

Nancy from Crystal Lake, IL Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 03/18/15 - 03/26/15
When I am asked which trip I have taken was my favorite, this trip will be one of a few at the top of my list. I am still savoring all of the numerous and varied experiences. I would not have missed a moment. Our leaders were knowledgeable and enjoyable. The Hotel Nacional was a deco trip into the past. Each experience was unique, educational and enjoyable from private dance and music performances to the seniors singing to us at the senior center and everything in-between and after. The people were all welcoming and helpful and we had many opportunities to meet them. Our group of travelers was an added joy to this trip. A flexible fun group who were up for anything. This trip met my expectations and beyond. If you are going be prepared for a fast pace and to be flexible and you will have an unforgettable experience. The only thing I would change would be to make it a little longer. I wasn't ready for it to be over. Guess I will just have to go back!

Bob from Westland, MI Number of programs attended: 22
Date attended: 03/18/15 - 03/26/15
If you want to learn about Cuban the culture, arts and people of this island than this is the program for you. This is truly a people to people program. It was a most enriching experience.

Patricia from Chicago, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/11/15 - 03/19/15
Some of the most pleasant moments of my travelling experience were just sitting in the open air, in the shade of the umbrella, with a pina coloda in hand. The Nacional is like a friendly old dowager, rich with life and culture. Melia Varaderos is a lively, modern, totally indulgent reminder of youth. Both offered every creature comfort. I intend to visit both again.

Michael from Chicago Heights, IL Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 03/18/15 - 03/26/15
Excellent program. Exceeded my expectations. Cuba is so much more complex than just old cars and historic structures. The people were warm and welcoming. The program coordinator and local expert were very good and really helped to introduce us to the people and culture of Cuba. The entire group of 22 was a joy to be with!

Carol from Mariposa, CA Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 03/04/15 - 03/12/15
Great trip. The Cuban people were so warm and open and friendly. $500 is not enough money. Don't take the $5 hop on/hop off bus at Valadero unless you are up for being crushed by a crowd; having 30 minute breaks by the driver. I ended up getting stranded in town. The gluten free option is a laugh. My meal was served 45 minutes after everyone else. I was expecting some on the range of 4-5 on a scale of 10. The trip was actually a 9-10. You won't mistake the Nacional Hotel for a Marriott; it is historic. The food was way beyond my expectations. I thought a palavar was eating at a table with Mom and Pop. Actually it was a ***** star restaurant. Be prepared for a brisk schedule. The people in my group were wonderful. The best thing that happened was: walking back to the hotel at 10:30 p.m. (something I would not do at home) and singing "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" with five teenage Cuban boys. The resort in Valadero was like Hawaii in the late 1960's. Overall; it was the best trip I have even been on and I'm already signed up to go again next year.

Leonard from Empire, MI Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 03/18/15 - 03/26/15
If you are interested in finding out what Cuba is really about, undertake this program . . . it is eyeopening . . . people to people interaction will always surpass politics.

Sondra from Huntington, NY Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 03/09/15 - 03/17/15
It was a wonderful informative trip with a lot to see

Susan from Tinley Park, IL Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 03/04/15 - 03/12/15
Cuba is an interesting country and the people are wonderful. You will probably come back with more questions than answers. But be advised not many Cubans speak English so brush up on your Spanish and bring along a dictionary or translator app for your interactions.

Mona from Washington, DC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/02/15 - 03/10/15
I have just returned from unforgetable and unexpectedly incredible and amazing trip to Cuba with Road Scholar. Thank you Road Scholar for making it possible. Everything was delivered as promised and even better! This was my first trip with Road Scholar and I will consider others. I highly recommend; both the travel to Cuba and traveling with Road Scholar!

Carol from Doylestown, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/04/15 - 03/12/15
My trip to Cuba was an eye opener into a complex and fascinating island country. The people we met were friendly, creative and hopeful for a new association with the US. Visiting at this time of rapid political change made the visit especially exciting. My understanding of Cuba has increased a million fold!

Andrea from Los Angeles, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/18/15 - 02/26/15
My Road Scholar trip to Cuba is now one of my all-time favorites and I have been on many trips all over the world. The variety of experiences Road Scholar planned for us was really great. I got to meet and speak with the local dancers, students, elderly people, children of all ages and listen to fabulous music, have dancers a foot away from me, and see wonderful art works of all types up close and personal. If you don't like standing in one place for very long, this trip is not for you, however. I hope they cut down on this because not being able to move around for sometimes as long at 20-30 minutes is very uncomfortable. Otherwise, the overall experience was simply great.

