Travel to Cuba I

ENJOY THE CARIBBEAN RHYTHM

Travel to Cuba this summer and discover the salsa roots, enjoying the best-known Cuban rhythms. We will take you to discover a bit of this beautiful island, our trip combines incredible landscapes and paradisiacal beaches.

We have two options for this trip.

Option 1 week: Havana -Viñales – Cayo Jutias

In addition to visit Havana, we will take you to the western part of the island visiting the tobacco plantations, and the beaches of the northwest area of the island.

Option 2 weeks: Havana- Viñales- Cayo Jutias- Cienfuegos – Trinidad- Cayo Santa María.

From Viñales, we will head towards the center of the island passing through Cienfuegos, located on the south coast of the island, it is the second most important city in Cuba, and it is also known as the Pearl of the South. From here, we will continue our way to Trinidad, where we will spend a couple of days to visit “Ingenios Valley” and to enjoy the rumba dance parties in this place. We will also have the opportunity to go to Ancon Beach as it is very close, so you can also know the southern beaches.

The penultimate stop on our tour of the island in Santa Clara, a city visited by tourists because it is the mausoleum of Che and a museum about its history in the Cuban revolution. From here, we will go to Cayo Santa María to enjoy three days of relaxation at the Sercotel Experience Cayo Santa María, a 5-star resort where you will have all-inclusive accommodation to enjoy the Caribbean without have to worry about anything.

On top of all the visits we have prepared, you will not stop dancing, don’t worry. In Havana, we will go out every night that you want and every night we will take you to the best party of the day. And during the day we have dance classes with local teachers to learn or practice, or just to try new styles that you have not had the opportunity yet, we have for everybody, from salsa to afro.

If you have these dates free and you like to dance, join this group and travel to Cuba with us!

13 July 2019 - 28 July 2019
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TRIP DETAILS

DAY 01: HOME – HAVANA

Flight departure to Havana.

Arrival and transfer to the hotel / private house.

Accommodation.

 

DAY 02:  STREET DANCE

In the morning, we will visit the Callejón de Hamel, a place dedicated to Afro-Cuban culture, where we will enjoy street dancing and dance performances.

In the afternoon, we will have two salsa classes with our local teachers.

At night, we will go dancing, so you can practice all your new steps.

Accommodation in Havana

 

DAY 03: DISCOVER HAVANA AND DANCE

After enjoying a Caribbean breakfast, we will go to the dance school where we will take two salsa lessons.

In the afternoon, we will go to Old Havana and get lost in its streets, visiting the Cathedral and of course, the mythical Bodeguita del Medio.

At night, the best party awaits us so won’t stop dancing.

Accommodation in Havana.

 

DAY 04: DAY ON THE BEACH

After breakfast we will go to the beach for the day. Prepare the swimsuit and towel to enjoy a sunny day to the rhythm of the Caribbean.

Accommodation in Havana.

 

DAY 05: HAVANA – SOROA- LAS TERRAZAS – VIÑALES

Departure from Havana to Viñales. Before leaving the city, we will visit Plaza de la Revolución. From here, we will start our journey through Soroa and Las Terrazas where we will visit a tobacco plantation before arriving in Viñales.

Accommodation in Viñales.

 

DAY 06: EXCURSION TO CAYO JUTIAS

After breakfast, our driver will take us to spend the day at the beach of Cayo Jutias, which is an hour away from Viñales.

In the afternoon, we will have a salsa class, so you can practice for the night.

Accommodation in Viñales.

 

DAY 07: VIÑALES

After breakfast, we will have a tour of the most important places in Viñales. Our driver will take us to all these places and we will have time to visit each one of them.

OPTIONAL: Excursion through the valley on horseback.

In the afternoon we will have an Afro class to learn more about Cuban culture.

Accommodation in Viñales.

 

DAY 08: VIÑALES – CIENFUEGOS- TRINIDAD

We will leave early from Viñales towards Trinidad. From here, we will go to Cienfuegos where we will eat and we will spend the afternoon before continuing our trip to Trinidad.

Accommodation in Trinidad.

 

* If you choose the 1 week option: Transfer to the airport and return home. Depending on the flight schedule, the previous night you will spend it in Viñales or in Havana. End of your salsa trip with TravelToDance!

 

DAY 09: TRINIDAD.

In the morning, you will have the opportunity to make several excursions to know the Valle de los Ingenios.

