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Cuba Today: People and Society: Havana & Cienfuegos

Discover the unique social and cultural heritage of Cuba as you enjoy a musical performance, converse with locals and embark on a walking adventure of historic Havana.
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Program No. 22461RJ
8 days
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Cuba Today: People and Society: Havana & Cienfuegos

Discover the unique social and cultural heritage of Cuba as you enjoy a musical performance, converse with locals and embark on a walking adventure of historic Havana.
8 days
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Program No. 22461 RJ
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At a Glance

Welcome to Cuba: A mosaic of colorful buildings and diverse locals that comes together to form a country rich in history, culture and art. On a special journey that begins and ends in Havana, support entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, religious institutions and business leaders while learning about their lives. Alongside Cuban hosts, learn about U.S.- Cuba relations as you explore the vibrant cities that make this country so unique. Immerse yourself in colonial architecture, Art Deco buildings, classic cars and lively music while learning how a country shaped by so many outside influences could create such a strong sense of community.
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 ...

  • Listen to a performance by a local music group in Cienfuegos before speaking with the artists about their fascinating careers.
  • Enjoy a performance from a private Cuban dance company and meet with the dancers to discuss and support their craft.
  • Learn about a community project which, under the leadership of local artists, is transforming a neighborhood through artistic expression.

General Notes

For a Women's-Only version of this program, please check out "Women in the City: Art & History in Cuba" (#3965). 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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