June from Murfreesboro, TN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/23/15 - 03/03/15
A fantastic trip. I'm ready to do it again!

Joyce from Buffalo, NY Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 02/09/15 - 02/17/15
I recently returned from the Cuban Evolution in the Arts and Free Enterprise trip. It was such a wonderful experience that I would highly recommend it to anyone who has long held a desire to visit Cuba. The group experience was delightful, the people we met were loving and welcoming and I hope to return.

Pearl from Delray Beach, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/11/15 - 02/19/15
Our Road Scholar trip to Cuba met all our expectations and then some! I intend to recommend it to everyone I can at our Senior Centre. Unfortunately, most of my close personal friends are well into their 80's, use walkers or have breathing problems. But if all you need is a cane --- go for it! We did and we're both 87 yrs. young!

Joan from Oakland, CA Number of programs attended: 16
Date attended: 02/09/15 - 02/17/15
Delightful and surprising experience, greatly enhanced by our in-country guide, Israel Olivera, who was attentive, intelligent, honest and funny. He was the perfect person to introduce us to the creative and resilient people of Cuba.

Rosa from Washington, DC Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 02/04/15 - 02/12/15
Having the opportunity to meet with everyday people helped me understand more the need for more open communications and interchanges between our two countries.

Peter from Charleston, SC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/28/15 - 02/05/15
The arts emphasis makes the Road Scholar Cuba visit exceptional. Meeting artists from different generations with different views of life in Cuba over the last 50 years was both interesting and important to our understanding of the country and of art as well. Our guides were splendid; the Cuban people were welcoming; the food was delightful; the prospects for a renewed relationship between our countries are very hopeful indeed.

Martha from Nashville, TN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/28/15 - 02/05/15
My eyes and my heart are filled with memories of Cuba. Go now, if you can. This was my first Road Scholar trip(adventure) and I could not have chosen better. Everything ran as smooth as silk.

Eloise from Davis, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/21/15 - 01/29/15
I cannot say enough good things about The Cuban Evolution in the Arts and Free Enterprise program. It totally exceeded my expectations. It was my first Road Scholar trip and I cannot wait to take another one.

Thomas from Urbana, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/21/15 - 01/29/15
Cuba is visually stimulating. You will be pleased by the sights and sounds. I suggest carrying a good camera if that's your thing. And the interaction with Cubans was intense and rewarding

Lenore from New York, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/07/15 - 01/15/15
I thought I had posted a review of this trip but I don't see it so here it goes again. I have traveled a great deal but the trip to Cuba that I took with Road Scholar from 1/7-1/15 of 2015 was one of the best experiences I have had. I love all the sites that were chosen for us to visit, the people were lovely, and the knowledge and expertise of our guides was remarkable. Migdalia, our Cuban guide, was very clear and detailed in her discussion of the history of Cuba and the charm and efficiency of our Road Scholar guide, Yeraldine Ordonez, was unique. Yeraldine was very helpful at all times and a pure delight. Go soon before the invasion of the megastores. Lenore Salazar

Evelyn from Chicago, IL Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 01/07/15 - 01/15/15
Great group leader,Yeraldine Ordonez and Cuban guide Migdalia was very knowledgeable. One of the best Road Scholar trips I've taken. This was a great opportunity to experience Cuba now, meeting Cubans who are very hopeful for what the future will bring.

Jane from Bethesda, MD Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 01/07/15 - 01/15/15
This Road Scholar trip combined all the positive aspects of travel - superb leadership from our group leader, Yeraldine Ordonez and Havana naitve guide, Migdalia; a very well planned itinerary allowing us glimpses into life in Cuba today and into the changes we may see in the future; and 22 fellow travelers who were intellectually curious, fun, and never complained... what more could you ask! Bravo!

Rhea from Dayton, OH Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/07/15 - 01/15/15
The trip to Cuba was transformative and so very timely with the loosening of the restrictions!

