DECEMBER 29, 2017 – JANUARY 5, 2018

Come celebrate New Year’s Eve in Havana! Experience Cuba first-hand with our unique educational, cultural, and fun winter program. Explore the city, visit historical sites, enjoy Cuban art and music, and immerse yourself in the rich Cuban culture. Meet with community organizations and enjoy a day excursion out west to Las Terrazas, a rural sustainable development community and UNESCO biosphere reserve in the Sierra del Rosario mountain range.

In addition to scheduled activities, our programs provide you with multiple opportunities to meet and interact with Cuban people from all walks of life. Take advantage of the chance to exchange ideas and perspectives with your new Cuban friends. The highlight of your trip will be an invitation to a traditional New Year’s Eve dinner and celebration.

You will be hosted by professional, bilingual coordinators who will expertly guide through your Cuba adventure!

Cost: $2,270, based on double room occupancy (We will do our best to accommodate "double room" request for solo travelers, but we cannot guarantee availability. If a suitable room mate is not available, you will be required to pay the single room rate) and $2,470, based on single room occupancy.

Required information is needed to secure reservations, and to be sure we meet your program expectations. We cannot process incomplete applications, so be sure all necessary information has been provided.

REQUIRED PAPERWORK:

  1. OFAC Travel Affidavit, completed and signed (DOWNLOAD)
  2. Complete Registration Form (DOWNLOAD)
  3. Cuban visa application. You will also have to fill Jet Blue Cuban visa application at the airport (DOWNLOAD)
  4. Responsible and Ethical Travel To Cuba (RESPECT) Travel Affidavit (DOWNLOAD)
  5. Copy of your U.S. passport valid at least 4 months beyond the date of the trip’s return. (use the field Copy of your Passport first page of the form below)

* If you are a citizen of another country, you must have a valid passport of that country along with U.S. residency permit or visa with multiple entry permitted, also valid at least 4 months beyond the date of the trip’s return

* If Cuban born, you must hold either a valid and stamped Cuban passport or if you left Cuba prior to January 1, 1971, a U.S. passport and a PE-11 entry permit.

Departure from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Havana, Cuba in JetBlue Airlines.

Tentative itinerary SHOW+

This itinerary is subject to change

Friday, December 29, 2017
Arrival
Havana

Check-in at JetBlue.

Departure from Orlando.

Arrival in Havana in jetBlue Flight 503.

Exchange money at the airport.

Transfer with a brief stop at the Revolution Square

Welcome lunch (included).

Orientation meeting with local coordinators over lunch.

Transfer to homestays

Check-in at the homestays. Walking tour of the surroundings

Free time and dinner on your own

Optional visit to the Fabrica de Arte Cubano (FAC), a former old cooking oil factory that is now the venue for concerts and exhibits of vanguard artists in Cuba (2 CUC cover not included) Transportation not included

Saturday, December 30, 2017
Havana City Tour
Havana Tour

Drive tour to Miramar, a neighborhood from the 50s. Drive along the famous 5th avenue and visit the modern area of the Miramar Trade Center. Continue driving to Vedado. Visit to John Lennon’s Park, Revolution Square, the Anti-imperialist Tribune and the Hotel Nacional

Lunch at a paladar (privately owned restaurant) in Old Havana (included)

Walking tour in Habana Vieja. Explore the historical and oldest district of Havana; walk along Parque Central, Plaza Vieja, Mercaderes street, Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral. Learn about the foundation of the city and enjoy the architecture from the XVI to the XX centuries.

Visit to Clandestina, a privately owned small store, owned by designer Idania del Rio that sells product designed by a collective of young Cuban designers and artists.

Return

Meeting with members of the Community Project Espiral. Espiral is a grassroots project dedicated to educate young people on environmental issues and sustainable development. Discussion on various pressing issues in Cuba with college students and young professionals

Dinner on your own

Sunday, December 31, 2017
New Year's Eve in Havana
New Year Eve

Visit to Santa Maria with members of Community Project ESPIRAL

Lunch on your own

Return

Traditional New Year´s Eve dinner (included) with Cuban guests

Monday, January 1, 2018
Las Terrazas
Las Terrazas

Excursion to Las Terrazas, a biosphere reserve and national park in the Sierra del Rosario of Artemisa and Pinar del Rio. Walk around the community of 1000 inhabitants and meet with local artists and crafters. Learn about the history of this community funded in 1970 and the massive reforestation program implemented in the early 1970s.

Lunch at ecological restaurant El Romero (included)

Enjoy an afternoon out at San Juan river (bring your bathing suit if you would like to swim).

Return to Havana

Free for dinner

Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Arts and Dance
Terraza

Visit to Callejón de Hamel, a street cultural center led by painter and muralist Salvador González Escalona. His internationally known artwork deals with the roots and influences of African religions in Cuba

Lunch (included)

Visit to the Arts and Crafts Market

Dance workshop with professional dancers

Return

Free for dinner

Optional jazz at club La Zorra y El Cuervo (10 CUC cover not included) Transportation not included

Wednesday January 3, 2018
Education and Community Development
Fuster

Visit the Literacy Campaign Museum and meet Professor Luisa Campos from the Pedagogical University and Director of the Museum. Discussion on the educational system in Cuba.

Visit to the home and art studio of ceramist and painter José Fuster and learn about his art community project.

Lunch at the art studio (included)

Visit to Factoria Habana.

Visit to the community project BarrioHabana, project devoted to contribute to the development of its community through sports, cultural and recreational activities

Free for dinner

Drive to the eastern part of the Bay of Havana. Enjoy the Cannon firing ceremony at La Cabaña Fortress (cover included). Explore one of the biggest fortresses of 1700s in Latin America

Return

Thursday, January 4, 2018
URBAN AGRICULTURE AND EASTERN COAST
Organoponic of Cojimar

Visit the Organic Agricultural Urban Cooperative of Alamar meet with managers, specialists and workers

Tour of Alamar neighborhood and learn about the housing project influenced by Soviet architecture that took place after the Revolution

Lunch at Casa Grande (included)

Drive tour around Cojimar, the fishing village that inspired Hemingway's The Old Men and the Sea

Return

Group dinner at one of the top paladars in Havana (cost not included – coordinators will make reservations) Transportation not included

Friday, January 5, 2018
Departure
Departure

Homestays check-out.

Transfer to the airport.

Check-in at the airport.

Departure to the United States.

Costs SHOW+

The cost includes the following:

  • Accommodations in Homestays for 7 nights in Havana.
  • Daily breakfast and other meals as indicated in the program.
  • In/out airport transfers -airport pick-up will be provided between 2:00 to 4:00 PM - JetBlue Flight 1499 is scheduled to arrive at 1:42 PM. If you select a flight or airline arriving outside of this time frame, you will have to arrange your own transfer. Taxis fare typically run between 20 and 30 CUC per car.
  • Ground transportation for all scheduled activities in Havana and Las Terrazas.
  • Entrance/Program fee associated with scheduled activities (unless otherwise indicated)
  • Guided visits and cultural activities included in the program.
  • Fees/honoraria for professors, lecturers, and institutions.
  • Expenses for Cuban participants (coordinator, guides, drivers and others)
  • Program coordination as it is indicated in the tentative itinerary, translations and expert tour guides.
  • Administrative overhead fees.

The cost does not include the following:

  • Airfare (Range price with JetBlue $200.00 - $250.00)
  • Cuban Visa (It can be paid directly at the JetBlue airport counter $50.00)
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Personal expenses.

 

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