22143
Cuba

The Best of Cuba: People, Life and Culture: Camaguey to Havana

Get a unique perspective into Cuba's vibrant culture through interactions with locals, musical and dance performances and artist visits alongside the experts.
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Program No. 22143RJ
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Douglas
(5)

This trip was spectacular because Cuba is spectacular.

Deborah
(5)

Excellent, informative, experiential learning as we interacted with the people of Cuba about their history, culture, everyday life, and dreams for the future.

Lauren
(5)

This trip to Cuba was phenomenal. You learn so much about Cuban culture and the Cuban people, and you have a ton of fun. The guides were so personable, helpful, and warm which really made the trip. A++ for this program!

Marilyn
(5)

Broaden your scope by traveling to Cuba!

Sandy
(5)

The trip to Cuba was one of the most amazing experiences of my life; eye-opening, enlightening, and so educational.

Joan
(5)

A great learning experience and introduction to Cuba, the people, the music, the dance, the art, the countryside.

Debra
(5)

This trip was truly a wonderful experience. Our guides, Marissa and Elias, were absolutely wonderful! They were both very knowledgeable, organized, patient, kind, and lots of fun! I will always remember dancing and laughing with Marissa and Elias in beautiful Cuba! Our bus driver, Rolando, was also wonderful and kept us safe and comfortable. I enjoyed meeting new people, listening to wonderful music, trying some different food, and learning about the skills and creativity of the Cuban people. I will always cherish the memories of our trip to Cuba. Thanks to the Road Scholar team for making this dream a reality for us!

Michael
(5)

The Best of Cuba: People, Life & Culture. This was a great trip: informative, fun and an opportunity I would have never otherwise had. (It's illegal to visit Cuba as an individual.) We traveled several of the great cities of Cuba: Camaguey, Trinidad, Cienfuegos, Remedios, Havana & others. All were beautiful, photogenic, and interesting in their own ways. As always, the leaders were great! They helped us to meet all kinds of Cuban people, to see their art & culture, and to participate in many of these. Perhaps the thing I enjoyed most was my fellow travelers. As with every RoadScholar trip I have participated in (this was my 4th RoadScholar trip), I found them to be fun loving, adventurous, well informed and to have a good sense of humor!

Ira
(5)

Road Scholar's Cuba program brings intellectually motivated tourists together and immerses them in the Cuban culture. You get an appreciation of how they have approached institutional problems in a unique way which has enabled them to maintain their dignity under very adverse conditions imposed on them

Don
(5)

Great trip. The trip leader did a great job!

Susan
(5)

This is a don't miss trip!

Linda
(5)

This was a fantastic opportunity to learn first hand about the people and places of Cuba! I would love to go again because this trip made me curious to learn and experience more! Just a wonderful blend of arts and culture, great food and beautiful countryside

Michael
(5)

Our trip to Cuba was our first with Road Scholar. It far exceeded our hopes and expectations. What an excellent opportunity to discover Cuba!

Madeline
(5)

Great well organized trip,also at a great value

Susan
(5)

I was thrilled and humbled to be a part of The Best of Cuba: People, Life and Culture: Camaguey to Havana! I felt safe in a state-run country and embraced the welcome of its people wherever we went. I also enhanced my knowledge of the rich heritage of this country so close to the US.

Peter
(5)

The People-to=People tour of Cuba was excellent. We got a much clearer picture of how Cuba works, how the people live, and we had interesting conversations with 'real Cubans', as well as wonderful cultural experiences including visits to artists, dance companies and singers.

Marguerite
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

Considering the hardship conditions of some areas, the trip was an educational experience. My complaint was the one night stay outside of Trinidad, in the rustic cabins. The food was awful, the rooms were, rustic, yes. But, we really didn't need to stay in such an out of the way location. Not a learning experience. Loved our guide, Jim. Loved the surprise taxi ride in Havana, the pedicabs in Remedios, the trip to Hemingway's estate in Havana, and the best meal was the farm field trip with roasted pig. Food was fresh, colorful and delish. Can't say that for most of the meals, but under the circumstances, I understand. Glad I went. Once was enough for me.

Lanna
(5)

I was interested in Cuba. This program ended up being just what I wanted. It let you into the lives of various Cubians who were more than willing to share with us. The lectures the last couple of days pulled everything together. Our leaders were the best!!

James
(5)

Great look at 2/3's of Cuba!

