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people to people tours of Cuba

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people to people tours of Cuba

My family is hoping to visit Cuba in February of 2013. There would be five adults (2 parents with three kids in their twenties.) I have information from these companies that conduct tours: Insight Cuba, Friendly Planet, National Geographic and Grand Circle. I am trying to find a forum and hear from people who have done one of these tours. Are there advantages of one company vs. another? Also, since I have my 3 kids in their twenties, I would prefer a group that is not composed mostly of retirees. Realize that these tours are very "regimented," but do you ever have any free time? I would love to hear from anyone who has experienced a "person to person" tour and any insight or suggestions that they might have to hopefully make this tour a truly memorable and postive learning experience while still having fun.

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1. Re: people to people tours of Cuba

Why take a tour of this type at all?

1000's of USA'ers travel to Cuba independently every year.

As for those partcular comapanies there have been several threads on at least a couple you mentioned as recently as last few weeks. Do a search.

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2. Re: people to people tours of Cuba

Some recent discussions:

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Bottom line: 1.) If you're a nervous traveller without much 3rd World experience or if you're panicked about being "illegal" then the OFAC sanctioned person-to-person tours are the way to go. 2.) If you want to join the hundreds upon thousands of Americans who have travelled Cuba illegally with zero repercussions then that's another discussion.

Have fun.

Cheers,

Terry

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3. Re: people to people tours of Cuba

rosie, I went on a People to People tour with Distant Horizons. It had a similar itinerary to the ones you've mentioned. There are many benefits of taking escorted tours to Cuba.

The People to People tours are like any other escorted tour that packages together, sightseeing, transportation and educational activities. The individual tour guides are very important as their knowledge and experience can add tremendous value to your experience. I would contact the individual companies and ask about the guides who will accompany your tour. The National Geographic guides have great reputations but those tours are among the most expensive.

Some of the tours offer a 2 days excursion to Trinidad as mine did. Most in our group felt in retrospect that our 8 day trip was too short to spend 2 days in bus travel to spend one day in Trinidad. There is so much to see in the area around Havana that we would have rather spent more time there.

Edited: 05 March 2012, 07:53
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4. Re: people to people tours of Cuba

p.s. My tour group participants included a broad spectrum of ages and professions. There were some retirees but they were active experienced travelers whose backgrounds enhanced rather than detracted from our experience. Unless you go on an Elder Hostel tour, your group will probably be quite varied.

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5. Re: people to people tours of Cuba

An Open Letter to Americans Traveling to Cuba on People-to-People tours

www.havanatimes.org

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6. Re: people to people tours of Cuba

We have posted a list of open enrollment people to people trips here …blogspot.com/2012/01/legal-travel-to-cuba-f…

with information about an Irish/Celtic focused trip here

…blogspot.com/2012/02/irish-heritage-program…

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7. Re: people to people tours of Cuba

I am traveling with Friendly Planet on the 5 day Discover Havana, and I cannot wait!! I have heard very good things, the guides are amazing, all the meals are included, and they take care of the hard part, like the visa.

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8. Re: people to people tours of Cuba

The hard part is not the visa. You can get a tourist card at the check in desk at any flight from a third country.

The hard part is the US license which is what forces people to go on tours by groups that have made it through the bureaucratic obstacle course of the Office of Foreign Assets Control, headed by a Bush appointee.

Edited: 09 April 2012, 22:30
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9. Re: people to people tours of Cuba

Easier to find link: http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=65513

An informative letter without an ax to grind

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10. Re: people to people tours of Cuba

Also thinking about a people to people tour and just stumbled accross a tour company I hadn't previously discovered. It's YMT Vacations and their prices seem a bit lower, while offering a pretty interesting itinerary. Anyone ever used or know if they are reliable? Thanks