Learn Spanish, Dance or Music in Havana, Cuba

For many people, it is a dream come true to learn Spanish, dance or music in Havana, Cuba’s cosmopolitan capital city.  It is undoubtedly one of the most impressive cities in the Caribbean, and is a vibrant, lively place to explore. Highlights are the restored colonial architecture, the famous seafront promenade El Malecon, El Prado avenue running from the sea to Parque Central, historic Plaza Vieja and a myriad of small streets around the cathedral.

Colourful artisan markets selling handcrafts and clothes and second-hand bookstalls are dotted around the city, and there are plenty of live music and dance venues to practise what you have been learning. Further information about the school and the courses we offer can be found below.

“I have just returned back from Cuba, and I had a wonderful time. The course that I did was truly helpful, and gave me a good foundation to build upon throughout my trip. I also was able to go on some of the excursions and meet other students there, which was lovely. Cuba is such an interesting country, and the people are so nice.”

AC, Wales (Sep 2013)

Our Schools

We have two partner schools in Havana, one focusing on group Spanish courses with supplementary dance lessons, and the other offering individual tuition for Spanish, dance and music.  Both schools are small, family run and provide friendly, personal attention to all students.

National Cuban Holidays
1/2 Jan; 1 May; 25/26/27 July; 10 Oct; 25/31 Dec 2019
The school will be closed on these national holidays and no classes will be held. Any missed lessons cannot be rescheduled.

Transfers
Upon arrival at Havana International Airport, you can take an airport taxi to your accommodation or you can book a private transfer with us.

Entry Visa
Most visitors to Cuba require a visa to enter the country known as a tourist card. We can provide this and it costs £25 plus postage. The visa is valid for 30 days from the date you enter Cuba.
Please note that some nationalities will require an alternative tourist card and will have to apply direct to the Cuban Consulate. Anyone flying direct to Cuba from the US (whether a US citizen or not) will have to purchase a special tourist card from a US registered travel company.

Flights
We hold an ATOL licence (no. 6387) and can arrange both international flights to Cuba and domestic flights within Cuba on request.

This school is located in a quiet residential area of the city just 15 minutes by taxi from historic Old Havana. It offers group tuition all year round for Spanish  and dance. There are plenty of shops, cafes, small local restaurants and street vendors in the area and it is not a district frequented much by other tourists.  The school is housed in a medium sized modern house with a large covered patio at the back where social activities take place.  All classrooms have air-conditioning and audio-visual equipment. The schools cafe has soft drinks, coffee and snacks for students between classes. Dance lessons take place in the ground floor studio in the garden area.  Maximum class size for Spanish tuition is 6 students and minimum age is 18 years.

Cultural activities and excursions are offered each week to encourage students to discover the city and meet other students. and may include a guided city tour of Havana, beach trip, evening out to local dance venue, visits to museums and other places of local interest. These activities are optional and should be paid for at the school.

Please click on the plus signs (+) below for further details about course details and prices:

General and Intensive Spanish Courses

These group courses are designed for those who wish to learn communicative Spanish skills, ideal for use in everyday life.  If there is only one student enrolled for a particular level at any one time, they will receive a reduced number of individual lessons instead of group tuition. Course fees include:

  • group Spanish language tuition x 20 or 25 lessons per week
  • 4 cultural lessons and social activities
  • placement test and the use of text books – students should take their own paper, pens and a dictionary
  • a certificate at the end of the course
  • single room accommodation with breakfast and lunch (breakfast and dinner at weekends) in either a nearby local homestay or the school residence on site
  • arrival transfer from Havana airport or bus station

General Spanish Course

Course duration:1 or more weeks
Consists of:20 group lessons per week
Class timetable:09.00 – 13.00 (Mon-Fri)
Lesson duration:45 minutes
Maximum class size:6 students
Minimum language level:beginner
Minimum age:18 years
Cost:1 week £630 / 2 weeks £1125
3 weeks £1550 / 4 weeks £2010

Intensive Spanish Course

Course duration:1 or more weeks
Consists of:25 group lessons per week
Class timetable:09.00 – 13.00 (Mon-Fri)+ 2 afternoons
Lesson duration:45 minutes
Maximum class size:6 students
Minimum language level:Beginner
Minimum age:18 years
Cost:1 week £680 / 2 weeks £1220/3 weeks £1695 / 4 weeks £2190

2019 Start dates: Any Monday throughout the year

Accommodation

Accommodation is provided from Sunday night until Saturday morning, and extra nights are available on request. (1 week = 6 nights / 2 weeks = 13 nights)

