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Release: Aug. 28, 2001

Iowa Voyagers alumni travel program offers rare chance to visit Cuba

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Through a special cultural and educational program, the University of Iowa Alumni Association's Iowa Voyagers program is offering a six-day tour of Cuba Feb. 22-28, 2002.

Combining cultural exchange with expert presentations on Cuban history and lifestyle, this study program is operated through a license from the U.S. Department of the Treasury to promote cultural exchange and person-to-person contact, according to Diane Baker, the travel director at the UI Alumni Association.

Highlights of the trip include an excursion to a local cigar factory, and a walking tour of old Havana, featuring the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, and a tour of modern Havana, featuring the Museum of the Revolution. Travelers will also get a glimpse of day-to-day life in rural Cuba during a tour of the Pinar del Rio region, and later enjoy an evening of Afro-Cuban music and dance at the legendary Tropicana Nightclub.

Visitors will also see Cojimar, the seaside fishing village that was the setting for Ernest Hemingway's novel, "The Old Man and the Sea," and Finca Vigia, the nearby estate where Hemingway lived and wrote.

Priced at $3,395 from Miami, the package includes all meals, full educational program, accommodations, and all excursions. The Parque Central hotel in Havana, is the headquarters for the stay in Cuba, which is arranged through Alumni Holidays International.

Iowa Voyagers programs open to all UI alumni and to the public as well. For more information about the Cuba trip or any of the 36 other Iowa Voyagers trips, contact Diane Baker at (319) 335-3294, (800) IOWALUM (469-2586), or email