American legacy tours to be offered in Cuba

Posted: 29-Sep-16 08:55

With the number of American tourists to Cuba increasing dramatically, tour operators on the island are offering itineraries to appeal to US travellers. Cuba Travel Network provides a specialized itinerary called the American Legacy tour, which focuses on the many shared connections between the US and Cuba. The tour includes stops at sites related to Ernest Hemingway and Milton Hershey, among others.

American legacy tours to be offered in Cuba

For the last sixty years, Cuba — just ninety miles from the United States — has essentially been another world, cut off from its neighbour to the north by the embargo.

For Americans too young to have travelled to the island prior to the embargo, Cuba is a mystery, an unknown quantity. Few Americans remember that for the first half of the twentieth century, the two countries were intimately connected through economics and culture.

Now that relations between the US and Cuba are normalized and Americans are once again free to travel to the island, Cuba has quickly become a popular tourist destination from the US. One of the more unique tour offerings on the island is the American Legacy tour provided by the Cuba Travel Network. Capitalizing on the long history between the two nations as well as the Cold War-fuelled antipathy that followed, the company has created an itinerary that focuses on a range of connections between the US and Cuba.

Already a popular destination with visitors to the island, Ernest Hemingway’s home, Finca Vigia, is a central part of the tour itinerary. The author lived in Cuba for most of the last twenty years of his life, only returning to the United States when forced out by the turmoil of the Revolution. Hemingway’s home in Cojimar remains much as he left it when he departed the island for the last time and is now a museum.

In Habana Vieja, the Hotel Ambos Mundos is another popular tourist draw. The author lived in room 511 of the hotel for seven years in the 1930s and it was there that he wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls. Both of the author’s residences will be a prominent feature on the tour.

In addition to the homes and haunts of Hemingway, the tour will also include Xanadu, the mansion which once belonged to Irénée Dupont. The mansion overlooks Varadero, one of the island’s most popular resort areas. Guests on the tour will spend a night in the mansion before moving on to the next destination.

Also included in the tour itinerary is Matanzas, which was once part of Milton Hershey’s sugar empire, as well as Hershey, the company town created by the magnate for his workers. Las Terrazas, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, is also included in the tour.
With so much interest in Cuba among American travellers, the American Legacy tour promises to be a popular choice once commercial flights begin arriving on the island.


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