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TORONTO, ON, December 15, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Toronto based Authentic Cuba Travel has already published almost forty tour departures for 2013 and counting. The Canadian company offers North American travelers the chance to get an up close and personal look inside the authentic Cuba through meaningful people to people exchanges and the exploration of Cuba's most unique destinations and attractions.
While travel to Cuba is still restricted for Americans, in 2011 some travel restrictions were lifted and new categories of USA Cuba Travel included allowing a larger number of US citizens to travel to Cuba legally as General License or Specific License holders. The latter includes the religious and people-to-people license.
Travel opportunities to the largest Caribbean island are abundant with Authentic Cuba Travel in 2013. Educational and cultural tours are designed around photography, performing arts, visual arts, architecture, dance, religion, health care, law and other themes. Setting the company apart from the crowd is their ability to gain access to incredible Cuban destinations. Secluded UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, UNESCO Heritage Sites and small picturesque towns and cities are all part of the Authentic Cuba Travel experience.
Among the highlights for 2013 are 6 unique Cuba Education Tours that will take US education professionals to get to know up close and personal the life and work of Cuban counterparts and learn about the Cuban education system while traversing historical towns and cities away from the tourist traps. Designed with hardworking K12 teachers and university and college professors in mind, the tours are very affordable and rewarding.
Another highlight this year is the addition of 4 editions of the popular Cuba Photography Tour that has captivated North Americans photographers over the last year. A unique chance to capture through the lens the beauty and authenticity of Cuba, these tours are oriented for all levels of digital and film photography and offer exploration of Vinales Valley and Escambray Mountains as well as UNESCO Heritage sites such as Trinidad and the Sugar Mill Valley.
Featuring private visits to the studios of Cuba's up-and-coming and well-established contemporary artists today, the Cuba Art Tours offer a rare glimpse into Cuba's visual arts so estranged to the USA market over decades of political isolation. This year there would be 4 editions of the art tours that will also feature a tour of the most important and largest collection of Cuban arts in the world.
Authentic Cuba Travel has many Cuba tours centered around different festivals and events throughout the year, including the Habano Cigar Festival, the Fire Festival, the Havana Film Festival, and the world famous Cuban Jazz Festival. There will also be a Cuba tour for library professionals to attend the Havana Book Fair, which is one of the most popular events in Cuba and features international and Cuban writers, political officials, and publishers.
Touring historical cities founded by the Spaniards in colonial times, exploring secluded charming towns, and discovering the modern landscape of magnificent cities like Havana and Santiago de Cuba are among the highlights of the Cuba Architecture Tours that the company has launched for 2013.
For the nature lover, Authentic Cuba Travel will be offering several different nature tours this year to study the biodiversity of the island. Nature and Bird Watching Cuba Tours will take tour participants to explore Cuba's most significant UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, National Parks and Protected Areas while exchanging with Cuban ornithologist and scientists.
A Jewish Heritage Tour is scheduled for June 2013. Serving as an introduction into the life of the Cuban Jews before and after the Cuban Revolution, this cultural tour attempts to bring together the Jewish communities of Cuba and North America. Encounters with the Jewish communities of Santa Clara and Cienfuegos and of course in Havana city will provide memorable experiences that will last a lifetime.
Other Authentic Cuba Tours available include a Baseball Tour for sports enthusiasts, a Business Tour that focuses on the business professionals and the economy of the island, and a Health Care Tour for medical professionals who wish to learn more about the health care system in Cuba. Authentic Cuba Travel also provides tours designed for lawyers and legal professionals to learn about the Cuban legal system from the Cuban perspective.
Authentic Cuba Travel is dedicated to sustainable tourism and a large percentage of the tour revenues remain in Cuba. Tour directors and guides are among of the most experienced and knowledgeable in the industry which ensures a safe and enriching Cuba travel experience for visitors.
Authentic Cuba Travel is a full service travel agency based in Toronto, Canada that organizes cultural, educational and adventure tours for schools, NGOs, business and community groups.
Even though each year nearly 2 million tourists travel to Cuba, they hardly have the chance to get to know the authentic Cuba that lies beyond the confines of all-inclusive full-packed tourist resorts. Once back home, those travelers realize they have hardly "traveled" to Cuba. It might have been a nice and low cost package vacation from the cold weather, but they do not know much about Cuba's culture and its people.
Authentic Cuba Travel votes for a different kind of tourism for those travelers who demand more from their vacations. With over 37 fully escorted Cuba tours announced for 2013, ranging from educational and cultural to arts and architecture and festivals and events, Authentic Cuba Travel captures the Cuban identity that defines the island as a unique Caribbean nation.
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