People to People tours are arranged by licensed People to People tour providers and submitted to the Department of Treasury for approval. Once the tour is approved, the tour company can promote the tour and accept reservations. The tour company will then send a kit detailing the actual tour and a kit to be completed that will include all necessary forms as well as a checklist of items to be procured before departure.
All People to People tours are educational in nature. Tours tend to have themes or central educational concentrations although there are many different and creative potential themes, including art, country life, architecture or multi-dimensional tours that take place in several very different venues. People to People tours are designed to create awareness of Cuba’s mesmerizing culture and its spellbinding people.
Most P2P tours range anywhere from 5 days to two weeks. People to People tours range in price depending upon the season, the venues, what features the tour company has included and the quality of accommodations. Within specific themes, tours can be imaginative, creative and customized. The best P2P tour providers have established ties with proven English-speaking Cuban tour guides and personalities across the island. Upscale People to People tour companies arrange dinner and lectures with celebrity artists, musicians, government officials, historians, curators and other fascinating personalities. The goal is to experience the magic that is Cuba!
Serious People to People tour providers furnish clients a daily schedule that includes educational activities, sights to see and includes interaction with native Cubans. On a day devoted to art, the traveler could interact with a famous Cuban artist. On a music tour, the tourist could interact with musicians as well as enjoy music and dance. There is so much to see, hear and do.
Tours vary in size but typically consist of about 20 or more culturally intrigued curiosity seekers who spend from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. with their Cuban and American tour guides learning about this fascinating culture and its history. At least one American and one Cuban guide must accompany reach P2P tour group at every venue between the touring hours. After the day is complete, tour companies may provide entrees into local fare, activities and entertainment.
Tours can explore numerous squares, villages, towns and regions or be focused on a specific area. Tour guides will introduce local landmarks and furnish a brief history of the landmark’s importance in the culture. Popular tour areas of Cuba include Trinidad, Santiago de Cuba, Havana or Pino del Rio and others. Tour guides are expert and entertaining. There is so much to see!
Experienced and accomplished P2P providers include meals that will be enjoyed with other tour participants and occasionally with locals. Most quality tour coordinators prefer their guests eat at Paladares, the designation for privately owned and operated restaurants, rather than government-owned establishments. Cuba has many famous restaurants including some that have been featured in movies.
If the tour takes a road trip, it will be on a comfortable tour bus. Travel is slow in many parts of Cuba and tourists might well see natives riding mules, or horse drawn carriages, bicyclers and motor bike traffic intermingled on streets.
Experienced tour operators emphasize person-to-person interaction so their tours concentrate on meeting the common folk as well as fine artists, educators, influential government officials, students, religious leaders, ballet dancers, musicians and more.