20591
Cuba
Authentic Cuba: A Family Learning Adventure
Immerse yourself in culture, community, arts, music and traditions as you explore the vibrant culture of Cuba with your family, learning from experts and friendly locals of all ages.
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Program No. 20591RJ
Length
10 days
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10 days
9 nights
22 meals
9 B 6 L 7 D
DAY
1
Check-In, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Miami
D
The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Miami Airport & Convention Center

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 4:45 p.m. to accompany the group to the orientation room. Welcome and orientation begins at 5:00 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.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Fly to Santa Clara, Transfer to Remedios
Remedios
B,D
Hotel Camino del Principe

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: Hotel buffet.

Lunch: On your own in the Miami airport.

Afternoon: Complete your hotel check out and meet the Group Leader in the lobby with your luggage 15 minutes prior to the scheduled transfer time. Upon arrival in Santa Clara, we’ll meet our Cuban expert who will provide local history and knowledge throughout the program. We’ll then transfer to Remedios by private motorcoach and check in at the hotel.

Dinner: Walk to dinner in a nearby paladar, a privately owned restaurant. Meals in Cuba include a starter such as soup or salad, a choice of main course based on the freshest available ingredients; such as chicken, pork, fish or seafood, seasonal and traditional accompaniments such as rice, beans, yucca or plantains; and dessert of seasonal fresh fruit or flan. A choice of water, juice, Cuban soft drinks, and coffee is also included.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
San Juan de Remedios, City of Parrandas
Remedios
B,L,D
Hotel Camino del Principe

Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile on uneven, paved and cobblestone streets/sidewalks and unpaved ground. Getting in and out of a 2-seat pedi-cab; riding in pedi-cab for 20 minutes. Opportunity to participate in a salsa lesson.

Breakfast: Fresh seasonal fruit, juices, yogurt, cereal are self-service buffet; individual orders are taken for eggs, omelet or toasted sandwich; coffee or tea.

Morning: Walk to the newly renovated Parrandas Museum to learn the history of the unique festival, "Las Parrandas de Remedios," that takes place on December 24th, and is the most popular event of the region. The town, divided into two neighborhoods, spends the entire year preparing for a competition to have the most spectacular float and decorations on the main square. View costumes, photographs, and memorabilia from past events. Then we will travel by pedi-cab to a neighborhood Parrandas workshop to see first hand the ingenuity of the locals who passionately work all year to create the most spectacular display. Next, we will return to the hotel by private motorcoach.

Lunch: At Hotel El Camino de Principe.

Afternoon: Heading out of Remedios, we’ll visit an agricultural museum that preserves equipment used throughout the centuries for sugar production, including an impressive collection of train locomotives.

Dinner: Dinner at a nearby paladar.

Evening: We'll have a demonstration of Cuba's most popular dance, the salsa, and learn a few steps from the dancers.

DAY
4
Remedios Continued
Remedios
B,L,D
Hotel Camino del Principe

Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile, standing on pavement approximately 2 hours.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: This morning, we'll watch community baseball and talk with the local players. With our local Cuban expert, we’ll stroll through the main shopping street of Remedios to learn the differences between ration, Cuban Pesos and CUC stores and consider the complexity of the two currency system and the cost of living for locals.

Lunch: In Remedios.

Afternoon: We continue to explore Remedios and its surroundings with our Cuban guide, beginning at the city center and later going out to the coast.

Dinner: In a local paladar.

Evening: Enjoy a traditional puppet show, a favorite with locals. Prepare for tomorrow’s departure.

DAY
5
Santa Clara en route to Havana
Havana
B,L,D
Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Activity note: A full day of travel by motorcoach from Remedios to Havana, about 222 miles (357 kilometers), with stops en route including Santa Clara. There will be standing and walking through the Che Memorial & Museum for about an hour with limited places to sit. The center of Santa Clara is inaccessible to motorcoaches and must be accessed on foot.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll check out of the hotel and depart for Havana, traveling along the central highway to Santa Clara, the capital of Villa Clara province. First, we'll visit the final resting place of Ernesto “Che” Guevara, one of major figures of Cuban history. We’ll learn about this Argentine’s life story at the museum dedicated to him, and the mausoleum where he and other revolutionaries are interred. People to People Connection: Next enjoy lively interactions with a vivacious group of senior citizens. These young-at-heart folks share their leisure activities and discuss how grandparents and grandchildren interact in Cuba.

