LGBT tour operator Brand g Vacations today released an updated itinerary for its February 2015 trip to Cuba, expanding its unique People to People Exchange.
Founded in 2011 as “the next generation in gay travel,” Brand g Vacations aims to capture the growing numbers of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) travelers, along with straight allies, who enjoy innovative escorted vacations to international spots.
“It’s a whole new way to see Cuba” said Brand g’s Managing Partner, Jeff Gundvaldson. “This will be one of the first opportunities for US citizens to enjoy shipboard life not only to travel from city to city but also as a floating hotel.” Jeff added, “This allows ample time to see the very best Cuba has to offer, while ensuring high quality dining and comfortable lodging, and minimizing the time spent traveling by motor coach.”
The new itinerary contains many special attractions for LGBT passengers including an optional visit to Humbolt 52, Havana’s first gay bar and Cabaret Las Vegas with its popular drag show. Visitors also will have the chance to meet with Dr. Alberto Roque, one of Cuba’s best known advocates on gender issues and equality, take a visit to the National Sex Education Center, Cenesex, which is an educational organization and an advocate for LGBT rights in Cuba, and enjoy lunch with Norma Guillard, lesbian activist and professor at the University of Havana.
According to Gundvaldson “This will be a great opportunity for our enthusiasticpassengers to connect face-to-face with Cuba’s leading LGBT citizens and allies, as well as a chance to learn about Cuban life, history and the progress they are making.”
The itinerary also allows for a special visit to the UNESCO-designated Biosphere Reserve region and the international/eco-community of “Las Terrazas,” a tour of ‘Old Havana” a walk through one of the country’s largest nature reserves and a turtle breeding center, and to take part in exchanges with artists, salsa dance lessons and much more. “We will offer a good cross section of activities across a wide range of interests,” said Gundvaldson, “We are sure that there is something to appeal to most everyone.”
Brand g Vacations has shown continued growth since its launch, from a single riverboat trip in 2012 to eight trips planned for 2015. Itineraries include full-ship riverboat charters in Europe and Southeast Asia, as well as three Amazon and Machu Picchu departures and a Panama Canal crossing. Future plans for Brand g include the Ganges in India, Greece and Turkey, southern France and many more destinations.
“Our goal is simple. We offer unique, compelling and lesser traveled corners of the globe to our guests,” said Gundvaldson, “We have a real passion for LGBT group travel and especially for more intimate and meaningful trips that Brand g is best known for. We always aim for exotic bucket list destinations along with some of the tried and true and more popular destinations. What really makes us special is our emphasis on unique destinations and smaller ships, which translates to more intimate personal experiences for our travelers.”
For more information about Brand g Vacations’ cruises and tours, visit www.brandgvacations.com or call 800-433-4303.