Tauck Resuming its People-to-People Cultural Exchange Journeys to Cuba

Departures Beginning in October; Last Year’s Launch Among Most Successful New Itinerary Debuts in Tauck’s 88-Year History

NORWALK, CT (July 17, 2013)  Tauck has announced that it will again be offering departures of its people-to-people cultural exchange journeys to Cuba, following the recent renewal of its license to operate tours to the island nation.  The Connecticut-based company had been among several tour operators awaiting license renewals from OFAC, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. 

Tauck’s first departure to Cuba under its renewed license will begin on October 6, 2013, with additional trips scheduled throughout the remainder of the year.  Tauck’s return to Cuba follows the company’s initial launch there in 2012 – one of the most successful new itinerary launches in Tauck’s 88-year history, according to CEO Dan Mahar.  “Interest in Cuba is incredibly high, and we were thrilled to help so many of our guests experience Cuban culture, art, music, food and more,” said Mahar.  “Our Cuba trips earned rave reviews last year, and we’re looking forward to again providing the same enriching, engaging people-to-people experiences beginning in October.”

Tauck’s initial license to operate in Cuba expired at the end of 2012, and although the company had submitted its renewal application at the earliest opportunity to do so, more robust documentation requirements from OFAC coupled with staff shortages there resulted in delays.  Unlike its initial Cuba license (which expired after one year), Tauck’s current license is valid for two full years so the company won’t require a renewed license until mid-2015.

A RICH IMMERSION INTO CUBAN CULTURE
Tauck’s eight-day Cuba itinerary begins with an orientation and overnight in Miami, Florida, with guests embarking on a charter flight to Havana the following morning.  Each day in Cuba is filled with a rich immersion into local culture, with different days emphasizing the nation’s history, art, agriculture, religion and education, as well as Cuba’s influence on the life and works of author Ernest Hemingway.  Each day also provides Tauck guests with the opportunity to personally meet Cuban citizens whose lives reflect those daily themes, from artists and jazz musicians to historians, and from students and educators to community farmers. 

Included in Tauck’s pricing (from $5,490 per person, double-occupancy, plus round-trip airfare to Miami), are accommodations at the Hilton Miami Airport in Miami and the Meliá Habana in Havana, all ground transportation, all sightseeing and admission to all attractions, all entertainment, all meals and much more.

Those interested in learning more may see their local travel agent, visit www.tauck.com, or call 1 800 468 2825.

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