NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y., Nov. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Short on time but long to see Cuba before it changes? insightCuba, the pioneer and leader in people-to-people travel to Cuba, has launched a four-day Varadero + Havana vacation package, which features the island's most popular beach destination and its historic capital city over an easy-to-book long weekend. Bimonthly departures run December 2016 through April 2018. Celebrate New Year's on the beach in Cuba; space is still available on the December 30, 2016 - January 2, 2017 trip.
"While the start of U.S. commercial flights to Cuba has made the destination much more accessible, it's also caused a lot of confusion about how to book a vacation on one's own, since confirming hotels and tours is just not easy," said Tom Popper, insightCuba's president. "This is no ordinary Caribbean island; American credit cards are not yet accepted and people-to-people rules are still in effect. So, with new flights to Varadero and the trend toward shorter itineraries, we designed a Thursday-to-Sunday trip to suit those seeking a long weekend in Cuba. With the day trip to Havana included, and a lower price point (starting at just $1,995 per person), we anticipate strong demand."
This itinerary differs from others in that it features a number of optional excursions so travelers can choose their own adventures. From Varadero's Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport, participants will check into the Meliá Varadero beach resort and enjoy its luxurious amenities. On day two, visitors can set off on an excursion to Cardenas, a small town just south of Varadero, for a visit to the farmers market, followed by a trip to the Sugar Cane Museum to learn about sugar processing and how sugar cane helps make Cuba's famous rum. Next is a ride on the Sugar Cane antique train, which kids, especially, will love. Afternoon activity options include the Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, known for its hiking trails and unique flora and fauna, and a look at the pre-Columbian pictographs and 2000-year-old burial plots inside a local cave.
On day three, we drive along the beautiful coast for a full day of exploration in Havana. A walking tour of Old Havana, a splendid UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best examples of preserved Spanish-Colonial architecture, is followed by sightseeing in Centro Havana, Vedado, and Miramar. Next is a scenic ride along the iconic Malecón (seaside boulevard) and a stop at the historic Hotel Nacional for world- famous mojitos and spectacular views. Last, visitors will see Finca Vigía, home of author Ernest Hemingway, before dinner at an authentic Cuban restaurant and a return to Varadero for the night. Day four is for travelers to enjoy at leisure.
The four-day Varadero + Havana package starts at $1,995 per person, double occupancy (single occupancy is +$700) and includes:
- Three nights at the all-inclusive Meliá Varadero resort
- InsightCuba guided people-to-people excursions
- Expert Cuban guide and private Cuban driver
- All meals at the hotel; lunch and dinner in Havana are on one's own
- Certification of travel to Cuba under the U.S. Department of the Treasury general license
- All entrance fees to scheduled activities and events
- All in-country ground transportation and airport transfers
- Travel health and emergency medical evacuation insurance
- InsightCuba travel guidebook
- 24-hour emergency customer-service hotline
- Additional activities available: sailing on a catamaran, snorkeling, windsurfing, diving (additional fee), or fishing (additional fee)
Children under age two travel free. Those under age 12 receive a 50-percent discount when sharing a room with two adults. Groups of five to nine people receive five percent off; groups of 10 or more get 10 percent off land rates.
For more information on the Varadero + Havana program and other insightCuba tours, visit www.insightcuba.com or call 1-800-450-CUBA.
insightCuba is the leading provider and pioneer in legal people-to-people travel for Americans visiting Cuba. Since its inception in 2000, the organization has sent more than 16,000 guests to Cuba and crafted hundreds of private group tours. insightCuba offers six regularly scheduled Signature Cuba tours with 250 departures annually, a series of Specialty Cuba tours, and dozens of private group tours each year.