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Cuba/United States
Authentic Cuba: A Cultural Journey by Luxury Yacht
Meet your group in Cuba to board a mega-yacht. Meet local musicians and artists, learn about modern Cuban culture, and explore the historic districts of Havana, Trinidad and Cienfuegos.
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Program No. 22872RJ
Length
9 days
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5,395
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9 days
8 nights
23 meals
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DAY
1
Arrivals in Santa Clara, Program Orientation, Introductions
Santa Clara
D
Hotel America

Activity note: Please note: The day-by-day schedule in Cuba is a representative guide only as program elements are subject to change on short notice.

Afternoon: Transfer from Abel Santamaría Airport in Santa Clara, to your hotel. Meet your Road Scholar Group Leader in the hotel lobby for Program Registration and hotel check in. The Program Welcome and Orientation will begin at 6:00 p.m. Your Road Scholar Group Leader will be in the hotel lobby at 6:00 p.m. to accompany the group to the Orientation room. This very important meeting will prepare you for your travel in Cuba. We will discuss OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) regulations that govern our program, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, our program schedule, and answer any questions you may have. The Group Leader will also lead introductions. All routes, field trips, and excursions are subject to change as weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary. Sea conditions could affect the progress of the ship, making it run late and sometimes miss ports because it is not safe to dock. Because of this, the cruise itinerary should always be regarded as provisional. The operators reserve the right to change the content of field trips and excursions without prior notice. PLEASE NOTE: The day-by-day schedule that follows should be used only as a representative guide. Program elements are subject to change on short notice as availability is controlled by the Cuban government.

Dinner: At the hotel restaurant.

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

DAY
2
Transfer to Cienfuegos, Embark Ship
At Sea
B,L,D
M/Y Harmony V

Activity note: The daily schedule shown here is a representative guide as program elements are subject to change on sort notice.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to Cienfuegos. Located 150 miles from Havana on the southern coast, Cienfuegos is the only city in Cuba founded by French settlers. It is also known as the Pearl of the South. In 2005, the historic center was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. According to the inscription, “Cienfuegos is the first, and an outstanding example of an architectural ensemble representing the new ideas of modernity, hygiene and order in urban planning as developed in Latin America from the 19th century.” Visit a graphic arts workshop and stop and a local farmer's market where items are sold in Cuban pesos (CUP) to better understand the two currency system.

Lunch: We’ll enjoy lunch in a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We'll meet professionally trained musicians for a performance by one of Cienfuegos’ talented musical groups. In the late afternoon, we’ll transfer to and embark the ship. After getting our cabins, we’ll participate in the mandatory safety drill, followed by a welcome meeting and orientation to the ship with a briefing by the crew.

Dinner: Aboard the yacht. On embarkation day, there is usually an extensive buffet; coffee, tea, water included, other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. After a long day of travel and new experiences, settle in and get a good night’s rest for a full day tomorrow. Overnight, we’ll navigate to Casilda, the port of Trinidad.

DAY
3
Meet the People of Trinidad
At Sea
B,L,D
M/Y Harmony V

Activity note: The time available in each port is set by the cruise line. Whenever possible, the Road Scholar daily schedule indicates port arrival and departure times (subject to change by the cruise line). This may mean that free time in port is limited. Regardless of the time in port, Road Scholar delivers a robust educational program. Walking and standing on cobblestone streets for up to 2 hours, limited shade areas. Travel by motorcoach.

Breakfast: The breakfast buffet includes choices such as eggs, breakfast meats, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereals, breads and pastries, juices, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We’ll go ashore and board a motorcoach for the 3 mile drive to Trinidad. A meticulously well preserved Spanish colonial city with rich architecture, cobblestone streets, palaces, and plazas, Trinidad is sometimes referred to as the “museum city of Cuba.” We’ll walk through town and visit a scale model of the city. We expect to meet local artists in their studios and engage in conversations about their inspiration and daily lives.

Lunch: In a local restaurant.

Afternoon: At the Romantic Museum, we envision life in the 18th century through its furniture and decorative arts. Next, visit the studio of local woodcarver to learn about his unique creations. Late afternoon return to the port where we'll embark to continue on to La Isla de la Juventud (The Isle of Youth.)

Dinner: Aboard the yacht.

Evening: At sea as we navigate toward La Isla de la Juventud (The Isle of Youth.)

DAY
4
At Sea, Isla de la Juventud (Isle of Youth)
At Sea
B,L,D
M/Y Harmony V

Activity note: Access to go ashore in Isla de la Juventud is by tenders.

Breakfast: Aboard the yacht.

Morning: At sea.

Lunch: Aboard the yacht.

Afternoon: As we navigate toward Isla de la Juventud (Isle of Youth), we’ll gather with our local expert for presentations and discussions. Late afternoon arrival to the port.

