I recommend the Road Scholar Cuba experience. I learned so much I didn't know before. We've traveled many places, and this trip was a true highlight. I would go again.
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Activity note: Please note: This day-by-day schedule should only be used as a guide since program elements are subject to change as availability is controlled by the Cuban government.
Afternoon: The Road Scholar Group Leader will be in the hotel lobby at 5:15 p.m. to accompany the group to the orientation room. Welcome and orientation begins at 5:30 p.m. This very important meeting prepares you for our educational program and travel in and out of Cuba. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and discuss U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regulations that govern our program. Flight times to Cuba are subject to change and will be confirmed during Orientation. The day-by-day schedule in Cuba is a representative guide only as program elements are controlled by the Cuban Government and are subject to change on short notice.
Dinner: In the hotel restaurant.
Activity note: Please note: Most staircases in Cuba do not have railings and sidewalks are uneven. All accommodations in Cuba feature clean, comfortable rooms with private baths and standard amenities. Please note that Cuban hotel standards may not equal their American or European counterparts. Improvements are ongoing, and we hope that the potential glitch in service or amenities is a minor trade off for the authentic connections and enrichment you’ll experience.
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Miami hotel.
Lunch: Lunch on own in Miami Airport.
Afternoon: Depart from the hotel to the terminal to check into flight AA #837 departing at 3:30 PM to Havana. Flight times are always subject to schedule changes made by the airline. The Road Scholar Group Leader will meet the group in the hotel lobby to transfer to the airport. Please be in the hotel lobby with your luggage and be ready to depart the hotel 15 minutes before departure schedule. Upon arrival in Havana, we will enjoy a welcome greeting by an experienced bilingual Cuban Guide, who will be with us for the entire program.
Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
Evening: Evening at leisure.
Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 15 miles total, approximately 1 hour. Walking and standing for approximately 1 hour.
Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant, have what you like from the extensive buffet with a variety of hot and cold choices and beverages.
Morning: This morning, we’ll have a presentation on the history of U.S.-Cuba relations with an expert in the field. We’ll gain an understanding of Cuban perspectives on the tumultuous relationship between the two countries. Next, we will transfer to interact with members of a community project run by a local church. Next, we'll transfer to a local farm just outside of Havana.
Lunch: At the farm, we’ll have a homemade lunch featuring fresh ingredients.
Afternoon: After lunch, a member of the farm staff will lead our exploration as we learn about organic farming methods and the crops grown there. Next, we'll transfer back to Havana where we’ll meet members of a local dominoes league. Dominoes, Cuba’s national game, has its own set of rules, played enthusiastically in private and public. More than competition and skill, it is a greatly enjoyed social activity. Learn the Cuban rules, then play with club members. Teams will rotate and each American will play with one Cuban and an opportunity to practice a few words in Spanish! We’ll return to the hotel in the late afternoon.
Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like in Havana. The Group Leader will be glad to offer suggestions.
Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.
Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 124 miles, approximately 2.5 hours. Walking up to 2.5 miles; uneven cobblestone streets in Cienfuegos, few places to sit.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: We will check out of the hotel, board our motorcoach, and begin the journey to Cienfuegos on the southern part of the island. The drive through the countryside will be a fascinating experience as we observe the forms of transportation available to Cubans, including an abundance of horse drawn carriages. En route, we will stop at Playa Larga, in the heart of the Zapata Wetlands, to learn about ecology and conservation in Cuba from a local expert.
Lunch: At a seaside paladar.
Afternoon: After lunch, we’ll reboard the motorcoach and continue our ride to Cienfuegos. Upon arrival, we’ll attend a performance by a talented musical group and after the performance speak with the musicians about their lives and work. Next, we’ll go on a walk with our Cuban Guide and Group Leader through Plaza José Martí, the main square in Cienfuegos. We’ll hear briefly about the square’s history as we observe local life and see beautiful buildings that surround it. We’ll then reboard the motorcoach, ride to the hotel, and check in.
Dinner: At a local restaurant in Cienfuegos.
Evening: Evening at leisure.
Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 108 miles total, approximately 3 hours. Strenuous walking up to 2.5 miles and standing outdoors; very uneven cobblestone streets; sunny conditions, limited shade. The historic center of Trinidad is not accessible to motorcoaches and ca only be reached on foot.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: We’ll board the motorcoach for a full-day field trip to Trinidad, one of the original Spanish Settlements and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Founded in 1514, this time capsule of a city is a mix of historic landmarks and majestic natural beauty. We’ll set out walking with our Cuban Guide to Plaza Mayor where we will see historically and architecturally significant landmarks of this colonial town.
Lunch: At a local hotel with beverage choices of coffee and water included; other beverages available for purchase.
Afternoon: During our Trinidad field trip, we’ll visit with a local artisan who uses abandoned wood from houses to create one-of-a-kind sculptured portraits. We'll return to our hotel in Cienfuegos in the late afternoon.
Dinner: In a paladar.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 145 miles (233 km), approximately 3 hours including stops. Walking up to 1 mile, standing 1 hour; uneven ground, stairs, no railings.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we’ll board our motorcoach for the return trip to Havana.
Lunch: In a paladar in Havana.
Afternoon: After lunch, we’ll board a motorcoach and head out on a field trip to the Museum Nacional de Bellas Arts — the Fine Arts Museum of Havana — where a museum curator will lead our exploration. Cuban art is renowned worldwide. We’ll delve into the stories of how various works of art relate and what they say about politics, culture, and society. Moving on, we’ll arrive in central Havana for a motorcoach overview of some of the city’s key sights including Havana University, Paseo del Prado, Revolution Square, and the Malecon. We’ll check in to the hotel late afternoon with some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.
Dinner: In a paladar.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: Walking about 2 miles, standing indoors and out up to 2 hours; pedestrian streets, cobblestones, high curbs; sunny conditions, limited shade.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: We’ll be joined at the hotel by a local architect who is involved with the ongoing government-funded restoration projects in Old Havana. We’ll learn about the work being done and discuss the challenges and the vision for Havana’s future. We'll then transfer to Old Havana and set out on a walking field trip to explore the historic plazas of Old Havana, a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site. From the UNESCO inscription: “Havana was founded in 1519 by the Spanish. By the 17th century, it had become one of the Caribbean’s main centres for ship-building. Although it is today a sprawling metropolis of 2 million inhabitants, its old center retains an interesting mix of Baroque and neoclassical monuments, and a homogeneous ensemble of private houses with arcades, balconies, wrought-iron gates and internal courtyards.”
Lunch: At a paladar.
Afternoon: After lunch, We’ll meet with members of a graphic arts cooperative and learn what they do.
Dinner: On your own to explore a paladar. Ask your group leader for suggestions.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: Walking up to 1/2 mile and standing indoors and out; pavement, cobblestones, stairs without railings, uneven curbs and sidewalk surfaces. Extent and duration of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: We’ll joined by an expert in gender studies and sociology for a presentation on women in Cuba that will provide perspectives on women in today’s Cuban society. Then we’ll ride to their practice space to meet with members of a modern dance group. We’ll observe a rehearsal and have conversation and interactions with some of the group’s members.
Lunch: At a paladar.
Afternoon: After lunch, we'll visit a community center for teens and other members of the community. We'll chat with the members to learn about their community projects.
Dinner: We will ride to a paladar. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.
Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.
Activity note: Hotel check-out 12:00 Noon. See your program’s Transportation Information regarding transfers.
Breakfast: Boxed breakfast.
Morning: We’ll check out of the hotel, board a motorcoach, and transfer to Aeropuerto José Martí — José Martí International Airport (HAV) for the return flight to Miami; AA #2678 departing at 9:00 AM. Flight times subject to change by the airlines. This concludes our program. You can check the status of this flight on the American Airlines website. Please allow at least 3-4 hours after arrival before making onward flight connections to allow for possible flight delays and time to pass through U.S. Customs and Immigration. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!
I recommend the Road Scholar Cuba experience. I learned so much I didn't know before. We've traveled many places, and this trip was a true highlight. I would go again.
The trip to Cuba has a Top Notch Itinerary. Lots of variety in activities and participation. It was a very genuine chance to meet the locals and try to understand their culture. Our two leaders were amazingly organized and upbeat! Thank you Roads Scholars.
