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Publishing Notes

Publishing Notes   Cubatours4U partner Scott Schwar – New Publishings    Ole, Capturing the Passion of Bullfighters and Aficionados in the 21st Century was released 05 October 2013.  Scott was asked to write a chapter and titled it, “Ernest Hemingway: The Spark That Ignites American Aficion.”  This 432 page volume published by 4 Square Books is filled with lively articles and personal stories, contemporary, historical and dramatic photographs, artistic drawings and vibrant color.  The book will be entered into several book contests in 2014.  Fellow Cuba travelers Linda and John Tibensky and John and Carol Dudzik also contributed to this special volume which is available  through Amazon.     Scott penned a book review of Ernest Hemingway in Context, Edited by Debra A. Moddelmog and Suzanne del Gizzo, Cambridge University Press which appeared in the fall, 2013 newsletter La Busca, (issue 2013: 2 and 3; Numbers 318 and 319, Volume L) of the[...]CONTINUE READING

Updated site! Check out our new FAQs~

We’re really excited about our upcoming trips for 2014 and want to be sure that everyone can easily navigate our site to access the information they need to be well informed.  If you’ve not strolled through our FAQs before (they used to be under the About Us section, please take a look. Did You Know…. that Americans CANNOT use credit or debit cards while in Cuba? Did You Know…. that many of the classic cars are privately owned and can be hired as taxis? Did You Know…. that you have to have a visa well in advance of arriving at the airport for your direct flight to Cuba? Yes!  There ARE direct flights from the US to Cuba… no sneaking around using Canada or Mexico for entry, when you’re traveling with us! Feed your brain with great “food” on Cuba in our FAQs~ other great trips to take after Cuba!CONTINUE READING

2014 Tour Plans to date

2014 Tour Plans to date   4 – 11 JANUARY 2014 – Architectural Cuba Tour – Hotel Nacional   6- 13 FEBRUARY 2014 – Artists Cuba Tour – Hotel Sevilla 6 – 13 MARCH 2014 – Cuba Countryside Tour – Havana, Cienfuegos and Trinidad   18- 25 JUNE 2014 – Teachers Themed Cuba TourCONTINUE READING

Our Cuba Travel License Renewed for 2 Years !

Cuba Tours 4U renewal has been approved with a two (2) year license.  The license was issued under our licensee name, The Committee on Illinois with License No. CT-2012-298487-1.  Our first trip under the new license is scheduled for 18-24 JUNE, 2013 in conjunction with the Hemingway Coloquio coordinated by the Ernest Hemingway Museum, Finca Vigia.  A four day extension trip to Cienfuegos and Trinidad will run 24-27 June, 2013.CONTINUE READING

What to wear while in Cuba?!

As you probably already know – Cuba is a semitropical climate.  Translation:  It can get pretty darn hot and humid! So what should you pack if you are planning a trip to Cuba?  Part of the answer depends on what you are comfortable wearing but you should also consider wearing clothing that will keep you comfortable.  I would suggest cotton and other light fabrics when you are out and about.  But remember you will also be dinning in restaurants and paladares, visiting museums and going to other public buildings which are usually air conditioned.  So you should also bring something that you can put on to keep you warm.  You want to be stylish while in Cuba too – so what does the well dressed Cuban wear? One word – Guayabera.   A guayabera is not only very stylish but it is also very practical.  It is made of a loose-woven linen (this is for[...]CONTINUE READING

Increased Visitors To Cuba

With the new licenses created by the government last year, travel to Cuba has really exploded.  As you can guess this is mainly due to the substantial increase in traffic from the United States.  Europe and Asia have regularly been vacationing in Cuba for decades.   This sudden increase in visitors has put a tremendous strain on the resources of this Island and as you can imagine although Cuba welcomes the extra revenue it is also causing some logistical problems. One major issue is booking hotel rooms.  Hotel rooms are often 100% occupancy in peak seasons so early planning is important. Click the title to discuss! CONTINUE READING

Is it safe to travel to Cuba?

We get this question a lot. I think it stems from the fact that we haven’t been able to travel to Cuba for such a long time that people don’t know the country and they worry. The fact is Cuba has the lowest crime rate in the Western Hemisphere. While in country we noticed a visible police presence which is specifically there to protect and help tourists. As we walked the streets of Havanna I always felt secure. We strolled through the streets at night as well and did not feel any sense of danger. That being said, no matter where you are it is always advisable to be aware of your surroundings and not take any unnecessary chances. As with any major city, be aware of your belongings.CONTINUE READING

People to People Lawyers Group to Cuba – Part 1

Our recent group of lawyers to Cuba learned a great deal about many aspects of Cuba and Cuban law.  One of the members of the trip – Richard Guerard of the firm Guerard, Kalina and Butkus noted the following: While there are similarities in the law between the United States and Cuba, there are also some significant differences.  For instance: There are no Miranda warnings given A criminal defendant cannot be prosecuted for perjury in his own defense Generally there is no plea bargaining and 95% of the cases brought are tried with a conviction rate similar to the U.S There are no juries  These are just a few of the many observations that our lawyers discovered.  Stay turn for more stories and tidbits from our travelers.CONTINUE READING

Welcome to Cuba Tours 4U

Welcome to Cuba Tours 4U – as our name implies we specialize in Cuba travel – what makes us so distinctive is our vast experience and knowledge of Cuba. We have been traveling to Cuba since 2001 – with a journey that started as a Hemingway expedition and like Hemingway himself once we visited this country we kept returning. We do business as Cuba Tour 4U with the license itself issued under our legal name, The Committee on Illinois.CONTINUE READING