Eileen from New York, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 12/24/14 - 01/01/15
Road Scholar's,Cuba the Arts and Community was truly a life changing experience. Traveling at this time of changing relations for the US and Cuba, we got an insider's view of Cuban life as it has been since 1959 and the excitement building for what is to come. Meeting the people up close and personal, was truly an honor and memory I will treasure. Already planning to return.

Gail from Delray Beach, FL Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 12/10/14 - 12/18/14
An amazing trip that exceeded our expectations.

Mary from Stowe, VT Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/12/14 - 11/20/14
My sister and I joined the group going to Cuba in November 2014. We had an absolutely wonderful time. The itinerary was fascinating. The music and art wonderful. Our Road Scholar guide could not have been more pleasant and well organized and the local guide "knew everything." I highly recommend this trip and feel that we had a special privilege of being there right before the US lifted some of the sanctions. Long over due.

Robert from Fenton, MI Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 11/12/14 - 11/20/14
Great trip. We were able to interact closely with high-quality artists. Quite inspiring. Our guides were superb!

Joyce from Ferndale, CA Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 10/22/14 - 10/30/14
This Cuban adventure was an extraordinary combination of the historical and current situation of this magical island. The opportunity for people-to-people encounters resulted in memorable experiences on a deeply personal level. My fascination with Cuba has increased by this truly unique adventure.

Michelle from Hudson, NH Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/08/14 - 10/16/14
I just returned from completing The Cuban Evolution in the Arts and Free Enterprise. I rate this program a top score! Our group leader, Sergio was terrific. He handled all issues, and answered our questions. Our guide, Migdalia was informative and knowledgeable. The program content made Cuba come alive for me,and the scenery and architecture were fabulous. I can see why this program is a top seller for Road Scholar. Michelle in NH

Bonnie from Norfolk, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/08/14 - 10/16/14
This is the only tour company I will use in the future! The trip was fantastic and exceeded all my expectations. Great job!

Howard from Long Island City, NY Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 05/07/14 - 05/15/14
This trip provides a wonderful exposure to current painters, photographers, dancers and musicians. The fine performances and personal interaction with these talented people is truly gratifying. The freedom of movement within country and ability to converse openly with the Cubans is a reward in itself.

Harriet from Long Beach, NY Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 05/07/14 - 05/15/14
For those who enjoy interacting with the spirit of the Cuban artists,musicians and dancers, this is the trip for you. Their enthusiasm for their respective disciplines is a wonderful gift to treasure.

Pamela from Ventura, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/07/14 - 05/15/14
If you are interested in the Art, Music and Dance of Cuba, this trip is for you. We experienced the Arts from the perspectives of both younger and older artists, Government Sponsored and Independent artists, traditional and modern artists. All was wonderful as were our enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides. It's thought provoking and allows you to connect with another culture around that which we share in common. The "moderate activity" refers more to the number of experiences one has in a day rather than actual distance walking.

Deanna from Tenants Harbor, ME Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/26/14 - 03/06/14
Came back with rhythm in my soul and wanting to learn more about this island and it's people! Planning on another Cuban program! Deanna Z. Smith, Tenants Harbor, ME

Larry L from Phoenix, AZ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/19/14 - 02/27/14
The Cuban Art and Dance Tour exceeded expectations times two. It ain't your grandparent's "Flamingo Tour." It's Cuba of now, cutting edge, hopeful. The RS program takes you behind the curtain and reveals wonders of art and dance that one is not prepared for. The best eight days of my life ...

Barbara from Bethesda, MD Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/19/14 - 02/27/14
My compliments to Road Scholar for such a perfectly organized journey!. "The Cuban Art Revolution: Meeting the Artists and People of Cuba" was an eyeopener and a rich experience. The various programs were carefully selected and highly interesting. Accommodations and meals were excellent; and our guides superb. I found it at times almost overwhelming, when realizing the limited resources available to the people, and how we were met with dignity, generosity, friendliness, and open attitudes and hearts everywhere we went. I'll be forever grateful for the opportunity of meeting so many interesting people at different levels: Art, University, and especially also inner-city, the elderly, and having people-to-people talks; something I could not have arranged on my own. I very much support the recent voices and efforts in our Government to end the travel restrictions for US citizens and to lift the extraordinary hardship for the Cuban population.

Brenda from Portland, OR Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/19/14 - 02/27/14
Had a super time and value the friends I made. Had some great laughs and that was important.

