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Group Size: Max 30
Trip code: CUCD
Duration: 2 or 4 weeks
Enjoy a unique cultural experience in colourful Cuba. Spend 2 or 4 weeks living in the heart of Old Havana, learn to speak Spanish, go on cultural walks to discover Havana city and even learn some new moves at optional dance classes! This trip also includes awesome weekend trips to the beach and, for 4-week travellers, a weekend visit to the gorgeous Viñales Valley. Explore Cuba and immerse yourself in Cuban life on this incredible adventure!
Enjoy a 2 or 4-week immersive experience in the charming country of Cuba, including Spanish lessons, cultural activities and weekend excursions.
Stay in the Heart of Old Havana!
You will be staying with your group and other travellers in a family-run guesthouse, nestled among a maze of streets bursting with beautiful neo-classical buildings, right in the heart of Old Havana. You’ll soon settle in to your home from home!
On your arrival day (Sunday) you will have a welcome meeting in the late afternoon/early evening at which you will be given useful advice and information about your trip. Please ensure you arrive during the Sunday morning so you have time to settle in before this meeting.
As part of this amazing programme, you will enjoy inclusive Spanish lessons held every weekday morning in a range of great locations across the city, taught by a local accredited and licensed Cuban teacher.
On the first day, you will take a short test to establish your level of Spanish and plan your personal learning objectives in an introductory 1-hour session. From then on you will be learning at either beginner, intermediate or advanced level with one of three local teachers.
After breakfast each weekday you will gather at 9 a.m. and be taken to that day’s learning location. You will be asked to bring your own notebook and pens to each lesson but you will be provided with handouts and also get the chance to practise your spoken Spanish while you are out and about in the city.
On average there will be 4-8 students per learning group and classes run for around 2-3 hours daily. Please be aware that all lessons will be taught completely in Spanish, so you’ll soon pick up some new Spanish language skills! In the evening you will have some homework to do and the group can help each other learn even more Spanish as you relax together and complete your homework assignments.
Cultural Walks Around Havana
An extraordinary combination of cultural influences makes Havana one of the most interesting cities to explore, and as part of this programme you can join some guided cultural walks around the city. You will have the option to join up to three city walks per week, running on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There will be the chance to stop off in museums (entry fees are extra and at your own cost, approx £5-£10 per museum) or just soak up the vibe on the streets.
For each of the three weekends on the 4-week programme we have planned some exciting, inclusive excursions so you can make the most of your time in Cuba. On two of the weekends you will be accompanied on a 30-minute bus ride (occasionally you may travel by taxi instead, dependent on numbers) and take a day trip to a beautiful beach, located east of Havana.
One weekend will be spent taking a 2-night trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Viñales, located a 3-hour drive from Havana. Famous for its tobacco farms, karst valleys, spectacular scenery and atmospheric caves, this charming town is the ideal spot for an unforgettable stay. Optional activities in Viñales include horse riding treks (extra cost of around £20) which can be arranged locally, and include a visit to an amazing cave with an underground pool.
Please note: Travellers on the 2-week programme will have one guided trip to the beach included only. If you wish, an overnight trip to Viñales can be arranged for an extra cost of approximately USD120.
Optional Dance Classes
As part of this unique cultural adventure, you have the option to take two inclusive dance classes per week at a local dance school. Lessons are held after lunch on a Tuesday and a Thursday, running for 1 hour between 2-3p.m. You’ll be put through your paces by expert dance instructors and you’ll then be paired up with a Cuban dancer and learn how to move! Then head out and make the most of Havana’s lively nightlife - It’s the best way of doing homework you could hope for!
Option to Volunteer in Havana (4-week trip only)
For participants on the 4-week trip, during your final 2 weeks, depending on the time of year in which you visit and the needs of the projects at the time, you might also get the opportunity to volunteer at two city projects in and around Havana during your free time. Current projects are helping with restoration and maintenance of a local school and helping to renovate a local boxing gym. If you are interested in making a difference while you are in Cuba then speak to your host family about the possibility of getting involved in these valuable local volunteer projects.
Your afternoons, evenings and weekends are free time for you to discover the wonderful city of Havana, or explore further afield in Cuba.
Your centrally-located guesthouse in historic Old Havana is an ideal base to explore this unique city. There are 5 fascinating museums and at least 6 bars only a short walk from your front door, plus lively nightlife, music and restaurants and a charming coastal promenade, plus the beach is only a short bus ride away.
Or check out some of Cuba’s best destinations further afield, which include:
If you would like to see some of Cuba’s best bits in one top tour, why not add in our awesome 1-week Cuba Experience tour after your programme is over?
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