Dinner: Aboard the yacht.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Isla de la Juventud (Isle of Youth), Nueva Gerona
At Sea
B,L,D
M/Y Harmony V

Activity note: Access to go ashore is via local tender boat. Transportation on the island is by private local bus. Lunch is later than usual, so bring a snack from breakfast with you ashore, if necessary. Walking on sand and uneven pavement.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Enter the Bay of Singuanea and moor in front of the Colony Hotel. Disembark the tender boat on the beach and board a local private bus for a tour of the capitol city of the island – Nueva Gerona. Next, visit the Presidio Modelo – the abandoned panopticon prison of Cuba. It was here that Fidel and Raul Castro were imprisoned from 1953-1955. Panopticon is a building design that allows a small prison staff to watch over a large number prisoners without the prisoners knowing they’re being watched. The most notable inmates were Fidel Castro and other Moncada rebels. The tables were turned after the revolution when Presidio Modulo became the destination for those considered enemies of the new government. It was closed in 1967 and is now a museum.

Lunch: At a local paladar.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will visit an art school, followed by free time in Nueva Gerona. Late afternoon embarkation.

Dinner: Aboard the yacht.

Evening: At leisure as we begin navigating toward Maria La Gorda.

DAY
6
Maria La Gorda and Guanahacabibes National Park
At Sea
B,L,D
M/Y Harmony V

Activity note: Walking on uneven terrain while ashore. Access to the tender boat is along a narrow pier, off of the beach. Walking on sand. Access to return to the ship from Maria la Gorda is by local tender boat. The tender is accessed from the ship via a rope and wood ladder.

Breakfast: Aboard the yacht.

Morning: With our Cuban expert and motorcoach, visit a nearby school. Learn about the Cuban education system in rural areas, and interact with teachers and students. Explore Guanahacabibes National Park, one of the country’s largest nature reserves on the westernmost tip of the island. The peninsula was one of the last refuges of aboriginals fleeing from the Spanish conquistadors and also holds some 140 archaeological sites linked to the life of the aborigines, who were known as Guanahatabeyes.

Lunch: Enjoy a barbecue on the beach with some time for a swim before returning to the yacht via local tender boat.

Afternoon: As the yacht navigates toward Havana, we’ll have informative presentations and discussions about Cuba and its people with the Cruise Director and our Cuban local expert. We’ll also view documentaries about Cuba.

Dinner: On board the motor yacht, dinners are plated and served single seating in the dining room. The cuisine is Greek and Continental –inspired.

Evening: At sea as we continue to sail toward Havana.

DAY
7
Old Havana, Hemingway's Home
At Sea
B,L,D
M/Y Harmony V

Activity note: Our vessels have been granted the longest stays of any cruise boats in the port of Havana. Space at the dock itself is severely limited; we may dock at one of the only two piers or take a tender in to shore. Walking about 2 miles, standing approximately 2.5 hours; cobblestone streets, limited areas of shade.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: With our Cuban expert, we’ll go on a walking field trip in Old Havana, just steps from the yacht. Founded in 1519 by the Spanish, Havana became one of the most important ship building centers in the Caribbean, around which a sprawling metropolis grew. Now numbering a population of 2 million, it is a mixture of beautiful old Baroque and neo-Classical monuments, arcades, and private balconies. Old Havana is considered one of the most impressive historical city centers in the Caribbean and in the Americas.

Lunch: In a local paladar.

Afternoon: Drive in classic cars to Finca La Vigia, Hemingway’s beloved home, where he lived for 21 years and worked on some of his most famous literary works, such as “The Old Man and the Sea,” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” Late afternoon return to Havana.

Dinner: We'll walk to a paladar in Old Havana for some typical Cuban fare.

Evening: Enjoy music in the style of the Buena Vista Social club, at a classic café show. Return to the ship at your leisure. Overnight in port of Havana.

DAY
8
Fusterlandia, Architecture Lecture
At Sea
B,L,D
M/Y Harmony V

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach throughout the day. Standing up to an hour at a time; steps without railings, uneven terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard the yacht.

Morning: We depart with our Cuban expert by motorcoach to Fusterlandia, the studio and workshop of artist Jose Rodriguez Fuster. Walk around the neighborhood to explore the mosaic tile work inspired by Gaudi in Barcelona.

Lunch: In a local hotel restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch, remain at the hotel for an expert lecture with a well known local architect. Enjoy time at leisure before returning to the yacht.

Dinner: Aboard ship, we’ll celebrate our journey with a special farewell dinner.

Evening: At leisure. The ship is docked in the heart of Old Havana so you may wish to enjoy the city in the evening or observe the city lights from a vantage point on the deck. Be sure to settle your shipboard accounts and prepare for departure in the morning.

DAY
9
Return Flight to US, Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Transfer to Havana airport for our return flight to Miami. Please do not make any onward flight connections out of Miami less than 3-4 hours after your scheduled arrival from Cuba, due to possible flight delays, amount of time it takes to clear U.S. Customs and Immigration, and check in for onward connections. Upon arrival in Miami, if you have connecting flights, claim your luggage, clear U.S. Immigration and Customs then make your way to the transfer desks to recheck your luggage and secure boarding passes. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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