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The People of Cuba: Meet Leading Musicians, Athletes & Artists

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Program #20610RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
Road Scholar has thousands of educational adventures to choose from. A good way to narrow down our list is to browse our collection of "Most Popular" programs.
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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.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
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.


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