Seven-day People-to-People Tours Feature Exclusive Meetings with Artists, Access to Live Performances and MoreNEW ROCHELLE, N.Y., March 3, 2015 — (PRNewswire) — It's a new dawn in Cuba since President Obama and President Raul Castro announced their historic efforts to normalize relations after more than 50 years of political divide. And true to form, Cuba's artists will capture the sentiment on the island expressed through their works during the 12th installment of the Havana Art Biennial in May. Supposed to occur every two years, the biennial opted not to hold the month long festival in 2014, as if they had a premonition of things to come. Beginning on May 22nd, the festival will transform Havana into an outdoor performance gallery where dance, theatre, music, cinema and literature will intersect. InsightCuba, the leader in authorized people-to-people travel for US citizens is celebrating with three Havana Art Biennial tours over the month long festival allowing Americans to legally discover Cuba through its art.
"Havana is a city that's naturally captivates the visitor. But never is the fabric of Cuba's vibrant culture on display as it is during the Havana Art Biennial," says Tom Popper, President of insightCuba.
Three small group departures (7 days / 6 nights) on May 22-28th, May 23-29th, and May 25-31st are available for guests looking to embark on Havana's most immersive cultural journey. On each tour, participants will have the unique opportunity to experience the Biennial as an "insider," having unique access to renowned Cuban artists, taking in live performances, and attending artistic presentations. Throughout, a Cuban guide and an insightCuba tour leader will guide every step of the way.
In addition to special meetings with artists, photographers, and biennial exhibitions, highlights of each tour will include a visit Jose Fuster's whimsical wonderland in Jaimanitas, a studio and art community project reminiscent of Barcelona's Parc Guell. Known as the "Picasso of the Caribbean," the prodigy artist has decked an entire neighborhood, including his home, in ceramic. Guests will also meet with the students and professors from La Escuela Taller Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos to learn about the school's work to preserve and restore Cuba's architectural heritage, and in particular, the renovation efforts of Old Havana. Photography enthusiasts will cheer with delight in viewing one of the capital's few darkrooms at Fototeca, while gaining insight into the works of Cuban photographers throughout history. Other highlights include an outing to ISA, Instituto Superior de Arte, Fabrica de Arte- an art-infused, multimedia experience, the Fine Arts Museum, and so much more.
Prices for the three Havana Art Biennial Tours (May 22-28th, May 23-29th, May 25-31st) are $4,195 per person double occupancy. Add $500 for single occupancy.
- All-access pass to the Havana Art Biennial
- One night at the Sofitel Miami Hotel, including breakfast and airport transfer
- Private welcome reception and pre-tour briefing
- Superior accommodations at the Meliá Cohiba in Havana
- insightCuba exclusive-guided programming
- Experienced insightCuba tour leader
- Expert Cuban guide
- All meals while in Cuba, except for two paladar evening dining experiences on your own
- U.S. Department of the Treasury general license
- Small group size (usually 16 or fewer guests; never more than 24)
- All entrance fees to scheduled activities and events
- All in-country ground transportation and airport transfers via luxury motor coach
- Travel health insurance, emergency medical evacuation, and trip cancellation coverage (up to $1,000)
- Fresh bottled water while touring
- insightCuba travel guidebook
- 24 hour emergency customer service hotline
- Gratuities for luggage handling, restaurant service, and programmed activities throughout tour
Flight package comes at an additional cost of $645, including round-trip charter air from Miami to Cuba, priority check-in at Miami International Airport, Cuban visa, baggage fee for the first checked bag, and Cuban airport departure tax. For more information or a detailed itinerary, visit http://insightcuba.com/speciality-cuba-tours/havana-art-biennial or call 800-450-CUBA (2822).
InsightCuba is the leading provider and pioneer in legal people-to-people travel for Americans to Cuba. Since its inception in 2000, the organization has sent more than 10,000 guests to Cuba and has crafted hundreds of custom group tours. InsightCuba offers six, regularly scheduled Signature Cuba tours with more than 150 departures annually, a series of Specialty Cuba tours, and dozens of custom group tours each year.
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