Joanne
(5)

My recent trip, The Best of Cuba: People, Life and Culture: Camaquey to Havana was everything and more than what I could conceive or expect. The group leader and guides were outstanding and the people whom we met in our People to People contacts were exceptionally warm, welcoming and forthcoming. My fellow travelers were interesting and eager to experience all the trip offered. I am very glad that I have gained a much better understanding of Cuba and the desire to urge our public officials to re-open diplomatic and trade relations which were once very close. Thank you Roadscholar for this wonderful cultural and travel opportunity. Joanne Canary

Sandra
(5)

If you are in the market for a great learning experience about Cuba, this is an exceptional way to learn while enjoying a great adventure. The program, leaders, variety of cultural experiences and locations were excellent!

Marlene
(5)

I loved that this tour allowed us to see a variety of cities and areas of the country, because the smaller cities are much different than Havana. The people to people experiences introduced us to interesting people who are passionate about what they do. All the arrangements for the tour were handled flawlessly and we learned so much about life in Cuba today.

Elizabeth
(5)

The cultural experiences and opportunity to speak with artists (music, art and visual) were really special. I enjoyed the opportunity to dust off my Spanish.

Mary
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

Excellent guides. Excellent trip. Lots of mojitos and beer.

Loretta
(5)

Extremely pleased with educational content and value of my tour in Cuba

Debra
(5)

This was my first Road Scholar trip and I was very impressed. This was the first of many to come!!!

Gerald
(5)

This trip was an eye-opening experience. I expected Cuba to be a poor country, and it was that. However, unlike other poor countries we've visited, Cuba was fabulously rich in culture, arts, and a welcoming and well educated population. It was a joy to experience Cuba.

John
(5)

I thought our trip to Cuba was very interesting and informative. Road’s Scholar organized an effective and educational tour.

Bobbie
(5)

Great trip and wonderful experience. Saw a lot and learned a lot of Cuba and its people. Bob

James
(5)

This program focuses on learning about the Cuban people, their culture and economy. We loved it and learned a lot. While there was a lot of beauty, history and art to see and experience, it was more about Cuban culture and society, and it was learning about those intangibles that I will remember the most.

Gene
(5)

Very informative. Well organized.

Elizabeth
(5)

This is an outstanding tour with excellent events, places accommodations and guides. Our guides made Cuba come alive for us and provided wonderful educational experiences.

Katherine
(5)

The Best of Cuba tour was a wonderful opportunity to get closer to the people, culture and geography of the the country! It was well organized and took us to places we never would have found on our own!

Regina
(5)

One of the best trips I've ever taken -- much enhanced by the group experience and the leadership of Road Scholar staff.

Tory
(5)

The Best of Cuba was an excellent trip.

Phillip
(5)

Before this trip, Cuba was a somewhat mysterious country to me. I believe I was expecting to see a cold-war type of police state. Instead, we saw how much Cubans enjoy music, Internet, cell phones, and families, just like we do. Cuba is a poor country, but the people are wonderful and strive to improve their lives.

Sandy
(5)

Our “Best of Cuba” tour could not have been better! The Group leader, guide, and driver were an exceptional team that showed us a side of Cuba few get to experience. Gracious, knowledgeable and fun, they led us to unforgettable activities, people, and provided free time for exploration in a beautiful, safe, and exotic country. Highly recommended.

Patrick
(5)

This Program is beyond a wonderful introduction to the island and people of Cuba, I left my Heart there and hope to return soon

Deborah
(5)

Wow! What a great introduction to Cuba. I learned a lot about the country, its culture and history, and its relationship with the United States.

Olga
(5)

If you like to travel with small groups and learn alot about the area and culture, then Roadscholar is for you. We highly recommend them.

Ken
(5)

Great program! I learned a lot about Cuba and it's culture, economy, and politics. The program is very well structured so you don't need to worry about any logistics.

Kate
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

This, my first Road Scholar experience, and only my second group travel experience in the past 35 years, has set the bar so very high for future travel that I wonder any can top it. Our guides, Julie and Elias, were attentive, informative, inventive, hilarious at times, and overall, amazing. It is a tribute to Road Scholar that such high caliber guides continue to be available to lead their Cuba adventures. And our driver, George, squeezed the bus down narrow streets with skilled precision. When I look back on the variety, relaxed timing and organization of the experiences to which we were introduced on this trip, I think of the word "cadence." The visits to artist studios, ballet and modern dance companies, the acapella chorus, the farm, the children's art project, the private church & museum tours, the Cuban dominoes club, the paladar meals and proprietor discussions, the introductory lectures on Cuban music and Cuban-US relations by University professors, the chance to interact with dancers, doctors, artists, musicians, proprietors of a Cuban B&B, a grocery store for locals, plus the bicitaxis and all out FUN of this trip, contributed to an awesome experience. Best of all, our group itself was cohesive, congenial, helpful to each other, and made me, as a solo traveler, feel that I was part of a group of friends, not at all solo. If you have been considering a trip to Cuba, this is the one.

