Journeys International a new Cuba tour option

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The Church of the Holy Trinity in Trinidad, Cuba.
The Church of the Holy Trinity in Trinidad, Cuba.

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.

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