About Vamos Cuba

CUBA is our passion, we love the country, the culture, the people and their unique outlook on life! 

Vamos Cuba believes that holidays can be so much more than simply lying on the beach or sightseeing. We have made local connections and arrangements so that you can experience a unique Cuban holiday.

Vamos Cuba offers travellers to Havana an authentic taste of local life, with accommodation provided at personally inspected family homes (Casas Particulares).

You will also have your very own Vamos Cuba host. One of our ‘host’ will meet you at the airport, make sure that you know where your classes and your activities are and make you feel at home in Havana.


Veronika Tirpakova – The woman behind Vamos Cuba

Vamos Cuba is run by Veronika Tirpakova. Originally from the Czech Republic. Veronika has always had a passion for Latino culture and has travelled extensively throughout Central America.

From 2005, she worked in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, for a large multi national company. During this time she learned Spanish and participated in a number of Latin culture festivals.

In 2010 Veronika met the world-renowned Danza Contemporanea de Cuba when the company performed at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle. After striking up close friendships with the dancers, she visited them several times in Havana. It was here, in the musical heart of the country, that the idea for Vamos Cuba was born. Veronika decided that everyone should have the chance to visit and experience the real Cuba, their amazing culture, meet and even live with its wonderful, vibrant people.

In 2011 Veronika left the corporate world and set up Vamos Cuba. She now divides her time between Havana and Europe. Vamos Cuba gives travellers the opportunity to immerse themselves in this vibrant culture, get a taste of the real Cuba and be inspired by the Cuban way of life.

What Vamos Cuba can do for you?

  • You can stay in friendly, comfortable home stays. If you decide to take any of our dance or music holidays, you will also benefit from tuition provided by professionals of respected institutions such as Havana’s University and the National Schools of Arts.
  • For those who want to just explore Cuba we have prepared Private tours with professional guides to show you the best from Cuba.
  • Vamos Cuba can also book any hotel in Cuba, rent cars and organise any other activities in Cuba. Just let us know what is your interest and we will tailor made your holiday in Cuba​.

Veronika's recommended holidays in Cuba:

Photography Tour in Cuba

When: On Request

Price:  £890

This Photography tour in Cuba will show you a very special country with great opportunities for amazing photos. Street photography, Dance, people, nature, old vintage cars everywhere

Solo Salsa Holiday in Cuba

Solo Salsa Holiday

On Vamos Cuba Salsa Holidays you won’t be on your own even when traveling alone!

Cuba is….

Exotic, Exhilarating, fascinating and educational and it should be explored and experienced!

If all you’ve ever been on a package holiday, you’ll be out of your comfort zone, but that’s what life is all about, having adventures and making memories; even if you are travelling alone.

That’s why we’ve created these special Solo Salsa Holidays package, so that you can safely see Havana, meet the people and learn something new at the same time.

On Arrival

When you arrive in Cuba one of our Vamos Cuba guides will be at the airport to meet you and you will taken to your accommodation and to meet your host. Staying with a Cuban family means you’re not on your own and you get to practice your Spanish!

Your Vamos Cuba host will give you all the advice and guidance you need to make the most of the time you have in Cuba. Your Vamos Cuba guide will explain how to get around Havana and access the internet, where to get good value, authentic Cuban food, understand the double currency and tell you where you can exchange your money.

Salsa Classes

On your Salsa Holiday you’ll have five 2 hour one to one, salsa sessions with an experienced dance partner and a professional teacher. You’ll even get the opportunity to show off your new salsa skills when we take you out to some of the best clubs in Havana.

Sightseeing

As well as your salsa classes, you’ll also get plenty of time to explore Havana. You can visit the ballet or wander along the world famous Malécon seafront.

You can even enjoy a daiquiri at the Ambos Mundo Hotel, which is where Ernest Hemmingway lived, before he bought his own home, Finca La Vigia, which is now a museum. And, if you don’t like daiquiri’s you can always sip a mojito!

ItineraryaccommodationWhat’s includedreviewsSalsa course

Day

Place

Meal

Details

1

Arrival

N/A

Your Vamos Cuba host will pick you up at the airport and take you to your Casa. 

Accommodation: Casa Particular - Comfort

2

Starting with Salsa Classes

B

After breakfast  Vamos Cuba host – will pick you up from your house and take you to see Havana, either state your preferences or let your guide show you their favourite places.

In the afternoon you will start your 2 hour one-to-one classes. In the evening you can go out with your dance partner who will recommend you the very best Salsa venues in Havana

Accommodation: Casa Particular - Comfort

3-5

Salsa Classes continue

B

For the next 3 days you will have time to sleep in after your nights out or enjoy the city; simply arrange the time when your host should  pick you up the day before.

Two hours of one-to-one Salsa class in the afternoon.

Accommodation: Casa Particular - Comfort

6

Free Day + Salsa class

B

This is a free day where you have the morning and early afternoon free to do as you choose before your final salsa class. Salsa classes in the afternoon

Accommodation: Casa Particular - Comfort

7

Free Day

B

A completely free day where you can either stay in Havana or take a day trip to Vinales or Las Terrazas. Whatever you choose your host can help to organise it.

