Music Education and Cultural Cuba Tour

Havana, Matanzas, and Varadero – A Cuba Tour Based on Learning and Immersion

7 days/6 nights – (Optional 16 days/15 nights with Josone Music Festival Add On)

Our Music Education and Cultural Cuba Tour is based on our belief in immersion as a primary education tool. Whether your goal is learning to speak Spanish, playing an instrument, or even dancing “Casino de Salsa.” Our hybrid Cuba educational tour is the perfect opportunity to dig a little deeper into Cuba and its diversity. The music in Cuba is complex and features many unique rhythms.

This Cuba educational tour is for those who really want to learn more and get connected in this Caribbean Island and its excellent music scene. It can take many years to perfect a musical instrument, a genre, a dance, or even a language. This Cuba educational tour is a great first step to opening the door to more music opportunities.

Cuba is at the center of Latin and Caribbean music. Historically speaking, almost every music style in the Americas has its roots there. The Cuban fusion that happened between Africa, Spain, France, and indigenous peoples throughout the island is essential in connecting modern genres. New Orleans may not have had the same “Jazz” or “Blues” without the musical interchange between Cuba in the pre-revolutionary times.

The Island is known for its upbeat and syncopated rhythms. It is almost like every Cuban musician is a percussionist. (Well, maybe they are!) This is some of the educational content we will explore and learn during our Cuba Educational Tour.

Each day on this tour is filled with music and cultural education. We will have a diverse combination of daily workshops, classes, experiences, good Cuban food, and late-night music/dancing. Daily classes by Cuban musicians, musicologists, and dance pros.  We will learn the various styles and instruments in Cuban music. We will learn the various dances found in Cuba. Styles like Casino de Salsa and Rumba.

The tour participants will be able to select specific courses and instrument lessons. We will all stay in a large and nice private villa/BnB with private rooms and bathrooms. We will eat freshly prepared and home-cooked meals in our home in a Cuban family style. We will still have the opportunity to go out to a couple of famous restaurants in Havana.

Although this tour is not yet accredited for colleges and universities. We are offering a 10% discount for any active students that want to attend this special educational tour.

Your tour includes the following:

  • Casa Particular: Group Villa/BnB
  • Bilingual Musician and Musicologist Tour Leaders
  • Daily Cuban music, culture, and dance workshops (Intro to Cuban music, Rhythms, Spanish, Cuban phrases)
  • 2 hours per day of specific music or dance classes (For example, Percussion or Guitar classes, or Casino de Salsa Dance instruction)
  • Support of the Cuban people and personalized interactions
  • Detailed Itinerary
  • The Best Music Events Happening in Cuba
  • An excellent Cuban breakfast every day (Cafe Cubano, eggs, fruits, and more)
  • Home-Cooked Dinner or restaurant every night except for one night at your leisure
  • Lunch every day and for the Matanzas Trip. (Except the last free day)
  • Entry and reservation into each scheduled music event, etc
  • One Casino de Salsa dance lesson for everyone (Many more if your goal is to study dance)
  • Bottle of water every day
  • Day tours: walking tours, music history, Cuban history and culture
  • Transportation and day tour to Matanzas and Varadero
  • Immersive Rumba Music Experience with Grammy-nominated Los Muñequitos de Matanzas
  • Free time to explore
  • Nightly music tours with pro musicians and musicologists
  • Airport transport to and from José Martí international airport in Havana
  • Transportation to all scheduled events.
  • Flight concierge (flights are not included, but we help you book the best one).
  • Restaurant reservations and recommendations.
  • O.F.A.C. General Travel License (U.S. Citizens)

Cuban Visas are to be purchased at your last airport before departing to Cuba. They are typically around $50-100. If you were born in Cuba, please contact us as you may have different Cuban visa requirements.

You can choose to have your 2-hour specific course based around any of the following subjects:

  • General Cuban Music
  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Vocals
  • Guitars (Bass, Electric, Tres, Acoustic, Classical, etc)
  • Horns (Trumpet, Trombone, etc)
  • Dance (Casino, Rumba, etc)
  • Spanish

2022

August 7th-14th, 2022

  • Casa Particular (Group Villa up to 12 people): $2,395 per person
  • 10% off with active student ID: $2,155 per person

Add on the Varadero Josone Music Festival and Cultural Tour happening August 16th-22nd, 2022 for 35% off when you book both tours.

2023

August 6th-13th, 2023

  • Casa Particular (Group Villa up to 12 people): $2,495 per person
  • 10% off with active student ID: $2,245 per person

Pricing and Payments:

Prices are per person based on one private room and bathroom. If you are a solo traveler we would love to have you! We do not have any single supplement fees.

The price stated above is in US Dollars and based on an ACH bank transfer from our 3rd party merchant. If you wish to use a credit or debit card there will be a 2% fee added. We do not accept cash or checks.

