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!)
Although you can visit Cuba legally as an individual, you should consider making your first-time visit as part of a group. There is just too much to see and do, especially if your time is limited. 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. Her perspective is balanced and fair. In February, she was chosen to interpret at a Havana press conference for six U.S. Congressmen.
From October 15-24, there will be a Highlights of Cuba Tour, led by Carlos Santiago. He worked for 13 years in the Cuba Travel Industry, based in Havana. While living there, he led many groups to all parts of Cuba. He now lives in the Phoenix area, and will be returning to Cuba for the first time since he left. He will coordinate with my Cuban guide, who will make arrangements in Cuba. For more information, click on “Tours/My Tours.”
From November 12-21 our expedition will focus on Cuba’s Health Care System, but it is open to everyone. (R.N.’s can earn continuing education credit. For more information, click on “Nursing Education.”) There is also an option to run in the Havana Marathon or Half Marathon on November 20. There are only two slots left for this tour. There will be a similar health-care focused expedition in the spring, from April 1-10, 2017. For more information about these tours, click on “Tours/My Tours.”
I also love to help coordinate “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 connections in the Cuba Travel Industry, I can guarantee prices much less than other comparable tours. Our groups also have access to events and activities not accessible to larger commercial tour companies.
A new custom tour focuses on vintage American automobiles. One of the highlights will be meeting with Cuban car clubs. Another is our Military History Tour, where participants will meet with retired Cuban military personnel who were in their 20’s during the Bay of Pigs Invasion and the Missile Crisis.
You really should 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