If you've got some money laying around and you're looking for an interesting long weekend, Cuba Libre -- the restaurant and rum bar with outposts in Orlando, D.C., Philly, and Atlantic City -- has joined with Insight Cuba to lead a chef-led trip to the island from April 20 to 24. The trip is made possible after the Obama administration loosened travel restrictions to Cuba in 2011.
Forty-five hundred dollars buys D.C.-based chef Guillermo Pernot as a Havana tour guide; round-trip airfare to Cuba; hotel accommodations at Palacio del Marqués de San Felipe y Santiago de Bejucal; meals; guided activities; U.S. Treasury Department License and Letter of
Authorization; an English-speaking Cuban tour guide; entrance fees; ground
transportation, transfers, and taxi fares; and travel health insurance.
In addition to exploring landmarks, travelers can visit farms, state-run
restaurants, and local
paladares, family-run restaurants often staged in homes. On the
itinerary are the restaurants of those participating in Cuba Libre's
guest chef series,
Pop-up Paladares, which has hosted the first Cuban chefs to cook in the U.S. in quite some time.
Sound worth it?
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