Alken Tours creates arts winter programs

NEW YORK -- Alken Tours packaged several Caribbean music and film festivals into land programs that cover accommodations, transfers, taxes and service charges.

To highlight the 11th annual Barbados Jazz Festival, set for Jan. 12 to 18, Alken has three- and seven-night packages with seven hotels. Starting prices (not including air fare) range from $252 and $588, respectively.

Sample add-on roundtrip coach air fares to Barbados are $514, New York; $480, Philadelphia; $515, Boston; and $516, Baltimore/Washington.

Air Jamaica's seventh annual Jazz & Blues Festival, set for Jan. 22 to 25, also has seven three-night hotel programs, with rates from $154 per person, double, for accommodations, transfers, tax and service charges. Sample add-on fares also are available from eight Air Jamaica U.S. gateways.

To tie in with the current Disney hit, "Pirates of the Caribbean," the operator has a six-night pirate package priced from $1,899 per person, double.

The rate includes roundtrip air from New York, three nights at Young Island Resort on St. Vincent, three nights at Friendship Bay Hotel on Bequia, an island tour of St. Vincent, a one-day dive on Bequia, transfers, taxes and service charges.

For details, visit or call (800) 221-6686.

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