That National Geo Tour
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Dec 16, 2012 3:28 PM Last Post By: johnabbotsford
Dec 12, 2012 11:41 AM
That National Geo TourNow that the elections are over, it seems that National Geographic has got approval for its Cuba tours, the first scheduled for mid-January. I was going to say that if anyone wants to send me the $4000 or whatever it costs (can't seem to find that info on the website), I'd happily go on one of them and report back whether or not it was worth it. However, I see that the first 15 tours are all wait list only.
Dec 12, 2012 1:47 PM
Dec 12, 2012 2:08 PM
2Rosa, the price is $5795 USD per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $700. Airfare is not included in the expedition cost. Round-trip charter airfare between Miami and Havana is from $500 per person (subject to change). Sorry but all dates are filled but you can put your name on a waiting list if anyone cancels out.
Thanks to a special license issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, National Geographic invites you to participate in an extraordinary immersive program to discover Cuba's fascinating people and culture. Meet and talk with Cubans in diverse settings, from urban Havana to colonial Cienfuegos. Learn firsthand from Cuban locals and experts about their splendid colonial cities, vibrant music and art scene and lush rural landscapes, and experience the timeless beauty and fascinating culture of this enigmatic island nation. Engage Cubans directly in discussions about their lives and work, culture and traditions. Meet with Cuban historians, teachers, artists, musicians, naturalists, and others, and experience this fast-changing island nation through their eyes.
Can’t remember the organization in Toronto but they are offering a 2 week Spanish course in Havana for $4000 CND including a room, airfare not included. I just booked 2 weeks for next month air-only for $409 and I thought that was on the high side.
Who said there was a recession or the economy is going over a cliff?
Dec 12, 2012 4:35 PM
Dec 12, 2012 7:24 PM
Dec 12, 2012 7:50 PM
Dec 15, 2012 8:16 AM
6But US $5795 plus airfare? That does seem a tad over the top, doesn't it?
That’s per person or $11,500 for the 2 of you. If you are going solo add an extra $700 for single supplement bringing the total to $6495. Have John underwrite your trip and he can share in the profit from the book sale.
Here is a free trip report by a fellow American Mark Silva from October 2012 for legal travel to Cuba and probably in line with tours by National Geographic. Enjoy courtesy of Mark Silva.
Dec 15, 2012 10:50 AM
7Great idea, Rickie. Given the way royalties for the other Cuba-related books I've written are dripping in, I should be able to pay John back by about 2050.
Dec 15, 2012 4:20 PM
Dec 16, 2012 6:04 AM
9John -- let’s talk turkey (no pun intended a week before Xmas) If Rosa was a struggling Cuban writer in Cienfuegos, Cuba I would be the first to match you dollar for dollar to help her write a book and I don’t think I will have to wait 40 years to get a return on my investment if you know what I mean. But Rosa is a very successful writer and a radio personality in the same class as Ernesto Hemingway the Noble prize winner and she can easily afford to research her next book or have her publisher advance her the funds on the next best seller on Cuba.
Seasons Greetings to you and your wife and to everyone
Dec 16, 2012 3:28 PM
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