Inside Cuba: An In-Depth Island Journey: Santiago de Cuba to Havana

Embark on a comprehensive exploration of Cuba as you meet its people, learn its history and discover the enduring traditions from Santiago de Cuba to Havana.
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Program No. 20612RJ
15 days
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At a Glance

On our most in-depth learning adventure in Cuba, journey across the island from Santiago de Cuba to Havana, exploring the historic Spanish colonial cities and meeting and supporting Cubans from all walks of life. Get to know musicians, artists, students, farmers, teachers and the new rising entrepreneurs as they teach you about their lives. This is a rare chance to experience the country’s natural beauty and support the warm people of Cuba.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles a day on uneven cobblestones and dirt paths. Navigating high curbs and stairs without railings. Getting in/out of a pedicab and a horse carriage. Travel in a tropical climate.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Interact with Cuban locals eager to teach you about their tumultuous history, rich culture, colorful dances and more.
  • Explore grand plazas, churches and privately-owned community projects to immerse yourself in the interesting Cuban way of life.
  • Learn about the Spanish colonial era, the Cuban Revolution and the Cuba of today from local Cuban scholars and hosts.

General Notes

Round-trip flight from Miami to Cuba is included. Road Scholar offers opportunities to travel legally to Cuba under the new OFAC Regulations published June 5, 2019. Following the General License category “Support for the Cuban People,” Road Scholar programs include activities intended to strengthen civil society in Cuba. Each day's program promotes independence for the Cuban people and results in meaningful interactions with the Cuban people. Questions about traveling to Cuba? Road Scholar has your answers. Learn more: www.roadscholar.org/cubafaqs.
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Hebert Pérez Concepción
Born and raised in Cuba, Herbert Pérez Concepción was invited for one year stint in the United States in 1956. However, he ended up staying long enough to finish high school and college, graduating from Duke University in 1963. That year, he came back to Cuba and have ever since been teaching history at the University of Oriente. In 1991, he got a Ph.D. in history from the University of Havana. In addition to teaching, he has translated four books between Spanish and English.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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