The International Ballet Festival of Havana is one of the most significant cultural and dance events in both Cuba and the world. Founded in 1960, this 6-day biennial event will feature 20 + classical and contemporary performances with the best dancers, choreographers, and companies from around the globe. As a group, we will attend 5 performances with privileged access to some of the best seats in the house, meet with dancers, and visit the prestigious Cuban National Ballet School. 

In addition, Dance Cuba offers the same immersive cultural experience that is the hallmark of all our adventures. The trip requires extensive time exploring on foot rather than sight-seeing by bus. Cuba travel expert and award-winning photographer Scott Fishman will lead you away from the over-crowded tourist areas and into the nearby streets and surrounding neighborhoods of Havana where the locals carry-on with their daily lives. You will gain privileged access to people and places virtually unseen by tourists and therefore experience authentic Cuba.

Dance Cuba has been designed to appeal to both photographers and non-photographers alike.






5 Nights Total
(3 Work Days)
(2 Weekend Days)


Group Size

5-6 People







  • Attend 5 Featured Festival Performances
  • Meet with World-Class Dancers
  • Tour the National School of Ballet
  • Dine in Top Rated Restaurants
  • Partake in Daily Cultural Immersion Walks
  • Meet with a Famous Cuban Photographer
  • Visit Artist Studios, Galleries, Workshops
  • Ride in 1950's Classic Convertibles
  • Experience Afro-Cuban Music & Dance
  • Interact with Boxers at a Legendary Gym
  • Visit with a Santeria Priestess
  • And Much More!



Oct. 26 - 31, 2018



Jul. 21, 2018



Space Available


* Preferred dates and customized itineraries can be arranged for private groups. Prices may vary.





All accommodations in Cuba. Daily breakfast. All lunches and dinners. Individual airport transfers in Havana. Ground transportation. Professional guides and local photographers. Admissions and activity fees. 1 WiFi access card. Cuban Tourist/Visa Card. Mandatory Cuban Insurance. Fully sanctioned and legal travel under the General License provision for People-to-People Educational activities as set forth by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC).


Not Included

Airfare to and from Cuba. Airline baggage fees. Accommodations not in Cuba. Meals not included on the itinerary. Fees for admissions, excursions, and other events not listed on the itinerary. Guides, translators, or transportation outside of group activities. Model fees for optional photo shoots. Tips for Capturing Cuba staff, local guides and drivers. Personal expenses such as but not limited to all beverages, internet access exceeding 2 hours, telephone calls, laundry service, and mini-bars. Travel insurance and trip cancellation insurance.






Plan to arrive at José Martí International Airport (HAV) in Havana before 5:30pm on Friday (Day 0). A member of the Capturing Cuba team will greet you at the airport and transfer you to our accommodations. Your adventure will end in Havana on Wednesday (Day 5). Airlines currently offering service between the U.S. and Havana are: Southwest, JetBlue, American, Delta, and United. A group transfer to José Martí International Airport (HAV will be provided in the morning only. As is the case with any international trip, we suggest that you consider the purchase of travel insurance and/or trip cancellation insurance.



All accommodations are in licensed casa particulares (bed and breakfasts) with air-conditioned bedrooms, and in-suite private bathrooms with hot water showers. Accommodations are based upon a per person double occupancy rate. If you are traveling alone we will make our best effort to match you with a suitable roommate. If we are unable to do so for any reason, or if you prefer the privacy of your own room, a minimum single occupancy supplement of $195 will be applied to the cost of your trip. Single occupancy is based upon room availability and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.



You will encounter poorly maintained roads and steep staircases on this adventure. All participants are expected to be in reasonably good health, steady on their feet, and able to walk several hours daily without slowing down the group.



The Cuban pace is slow and very few people speak English. You will find that poverty is abundant, goods are extremely limited, and services are sporadic. Life in Cuba can be unpredictable and unforeseen circumstances may arise. Therefore, last-minute changes to the itinerary may be unavoidable and are to be expected. Patience and flexibility are necessary to enjoy your Cuban experience.



Cuba is one of the safest countries in the world for tourists to visit. It has the lowest crime rate in the Western Hemisphere and violent crime is virtually non-existent. The majority of crime is classified as non-confrontational (pick-pockets, scams, and petty theft). During the 38th Annual International Tourism Fair (FITUR) held in Madrid during January 2018, Cuba was bestowed the Excellence Award and received the honour of being declared "Safest Country" for travel.




General License

All Cuba travel adventures offered by Capturing Cuba, LLC are operated under a General License authorized by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). This license permits U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba with an organization that sponsors exchanges to promote people-to-people contact. Travelers are required to maintain a full-time schedule of activities intended to support civil society in Cuba, promote the Cuban people’s independence from Cuban authorities, and result in meaningful interaction with individuals in Cuba. Travelers should maintain all records from their travels for a period of 5 years.



All participants are required to carry a valid U.S. issued passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after the trip departure date. Foreign passports are allowed only in conjunction with a valid U.S. Resident Alien Card (Green Card).


Cuban Visa

All participants are required to carry a Cuban Tourist Card (Visa) which will be provided by Capturing Cuba. The cost of the Tourist Card is included in the price of your adventure. Please note that additional processing and shipping fees may apply. Procedures and costs are subject to change.



The Cuban government requires U.S.-Cuban dual citizens who departed Cuba on or after January 1, 1971 to enter and depart Cuba using a Cuban passport. Using a Cuban passport for this purpose does not jeopardize one’s U.S. citizenship. However, such persons must use their U.S. passports to enter and depart the United States. Cuban-Americans who departed Cuba before January 1, 1971 may travel to Cuba on their U.S. passport but must apply for an HE-11 visa from the Cuban Embassy.