Spring Tour - Every April

Tour Overview

Experience the flamboyant culture of Cuba, starting with professional dance classes at the headquarters of leading Cuban Dance Company Ban Ra Ra.

Partner with a professional company member and get to know the true meaning of dance while you master Salsa, Rumba, Mambo and other traditional Cuban dance styles. Learn with the group or extend your training to private lessons.

You will have plenty of time to see the sights of Havana and enjoy Cuban cuisine and shows before being escorted to some of Havana’s hottest clubs and dance venues.

Our April tour also takes you to the exciting destinations of Trinidad, Cienfuegos, Santa Clara and Bay of Pigs, giving you the opportunity to explore this culturally rich and beautiful country from the mountains to the sea.

Outside of Havana, each of your host families will provide an authentic home-stay experience in a central location that allows you to experience the very best of life in Cuba. 

Day 1

Complimentary airport pick up upon arrival to take you to your Casa Particulars.

At night, we will have an informal catch up to meet the rest of the group and talk about the plans for the week to come. Details of the meeting will be provided to you by your host family.

Day 2

In the morning, meet with the Havana Dance team who will take you on a familiarization tour of the local area. After the walking tour, we all head to Parque Central where you will take one hour vintage car city tour in groups (included in the tour). Do not forget to bring a hat and sun screen.

In the afternoon, we set out to El Gran Palenque to experience Rumba at its best.  It is here that the Conjunto Folkloric Nacional de Cuba hosts the weekly Sábado de la Rumba (three hours of rumba music and dance performances).

Tonight is our official welcome dinner at one of Havana’s most popular restaurants. 

Day 3

Morning is free for you to sleep in or explore this great city at your leisure. There  are  many  ways  you  can  do  this  –  simply  walk  along  the  many  streets, filled  with  beautiful  plazas,  churches,  and  monuments  not  to  mention  the bars! Or if you prefer you can take the hop on hop off bus which covers all the major points of interest around Havana including Capitolio, Plaza de Revolucion and Cementario Colon.

We meet  at  12.30  pm to go to Callejon de Hamel- an alleyway packed with colored art installations, Santeria  figures  and  sculptures,  created  by  local  resident  Salvador Gonzáles  Escalona.! Sundays  are  extra  special  at  Callejon  de  Hammel,  where local  artists  perform  live  Rumba  music  and  dance,  turning  it  into  one  big rumba  street  party.  This  will  be  another  opportunity  visit  another  authentic rumba  place  and  mix  with  the  locals  and  at  the  end  we  can  all  go  to  have lunch together.

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Day 8

Make sure you have your dancing shoes ready because today we begin a week of dance classes which run from 10 am to 1 pm daily (except on Friday, where we finish at 12 pm)

The afternoons are free so you can relax, go to the beach, explore the city or fast track your learning by taking private lessons.

On Wednesday night, we organise an optional group dinner at “El Guajirito” where the famous “Buena Vista Social Club” play. This will be an opportunity not to be missed; enjoy delicious Cuban cuisine while listening to a legendary Cuban group.

Dancing isn’t limited to classes. Each evening, we take you on a dance fest to some of the best local dance venues. During your week in Havana, you will live, eat, dance and party like a Cuban!

Day 9

Free day to explore the city but as always we will go out dancing at night so don’t put your dancing shoes away!

Day 10

The morning sees us on our way to Trinidad by air conditioned coach. En route, we stop to Boca de Guama which was named after the Taino chief Guama who put a defence against Spanish colonists. Boca de Guamá is a tourist centre of shops, a ceramic factory, a restaurant and a crocodile farm (Criadero de Cocodrilos) where they breed the native Rhombifer (cocodrilo). That’s where we will have lunch, and if you feel like it you can add some crocodile meat to your menu.

After that, we will stop at  Playa Giron at the mouth of Bay of Pigs (Bahia de Cochinos), which was the site of the final battle between Fidel Castro's armed forces and the counter revolutionary army in April 1961.

Our final destination for the day is Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Cuba's most charming towns with its perfectly preserved colonial buildings. Once you settle into your casas, we will meet for an optional dinner pm followed by visiting one of the popular dancing venues in Trinidad for more dancing.

Day 11

In the morning, we have our walking tour of the city with our tour guide where you can try traditional drink from Trinidad at “La Canchanchara”. After a brief lunch, we head to Playa Ancon to enjoy the sun, sea and a cool beer or if you prefer a cocktail you must try our delicious mojitos.

After dinner, it’s time to dance at Casa de La Trova or La Cueva (the Cave); a famous nightclub build inside a cave popular with locals and tourist alike.

Day 12

Today, we continue our adventure and head to Cienfuegos for a day trip.  We leave Trinidad at 8 am to first visit ‘El Nicho’ Waterfalls one of the perfect examples of Cuba’s natural wonders. Our walk to the famous waterfall takes us through lush vegetation before cascading into the emerald rock pools; do not forget to bring your swimwear.

After lunch, we drive to Cienfuegos, also known as the ‘Pearl of the South’ because of its beautiful bay, lovely colonial architecture and unforgettable hospitality. We will spend couple of hours walking in town visiting several the key spots. Late afternoon, we will leave beautiful Cienfuegos begin later afternoon arriving Trinidad around  6 pm and if we still have energy after a long day, we will go out at night to explore other dancing venues.

Day 13

Today is a free day to enjoy Trinidad. For some beach side fun, you can head down to Playa La Boca, a very relaxed village at the beach just 10 minutes by taxi outside Trinidad. It is the place to visit if you like to mingle with the local Cuban way of life. Rent a bike and enjoy the surroundings or just relax at the beach.

