New federal licensing program enables tour companies to set up cultural immersion and people-to-people travel packages
By Summit Voice
Getting the needed permits took six months, but was worth the process, said YMT Vacations VP of marketing Richard Genovese. The 9-night cultural immersion features an in-depth exploration of Havana and Santa Clara as well as cultural and educational activities designed to give program participants a meaningful understanding of the island nation. Departures begin Sept. 4, 2012.
“Our new Cuba program is truly unique as it allows value-oriented travelers the opportunity to visit a destination that was closed off for many years,” said Jerre Fuqua, President of YMT Vacations, which caters to discerning mature travelers.
The nine-night cultural immersion program is billed as a people-to-people experience with a a full-time program of educational and cultural exchange activities to promote contact and interaction with the Cuban people.
The program includes a visit to Old Havana & Revolucion Plaza, Jose Fuster’s House, Ernest Hemmingway’s Farm, the Che Guevara Museum, and a tobacco farm for cigar rolling lessons. Guests will also have the opportunity to interact with locals and participate in painting and dance classes.
Priced from $1999 per person for September departures, YMT’s Cuba, People & Culture program includes 8-nights of hotel accommodation (1-night in Miami, 5-nights in Havana, 2-nights in Santa Clara), a full program of cultural exchange activities, 15-meals as noted in itinerary, a professional tour manager, roundtrip charter flights from Miami to Cuba, baggage handling, and required Cuban visa and fee.