Tour operators unveil new Cuba itineraries geared toward U.S. travelers
Tauck started offering Cuba itineraries at the beginning of October, with additional trips scheduled throughout the remainder of the year. The company’s 8-day tour includes the roundtrip charter flight from Miami to Havana, accommodations at the Hilton Miami Airport in Miami and the Melia Habana in Havana, all ground transportation, all sightseeing and admission to all attractions, entertainment, and meals. Prices start at $5,490 per person, based on double-occupancy, plus roundtrip airfare to Miami.
International Expeditions digs deep into Cuban culture with a 10-day itinerary that includes stops in Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Vinales, and the Bay of Pigs. Along the journey, guests commune with local artists, a youth choir, Cuban entrepreneurs, Cuban naturalists, chefs, and conservation groups. Itineraries start at about $4,000 per person, and is for the most part all-inclusive, sans domestic airfare, charter flights from Miami to Cuba, and personal items.
Insight Cuba takes a similar approach, offering seven people-to-people tours, which include two that focus on Havana. Examples include an 8-day Classic Cuba tour, an 8-day Scenic Cuba tour, a 9-day Cuba Art & Music tour, and a 4-day Weekend in Havana tour. Prices range from around $2,100 to $4,500, and all are led by experienced Cuban guides and include accommodations, meals, activities, insurance, in-country ground transportation.
Last to join the circuit is IsramWorld, which recently announced three 9-day tours offered to niche audiences under three IsramWorld Brands. Latour will hosts tours for general travelers, PrideWorld offers tours for LGBT travelers, and tours for travelers interested in the country’s Jewish heritage and community can be arranged under the IsramWorld banner.