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

highlights: Old Havana | Abdala Recording Studio | Meet Famous Cuban Jazz Musicians | Town of Matanzas- the Venice of Cuba | Fine Arts Museum | Afro-Cuban Folkloric Group | Listen to Live Jazz | 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 the Meliá Cohiba hotel for check-in and a tour orientation*. This evening, we’ll celebrate your arrival over a welcome dinner.

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, we'll meet with a popular musician to discuss Cuban jazz. We'll then head to Old Havana for a walking tour of this famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. While in Old Havana, we'll stop for lunch at a paladar, a private, family-run restaurant, before we continue our walking tour. Later in the afternoon, we'll visit one of Havana's recording studios. Tonight, we’ll dine at a paladar.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

This morning, we’ll depart for Matanzas, where your first stop is a unique book publisher that makes handmade paper and hand-bound books. After lunch, we’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, we’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, we'll visit a farmer's market. Later in the morning, we'll have a special visit to the Fine Arts Museum, where we'll meet with a specialist who will tell you about Cuba's most impressive collection of national art.

After lunch, we’ll participate in an educational exchange with a group of local artists. We'll wrap up the day with a farewell dinner at a local paladar.

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.

  • Four nights at the Meliá Cohiba Hotel in Havana

  • InsightCuba exclusive-guided programming

  • Expert Cuban guide

  • Four breakfasts, three lunches, and three dinners*

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

  • Small group size (usually 10 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)

  • Cuban visa ($99 fee applies)

*For Private Departures: Four breakfasts, three lunches, and dinners on own. 

**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.

DateDouble Occupancy
(per person)
Single Occupancy
Jun 26 – Jun 30, 2019$3,295$3,790  
Aug 21 – Aug 25, 2019$3,295$3,790  
Oct 23 – Oct 27, 2019$3,395$3,890  
Nov 13 – Nov 17, 2019$3,395$3,890  
Dec 28, 2019 – Jan 1, 2020$3,495$3,990  

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. 

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, private departures, or custom-made tours. 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 your flight needs. Call us at 914-380-8303 or click here for an air quote. Please note that domestic and international flight costs are not included in your tour or travel package.  

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 dates of travel.  

*Group airport transfers are included for recommended flights only.

PURCHASING AIR ON YOUR OWN: You are welcome to book on your own, however please keep the following in mind:

Recommended flight and group airport transfers - Group airport transfers in Cuba are provided for recommended flights only. If you require a transfer from the airport to the hotel, please either book the recommended flight above, or call our flight concierge team to assist you

Non-Recommended Flights without group airport transfer You may book a flight other than the recommended flight, however, group airport transfers are not included. Taking a taxi from the airport to the hotel is very simple and will cost you only CUC$25 (US$30) each way.

Authorized airlines - Not all airlines are authorized by the U.S. Department of Transportation to fly to and from Cuba. While this information may change, the currently authorized airlines are: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines. Please contact the carrier for up to date flight schedules and routes.

Correct Airport - Please note that flights for this tour are round trip to Havana, Cuba. If you purchase air on your own, please make sure to book the proper airport or destination. Booking the wrong airport can result in expensive ticket change fees, or airport transfer.

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