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Cuba – Havana Weekend Getaway

Escape to Havana for a weekend of art, music and exploration. Experience the best of this vibrant city!


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.

  • Immersive Travel: Have a truly unique experience

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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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 Havana

Weekend Getaway, 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 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.

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*

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

  • * 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 people-to-people 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 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
  • 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 people-to-people program

Departure Dates

2018 Dates

November 22-25, 2018

December 21-24, 2018

December 29, 2018-Jan 1, 2019

2019 Dates

Jan 18-21, 2019

Feb 8-11, 2019

Feb 22-25, 2019

Mar 15-18, 2019

Mar 29-Apr 1, 2019

Apr 19-22, 2019

May 24-27, 2019

June 7-10, 2019

June 21-24, 2019

July 4-7, 2019

July 26-29, 2019

August 2-5, 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

 

*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

Repeat travelers and groups are eligible for discounts and special deals.

Customized Private Trips

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