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Enjoy Private Musical Performances / Travel with Putumayo's Music Expert Jacob Edgar /Walking Tour of Old Havana / One UNESCO World Heritage Site / Take a Private Salsa Lesson / Meet with Top Music Experts / Relax on Cuba's Famous Beaches

Join renowned record label Putumayo on a six-day journey dedicated to the rhythm of Cuba. From the moment you touch the ground in Havana, Putumayo’s official music specialist Jacob Edgar will give you a look at the island's unique culture through the music and people that make it so fascinating. The Putumayo Cuba! Cuba! Tour includes inside access to world-renowned artists, private performances, dance lessons, and even a visit to the recording studio used by Buena Vista Social Club. We’ll also explore local cuisine, art and traditions with your expert Cuban guide who will offer a unique perspective and understanding of the place they call home

Smiling Cuban gentleman greeting Americans in Old Havana
Day 1

After clearing immigration and customs at the José Martí International Airport in Havana, you’ll take a short drive to the Hotel Ingleterra for hotel check-in and tour orientation.* After check-in, enjoy a cocktail reception with Putumayo’s long-time music researcher and ethnomusicologist Jacob Edgar, and a private musical performance by one of Cuba’s most influential artists. This evening, classic cars will transport you to a private dinner with a special guest from Cuba’s music industry.

Meals | Dinner

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

Classic American Cars in Havana, Cuba
Day 2

After breakfast at the hotel, take in the sights and sounds of Old Havana as you’re guided through the streets on a walking tour. Visit EGREM Studios, where the Buena Vista Social Club album was recorded.

After lunch at a paladar (a privately owned restaurant), you’ll meet an art specialist for a guided tour of Havana’s justly famous Museum of Fine Arts. Next, we’ll visit a community project where local musicians will give you a private show.

This evening’s paladar dinner features classic Cuban cuisine and traditional music. Tonight’s music activity will include a live performance at a favorite venue.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Havana music dance salsa cuba colorful
Day 3

This morning, participate in a lively discussion about Cuban music styles, culture, and history with an influential musician and musicologist. Visit a percussion artist’s studio and learn more about the tradition of Cuban percussion. 

After lunch, you’ll interact with some residents from the Santa Amalia project. Next, you’ll be treated to a private salsa lesson, followed by a demonstration by Cuban casino dancers.

Enjoy dinner on your own this evening. We suggest you try one of the area’s many paladares. Your Cuban guide, a dining-scene expert, can make the best recommendations. Following dinner we recommend checking out one of Havana's popular music venues.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch

music dance cuba afro-cuban drums
Day 4

After breakfast, you’ll start the day by meeting with one of Cuba’s most influential photographers. Enjoy a private tour of the famous Fabrica de Arte Cubana (FAC), then get acquainted with the musicians who perform there.

After lunch at a top-rated paladar next to the FAC, you’ll be introduced to members of La Colmenita, a touring children’s group that performs locally and internationally.

Following dinner on your own, we’ll soak up the sounds of Havana at a live music show.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch

Playas Del Oeste Havana Cuba beach palm tree sun ocean sand
Day 5

Today we’ll visit a food co-op and learn more about local products available to Cubans. We’ll continue to the town of Guanabacoa, where you’ll meet an Afro-Cuban group and enjoy a private traditional Afro-Cuban music-and-dance performance, and learn about the origins of Santeria and its profound influence in Cuban music.

After lunch, we continue on to Playa del Oeste, where you can dip your feet in the Caribbean Sea and interact with locals at a dance party. We'll return to Havana for a farewell dinner.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

vintage car cuba malecon havana ocean
Day 6

After breakfast at the hotel, 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.

  • Accommodations at the Hotel Inglaterra or similar in Old Havana

  • InsightCuba exclusive guided people-to-people programming, including a private concert, additional concert and evening classic car rental

  • Experienced insightCuba tour leader

  • Insight from Putumayo’s official music specialist Jacob Edgar, who will accompany the tour

  • Expert Cuban guide

  • Private Cuban driver

  • All meals while in Cuba, except for two paladar evening dining experiences on your own

  • All entrance fees to scheduled activities and events

  • All in-country ground transportation and airport transfers*

  • InsightCuba travel guidebook

  • 24-hour emergency customer-service hotline

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

  • Flight concierge service (flight cost additional)

  • Travel health and emergency medical evacuation insurance**

*Transfers will be provided for all guests. We have recently seen a wave of flight time changes and expect to see more during the upcoming peak season. In response to this, and to provide the best service possible, we will be providing transfers for all guests. Please make sure to check with your airline for the most updated flight times for your particular flight and keep us posted of any changes. 

**Trip-cancellation coverage available for an additional fee through Allianz.

Not included: Airfare, Cuban visa, and gratuities 

Putumayo Cuba! Cuba! Tour
DateDouble Occupancy
(per person)
Cuban Visa
Nov 6 – Nov 11, 2017$4,285$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 pricing, add $995. 

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.

Putumayo Cuba! Cuba! 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.  

*Transfers will be provided for all guests. We have recently seen a wave of flight time changes and expect to see more during the upcoming peak season. In response to this, and to provide the best service possible, we will be providing transfers for all guests. Please make sure to check with your airline for the most updated flight times for your particular flight and keep us posted of any changes.

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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