School Trips to Cuba: Spanish Language and Culture

Cuba is a fascinating place to visit and a safe location for group educational travel. Our school trips to Cuba are endorsed by the Cuban Ministry of Culture and we have been organising Spanish language and culture trips here since 1998.

From the colonial capital city of Havana to the UNESCO world heritage town of Trinidad, from Santiago de Cuba, the home of traditional music and dance, to the Sierra Maestra mountains where the Cuban Revolution evolved, we have extensive experience of  organising tailormade school group tours to this beautiful, lively and enigmatic country.

  • Duration:  12 days
  • Start dates:  All year round
  • Cost:  on request

“Thanks to all at Caledonia for organising another fabulous trip”

NH, Eton College, England. December 2014

Our tailormade school trips to Cuba are specifically designed to provide a well balanced programme of Spanish language classes, cultural and outdoor activities whilst exploring some of the most beautiful areas around the island.  The itinerary is completely tailormade and we are always pleased to discuss your travel plans with you to make sure that you get exactly the trip you want.

Accommodation is provided in hotels or in licenced homestays and all meals are included. From arrival at the airport until you leave, your group trip to Cuba is accompanied by our local professional tour leader and guides who will ensure that your trip runs smoothly and safely.

This twelve day sample itinerary gives you an idea of the type of itinerary we can organise, but we are flexible and can include other activities such as hiking, volunteer work in national parks or dance and music lessons. If you would prefer to have a shorter or longer stay in Cuba, this can easily be organised too.

  • Day 1 Arrive Havana

    Arrive Havana in the afternoon, met by local guide, and transfer by private coach to hotel x 3 nights.
    Dinner in hotel

  • Day 2 Havana

    Guided city tour in morning to visit Old Havana, Revolution Square, Vedado and the Malecon seafront
    Lunch in local restaurant
    Guided visit to Murealando community arts project
    Dinner in hotel

  • Day 3 Havana

    Visit to Museum of Revolution and walking tour of Old Havana
    Lunch in local restaurant
    Guided visit to Hemingway house or equivalent
    Dinner in hotel

  • Day 4 Havana - Santiago de Cuba

    Transfer from hotel to Havana airport for flight to Santiago de Cuba
    Arrive Santiago, transfer by private coach to hotel or homestay accommodation x 4 nights
    Dinner at homestay

  • Days 5, 6, 7 Santiago de Cuba

    3 hours of group Spanish lessons each morning
    Lunch each day in local restaurant
    Afternoon/evening visits/activities included: City tour and El Morro; El Cobre and Cimarron; percussion and dance lessons; Moncada and Museo Lucha Clandestina
    Dinner in hotel or homestay each evening

  • Day 8 Santiago - Trinidad

    Depart Santiago by private coach in the morning for Trinidad. Lunch included
    Arrive Trinidad by evening and check-in to hotel x 3 nights

  • Day 9 Trinidad - Sugar Mill Valley

    Guided visit to Sugar Mill Valley and Torre Iznaga, afternoon at beach. Return to hotel for dinner

  • Day 10 Trinidad - Topes de Collantes hiking day

    Full day in Topes de Collantes national park, guided hiking and waterfall swimming. Lunch included. Return to Trinidad late afternoon. Dinner in hotel

  • Day 11 Trinidad - Santa Clara - Havana

    Depart Trinidad for Santa Clara, visit Che mausoleum and Tren Blindado. Continue to Havana for last night in hotel. Dinner

  • Day 12 Havana

    Visit the artisan handcrafts market in morning. Lunch and transfer to airport in afternoon for flight back to home country

Included

  • Accommodation:  Shared rooms for students and single rooms for leaders
    • Havana: 3*-4* hotel x 4 nights, breakfast and dinner
    • Santiago: homestay or hotel x 4 nights, breakfast and dinner
    • Trinidad: 3*-4* hotel x 3 nights, full board
  • Meals:  Breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. Lunch includes 1 soft drink per person and may be a packed lunch on hiking/activity days
  • Activities and excursions: as per sample itinerary, including all entries and transport where necessary
  • Spanish tuition:  9 hours of group Spanish lessons in closed tuition groups, with fully qualified local teachers and materials
  • Places for leaders: 1:8 free place for group leader
  • Tour leader/guides:  Bilingual professional Cuban tour leader to accompany group throughout the trip and local guides where required
  • Tips:  for tutors, guides and drivers
  • Domestic flight on scheduled airline:  Havana – Santiago de Cuba
  • ATOL:  the whole package is covered by our ATOL licence where flights have been included in the whole package and the group is travelling from the UK
  • Local transport:  All transport in Cuba by air-conditioned coaches with fitted seatbelts
  • Info packs:  with confirmed itinerary and general info for Cuba, for each leader and student

 

Not included

  • International flights*
  • Travel/health insurance*
  • Cuban tourist card:  this is the required visa to enter Cuba*
  • Additional drinks with meals not specified above

* we can arrange these on request, ask us for a quote

This tour is available all year round so please let us know what your ideal dates are for travelling so that we can design an itinerary to suit your plans.

Price depends on group size, duration of trip, type of accommodation and itinerary. Ask us for a proposal!

“Great way to immerse oneself in Cuban everyday life. I especially liked the Salsa/ Percussion workshop and the local people were all really hospitable”

BB, Eton College, London. December 2014

“Teachers and organisation of tuition was excellent, class materials and topics covered, along with location very good. The staff at the school were very helpful and the boys felt they learned a great deal”

NH, Eton College, London, 2012