Christopher
(5)

A truly educational experience in a country that is often heard about in the US, usually from a politcally standpoint. It was enlightening to hear directly from the locals in Cuba itself the other side of the story and how they really live under a somewhat different form of government. It makas one reflect on the pros and cons of both system.

Richard
(5)

What a great experience!

Diana
(5)

My group tour of Cuba was fantastic! We spent time in small towns and drove through rural countryside, ending in the beautiful city of Havana, and met many very creative and interesting locals, and left with a broader view of the cultural and political situation in this fascinating country. I was pleased to discover that the citizens are typically happy to have Americans visit and are proud of their culture. But be vigilant about hand washing or sanitizing, and do not ever trust the tap water wherever you stay or eat in Cuba. I, along with about five others in my tour group ended up with some degree of stomach trouble, not knowing how or where we acquired the bug. According to the ER doctor I saw a week after returning to the states, a good rule of thumb when traveling anywhere in the Caribbean is “boil it, peel it, cook it, wash it or forget it!” (But only “wash it” with bottled water.)

Joyce
(5)

One of the best trips I have taken - Cuba!

Emily
(5)

Don't miss this trip to Cuba. Starting in Camaguey and ending in Havana was perfect. The guides, group leader and even the bus driver were awesome.You couldn't ask for a more well organised experience. But most importantly, the people of Cuba were open, entertaining, friendly and delightful. Don't miss meeting them. I loved them and would love to go back.

Julie
(5)

Cuba is a fascinating country so geographically close to the US but yet very mysterious. This trip unlocks and solves that mystery.

Kathleen
(5)

Love, love, love that we in the US finally can visit Cuba, and this was a fine overview of the country with many chances to interact with locals.

Caryn
(5)

This is a fabulous program! Road Scholar has established connections with so many wonderful people doing good work around Cuba. There's no way I could have met all these people and learned about their lives on my own.

Linda
(5)

Great trip, terrific guides, wonderful educational programs. Perhaps the best part was the Cuban people themselves and the charm and resourcefulness they demonstrate.

Maria Elena
(5)

A thoroughly wonderful, educational program, filled with activities and opportunities for meeting and experiencing the passion of the Cuban people

Elizabeth
(5)

The Best of Cuba!! Indeed, the best way to connect with the variety of experiences and people in this wonderful island nation. Dance, ceramics, art, music, food, small towns and big city -- all together, a satisfying and exciting program that makes me want to go back.

Barbara
(5)

Road Scholar's person-to-person program in Cuba is truly what they claim. It is the best way to learn about life there by going into homes and small businesses and hearing from them in person. And there's so much art and music included.

Diane
(5)

Outstanding program!!!! Better then we ever imagined.....

Valerie
(5)

I recently returned from a Road Scholar trip to Cuba. The trip exceeded all expectations. This trip took us beyond the "tourist" into the locals homes and lives. Accommodation and food were excellent and the group I traveled with were interesting and good people to spend time with. As a single woman traveling alone it was a perfect balance. I felt welcome and comfortable and had an experience I would not have imagined possible.

Laura
(5)

Thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Cuba (The Best of Cuba: Camaguey to Havana), October, 2018. Fifteen people in our group. The group leaders were great. Accommodations and food were good. I have allergies to cigarette smoke and it wasn't an issue at all. Was nice to see the different parts of Cuba. Lots of talented people (dance, music and other artisans). Would highly recommend this trip.

Philip
(5)

This trip does what it says - provides the best of Cuba! It provided me a chance to see Cuba from its countryside to the city.

Leslie
(5)

This is a fabulous trip which offers the opportunity for in-depth immersion into Cuban arts and culture, and into the life and work of individual Cuban people from a variety of towns, walks of life and professions. You are introduced to many Cuban locations, from small towns, to rural areas, to Havana. The program tour leaders and guides are superb.

Andree
(4)

Cuba was an amazing country to visit.Our tour guides,Lillana and Maria left a lot to be desired.They treated us like we were children at a sleep away camp-yelling,obviously aggravated by the whole trip.Maria was unfriendly to the point of acting like she was 'above' us, never a smile or a kind word; oh, she was pleasant on our last night at dinner, making sure she got her tips before we left 'her' country..Lilliana was disheveled in her daily appearances and yelled at us everyday,all day and was especially rude in Havana,where she openly scolded our whole group in front of a guest speaker from the University of Havana at the Hotel Nacional.She needs to find another job, she is an embassament to your company.I deserve a restitution of all or part of my expenses for what I endured in Cuba. Thank you for your time, Andree McAdam

Elaine
(5)

If you like art, music, and dance, this is the program for you.