Homestay accommodation
Group Course fees already include a room with a local host.  Homestay accommodation is ideal for those who would like to practise their Spanish and have an insight into Cuban life. All homestay hosts live within easy walking distance of the school and accommodation is offered on a room only basis. Breakfast every morning plus lunch on weekdays or dinner at weekends is provided at the school in its cosy cafe area, a great way to get to know your fellow students and experience good Cuban home cooking. Single or twin rooms (twins only available for two people travelling together).  All rooms have air conditioning, a private bathroom with hot/cold water and the use of a fridge.
There is also a limited number of rooms available in nearby apartments – the cost is £15 per week less than for accommodation in a local homestay or the school residence.  Please ask us for details.

This school is located in Old Havana, just 15 minutes on foot from Parque Central in a bustling, downtown area of the the city.  The tuition is all individual, and is offered 7 days a week for Spanish, percussion or dance.  There is a small air conditioned dance studio, a larger airy studio with fans and smaller air conditioned rooms for Spanish lessons.  The school is a former colonial style house with a large new second floor terrace, student cafe area and two onsite rooms for student accommodation.

Please click on the plus sign (+) bullet points below for further details about course details and prices:

Individual Spanish Courses

One-to-one individual tuition is ideal for those who would like intensive learning or those who wish to focus on specific topics, as lesson content can be tailored to each individual’s needs.  We offer individual  lessons in the mornings or afternoons and also at weekends.  Course fees include the use of text books, although students should take their own paper, pens and a dictionary.

Course duration:1 or more weeks
Consists of:10/20 individual lessons per week
Class timetable:flexible, mornings or afternoons
Lesson duration:50 minutes
Maximum class size:1 student
Minimum language level:beginner
Minimum age:18 years
Cost per week:10 lessons £200 / 20 lessons £375

2019 Start dates: Any Monday throughout the year (other start days on request)

Cuban Dance Lessons

Cuban dance (Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Reggaeton, Rumba, Tango, and Son) lessons can be taken with or without a Spanish course.  Individual dance tuition takes place in our school in central Havana and all tutors are qualified and experienced.  Most  tuition will be in Spanish although some tutors can speak English too.  We can also arrange for you to be accompanied by your dance partner at  night to practise what you have been learning.

Course duration:1 or more weeks
Consists of:10 lessons per week
Class timetable: flexible (mornings or afternoons)
Lesson duration:50 minutes
Minimum level:beginner
Minimum age:18 years
Cost:10 lessons £200 / 15 lessons £295

2019 Start dates: Any Monday throughout the year (other start days on request)

Cuban Music Lessons

Cuban music lessons can be taken with or without a Spanish course. Lessons are held in our school in central Havana and all tuition is with experienced, qualified tutors.   Percussion lessons focus on drumming techniques and basic Cuban rhythms and most tuition will be in Spanish, although some tutors may be able to speak some English.

Course duration:1 or more weeks
Consists of:10 lessons per week
Class timetable:flexible (mornings or afternoons
Lesson duration:50 minutes
Minimum level:beginner
Minimum age:18 years
Cost:10 lessons £200 / 15 lessons £295

2019 Start dates: Any Monday throughout the year (other start days on request)

Accommodation

Accommodation is available in homestays or hotel accommodation, all year round.
Accommodation is from Sunday night until Saturday morning, and extra nights are available on request. (1 week = 6 nights / 2 weeks = 13 nights)

Homestay Accommodation

This type of accommodation is ideal for those who would like to practise their Spanish and have an insight into Cuban life.   Rooms are available in various parts of Old Havana and include breakfast. Additional meals can be requested direct with your host although there are plenty of good restaurants and cafes in this part of the city. Single or double rooms (twins only available for two people travelling together).  All rooms have air conditioning, a private bathroom with hot/cold water and the use of a fridge.

 Single room Double room*
1 week £300 £210 per person
2 weeks £650 £455 per person
Extra week £350 £245 per person
Extra night £45 £30 per person

*only available for 2 people booking together

Hotel

A wide range of hotel accommodation is available all year round in Havana, ranging from 3*-5*, some with swimming pools.
Availability and prices on request.

Get the most out of your time in Havana and take one of our guided day tours to explore specific aspects of Cuba with our experienced and knowledgeable guides. These tours will take you to behind the scene locations and will open your eyes to the wonder of this fascinating city.

