Cuba New Year's Week

Bring in 2019 Havana Style!

December 28, 2018 - January 02, 2019

Cuban New Year's Rituals

New Year's in Cuba is really fun! The feeling of festivities will be all around us as we get to know Havana. For Cubans the New year is a cleanse from the old to the new. Also its an official holiday marking the 60th birthday of the Cuban Revolution and the year that Habana turns 500. The days you are there will be marked with excitement. During your time in Cuba you will have practiced the eight rituals of New Year's in Cuba. Dont worry its fun: Walk around with an empty suitcase or burn or effigy. Toss a bucket of dirty water. Give yourself a dollar, eat twelve grapes, have a drink of cider. Kiss, hug and dance. Thats it! Piece of cake.
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Bring in the new! Toss out the old! The Cuban way!

This is a six day/five night program focuses on meeting everyday Cuban people, learning about historic preservation and urban issues from Cuban experts in the fields of art, and preservation and seeing private sector economic development projects on the island. You will also hear lots of wonderful Cuban music and visit a variety of artists' studios, museums and galleries.

You will experience the urban fabric of Havana and learn about the City's development from the middle of the 20th Century through today. We will also learn about some of the new cultural and economic developments that are creating a new and exciting city especially the new private sector initiatives and partnerships with Govt institutions that are changing the face of the city. We will also explore the historic architecture and delve into the Post War history of the City. We will ride classic cars around Havana, explore the Colonial architecture, listen to excellent Cuban music, visit artist studios and eat at some of the most interesting restaurants in the Capital city. Havana has gone from a food desert to a foodie scene over the last ten years. You will visit venues and hear concerts that will thrill you.

Throughout the visit we will be making friends with the awesome Cuban people and learning about everyday Cubans living on the island.

Easy trip extension

If you prefer to spend more time in Cuba please let us know and we will help you extend your stay on your own in support of the Cuban people for a few days.

Here is your Itinerary

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Program Price

$ 2,755.00 per passenger (double occupancy) Land package only.

Please note that air to Havana from the USA is at record low prices due to the new flights established by commercial air carriers. We will help you find the lowest and best price for your visit to Cuba.

The price quoted is for double occupancy. If you would like a single room, please add $295.00 for a new price of $3,050.

Sign up deadline is Nov. 01 so please sign up today! First come first served! This is a small group so please sign up early.

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Trip Details

Your trip begins with a commercial airline flight to Havana from your destination. Although this is not included we will help you find the right flight for you.

You will stay for five nights in one of Havana's most luxurious casa particulares (home inns). You will enjoy several days of exploration and discovery in the Cuban capital.

The trip includes over twelve meals: daily breakfasts at your deluxe casa, four lunches and four dinners. There will be time for dining and exploring on your own. You will partake of the exciting Havana foodie revolution and night time music activities! We will visit after hours music venues for late night jazz jams.

New Year's Eve

Because New Year's Eve happens all over Havana and every year we search for the most exciting event, we have not decided where we are going-YET. Just be sure that it will have great food, music dancing and of course all the rituals needed to celebrate Havana Style. We will be discussing this with you over the next few weeks to come up with the most fun and meaningful celebration.

Your trip includes:

* Advise and assistance for your air reservations

* Arrival assistance at Jose Marti Airport HAV

* Cuban Tourist Visa

* Licensing paperwork for People-to-people or Professional Research travelers

* Medical insurance in Cuba

* Accommodations for 5 nights in select casas particulares (HAV)

* Daily breakfast at the casas . 4 lunches and 4 dinners at select paladares (Havana’s best private restaurants)

* Daily bottled water

* Vintage 1950s American convertible ride to New Year’s Eve celebration/ dinner

* Visits to museums or organizations (Bellas Artes, Rex Duplex, Fabrica de Arte Cubano, Taller Experimental de Grafica)

* One lecture with Cuban scholar on Cuban music, the political economy, or other topics

* Music venues after hours (on your own)

* A new year’s eve celebration based on what you wants to do (optional—cost not included)*

* Luxury Motor coach &/or van transportation for the whole program including airport transfers

* Restaurant tips

* Professional Cuba-based guide and interpreter for the whole program

* Our Cuba Travel Tips publication and other traveler guidance

* Local payments and program management in Cuba by Project Por Amor

* Tips at restaurants


  • Airfare

  • One dinner & New Year’s eve celebration (optional—cost not included)*

  • Airport transportation,, accommodations, and third party services outside of Cuba

  • Trip interruption insurance

  • All other items not listed in ‘PROGRAM PRICE INCLUDES’

*New Year’s eve dinner and celebration in Havana range in price and style. We will discuss with you and come up with the appropriate event for your group and it will be an “optional ” item that you will pay for there (from 50-150 USD depending on what you decide to do)

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Departure is a few months away. This is the perfect time to book this special visit to Cuba. Sign up now to ensure your place; reservations are accepted on a first come first served basis.


Cuba Remains a Safe Country for American Travelers

You have undoubtedly seen news about the recent US-Cuba diplomatic issues that have cursed up and down over the last year. In August 2018 the State Department has reduced its travel warning to a number two.

Cuba/US Diplomatic Relations continue

Please note that The US still maintains diplomatic relations with Cuba and its embassy in Havana remains open. The US Embassy continues to provide emergency services to US citizens in in Cuba.

Americans continue to travel to Cuba and the relationship between the Cuban People and Americans is still strong and positive.

On January 16, 2015 President Barack Obama liberalized People to People educational travel, which now allows Americans to travel to Cuba without all of the paperwork previously needed. Last year, President Donald Trump made tweaks to the Cuba travel Laws but he did not stop travel to the island. Since the The State Department has reduced its country risk factors for Cuba.This makes travel to Cuba infinitely easier. Your travel is not tourist oriented or self-directed but it is both rewarding and unique. It allows you to visit a wide scope of organizations, institutions, and community projects that provide a deeper understanding of Cuba, its people and its culture. Our trip includes a full time schedule of educational exchange activities designed to promote meaningful interactions between Americans and the people of Cuba.

For more information on OFAC licensing please visit the following document:

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PAYMENT SCHEDULE Deposits are due to Project Por Amor 45 days before departure (April 03, 2018) and full payment of the balance is due to Project Por Amor 45 days before departure (May 17, 2017). Changes and cancellations 40 days days before departure will be refunded, based on the refund policy found in the Terms and Conditions.

INSURANCE INFORMATION AND MEDICAL EVACUATION Health insurance in Cuba is provided as part of the program cost through the Cuban visitor’s health insurance agency Asistur. We also encourage each participant to purchase Trip Interruption/Cancellation insurance with a third-party provider such as Allianz or Travel Guard. Please note that it is only possible to purchase trip insurance within two weeks of paying your deposit.

About Project Por Amor

PROJECT POR AMOR is an education, arts, and travel production organization devoted to advancing cultural understanding between Cubans and Americans. We specialize in producing high quality Peo-ple-to-People Educational Travel, Public Performance, and Professional Research delegations to Cuba. Trough our extensive experience and unique network throughout the island we design custom exchanges for U.S. professionals to visit Cuba and pioneer new partnerships with its leading players. We comply with the U.S. Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control to legally bring Americans to Cuba on People-to-People exchanges.

For more information on who we are and what we do, please visit our site:

Project Por Amor

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