To Register Registration and Cancellation Information reference Program #22072, Experience Authentic Cuba with Experience Authentic Cuba with Friendship Force International. Friendship Force International, starting on March 10, 2015, Program #22072 | March 10-18, 2015 Please call Road Scholar toll free at (800) 322-5315 and and say that you are a member of Friendship Force International. Please note that participants on this program must be 21 years or older due to program content and the serving of alcohol. Cancel Schedule: Should you need to cancel from this program, Program Price please refer to the chart below for schedule and refund information. • Double-occupancy prices starting at: $3,395 Payment Schedule • Single-occupancy prices starting at: $3,720 Includes round-trip charter airfare from Miami to Cuba. Deposit Payment Final program payment Cancellation Policy Cancel up to 67 Days Prior to Program Start Date Cancel 66 to 30 days prior to program start date $250 (due upon enrollment) Due Jan. 30, 2015 Fee amount per person $250 (date of enrollment) 50% of the order total Cancel less than 30 days prior to program start date. If the 30th day falls on a weekend, we have to have 100% of the order total the cancellation by the business day before, not after. Road Scholar recommends that you purchase optional Trip Cancellation, Interruption & Travel Delay Insurance to protect your investment. You will receive a detailed brochure about this insurance policy when you enroll in a program. Road Scholar educational adventures are created by Elderhostel, the not-for-profit world leader in lifelong learning since 1975. Experience Authentic Cuba With Friendship Force International An Exclusive People-to-People Learning Adventure MARCH 10-18, 2015 Cuba Today: People and Society About Our Lodging Daily Itinerary Day 1: Tuesday, March 10 Flight to Miami / Overnight in Miami writing studio, swimming pool and beloved fishing boat, Pilar. The boat Overview DoubleTree Inn by Hilton Hotel Enjoy a truly authentic People-to-People experience with three nights in Cienfuegos in a casa Miami Airport and Convention particular (privately owned B&B), including dinner prepared by your Cuban host family. All Center | 1 night Note: Day-by-day schedule is only a guide. Program elements may another People to People Connection: Visit the home of a family to rooms are air-conditioned, with private bathroom, and have been inspected by Road Scholar. The hotel offers a free shuttle service change as availability is controlled by Cuban government. learn their unique stories in the field of medicine and about their own This is a wonderful opportunity to experience the warmth and hospitality of the Cuban people from the airport to the hotel. All rooms are air-conditioned and have Day 2: Wednesday, March 11 Transfer to Miami airport for flight to Havana / Revolution Square / Interaction with a Modern Dance Group a private bathroom with toilet, sink Flight to Havana. Upon arrival in Havana, visit the famous Revolution and shower. Bed linens, bath towels Square and learn about monumental events there. After a light lunch in This morning, depart Havana to the southern part of the island. Stop at and soap are the only amenities a paladar (privately owned restaurant), observe a rehearsal, then enjoy the Zapata Swamp to learn about conservation in Cuba. Enjoy lunch provided. interactions with a modern dance group. Head to the Hotel Nacional at a seaside restaurant, then continue to Playa Giron, also known as and enjoy a welcome cocktail and expert-led exploration of this the Bay of Pigs, the site of the 1961 clash between CIA-trained Cuban historical national monument, as well as our Welcome Dinner. exiles and Cuban rebel forces. In Cienfuegos, explore the city and walk and go behind the scenes into daily life in Cuba. Casa Particular (Privately Owned Bed & Breakfast) 3 nights Highlights: • Enjoy lively interactions with members of the legal community through activities arranged by the Union Nacional de Juristas de Cuba. • Meet with members of a local musical group in Cienfuegos and learn about their careers as musicians. • Learn about conservation and enjoy lunch at a beachfront private enterprise. Activity Rating: Walking up to two miles a day with some walking on uneven Hotel Nacional de Cuba | 4 nights cobblestone streets. Four-Star Hotel, Havana. In the center of the city, the hotel stands on a hill About Our Program Provider just a few meters from the sea, and • 8 Nights of accommodations This Cuba experience is offered through Nacional de Cuba was declared a • 21 Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 6 Road Scholar, formerly known as National Monument and was inscribed Elderhostel, a not-for-profit organization in the World Memory Register. This Nine-Day Program to Cuba Includes: Lunches, 7 Dinners • 4 Expert-led lectures • 12 Field trips • 10 Hands-on experiences • Round-trip International airfare from Miami • Visas: 