Please click on the plus sign (+) below for further tour details. Prices on request:

Havana City Tour

A half day tour in Havana, combining a 2 hour walk through the historic centre with a 2 hour tour by coach of the modern part of the city, including:

– Walking tour along the main streets and squares of the historic centre (Arms Square, St. Francis of Assiss Square, the Old Square and Cathedral Square)
– Panoramic tour of the modern part of the city (Central Havana, Cerro, Vedado and Miramar neighbourhoods) making stops at important places
– Drive through the Metropolitan Park

Duration: 4 hours
Departures: Monday to Saturday 9:00 and 13:00, Sunday 9:00 only

Architecture Tour

This is a half day tour for anyone interested in finding out more about the history of Cuban architecture and for professionals and students working or studying in the field. The city of Havana was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982 and is considered to be one of the most important cities in Latin America and the Caribbean. Havana’s architecture displays an impressive blend of Spanish colonial and North American modernism. The historic centre is part of a vibrant programme of preservation and restoration, directed by the celebrated city historian Eusebio Leal and our guide will introduce you to the fascinating world of Cuban architecture, from the colonial period to the modern day. This is the perfect opportunity to see examples of some of the finest and most interesting buildings in Havana as well as gaining an insight into the city’s complex history from the 17th to the 20th century.  The tour includes:

– Historic centre: Palace of the Captain General, Palace of the Second-in-Command, Castle of the Royal Force, Havana Cathedral, Stock Exchange, St. Francis of Assisi Basilica
– Tour of Prado promenade and Havana Port Avenue
– Panoramic tour of La Rampa (examples of the heroic architecture: Coppelia Ice Cream Parlour and Pabellon Cuba
– Tour of Vedado, an example of the modern city planning (early 20th century). López Serrano and Focsa buildings and visit to Hotel Nacional de Cuba
– Tour of Miramar, an exclusive and residential neighbourhood built from the 30’s through the 50’s. Visit to La Maison
– Visit to the scale model of the city to understand its urban development. Alternatively, if this is closed, visit to the scale model of the historic centre.

Duration: 4 hours

Departures: Monday to Saturday 9:00 and 14:00, Sunday 9:00.

Colonial tour

A walking tour through Havana’s historic centre. This tour includes:

– Visit to the scale model of the historic centre to become acquainted with the area to be visited
– Walking tour along the main streets and squares of the historic centre (Arms Square, St Francis of Assisi Square, the Old Square and Cathedral Square)
– Tour by the Cortina de Valdes and the ancient arsenal.

Duration: 3 hours

Departures: Monday to Saturday 9:00 and 14:00, Sunday 9:00

Religion in Cuba

This is a half day tour for those interested in learning about the history and complexity of religion in Cuba. Due to the country’s complex history, several religions exist side by side in Cuba. ‘Santería’ is the popular name for the Yoruba religion, the most visible Afro-Cuban religion on the island.  The Congo religion (‘regla de palo’ or ‘palo mayombe’) is said to be equally as strong, but is far more secretive and hidden. This tour includes visits to:

– Regla Museum
– Sanctuary of the Virgin of Regla
– Nuestra Senora de la Merced Church
– Las Mercedes Church
– Religious Art Museum at the St. Francis of Assisi Basilica

Duration: 3 hours

Departures: Monday to Saturday 9:00 and 14:00, Sunday 9:00

The Habano legend – specialist cigar tour

Discover the secrets of a tradition which has distinguished Cuba for centuries as the land of the world’s finest cigars. This tour includes visits to:

– Cigar Factory
– Cigar Museum
– Cigar Smokers Hotel. Meeting with the professional cigar roller of the house and tasting of a Habano cigar
– Shopping opportunity at specialised cigar stores

Duration: 3 hours

Departures: Monday to Saturday 9:00 and 14:00, Sunday 9:00

Hemingway's Havana

This tour invites you to visit the places where the famous American writer Ernest Hemingway lived and frequented,  to see firsthand the places where many of his most renowned works were later set.  Visits include:

– La Vigía Farmhouse, former residence of the renowned American writer
– Walking tour of the fishermen’s village, Cojimar, where Hemingway found the inspiration for “The Old Man and the Sea”
– Las Terrazas Restaurant, a temple to the author and Gregorio Fuentes.the late captain of his boat
– Room 511 at Ambos Mundos Hotel where Hemingway used to stay in the 1930’s
– La Bodeguita del Medio and the Floridita bar-restaurants.

