NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y., May 22 /PRNewswire/ -- In marking Cuban Independence
Day on May 20, President Bush announced no new sanctions, surprising those who
expected stiff measures following Castro's crackdown on dissidents.
Nonetheless, while Congress debates a bipartisan effort to undo travel
restrictions to Cuba, the Bush administration remains determined to eliminate
even educational people-to-people travel to Cuba. December 31 has been set as
the expiration date on the licenses of the few travel providers now operating
in Cuba, with some expiring even before then.
Thus, US citizens will be cut off from an exhilarating destination just 90
miles from Florida, yet separated for 44 years. It could also be the last
chance to see Cuba before inevitable post-Castro development changes pre-1959
Cuba. Indeed, a trip to Cuba in 2003 might be the trip of a lifetime in more
ways than one.
One of the most rewarding programs is offered by Cross-Cultural Solutions'
Insight Cuba (www.insightcuba.org; toll-free 1-800-935-CUBA), a US-based
nonprofit with weekly trips through December. Not a sun and fun vacation or
cookie cutter tour, Insight Cuba's programs give real access to Cuban culture
and Cubans eager to meet Americans.
Each Insight Cuba group is guided by a trained companero who ensures that
every guest has the most fulfilling experience possible. With groups limited
to 16, companeros excel at exceeding guests' interests. On one trip, for
example, a participant not only saw a baseball game, he met the team and
Cuba's baseball commissioner.
Insight Cuba makes it easy to travel to Cuba, connecting travelers with
travel agents authorized by the US Treasury Department to plan their flights
from New York, Miami and Los Angeles. Program coordinators provide documents
needed to enter Cuba. Five- and four-star accommodations, meals, ground
transportation and English-Spanish translation are covered in the price.
Trips include "Perspectives" programs ranging from a weekend in Havana to
one- and two-week island adventures, and music programs in one or two cities
unfolding Cuba's rich musical heritage from cha cha and salsa to jazz.
For more information about Insight Cuba's trips to Cuba, click on
www.insightcuba.org, or call toll-free 1-800-935-CUBA (1-800-935-2822).
Prices quoted are land prices, per person double occupancy, and cover
luxury accommodations, meals, ground transportation and translation.
Roundtrip airfare to Havana ranges from $450 to $700 from New York, $500 to
$800 from Los Angeles and $299 to $349 from Miami, depending on season and
time of booking.
A four-day three-night "Taste of Cuba" program is available July 3-6 and
August 28-31 beginning at $1,399 in four-star accommodations. An
eight-day/seven night trip to Havana and Trinidad departs June 7, June 21 and
July 19, priced at $1,799 in four-star accommodations and $2,499 in five-star
lodgings. A 15 day/14 night trip leaves on June 21 and September 20, priced
at $2,899 in four-star accommodations. Other dates available through
Eight day/seven night programs leave on June 14, June 21 and July 5 and
are priced at $2,099 in four-star accommodations and $2,799 in five star
accommodations. An eight day/seven night Cuban Music Exploration leaves on
June 21, $2,483 in four-star accommodations; programs available through
December, plus four day/three night music programs.
Jazz with Jazz Times Magazine
Insight Cuba and Jazz Times Magazine combine Cuban jazz touring with
Cuba's art scene. This eight day/seven night program departs June 1, July 12
and August 2, priced at $2,299 in four-star accommodations and $2,899 in five
star accommodations. These programs will also continue into December.
SOURCE Insight Cuba