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Jazz in Havana Tour

5 Days / 4 Nights



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.
Day 1

After clearing immigration and customs at the José Martí International Airport in Havana, you’ll take a short drive to the Meliá Cohiba for hotel 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. 

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

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

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

Day 5

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

Meals | Breakfast

Activities in this itinerary should be considered a sample only. Final itineraries are sent to guests one to two weeks prior to departure.

  • Private welcome reception and tour orientation

  • Superior accommodations at the Meliá Cohiba 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 experiences 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

  • Travel health and emergency medical evacuation insurance

  • 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**

*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
Oct 11 – Oct 16, 2016$3,495  Plus Overnight in Miami
Nov 22 – Nov 27, 2016$4,395  Plus Overnight in Miami
Dec 14 – Dec 18, 2016$4,495  Havana Jazz Festival
Dec 29, 2016 – Jan 2, 2017$4,695   
Jan 11 – Jan 15, 2017$4,295$99  
Jan 25 – Jan 29, 2017$4,295$99  
Feb 1 – Feb 5, 2017$4,295$99  
Feb 15 – Feb 19, 2017$4,295$99  
Mar 1 – Mar 5, 2017$4,295$99  
Mar 15 – Mar 19, 2017$4,295$99  
Mar 29 – Apr 2, 2017$4,295$99  
Apr 12 – Apr 16, 2017$4,295$99  
Apr 26 – Apr 30, 2017$4,295$99  
May 10 – May 14, 2017$4,295$99  
May 24 – May 28, 2017$4,295$99  
Jun 7 – Jun 11, 2017$4,095$99  
Jun 21 – Jun 25, 2017$4,095$99  
Jul 5 – Jul 9, 2017$4,095$99  
Jul 19 – Jul 23, 2017$4,095$99  
Aug 2 – Aug 6, 2017$4,095$99  
Aug 23 – Aug 27, 2017$4,095$99  
Sep 6 – Sep 10, 2017$4,195$99  
Oct 4 – Oct 8, 2017$4,195$99  
Nov 8 – Nov 12, 2017$4,295$99  
Nov 22 – Nov 26, 2017$4,295$99  
Dec 6 – Dec 10, 2017$4,295$99  
Dec 20 – Dec 24, 2017$4,295$99  
Dec 29, 2017 – Jan 2, 2018$4,495$99  

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: For single-occupancy pricing, add $600 for departures prior to October 31, 2016 and $1400 for departures from November 1, 2016 onward.

Want a Roommate?: Solo travelers wishing to pay the double occupancy rate may share a room with another guest.

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


Flights from October 1 - November 30, 2016:

$645 per person and includes Cuban visa, Cuban airport departure tax, required Cuban health insurance, and priority check-in at Miami international airport. 

All guests booking a tour departing Oct 1- Nov 30, 2016 are automatically booked on a scheduled charter flight from Miami to Cuba round trip. (Commercial flights are not yet available.) This flight departs in the morning from Miami and includes an overnight stay at the Hotel Pullman Miami Airport, private welcome reception, pre-tour briefing, breakfast and transfers.

Please note that the flight charge will be added to your tour fee, once you are registered on a tour.

Flights from December 1- 31, 2016:

$645* per person and includes Cuban visa, Cuban airport departure tax, and required Cuban health insurance. 

For guests booking a tour departing Dec 1- Dec 31, 2016 we have blocked seats on American Airlines from Miami to Cuba. This flight departs in the morning from Miami and requires an overnight stay in Miami not included in the tour price.

*Add $100 for departures Dec 20 - Dec 31, 2016.

Flights January 1, 2017 and onward:

Once you are registered on one of our tours, we will handle all of your flight needs.


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