Robert
(5)

A two thumbs up program! Highly recommended. Informative, enriching and memorable...especially the classic car tour of La Habana!

Jane
(5)

If you have an interest in the culture and music/dance of Cuba, you won't be disappointed.

Staci
(5)

The Cuba trip called, "The Best of Cuba: People, Life and Culture: Camaguey to Havana was an amazing trip. It was an expensive trip but well worth it. As one of my fellow travelers said, "you get what you pay for." The people-to-people activities were the highlight and I never could have done these on my own. Take the trip!!!

Ted
(5)

Our experience with Road Scholar on our recent 10 day visit to Cuba was truly exceptional. We loved seeing substantial parts of the country and especially meeting many local people - artists, farmers, dance groups, musicians, and local families, which gave us a very good introduction to Cuba's culture and the warmth of it's people. Our local guide, Marialina, was exceptional; one of the very best we have ever had the privilege to travel with in our many trips around the world.

Debbie
(5)

Loved learning about CUBA and her delightful people through 'Road Scholar's' eyes! Getting behind the scenes and into local's homes was terrific! Our Cuban Guide, Maria-Lina was super! I would go back just to spend more time prowling around Havana!

Rebecca
(5)

The Best of Cuba is an excellent program with visits to a number of cities and a wealth of interactive activies with Cubans. Highly recommended.

Cameron
(5)

This Cuba trip was an excellent educational experience for me and my wife. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in Latin America in general and Cuba in specific.

Mark
(5)

I typically travel independently, but Road Scholar showed me that tours are great and very informative. Thanks Road Scholar for opening my eyes to how nice it is to join a tour group and more travel opportunity's .

Rosemary
(5)

Go to Cuba now! Learn, listen, love. And dance!

Tom
(5)

What I saw about life in Cuba beset me with thought about human values, and it still does. This alone made the trip there invaluable.

Judith
(5)

This program was just right for me!

Russell
(5)

If you like to learn and want to expand your understanding about a different culture and political system than the US, this program is for you. An amazing amount to take in and absorb. Left me with a real desire to learn more about Cuba and Cubans and to travel there again. And the logistics, accommodations and programs were all first rate.

Fernando
(5)

This was one of the most interesting trips I have taken. I was impressed at the beauty of Cuba as well as how clean and comfortable it was. Cubans were very open and friendly and we were welcomed wherever we went. The local guide was extremely knowledgeable and found a good balance of the good and what could be improved. There was a big diversity of activities and people we met which made it very interesting; we were never bored. If you are thinking about a trip to Cuban, I would strongly suggest this one.

John
(5)

Generally a good experience ! Travel out of your comfort zone helps you realize that the more different we think we are..... the more we are alike and share the same challenges in life ! John from Wi. USA

Judy
(5)

Best of Cuba: People, Life and Culture - Camaguey to Havana was fabulous experience balancing arts, history, rationing information and ranch experiences with the right amount of free time. Two of four hotels were located in the center of town which made exploration available outside our front doors. The other two hotels were a unique rural cabin location for birders and the legendary hotel of Havana. Quality experience which was a good use of time and money, led by a Group Leader and Instructor who made it all flow easily.

Linda
(5)

with regard to the program, the Best of Cuba: People, Life and Culture: Camaguey to Havana, it is sometimes easy to forget that quasi-dictatorships, as in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Cuba, contain some very nice people who I, for one, would welcome as neighbors in the USA. Road Scholar programs make the people easy to meet and to talk to (if you can speak the language - though, happily, many in all of those countries speak English). Well worth the time to travel there and meet those people.

Jeanne
(5)

Outstanding program! If you want to go to Cuba with a group, this is the one. It would be hard to beat this trip for education, culture, art, music, dance and mojitos!

Michael
(5)

I expected that this program would be more restrictive than it was, and that the people-to-people segments would be highly-orchestrated and not very engaging. WOW, was I wrong. Enjoyed time to go walking on my own in each city, and the people-to-people sessions were engaging and informative. This is a great opportunity to see and learn about an important neighbor.

Douglas
(5)

A well constructed itinerary to see Cuba (our group thought it was best to start in the countryside and end in Havana). Lots of activities. Pretty much everything is covered.






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