Jazz in Havana Tour

6 Days / 5 Nights

Havana | Matanzas

 

Overview

Cuba is a rhythm nation. You can feel it in Havana’s music venues, where performers punctuate heavy air with bata and maracas. You can hear it in historic residential neighborhoods, where the blare of trumpet courses through colonial courtyards. You can see it in the blissful expressions of street buskers, who serenade passersby with soft Spanish guitar.


The island country’s world-famous music scene is one of its biggest draws. That’s why we make sure to take you deep into the groove with our Jazz in Havana Tour. We’ve teamed up with Cuba's leading jazz musicians to offer this rare insider plunge into the thriving Cuban art and jazz scene.
 
Immerse yourself for six music-soaked days in an inferno of Afro beats, freewheeling jazz and swirling salsa. When you’re not swaying to a toe-tapping performance, your Cuban guide will usher you behind the scenes to discover just where the beats are rooted and to engage in meaningful, memorable dialogue with musicians, music teachers, producers and engineers. It’s a tour that goes well beyond what you’ll find in any guidebook.

Whether you are just beginning to foster a love of Cuban jazz or have long been a fan of the country’s rhythm kings, like Chucho Valdés, this tour will leave you inspired, energized and truly in touch with artistry like no other.

What's Included

  • One night at the Sofitel Miami Hotel, including breakfast and airport transfer

  • Private welcome reception and pre-tour briefing

  • Superior accommodations at the Melia Cohiba in Havana

  • InsightCuba exclusive-guided programming, including; unique handpicked people-to-people activities; insider access to Cuba's famous places and those rarely seen; and private visits and lectures with Cuba's renowned experts

  • Experienced insightCuba tour leader

  • Expert Cuban guide

  • All meals while in Cuba, except for one paladar evening dining experiences on your own

  • U.S. Department of the Treasury license and insightCuba letter of authorization

  • Small group size (usually 16 or fewer guests; never more than 24)

  • All entrance fees to scheduled activities and events

  • Flight package (cost additional) including: round-trip charter air from Miami to Havana, Cuban visa, priority check-in at Miami International Airport, and baggage fee for first checked bag

  • All in-country ground transportation and airport transfers via luxury motor coach

  • Private Cuban Driver

  • Travel health insurance, emergency medical evacuation, and trip cancellation coverage (up to $1,000)

  • Fresh bottled water while touring

  • InsightCuba travel guidebook

  • 24 hour emergency customer service hotline

  • Gratuities for luggage handling, restaurant service, and programmed activities throughout tour*

*Customary end-of-tour gratuities for the Cuban guide, driver, and tour leader are left to the guest’s discretion and should be based on your satisfaction with the level of service received.

Sample Itinerary

*A significant portion of your in-country programming is customized for each group to maximize your cultural experience. Many of the places we visit are not tourist destinations and are thus not always available. Therefore, this program should be considered as a sample only – please keep in mind that your particular tour may vary. Final itineraries are sent to guests one to two weeks prior to departure.

Day 1: Miami

Your trip begins in Miami at the Sofitel Miami Airport hotel, where your small group of traveling companions will gather for an important early evening briefing and cocktail reception.

Meals | Enjoy dinner on your own and at your leisure

Day 2: Miami / Havana

Following breakfast at the hotel, you’ll board our charter flight to Havana. After clearing immigration and customs, you’ll be accompanied to lunch by your Cuban guide and insightCuba tour leader. Then, you’ll take a short drive to the small town of Jaimanitas to meet renowned artist Jose Fuster. Known as the Picasso of the Caribbean, he has turned his home and community into a living art gallery that has transformed old facades into colorful murals. Following an afternoon program orientation, celebrate your arrival with a welcome dinner at the hotel. 

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 3: Havana

After breakfast, you’ll begin with a walking tour of Old Havana, a famous UNESCO heritage area, en route to the Abdala recording studio, where famous musicians, including Nat King Cole and the Buena Vista Social Club, recorded some of their best music.

Later, you’ll visit a renowned artist in his studio. After lunch, you’ll join Cuban musicians at the famous jazz club La Zorra y El Cuervo for a private gathering. Next, you’ll have a very special visit with a friend and self-taught Cuban artist who opens his home to teach neighborhood children the art of papier mâché. Tonight, you’ll dine on your own at a paladar, a private, family-owned restaurant. Your insightCuba tour leader, who is an expert in the dining scene, will make the best recommendations.  