This was the best vacation we've ever taken and would go back to Cuba in a heartbeat! Marissa was the best tour guide!
A wonderful opportunity to experience Cuba and a Road Scholar program. This was our first tour with Road Scholar and we are already planning our next adventure!
Our trip to Cuba exceeded our expectations with Road Scholar. We have a much better understanding of its people,
This trip far exceeded my expectations. I now have a good understanding of the Cuban people and their ongoing struggle to survive. The high quality lectures and cultural events were far superior to those that have been presented on any other trips (not Road Scholars) I have taken, This one is a must for anyone.
The Trip was awesome! Road Scholar leaders on our trip were very knowledgeable and friendly too. They keep me interested throughout the trip and never lost the interest of wanting to know or do more on the trip. I want to go on more trips with Road Scholar!
Our trip to Cuba was exceptional in every way: beautifully designed itinerary, expert and illuminating guides, excellent accommodations and food, a colorful cultural experience. It left us with new understanding, not just of life in Cuba, but of life itself. Bravo, Road Scholar! Our first trip, and, certainly, not our last.
If you want to experience performances by Cuban musicians, dancers, singers, and visual artists this is the tour for you.
This was a wonderful weeklong experience in Cuba! We kept a good pace to both see a lot and experience one place for a bit. Our guides were knowledgeable and fun. This was my first group travel experience as an adult and I could not have asked for a better group of travel companions. As one of a few singles in the group, I always felt very welcome to mix & mingle with any other member of the group. I highly recommend this program!
This was a very interesting, informative and pleasant way to see and learn about Cuba. As we were told many times, it is a complicated country. It is one of the reasons why a trip to Cuba such as that provided by Road Scholar with so many varied experiences was just perfect. Our leader, tour guide, driver and all of the experiences were just perfect. The group was wonderful! Having just 24 people made us all get to know each other and have time to interact with one another. I would definitely recommend for a visit to an unfamiliar place.
I will definitely be taking another Road Scholar trip. My trip to Cuba was truly a wonderful experience. Our guides, bus driver and the people of Cuba were delightful, friendly and very informative. This trip was everything and more I could have wished for.
Fantastic experience. This particular program includes lots of interaction with Cubans of all ages and a variety of occupations. That was the absolute highlight of the trip. I wish everyone could get to know the island and her people this way. Music everywhere! Definitely bring the suggested ‘gifts’ if you can - you’ll only wish you could have brought more. They are handled very well and discretely distributed by the group leader.
Loved the experience. Much improved in all aspects than a similar trip we took with RS in 2003. The people to people aspects were wonderful, The singers, dancers, and senior citizens that we met were fabulous. Including a morning driven around in vintage American cars was a "classic" in itself. The sit down with the "young professionals" was eye opening and gave hope for a better Cuba in the future. Highly recommend to all who have ever drempt about going to Cuba[and even those who have not}
This was such an eye-opening trip. Meet the two Cubas - dogma Communist and fledgling market/capitalist.
The amount of knowledge I experienced on this particular trip was great. The Cuban people are in a difficult position from a political perspective. The two economic situation within the country is confusing. However, I must admit that the people we came in contact seem to be surviving as best they can in these two economic system.
We have done many Elder Hostel/Road Scholar trips over the years. This one has to rank as the best of them all. Kudos to our leaders Liliana and Jose, both of whom are fully bi-lingual and added so much depth and color to our trip. This was not a relaxing beach or shopping trip. We were up at 7:00 every day to get things started, and we went into the evenings. But the programs and events were wonderful. We came away with a much fuller understanding of the history, politics and culture of Cuba. We truly enjoyed our trip and would recommend it to others who enjoy lifelong learning. We came back with great memories and photos!
Highly enjoyable trip to 3 cities in Cuba with great guides and both educational and people-to-people opportunities.
Just returned (Feb. 27) from wonderful trip. The life of the people of this socialist country had obvious good and not so good qualities. The food was excellent if a bit too much. Bring washcloth, anti-bacterial hand wipes and sanitizer hand lotion. Bathroom facilities outside of the hotel and restaurants were less than basic - some with no water, soap, paper,etc. Bottled water must be used to brush teeth. Three out of our group of 18 had gastro-intestinal problems. Mosquito spray not needed - no mosquitos - the govt sprays. Our guides Betty and Ilen and driver D. were outstanding. Nacional Hotel has lovely grounds but room had little lighting or room for toiletries. However, Cuban music and one or two mojitos makes all right with the world. GO!
