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.

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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