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International Expeditions Adds Cuba Private Travel Planner, Expands Customized Tour Options

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ietravel-logo-2xTo meet increasing U.S. demand for upscale travel options in Cuba, International Expeditions is expanding its Cuba offerings for discerning American travelers, and has tapped staff member April Springer to exclusively plan private Cuba travel.

International Expeditions’ April Springer has more than a decade in the travel and hospitality industry. For three years, she has worked exclusively dealing with the ever-changing rules and logistics of authorized travel to Cuba for U.S. citizens. In her previous role as Cuba Program Manager, Springer traveled to the island more than a dozen times while scouting new excursion options, hotels and restaurants, hosting VIP groups and celebrities, and venturing off-the-beaten-path to create exclusive itineraries. Over the past year, Springer has transitioned to the position of Cuba Custom Travel Planner, helping to serve the growing demand for private travel.

Itineraries are customized based on traveler interest, with popular options incorporating birding and wildlife, music, women’s issues, cuisine, private enterprise and history. In the less-visited regions of Eastern Cuba, private people-to-people travel options include joining a local guide to camp and climb Pico Turquino (Cuba’s highest peak) and the storied Sierra Maestra mountain range, or discovering Holguín, the “city of parks.”  

Private arrangements also make it possible to book distinct accommodations, including luxe villas and more budget-friendly apartments.

The private Cuba programs join IE’s line-up which includes small-group land programs and a small-ship cruise. International Expeditions first began offering licensed travel to Cuba in 2003.

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