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Cuba – Family Island Exploration

Uncover Cuba’s iconic arts and music scene, stunning beaches and countryside & friendly locals on this family tour to Cuba.


Our Purpose

From Havana’s picturesque colonial squares to the turquoise waters that calmly lap the island’s sandy beaches, your family will experience the must-see sights along the north coast of Cuba over six days. Along the way, you’ll meet with artists, farmers and musicians, as well as the people working to make Cuba a better place for its children. To achieve our purpose, go behind the scenes at a center for those with special needs. This family-focused vacation opens your eyes to one of the most fascinating islands on the planet, connecting you with the local communities that make Cuba so captivating. This is a family tour to Cuba that will open your children’s eyes to the world and experience one of the last places where technology is non-existent and a slow pace of life still persists.

(Volunteer Time = 3 hours, or 1 morning)


What You'll Do

The journey begins with an exciting adventure through the buzzing streets of Havana. You’ll even have the chance to ride in a classic convertible together! While in Havana, go off-the-beaten track with a performance by a group of local special needs students as well as a visit to the funky art installation of Fusterland. One afternoon, venture to the lush Viñales Valley and experience traditional life in the countryside. Next, continue to the coast where you’ll stay in an oceanfront resort, meeting with artists & musicians along the way. Balance your time snorkeling over the crystal clear Caribbean waters while also learning about the unique history and culture of the island.

 


What You'll See

Learn to make colorful Cuban ceramics and art with a famous local artist? Check. Meet a fruit farmer and zip-line over the Viñales Valley? Check. Take a snorkel tour through the tourquise Caribbean Sea? Check.

This family tour to Cuba will take you to Havana and beyond, introducing you to the real people of the island alongside our expert local guides. Interactive exchanges with local dancers and musicians will be complemented by fun child-friendly excursions through Cuba’s most famous sites including Viñales, Varadero and the old city of Havana. Through a combination of casas particulares, or locally-run guesthouses, and prime ocean-front hotels, live in comfort while learning firsthand about Cuban culture.

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Legal Travel to Cuba

Discover Corps offers itineraries across Cuba that fall under the “Support for the Cuban People” license. This means that our itineraries are within the permitted categories for Cuba travel and are approved by the U.S. Department of Treasury. We will walk you through the process of obtaining a Cuban visa and ensuring you have all you need to enter and exit the country safely and with ease. Each all-inclusive trip, including Family

Island Exploration, features a dedicated local guide, an active itinerary, and accommodation in casas particulares, or private bed & breakfasts, allowing you to experience the real Cuba through people-to-people connections.

To learn more about the current restrictions that surround Cuba travel, visit our full FAQ guide here.

 

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Where You'll Stay

During your trip, you’ll divide your time between casas particulares and an oceanfront hotel. In Havana, you’ll have the unique opportunity to stay in casas particulares, which literally translates as private homes. Casas are essentially family-run bed & breakfasts (think AirBnB’s with private breakfast in the morning). Families invest in making sure their houses are up to international quality standards, and they greet you with Cuban hospitality – but also give you the privacy and comfort you desire.

In the stunning Caribbean peninsula of Veradero, stay in a gorgeous oceanfront resort just steps from Cuba’s Caribbean beaches. Enjoy fine dining, luxurious amenities, and everything you need to relax on an island vacation.

Isabelle R.

Seattle, WA

Traveler's Journal

Traveling to Cuba as a family was something I have been dreaming about for years. When I came across this trip, it was exactly what I was looking for – a meaningful family-friendly experience in Cuba that is more than just resorts and beaches. We had so much fun meeting with the artist in Matanzas and our hosts at the casas particulares will always be remembered as family. My kids still talk about this trip regularly!

Dates and Fees

We offer several Family Friendly dates, to help families book travel around common school vacation times

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Family Island Exploration: 6 Days

Program Fee: $3,295 Adult* / $2,795 Child**

These are our 2018 prices. Book now to lock them in before our annual price increase.

*Double occupancy.  Single room supplement: $400/person

**Child pricing applies to those 16 years old and younger at the time of travel sharing a room with parents

Discover Corps trips include exclusive, guided programming, including expertly curated people-to-people activities; insider access to Cuba’s famous places and those rarely seen; and private meetings and discussions with Cuban experts.  Additionally, your trip fee includes:

  • Small group touring: between 6-15 travelers
  • Bilingual expert Cuban guide
  • Private Cuban driver
  • Pure bottled water while touring
  • All meals in Cuba
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at restaurants or in Cuban families’ homes
  • 3 nights accommodation in casas particulares and 2 nights accommodation in an ocean front hotel
  • All scheduled activities
  • All in-country ground transportation and airport transfers via air-conditioned van
  • Discover Corps Cuba pre-departure booklet
  • 24-hour Discover Corps emergency hotline
  • Tips for luggage handling, restaurants, and programmed activities throughout tour*
  • Legal documentation of your people-to-people program

Does NOT include

  • Tips for Cuban guide and driver
  • International airfare
  • Cuban visa
See What's Included
  • Small group touring: between 6-15 travelers
  • Bilingual expert Cuban guide
  • Private Cuban driver
  • Pure bottled water while touring
  • All meals in Cuba (except for 1 dinner in Trinidad)
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at restaurants or in Cuban families’ homes
  • 5 nights accommodation in casas particulares
  • All scheduled activities
  • All in-country ground transportation and airport transfers via air-conditioned van
  • Discover Corps Cuba pre-departure booklet
  • 24-hour Discover Corps emergency hotline
  • Tips for luggage handling, restaurants, and programmed activities throughout tour*
  • Legal documentation of your people-to-people program

Departure Dates

2018 Dates

Oct 20-25, 2018

Nov 15-20, 2018

Dec 29-Jan 3, 2019

2019 Dates

Jan 26-31, 2019

Feb 9-14, 2019

Feb 23-28, 2019

Mar 16-21, 2019

Mar 30-Apr 4, 2019

Apr 6-11, 2019

May 11-16, 2019

Jun 15-20, 2019

Jun 29-Jul 4, 2019

Jul 13-18, 2019

Jul 27-Aug 1, 2019

Aug 3-8, 2019

October 26-31, 2019

November 16-21, 2019

December 28-January 2, 2020

2020 Dates

January 25-30, 2020

February 8-13, 2020

February 29-March 5, 2020

March 21-26, 2020

March 28-April 2, 2020

April 4-9, 2020

 

Have questions about the logistics and legalities of traveling to Cuba? Contact us at (619) 758-3030.

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