The American government has recently reopened travel to Cuba by American tourists on a limited basis, and the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Chamber Explorations to offer a trip to the country May 15-20, 2014.
The “A Taste of Cuba” program is fully inclusive and features the Plaza of the Revolution, Cuban Institute of Music, Old Havana walking tour (UNESCO world heritage site), home & studio of artist Jose Fuster, walking tour of the Colon Cemetery, Museum of the Revolution, Bocoy Rum Factory, Cuban Literacy Museum, Hemingway’s Farm – Finca La Vigia, Pro Danza Dance School, Old Style Car Club, Nacional Hotel visit, former Cuban baseball player discussion, San Jose Craft Market & Art Center, and Paladar dinner. This program is designed to allow guests to have meaningful interactions with locals through cultural connections and people-to-people interactions.
The cost of the trip is $2,899 per person, based on double occupancy, and includes: round trip airfare from Miami to Cuba, five nights in first class hotels, ten meals (4 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners), baggage handling services, airport transfers, U.S. air departure taxes and fees, professional bilingual drivers and guides, deluxe motor coaches, interactions and admissions per itinerary, daily bottled water, gratuities for porters and wait staff, and Cuban medical insurance. Space is limited.
Chamber Explorations has been issued a specific license by The Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), which authorizes registered guests of their programs to visit Cuba legally. There are no applications to complete, and travel with this tour is fully authorized. Prior to departure, each attendee will receive a copy of the Specific License and a Letter of Authorization which legalizes travel to Cuba.
An orientation meeting will be held for all who are interested or want to learn more about the Cuba trip on Tuesday, October 29, from 5:30-6:30 pm at the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce (One Estell Lee Place, Wilmington, NC 28401), next to the Wilmington Convention Center.