Journeys International timed its announcement of its first Cuba tour with the raising of the U.S. flag over the American Embassy in Havana on Aug. 14.
The 10-day Rhythm of a Lively Land program includes visits to Havana, Cienfuegos and Trinidad -- popular spots on most people-to-people itineraries -- but it also incorporates several not-so-typical activities, such as a visit to Topes del Collantes National Park outside Trinidad and a discussion of Cuba’s ration system with a bodega manager.
Travelers will talk to locals, visit a fruit market, meet with a flora and fauna expert, learn about what it is like to run a business in Cuba from young entrepreneurs and meet with leaders of social welfare and arts associations.
“On Journeys trips we don’t just try to see a place; we form relationships there,” said Robin Weber Pollak, president.
Departures are set for Feb. 9 (women only) and March 22; group size is set at a maximum of 12.
Tours are priced from $4,950 per person, double, not including roundtrip air from Miami For details, visit www.journeysinternational.com.