Mayflower Tours recently announced its People to People Travel program to Cuba. With a 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.
“For only the third time since 1963, Americans can travel legally to Cuba," said John Stachnik, president and co-owner of Mayflower Tours, in a written statement. "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. 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."
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 the visit; all meal gratuities; round trip transfers between Miami hotel and airport and non-stop charter flights from Miami to Cuba as well as return flights.
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.
A special offer is available to clients on all departure dates of $300 per couple or $150 per person when reservations and deposits are made by August 31. Solo travelers can take advantage of the guaranteed share program or add the single room supplement of $799 to the per person price.