OPTIONAL: Excursion to the Cubano Park. It is a trekking, which includes food and that takes you through the valley to a waterfall where you will have time to swim.

OPTIONAL: Horse rid excursion through the valleye, leaving from Trinidad and arriving also at a waterfall where you can swim. This does not include food.

In the afternoon, we will do a salsa class, before dinner.

At night, we will experience the atmosphere of Trinidad firsthand.

Accommodation in Trinidad.

 

DAY 10: TRINIDAD- PLAYA ANCON

After breakfast, we will have a rumba class. Then you can take the rest of the day off to get lost in the streets of Trinidad, or we can also go to Ancon Beach, which is very close to Trinidad to see the beaches of the south of the island.

Accommodation in Trinidad.

 

DAY 11: TRINIDAD- SANTA CLARA – CAYO SANTA MARIA

We will have breakfast early to take our trip to paradise, Cayo Santa María, taking advantage of our trip to the north we will go through Santa Clara where we will visit the mausoleum of Che and the armored train.

In Cayo Santa María we will stay in an all-inclusive resort because it is the only type of accommodation found in the Cayos. So get ready to enjoy three days of absolute relaxation for you to spend, as you prefer.

Accommodation in Cayo Santa María.

 

DAY 12: CAYO SANTA MARÍA

All inclusive accommodation in Cayo Santa María.

 

DAY 13: CAYO SANTA MARÍA

All inclusive accommodation in Cayo Santa María.

 

DAY 14: CAYO SANTA MARIA- HAVANA

We will take a bus to the Hotel that will take us to Havana. Your TravelToDance tour leader will indicate the bus schedule.

Last night to enjoy the atmosphere of the city of Havana, where music never stops.

Accommodation in Havana.

 

DAY 15: HAVANA- BACK HOME

Transfer to the airport and return home.

End of your salsa trip with TravelToDance!

 

*The detailed program may suffer some variation due to climatic or operational reasons. Due to these reasons, the offered services may suffer a change of day or order, but the provision of them is guaranteed whenever possible.

GROUP

Minimum group of  4 people and maximum of 20. In case of not reaching the minimum, a supplement can be paid to make the trip.

 

DEPARTURES

13th – 21st Abril

3rd – 18th August

 

INCLUDES

Travel insurance.

Airport Transfers.

 

Option 1 week. From 840€

9 days- 7 nights.

7 nights accommodation in a double room with breakfast  in private house in Havana and Viñales.

If you want a single room, you will have a supplement of 200€ for the total of the trip.

The six dance classes indicated in the itinerary.

All transfers detailed in the itinerary between Havana and Viñales, and the exursion tu Cayo Jutias.

Visit to Old Havana, Callejón de Hammel, Plaza de la Revolución, Las Terrazas, Pinar del Río, Viñales and Cayo Jutias.

 

Option 2 weeks. From 1560€

16 days- 14 nights.

11 nights accommodation in a double room with breakfast  in private house in Havana, Viñales and Trinidad. 3 nights accommodation in all-inclusive regime in Cayo Santa María.

If you want a single room, you will have a supplement of 350€ for the total of the trip.

The eight dance classes indicated in the itinerary.

All transfers detailed in the itinerary between cities. From day 5 to Viñales until day 11 when we arrive at Cayo Santa María, we have a minibus with a driver, who will make us all the detailed tour in the itinerary.

Visit to Old Havana, Callejón de Hammel, Plaza de la Revolución, Las Terrazas, Pinar del Río, Viñales, Cayo Jutias, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Ancón and Santa Clara.

 

NOT INCLUDED

Plane tickets

Processing of a visa

Meals, dinners or personal extras.

The excursions described as optional in the itinerary.

The bus transfer from Cayo Santa María to Havana.

Tickets, or drinks for the night out.

Nothing that is not described in the INCLUDES section.

 

PRICE FOR OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Trekking Parque del cubano in Trinidad € 25
  • Horseback ride through the Valley in Trinidad € 25
  • Horseback ride through the Valley in Viñales 20€

 

* If in your free time you want to do some tour not mentioned as optional, tell us about it and we will offer you availability and prices.

** If you are interested in taking more dance classes, we can also offer you price and availability.

*** Due to the fluctuation of CUC, prices may suffer slight variations until 100% of the trip has been paid.

DOCUMENTATION

Spanish nationality travelers need to travel with a valid Passport with a minimum validity of 6 months and return ticket.

