The second tour operator in less than two weeks has announced it has been approved to send U.S. clients to Cuba through the People to People educational travel program.
Abercrombie & Kent announced Tuesday that it would begin offering adventures to Cuba beginning in September. The news comes on the heels of Insight Cuba’s announcement that it was reauthorized by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to send Americans to Cuba.
Your clients do not have to be a certain age, do not have to have family in Cuba and do not have to be students. The People to People initiative requires Americans to take part in various cultural experiences in Cuba, essentially, as the name implies, putting them in direct contact with the people of Cuba with hopes of learning about the way of life in the country. It was implemented by President Clinton in 1999 and suspended by President Bush in 2004 before President Obama resurrected the program this January.
In September, Abercrombie & Kent will offer Cuba: The Forbidden Isle Revealed. Working with a registered not-for-profit group, the operator has created an itinerary that aims to reveal the heart and soul of this island nation. Clients can walk the cobblestone streets of Old Havana, savor the beauty of Trinidad, meet families in culture-rich Matanzas and experience Hemingway's Cuba with a visit to Finca Vigia, his seaside home.
Prices begin at $4,325 per person, plus charter international air ($449), visa ($55) and a non-profit partner fee ($200). The 2001 departure dates are September 30, October 14, Oct. 7, November 23, December 12 and Dec. 21. The 2012 departures dates are January 6, Jan. 13, February 24, March 5, March 23, April 9 and April 20.