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You might have heard about the recent changes in U.S. law easing restrictions on travel to Cuba for certain types of tourism programs. Friendly Planet is now offering a new series of Humanitarian Relief tours to Cuba beginning in October of 2011. We have organized several such missions to Cuba over the past year, coordinated through a humanitarian organization officially licensed by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. They were a great success, and interest far exceeded the available space on these trips. As a result, we have expanded our series of departures and can now make them available to all of our travelers who wish to participate in this special project.
I am very pleased to invite you to join us on one of our upcoming departures. Through these humanitarian tours, you'll have an incredible opportunity to directly help people in need, by bringing badly-needed medical supplies and educational materials to the Cuban people. In many ways, Cuba has one of the most advanced medical systems in the world, with highly-trained doctors and hospital teams. Unfortunately, many common medical items are in extremely short supply, such as pain relief medicines, syringes, and antibiotics. This is also true of the educational system. The literacy rate in Cuba is high, but the children face a huge shortage of even the most basic of materials, like pens and pencils, paper, simple drawing supplies and even books to read. Since items like these are very inexpensive and readily available to us, our trips will make a great and direct difference to people who really need our help.
In addition, each tour will provide an incredible opportunity to interact with the local people one-on-one. Cuba is so much more than antique cars, salsa music and cigars, and you'll understand why Ernest Hemingway made it his home once you have visited this fascinating country, only 90 miles off our shores. I invite you to join us on this very special opportunity. Help us reach out to people in need and learn more about the country and people of Cuba.
Peggy M. Goldman
President, Friendly Planet Travel
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In order to reserve your spot on this humanitarian mission please download the reservation application below for your preferred departure date. Complete and return it to us via email, fax or postal mail, together with your $600 per person deposit. Email to email@example.com. Fax to 215-572-9803. Mail to 500 Old York Rd., Suite 200, Jenkintown, PA 19046.
A deposit of $600 per person is required in order to reserve your place. Final payment will be due at 75 days prior to departure, or the date indicated on your invoice which will accompany your confirmation packet.
** Health insurance while in Cuba is mandatory and included in your tour price. Since cancellation fees are charged by our suppliers and are out of our control, we have included trip cancellation and interruption coverage in your tour price in order to avoid costly cancellation penalties should you have to cancel your tour prior to departure. Coverage includes Trip Cancellation and Interruption up to the total cost of your tour, medical expense coverage and baggage insurance. Certain exclusions and limitations apply. Complete terms will be sent with your invoice and confirmation packet along with an Acknowledgement of Insurance coverage. This form must be completed and returned to Friendly Planet Travel. This coverage is required and cannot be excluded from the tour price. The premium is non-refundable.
This daily schedule should be used only as a guide. Exact times and visits are subject to confirmation at the time of travel. A final itinerary will be provided to all participants shortly before the departure date, and flight information will be sent at least 45 days prior to departure.
Day 1: Miami/Havana.
Day 2: Havana.
Day 3: Havana.
Day 4: Havana, Cienfuegos & Trinidad (Playa Ancon).
Day 5: Valle de los Ingenios (Saneti Spiritus Province) & Trinidad.
Day 6: Trinidad, Santa Clara & Havana.
Day 7: Havana.
Day 8: Miami/Havana.
Please note: This is an outline itinerary. Some sites and meetings may be changed according to the availability of the various relief organizations and speakers we are arranging. Regardless of sequence, all services as described will be provided.
As a participant on this mission, you will be delivering medical, educational and other humanitarian supplies to Cuba. It is your responsibility to obtain these supplies prior to departure, at your expense or through donations you collect. We will send every participant a comprehensive list of the items that are most needed. We ask each person to bring approximately 15 pounds of supplies. The free luggage weight allowance on our charter to Cuba is 44 pounds, but Friendly Planet Travel will cover up to 15 pounds overweight charges for each participant, so that you may use the luggage allotment for personal items.
Here are some examples of medical and food items needed. A more comprehesive list will be sent to everyone who participates in the program.