Friday, July 26, 2013

Cuba People to People Program via Abercrombie & Kent

Abercrombie & Kent is offering an educational exchange program called "Cuba People to People" as part of its Connections by Abercrombie & Kent product line

The company has been working on its program for 19 months, and just received its license to operate people to people programs from the U.S. Treasury Department.  

Prior to this Abercrombie & Kent never had a program for Cuba, however its international parent company with offices in the U.K. and Australia has offered travel programs to Cuba, and this gives the US division a head start in putting together its programs. 

With an ever-expanding number of Cuba programs on the market, A&K is trying to differentiate itself through the experiences with the following offerings:

  • One of the experiences allows guests to meet baseball players and to talk to them and learn about why baseball is the national pastime for them as well
  • Opportunity for guests to interact with people in all walks of life, including farmers, artists and musicians, as well as an expert on Cuba-US relations who will illuminate the history of relations between the two countries and show how people were affected by that history
  • A&K clients will have the opportunity to meet artists of the Proyecto de Arte Por la Costa
  • Personal interaction with local musicians at a private Buena Vista Social Club-style concert
  • Salsa Lessons
  • Meet with artist Salvador Gonzales who turned an alley into an Afro-Cuban art and music epicenter
  • Learn about the influence of the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria on street art and music

A&K’s program also differentiates itself by including stays in two destinations - the Melia Buena Vista hotel in Cayo Santa Maria and at the Melia Havana in Havana. 

A&K’s Cuba program is priced at $4,995 per person double occupancy for the land arrangements if booked by August 15th. Charter air from Miami to Santa Clara, Cuba, and from Havana to Miami is priced $525 per person. The price of the Cuban visa is extra. 

The first departure will be September 6th, and will be followed by a series of departures through the end of 2013 and into 2014. All departures are guaranteed.

Happy Travels,

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