Tour Operator Launches Luxury Immersive Cuba Tours

by Richard D’Ambrosio

Southern Explorations, which specializes in custom small-group trips and itineraries to Latin America, has launched immersive, luxury tours to Cuba.

The company’s Luxury Cuba 8-day tour includes eating at the local paladars, dancing with Afro-Cuba and salsa dance pros, learning to make platos tipicos de Cuba with Cuban chefs, and visiting with artists like José Fuster.

Also included are tours to “Ernest Hemingway's old haunts,” as well as swimming and snorkeling and exploring the colonial streets of Old Havana.

Accommodations include a 16th century World Heritage Hotel, the Iberostar Grand Hotel Trinidad, the colonial-style Saratoga Hotel in Havana, the Renaissance-style mansion Palacio Azul, and the Palacio de Valle, a 20th century mansion reminiscent of the famous Moorish palaces of the Alhambra in Spain.

Eric Bartanen, sales and special projects manager, works with a select group of agents who have developed a personal relationship with the company, to offer commissionable, customized tours for the agency’s clients.

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