Lunch: In a local paladar.

Afternoon: Continue by motorcoach to Havana. Late afternoon check in at the hotel.

Dinner: Buffet dinner at your leisure in the hotel restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Old Havana / Colon Cemetery
Havana
B,L
Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Activity note: Walking and standing on cobblestone streets with high curbs and limited shade for 2 hours in Old Havana, mainly on pedestrian streets.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Begin with a walking tour of the squares of Old Havana, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about the city's restoration project, with fascinating before and after images around the squares.

Lunch: Each lunch in the paladar (privately owned restaurant) of a local, music related community project.

Afternoon: Board the motorcoach for a driving tour of Havana including la Plaza de la Revolución, El Capitolio, the Malecón – Havana’s seafront promenade, the U.S. Embassy, La Rampa, and Havana University. Explore Colon Cemetery with a local expert. Learn the stories of the monumental architecture and of the famous Havana personalities who are buried there.

Dinner: Dinner on your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
History of Cuban Music / Hemingway's Home / Dominoes
Havana
B,L,D
Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Activity note: Walking outdoors. Walking and standing for one hour at Finca La Vigia, some uneven stairs without railings.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: A lecture by a musicologist takes you on a journey through the history and different styles of Cuban music. People to People Connection: Observe a rehearsal then enjoy conversation and interactions with a modern dance group.

Lunch: At a local paladar.

Afternoon: Next, we'll drive to the outskirts of Havana to Finca La Vigia, the Hemingway Farm. This beautiful property hosts the house where the Nobel Prize-winning author lived with his third wife, Mary, for over 30 years. Look into the open windows and doors to see the home in perfect condition with Hemingway’s personal belongings as he left them. Walk the grounds to see his private writing studio, swimming pool, and beloved fishing boat, Pilar. The boat is featured in his novel "Islands in the Stream." Return to Havana. People-to People Connection: Meet with members of the local Domino's club. Spend the afternoon learning the game with members of the club while talking to them and getting to know each other. Teams will rotate tables and each American will play with one Cuban. Return to the hotel via private motorcoach and enjoy a short break before departing for dinner.

Dinner: In a paladar.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Field Trip to Las Terrazas UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
Havana
B,L
Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Activity note: Walking on pavement and on a cleared path, standing and some steps with no railings as well as optional activities.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Field Trip to Las Terrazas UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. We will take the motorcoach to the outskirts of nature to experience a sustainable nature preserve. We'll have a nature walk by a dedicated guide from the reserve.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant featuring Cuban specialties.

Afternoon: This afternoon, we'll have time to enjoy nature with our families. Take a walk to the quaint footbridge or stay with the group leader for more outdoor activities. Return to the hotel via private motorcoach.

Dinner: On your own. Ask your group leader and guide for dinner and free time suggestions.

DAY
9
Old Havana/ Youth in Cuba/ Community Arts Center
Havana
B,D
Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Activity note: Walking and standing on cobblestone streets with high curbs and limited shade for 2 hours in Old Havana, mainly on pedestrian streets.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: At the hotel, an expert lecturer will discuss the influence of Cuban youth throughout the country's history. Then, discover the second two "plazas" of Old Havana: Plaza de San Francisco de Asis, and Plaza de Armas. We'll see a farmer's market on the way and discuss the dual currency system.

Lunch: On your own in Old Havana.

Afternoon: Free time to explore. Your group leader and guide will provide suggestions.

Dinner: People-­to-­People Connection: Enjoy homemade cooking prepared by the members of a neighborhood arts center and learn the story of the center’s unique construction.

Evening: People-­to-­People Connection: Interact with locals at the neighborhood community arts center and enjoy their music and dance party.

DAY
10
Return Flight to Miami, Program Concludes
Depart Havana
B

Activity note: The Group Leader will announce check-out time. The walk from the arrival gate in Miami International airport to the U.S. Immigration and Customs area is 10-15 minutes. Assistance can be requested at check-in.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast or bagged breakfast will be included based on the final flight time.

Morning: We’ll transfer to Havana airport for the return flight to Miami: AA 1334 departing at 11:45 AM. Flight times are always subject to change. Please allow at least 3-4 hours after arrival before making onward flight connections to allow for possible delays with the flight and time to pass through U.S. Customs and Immigration.






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