There are more than 100 licensed travel service providers in the United States; almost all offer charter flights and packages. Some of these operators arrange well-organized escorted general-interest tours. A couple of the best and most reputable are:
- ABC Charters (tel. 305/263-6829; www.abc-charters.com) is an excellent travel service provider and charter company based in Miami.
- Tico Travel (tel. 800/493-8426 in the U.S. or Canada, or 954/493-8426; www.destinationcuba.com) is a dependable company with operations throughout much of Latin America.
From Canada -- In addition to the agencies listed below, Canadian travelers and others using Canada as a gateway can check directly with Transat Holidays (tel. 866/322-6649 in the U.S. and Canada; www.transatholidays.com), the tour agency arm of one of the principal charter flight companies to Cuba.
- Sol Meliá Cuba (www.solmeliacuba.ca) is the Canadian-based tour agency arm of the Sol Meliá company.
- Signature Travel (tel. 866/324-2883; www.signaturevacations.com) is the largest tour and package operator in Canada, with offices in Burnaby, Mississauga, Montreal, and Winnipeg.
From the U.K. --
- Captivating Cuba (tel. 0844/412-9916; www.captivatingcuba.com) offers package and tailor-made holidays from the UK.
- Cuba Direct (tel. 0844/415-5510; www.cubadirect.co.uk) is a good Cuban-owned operator running a variety of tours and selling flights.
- Cubaism (tel. 0800/298-9555; www.cubaism.com) offers a wide variety of flights, hotels, and other products.
- W&O Travel (tel. 0845/277-3355; www.wandotravel.com) took over Cuba specialists, Regent Travel, and offers great tours to Cuba.
- Journey Latin America (tel. 020/8747-8315; www.journeylatinamerica.co.uk) is a large U.K.-based operator for trips throughout the hemisphere, with often very good deals on airfare.
- Thomas Cook (tel. 0870/750-5711; www.thomascook.com) is a major U.K.-based operator for trips around the world, with excellent operations in Cuba.
- Thomson (www.thomson.co.uk) offers good-value packages and flights to Cuba.
The Holiday Place (tel. 020/7644-1755; www.theholidayplace.co.uk) offers good package deals to Cuba.
From Australia & New Zealand --
Caribbean Bound (tel. 02/9267-2555; www.caribbean.com.au) is a specialist in travel throughout the Caribbean.
- Caribbean Destinations (tel. 03/9571-3744; www.caribbeanislands.com.au) is another Australian-based specialist in travel throughout the Caribbean.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.