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. Over the course of four days, you’ll step right into the stream of day-to-day life in Havana experiencing everything the city has to offer. More importantly, you’ll explore 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 performance 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. Venture to a factory that has been transformed into a center for Cuban culture, arts and nightlife. Like a walking museum, the depth of history in Havana is unlike any other city in the world.
Legal, Immersive Travel to Cuba
Discover Corps offers a legal way to travel to the island of Cuba. We operate under the Support for the Cuban People license which ensures that you are traveling with an itinerary that will help support Cuban micro-entrepreneurs. Visit our Cuba FAQs page for more information.
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.
This trip is designed to support the Cuban people and locally-owned businesses. 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.
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.
Arrive in Havana and settle into your casa particulare in the city. Venture to Finca Vigia, the former home of Ernest Hemingway. 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. Explore the city’s art scene and engage in meaningful exchanges with the hosts of your casas particulares, or local bed & breakfasts. See the real Havana before it changes for good.
Optional post-trip extensions
Discover Corps’ post-trip extensions allow you to extend your experience beyond the core itinerary and explore unique corners of the destination.
Natural Cuba (3 Days/2 Nights)
For a completely different Cuban experience, head West to the beautiful countryside of Las Terrazas and the Viñales Valley. Visit coffee and tobacco farms, see traditional villages and swim in natural waterfalls.
Trinidad & Cienfuegos (3 Days/2 Nights)
Complement your trip to the countryside with a visit to the quaint colonial towns of Trinidad & Cienfuegos. Visit the Bay of Pigs, take in the French-inspired architecture and enjoy a salsa class.
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Dates and Prices
Our trips are inclusive of all activities, lodging, transport and most meals to make your experience hassle-free.
- Double Occupancy Price. Children’s pricing applies to travelers 16 years old and younger sharing a room with an adult
- Single Room Supplement = $250
- Have questions about the logistics and legalities of traveling to Cuba? Contact us at (619) 758-3030.
- Bilingual expert Cuban guide & private Cuban driver
- All meals in Cuba – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at restaurants or in Cuban families’ homes
- 3 nights accommodation in casas particulares in Havana
- All scheduled activities
- All in-country ground transportation and airport transfers via air-conditioned van
- Tips for luggage handling, restaurants, and programmed activities throughout tour
- Legal documentation of your support for the Cuban people program
- 24-hour Discover Corps emergency hotline & turnkey service
What’s Not Included:
- Tips for Cuban guide and driver
- International airfare
- Cuban visa
Our intimate, small-group departures consist of like-minded travelers. Don’t see a date that works? Want to make it private? Schedule a personal travel consultation and we’ll make it happen.
December 30-January 2, 2023
January 6-9, 2023 STS
February 24-27, 2023
March 31-April 3, 2023
June 16-19, 2023
June 30-July 3, 2023
September 22-25, 2023 STS
October 6-9, 2023 STS
December 30-January 2, 2024
January 5-8, 2024 STS
February 23-26, 2024
March 29-April 1, 2024
June 14-17, 2024
July 4-7, 2024
September 20-23, 2024 STS
October 4-7, 2024 STS
December 30, 2024-January 2, 2025