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Six months after the White House's historic announcement that the U.S. would reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba, longtime Cuba tour operator insightCuba has seen demand more than double.
With destinations such as Havana, Trinidad and Matanzas attracting increasing numbers of visitors, insightCuba is launching its "Weekend in Santiago de Cuba" tour, the second installment in its "Weekend" series. Santiago de Cuba, the island nation's second-largest city, sizzles with Afro-Cuban culture, salsa, and monuments to its long and complex history.
From January through May 2016, clients can book one of nine departure dates to explore the island's sounds and rhythms, enjoy a brush with Santeria, and tour El Cobre, the mountain pilgrimage church site regularly visited by the pope.
"American travel to Havana is growing by leaps and bounds—but Santiago de Cuba offers access to a seldom-visited part of Cuba, one that shouldn't be missed," said Tom Popper, president of insightCuba, in a written release.
Other tour highlights include live traditional Cuban music performances, and excursions to the birthplace of the Cuban Revolution, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Cayo Granma, where red-roofed wooden houses surround the harbor. On each tour, an expert Cuban guide and an insightCuba tour leader will accompany the guests, providing unparalleled insight into this destination.
Prices for this five-day tour begin at $2,895 per person for double occupancy (singles add $400). Departure dates include January 15, February 12, February 26, March 11, March 18, March 25, April 15, May 13 and May 27.
The Weekend in Santiago de Cuba tour includes one night at the Sofitel Miami hotel (includes breakfast and airport transfer); a private welcome reception and pre-tour briefing; Superior accommodations at the Meliá Santiago hotel in Santiago de Cuba, all entrance fees to scheduled activities and event, an expert Cuban guide and all meals in Cuba, except for one evening dining experience on the client's own.