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Soul of CUBA 2017 Summer Tour

Soul of CUBA 2017 Summer Tour

09/Jul/2017 - 16/Jul/2017

Join the Funky People® Travel Group to discover the:

SOUL OF CUBA 2017

a summer exploration tour of the island of Cuba
July 9- 17, 2017

[Trip deposits due December 1st  – Make payments ’til June 2017]

*This trip is OPEN to anyone with a US or valid passport. Couples, groups & singles can join us*

EXCURSION PROFILE:
close-up of the Cuban flag

CUBA is still illegal for American tourist activities, but our travel group has now visited the long forbidden destination twice via the special “educational” pathway enacted by President Obama in 2011.  The opportunities to see behind the cultural mystique of Cuba in April 2012 and most recently in October 2016, have been memorable. It was overwhelming to learn so much about our mislabeled, misunderstood island neighbor. The warmth and curiosity of the people made our immersion tours even better than we imagined. We have a lot of catching up to do – there’s just so much more to see of classic Cuba! The time is now to experience the growing travel buzz before Cuba’s expected rapid modernization. Invite your spouse and some friends to join us for our next exciting excursion – Soul of Cuba Tour in July 2017! [ view video ]

ABOUT CUBA:
The Republic of CUBA is home to over 11 million people. The most populous island nation in the Caribbean and largest by area is a multi-ethnic melting pot of culture, religion and customs that is 65 percent white, 24 percent mixed-race, 10 percent black and 1 percent Chinese. Cuba is the only country in the world that met the World Wildlife Fund criteria for sustainable development in 2006, making it one of the greenest nations due to its low environmental impact. There are a total of six (6) UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in Cuba and nine (9) UNESCO World Heritage Sites there. Cuba’s history over the centuries is one full of perseverance. When discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492 the island soon became a territory of Spain. In 1898, the U.S. claimed Cuba during the Spanish-American War. However, in 1902, Cuba gained its own independence and, in 1961, declared itself a socialist state shortly after the Cuban Revolution. American-Cuban government relations have been strained ever since, but the U.S. Military continues today to operate the Guantanamo Bay Naval base and Detention Center there. In 2016, the American Embassy was re-opened in Havana ushering in a new era of relations.

CUBA LIFE TRAVELS PROGRAM:

This unique program of travel will provide a uninhibited view of Cuba not seen by Americans in more than 50 years, since the 1959 Cuban revolution took place. Next July, we’ll spend another week exploring the greater Havana, Cuba region and a few other towns. All tour activities will allow interaction with members of Cuba’s local community while learning about its’ colonial history & varied culture. It is undoubtedly the best way to get a first-hand, on-the-ground view of the art, music, food, religion and everyday lifestyle of this country’s most important treasure – the Cuban people! If you missed our previous two trips, saw our 2012 & 2016 Cuba photos/videos, read our travel blog, know someone that has gone, or simply just want to see Cuba yourself, then DO NOT miss this next trip with us! All you need is a valid passport & we’ll do the rest to get you there. Read the 2017 all-inclusive package details below, then click here .

 

SOUL OF CUBA 2017 ~ Sunday July 9 – Sunday July 16, 2017

ALL INCLUSIVE Hotel, Land + Air Charter Package Details:

  • Overnight stay in Miami on Monday (7/9) prior to our Cuba departure
  • Pre-Trip Hotel is close to airport, restaurants, with 24-hr complimentary shuttle
  • Mandatory Monday evening trip briefing & travel group meet & greet reception
  • Round trip plane flights to Cuba from Miami via an private charter airline {7/10 & 7/16}
  • The charter flight is a full-sized jet plane operated by a US airline carrier
  • 7 days & 6 nights superior class hotel accommodations while in Cuba
  • All rooms appointed with a bathroom, A/C, clock radio, TV, safe, etc.
  • 14 total Meals provided in Cuba: 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches & 5 Dinners
  • All Hotel-Airport ground transfers included while in Cuba
  • All Hotel Service & Porterage Fees included while in Cuba
  • Deluxe air-conditioned motor coach ground transportation while in Cuba
  • A 7-Day Schedule of interactive activities with the people of Cuba (morning, afternoon, evening) [example]
  • Highlights include city of Havana, and towns of Terrazas, Alamar, Cojimar, Matanzas & Varadero
  • Fees pre-paid for most daily Cultural, Community and Social activities while in Cuba (view photos)
  • A Cuba Life Travels Representative to accompany/assist our travel group
  • A Cuban Host/Tour guide will facilitate all group activities in Cuba
  • Cuban Hosts and Cuba Life Travels Representative will be English-speaking
  • Personal individual health insurance while in Cuba (mandatory for all visitors)
  • Cuban Visa, a U.S. Treasury Department License & Letter of Entry Authorization (all you need is a valid US passport)
  • Optional: Post-trip overnight stay in Miami Hotel on Sunday (7/16)

Travel style of tour:

Expect a fully escorted, fast-paced schedule of activities during each day. Tours can vary between outdoor & indoor locations. An average level of physical fitness for each participant is necessary as a good amount of walking & hiking outdoors will occur.

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SOUL OF CUBA ~ 7 day/7 night All-inclusive Trip
TBA [double] | TBA [single]
* Book Early. Limited space. Deposits due 12/1. Final payment due June 2017 *
A $500pp minimum deposit is due at booking. Need a roommate? Inquire by e-mail.
Travel group Booking code: FunkyPeople2017
You must arrange travel from your home city to the departure/arrival site of Miami.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE TRIP PACKAGES:
Your ground travel and flights to/from our departure city (Miami International Airport) from your home city are not included. The Cuban departure tax ($25), all airline baggage fees, personal/trip cancellation insurance, special handling, spending cash, room incidentals, and any preferred items are also not included. As a courtesy to the Cuban based staff, tips for our local Cuban hosts, guides, drivers, hotel porters and maids, etc. are not included.

Entry Requirements to Cuba:

A valid Travel Passport for US citizens and other travelers is required at the time of booking. Upon completion of your trip payments, all additional documents needed (a Cuban Visa, and a US-Cuba travel license authorization) will be issued by Cuba Life Travels representatives.

IMPORTANT NOTES: Please keep an open mind in advance that Cuba’s tourism infrastructure is currently overwhelmed and still developing to keep pace with the new increased US American interest. Upon arrival you may find that hotel property & tourism services will be limited or slower than what you might be accustomed to in other destinations. If necessary, our local agent partners may need to make slight changes to the itinerary during the tour week due to circumstances beyond our control. There is plenty to see & do as we discover the Soul of Cuba. We done this a few times, so nothing should impede your expectations for an incredible experience as outlined in this wonderful country!

This Cuba travel program is exclusive and subject to restrictions as outlined by Cuba Life Travels, LLC & the US Government. It cannot be exchanged, transferred or mixed in whole or in part with any other travel offers. Booking must be completed through this tour provider and anyone meeting these travel requirements is eligible to attend.

Have Questions? Ready to Book or Make Payments?
Read these Cuba Travel FAQs first!

Contact our agents by phone or e-mail:
Terry “Tee” Alford

soulofcuba2017@funkypeopleonline.com <> 347.903.8659

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