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 4: Havana / Matanzas

This morning, you’ll depart for Matanzas, where your first stop is a unique book publisher that makes handmade paper and hand-bound books. Signed copies of books can be purchased for a small fee. After lunch, you’ll visit a dance-and-performing-arts center to meet with the performers and learn about rhumba and other folkloric dance forms.

The beat goes on during a special visit with AfroCuba de Matanzas, one of Cuba's most-respected folklore groups, performing traditional African dances, percussion, and songs. After, you’ll take a leisurely journey back to Havana on the northern coast. 

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 5: Havana

This morning, you’ll meet with one of Cuba’s most-respected jazz musicians and professors to learn about Cuban jazz and its history. Later in the morning, you’re in for a special visit to a cultural center, where our friends will introduce you to some real Cuban hospitality, song and dance.

For lunch, you’ll dine at El Aljibe, made famous by Anthony Bourdain during his visit to Cuba. After lunch, you’ll visit two artists in their studio. Later, you’ll meet a renowned jazz musician (and personal friend of insightCuba) for an afternoon of listening, learning, some discussion, and live playing. You’ll wrap up the day with a farewell dinner at a local paladar, a privately owned restaurant in a Cuban home. 

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 6: Havana / Miami ¡Adios, Cuba!

Following breakfast and hotel checkout, you’ll meet with an art specialist for an incredible tour of Havana’s Museum of Fine Arts. Then, you’ll enjoy lunch before heading to the airport for your return flight to Miami.

Meals | Breakfast

Tour Dates & Prices

Jazz in Havana Tour

DateDouble Occupancy (per person)Status
Nov 25, 2014 – Nov 30, 2014$3,495  Sold Out
Dec 22, 2014 – Dec 27, 2014$3,495  Sold Out
Jan 13, 2015 – Jan 18, 2015$3,495  Sold Out
Feb 3, 2015 – Feb 8, 2015$3,495  Book Now!
Mar 10, 2015 – Mar 15, 2015$3,495  Book Now!
Mar 31, 2015 – Apr 5, 2015$3,495  Book Now!
Apr 28, 2015 – May 3, 2015$3,495  Book Now!
May 19, 2015 – May 24, 2015$3,295  Book Now!
Jun 16, 2015 – Jun 21, 2015$3,295  Book Now!
Jun 30, 2015 – Jul 5, 2015$3,395  Book Now!
Jul 21, 2015 – Jul 26, 2015$3,395  Book Now!
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Oct 20, 2015 – Oct 25, 2015$3,295  CALL NOW
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Nov 17, 2015 – Nov 22, 2015$3,495  CALL NOW
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Dec 15, 2015 – Dec 20, 2015$3,495  CALL NOW
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Jan 19, 2016 – Jan 24, 2016$3,595  CALL NOW
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Feb 9, 2016 – Feb 14, 2016$3,595  CALL NOW
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Mar 1, 2016 – Mar 6, 2016$3,595  CALL NOW
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Single Supplement: For single-occupancy pricing, add $400.

Flight Package

Jazz In Havana Tour

  • Round trip air from Miami to Havana
  • Cuban visa
  • Baggage fee for first checked bag
  • Priority check-in at Miami International Airport
DEPARTURESFLIGHT PACKAGE
Jan 8 - Dec 19$595
Dec 20 - Jan 7$645

-Flight Package Prices are subject to change unless accompanied by confirmed booking

  • “Loved the music, both jazz and Cuban music.....Meeting the Cuban people. They were warm and welcoming to us. Loved their spirit. Loved all the music.”

    Susan H.

    Jazz in Havana Tour
  • “The people were so warm and caring. The music was great.”

    Peggy B.

    Jazz in Havana Tour
  • “The Diversity of Experience -- it was a wonderful education…The Arts, Music, Dance, -- all wonderful…The personal experience of interacting with the local people -- especially the children at the block party is a special memory.”

    Elissa M.

    Jazz in Havana Tour
  • “Of my favorites, seeing the children in Matanzas perform, and appreciating how much they are able to do with so few resources was simply amazing and very heartwarming.”

    Laura M.

    Jazz in Havana Tour
  • “I had a great time and did enjoy the cultural experiences, visiting the kids and especially dance schools.”

    Christine T.

    Jazz in Havana Tour