21st Dec 2019 – 22nd Jan 2020

Yes, dear friends, the long-awaited trip to Cuba is happening!   For those of you who came with us to Cuba before, or if you’ve never been, here is your opportunity to travel this year to the land of Blues, Latin Jazz, Latin music, Salsa, Cuban Salsa, Son, Rumba, Mambo, Cha Cha Cha etc. and to the Dominican Republic, the home of Bachata and Merengue! This is going to be a great tour!!!

Start planning your holiday with us now !!

Date: 

  • 21 Dec – 27 Dec, Xmas in New York  (6 nights)
  • 27 Dec – 12 Jan, New Year’s Eve and dance tour in Havana – Cuba  (15 nights)
  • 12 Jan – 22 Jan, Dance tour in the Dominican Republic  (10 nights)

You can choose the full tour or any 2 week part of the tour.

How exciting is this!!! :  

  • Xmas in New York, New Year’s Eve & dancing tour in Cuba
  • Dancing tour in Cuba
  • Dancing tour in Dominican Rep

Group Discounts :

  • 6-7 people get 10% off per person booked.
  • 4-5 people get 5% off per person booked.

Discounts available for those who pay by cash. Please discuss with Moro.

Please Note:

  1. All guests are responsible for arranging their own flights – we can help suggest the cheapest and most direct flights but strongly recommend booking through a travel agent.
  2. The tour costs will include accommodation, transportation between Havana & Trinidad, 16 hours of dance workshops, welcome and farewell parties as detailed in the itinerary below.
  3. Not included in the prices are: Entry fee to nightclubs and tourist attractions (such as Tropicana); Meals; Taxi fares; Incidental expenses
  4. To book your place on the tour please contact Moro by email as soon as possible. We will then provide you with all the necessary details for confirmation.
  5. We will be staying in casa particulars in Vedado, Moro’s local neighborhood in Havana. We’ll all be close by to each other, near the Malecon and Moro’s sister’s home. Hotel Don Juan in Dominican Rep. with All inclusive and Hotel Palacios in Santo Domingo.

Itinerary for New York

Day time tours:

  • Statue of Liberty and China Town
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Empire State Building
  • Central Park, NYC Bike Tour
  • Central Park Zoo
  • Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts
  • American Museum of National History

Evening Dining:

  • Coppelia Restaurant
  • Cuba Restaurant
  • Guantanamera Restaurant
  • Havana Alma de Cuba
  • Havana Central
  • China Town
  • Italian Town

Salsa & Bachata night clubs in NYC

  • Guantanamera
  • Cubana Social
  • Club Cache
  • Gonzalez y Gonzalez
  • Tavern Lounge
  • Plus Jazz & Blues night optional as a replacement for one of these clubs. Can be decided during the trip according to interest.

Itinerary for Cuba 

PLEASE NOTE: The below is an indicative guide only to let you know about some of the activities we are planning for the tour. All activities listed below are subject to change without notice (things in Cuba can sometimes be unpredictable, and its important to be flexible).

Arriving in Havana City on 27 Dec to start the tour!

Friday 27th Dec

  • Visit the International Financial Bank (so you know where to change money)
  • Visit the National Hotel in Cuba, considered a symbol of history, culture and Cuban identity was made in 1930.
  • Visit the Habana Libre Hotel (where you can check Internet)
  • A welcome lunch party at Moro’s sister’s home, where you can enjoy a touch of very good traditional Cuban food by Moro’s brother in law. Master Chef in International and Cuban food.
  • Welcome to a Night in Havana – Cuba. An optional night where you can tell us where to go!!!! LET’S DO THIS!!!

Saturday 28th Dec

  • Excursion and tour of Vedado to show you where the supermarkets and shops are around the area.
  • Lunch in one of the best Paladar in town, Dos Amigos.
  • Visit El Palenque, the Rumba Houses – an exciting afternoon of dance and performance with local Cubans ‪from 3-6pm.
  • Get ready to see the most spectacular open-air cabarets in Cuba where you can enjoy the music and Cuban folklore dance.
  • Visit the world-renowned Tropicana, Cabaret de Cuba – famous for its amazing cabaret shows.
  • Dancing at Casa de la Musica de Miramar, Centro Havana or El Diablo Tun Tun)

Sunday 29th Dec

  • Tour of Old Havana – its many famous haunts, landmarks, restaurants, hotels, and daily markets.
  • Visit Capitolio Nacional de Cuba
  • Visit El Floridita bar in Havana (Ernest Hemingway’s famous restaurant)
  • Walking tour to Calle Obispo
  • Visit La Plaza de la Cathedral de la Habana which was constructed by Jesuits (1748-77)
  • Lunch in Old Havana
  • Tour of La Bodeguita del Medio, very famous restaurant in Old Havana, a mainstay of Ernest Hemingway and the Cuban Mojitos house.
  • Returning home by Coco Taxis.
  • Let’s dance at 1830, the famous outdoor nightclub. This will be the first of many unforgettable experiences with the local Cubans. It’s the best Salsa Rueda place in Havana…. :-))))

Monday 30st Dec

  • Workshops: Yambu, Guaguanco, Columbia & Cuban Salsa girls styling, Cuban Salsa men’s styling.
  • Lunch at Uncle Bartolo’s House.
  • Tour to Coppelia, Cuban Ice-cream shop.
  • Visit Hotel Habana Libre (Where you can check Internet), Calle 23 and Malecón Habanero.
  • Dancing at Casa de la Musica (Miramar, Centro Havana or El Diablo Tun Tun) to be confirmed.