Duration: 3 hours

Departures: Tuesday to Saturday 9:30 and 14:00, Sunday 9:30

City tour by classic car

Enjoy a guided scenic drive in a vintage American car along Havana’s coastline.  Maximum number of persons booking together is 4 so that they are all in the same vehicle.  This tour also includes:

– Visit to the Automobile Museum of Havana
– Cuban cocktail

Duration: 3 hours

Departures: Monday to Saturday 9:00 and 14:00, Sunday 9:00

Bike tour - Havana

Starting at Vedado, you will cycle through central neighbourhoods whilst enjoying the fascinating architecture and sights of this city. You will also be taken to streets off the tourist trail so that you can appreciate contrasting environments and lifestyles whilst your guide gives you the insider’s view of Havana. There will be several stops during the tour so that you can take photos, rest and have refreshments.

Duration: 4 hours
Distance: 25km (460m uphill and 460m downhill)
Departures: everyday at 08.00

Includes: local Spanish/English speaking guide, bicycle, helmet, 500ml bottle of water, fresh juice
Not included: lunch, accident insurance

This bike tour is a group tour and is subject to a minimum of 2 persons. Private tours can also be arranged on request.

Bike tour - Havana at Sunset

During this bike tour, we will cycle through the neighbourhoods of Miramar, Plaza and Centro Habana. From Miramar, you’ll get a wonderful panoramic view of the elegant neighborhood of Vedado and the forest in Havana. We’ll also pass by the Cristobal Colon cemetery, known as the biggest cemetery in Latin America, the Plaza de la Revolucion, and the Callejon de Hamel known for its intriguing street murals and Afro-Cuban culture. You will then bike through Vedado with its many venues including theatres, cinemas and clubs. You will finish the tour by watching the sun set over the horizon whilst cycling along the famous Malecon (sea front) of Havana and then having a refreshment.

Duration: 4 hours
Distance: 19km (uphill 421m and downhill 421m)

Departures: everyday at 15.00

Includes: local Spanish/English speaking guide, bicycle, helmet, bike lights, 500ml bottle of water
Not included: refreshments, dinner, accident insurance

This bike tour is a group tour and is subject to a minimum of 2 persons. Private tours can also be arranged on request.

Bike tour - The bay of Havana

Starting at Vedado, you will make your way across the bay to Casa Blanca passing the Christ of Havana statue and some of the colonial fortresses. You will follow a rural route to the colonial village Guanabacoa, one of the oldest towns in this province, a national monument and known as the town of Afro-Cuban religion. You then continue to Regla before taking the ferry back to Old Havana and along the Malecon (sea front) back to the starting point.

Duration: 5 hours
Distance: 35km (uphill 220m and downhill 220m)
Departures: everyday

Includes: local Spanish/English speaking guide, bicycle, helmet, 1L bottle of water, fresh juice
Not included: lunch, accident insurance

This bike tour is a group tour and is subject to a minimum of 2 persons. Private tours can also be arranged on request.

Please note: An admin fee of £42 (£35 + VAT) is applicable to all bookings (a one off booking fee, and not per person). Prices are for tours which start from Old Havana hotels – if you would like to be picked up elsewhere in the city, please let us know. All tours are subject to a minimum of 2 persons.

“I had a great time in Havana. [My homestay host´s] place was in a really convenient location, a couple of minutes walk from the Comodoro Hotel where the transfers to the school picked up and dropped off. They were very friendly and I had a nice en-suite room to myself. The [school] were very well organised and even though timings of pick-ups and drop-offs could be a little hit and miss (adjust expectations a little for Cuba of course!) we were all well informed and well looked after. Our language teacher was lovely, fun and professional, with an immersive style of teaching that seemed too much to start with but started to work by the end of the week, and my dance teacher was very patient (she had too be!!) with me. Again, this was all very well organised at the school with breaks and basic refreshments available to purchase and a good choice places to eat in the vicinity. Very happy with the whole trip, from dealing with you guys to the fab experience that this type of holiday provides; love Havana as well!! I should have booked 2 or 3 weeks though as 1 week was only enough to learn the very basics of dancing and language. Next time maybe…!”

DH, Surrey (Nov 2013)

“I have just returned back from Cuba, and I had a wonderful time. The course that I did was truly helpful, and gave me a good foundation to build upon throughout my trip. I also was able to go on some of the excursions and meet other students there, which was lovely. Cuba is such an interesting country, and the people are so nice.”

AC, Wales (Sep 2013)