For several years, Road Scholar, the leader in educational travel, has enabled thousands of its participants to travel to Cuba to interact with citizens and learn firsthand about their history and culture. Now, the non-profit educational travel company is offering three exclusive ocean voyages to several remote locations in Cuba rarely seen by foreigners. All programs include a full-time schedule of people-to-people activities, specifically designed for meaningful interaction between Road Scholar participants and Cubans.
The first adventure option on water is an 11-night program beginning in Montego Bay, Jamaica home of the world’s largest remaining contiguous rainforest, where guests learn about local customs and cuisine. The highlight of the voyage is a visit to Punta Francis. The site is rarely visited by non-Cubans and the location offers a glimpse into the most remote part of Cuba. The adventure concludes in Havana, where participants meet with members of an urban agricultural cooperative, meet with performing artists, engage with community organizations, and explore Old Havana and the Las Terraza natural preserve. See Cultures of the Caribbean: Jamaica and Cuba www.roadscholar.org/21303
The second ocean voyage runs 10 nights, beginning in Miami and traveling to Cuba and Jamaica. Participants get to experience life in rural Cuba, meeting residents, and visiting with artists, musicians and dancers to learn about their lives. They also explore the western most part of Cuba called “Oriente.” Stops feature visits to Holguin and Santiago de Cuba to meet with members of an ancient Cuban Haitian Society called La Tumba Frances, recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The program ends in Montego Bay, Jamaica. See Cuba by Land & Sea: From Havana to the Oriente www.roadscholar.org/21304
The third voyage runs 12 nights and is a circumnavigation of the island by land and sea. The program begins in Miami and travels to Havana for four nights before circumnavigating the island and returning to Havana. See Cuba in Depth: A Grand Voyage Around the Island www.roadscholar.org/21305
“We’ve been offering programs to Cuba through our People-to-People license for several years and as a result, have developed the connections needed to expand our offerings to locations off the beaten path,” said Yves Marceau, Director, International Programs. “We’ve chosen the best activities from our existing programs and added several new activities that only Road Scholar can offer.”
Prices start at $3,495 if reserved by October 11, 2013, with departure dates in December through March 2014.
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