Signup for new 2016 Cuba tours by Oct. 16 and Nov. 20 respectively to secure a spot on one of these inaugural journeys
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — It has been two months since the U.S. and Cuba formally re-established relations, triggering a landslide of questions and an increased desire for the Pearl of the Antilles to open its gates to curious American travelers. Even though progress is being made, there are still travel restrictions in place that can cause headaches for Americans wanting to visit the island nation on their own. This is why experiential tour operator Myths and Mountains recently released two amazing and educational itineraries to Cuba for 2016 travel, offering a stress-free way for adventure-seekers to access this vibrant culture of diverse lifestyles, fabulous food, intense history and friendly people. However, because of the influx of travel to Cuba coupled with limited hotel space, all departures require very strict and advance notice to authorize group travel. Therefore, travelers must register and pay for the 2016 trips by Oct. 16, 2015 (inaugural trip) and Nov. 20, 2015 (Beyond Havana) in order to confirm.
In true Myths and Mountains tradition, these small, intimate Cuba tours connect travelers with artists, chefs, singers and other locals who open their hearts and share their lives during friendly social interaction and cultural exchange. Dive into the history of this nation and experience the vibrant culture influenced by African, Spanish and Moorish traditions.
Touring Cuba’s Cars, Cigars, Crafts and Countryside (6 Days)
Feb. 2-7, 2016
Registration Deadline: Oct. 16, 2015 – a minimum of five passengers required
During Myths’ inaugural adventure to Cuba, travelers join a people-to-people exploration of island life with a local guide. Discover Afro-Cuban culture and rituals while interacting with local musicians, artists and artisans. Visit a local agro-market where Cubans shop for items not available on their ration card, then dine at newly opened paladars, privately-owned restaurants, to experience flavorful cuisine and handcrafted cocktails. Explore Old Havana – a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the 16th century – and learn about the nation’s political past from a Cuban perspective. Meet local people while wandering through their shops, galleries and museums, including a living collectable car museum. Head into the verdant countryside for a look into tobacco growing and cigar production, with a special visit to a tobacco farmer’s home for good coffee and great conversation. Drive through Havana’s swanky neighborhood of Miramar, visit a cemetery known for its history and architecture, take in the view from Morro Fortress, hear the local perspective on Hemingway and much more. Myths and Mountains Vice President Allie Almario will accompany this tour.
Beyond Havana – The Rhythms and Nature of Cuba (9 Days)
May 11-19, 2016
Registration Deadline: Nov. 20, 2015 – a minimum of 10 passengers required
Explore the stunning natural environment, historic cities and colorful locals during this extensive tour around western and central Cuba – from the colorful capital of Havana to the Pearl of the South, Cienfuegos; from the 500-year-old city of Trinidad to the Zapata Peninsula and infamous Bay of Pigs. An experienced local guide will lead travelers to highlights and hidden treasures in notable towns, and take them to meet locals to learn about daily life in Cuba. Meet renowned clay potters and learn about the century-old family business while testing out a potter’s wheel. Visit the studio home of the “Picasso of the Caribbean” and learn about his art and pet community project. Hear great stories from a retired baseball player about his glory days. Enjoy lunch and a cooking class while discovering popular national food and drinks. Travelers will also enjoy the island nation’s wildlife and many other activities such as a sunset cruise in the Bay of Cienfuegos, swimming at the Cave of Fish, hiking through a national park, enjoying a day on a private island and much more.
For more information on these and other Myths and Mountains tours, including custom tours, check out www.mythsandmountains.com or contact the home office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-670-MYTH. You can also read Myths and Mountains’ blog and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Instagram and other networks.
For every trip booked in 2015, Myths and Mountains will donate a percentage of its profits to READ Global in Nepal. READ Global was founded by Myths and Mountains in 1991 and is now a separate 501c3. With 59 READ Centers in rural Nepal, READ is helping its villages devastated by the earthquakes with blood banks, tents, ambulance services, childcare and other needed support.
About Myths and Mountains
Veteran adventurer Dr. Antonia Neubauer founded Myths and Mountains in 1988 to foster intimate cross-cultural experiences, offering tours designed to take travelers to the very heart of the places they visit. The company’s mission to provide handcrafted, experiential journeys has created a solid place for Myths and Mountains in the adventure travel industry. They were named as Trusted Travel Experts on the 2015 Wendy Perrin WOW List; Allie Almario is the WOW expert for Ecuador and the Galapagos, while Dr. Neubauer is the WOW expert for Bhutan and Nepal. Dr. Neubauer has also been Condé Nast Traveler’s Nepal Top Travel Specialist since 2011. Achievements: “Top Ten Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” – National Geographic Adventurer, 2009; “Ultimate Adventure Outfitters From Around the Globe” – Travel + Leisure Magazine, 2010; “50 Tours of a Lifetime” – National Geographic Traveler, 2013 and 2015.
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