Friday, August 24, 2012

Oceanside Museum of Art (Hung Up by OFAC)

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April 16 - 24, 2013 (tentative dates)

cuba-2Travel to Cuba with Oceanside Museum of Art and experience Cuba’s rich art, culture and people during a 9 day all-inclusive trip open to OMA members. On this fully-guided excursion, travelers will have the chance to explore UNESCO World Heritage sites in Old Havana, Cienfuegos and Trinidad. Engage in lively dialogue with musicians, educators, and various artists discussing artistic expression in Cuba and the United States. View Cuba’s often shifting cultural and economic landscape through escorted visits in diverse settings from schools, art studios, theaters and privately owned restaurants called “paladars.”

Cost for the trip, including round trip airfare from Los Angeles International Airport to Havana, Cuba, 8 nights of hotel stay, all group meals and all group transportation within Cuba is $3,999.00* (double occupancy), except for additional Havana departure tax and LAX charter air baggage fees. Single supplement available. (*tour cost subject to final 2013 contract negotiations with Cuba travel services). Optional Trip Insurance is available through Berkeley Care: estimated $299.00* per person (*dependent upon final tour cost). Optional group round trip transportation from the Oceanside Museum of Art to LAX is available: fee TBD.

Travelers must be OMA Members to attend this trip. A portion of the program cost is a tax-deductible donation to Oceanside Museum of Art. This trip is made possible through a licensed program. Travelers will be accompanied by an OMA representative, an experienced AHI tour director and a local Cuban guide.

We are now accepting preliminary reservations, without deposit, for an April 16, 2013 or a possible May 2013 departure. Preliminary reservations can be handled by calling OMA’s Admissions Desk at (760) 435-3721. Pending renewal of OMA’s People-to-People educational license, travelers with preliminary reservations will be contacted to confirm their reservations and secure deposits.

Day-to-day itinerary and firm program costs will be available on the OMA website @ under Programs/Travel in the near future.

Please Note: Few U.S. citizens have been able to experience Cuba travel for decades. The itinerary is designed to provide an educational vacation with numerous opportunities for meaningful interactions with the people of Cuba. Travel restrictions in Cuba, such as limits on how much one may spend and what may be purchased, will be provided in your pre-departure materials. A current U.S. passport, valid for six months beyond your travel dates, is required. A Cuban Visitor’s Visa and a Letter of Authorization that allows you to travel to Cuba under the Oceanside Museum of Art license will be provided to each traveler with your travel documents.

This trip is permitted by a special People-to-People educational license from U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, OFAC. All matters relating to the travel of U.S. citizens to Cuba are governed by OFAC. Oceanside Museum of Art is awaiting renewal of its current license for travel in 2013.

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