Prices vary for different tours and accommodations styles such as Casa Particulares, Villa, Hotels, Suites, etc. We have plenty of individuals and couples that travel with us and everyone has a blast. If you have any special requests please let us know. We will work with you to make sure you have the perfect space and feel comfortable during your stay.

If our dates do not work for you, keep in mind that we also do personalized tours with custom dates and group sizes. More info here.

Day 1 (Sunday)

  • Arrival and Transportation to your Casa.
  • Group Lunch and Afternoon Exploration. (Quick Cuba Orientation)
  • Walking Tour around Havana.
  • Free Time
  • Welcoming Dinner and Party: Meet and Greet with Cuban musicians, maybe even a jam…

Day 2 (Monday)

  • Fresh Cuban Breakfast with the group
  • Introduction to Cuban Music Workshop
  • Beginner Casino de Salsa Dance Lesson
  • Lunch
  • 2 Hours of Specific Music Instrument or Dance Classes
  • Free time
  • Dinner in Villa/Casa
  • Late-Night Music (Timba/Salsa style at a place like Casa de La Musica Miramar)

Day 3 (Tuesday)

  • Fresh Cuban Breakfast with the group
  • Introduction to Cuban Son Music (Famous artists, variations, history, etc)
  • Introduction to Cuban Percussion (Group Class)
  • Lunch
  • 2 Hours of Specific Music Instrument or Dance Classes
  • Free Time
  • Dinner in Villa/Casa
  • Latin Jazz Session (Late night music at La Zorra y El Cuervo or Similar)

Day 4 (Wednesday)

  • Fresh Cuban Breakfast with the group
  • Introduction to Cuban Rumba Music (Famous artists, variations, history, etc)
  • 2 Hours of Specific Music Instrument or Dance Classes
  • Lunch
  • Free Time
  • Dinner in Villa/Casa
  • Latin Jazz Session (Late night music at La Zorra y El Cuervo or Similar)

Day 5 (Thursday)

  • Fresh Cuban Breakfast with the group
  • Introduction to Cuban Rumba Music (Famous artists, variations, history, etc)
  • Optional Spanish Class (Beginner/Elemental Level)
  • Lunch
  • 2 Hours of Specific Music Instrument or Dance Classes
  • Free Time
  • Dinner in Villa/Casa
  • Late night music at a famous music club, if you so desire.

Day 6 (Friday)

  • Fresh Cuban Breakfast with the group
  • Day Trip to Matanazas and Varadero
  • Explanation and history of Rumba Music during transportation to Matanzas
  • Immersive Rumba Music Experience with Grammy Nominated Los Muñequitos de Matanzas
  • Lunch
  • Free time at the beach in Varadero (Maybe a beach jam?)
  • Transport back to Havana
  • Free time
  • Dinner on your own
  • Modern music and art tour at a famous music place like “Fabrica de Arte Cubano.”

Day 7 (Saturday)

  • Fresh Cuban Breakfast with the group
  • Free time
  • Lunch on Your Own
  • Group Dinner at a Famous Paladar in Havana
  • Final Rooftop Party (Weather permitting), with a jam and cocktails!

Day 8 (Sunday)

  • Fresh Cuban Breakfast with the group
  • Transportation to Airport

(All breakfast and lunches and dinners mentioned above are included.)

This is a sample itinerary, actual music events may vary based on the best available performances the week of your tour…

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Individualized Educational Courses and Studies
  • Dine in a Cuban Family Style.
  • Music Education with Cuba’s Best Musicians
  • Included Dance Lessons.
  • Bilingual Musician and Musicologist Tour Leaders
  • Primary Reservations and Music Performances
  • Real Interactions with the Cuban people and Professional Cuban Musicians.

PROOF OF COVID-19 VACCINATION

For the protection of other participants and residents of the destinations we travel to, each group tour participant must present us with proof of vaccination against Covid-19. You will upload this to our intake form at least 14 days before your tour departure date.

Our top priority is safety. Making sure everyone is fully vaccinated will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep our small group tours safe and filled with stress-free fun!

Acceptable vaccines based on information from the World Health Organization

Moderna (mRNA-1273)

Pfizer/BioNTech (BNT162b2)

Janssen (Johnson & Johnson – Ad26.COV2.S)

Oxford/AstraZeneca (AZD1222)

Serum Institute of India Covishield (Oxford/AstraZeneca formulation)

Bharat Biotech (Covaxin)

Sinopharm (Beijing  BBIBP-CoV – Vero Cells)

Sinovac – CoronaVac

EXCEPTIONS FOR PRIVATE TOURS:

If you aren’t vaccinated, we are able to create a private tour with your own group. We will need everyone to sign an additional waiver accepting the risks. We will also need a PCR test from each guest within 72 hours before departing for Cuba. Please contact us if you have any questions.

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