Mandatory tourist visa can be obtained at the embassy of Cuba for € 22 (this is the cheapest way) and you will have to go there to process it. There are also online agencies that process visas to Cuba, and even at the airport in Spain.

Medical travel insurance, which is already included in your travel package.

If you do not have a Spanish passport, please consult the embassy of Cuba.

 

MINIMUM AGE

18 years.

 

VACCINES

No vaccine is required.

But we recommend, as in all our trips, that you enter in the web of the ministry of health. 

 

WEATHER

The temperature in the month of July ranges from 20 to 28 degrees and it is not rainy season since the monsoon season ends at the end of November. So summer clothing is recommended, but without forgetting a jacket if it refreshes, and be prepared in case it rains some day.

 

CURRENCY

In Cuba there are two official coins. The Cuban Pesos (CUP) and the Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUC) that are used by tourists. But in practice nothing forbide you from entering a Cadeca (Exchange House) and changing convertible pesos for Cuban pesos.

It is not recommended to travel with US dollars because they have a 10% tax. But traveling with the euro is free of this tax.

The use of credit cards is not widespread in Cuba, so it is recommended to carry cash.

 

LANGUAGE

Spanish.

 

ELECTRICITY

In Cuba the plugs are of the American type with two flat legs, so you will need an adapter. Generally, electricity is 110V, although some hotels also have 220V.

 

SAFETY

Cuba in general is a safe destination and you will need to have the same precautions as in any other place, such as storing your belongings in a safe place and not leave them unattended.

 

TIPS

It is common to leave tips in Cuba, and workers expect to receive them in CUC. It is not mandatory, so use your criteria depending on how was the service, but without offending anyone leaving a few cents. The normal tip we could say is 10%.

 

DANCE CLASSES / SHOES

Bring comfortable clothes for your classes, keep in mind that in many dance schools will not have air conditioning, so bring clothes to change later if you normally sweat  a lot, a towel and a bottle of water.

Salsa shoes are not necessary, if you want to bring them for the classes  is no problem, but if you do not bring them is not problem either.

In the nightclubs of Cuban people you do not usually see people wearing dancing shoes, most Cubans can not afford it. Maybe you see a tourist that uses them, but it is not the usual thing. In addition, the floor  is often not the best for dancing, so you would destroy your shoes, but we can indicate you, depending on where we go, in case you want to take them.

Afro classes are made barefoot, so if you’re not comfortable with no shoes, you can bring jazz or ballet shoes or socks.

If you are interested in one of our trips and don’t want to run out of place, book now.
You have to make a 150€ payment and we will book you a place in the trip during the next 15 days (in case this period is not incompatible with the remaining time until the trip)

 

 

1. Click on BOOK NOW from the trip you are interested in.

2. Fill in the booking form where you will find the IBAN number to make the bank transfer.

3. In the bank transfer, indicate your name, surname and the booking code.

4. Once we receive the payment, we’ll send you an email with the booking confirmation.

When the group is formed with the minimum of travelers we’ll contact you to make the payment for 50% of the total of the trip. (The 150€ from the booking will be deducted from the amount corresponding to 50%). At this point, if required by the destination, we’ll ask you to send a copy of your passport.

5. 15 days prior to departure we’ll send the travel documentation, itinerary, air tickets in case we have issued them, travel contract and travel insurance.

6.  Let’s travel!

The trip price does not include flights.
We can arrange the air tickets for you, and have to be paid in full before being issued.
No tickets will be issued until the group is confirmed, unless the participants agree to pay the supplement in case the minimum group isn’t form.
We recommend you, as far as possible, to buy your flights in advance to get better schedules and prices.

The 150€ from the booking will be fully refundable during the 15 days of the reservation if you decide not to travel.
The 50% paid at the group confirmation will not be refundable one month prior to departure. At this time you’ll have to make the final payment.
If at this point you decided not to travel, you could still get back 50% if you gave your place to someone who is not already enrolled in the travel group.
In case you can not give your place, we will have to see in each case, with our suppliers in the destination, the services that can be canceled without expenses.
Any cancellation after paying the 50% deposit will have 100€ expenses in concept of bank and management fees.

Air ticket cancellation will always depend on the airline terms and conditions and not from TravelToDance.
For any clarification about the booking process, contact us and we’ll be happy to assist you.Air ticket cancellation will always depend on the airline terms and conditions and not from TravelToDance.
For any clarification about the booking process, contact us and we’ll be happy to assist you.