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SEPTEMBER 12-17,2023

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vámonos a cuba!


SEPTEMBER 12-17, 2023

 6-Day Trip Cost:  $1900   |  Sign-up Deadline: July 15th |  Max. 14 Participants
Non-refundable $500 deposit at Sign Up | $1400 Balance due July 31st
Your spot is ONLY secured upon receipt of:
(1) Completed SIGN UP FORM
(2) $500 non-refundable deposit


Repeat Traveler Discount: $1800 Yes, you save $100 if you've traveled with us before!




 

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TRIP PRICE INCLUDES:

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Airfare from NOLA

Round-trip flights from

New Orleans to Havana.

Get yourself to the Big Easy, and we get you to Havana!

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Dancing

Group dance classes in the heat and flavor of Cuba is an unforgettable experience. 

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Cuba Travel Visa

We order all visas!

Visitors are required a visa

both for entry to and

departure from Cuba.

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Casa Particular

"Casa Particular"is Spanish for Private Home. Experience Cuba the non-touristy way and

stay at a local's home. Double room accommodations ONLY. 

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Airport Transport

Transportation to and from Jose Marti International Airport and your "Casa Particular."

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Daily Breakfast

No bagels or cereal here. In Cuba, breakfast is an all-natural morning ritual. Of course, topped with the famous Cuban coffee.

WE UNDERSTAND THAT CUBA IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. IS IT FOR YOU?

 This trip IS for you if: 

  • You are looking for a Cuban DANCE INTENSIVE experience

  • You are comfortable traveling in GROUPS and can remain flexible with your schedule

  • You enjoy walking and getting to know new places

  • You are excited to learn about new cultures 

  • You understand that constant communication is key for safety

  • You can be independent when trying to do something that is not in the group itinerary

  • You enjoy warm tropical temperatures and are cool with the idea of not having AC at all times

  • You seek adventure and spontaneous experiences

  • You are a problem-solver and can make the best out of unexpected situations (e.g. power outage party!)

  • You enjoy meeting new people, even folks who don't speak English

  • You are cool with sharing and being a team-player

 

 This trip is NOT for you if: 

  • You need AC at all times and do not tolerate warm temperatures well

  • You are not able to walk for 20+ minutes or need constant access to transportation

  • You are not interested in learning Cuban dances nor interested in dancing several hours a day

  • You are not comfortable traveling with a group: encountering other personalities and practicing patience

  • It makes you uncomfortable to try to communicate with people who don't speak English

  • You dislike attending night events, music halls, or loud places

  • You are uncomfortable being in places with a limited selection of food and drink

  • You are not open to learn about and feel Cuban culture

mEET YOUR HOSTS:

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Director

NICOLE GOLDIN

This will be my 9th time in Cuba, which has quickly become my 3rd home. I can't wait to show you my favorite spots! I am the one you want to contact regarding program questions.

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Cultural Liaison

WILMA HERNANDEZ

I was born and raised in Havana, and know it and my people like the back of my hand. I am your Cuban 411 and 911!

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Cuban Host

DANILO SANCHEZ

I live in Havana and am looking forward to showing you "The Real Cuba." My English is probably as good as your Spanish, but here - in Cuba - we always find fun ways to communicate!

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Logistics

LORI LEDUFF

This is my 5th time traveling to Cuba! I am your person for schedules, itineraries, and communication in Cuba. 

NOT INCLUDED IN THE TRIP PRICE:

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Flight TO NOLA

If you do not live in New Orleans, you must book/ pay for your own flight to NOLA. You are also responsible for arriving with enough time. If you arrive late and miss the group flight, you will have to book a new flight to Havana. The airline's group travel policy forbids changes in itinerary - no exceptions.

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Exchange Rate

Currently, USD$ are not accepted at government-approved exchange houses; therefore, we must travel with Euros or Canadian Dollars. More guidance about exchange rates will be offered upon registration.

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Taxis

Taxis are everywhere in Havana. You can catch a $10-15 taxi ride from El Vedado to Old Havana. During our daily free time, be wild and jump into a taxi with some friends for a chance to see and take in the magic of Havana.

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2 Meals Per Day

If you are cool with eating what the locals eat, $5-10 per meal is a safe bet. Otherwise, tourist-friendly meals range from $15-20.

Add an additional $10/day for snacks and refreshments.

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Dance Outings

Entrance to dance venues vary from $5-10 per person. If we are going to concerts, it can go up to $25. If we ask locals to come out with us, we are expected to sponsor their outing (entrance fees, drinks, food, etc).

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Tips

Tips are HUGE in Cuba! $1-2 will go a long way. We usually tip our bartenders and servers. Also, at the end of our trip, we usually give a personal tip to our dance instructors and Casa Particular cleaning crew. $10 tips are great!

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Transportation

Daily transportation to and from activities such as dance classes, the festival, and outings is NOT included in the trip price. Most locations are accessible by foot or with a cab ride under $10.

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Drinks

This is Cuba, people! The land of RUM, daiquiris, mojitos, and delicious pina coladas! Each drink is about $2-4. So, if you know how much you drink per day, the math is pretty easy. A bottle of rum ranges from $6-15.

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Extra Excursions

From scuba diving to  concerts to a city tour in a 1950s convertible, anything outside of our itinerary is on you. 

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Private Lessons

Although we will be participating in the Ritmo Cuba festival, there may be opportunities to book private lessons with local instructors.

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Art & Souvenirs

Every time we go to Cuba we are so proud of having spent only $500 of our personal expense budget - until we get to the art market! We don't know about you, but we love to buy art! And it's super cheap (compared to USA prices). Art fanatics bring about $300-400 solely for art.

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