December 1-9, 2013
Cuba represents the educational travel opportunity of a lifetime! This incredible destination–just 90 miles off the coast of the United States, yet a world away–has been closed to American travelers for decades. The opportunity for Americans to visit Cuba, a nation unaffected by commercialism, is now available only through limited People-to-People initiatives. We are proud to work with Collette Vacations, a preferred tour operator with a 95-year proven track record in providing successful tours, to offer this unique travel opportunity.
Early December dates for our nine-day tour have been selected based upon optimal average temperatures ranging from 79 to 82 degrees as well as a lower probability of rainfall and uncomfortably high temperatures and humidity common during earlier months of the year, as well as avoidance of the June through October hurricane season. Our two hotel stays in Cuba, one in not-to-be-missed Trinidad, and the other at an iconic national landmark and UNESCO World Heritage Site hotel in Havana, will allow us to experience the diversity of multiple areas of Cuba.
Tour highlights include meeting a Cuban family in their own privately-operated restaurant with its organic farm; Havana, Cuba's capital, with a trip around the city in one of the antique American cars for which the city is known; Trinidad, with its cobblestone streets and pastel-colored houses, in which we dine at a local restaurant and enjoy live traditional music and a fascinating lecture on the instruments used to produce the distinctive "Sounds of Cuba"; author Ernest Hemingway's home, where he conceived his final masterpiece, "The Old Man and the Sea"; cigar factory visit; discussion led by a Cuban scholar on U.S.-Cuban policies; ceramic studio visit and pottery demonstration; Cienfuegos and its botanical gardens; harbor cruise; Cuban Fine Arts Museum and presentation by a local art historian; local health care facility visit for insight into Cuba's health care system; Casa Fuster, the colorful home of artist Jose Fuster, who drew inspiration from Gaudi; former sugar factory and estate visit to learn about sugar production and Cuban agriculture; Literacy Museum to learn about Cuba's educational system; linen-making presentation; plaza visit including traditional music and dancing; visit to a local produce market and a cathedral; and more.
BOOK NOW AND SAVE $100 per person through June 1, 2013! The regular tour price of $4,144* per person, based on double accommodations, will be reduced to $4,044* per person through June 1. (Add $400 for single accommodations.) Price includes round-trip land transportation between Dubuque and Chicago (with 10 or more passengers); round-trip air, taxes, and fees from Chicago; hotels; 19 meals; admissions to included attractions; Cuban national and Collette Vacations English-speaking tour guides; AmeriClub escort (with 10 or more passengers); deluxe motor coach transportation in Cuba; Cuba visa; hotel transfers; and luggage handling. Cancellation waiver and insurance, strongly recommended, is available for $220, and is due with deposit. Passport is required.
*Price subject to change until full payment is made. Price is not subject to increase after full payment except for charges resulting from increases in government-imposed taxes or fees.