1 (out of 1 required) • Group travel and transfers throughout the program offers a great view of Havana Harbor, the seawall and the city. The Hotel Day 3: Thursday, March 12 Presentation and Exploration of History and Architecture of Old Havana / Interactions with Artists/ Conversation Exchange is featured in his novel “Islands in the Stream.” Return to Havana for private enterprise venture. Dinner is at a local favorite, El Aljibe, famous for its roast chicken. Day 6: Sunday, March 15 Depart for Cienfuegos / Bay of Pigs / Children’s Group/Casa Particular through Plaza Jose Marti, the main square in Cienfuegos. See local life and observe the beautiful surrounding buildings, including the Tomas Terry Theater. Enjoy interactions with a youth dance group. Enjoy a truly authentic experience with three nights in Cienfuegos in a casa particular, including dinner prepared by your Cuban host family. After breakfast, enjoy a presentation by a local architect involved with the government-funded restoration project of Old Havana. Next, discover the four “plazas” in Old Havana. Meet with members of a Day 7: Monday, March 16 Arts School / Trinidad founded in 1975 to provide lifelong- graphic arts cooperative. Lunch is on your own. Then experience learning opportunities for baby boomers Meet with faculty and students at the Benny Moré Art School. Beny, Havana’s first English bookstore and speak with Cuban intellectuals. For and beyond. Its mission is to inspire adults as he was known, was a native of Cienfuegos province and a famous dinner, explore the many new privately owned paladars in Havana. Cuban singer, and is honored and remembered by this institution. to learn, discover and travel. Its learning adventures engage expert instructors, provide extraordinary access, and stimulate discourse and friendship among people for Day 4: Friday, March 13 Expert Presentation / Fortress of La Cabana / Free Enterprise / Free Enterprise Artisan Market Speak with students and faculty about life at the school, then depart on a full-day excursion to Trinidad, the crown jewel of colonial Cuban cities. After lunch, discover the historical center of Trinidad walking to Plaza Mayor to explore landmarks of this colonial town. whom learning is the journey of a lifetime. Today’s presentation is on the history of U.S.-Cuban relations. Explore you throughout the program to As a leader in educational programs, Road the tumultuous history, as well as President Barack Obama’s mid- handle all logistics Scholar offers 5,500 educational adventures December decision to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba. in all 50 states and 150 countries. Afterward, explore the Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana, also Road Scholar is authorized to travel to Cuba known simply as “La Cabana.” Enjoy lunch in a paladar and hear the This morning, discover a local farmers market. Later, depart on a under OFAC License #CT-2014-308137-1. owner’s story. Visit the San Jose Artisan Market and interact with full-day field trip to beautiful Santa Clara. Enjoy lively interactions For several years, Road Scholar has enabled artisans. Before dinner, enjoy a women’s a capella chorale. with senior citizens. After lunch, visit the Che Guevara Memorial and thousands of its participants to travel to Day 5: Saturday, March 14 Expert Presentation / Fine Arts / Hemingway’s Home • A Group Leader to accompany • Modest gratuities, taxes and destination fees • The Road Scholar Emergency and Travel Assistance Plan, including 24-hour assistance for medical and other emergencies Cuba to interact with citizens and learn firsthand about their history and culture. Day 8: Tuesday, March 17 Santa Clara / Che Guevara Memorial / Senior Center / Choral Group Mausoleum, final resting place of Ernesto “Che” Guevara and his companions. Return to Cienfuegos and stroll the main shopping street to learn the differences between Ration, Cuban Pesos and CUC stores. Today’s presentation focuses on the role of religion on the Cuban Explore the complexity of the two-currency system and talk with identity. Later, explore the new Arts Museum of Havana. Delve into Cubans and workers who shop at these stores. Enjoy a performance by the stories that each work of art relates and the statement on politics, one of Cienfuegos’ talented musical groups and discuss their musical culture and society that each artist conveys. After a light lunch careers, how they studied their art and what a typical day is for them. in a paladar, drive to the outskirts of Havana to Finca La Vigia, the Hemingway Farm where the Nobel Prize-winning author lived with his third wife, Mary, for over 30 years. Look into the open windows and doors to see the home in perfect condition with Hemingway’s personal belongings as he left them. Walk the grounds to see his private Day 9: Wednesday, March 18 Departure to Miami / Return to U.S. Program concludes.
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