This program provides a safe and in-depth introduction to Cuba and Cubans.
I highly recommend a Road Scholar tour of Cuba. The cultural exchange events are outstanding and the lectures are enlightening. Our local guide Ilen was excellent and so willing to share information with us and our tour leader Carol did a great job keeping us informed and organized. The two of them went above and beyond, and even gave us a nice surprise before the tour was over!
A thorough educational overview of modern-day Cuba put in perspective against a historical backdrop. Excellent for those travelers with curiosity and willingness to listen to those with a different experience than ours in the US. Road Scholar makes it enjoyable, fun, safe and secure with open dialogue between and among local experts in their fields.
This trip was one of the most enlightening trips I have been on in a long time. It gave me such an intimate feeling of the history and culture of Cuba. And the person to person encounters on this trip were fabulous for really to get to know the people and their situations. I think all of us on thrip will agree that we just fell in love with the people
This visit to Cuba gave me a very new and different view of the country and its people. Road Scholar provided and excellent opportunity to experience Cuba through a very knowledgeable guide and excellent plan.
Our recent Road Scholar trip to Cuba was one of the best experiences! Meeting the lovely people of Cuba, learning about their culture all in a safe environment. Our tour guide (Jose) was top notch! He was very knowledgeable, funny and helpful. Our bus driver drove us all over Cuba in a safe manner. He was very accommodating as well.
Cuba is a beautiful and complicated island. It is impossible to understand our shared history without going there. Road Scholar provides such a stellar opportunity to see and experience Cuba, its people, and culture while providing a safe and comfortable experience with exceptional guides and speakers. You will see the country and the biggest city and will come away brim full of emotions.
It was an unexpected educational and fun trip! We made lots of new friends and learned much about a communist country and what to expect under that type of leadership.
Road Scholar delivers! Cuba Today: People and Society:Cienfuegos to Havana was a fabulous trip! This was my 7th visit to Cuba. On this recent trip (my first time with Road Scholar), I learned as much as I have in the past 15 years of personal research about this amazing country. Go to Cuba! Italy was my favorite country until I discovered Cuba. Road Scholar does a great job in every way.
This tour was our first and exceeded our expectations. The many opportunities to meet Cuban people provided a rich and meaningful experience. We had a great time.
Great trip, great educational experience, great expert lectures, the performances (dance, chorus, mini orchestra) were top notch, I liked most of the food, I enjoyed my co-travelers. I would recommend Road Scholar for a trip to Cuba.
Our Road Scholar trip to Cuba had so many surprises. Came away with a broader understanding of Cuba’s socio-political history which resulted in a new found admiration and respect for the resilient people of Cuba. Common conversation among fellow travelers was about how this trip was so much more than we expected. Would do it again in a heartbeat and encourage anyone interested in Cuba to go!
It was a great overall visit to Cuba - just the right amount of time and locations.
A fascinating look into the life of Cubans today and a real education about the conditions on the island. Road Scholar offers experiences which would not be available to an individual traveler to Cuba.
This trip was highly organized, stimulating, offered such a broad range of experiences in Cuba including lectures on US/Cuba relations e.g., the arts (music, art, dance), nature, conversations with local people. The Cuban guide, Jose, was outstanding as was our RoadScholar leader, Marissa. Marissa was so attentive to everyone in the group to make sure we all were safe, comfortable, aware of what the next experience would be, etc. I cannot say enough for both Jose and Marissa. I had wanted to take this trip for some time and clearly it went beyond expectations, as have all of the RS trips (5) I have taken.
By seeing the real Cuba, how people live and what their views are on many subjects, this tour will enable you to have a balanced view of Cuban history, culture and politics so you can better evaluate U.S. policy toward Cuba.
This was an extraordinary vacation filled with stimulating conversations, new experiences and insights into Cuban/U.S. history that I had never considered before I went to Cuba.
