Central Holidays entered the Cuba arena with the launch of its first people-to-people cultural exchange program, offering 19 departures from Aug. 9 through Dec. 12.

Central Holidays' strategic partner, Premier World Discovery/CE, was issued a license by the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control, which authorizes registered guests of the company's programs to legally visit Cuba.

The eight-day Discover Cuba itinerary includes the Unesco World Heritage site of Old Havana, the Cathedral of Havana and the Maqueta de la Habana Vieja Museum as well as visits to the Vinales Valley and Pinar del Rio, an excursion to Guanabacoa, Hemingway's farm, a cigar factory, a tobacco farm, craft markets and a dance studio.

Tour participants will meet with locals, artists and dancers during the trip.

The price of $3,899 per person, double, covers roundtrip air from Miami, hotels, transfers, 16 meals, services of a guide, visa fees, motorcoach transport, tips, health insurance and baggage handling. The single supplement is $500.

Information about the Cuba program will be available on at www.centralholidays.com by April 26. Information currently is available at (800) 935-5000.

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