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Experience The Real Cuba with Austin Adventures. This custom built itinerary allows you to experience the culture and history of this beautiful country.Â Immerse yourself into the culture of Cuba ”“ its friendly people, time warped villages, and complex history, as you discover the realities of this fascinating country. Did you know that Cuba was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492 and was claimed for the Kingdom of Spain? (Columbus thought he had landed on India!) Were you aware that Cubans refer to their island as “El Cocodrilo” or “El Caiman” because it resembles the shape of a crocodile or an alligator? Explore such gems as the Revolution Square, Plaza de la Catedral, and Plaza Vieja in Havana, the capital of Cuba and the largest city in the Caribbean region. For the architecture buffs out there, Old Havana, the core of the original city of Havana, displays a city built in baroque and neoclassic style, with many of the buildings currently undergoing restoration after falling to ruin in the latter half of the twentieth century. Meet the students and a teacher of one of the many primary schools of a country whose literacy rate borders 100%! ViÃ±ales, an agricultural region of Cuba, is where you”™ll find many crops like fruits, vegetables, coffee, and tobacco, grown and harvested in traditional methods. Learn all about how tobacco leaves transform into cigars through the processes of curing, fermentation, sorting, and rolling through a knowledgeable local. Come discover “The Real Cuba”
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Finally, the chance to soak up the culture of Cuba! Mingle with friendly locals, explore time-warped colonial villages, and discover the fascinating histories of Havana, ViÃ±ales and Mantanzas on this eight-day Cuban adventure.
Well organized, plenty of variety. We feel we saw a well rounded view of Cuba.
Karla M Dublin, CA
Ellen S Chicago, IL
Located in the center of Havana, near the MalecÃ³n, this modern and well-equipped hotel has comfortable furniture and all the modern conveniences you desire. Known for its outstanding service, your local hosts and hostesses are willing to accommodate you in any way possible. Make sure to explore the shops in the lobby and stop by the cigar store well stocked with cigars that you can”™t find in most places.
* Travel authorized by license granted to "Other Cuban Journeys, LLC," the Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) license #CT-2012-296454-1 which authorizes registered guests of this program to legally travel to Cuba, to participate and engage in a full time schedule of authorized exchange activities in Cuba, which will involve meaningful interaction between our travelers and people in Cuba.
** Currently Austin Adventures awaits confirmation of our 2013 license from OFAC, and we expect to receive authorization to send more guests to Cuba in the near future.Â Our guide for our 2012 departures, Marla Whitesman, has officially received her 2013 People-to-People license authorized by OFAC which legally allows authorized guests to travel to Cuba under her company, Other Cuban Journeys, LLC. Until ALA's license is reauthorized, we are excited to collaborate with Other Cuban Journeys, LLC on a May program to Cuba.
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With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:
Great trip, overall experience was very positive.” Debbie D, Baltimore, MD
Well organized, plenty of variety. We feel we saw a well rounded view of Cuba.” Karla M, Dublin, CA
Great Cuban guide + a great group = great trip!” Henry E, San Diego, CA
Our tour guides were exceptional, exceptional cultural experience.” Daniel M, Crystal Beach, FL
The Cuba trip was great in that i really experienced the culture and the Cuban people were very warm.” Harold K, Salinas, CA