Yes, you heard it right...not only has the United States recently lifted the travel ban to Cuba, but it's now even accessible to Celiac and gluten free travelers. If the Colonial history, tropical climate, or "frozen in time" image of antique cars cruising the avenues of this island destination appeal to you (perhaps it's long been on your "Bucket List"), you'll be glad to hear it's now a possibility. Ellen Morse of Gluten Free Travel-Us has added this destination to her list of other destinations that have previously been challenging for gluten free travelers.
She has worked closely with her local contacts at Condor Tours and Travel to vet the hotel where you'll stay and the restaurants where you'll dine. Although Cuban food and cooking methods tend to lean toward the gluten free anyway, she and her partners have asked all the necessary questions and worked with the chefs to ensure you will be food-safe on this journey. Most meals are provided as part of the suggested itinerary Ellen has created, and she has safe suggestions about where to eat for the few meals you'll be on your own.
Her well-thought-out itinerary includes hotel, transfers, many meals, and tours of both old/Colonial and modern Havana, its many historic plazas, museums, Hemingway highlights, and even tours of a tobacco factory, cigar shop, and a rum factory.
There's a lot more packed into the four-night getaway, and you can read all the details on our Cuba page on GlutenFreeTravelSite. As with all Ellen's tours, you can tailor it to your interests. This is not a group tour and can be taken at any time. You can even shorten or extend the length of the trip. Late Fall is an especially nice time of year for a long weekend getaway such as this...once the weather has cooled down a bit.
If you're not familiar with Ellen's expertise -- or the other itineraries she offers -- check out our Gluten Free Getaways page. I just returned from a fantastic trip to Italy, which she helped me plan. I can attest to her level of professionalism, and she leaves no detail to chance. This is one top-notch travel specialist, and she just happens to be Celiac herself!
She loves to use her decades of experience in the travel business -- and her decades of first-hand knowledge of traveling gluten free -- to benefit her clients. No matter where you want to travel -- whether it's a destination on this page or something more "traditional" (highlights of Italy like we just did, Paris, London, Portugal, etc.), she will take great care of you from a planning and dining perspective! She can be reached at 312-337-9235 or emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.