An Immersive Long Weekend in Havana
5 DAYS | $1500 CAD
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We tailor each trip itinerary to the overall interests of the group, which means that the final itinerary received after booking may be altered slightly. After deposits are received, we will be getting in touch with each individual traveler to find out more about the type of trip you are seeking and whether itinerary changes are necessary. The below itinerary is a very good example of the many highly immersive experiences we curate in collaboration with our creative and passionate local partners.
THIS TRIP INCLUDES: HAVANA
STAYING & GETTING THERE
You will arrive to Jose Marti International Airport and be transferred to our beautiful casa particular (bed & breakfast), hosted by a Cuban family in a central and non-touristy neighbourhood of Havana. Your tour leader will introduce the group and share all the fun details of this extended long weekend trip over Cuban cocktails and a Comuna family meal.
CONTEMPORARY ART & MUSIC
You will take an inspiring deep dive into Havana's contemporary arts and music scene with unique insider experiences like:
Being guided into Havana's contemporary art scene by a young, local art curator who will bring us to her favourite art collectives to meet budding young artists in very intimate spaces.
An exclusive rooftop concert at a secret location featuring some of Cuba's biggest names in urban music.
DANCE FLOOR ENCOUNTERS WITH LOCALS
We are going to throw you right into the heart and soul of Cuban culture - its intoxicating rhythm. You'll become introduced to the beat that every Cubano moves to by learning Cuban salsa & rumba at the private studio of a professional dance choreographer and show off your new skills alongside your teachers and group at a local open air salsa club that overlooks the water.
We will meet a group of young, creative entrepreneurs working to build up a quaint township outside of Havana to sustainable tourism. You will learn how Afro-Cuban culture and spirituality started here and its historical significance, receive a cleansing by the community's Babalawo in his family home, and be treated to some special Afro-Cuban cultural surprises.
FEASTING ON CUBAN CUISINE
Forget everything you've heard about food in Cuba being average. We will be showing you the BEST food that Havana has to offer. From innovative paladares (independently owned restaurants) where young Chefs are changing the face of Cuban cuisine, to incredible home-cooked meals in the intimate kitchens of welcoming Cubans.
We partner with local organizations who focus on sustainable youth and community development while incorporating the work that they are doing into our trips in an experiential format.
Spend the day with Havana's growing underground skateboarding community while learning about their mission and how they use the power of sport to harness creativity, cross-cultural exchanges and community for youth development.
INSPIRING LOCAL PARTNERS
We partner with amazing locals who are working hard to move Cuba forward by following their passions and driving change in their respective communities. You will have the opportunity to connect with creative young entrepreneurs, musicians, artists and other inspiring locals that we have partnered with to design this unique and transcending experience in Havana.
Meals Included: Daily Breakfasts, Welcome Dinner, Goodbye Dinner, Lunches x2, Ice-breaker cocktails
Click through to go on a visual journey of the Comuna experience in Cuba.
Ready to discover a different side of Cuba with us? Choose from one of the dates below.
Do you have some questions? Please contact us, we'd love to hear from you!
Want to Stay in Cuba Longer?
We can help you with extending your trip to include curated experiences in other cities on the island.
Contact us to talk more about your timeline and options for extensions.
The Fine Print
Getting There: Book your roundtrip international flight to José Marti International Airport (HAV). Once you land in Havana and make it through customs, we will pick you up and take care of all ground transportation and internal transfers for the duration of your trip.
What is Included:
- Accommodation the duration of the itinerary
- Transportation to and from the airport
- In-country transportation for all activities in the itinerary
(public transport, shared taxis)
- Welcome Package
- Meals as noted in itinerary
- Alcohol as noted in itinerary
- Curated activities as noted in itinerary
- Reservations at top restaurants
- Trip leader & 24/7 concierge service:
Our founder will accompany the group during the entire trip, offering her in-depth knowledge of the country, while making sure everything runs smoothly. In addition, we are available to answer questions and assist with all pre-departure trip preparations beforehand.
What is Not Included:
- Airfare in and out of the country:
We have found that roundtrip flights from most major Canadian cities range from $450-$700 depending on departure city. Departure from cities in the U.S tend to be less. We are happy to assist you with finding flights.
- Mandatory travel insurance
- Visa, if applicable to your passport
- Mandatory medical insurance
- Incidental expenses
- Meals and alcohol, except where noted
- Tips for local hosts, restaurant workers, and drivers.
Details on Accommodations: We will be staying in beautiful casa particulares (homestays), which are similar to bed and breakfasts. Your stay will be attended by an experienced local host family that has been vetted by Comuna and meets our high standards of customer service, security and hospitality.
All Comuna trips include double occupancy rooms. If you book with someone else, you will be paired up with that person, just let us know at booking time if you book separately and would like to be roomed together. Otherwise, you will be assigned a roommate of the same gender for the duration of your trip and we will put you and your roommate in contact before the trip!
All of our small group trips are designed so that you feel comfortable engaging with other like-minded travellers. If you absolutely would like to have your own private room within the same casa, this service will be subject to any additional fees and availability. Further details regarding accommodation will be shared with you in a full welcome package that will include your detailed itinerary, and everything else you need to know about your trip to Cuba. This will be delivered to you electronically after booking and well before departure.
Americans Travelling to Cuba: Travel to Cuba is still very much LEGAL for all American citizens travelling with a United States passport. By travelling with us, we ensure that you meet all of the legal requirements and comply with all US State Department regulations when it comes to travelling to Cuba. Contact us if you have more questions about this - we're here to help make travelling to Cuba easy, stress free and legal!
Medical Insurance: Cuban authorities require proof of health insurance upon entering the country. Save a printed copy of your policy ready to show upon arrival before clearing immigration. If you don't have proof of health coverage upon arriving, you will be required to purchase Cuban medical insurance for the duration of your trip.
What to expect in Cuba: We do our very best to stick to the itinerary, however, traveling in Cuba requires a certain level of flexibility and openness to spontaneity. Changes to accommodation, transportation, and activities may occur. It is important to keep in mind that Cuban infrastructure has not been maintained according to western standards. Therefore, hot water may become minimal, water pressure may not be what you are used to, electricity blackouts may occur, and the wifi connection is only available in public hotspots scattered throughout major cities. The general pace is slow but invigorating, so expect to be completely disconnected for the duration of your trip. Our philosophy on travel is to let go of your comforts and embrace the moment, and we expect you to do just that in order to make the most of your trip to Cuba with us.
Pricing: The price for our 6 day, 5 night long weekend trip to Havana is $1500 CAD + GST.
A 40% initial non-refundable deposit per person is required to reserve your spot and is included in this total price. Final payment is due no later than 30 days prior to departure. All payments must be made by credit card vis our secure online payment processor, Stripe.