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Jazz in Havana - 5 Days / 4 Nights - Havana, Matanzas

Explore Habana Vieja | Visit the Abdala Recording Studio | Meet Famous Cuban Jazz Musicians | Explore Matanzas- the Venice of Cuba | Meet an Afro-Cuban Folkloric Group | Listen to Live Jazz | Visit an Art School | 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site

map of cuba, havana. matanzas
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.
Art by Jose Fuster in Jaimanitas, Cuba
Day 1

After clearing immigration and customs at the José Martí International Airport in Havana, you’ll take a short drive to your hotel for check in and tour orientation.*

Meals | Dinner

*Check-in begins roughly at 3pm ET. The tour start time will vary slightly depending on flight arrivals. 

The colourful streets of Havana, Cuba
Day 2

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. For lunch, you’ll dine at El Aljibe, made famous by Anthony Bourdain during his visit to Cuba. After lunch, you’ll join Cuban musicians at the famous jazz club La Zorra y El Cuervo for a private gathering to discuss the influence of Cuban jazz around the world. Tonight, you’ll dine at a paladar, a private, family-owned restaurant.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Musicians in Cuba play the drums and dance
Havana / Matanzas
Day 3

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. Dinner tonight will be on your own, we suggest trying one of Havana's local paladares.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch

A trumpet player performs Jazz in Havana, Cuba
Day 4

This morning, you’ll visit a local food co-op to learn about an important part of Cuban life. Later in the morning, you’re in for a special visit to the Fine Arts Museum, where you'll meet with a specialist who will tell you about Cuba's most impressive collection of national art.

After lunch, you’ll participate in an educational exchange with a group of local artists. 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

Vintage cars line the streets in Havana, Cuba
Day 5

After breakfast, bid farewell to Cuba as you board your flight home.

Meals | Breakfast

Please note that this itinerary is subject to change. Due to the unique nature of our programming, each departure is custom designed and not every activity listed on this itinerary is always available. Please rest assured that our team in both Cuba and the U.S. take special care in planning each excursion and draws from almost two decades of experience, relationships, and activities to make each itinerary exceptional. Each tour provides a full-time schedule of educational people-to-people exchange activities and is fully compliant with U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control regulations regarding travel to Cuba. These same regulations provide that guest participation on each tour is mandatory.

  • Welcome reception and tour orientation

  • Superior accommodations a top-rated hotel 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 experience on your own

  • Certification of travel to Cuba under the U.S. Department of the Treasury general license

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

  • All entrance fees to scheduled activities and events

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

  • Private Cuban driver

  • 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**

  • Flight concierge service (flight cost additional)

*Transfers available for group blocks or recommended flight arrival and departure times.

**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.

Jazz in Havana Tour
DateDouble Occupancy
(per person)
Cuban Visa
Mar 7 – Mar 11, 2018$3,795$99  
Apr 4 – Apr 8, 2018$3,695$99  
May 2 – May 6, 2018$3,695$99  
May 30 – Jun 3, 2018$3,695$99  
Nov 14 – Nov 18, 2018$3,595$99  
Dec 29, 2018 – Jan 2, 2019$3,995$99  


NEW!! PREPAYMENT DISCOUNT: Pay in full at the time of booking and receive $200 OFF the full price! *Must book 120 days in advance of the departure date. This may not be combined with any other promotions. Normal terms and conditions apply. 

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: For single-occupancy, add $995 through March 15, 2018 and March 29, 2018 and April 26, 2019 and May 10, 2018. Add $695 March 22, 2018 and April 5 - April 19, 2018. Add $595 May 24, 2018 and on.

Group Rates: 5% off land for groups of 5 - 9 guests. 10% off land for groups of 10 or more.

Not combinable with any other offer or a private group. Will be applied at final payment.

Jazz in Havana Tour

Once you have booked your tour, our flight concierge will gladly assist you with all of your flight needs. Call us at 914-380-8303 or click here for an air quote.

The recommended flights* for all guests on this tour are: 

American        1447    MIAMI-HAVANA (MIA-HAV) 

American        1345    MIAMI-HAVANA (MIA-HAV)  

American        1334    HAVANA-MIAMI (HAV-MIA) 

Flight times may vary, please consult the airline's website for the most up to date flight information on your particular dates of travel.  

*Group airport transfers are included for recommended flights only.

Visit our Flights to Cuba page for important information on the best way to book your flights, non-recommended flights, as well as group airport transfersPlease note that the tour you have chosen is a land based tour only, flights costs and Cuban visas are not included in your tour package.

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