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CREST Charter Club Trip: Responsible Travel in Cuba
May 1 - 8, 2016

Announcement: Last minute spots remain, with registration accepted until March 25, 2016. Contact CREST for details.

The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) is hosting a unique responsible-travel oriented trip to Cuba. Once considered the forbidden fruit of the West, our neighbor to the south is now closer than ever. Its fascinating history, stunning terrestrial and marine environment, breathtaking architecture, warm people, and rich music and art, make it the perfect place to learn about the Cuba of today, and have the time of your life while doing so.

Travel to Cuba remains tightly regulated, but Cuba Educational Travel, our partner tour operator, holds a license from the U.S. Treasury Department (CT-2013-300203-1) to arrange educational trips, meaning your memorable visit is fully sanctioned by the U.S. government.

Cuba is undergoing a series of interesting and important changes. Fidel Castro has disappeared from the policy-making scene and his brother Raul has instituted a number of economic reforms. As the “historicos” attempt to pass the torch to the younger generation of leaders, many factors such as relations with the U.S., the success of market-oriented reforms, emigration and the aspirations of young Cubans will determine the country’s future.

About the Trip

This specially designed eight day/seven night Charter Club trip will have a focus on ‘eco-surf and turf’ – a selection of the island’s most extraordinary marine, cultural, and natural tourism offerings. The itinerary, scheduled for May 1 - 8, 2016, will include a bed-and-breakfast stay in the countryside, which provides an opportunity for interaction and conversation with every day Cubans. We will visit Vinales Valley, which is considered by many the most beautiful place in Cuba, and Las Terrazas, which is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and has been successful in integrating ecotourism into the life of the community.The trip will also allow opportunities for snorkeling, birding and/or scuba diving on the Guanahacabibes Peninsula. The tour will conclude in Havana, with a stay in recently renovated old city hotel and meals in local restaurants (“paladares”). Throughout the trip, you will enjoy educational meetings with leading artists, musicians, health and tourism officials, and marine biologists, salsa lessons and musical performances, and visits to various must-see sites including  La Finca Vigia, where Ernest Hemingway wrote Old Man and the Sea.

View the Full Itinerary*

The cost is $3625 per person double occupancy or $3925 per person single occupancy, including the roundtrip flight from Miami to Havana. Space is strictly limited, and participants will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis.

We strongly encourage you to review the Terms & Conditions before securing a spot. Most importantly, due to the regulations on travel to Cuba, current high demand for travel, and limited hotel capacity, the full balance (+processing fee if paying by credit card) is due by March 25, 2016 (this date has been extended from the original due date). This payment is required to fully secure your spot, so we recommend making the payment as soon as you are commited to the trip.

For more details or questions, contact Samantha Hogenson, shogenson@responsibletravel.org or 202-347-9203, ext. 414.

*Itinerary subject to change, as necessary.