Discovering the African Heartbeat in Cuba

March 3-10, 2019: 3 spots available

Total cost: $2,295
Deposit: $500 per person (non-refundable and included in the total cost) 
Payment plan available

*Scroll down to see what is included/not included in the price

*Suggested flights:

Round-trip flight from your home airport into Havana on March 3, 2019 arriving around noon or 1pm, but the earlier, the better. There are several airlines that offer flights arriving into Havana (HAV) including: Southwest, Delta, American Airlines, United, and JetBlue. 

Then, on http://www.cubana.cu/ purchase the round trip flight from Havana to Santiago de Cuba:

March 03, 2019 flight: CU986, departing at 15:35 (3:35pm) and arriving at 17:00 (5:00pm) 
March 05, 2019 flight: CU985, departing at 8:25am and arriving in Havana at 9:50am

*Passport & Visa - a valid U.S passport is required for travel. You will receive detailed info re visa to Cuba once trip is booked.

*balance due 30 days before the trip
*Please make sure you read the Booking Terms & Conditions before booking*


Itinerary

  Day 1 - Santiago de Cuba:    ●  Airport pickup and transfer to the casa particular (homestay, similar to a bed and breakfast) ●  Arrive in the captivating city of Santiago de Cuba ●  Learn to dance “son” - a mix of Spanish guitar and African percussion + private discussion on Afro Cuban dance ●  Welcome dinner and cocktail ●  Meals included : dinner + cocktail

Day 1 - Santiago de Cuba:

●  Airport pickup and transfer to the casa particular (homestay, similar to a bed and breakfast)
●  Arrive in the captivating city of Santiago de Cuba
●  Learn to dance “son” - a mix of Spanish guitar and African percussion + private discussion on Afro Cuban dance
●  Welcome dinner and cocktail
●  Meals included : dinner + cocktail

  Day 2 - Santiago de Cuba:    ● City tour of Santiago de Cuba   ○ Learn about the city’s rich history. Santiago has a strong Afro-Cuban heritage and the city also played a vital role in the Revolution. ●  Private discussion with Afro Cuban educator ● Optional activities in Santiago   ○ Casa del Caribe - Take in art exhibitions and enjoy dance classes.   ○ House of Popular Religions - Visit for an introduction to the island's religions, from Catholicism to Santería to the unique rituals that meld the two.   ○ Museo del Carnaval - Learn the history of one of the oldest and largest carnival celebrations. ●  Meals included: breakfast + lunch

Day 2 - Santiago de Cuba:

● City tour of Santiago de Cuba
  ○ Learn about the city’s rich history. Santiago has a strong Afro-Cuban heritage and the city also played a vital role in the Revolution.
●  Private discussion with Afro Cuban educator
● Optional activities in Santiago
  ○ Casa del Caribe - Take in art exhibitions and enjoy dance classes.
  ○ House of Popular Religions - Visit for an introduction to the island's religions, from Catholicism to Santería to the unique rituals that meld the two.
  ○ Museo del Carnaval - Learn the history of one of the oldest and largest carnival celebrations.
●  Meals included: breakfast + lunch

  Day 3 - Havana  ●  Fly from Santiago de Cuba to Havana ●  Architectural / Afro Cuban city tour with local architects in the late afternoon, giving time to unwind from travel ●  Meals included: breakfast + dinner

Day 3 - Havana

●  Fly from Santiago de Cuba to Havana
●  Architectural / Afro Cuban city tour with local architects in the late afternoon, giving time to unwind from travel
●  Meals included: breakfast + dinner

  Day 4 - Havana   ●  Cross the bay of Havana by boat to visit the town of Regla   ●  A guided tour of the town of Regla, a pilgrimage site where African cultures survived ●  Time to explore Havana on your own in the evening ●  Meals included: breakfast + lunch

Day 4 - Havana
●  Cross the bay of Havana by boat to visit the town of Regla
●  A guided tour of the town of Regla, a pilgrimage site where African cultures survived
●  Time to explore Havana on your own in the evening
●  Meals included: breakfast + lunch

  Day 5 - Matanzas    ●  Transport to Matanzas - 2 hour road trip from the airport   ●  Matanzas at night: Walking tour of Matanzas with local guide (after travelers have free time to unwind from road travel)   ●  Meals included: breakfast + lunch

Day 5 - Matanzas

●  Transport to Matanzas - 2 hour road trip from the airport
●  Matanzas at night: Walking tour of Matanzas with local guide (after travelers have free time to unwind from road travel)
●  Meals included: breakfast + lunch

  Day 6 - Matanzas    ●  Day tour with guide of cultural sites: slave museum, plantation.   ●  In the evening, private Afro Cuban dance performance and discussion at cultural center ●  Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 6 - Matanzas

●  Day tour with guide of cultural sites: slave museum, plantation.
●  In the evening, private Afro Cuban dance performance and discussion
at cultural center
●  Meals included: breakfast and dinner

