The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce invites the public and chamber members to "Discover Cuba."

The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce invites the public and chamber members to "Discover Cuba."

An informational presentation detailing a chamber-sponsored, guided tour of Cuba on Jan. 17-24, 2014, will be offered to the public at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at the Holiday Inn Columbus/Worthington, 7007 N. High St.

Complimentary refreshments will be served, and a cash bar will be available.

Through the unusual travel opportunity, chamber and community members could gain a new perspective on Cuba's history, cuisine and culture through people-to-people cultural interactions and exchanges.

Travelers will learn about Cuba's storied history, from the Museum of the Revolution to Ernest Hemingway's home. They will have opportunities to interact with local residents and businesses, visiting the home and studio of a famous artist, as well as the San Jose Craft Market, where local artisans showcase their goods.

Travelers also will visit the majestic countryside of the Vinales Valley, where they will tour a cigar factory and tobacco farm.

The tour price is $3,699 per person (double occupancy) and includes round-trip airfare from Miami, first-class hotel accommodations, 16 meals, a professional tour escort, baggage handling, a Cuban travel visa, Cuban medical insurance, sightseeing and admission to all attractions per itinerary.

Travelers who register for the trip by Aug. 31 will receive a $100 discount.

For more information on the travel program or the informational presentation, call Kathryn Paugh, executive director of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, at 614-888-3040 or view details on the chamber website calendar at

The Discover Cuba program is operated by Chamber Explorations/Premier World Discovery.