22143
Cuba

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

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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Ben
(5)

Just do it. You will never regret or forget it.

Howard
(5)

Cuba is a fascinating country with many nuances that cannot be appreciated from afar. This was very much focused on the people and their culture. I also learned a great deal about myself as my misconceptions and lack of understanding were were removed. We were well taken care without being coddled.

Margaret
(5)

If you get the chance to take the trip to Cuba grab it! It was highly recommended to me and I am passing that along to you. This is an amazing experience you will never forget it. It exceeded all my expectations.

Marty
(5)

This one of the most enriching travel experiences I have ever had! If really want to learn and experience the culture, history and daily life of Cuba, this program is for you!

Judith
(5)

Great trip.. Well organized and presented. Excellent guides and itinerary. A trip to add to your list.

Jacqueline
(5)

Just. Go. Now. You will never see the world quite the same again. Life changing.

Harold
(5)

Cuba is fascinating! The quality of the art, dance and music is exceptional and is shared in the everyday lives of the whole population. Admiration for the perseverance of these people living with harsh conditions is an emotional and inspirational learning experience that can take your soul to a deeper level of understanding humanity.

Toby
(5)

Cuba was an amazing experience. This was my second trip to Cuba, the first being just Havana and environs. The trip was taken to acquaint myself with the rest of Cuba and it was terrific. The experience stays with you long after you return home. The people, the music, the food....everything is remarkable.

Sheila
(5)

Visiting Cuba was a fascinating experience, more than I'd even hoped for. So enjoyable making new friends, meeting Cubans, learning about their country, and experiencing their love of music and dance. Fabulous trip! Great leaders too!

Reh
(5)

Met my expectations and then some.

Marlene
(5)

This was the perfect program to open one's eyes and start to gain an understanding of Cuba today and to reinforce the idea that, globally, people are people and not products of their government politics, and we want the same things for our families. See Cuba while you can!

Susan
(5)

The Best of Cuba trip is simply amazing & did not disappoint! Each day was full of activities & interesting topics & people! I would highly recommend this program!

Charlene
(5)

If you want to see the REAL Cuba and to understand the country and its people, then this program satisfies wonderfully!

Mary Rose
(5)

The Cuban people are warm, welcoming, and incredibly creative and resourceful. I am grateful to Road Scholar for making this trip possible. I will continue my research on Cuba in preparation for my next trip. Also continue to work on my Spanish.

Linda
(5)

We just returned from our First Road Scholar Adventure, The Best of Cuba (22143) . We loved it. It was just the right length of time, you get to see many aspects of Cuban life from small towns, country sides, to Havana. The food was good, somewhat repetitive but always tasty. The fellow Road Scholars were all interesting and knowledgeable. It made for a very rich experience. We will do another trip!!

Judith
(5)

“The Best of Cuba” program delivered through the cities we visited, the people we met, and the wonderful cultural organizations we experienced. What made the trip exceptional were our talented and upbeat group leader Michelle, our knowledgeable Cuban guide Karina, and our expert coach driver Hector. Group participants were flexible and open to new experiences, and a fun group of individuals. For me, this was a life-changing event which I will long remember.

Ken
(5)

This is a don't miss experience. So well planned with a mix of information, experiential content, and in-depth encounters with grass roots groups. I may just do it again!

Nancy
(5)

Wonderful culturally rich trip with a great leader (Michelle) and Cuban guide (Karina), as well as a fun group of participants. We learned so much about the Cuban people and their lives. Most hotels were fine to very good, although the one in Trinidad was way too "rustic" for me. The food was fine and plentiful with great coffee. If you have stomach issues, however, think twice about Cuba; 5-6 people that I am aware of in our group had varying degrees of problems despite constant hand washing, sanitizing, and food/drink vigilance. That said, it was a great trip!

David
(5)

The Camaguay to Havanna Cuban experience was absolutely great and provided unique opportunities to interact with many individuals and groups in Cuba. Viva Cuba!

Linda
(5)

Excellent way to experience Cuba. So far beyond my expectations. The program allows you to see and get to know the people and traditions of Cuba today from the small towns to the big city. It’s up front and personal.

Beth
(5)

The Best of Cuba, from Camaguey to Havana was excellent. Our guides, Betty and Elias were professional and knowledgeable but also caring and kind. The pace was busy but not daunting. We saw a variety of facets of life from artists, dancers, farmers, to ordinary people it really gave us a feel for the country and its incredible people. The guides asked what we wanted to see and tried very hard to make sure we had opportunities to experience those things if they were already on the schedule. Food was great at the paladas. Hotels were clean and in convenient locations to walk around on your own. WiFi was available in Camaguey and Havana. Excellent trip.

