Globus has launched people-to-people educational tours of Cuba. Two nine-day itineraries are offered with 20 departures running from July 14 through Nov. 3, followed by 13 more in 2014.
Globus was poised to make its debut in Cuba in January 2012 after unveiling plans the previous August. However, confusion and complications surrounding regulations and rules regarding licensed travel to Cuba had caused Globus to pull back.
Group Voyagers, the company that markets and sells the Globus family of brands (Globus, Cosmos, Monograms and Avalon Waterways) in the U.S., received its license from the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control in February.
"The new programs ... offer a full schedule of people-to-people educational exchange activities designed for meaningful interactions between our travelers and individuals in Cuba," said Pam Hoffee, vice president of product and operations for the Globus family of brands.
The Undiscovered Cuba tour spends a week in Havana and includes tours of historical and cultural sights along with interactions with artists, musicians, architects, cigar rollers, students and workers at a silk-screening studio.
The second itinerary, Cuba's Charming Colonial Cities & Havana, visits Camaguey, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Playa Giron (Bay of Pigs) and Havana.
Participants will attend a workshop at Casa de Africa discussing the African culture in Cuba, meet with members of the Santo Angel neighborhood; meet with dancers, teachers and costume makers at the Camaguey Ballet Co.; and talk baseball with Cuban players.
Rates start at $2,974 per person, double, land only. Roundtrip air from Miami starts at $496.
A special hotline for agents has been set up at (855) 522-4880.
Further details are available at www.globusjourneys.com.
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