  Day 7 - Havana  ●  Transport back to Havana (2 hour road trip)   ●  Free day ●  Optional activities in Havana:   ○ Casa de Africa (House of Africa) museum collections housed in a former colonial palace include pieces from 27 African countries, sacred objects used in Afro-Cuban religions and gifts to Fidel Castro from heads of state and other famous people on the continent   ○  La Zorra y el Cuervo (The Fox and the Crow) arguably is the most-renown jazz spot in the city. A red English phone booth marks the entrance to this gritty, basement nightclub.     ○  Jazz Café is known for being clean, bright and one of the best clubs to hear musicians jamming.     ○  Café Taberna , (Café Tavern) built in 1772, is former home base for the late mambo king, Benny More. The music is lively; but be forewarned: Tourists have discovered this supper club.     ○  Casa de la Musica (House of Music) gets mixed reviews on TripAdvisor. To sum up: The music is to die for, but the great sets begin after midnight. There’s no dance floor; every night isn’t stellar. One reviewer noted: “As always in Cuba you have to know which band will play at which venue on what night.”     ○  Jardines del 1830 (Gardens of 1830) is a Havana mansion with an upscale restaurant on the bottom floor and a music garden facing Havana Bay. It has an outdoor dance floor. The activity level varies widely, with Friday night typically the liveliest.   ● Meals included: breakfast + lunch

Day 7 - Havana

●  Transport back to Havana (2 hour road trip)

●  Free day
●  Optional activities in Havana:
  ○ Casa de Africa (House of Africa) museum collections housed in a former colonial palace include pieces from 27 African countries, sacred objects used in Afro-Cuban religions and gifts to Fidel Castro from heads of state and other famous people on the continent
  ○  La Zorra y el Cuervo (The Fox and the Crow) arguably is the most-renown jazz spot in the city. A red English phone booth marks the entrance to this gritty, basement nightclub.

  ○  Jazz Café is known for being clean, bright and one of the best clubs to hear musicians jamming.
  ○  Café Taberna , (Café Tavern) built in 1772, is former home base for the late mambo king, Benny More. The music is lively; but be forewarned: Tourists have discovered this supper club.
  ○  Casa de la Musica (House of Music) gets mixed reviews on TripAdvisor. To sum up: The music is to die for, but the great sets begin after midnight. There’s no dance floor; every night isn’t stellar. One reviewer noted: “As always in Cuba you have to know which band will play at which venue on what night.”
  ○  Jardines del 1830 (Gardens of 1830) is a Havana mansion with an upscale restaurant on the bottom floor and a music garden facing Havana Bay. It has an outdoor dance floor. The activity level varies widely, with Friday night typically the liveliest.
● Meals included: breakfast + lunch

  Day 8 - Havana    ●  Transportation to the airport   ●  Meals included: breakfast

Day 8 - Havana

●  Transportation to the airport
●  Meals included: breakfast


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Additional info

Included: 

  • Accommodation for 7 nights (all rooms are double occupancy with a private bathroom in each room)
  • Transportation to and from the airport
  • In-country transportation (public transport: shared taxis and buses)
  • Meals as noted
  • Activities as noted
  • Translator for activities as noted

Not included:

  • Airfare in and out of the country 
  • Airfare in the country
  • Mandatory travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Health insurance* 
  • Souvenirs
  • Other incidental expenses (just ask if you're not sure)
  • Alcohol, except where noted

Accommodations: We will be staying in casas particulares (homestays), which are similar to a bed and breakfast. Cuban homes are so charming and vibrant, you're gonna love 'em!

This trip will include 5 shared rooms. If you sign up with someone else, you will be paired up with that person. Otherwise, you will be assigned a roomie. We will put you and your roomie in contact before the trip! More details regarding accommodation will be shared upon purchase of the trip.

Americans Traveling to Cuba: This trip is permitted through the "people-to-people general license category" authorized by the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control. This itinerary is intended to provide a cultural experience and meaningful interactions with Cubans. You will receive a letter of certification and detailed itinerary to print and bring with you upon re-entry to the U.S.

*Health Insurance: Cuban authorities require proof of health insurance upon entering the country. Save a printed copy of your policy ready to show. If you don't have proof of health coverage upon arriving, you will be required to purchase Cuban medical insurance for the duration of your trip, which will run about $3 per day. Please note that most airlines include this in the ticket price.

What to expect in Cuba: While we try our best to stick to the itinerary, traveling in Cuba requires flexibility and changes to accommodation, transportation, and activities may occur. Cuban infrastructure has not been maintained according to western standards, hot water may be minimal, wifi connection may be slow when available, and the general pacing is slow but vibrant. Bring your sense of adventure and enjoy the moment! 

Pricing: The trip cost is $2,295 per person. A $500 initial non-refundable deposit per person is required to reserve your spot and is included in this total price. Final payment is due no later than 30 days prior to departure. All payments must be made by credit card. 

Please read our FAQs page and Booking Terms and Conditions for more information.