Rob Sequin | Havana Journal

Friendly Planet Travel, which for more than 30 years has helped hundreds of thousands of travelers experience exotic locales around the globe, is announcing that it has received a people-to-people license from OFAC.

The company is organizing and operating two educational trips… the Discover Havana tour for five days and the Colors of Cuba program.

The Discover Havana tour includes a trip to the colorful Callejon de Hamel, the countryside at Las Terrazas, Ernest Hemmingway’s Finca Vigia and Cojimar and an authentic Cuban Rumba block party. The Colors of Cuba tour is longer and incorporates the Discover Havana itinerary as well as a trip into Trinidad and other historic areas of Cuba.

The five-day Discover Havana program (priced at $1,899) allows Americans to interact in direct and open educational exchanges with Cubans while the longer, eight-day Colors of Cuba program (priced at $2,899) offers a more in-depth program of educational exchanges throughout the island.

“These trips offer Americans the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Cuba of today and to learn firsthand of Cuba’s past, present, and future as well as its evolving relationship with the U.S.,” says Peggy Goldman, President of Friendly Travel. “Both programs are designed to open dialogue between people by allowing both Americans and Cubans the rare opportunity to directly connect and interact with one another.”

The five-day Discover Havana program departs May 16, 2012 and Sept. 12, 2012.

The eight-day Colors of Cuba program has the following 2012 departure dates: January 15 and 29, February 19, March 18 and April 15.

Both Cuba trips include round trip airfare from Miami via an OFAC licensed Carrier Service Provider, letter of authorization and Cuba entrance visa. All Cuba ground transportation, hotel accommodations and all meals are included.

As per requirements of all people to people licenses, a full time itinerary of educational exchanges will be organized by Friendly Planet featuring a professional, English-speaking guide who will facilitate these exchanges.

More about the Friendly Planet Cuba trips and contact information

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