Day 14

Time to say farewell to Trinidad and drive back to Havana.  On the way we will pass through Santa Clara, where you'll visit the Che Guevara mausoleum and memorial. Che's remains were brought here after they were found in a remote corner of Bolivia in 1997, where he was assassinated by the CIA-backed Bolivian army. Check out the impressive bronze statue of Che bearing his rifle and learn about his incredible life.

After lunch in Santa Clara, we will continue our journey to Havana. At night, we will have another opportunity to meet up with your dance partners and have another dance.

Day 15

Free day to explore Havana, walk around Old Town one last time or may be visit shops to buy gift for the loved ones back at home.   

Our last night in Havana, we will go to one of the best dancing venues to finish your tour on a high, practising your dance moves one last time before you leave.  If you like, you can invite your dance partner for a final dance ☺  

Read up on some of the places we will visit .

Trinidad

Founded in 1514 and declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988 the town has been painstakingly preserved and offers a unique vista into life as it would have been in the 1500s. You can immerse yourself in the rich Spanish colonial architecture as you walk along cobblestone streets, and be enchanted by the many colonial palaces and plazas as well as see the remnants of the sugar mills and slave barracks.

If you are eager to learn more about this beautiful town then there are many museums such as the Museo de Arquitectura, renowned for its architecture, Museo Romantico where you can learn more about the life of the wealthy landowners and Museo Historico Municipal which also allows you to get a picture perfect view of the town and surrounds. There are many places to stop and eat or just enjoy a cool drink and be serenaded by a live band before heading out again to explore this truly beautiful town. The seafood in Trinidad is mouth-watering and you cannot get any fresher that lobster caught just hours before.

If you're a beach lover then there is no better place to relax and enjoy the warm inviting waters of the Atlantic Ocean than at Playa Ancon all of which is within easy reach of your beautiful homestay accommodation. If on the other hand you are keen to explore more, then there are many options available including a hike through the beautiful Sierra del Escambray.

At night, the town comes alive, whether it's dancing Son with the locals at La Casa de La Trova or Reggaeton in the caves, the options are all there. If after you have danced the night away and worked up an appetite you can always stop off for piece of pizza before getting some well-earned rest before a new day begins! 

Trinidad is perfectly placed between the mountains and the sea and why it is a destination of choice for many travellers.

Havana

When you arrive in Havana you feel like you have stepped into a time warp, there are no fast food chains or amusement parks - what you get is 100% Cubano from the 900 plus landmarks to the cameo buses and vintage cars

It will take you more than one trip to Havana to see all it has to offer.

There are an abundance of castles, cathedrals, museums and Plazas to see each one more beautiful than the next. In Habana Vieja (old Havana) you will find the Presidential Palace, Cathedral Square and Hemingway’s La Bodeguita del Medio. The cobblestone streets are lined with unique art galleries, buildings and Cuban women smoking cigars.

You will also find bars and restaurants on every corner with live bands to serenade you while you enjoy a cool drink and if the mood takes you, which it probably will, have a dance too. 

In central Havana you will find one of Cuba’s oldest cigar factories, Tabacos Partagas as well as the Capitolio. The fort, El Morro, is always well worth a visit as the view from the top is nothing short of spectacular especially at sunset when the canons are fired.
If that’s not enough you have some of the best dance schools and companies based in Havana from ballet to Afro Cuban folkloric. 
The waterfront of Havana known as el Malecon is stunning. During the day you can walk and walk admiring the architecture, parks, monuments and most of all, the ocean whilst taking advantage of cooling sea breezes. If you want to take a break you can grab a bite to eat and a drink along the way or even stop at the one of Cuba’s most beautiful hotels, Hotel Nacional. At night the balmy weather brings out the tourists and locals alike and you get a completely different experience. Now it’s the sound of music, laughter, singing and what you see are people dancing and having fun. The combination delights your senses and produces an energy that invigorates your soul. If you tire of walking there are always coco taxis to be found which are a cool way to get around. 

If you haven’t already worked it out, Cuba’s love of music and dance is everywhere! You can dance whenever and wherever, from the many bars and restaurants along the streets to the nightclubs including Casa de la Musica where live Cuban bands play matinee sessions as well evening you can get your fill of the best Cuban music and dance to your hearts content. If you want to dance under the stars then head to1830 or Marina Hemingway. If you’re lucky you may even come across a street party and if you do, don’t be surprised if the locals ask you to join in. If Rumba is more your thing then go to Palenque, Callejon del jamel,Las vegas orPalacio de la rumba where you will be blown away by this very sensual dance.
Havana is a city not to be missed but beware you may not want to leave...

Things you need to know before you go to Cuba

  • Shoes suitable for walking around the streets
  • Broad brimmed sun hat/sunglasses
  • High factor sun cream
  • Insect repellent/anti-mosquito spray
  • Antiseptic cream in case of bites
  • Elastoplasts for sore feet
  • Aspirin/Nurofen for hangovers!
  • Shampoo, soap, toothpaste and other toiletries (hard to obtain and expensive in Cuba)
  • Condoms (local condoms are of low quality)
  • Travel washing powder (although the hotel may provide a laundry service)
  • Paper tissues/toilet paper
  • Swimming costume essential/beach towel
  • Money belt
  • Money, plane ticket, full valid passport, visa

Price per person: $2050 plus CUC 350 ( to be paid on arrival, first day in Cuba)

In order to secure your place, you will need to pay a non-refundable deposit of $750.

For more information, contact Sunay Akin.
Call (02) 8091 1669
Or contact us online.