Tauck heads back to Cuba for first time in 4 years

Havana, Cuba downtown skyline with the Capitolio.
Edited by Travel Weekly

    Tauck has announced that it will be bringing travellers back to Cuba for the first time in four years with the return of an updated and enhanced seven-day journey, “Cuba: A Cultural Odyssey.”

    Priced from $6,490 USD (AUD $9,816) per person (double occupancy) plus airfare, Tauck’s itinerary begins with an included overnight at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables in Coral Gables, Florida, before guests fly the following morning from Miami to Havana’s José Martí International Airport.

    A five-night stay at the Grand Aston La Habana in Havana follows, serving as a base for exploring Havana and outlying areas, as  guests are immersed in Cuba’s history, culture and cuisine.

    Among other experiences, guests will explore the city’s Old Havana neighbourhood (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) during a walking tour, and learn about Cuba’s famous cigars during a visit to a tobacco farm in the Viñales Valley (and during a cigar-rolling tutorial and tasting). They’ll also travel to a vintage American car club to learn about the country’s iconic automobiles, and tour the home of author Ernest Hemingway who spent much of his life in Cuba between 1939 and 1960.

    Tauck’s initial six departures of “Cuba: A Cultural Odyssey” will all operate next fall and they have already sold out.

    2025 departures will operate from January through April, and from October through December. Included in the price are all accommodations (including the initial overnight in Coral Gables), on-tour flights between Miami and Havana, airport transfers, all sightseeing, excursions and entertainment, all meals (with the exception of one night when guests are able to dine at their leisure), most gratuities, luggage handling and more.

    New additions to Namibia and Italy

    In addition to returning to Cuba in 2024, Tauck will be launching new itineraries this year in Namibia and Italy.

    The new “Namibia: Epic Safari”  begins with an overnight in Windhoek at The Weinberg Windhoek before subsequent two-night stays in the NamibRand Nature Reserve, Swakopmund and the Ongava Game Reserve before concluding with a final two-night stay at the Omaanda Lodge outside of Windhoek.

    Tuscany, Cinque Terre & the Portofino Coast – Tauck is also increasing its portfolio of trips visiting Italy to 20 – an all-time high for the company. The new itinerary begins with a two-night stay at the Helvetia & Bristol in Florence, followed by two nights at the Grand Hotel Continental in Siena and an overnight at the Grand Universe in Lucca, before concluding in Santa Margherita Ligure with two nights at the Imperiale Palace Hotel.

    (Featured image: Havana, Cuba downtown skyline with the Capitolio – iStock/Sean Pavone)

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