Tuesday 31st Dec

  • Workshops: Son, Salsa Casino, Rueda de Casino & Cuban Timba shines with Reggaeton.
  • Visit Partagas Cigar Factory in Old Habana.
  • Lunch at the Cuban Chinatown.
  • Visit the Rum Museum.
  • Visit the Son museum
  • Return home by Coco Taxis.
  • Dinner at Restaurant El Chanchullero
  • Dancing at Palacio de la Salsa

Wednesday 1st Jan

  • Workshops: Franco Haitian & Son; 4 hours with one of the best professional dance schools from Guantanamo (the best Franco Haitian in Cuba), with the friendliest Cuban teachers.
  • There will be tours of the city, lunch, and dancing
  • Dinner in one of the best Paladar in town.
  • Dance at a Salsa nightclub with the teachers.
  • Dancing at Casa de la Musica (Miramar, Centro Havana or El Diablo TumTum) to be confirmed.

Thursday 2nd Jan

  • Visit the Cuban National School, ENA
  • Workshops: Casino, Rueda de Casino, & Cuban Timba shines with Reggaeton.
  • Explore the history & evolution of the Casino Cubano (Cuban Salsa Style).
  • Visit Marina Hemingway & Lunch.
  • Visit El Nautico Beach, El Fontan, El Casino Deportivo. One of the most famous places where Rueda de Casino & Casino Cubano was grown.
  • Matinee, Dancing Salsa at Casa de la Musica.
  • Dinner at La Casona de 17.
  • Dancing at the Hotel Floridita

Friday 3rd Jan

  • One-day excursion to Viñales, one of the beauties of Green Cuba. Transport with guide service
  • Enjoy the views and the direct contact with the people that grow the best tobacco in the world.
  • Panoramic view of Viñales Valley from Los Jasmines viewpoint.
  • Visit cigar factory in Pinar del Rio Province.
  • Creole lunch with folk music.
  • A look at the mural of prehistory.
  • Visit Playa Jutia (Beach)

Saturday 4th Jan

  • MORNING FREE
  • Visit the Cuban Art Galleries.
  • Lunch at Cerveceria Plaza Vieja
  • Tour to old Havana Harbour.
  • Return home by Coco Taxis.
  • Dinner Restaurant La Torre.
  • Dancing at Casa de la Musica de Galiano.

Sunday 5th Jan

  • Swimming at the Beach, Playa Santa Maria
  • Dinner at La Chorrera.
  • Let’s dance in 1830, the famous outdoor nightclub. This will be one of many unforgettable experiences with the local Cubans. It’s the best Salsa Rueda place in Havana…. :-)))) Parties !!!
  • After Party at the Casa de la Musica or chilling out at home between us and friends.

Monday 6th Jan

  • MORNING FREE
  • Matinee, Dancing Salsa at Casa de la Musica.
  • Dinner at El Recreo.
  • Dancing at the Hotel Floridita

Tuesday 7th Jan

  • Travel day from Havana to Trinidad – Leaving Havana 14:15, arriving Trinidad 19:35
  • Arriving in Trinidad Casa Particulares.
  • Excursion to Trinidad City, Cuba. Founded by Diego Velázquez in 1514, old town that has been called “the museum city of Cuba.”
  • Visiting La Canchanchara, having a fresh and traditional Trinidad drinks.
  • Traditional Cuban dinner at a Paladar (home made)
  • Dancing at Trinidad Casa de la musica.

Wednesday 8th Jan

  • Tour to Topes de Collantes, a beautiful adventure experience in the forest. Opportunity to make a trip to the park Guanayara, a nature reserve where you can hike the trail, up through the mountains to the waterfall El Rocio and swim in natural pools.
  • Lunch included at Casa de la Gallega.
  • Traditional Cuban dinner at a Paladar (home made)
  • Dancing at Trinidad Casa de la musica.

Thursday 9th Jan

  • Visit Ancon Beach.
  • Lunch at Ancon Beach.
  • Dinner at a Paladar (home made)
  • Dancing at Trinidad Casa de la musica.

Friday 10th Jan (To be update)

  • Depart Trinidad 8:15 am the return to Havana 13:50 pm
  • AFTERNOON FREE (enjoy Havana Markets etc.)
  • A bit of shopping to get some water, beer, soft drink and rum for our farewell party (BYO)!!
  • BVD Cuban Farewell Party with dinner!!
  • An unforgettable night meeting your Cuban dance teachers, plus some other Cuban dancers and many of Moro’s other friends.
  • Receive Certificate for your Course.

