Experience Authentic Cuba With Friendship Force International

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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
• 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
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
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
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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
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
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
• 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.