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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. 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

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.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

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 5

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

Meals | Breakfast

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.

  • 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

  • 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 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*

*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)
(per person)
Aug 16 – Aug 21, 2016$3,495$645  
Oct 11 – Oct 16, 2016$3,495$645 Plus Overnight in Miami
Nov 22 – Nov 27, 2016$4,395$645 Plus Overnight in Miami
Dec 14 – Dec 18, 2016$4,495$645 Havana Jazz Festival
Dec 29, 2016 – Jan 2, 2017$4,695$745  
Jan 11 – Jan 15, 2017$4,295$645  
Jan 25 – Jan 29, 2017$4,295$645  
Feb 1 – Feb 5, 2017$4,295$645  
Feb 15 – Feb 19, 2017$4,295$645  
Mar 1 – Mar 5, 2017$4,295$645  
Mar 15 – Mar 19, 2017$4,295$645  
Mar 29 – Apr 2, 2017$4,295$645  
Apr 12 – Apr 16, 2017$4,295$645  
Apr 26 – Apr 30, 2017$4,295$645  
May 10 – May 14, 2017$4,295$645  
May 24 – May 28, 2017$4,295$645  
Jun 7 – Jun 11, 2017$4,095$645  
Jun 21 – Jun 25, 2017$4,095$645  
Jul 5 – Jul 9, 2017$4,095$645  
Jul 19 – Jul 23, 2017$4,095$645  
Aug 2 – Aug 6, 2017$4,095$645  
Aug 23 – Aug 27, 2017$4,095$645  
Sep 6 – Sep 10, 2017$4,195$645  
Oct 4 – Oct 8, 2017$4,195$645  
Nov 8 – Nov 12, 2017$4,295$645  
Nov 22 – Nov 26, 2017$4,295$645  
Dec 6 – Dec 10, 2017$4,295$645  
Dec 20 – Dec 24, 2017$4,295$745  
Dec 29, 2017 – Jan 2, 2018$4,495$745  

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


  • Round trip air from the U.S. to Cuba
  • Cuban visa and required Cuban Health Insurance
  • Cuban airport departure tax

*Add $100 for depatures Dec 20 - Jan 7. Flight Package prices are subject to change unless accompanied by confirmed booking.

**If you choose to book round trip air on your own, please call a travel specialist at 800-450-CUBA (2822) with your flight details.

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