Are flights included in the cost of the dance holiday?
The dance holiday is a ground package. You can either book your flights independently or book them through us (unless you are planning on flying direct from any US airport to Cuba). Càlédöñiâ can book your flights for an admin fee of £42 per booking (not per person), and booking your flights through Càlédöñiâ mean that your entire package will be covered by our ATOL licence if you are departing from the UK or if you are a British national.
For those arriving at Santiago airport or the Viazul bus station in Santiago we can arrange local transfers.
For those arriving at Holguin airport, we can arrange transfers to Santiago de Cuba which is approximately a 2.5 hour journey. As we often have people travelling on the same flights, we organise shared transfers which shares the cost of the transfer.
For anyone flying into Havana airport, we can book domestic flights to Santiago de Cuba (a 1.5hr flight), or book bus journeys which is a cheaper option of travel and which will take 12 – 14 hrs each way.
What type of accommodation is included in the trip?
Single rooms in homestay accommodation are included in the cost. For those travelling with a friend, partner or family member, we can arrange double/twin room accommodation as required.
What is homestay accommodation like?
Homestay accommodation provides a real insight into the everyday lives of Cubans, and offers a safe, friendly and welcoming place to stay. All our homestay accommodation is licensed by the Cuban state and guarantees a good standard of cleanliness and decent facilities as well as daily contact with truly wonderful welcoming hosts. Your room will have air conditioning and an ensuite toilet facilities with a shower. You will also have access to a fridge in the house.
Where are the homestays located?
All of our homestays are located right in the city centre, close to the main square, the venue for dance lessons and all of the venues on the nights out.
Are meals included?
Both breakfast and evening meals are included at your homestay for 14 nights, providing good home cooking using delicious local, seasonal produce. You don’t eat any of your meals with your hosts at all although they will be present if you want to have a chat. Breakfast usually consists of coffee, juice, bread, eggs, fresh fruit. Dinner varies each night and is normally a typical Cuban dish which can be rice, beans, vegetables, salad, and meat/fish/seafood.
I have a dietary requirement, can this be catered for?
Yes, our homestays often have guests with dietary requirements and they are happy to cater to your needs as much as possible.
Santiago de Cuba
What is the city like?
Santiago de Cuba is a vibrant city, full of life, yet has a very relaxed Caribbean atmosphere. It is the second biggest city in Cuba with 500,000 inhabitants and has a compact centre, making it very easy to get around on foot. It is widely recognised in Cuba as the most hospitable city on the island and you will soon find out why!
The Dance Holiday – General questions
How many participants are there on the dance holiday?
We have small groups of up to around 15 people to keep the group dynamic personal and friendly – it helps people get to know each other better, both Cubans and participants, but also to make things more manageable from an organising point of view. Going out at night with 15 visitors + 15 Cubans is already quite a big group, and we really do try to integrate into the local cultural scene rather than dominate with our presence.
Will I have a dance partner?
Yes, each participant will have their own professional Cuban dance partner/tutor for all 27 group lessons.
Two 90 minute afternoon sessions are included in the dance holiday, and you can choose from the following group sessions:
Dance styling focuses on body movement and posture and aims to help non-Cuban dancers to achieve a more Cuban and fluid style of dancing. Ladies are taught in a group by a female teacher, and men by a male teacher.
Percussion lessons are also taught in a group using different Cuban instruments such as congas, cowbells, clave, guiro are intended to focus on the basic rhythyms you would hear in Cuban music. People often comment that it is really useful to be able to recognise the rhythms that you hear in Cuban music.
Survival Spanish lessons are useful for beginners who have no or little prior knowledge of Spanish. Basic phrases and useful vocabulary are usually what are covered. In just 2 x 90 minute sessions, there is a limit on what you can learn.
Cost of the trip
Is there a single supplement?
No, the cost of the trip includes single room accommodation.
Is a visa required to enter Cuba?
Yes, all persons visiting Cuba must have a valid tourist card to enter the country. The tourist card is valid for up to 30 days from the date of your arrival in Cuba, and is the required visa for those travelling for tourism purposes. Càlédöñiâ are authorised by the Cuban Consulate to issue tourist cards, so please contact us if you require one. Some countries require their citizens to apply direct to a Cuban Consulate for a visa (such as Indian passport holders) and anyone flying direct from the US to Cuba will also have to apply for a visa direct from a US registered travel company.