BY JODIE WAGNER - PALM BEACH POST STAFF WRITER
Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce members and local residents will be among the few Americans to travel to Cuba this summer as part of the Chamber’s Discover Cuba program.
The seven-night trip, which departs Aug. 2, provides travelers the opportunity to gain a new perspective on Cuba’s history, culture and cuisine through cultural interactions and exchanges.
“We’re excited to be able to offer this trip,” said Hannah Sosa, the chamber’s director of communications and special events. “A family or a group of friends on their own wouldn’t be able to go.”
The Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, a Jupiter-based nonprofit organization with more than 800 members, secured the proper visas in order take a group of travelers to Cuba, Sosa said.
U.S. citizens are permitted to travel legally to Cuba, with some limitations.
Participants will tour a variety of historical landmarks including the Museum of the Revolution and Ernest Hemingway’s farm, Finca La Vigia.
They also will visit the San Jose Craft Market and Art Center, attend a song and dance revue at the Tropicana Club in Havana and visit the countryside of the Vinales Valley, where they will tour a cigar factory, tobacco farm and family farmhouse. Also on the itinerary is a tour of the Bocoy Rum Factory and a visit to the National Museum of Fine Arts.
“This is an art and cultural trip,” Sosa said. “We wanted the chamber and the community to be able to go together.”
A second tour departs Oct. 6. Additional dates will be available in 2014.
Tour cost is $3,599 per person for Chamber members and $3,799 per person for non-members, based on double occupancy.
The cost includes round-trip airfare from Miami, seven nights of first-class hotel accommodations, 16 meals, professional tour escort, baggage handling, Cuban travel visa, Cuban medical insurance, sightseeing and admission to attractions.
The Discover Cuba program is operated by Premier World Discovery and Chamber Explorations.
The Chamber will host an informational presentation on the program at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Palm Beach State College’s Palm Beach Gardens campus, Room AD207, 3160 PGA Blvd.
For information, contact Jane Pike at 561-746-7111 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.npbchamber.com/discovercuba.