Tauck Announces New Expanded People-to-People Cultural Journey to Cuba

Enhanced 13-Day Itinerary Includes Stays in Five Cuban Cities

NORWALK, CT (December 8, 2014)  For 2015 Tauck is enhancing its popular eight-day Cuba itinerary, adding five additional days and expanding beyond Havana and its surroundings to include (along with three nights in Havana) multiple-night hotel stays in three additional cities, plus a single-night stay in a fifth city.  The resulting itinerary provides a richer, more diverse, and more in-depth immersion into Cuban culture. 

“Cuba has been incredibly popular with our guests since our very first departures in 2012,” said Tauck CEO Dan Mahar, “and we’re thrilled to be offering an enhanced and expanded itinerary there.  Guests traveling to Cuba with us for the first time will now enjoy a much more comprehensive experience, while our past travelers to Cuba will find plenty of new experiences and new reasons to plan a return journey.” 

Where Tauck’s initial Cuba itinerary spent six nights in Havana, the company’s new 13-day  journey (from $7,465, double occupancy, plus airfare) spends three nights in Havana, two nights in Cayo Santa Maria, three nights in Camaguey, one night in Holguin, and two nights in Santiago de Cuba.  (As with Tauck’s earlier Cuba itinerary, guests spend the tour’s first night at the Sofitel Miami prior to boarding a charter flight to Havana the following morning.) 

In Cuba, Tauck guests will learn about the country’s history during enriching discussions with local experts, beginning with a cultural exchange at The Museum of the Revolution in Havana.  On subsequent days, staff members at the Sugar Mill Museum near Remedios will discuss the region’s history as a leading sugar producer, and docents at the Che Guevara Mausoleum in Santa Clara will highlight the life of Guevara, who was Fidel Castro’s second-in-command during the Cuban Revolution.  Fidel and Raul Castro will themselves be the topic of discussion with a historian in Biran, birthplace of the Castro brothers, while another local historian will share the story of 19th-century freedom fighter and national hero Jose Marti at his tomb and memorial in Santiago de Cuba.

The role of the arts in Cuban culture will also be highlighted throughout the journey, during experiences ranging from an architectural walking tour with a local expert in Habana Vieja (Old Havana), to dance demonstrations in Santa Clara and Camaguey, to a musical performance by a children’s group in Caibarien.  Tauck has also arranged for its guests to personally meet a wide array of Cuban artisans, including musicians, dancers, painters, sculptors, potters, weavers and gardeners.  And Tauck guests will also learn about daily life in Cuba, in discussions with local restaurateurs, printers and fishermen, and during a visit with a local family in the small village of La Maya, where family members will provide insights into everything from Cuban cuisine to the current employment outlook to their hopes for the future.

Included in the price of Tauck’s new Cuba itinerary are all accommodations, gratuities, meals, ground transportation, sightseeing, luggage handling, airport transfers and much more.  Departures are scheduled from January through early June, 2015, and those interested in more information can contact their local travel professional, call Tauck at 800 468 2825, or visit the company’s website at www.tauck.com.

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