Saturday 11th Jan

  • Return to Australia for those not continuing on :-(((
  • Thanks so much for joining us, dear friends and students!

Dance tour in Dominican Republic, Jan 12th – 22nd 2020!!! 

  • Depart Havana / Arrive Santo Domingo: Saturday 12 Jan 2019
  • Depart Santo Domingo: Tuesday 22 Jan 2019

For the tour in Dominican Republic, BACHATEANDO Full Pass and accommodation must be booked and paid separately at the links below:

  • Bachateando Full Pass US$700 (with 15% discount – limited time only!)
  • 10 nights accommodation in Boca Chica (12 – 22 Jan) staying at Don Juan Beach Resort http://donjuanbeachresort.com/en  


Let your friends know about this tour and receive a discount off your full pass to Bachateando.

Itinerary in Dominican Republic

Sunday 12th Jan:

  • Check-in
  • Short break from the trip
  • Welcome dinner
  • In the evening, dance in the nightclub of Salsa and Bachata El Batey in Boca Chica.
  • Bachata concert at the Hangar 8:30 pm until 2:00 am…
  • Walk to the much-visited place called National Park the 3 eyes.
  • Saturday party Salsera with a School of national dances in Santo Domingo.
  • Excursion to Santo Domingo.
  • Shopping, Museums, Cafes, Restaurants, Paintings,
  • Live Bachata concert at Magnoli Car Wash from 8:30 p.m. until 12:00 p.m

Monday 13th Jan:

  • FREE DAY, to meet Boca Chica.
  • Beach
  • Shopping
  • Restaurants
  • Disco
  • Bank to extract money
  • Party with the Bonye orchestra in the colonial zone gather from all the city here in this place

Tuesday 14th Jan:

  • 10:00 am – 12pm, Workshop
  • 12:30 pm – 13:30 pm Lunch
  • 14:00 pm – 16:00 pm Workshop
  • Dinner with members, teachers and friends of the tour at the Hotel,
  • Show with Rodolfo and history of Bachata, also with animations at night, etc …
  • Download at the beach to relax and dance Bachata.

Wednesday 15th Jan:

  • 10:00 am – 12pm, Workshop
  • 12:30 pm – 13:30 pm Lunch
  • 14:00 pm – 16:00 pm Workshop
  • Visit to a Discotheque to dance Bachata, Merengue, Salsa or Son.

Thursday 16th Jan:

  • 10:00 am – 12pm, Workshop
  • 12:30 pm – 13:30 pm Lunch
  • 14:00 pm – 16:00 pm Workshop
  • Entertainment evening in the Hotel Pool
  • Dinner reserved for all the group one in a Restaurant in front of the Beach.

Friday 17th Jan:

  • Excursion to Saona beach
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • Party Thursdays in the Salten Colonial Zone.

Saturday 18th Jan:

  • Walk in the colonial area with tourist guide to show and teach the history of each place visited in the colonial area.
  • Visit of a museum.
  • Bachata concert at the Hangar 8:30 pm until 2:00 am…

Sunday 19th Jan:

  • Walk to the much-visited place called National Park the 3 eyes.
  • Saturday party Salsera with a School of national dances in Santo Domingo.

Monday 20th Jan:

  • Excursion to Santo Domingo.
  • Shopping, Museums, Cafes, Restaurants, Paintings,
  • Live Bachata concert at Magnoli Car Wash from 8:30 p.m. until 12:00 p.m.

Tuesday 21st Jan:

  • Excursion to the Salto Alto de Bayaguana.
  • Farewell party
  • Special dinner and reservation at one of the Hotel’s restaurants,
  • A romantic night with, Bolero, They are live.
  • Show with Rodolfo at the Hotel,
  • Dominican party at night with a bonfire at the edge of the beach, to refresh and relax.

Wednesday 22nd Jan:

Leaving Santo Domingo and returning home on 22nd Jan, :-((((

Testimonials

In case you’re still undecided, here are a few feedback comments from people who joined our last tour!

Overall it was a great trip, the music, the dance lessons, the people we met – including the dance teachers, being with Moro’s family, the care they all gave us – not to mention the fab food, it was a wonderful experience, Cuba is one of the most unique places I have visited, highly recommend it. Loved the impromptu dancing with the taxi drivers, shoe mender, cafe owners, as well as strangers on the beach, every time you shimmy to music, some one will grab you to dance.

I felt privileged to go on this trip and to be amongst Moro and his family, to have the best dance teacher in Cuba, the best band in Cuba playing for us at class and to meet Moro’s friends at our leaving party. That’s the part of Cuba we experienced that you wouldn’t get if you went on your own and stayed in a fancy hotel. Thanks go to Moro for arranging it all for us. I want to be there now!!! I miss it so much.

I just wanted to say a quick thank you to everyone for the company during our vacation. I’ve never been on a group tour before and I can honestly say I really enjoyed it. Definite highlights for me were the people both the local experience and our group. I’m reminded of this every time I look at our pics.