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

highlights: Old Havana | Abdala Recording Studio | Town of Matanzas- the Venice of Cuba | Fine Arts Museum | Afro-Cuban Folkloric Group | Live Jazz Performances | Music 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 for a rare insider plunge into the thriving Cuban art and jazz scene.
Art by Jose Fuster in Jaimanitas, Cuba
Havana
Day 1

After clearing immigration and customs at the José Martí International Airport in Havana, you’ll meet your guide who will escort you to the Meliá Cohiba hotel for check-in and a tour orientation*. On your way to the hotel, we’ll stop at Cuba’s most important plaza, Plaza de la Revolucion, featuring the José Martí Memorial and huge iconic images of revolutionaries, Ché Guevara, and Camilo Cienfuegos. This evening, we’ll celebrate your arrival over a welcome dinner and live music at Restaurante Michisu.

Meals | Dinner

*Check-in begins at 3pm ET. The tour start time is 6:00 ET at the tour orientation.

 
The colourful streets of Havana, Cuba
Havana
Day 2

After breakfast, we’ll tour the H. Upmman, Partagas, or La Corona Cigar Factory where Cuba’s most sought-after export is still made the old-fashioned way at these world-famous cigar factories. Next, we'll visit the famous Abdala Recording Studio or another local favorite where you'll learn first-hand how decades of Cuban music found its iconic sound. After lunch at La Fontana, we'll stop at the Hotel Nacional with its grassy ramparts and artifacts from Castro’s final battle in Santa Clara. Standing just a few meters from the ocean, it offers impressive views of Havana – best enjoyed with a mojito in hand. Next, hop inside one of Cuba’s vintage cars from 1950s America and cruise along the Malecón and tour other neighborhoods in Havana, in style. 

We’ll begin the evening with a late dinner at Café Laurent and then walk over to Cuba’s most famous jazz club, La Zorra y el Cuevo for the first show of the night. 

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

This morning, we’ll depart for Matanzas known for its labyrinth of canals and its Afro-Cuban roots. Our first stop will be an inspirational visit to the Pastorita Art & Music School where we’ll meet the students and listen to a performance. Next, we’ll visit Ediciones Vigia, a unique book publisher, producing books from handmade paper, in the old style. After lunch at Amelia del Mar we’ll be visited by AfroCuba de Matanzas, one of Cuba's most-respected folklore groups, performing traditional African dances, percussion, and songs. Next, we’ll return to Havana for evening free time and dinner on your own. 

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch

A trumpet player performs Jazz in Havana, Cuba
Havana
Day 4

This morning, we’ll explore the oldest parts of Havana, as we walk back in time more than 500 years to the city’s founding where we’ll explore a labyrinth of cobblestone streets during a privately guided walking tour of Havana’s city-center, La Habana Vieja. Next, we’ll stop for lunch at Restaurante Cuba 54 before exploring the National Museum of Fine Arts of Havana – widely considered the Caribbean’s best collection of art. With Latin America’s largest collection of paintings and sculptures, the National Museum of Fine Arts is counted among Cuba’s greatest treasures. After, join a party in the neighborhood, Reparto de Bahia and take in a performance of the incredible Santa Amalia Dancers. The lively residents get even livelier when it’s time to celebrate. We’ll join the party alongside Pablo Delgado and some of the city’s best jazz dancers. The genuine, welcoming attitude of those in attendance will be enough to get you singing and dancing in no time. 

After a wonderful farewell will occur at the Restaurant Tierra, and only few steps away, we’ll explore one of Havana’s most exciting spots, Fabrica de Arte – an old cooking oil factory turned into floors of bars, theaters, museums and more.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Vintage cars line the streets in Havana, Cuba
Havana
Day 5

After breakfast, bid farewell to Cuba as you board your flight home. Tour ends at 11:00am

Meals | Breakfast

Each departure is custom-curated to provide the best experiences possible and from time-to-time specific experiences and/or restaurants may not be available and will be replaced by an item of equal or greater value. A final list of daily experiences and dining options is provided roughly two weeks prior to departure. 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.  

  • Four nights at the Meliá Cohiba Hotel in Havana

  • Expert Cuban guide and private driver

  • Exclusive-guided visits and experiences

  • Four breakfasts, three lunches, and three dinners

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

  • Transportation and airport transfers*

  • 24 hour on-tour customer service

  • Gratuities for luggage handling and restaurants**

  •  Cuban visa ($99 fee applies)

ALSO AVAILABLE:

Allianz trip cancellation insurance | Flight concierge service | Room and suite upgrades

 

*Transfers provided on designated flights only. See flight section below for more information. Please note: Fly Free promotion is not eligible for this 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.

DateDouble Occupancy
(per person)
Single Occupancy
Nov 13 – Nov 17, 2019$3,395$3,890 SpecialHavana's 500th Anniversary
SOLD OUT
Dec 28, 2019 – Jan 1, 2020$3,495$3,990
Only 6 spots left!
SpecialNew Year's in Cuba

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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