Accommodation: Casa Particular - Comfort

8

Departure

B

Your last day. You will be picked up from your host family and driven to the airport in plenty of time to catch your flight. Option: you can extend your stay to any desired length, or if you wish to continue independently we are happy to give you tips for other places to visit.

Casa Particular

We take comfort of our customers very seriously. When you stay at a Casa Particular (Private Homestay/B&B) chosen by Vamos*Cuba, you can be assured that it has been hand-picked based on our very selective criteria. We met personally the family who run them. We only work with people who understand and share our values. We support responsible travel and therefore working directly with the locals is the best way how to contribute to Cuban families and local economy. We want you to stay in a home which will offer all the comfort and privacy you need and bring a unique touch to your holiday. Vamos Cuba offers 3 types of homestay accommodations:

Comfort

Included as standard in all of our packages. This is the best way to get to know the locals and gain a real insight into the Cuban way of life. Your accommodation will be in a central and accessible location, you’ll have a good sized room with a private bathroom or shared between a maximum of two rooms. You’ll have access to a terrace or balcony, and your room will have air conditioning.

Independence

For those who want complete privacy; for an extra charge you can get all of the features of a Comfort Casa with the added benefit of a private entrance in the same house as the family, or a completely separate apartment. You’ll have a kitchen, private bathroom, separate living area, TV, fridge. Extra charge for 7 nights = 110GBP

Luxury

If you want a luxury but still want an authentic Cuban experience away from the hotels, then the luxury Casa is for you. You’ll have a beautifully designed and spacious room, lounge, terrace and an impressive view of either the Malecon or the City. You’ll also have a TV, phone and safety deposit box. Extra charge for 7 nights = 210GBP

Hotels in Cuba

In case you wouldn’t feel comfortable staying in Casas Particulares we can make a reservation to any hotels in Cuba. Just let us know your preferences and we will sort it out for you. Price will depend on the season and the specific hotels.

7 nights package: 580 GBP

What’s included

7 nights in a private family home (casa particular) with daily breakfastPersonal airport pick-up and drop-offOrientation walking session in order to learn about Havana and plan the week ahead5 two-hour one-to-one salsa classes 3 nights out with a dance partner to the salsa club of your choosing3 half days with your dedicated Vamos Cuba guide who will accompany you on your chosen excursionsSingle Suplement

What’s not included

FlightsMeals and drinks (except breakfast)Entrance charges to clubs, museums, monuments and tours (Also not for the dancers and your host)

Extra/Optional

Extra days either in Havana or anywhere else in Cuba (please contact us for more information)Extra hour of Salsa class or any other classes (Spanish, Music etc) = £10ENQUIRY NOW

Clare Hampson, April 2014, UK

"I’ve just returned from 2 weeks Salsa holiday in Havana – a solo trip partly organised by Vamos Cuba. Veronika was quick to understand that I’m a solo traveller but well travelled so I didn’t need too much hand holding but just pointing in the right direction. She sorted me out with great accommodation in a non-touristy part of town, showed me how to get around in the the local taxis and set me up with salsa lessons with one of the best dancers in town. She also organised great nights out. She’s flexible and understanding.. not pushy and loves the place. Altogether a great combination." Read More

Karl from Australia from his Salsa Holiday in Cuba:

"I had a fantastic time in Cuba. I spent approximately 3 weeks in this beautiful country learning about its people, history culture, music, dance and the daily rhythm of Cuban local life. Many thanks to Veronika for organizing my trip on the drop of the hat. I had a great local guide who made my…"Read More

Daniela from the UK on her Salsa & Spanish Holiday:

“Veronika, you have done a brilliant job bringing together a team of excellent professionals – Odalys and Yoerlis, who are both highly qualified, competent and lovely in their personalities – teaching Spanish and Salsa – as well as finding great accommodation for us. I absolutely loved the view from Casa Mable’s balcony over Centro Habana towards the Malecon. ” Read More

Salsa course:

You will have the exclusive opportunity to learn from the best teacher of the country. Our teachers are great dancers and professors of very prestige dance companies in Cuba. Some of them performed around the world, including Great Britain.

In the first hour your teacher will check on your dance level and introduce you to Cuban salsa (Casino); the principals of the dance and the movement. You will learn the basic steps of Casino and body movement.This course also includes Rumba, Son or Cha Cha Cha.

Salsa Dance Partners: All students of salsa will have a Cuban dance partner throughout the salsa classes, which will enable you to get a really deep understanding of authentic Cuban salsa. With your own dance partner the course is a far more intensive and rewarding learning experience. They will also go out to the Salsa clubs.

Price

£580 for 1 week/Person

Highlights

Highly qualified Salsa instructorExpert local knowledgeThe full Cuban ExperienceSocial program for Solo Travellers

When

All Year Round

When: All Year Round

Price: £580 for 1 week

Exhilarating one-week of learning Salsa in Havana with the best teachers in Cuba.

Add few days in Vinales or Trinidad to explore Cuban countryside

8 Days Private Tour – Essential Cuba

When: Any time during the year, with a minimum of one month before departure.

Price: £550

8 Days Private Guided Tour. You will visit the essential of Cuba: Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad & Vinales. Transport in a vintage american car.

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