Thursday, June 20, 2013

More tour companies get Cuba licenses

More tour companies get Cuba licenses
By Gay Nagle Myers

Several more companies have received licenses to operate
people-to-people cultural exchange programs to Cuba.

San Diego-based Classic Journeys offers 10 departures from June 29 to
April 5. A seven-night guided tour includes visits with artists in the
Luyano area in Havana; an exploration of Habana Vieja, the Unesco World
Heritage Site; countryside walks in the Vinales Valley west of Havana;
and meetings with farmers and students.

The Institute for Shipboard Education in Charlottesville, Va., was
granted a two-year license to bring its Semester at Sea program to Cuba
for a three-day port visit during two global voyages this fall and next.

Semester at Sea, which had been awaiting approval since 2011 from the
U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control, last
visited Cuba in 2004, shortly before the Bush administration pulled the
plug on the people-to-people programs.

Other Cuban Journeys of Flint. Mich., offers five departures on three
weeklong tours, from Aug. 5 to Jan. 20.

Itineraries include visits to community projects, senior centers,
Hemingway's former home and the old Jewish quarter and cemetery in Havana.

Follow Gay Nagle Myers on Twitter @gnmtravelweekly.

Source: "More tour companies get Cuba licenses - Travel Weekly" -

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