CUBA TRAVEL SURGE: Now is the time to visit Cuba!
Hello–my name is Jim Lewis. I am passionate about Cuba and its people. I’ve been traveling to Cuba legally since 1999. (I also went in 2010 illegally and got caught. That made me even more determined to go back!)
As a travel agent specializing only in Cuba, I can explain the simplest and best ways to travel to Cuba, and what to do when you get there. Although you can visit legally as an individual, you should consider making your first-time visit with a group. There is just too much to see and experience. A small group will provide enough structure to efficiently see the highlights, while providing enough free time to pursue individual interests.
I have been leading group expeditions to Cuba since 2012. I have also made arrangements for various groups to go on their own, meeting up with my guide in Havana. She is one of the best. Her perspective is middle-of-the-road. In February, she was chosen to interpret at a Havana press conference for six U.S. Congressmen.
From November 12-21 I will lead an expedition that will have an additional focus on Cuba’s Health Care System. There are only four positions left for this tour. (R.N.’s can earn continuing education credit. For more information, click on “Nursing Education.”) I will lead a similar one in the spring, with the dates to be determined soon.
<<<NEW: I am now facilitating a newly-planned tour of Cuba October 15-24, 2016. Its focus will be “Support for the Cuban People,” which means every American adult qualifies. It will be led by two of the best guides possible: Bianca Villasante, who has been my guide for my last 7 expeditions, and Carlos Santiago, who will be the American guide. He worked in the travel industry in Cuba for 13 years before moving to Miami. He is now based in the Phoenix area. For more information, please click on “Tours/Other Tours.”>>>
Otherwise, I am focusing on “custom” trips, involving groups that already exist, such as extended families/ reunions, people who work together, members of vintage car clubs, travel clubs, dance groups, sporting clubs (e.g. bicycle, SCUBA), college faculty, etc. The group can pick the dates of travel. The most common length of each tour would be from 8-10 days, but anything is possible. In my experience, the ideal size of such groups are from 10-16 travelers. Each group will have its own bus, driver, and guide, allowing for maximum flexibility. Because of my connections in the Cuba Travel Industry, I can guarantee prices AT LEAST 30-40% less than other comparable tours. Our groups also have access to events and activities not accessible to larger commercial tour companies.
I encourage you to consider visiting Cuba soon. You will not be disappointed. It is going to continue to get much more expensive in the near future. You can keep up-to-date on trends and changes in travel by reading my Cuba Travel Newsletter.
Thank you for your interest in visiting Cuba.
Sincerely, Jim Lewis
Email: JamesLewisRN@hotmail.com Office: 530 477-6322
Member of ASTA–American Society of Travel Agents