Cuba: Havana Weekend Getaway – Volunteer Vacations | Discover Corps

Cuba – Havana Weekend Getaway

Escape to Havana for a weekend of art, music and exploration. Experience the best of this vibrant city!
$1,995 Adult* / $1,695 Child*


Our Purpose

Havana is a city that is alive. From the narrow alleyways in Old Havana that echo jazz to the bustling seaside boardwalk known as the malecon, a weekend in Havana is a getaway you’ll never forget. However, times are fast changing in Cuba, and Havana lies at the cusp of this new era. This could be a final chance to view a city largely preserved in time, before the onset of increased tourism.

To achieve our purpose in supporting the Cuban people and locally-owned businesses, we’ll spend four days getting a taste of life in Havana and the art, music, and history that makes the city burst with such intense energy. Eat at family owned restaurants, or paladars, and stay in family-owned casas particulares instead of hotels.


What You'll Do

Over the course of four days, you’ll step right into the jetstream of day-to-day life in Havana experiencing everything the city has to offer. More importantly, you’ll experience Havana like a local by meeting some of its most notable residents and witnessing first-hand a country in transition.

Spend a morning uncovering Ernest Hemingway’s old haunts at his house in Cojimar, a charming seaside town. Take a stroll through the cobblestone streets of Old Havana learning about its colonial heritage. Enjoy a presentation from an Afro-Cuban dance company and test out your salsa dancing skills. Visit Havana’s Museum of Fine Arts, home to Cuba’s largest collection of contemporary art.

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What You'll See

Discover the Cuba’s past with a visit to Havana’s colonial squares. Around one corner, Spanish-style cathedrals grace open-air plazas where live music echos across the buildings. Around another, the heroes of the Cuban Revolution, Che Guevara and Fidel Castro, adorn the sides of buildings looking over the city.  Like a walking museum, the depth of history in Havana is unlike any other city in the world.

At the same time, a new creative class is thriving in Havana. Visit a factory that has been transformed into a center for Cuban culture, arts and nightlife. Engage in meaningful exchanges with the hosts of your casas particulares, or local bed & breakfasts. See the real Havana before it changes for good.

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Optional Post-Trip Extension

Cienfuegos & Trinidad (3 days/ 2 nights) AND/OR Natural Cuba (3 days/ 2 nights)

For this trip, you have the option of one or two different extensions. On the Natural Cuba extension, experience the countryside of Cuba for a completely different view of the country. Visit local farmers and artisans in Las Terrazas, marvel at the most enchanting region of Cuba, Viñales Valley, where huge

rocky cliffs line the lush valley, and visit an agro-ecological farm. On the Cienfuegos & Trinidad extension, visit the historic Bay of Pigs invasion site, take in the colorful alleyways of Trinidad, and spend each evening with live music and even a salsa dancing lesson! Request an itinerary for more information.

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Where You'll Stay

During your trip, 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.

While houses vary in style from eclectic to classical, they all provide a comfortable glimpse into Cuban life. Our portfolio of casas particulares are hand selected with prime locations that will put you right in heart of the action and have private bathrooms, air conditioning & a fresh breakfast each morning.

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Mimi A.

Burlington, VT

Traveler's Journal

Havana is a place that epitomizes Cuban joie de vivre, or joy of life. In the streets, life just emanates out of every corner. Whether it’s the music, art or the depth of history, Havana never ceases to amaze me. I cannot wait to come back.

Dates and Fees

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

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Havana: 4 Days / 3 Nights

Program Fee: $1,995 Adult* / $1,695 Child*

  • * Double Occupancy Price. Children’s pricing applies to travelers 16 years old and younger sharing a room with an adult
  • Single room supplement: $200

Discover Corps trips include exclusive, guided programming, including expertly curated cultural activities; insider access to Havana’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
  • 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 support for the Cuban people program

Does NOT include

  • International airfare
  • Cuban visa
  • Tips for Cuban guide and driver
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
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at restaurants or in Cuban families’ homes
  • 3 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 support for the Cuban people program

Departure Dates

2019 Dates

August 2-5, 2019

November 7-10, 2019

November 26-29, 2019

December 30-January 2, 2020

2020 Dates

January 17-20, 2020

February 7-10, 2020

February 14-17, 2020

February 21-24, 2020

March 13-16, 2020

March 20-23, 2020

March 27-30, 2020

April 17-20, 2020

May 22-25, 2020

June 5-8, 2020

June 19-22, 2020

July 3-6, 2020

July 17-20, 2020

July 24-27, 2020

July 31-August 3, 2020

August 14-17, 2020

September 25-28, 2020

October 9-12, 2020

November 26-29, 2020

December 30-January 2, 2021

 

 

*Custom dates are available for groups of 4 or more!

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

 

Alumni & Family Discounts, Monthly Payment Plans, and More

Repeat travelers and groups are eligible for discounts. Looking for a payment plan to help manage your trip? Learn more here.

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