Cuba, here we come (back)

Street performers in Old Havana, Cuba

Street performers in Old Havana, Cuba Photo Credit: Robin Thom

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The door to Cuba is finally opening. Insight Cuba, a small operator of group travel to the island, based in New Rochelle, has received a license from the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control to send Americans to the nation, which has been off-limits for almost 50 years.

After President Obama eased restrictions on cultural travel to Cuba earlier this year, many tour operators scrambled to apply for licenses.

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Insight Cuba will begin offering six new itineraries in August, with more than 130 departures planned through September 2012.

Groups will be kept to a maximum of 16. Prices -- which do not include airfare but cover ground transport, domestic flights in Cuba, guides and more -- vary from $1,695 for a four-day, three-night stay to $3,795 for a nine-day, eight-night stay. Details at

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