NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y., April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Globetrotters who have always wanted a firsthand look at Cuba can do so legally this summer while enjoying substantial savings on select June – September departures. For a limited time, Insight Cuba, the leading provider of U.S. licensed people-to-people travel to Cuba, is offering $300 per person savings on six unparalleled itineraries, all providing unique access to people and places the average traveler rarely sees.
Guests with Insight Cuba can choose from an array of exclusive tours featuring a series of meaningful cultural experiences, crafted to encourage conversation and shed light on the country's history, as well as its vibrant arts and music scenes. Not only is summer an ideal time to visit Cuba—as prices are at their lowest of the year—but many departures also coincide with Cuba's annual festivals and events.
Dubbed the Festival del Caribe by some and the Festival del Fuegoby others, the Fire Festival in Santiago de Cuba during the first week of July is dedicated to strengthening ties between peoples and nations by highlighting common cultural elements throughmusic and dance performances from all over the Caribbean region. Santiago de Cuba comes alive again during the last week of July with Carnaval, one of Cuba's largest and oldest festivals featuring parades, dancing, music and animated street performances. In late July/early August, Carnaval de Habana takes over the capital with colorful nightly parades moving down the city's famous Malecón oceanfront walkway. It's a jubilant time to visit and see Cubans celebrating the summer season with energetic dances, lively music and fireworks displays.
Insight Cuba's summer savings departures include:
- Undiscovered Cuba (12 Days / 11 Nights)
Experience Insight Cuba's newest and longest program for travelers with a real passion for exploration and a desire to leave no stone unturned. This exclusive tour provides coast-to-coast views of the island where most other U.S. tour operators have yet to visit.
Departures: July 15-26; Aug. 19-30
- Classic Cuba (8 Days / 7 Nights)
Beyond the capital, travel back in time to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trinidad, one of Latin America's best-preserved colonial towns. Stops along the way include Cienfuegos, the "Pearl of the South," and Playa Larga, where guests discuss music education with the students and teachers at the Korimacao Community Project for underprivileged youth. Departures: July 2-9; Aug. 6-13; Aug. 20-27; Sept. 23-30
- Cuban Music & Art (9 Days / 8 Nights)
Take a fascinating look at Cuba's thriving music and arts scene, with ample time spent in Havana and Santiago de Cuba, the country's second cultural mecca and home of son music, where opportunities to get to know lifelong Cuban residents who live and breathe artistic expression abound. Departure: Sept. 20-28
- Scenic Cuba (8 Days / 7 Nights)
Guests experience city and country life on this journey to one of Cuba's most picturesque areas, the eastern province of Pinar del Río, which is known for its scenic national parks, expansive tobacco fields and friendly peasant farmers. Departures: June 8-15; July 6-13; Sept. 14-21
- Jazz in Havana (5 Days / 4 Nights)
In partnership with JazzTimes magazine, this insider's program peeks into Cuba's world-famous jazz scene, meeting the players and enjoying intimate performances with the island's top talent. Departures: June 12-16; July 3-7; Aug. 7-11
- Weekend in Havana (4 Days / 3 Nights)
For the traveler with little time but a lot of interest, this tour introduces visitors to the capital via meetings with patients at the Grandparents Home, a local plastic artist and a Cuban economist. Departures: June 13-16; July 25-28; Aug. 8-11; Sept. 12-15; Sept. 26-29
Insight Cuba handpicks exclusive experiences and keeps its groups to 24 people maximum. Lowest rates of the year start at $1,795 per person, double occupancy (with $300 savings) and include: first-class accommodations, Cuban guide, Insight Cuba tour leader, all meals, U.S. Department of the Treasury license and letter of authorization, all entrance fees to scheduled activities and events, all in-country ground transportation and transfers, travel health insurance, emergency medical evacuation, trip cancellation insurance (up to $1,000; additional coverage for a fee), an Insight Cuba guidebook, and a 24-hour emergency service hotline.
For more information on Insight Cuba's tours, visit www.insightcuba.com or call 1-800-450-CUBA (2822). To stay connected with Insight Cuba, follow @insightcuba or 'Like' Insight Cuba on Facebook: www.facebook.com/insightcuba
About Insight Cuba
Insight Cuba is the leading provider and pioneer in legal people-to-people travel for Americans to Cuba. Since its inception in 2000, the organization has sent more than 6,000 participants on 350 tours and crafted over 100 custom group programs. When travel to Cuba was reauthorized for all Americans in 2011, this not-for-profit company (a division of Cross-Cultural Solutions) was the first to bring American travelers back to Cuba. Six programs with 100 departures are scheduled through September 2013 featuring original experiences that put American visitors in direct touch with Cuban people and culture.
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