I had wanted to visit Cuba for many years, but was hesitant to join a group as a solo traveler. Road Scholar made it interesting, informative and very comfortable to be traveling solo. I felt safe, well-cared for and can't wait to plan another trip with Road Scholar. Thank you!
Outstanding program. Very educational. I especially enjoyed meeting the Cuban people along the way -- they were welcoming and happy. Our guides were amazing. Entertained our questions, took good care to help us enjoy the trip. I would highly recommend this experience.
This program fulfilled a lifelong dream and exceeded my highest expectations. The warmth, knowledge and humor of our Program leaders reflected that of the many Cuban people with whom we interacted. Very happy we were able to experience much of Cuba's rural nature as well as its fascinating capital city, La Habana.
A very informative, exciting and evocative adventure with very knowledgeable guide and excellent team leader. Best way to immerse yourself in Cuban history, society and culture while enjoying both architectural and natural beauty of this island nation
I really didn't know what to expect for a visit to Cuba because there's not a lot out there about visiting the country (since it's not easily done). I came across the description and thought "well, that sounds kinda interesting". So signed on. I am SO glad I did. It was an AMAZING learning experience getting to know our "neighbor".
As an educator who has traveled to a great many places both professionally and for pleasure, I found this to be one of the most valuable organized trips I have ever taken. If you want to experience Cuba and learn about it in a meaningful adventure, this is a great opportunity. I recommend it for families with adolescents, couples and singles.
If you want a clearer picture of what Cuba is today, as well as its' history then this is the trip for you. It changed our perspective of the country and, once again, proved that travel is enlightening, rewarding and fun.
The itinerary, guides, educational talks and cultural programs on this trip were excellent. While my partner and I normally prefer to travel on our own, I learned so much more about the country and cultural than I would have without all of the information provided by the guides and educational programs. Everything was well-organized and well-run. Cuba is a fascinating country, but you need to be willing to manage without all of the conveniences that we are accustomed to in the US. In my view, the length of the trip was ideal. We saw several different areas and had 4 nights in Havana, which you need to see the highlights, but since Cuba is quite hot, I'm not sure that a longer trip would have been ideal for me. I wasn't really looking forward to travel within the country on a bus, but it was actually quite nice--comfortable seats and air conditioning and our guide used the time well to provide interesting background information and answer questions.
I recently returned from a Road Scholar trip to Cuba. What an interesting and enjoyable trip! The highlight was the interaction with the people. After watching performances and rehearsals and listening to lectures there was always time to talk with the performers. One afternoon we broke into groups of 3 or 4 to talk with young women about their lives and thoughts about the future. And there was music everywhere! I highly recommend this experience AND Cuba could use a boost in tourism to help their economy.
Very interesting view of life in Cuba. It really made me appreciate life as we know it in the USA
Cuba is on my bucket list and this program definitely helped me fulfill my desire to visit. A thoroughly enjoyable overview of the Cuba and its people. Our guides and lecturers were excellent and content experts. Accommodations were lovely and our overall experience was excellent and Cuba is wonderfully eccentric with warm and welcoming people,
It went off perfectly! Everything you could think of was expertly managed/handled by Road Scholar’s Tour Guide. That included ground transportation, tours, meals, lectures....everything. And of course the colonial architecture, the classic cars, and the people with whom we got to interact were all wonderful. I’ve scheduled myself to visit Cuba again this coming February ( a different tour) and will see more of the island. My tour will again be with Road Scholar. They know what they’re doing! I highly recommend this organization to anyone who wants to experience Cuba.
Cuba has become a state of mind for me! I just finished my second Road Scholar adventure and look forward to a third trip! Toss preconceived notions aside! Open your arms and your mind! Embrace this wonderful country and its people! Your life will be forever enriched!
This was an amazing trip. I learned a lot about the people of Cuba. We as Americans should pressure our government to reduce restrictions. Cuba is no threat to us and the Cuban people deserve more humanity from us.!
Great trip. Very enlightening. The guides were excellent. Great destinations. Our group of travellers were very friendly and welcoming and had interesting stories to tell. Many were well veteran travellers.