Andy
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

The trip was a truly learning experience. People there were poor but happy and healthy. Many nice buildings were desperately needed repaired. Consumer goods were very, very scarce due to U.S. embargo. Many family own homes were converted to hotels and restaurants and doing very good and getting rich. At the same time, most of the people till live in poverty. Our tour leader did a great job. Most but not all the local guides were great. Hotels and food were o.k. I was very disappointed with three things. 1. The time of returning to Miami was never made clear. I ended up booked a flight back home in early evening such that I had to waited for over seven hours at the Miami airport. This had never happened when I traveled with other tour companies. 2. Rotation in seating was voluntary but did not worked out as expected. 3. Many travelers were sick and several of them were coughing openly on the bus regularly without covering up themselves. I ended up sick when I got back home. Overall it was a great learning and discovering trip.

Barbara
(5)

Our arts and culture tour of Cuba was outstanding for its content and logistically seamless (as much as is possible there). We learned so much about the arts, the economy, politics, and daily life in Cuba — more than we ever could have learned traveling on our own, without a personal connection to a Cuban. And we felt welcomed, certainly for our contributions to their struggling economy, but also because they are genuinely friendly people who love to share their culture with us. This was our first Road Scholar experience, and I’d highly recommend this trip.

Michael
(5)

Excellent opportunity to meet and converse with people in their usual work or home setting. The Cuban people were very friendly and generous. I detected no animosity whatsoever toward Americans. It is a safe country in which to travel and the culture is quite unique. Food was great. Music was outstanding. The Road Scholar staff did an excellent job. They were fun people with whom to travel and did an excellent job presenting information in an entertaining manner.

Nicholas
(5)

The best of Cuba was an outstandingly positive experience. We gained insight into another culture and its people and had many extremely gratifying experiences on the tour. And the guides, Heidi and Istmar could not have been better. We will take more Road Scholar tours as a result!

Ann
(5)

This program exceeding my expectations. Highly recommended.

Anthony
(5)

Extraordinary insight into many aspects of Cuban culture which might not be available from simple reading or video. The best Tour Guide and Local Content Expert I have ever experienced

Susan
(5)

A trip to Cuba, must include a visit the interior region (Camaguey and Remedios). Do not go to Havana alone. It would be like visiting New York City and thinking you had seen all of New York state.

Kent
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

Our group leader, Jim Fitch, in-country “instructor”, Elias Valor, and bus driver, Gil, were all excellent. We learned a great deal from them and they did all that was needed to make the trip comfortable and safe. The accommodations were all excellent; probably the DoubleTree in Miami, in terms of lodging and food, were the least desirable. The pace and choice of activities were very good. We understand that limitations under “travel in support of the people of Cuba” may have restricted us somewhat but we feel that meeting artists, farmers, cultural performers and some businesspeople was excellent. The visits to homes were high points and there could be more visits to typical homes such as Ernesto and Jamie in Remedios and the paladar in a home in Remedios. We would recommend this trip to others without reservation.

Rita
(5)

The Cuba trip is absolutely fascinating - in some ways it's a trip back in time. It's an opportunity to meet the people of Cuba, to experience the art, the history, the music, and to learn how Cubans adjust to difficult circumstances. The guides are wonderful and very knowledgeable. On our January trip, the weather ranged from mild to cool, no problem with insects, and the accommodations were comfortable. The food is ample (although not gourmet) and the drinks, including coffee, are superb.

Suzanne
(5)

This trip far exceeded my expectations and I appreciate the knowledge I gained on this journey. The Cuban people are amazing and I enjoyed having the pleasure to meet and become acquainted with many of them.

Martin
(5)

Our trip to Cuba was our second Road Scholar trip. It exceeded our expectations. The activities took us "behind the scenes" in every instance, from private tours of a museum, dancers at practice, active artists, a working farm, and many similar activities.

Bert
(5)

This is a well organized trip and well worth it. I enjoyed every moment, learned a lot and recommend it highly. Bert Simson

Richard
(5)

If you are thinking of going to Cuba this is the program you want. It's the right length and gives you a very complete overview of the country, it's people and history.

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!

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!

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

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!

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!!!

John
(5)

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

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.

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!

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.






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