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BERKELEY, CA, April 07, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Now more than ever is the perfect time to visit Cuba, and the recent changes to the travel restrictions from USA have made it much easier for Americans as well as USA based organizations, educational and cultural institutions, and others to visit the once restricted Caribbean island in a legal way under general and specific licenses. In fact, Cuba's popularity has skyrocketed over the past recent months with an estimated increase of 16 percent in foreign visitors in January 2015 alone. Furthermore, the New York Times included Cuba in its Top 52 Places to Go in 2015, which has added to the country's popularity. As a result, Authentic Cuba Travel is meeting this sudden surge in demand by offering an expanded list of more than 50 escorted Cuba tours to choose from throughout 2015.
The Cuba travel specialist is also increasing its offers for private and exclusive trips to educational institutions; cultural, historical and religious organizations; private foundations; amateur sport teams; and others than can go to Cuba now under the new provisions of a general license. As opposed to the off-the-shelf itineraries offered by most USA Cuba travel service providers, Authentic Cuba Travel is able to accommodate the needs of any private group or organization to create custom-made itineraries that meets the most demanding and ambitious travel plans. From putting new systems in place to training new staff to handle private tour requests, the Cuba tour operator is now able to create amazing custom trips and solutions within hours.
From the Afro-Cuban culture to the vibrant art scene, the infamous Cuban cigars, the friendly energy of the people, and the charm of the cobbled streets of Old Havana, Cuba has fascinated travelers for decades, including Ernest Hemingway who made it his home in the 1930's. Cuba is also among a few Caribbean islands whose authentic cultural beauty has remained preserved and untouched and has long been admired for its colorful rustic architecture, 1950's era classic automobiles, photographic landscape, culinary delights, and rhythmic music. The country offers a quaint charm that is unmatched and a diversity of cultural experiences and attractions that stretches beyond its pristine beaches and the typical tourist attractions. Cuba is also home to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, all of which makes this such a great destination to experience.
Demand from Americans, Europeans and foreigner visitors alike have been attributed to the rush to experience the Authentic Cuba before it becomes over populated with tourists. As such, traveling with Authentic Cuba Travel offers an unfiltered experience to discover the roads less traveled and truly understand what makes this Caribbean nation so fascinating and appealing. There is no better way to experience Cuba than to do so through a genuine Cuba travel experience that fosters a cultural exchange and interaction with the locals, which is a key emphasis of each of the 2015 tour options with Authentic Cuba Travel.
As a leading authority of fully customized and escorted tours to Cuba, Authentic Cuba Travel has many tour options available that fit a variety of traveler's interest whether traveling for educational purposes, arts and cultural exploration, professional research and meetings, or to simply experience the beauty of the Authentic Cuba that lies off the fully-packed beach resorts. Each tour also has a thematic and culturally dynamic itinerary that includes visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, colonial cities and towns, off-the-beaten path neighborhoods, as well as Cuba's main attractions and cultural and educational institutions.
In fact, a number of the tours are created around major events and festivals in Cuba, including the Havana Art Biennial in May, the Fire Festival in July, and the Film Festival and Havana Jazz Festival in December. Other tours are designed for people with specific interests from photography and art, historical, educational, religious, and volunteerism. Each tour also includes a English-speaking local tour guide that can provide travelers with a cross-cultural perspective. Nonetheless, these tours are truly an unforgettable experience that enhances a person's world view and makes them more appreciative of culture.
Regardless of the thematic interest in the tour options, Authentic Cuba Travels can create a custom package made for American travelers seeking the most genuine and authentic experience. The trips are among the most cost-effective and are packaged to be inclusive of meals, cultural experiences, site visits, and people-to-people exchanges. The following are 2015 tour options with additional details about the tours available at authenticubatours.com.
Cuba Photography Tours- Various tour options are available in 2015 to photography professionals and aficionados in June and August to capture genuine images of authentic Cuban on off beaten paths, townscapes, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These tours also include people-to-people exchanges with Cuban photographers and stops at various Cuban villages.
Cuba Educational Tours- North American educators and professors can get up close and personal with Cuba's educational system for an authentic understanding about the country's educational standards. With several tour departures available throughout the year, travelers will visit Cuban primary schools, interact with Cuban educators, visit educational outreach efforts, and get a historical perspective of the country, among other things. These tours are designed to provide educational perspective with a broader perspective of foreign educational systems and to compare them to American standards. Tour stops also include historical attractions, cultural institutions, and an authentic experience of the day-to-day life of Cubans.
Arts & Culture Cuban Tours- Whether its visual art, performing arts, or architecture, several tour options are available to North American travelers throughout 2015 which provides an experiential opportunity to visit Cuban art galleries, museums, performance centers, cultural institutions, and artist schools. These tours also provide a cultural perspective of Cuba's visual art history and are open to art educators, artists, museum staff, and performing arts professionals.
Cuba Festivals- Cuban is a country with rich history and an appreciation for culture. As such, the country celebrates culture with major festivals and events throughout the year including the popular Havana Art Biennial in May, which attracts art collectors and enthusiasts from around the world; Fire Festival in July, which is a Caribbean fiesta that celebrates the culture of the Caribbean region; Havana Film Festival in December which celebrates and promotes films made in Cuba; and the Havana Jazz Festival, which is a gathering of world renowned musicians.
Dozens of other authentic Cuban tours are designed to fit the niche interests of North American travelers from a tour of the Jewish heritage of Cuba, a business tour for a deeper understanding of the Cuban economic landscape, legal tours for law and legal professionals, and even an eco tour for nature lovers, which explores Cuba's national parks, protected areas, and biosphere reserves.
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