Wonderful program, informative, enlightening and well organized. Far more than a glimpse into Cuban society and history. Would definitely recommend!
I was extremely satisfied with this trip. I had some trepidation since I usually do not like organized tours but I must say that this trip FAR exceeded my expectations and I would not hesitate to take another Road Scholar adventure. Yes, adventure, since this was more than just a trip
Our Cuba trip was terrific. If you go, try to get Hector Aviles as your tour guide!!
This trip was a dream come true and exceeded all my expectations. My husband, who did not want to go, enjoyed the program immensely and was thrilled to be part of the trip. We plan on many more trips with Road Scholars.
Cuba is a great trip. Quite educational, the people are delightful and it is extremely SAFE! 5 star trip!! All of our speakers were well prepared, gave a clear visual, and very interesting.
Road Scholar does an extraordinary job of providing unique experiences in other nations and cultures with trips that are safe, comfortable, educational, fun and enriching.
The pace of the program along with the variety of learning will NEVER disappoint. The People to People idea is the BEST way to see the true life of people in different countries.
Well done! I would consider doing the same program again.
This trip was perfect. We learned so much about the history, politics, arts, culture and people of Cuba. I think every person who wants to understand Cuba's past and present should take an adventure like this. Our group leader, Marissa, and Cuban tour guide Jose were the best! The whole trip exceeded my expectations.
Our trip was full of educational information from our guides to speaking with local artists, musicians, dancers, singers & young professional people. Our guides were exceptional in detail & knowledge & fun sharing.
The Cuba Today: People and Society: Cienfuegos to Havana Program is fabulous. It is educational, interesting, and well-thought out. The guides and activities were superb. And Cuba is safe! I highly recommend this program.
Don't miss this trip. Those of us who lived through the arrival of Fidel, the Cuban missile crisis, the Bay of Pigs invasion owe it to ourselves to do it. This was a trip I will never forget. I hope to do it again.
I highly recommend this program for those who want to experience the Cuban culture first hand.
The People to People CienFuegos to Havana trip was incredible ! In my opinion the best trip, and the best value, of all the trips I have taken. The best way to get a feeling for the people and culture of Cuba is through actual interaction. Not a trip to be missed !
Loved this program - really outstanding. Educational content was better than any I have experienced!
We were very pleased and have another outlook on Cuba. It was a different tour than most but very worthwhile.
My wife and I just returned from our Cuba trip. What a blast! Always something to do; great lecturers and guides, interesting activities, delicious cuisine and a wonderful group of fellow travelers. Could not be happier with our trip and looking forward to our next one! Thank you Road Scholar for an amazing and educational journey to Cuba! ~ Padraic & Rhonda
This program in Cuba was absolutely fascinating and delightful. I encourage everyone to visit Cuba NOW in the event that International Politics could at any time limit visitation opportunities.
Cuba was an exceptionally well curated series of interactions , with the people and the institutions. I cannot imagine putting together a more broad range of experiences without the expertise of our local guide and the advance preparation of Road Scholar.
The tour gave me an entirely new and deep understanding of Cuba and its people as well as a much clearer understanding of Cuba/US relations. It’s a “must” for anyone who wants to understand the country and wants to help the Cuban people.
The people to people encounters were varied and extremely informative. I learned a lot about the life of regular people in Cuba today. Also, the people on the program were welcoming and well traveled. As a single person I felt included in everything.
This trip exceeded my expectations. The tour leaders - Jose and Cuqui - were not only very knowledgeable about Cuba, but also extremely pleasant, professional and accommodating to the participants' needs. I was very pleased with the choice of restaurants, and hotels and places visited. I learned so much about Cuban people and society, and had some myths and assumptions dispelled. Road Scholar, I cannot thank you enough!
This trip was amazing. Road Scholar took care of all the details so I was never concerned about what I needed to do or where I needed to be. The information provided greatly exceeded my expectations.
We experienced an uplifting week in Cuba that deepened our understanding of Cuban history, its people and its culture. Our local guide could not have been more effective in making every day and every encounter with local people come alive and imprint us with lasting impact.
Fascinating trip. We learned so much, including some conflicting views about Cuba today and US-Cuban relations. Note that food in Cuba is limited and not very varied; don't expect gourmet or great service. But it's a once in a lifetime experience.
