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Cuba, Air, 4 Nights, from $1,899

Get an inside perspective on the life and culture in the formerly off-limits island nation.

Get one of the first (legal) glimpses into Havana.

(Courtesy Patrick Nouhailler/Flickr)

The Real Deal Round-trip airfare to Havana on a U.S. government-licensed charter; four nights in Havana at Hotel Nacional; four breakfasts, four lunches, and four dinners; all ground transportation, transfers and porterage; a comprehensive educational exchange, including meeting Cuban artists in their studios, a discussion with a Cuban professor about U.S./Cuban relations and visits to an elementary school and housing project; the services of an English-speaking guide; Cuban entrance visa; health insurance; hotel taxes; and fuel surcharges; from $1,899—plus a local tax of $30.

When May 23, 2012 ($1,899); add from $100 for Sept. 26; from $200 for June 6; from $300 for Jan. 18, Feb. 15, Mar. 14, Apr. 11, July 11, Aug. 15.

Gateways Miami ($1,899).

The Fine Print Does not include a local tax of $30, paid upon departure from Cuba. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is from $199. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book By Dec. 7, 2011, for $300 in savings.

Contact Friendly Planet, 800/555-5765, friendlyplanet.com.

Why It's a Deal No other flights are currently authorized to fly from U.S. soil to Cuba for price comparison. This is a rare chance to enter Cuba for under $2,000 under the newly authorized People-to-People program. Friendly Planet is one of a handful of commercial travel companies granted a license to facilitate these educational exchanges between U.S. and Cuban citizens. This package covers the flight, four nights' hotel accommodations (worth $380 per person), plus 12 meals, all ground transportation (including round-trip airport transfers and cross-country educational exchanges), the services of an English-speaking guide, Cuban entrance visa, and all taxes and fees, and offers the added convenience of all-in-one booking.

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.
 

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