Mayflower Tours announces their People to People Travel program to Cuba recognizing the value of fostering deeper cultural understanding and interaction between Cuba and the United States. With this, and in careful respect of the license granted to Mayflower Tours by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. Mayflower Tours will operate its first departure in early 2015.
John and Mary Stachnik, co-owners of Mayflower Tours in Downers Grove, IL recently visited Cuba. Mayflower Tours will commence a series of People to People departures visiting Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Havana and much of the countryside on a nine-day program. People to People events include dining in several of Cuba’s ‘paladars’, which are privately-owned family restaurants; visits to a cigar factory; understanding the antique car phenomenon with rides and meeting with the owners; as well as interactive events with Cubans.
“We are pleased to introduce our People to People Travel to Cuba. For only the third time since 1963, Americans can travel legally to Cuba. And there is an opportunity to experience this unique country — but this time with a deeper, longer, and more thoughtful interactions with “people-to-people travel” to Cuba with Mayflower Tours.” stated John Stachnik, President and Co-owner of Mayflower Tours. “In the company of an experienced Mayflower Tours Tour Manager and the expert local guides who are native to Cuba, travelers meet and engage with a remarkable cross-section of the Cuban people: school students, cigar-makers, artists, farmers, historians and more.“
“Over our 35 years of providing life-enriching experiences to thousands of travelers to destinations around the world, we are honored to be awarded this opportunity to share this remarkable country and its people with our travelers with a variety of personal experiences with the Cuban people.” stated Mary Stachnik, Senior Vice President and Co-owner. “We have included visits to sites of historical significance, economic importance and natural beauty. Travelers should expect a life-enriching, educational experience that will enable meaningful interactions with the people and culture of Cuba. Mayflower Tours will take you to the heart of what makes this country so fascinating.”
Included in the $4,199 per person price, the nine-day program includes 20 meals with several of the meals at Cuban “paladars,” privately-owned and operated restaurants which add to the flavor of our visit; all meal gratuities included, round trip transfers between Miami hotel and airport, non-stop charter flights from Miami to Cuba and return, baggage fee for the Miami to Cuba flight, airport transfers in Miami and Cuba, Visa fee and accompanying work to obtain visas, four-star hotels throughout –all lodging is air conditioned and has full service amenities, porterage for all hotels, Universal Health Care in Cuba – cost of mandatory health insurance included, a Mayflower Tour Manager is with you throughout. In addition, travelers are accompanied by an English-speaking Cuban guide, many People to People activities, including interaction and traveling in Cuba’s antique car fleet. All gifts and gratuities for these experiences are included. And travelers have the ability to purchase Travelers Protection coverage that is also valid in Cuba. Plus, the peace of mind that their CUBA EXPERIENCE is being operated by Mayflower Tours and its trusted Cuban suppliers, and is backed by the $1,000,000 Travelers Assistance Program – a condition for membership for the United States Tour Operators Association.
A special offer is available to travelers on all departure dates of $300 per couple or $150 per person when reservations and deposits are made by August 31, 2014. Solo travelers can take advantage of the guaranteed share program or add the single room supplement of $799 to the per person price.
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