The Cuban people are delightful, the program was very well organized and executed, and we encourage all who have any interest in Cuba, the Cuban people and/or Cuban-US relations to attend this program!
Cuba was in large part a mystery, or at least, not fully understood until I took this trip. One of the best experiences of the many Road Scholar trips I've taken.
What a wonderful experience! The program exceeded my expectations, challenged my assumptions, and led to continued study. Thoroughly enjoyable!
This first trip to Cuba, and my first with Road Scholar proved to be far more detailed and comprehensive than I could ever have imagined. I enjoyed every aspect of it, including lectures, field trips, performances, etc.; and the interactions with Cubans and with my group will be well remembered for a long time. Our group leader, Julie, tour guide, Josè Luis, and driver Jackson were the absolute best at taking care of the group and providing everything we needed to safely enjoy all the wonderful experiences we shared together.
This was an excellent trip, full of wonderful surprises. Our Road Scholar Trip Guide Carol and our local guide Elene were both wonderful; personable, knowledgeable and caring with good senses of humor.
A wonderful way to experience Cuba and its people. The tour was so well organized and provided us with a variety of experiences and information that we would never have obtained on our own. We would go back in a minute!
Why Cuba? Why not? I would go back in a minute with Road Scholar.
This program is for those with minds open to differing cultures than their own. As Wade Davies is quoted, "The world in which you were born is just one model of reality. Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you; they are unique manifestations of the human spirit." This quote brought me to Road Scholar. Road Scholar presented me with Cuba without fail.
You have to experience it. I have had many persons ask....."How was Cuba?" I prefer to say...."Ask me questions." I learned more than I ever expected; From the regions of the island, to the population of the areas, to the economy, the medical services, the political history(that was clarified for me from our expert lecturers). We interacted with several Cubans and learned about their day to day lifestyles. This was one of my top three trips in life. The island, just some 90 miles from the last of the Key West, Florida islands, deserves our(US) attention. The States are so close to this island/country and their significant history and rich culture. The designated lectures and assorted site presentations were wholly informative. The RS staff for our group of under 20 persons, were attentive to us, from our motor coach driver, to our logistics leader, to our historical leader. I always felt I was always in good hands.
For those of us who grew up under the shadow of the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis, this trip answered a lot of questions. It shed new light on the country and made us think a lot about what relations between the US and Cuba have been and could be in the future.
My husband, my sister and I,recently returned from a trip to Cuba. Cienfuegos to Havana. We had a wonderful time. The people and culture unbelievable . I would recommend it to anyone.
Cuba Today: People and Society Tour exceeded my expectations. Because of Hurricane Irma and the State Department requesting American not to go we were not sure if our trip would be cancelled. Thank goodness it wasn't. The people of Cuba are warm and very welcoming. I would rate this trip in my List of Top Tours.
Awesome trip! Learned a LOT! Would recommend this Road Scholar trip to anyone interested in a better understanding of a country that has been cut off from communication with the U.S. for several decades.
This program is a quick overview of some cities and areas of Cuba. It is a great country to visit. Would like more free time and less heavy food. Overall I would give Road Scholar a B grade for the program, they coordinated a lot of experiences. Would have liked more opportunity to interact with everyday person and more photo opps in rural areas. Sharon, St. Paul, MN
The people to people experience in Cuba was extremely educational and interesting. Our governments have huge differences, and seeing how Cubans are managing and enjoying their lives in a government so different from ours is critical in understanding those differences. I came home energized and ready to share so much of what I learned - and enjoyed!
Very glad we chose Road Scholar. Thanks for an amazing Cuban trip! No Kidding.
After returning to the states I am often asked how was your trip? How was Cuba? And I find myself pausing, it's not that simple of an answer. Of course the trip was awesome! The Cuban people have a positive, hopeful spirit even with all the adversity they face each day! They have so much pride in their country. As our guides and lecturers often said, "It's complicated!" And it certainly is! I will be watching what happens in the next year as they elect a new President. I am hopeful that the right people are elected and the people of Cuba can move into the 21st century yet preserve their heritage and culture! I would give this trip the highest recommendation!