InsightCuba Launches Weekend in Santiago de Cuba on the Day of Embassy Openings
PHOTO: Cuban children at a people-to-people visit to a school. (Photo by David Cogswell)
Today marks the first time the U.S. and Cuba have had embassies and each other’s countries in more than 50 years.
Tom Popper, president of Insight Cuba, is one of the small group of invitees attending the opening ceremony of the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C.
“It seems more and more surreal as the official moment approaches,” said Popper, in an email to TravelPulse. “It will mark a time in history that neither I, nor our friends in Cuba, ever thought we’d see in our lifetimes. It’s hard to imagine a dry eye at the ceremony. I cannot begin to explain how honored I am to be one of the few invitees to be in attendance. I plan on Tweeting just after the event and hope to have some images that capture the moment. If you’re interested, follow @insightcuba or my personal account at @CubaPoppy.”
InsightCuba also used the occasion to launch a new trip to Cuba, called Weekend in Santiago de Cuba. It’s the second in the company’s Weekend series, which is being expanded because the first, Weekend in Havana, was well received.
“It’s a fitting announcement when you consider that the birthplace of the Cuban Revolution took place in Santiago de Cuba, 62 years ago in 1953,” said Popper. “We are the first tour operator to offer a weekend trip of this caliber to this unique and often untraveled part of Cuba.”
Santiago de Cuba is not only the birthplace of the Revolution, it is also a center of Afro-Cuban culture and especially notable for its musical culture.
The Weekend in Santiago De Cuba, trip is a long weekend, starting with a night at the Sofitel in Miami, followed by three nights in Cuba.
The tour will be guided by a Cuban escort and will include a full schedule of people-to-people activities, as required by the U.S. government, which include insider access to various sites, many musical performances and personal meetings with Cubans in various walks of life.
The tour is priced from $2,895 per person double occupancy. It includes almost everything, including activities and entrance fees, flights, ground transportation, guiding, lodging, travel health insurance and all meals except one evening’s dining on your own.
There are departures scheduled Jan. 15, Feb. 12 and 26, March 11, 18 and 25, April 15, May 13 and 27, 2016.
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