Sheila from Lexington, MI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/19/14 - 02/27/14
What a wonderful trip!!! Road Scholar has created a well organized, insightful people to people interaction with artists and the arts of Cuba. I enjoyed every minute. The painters, dancers, singers, musicians and writers we had the chance to met were unique and talented. The old area of Havana and the coastline was historical and a visual feast. All of this experienced in a country to which Americans have not been able to travel in over 50 years: it was more than I expected and well worth each penny spent. So many of my preconceived notions were incorrect and I was amazed at what I saw. Yeraldine, our Road Scholar team leader and Mirelys our interpretor and guide were efficient, well informed and full of invaluable information. Our bus driver, Rene, was professional and skilled. Not once, did I feel unsafe. Whether you are an artist or are an appreciator of the arts...GO! Experience the art and people in Cuba before it changes. So unique.

Lucille from Bettendorf, IA Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 02/05/14 - 02/13/14
This trip is a must see for those who want to see the present Cuba and feel the hope of a new opening Cuba. Don't wait or overthink. Just sign up and enjoy. You will be sooo surprised and glad you did.

Thomas from Washington DC, DC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/05/14 - 02/13/14
This trip was a rich and deeply satisfying educational experience. Cuba is a society bubbling with creative, resilient, and resourceful people finding ways to survive and express themselves in an economy built to suppress and frustrate. Road Scholar offered us the experience of Cuban arts in a way we could not imagine in any other country my wife and I have visited. Our small group was the sole audience for three dynamic dance recitals – two contemporary, and one Afro-Cuban-percussive – that would have filled the hall anywhere in the world. We heard a brilliant six-piece jazz combo play an hour+ set just for us in an otherwise empty cabaret. We visited artists in their ateliers and marveled at the quality of what they had made. We had an insightful docent-led tour of the Museo Nacional de Cuba led by the Deputy Director of the local Ludwig Foundation, followed that night by a lecture and dinner with resident artists conversing with us at each table. These are just samples, and there was so much more. We met the elderly and we met the young. At every stop we had a dazzling privilege to see, feel, and touch art in the making, and to benefit from the generosity of people visibly grateful that people from outside the confines of their sphere had come to see and appreciate what they are doing. The ’58 Chevys are really there and fun for us Americanos to see, but they are actually patched together reminder of the sparse resources with which the Cuban people work to get through each day. And what a privilege to be there and see how much they make of so little. A great trip all around.

Elizabeth from West Hartford, CT Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 02/12/14 - 02/20/14
This is a great program for people who like to actually meet and talk to artists and dancers.

Heidi from Plantation, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/05/14 - 02/13/14
I was pleasantly surprised. I went to Cuba with some expectations. I thought there would be more decayed buildings. I found a very proud people that are very polite and respectful and ingenious. Not all the buildings are repaired but there is a lot of restoration going on. They love their 40's-50's cars. They recycle everything. The food was different too. More vegetables than I thought. Good that I am vegetarian. We were able to visit Dance troupes. professional artists at their studios, and Musicians. Seeing these cultural icons, we were able to get a great view of who the Cuban people are. I loved this tour even though I am not a fan of tours. Our guides were great and the other participants were exceptional. Everyone was so smart and contributed so much to make this trip so successful.

Henry from Charlottesville, VA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 02/05/14 - 02/13/14
This was a fantastic experience--not only because the Cuban people were very friendly and welcoming but also because our fellow Road Scholars were interesting and compatible. Most of all, our Road Scholar administrator, Federica, took care of all our needs with great humor, our driver, Juan, was skillful and pleasant, and our guide, Luis, was fantastic in all respects. We would recommend this trip to anyone.

Priscilla from Rochester, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/05/14 - 02/13/14
This program was better than I ever could have imagined. The people are warm and friendly, the culture of Cuba extraordinary, our accommodations and meals excellent, and our guides were absolutely outstanding. I would go back to Cuba in a minute.

Robert from Rochester, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/05/14 - 02/13/14
"The Cuban Art Revolution: Meeting the Artists and People of Cuba" was the most intellectually satisfying tour I have ever taken. Our Cuban guide and our tour leader were top notch. The tour participants had self selected into a group that could easily remain our close friends. The experience was a wonderful window into Cuba before the inevitable onslaught of global brands.

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