The Drummer’s Cuba Tour: Percussion Festival 2025

Fiesta Del Tambor 2025, The Cuba Percussion Festival and Cultural Tour led by Musicians.
February 2025 (Optional Day Tour to Matanzas / Varadero)

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Fiesta del Tambor, the drum party, is Cuba’s annual Percussion festival. This Cuba Percussion Festival features some of the greatest drummers, percussionists, and other musicians from all over Cuba and the world. This is the perfect mix for a music tour of Cuba. We will enjoy the best aspects of our other tours and the music festival.

Your tour includes entry into the scheduled tour events. Not only will we see all of the shows, but the tour will feature interactive drumming workshops and clinics. We will stay in a Casa Particular or the brand new Grand Aston Hotel and have a fresh Cuban breakfast each day. We will also infuse other cultural day tours. We will be immersed in Cuban music and drumming the entire trip! If you are a drummer or musician, YOU HAVE TO GO! Not a musician? No worries, it will still be a blast! Lots of dancing, good music, and food.

In the past versions of Fiesta del Tambor, there have been artists and percussionists such as Ruy López-Nussa, Horacio Hernández, Dennis Chambers, Dave Weckl, Mark Guiliana, Ketama, Giraldo Piloto, Kilmax, Rodney Barreto, Oliver Valdés, Falete, Emilio Frías, Laura de Los Ángeles, Irene Rodríguez, José Montaña, Cantes de Ida, Piraña, Alain Pérez, Caramelo and many more!

Cuba Tours: Percussion Festival 2024 Experience

DAY 1: Introduction to Havana

  • Arrival in Havana: Start your Cuba tour and get a first taste of Havana’s music on your way to your accommodation.
  • Accommodation: Check into your Casa/Hotel.
  • Havana Driving Tour: See the key sights like Plaza de la Revolución, El Morro, El Paseo del Prado, and more, familiarize yourself with the city.
  • Dinner: Enjoy a unique meal during our welcoming dinner at Paladar Atelier.
  • Fiesta Del Tambor: Attend the night’s concerts and experience the Cuba percussion festival.

DAY 2: Havana’s Highlights

  • Breakfast: Start with a traditional breakfast in your Casa/Hotel.
  • Old Havana Exploration/Walking Tour: Dive deeper into Old Havana’s rich history and music.
  • Lunch: Head to Paladar La Vitrola for a midday meal.
  • Percussion Festival Activities: Engage in the Fiesta del Tambor events, including workshops. Optional guide available.
  • Evening: Continue with Fiesta del Tambor concerts or explore our recommended music venues.

DAY 3: Drums and Art

  • Breakfast: Another round of Cuban breakfast at your Casa/Hotel.
  • Afro-Cuban Cultura & Religion Experience: Private Afro-Cuban Religion Tour in Callejon de Hamel and the Cayo Hueso neighborhood in Centro Havana – Learn why religion in Cuba is important for Cuban music history.
  • Drum Workshop: Participate in a hands-on session with Cuban drums.
  • Lunch not included but recommended at Paladar El del Frente: Enjoy local Havana music and food on your own.
  • Evening: Continue with Fiesta del Tambor concerts or explore our recommended music venues.

DAY 4: Wrapping Up in Havana

  • Breakfast: Enjoy your breakfast at your Casa/Hotel.
  • Free Time: Optionally explore Havana’s streets and music scene.
  • Art, Food & Music VIP Experience: Visit Fábrica de Arte Cubano and Cuba Farewell dinner at La Tierra Restaurant.
  • Evening: Last Night of Fiesta del Tambor concerts.

DAY 5: Departure

  • Breakfast: Have your last breakfast in Havana.
  • Tour Conclusion: Your Cuba tour ends here. Optionally extend with the Matanzas-Varadero Add-On.

Join us to explore, learn, and experience Havana’s vibrant music scene and the renowned Cuban drum festival.

What to look forward to during this Havana Music Tour?

  • Access/tickets and reservations to music events during the Cuban Percussion Festival Fiesta del Tambor 2024.
  • Bilingual musicians tour guide from Cuba and the U.S (a tour from musicians for music lovers).
  • Real interactions with the Cuban people and professional musicians.
  • Dance or music lessons.
  • Authentic music and cultural experiences almost every day of your tour.
  • Fresh breakfast and authentic Café Cubano each morning in your Casa Particular/Hotel with our wonderful traveler friends.
  • Private Afro-Cuban Religion Tour in Callejon de Hamel and the Cayo Hueso neighborhood in Centro Havana – Learn why religion in Cuba is important for Cuban music history.
  • Taste of the best Paladares around Havana, Cuba (Private restaurants).
  • Transportation to all schedule events. 
  • Free time to shop and explore.

Your tour includes the following:

  • Accommodations: Casa Particular, Villa, or Hotel
  • Fiesta del Tambor Entry to All Itinerary Events
  • Bilingual musician tour guides
  • Drumming and General Music Clinics and Workshops
  • Day tours of Havana (Old Havana walking, driving, etc.)
  • Educational experiences
  • Detailed Itinerary (Culture, Music, Art, Food, Education, Free time, Beach time, etc.)
  • Breakfast everyday
  • 2 dinners 
  • 1 lunch 
  • Interactions with professional musicians and Cuban artists.
  • Private Afro-Cuban Religion Tour in Callejon de Hamel and the Cayo Hueso neighborhood in Centro Havana – Learn why religion in Cuba is important for Cuban music history.
  • Entry and reservation into each scheduled event, museum, etc
  • Airport transport from José Martí International Airport in Havana for our tour group.
  • Private transportation to all scheduled events.
  • Flight concierge (flights are not included, but we can help you book the best one).
  • Restaurant reservations and recommendations.
  • O.F.A.C. General License. (U.S. Citizens)

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

March 2025 (5 days/4 nights)

  • Casa Particular (Group Villa/Hostal) – $1,995 per person
  • Private Premium Casa Particular (All Yours! – minimum of 2 travelers) – $2,485 per person
  • Deluxe Hotel Room – $3,345 per person
  • Deluxe Ocean View Hotel Room – $3,855 per person
  • Club Ocean Hotel Room – $4,632 per person
  • Junior Suite Hotel Room (Very Limited Availability) – $7,685 per person
  • Aston Suite Hotel Room (Very Limited Availability) – $9,855 per person

Hotel:

Havana: Grand Aston Hotel

Pricing and Payments:

Prices are per person and vary based on your selection of a Group Casa, Private Casa, Hotel, etc. Each tour has its own options for accommodations listed on the webpage. Some tours are only Casas, and some could be only a Hotel. All options have a private room and private bathroom.

To reserve your spot, we require a $500 USD deposit (50% of the total price for private tours.) Final payments are due around 60 days before tour departure. We have some options for multiple payment plans if needed. Just contact us and let us know.

The prices on our website are all in US Dollars and based on an ACH/Wire bank transfer from our 3rd party merchant or directly from your own bank. If you wish to use a credit or debit card, a 3.5% fee will be added. We do not accept cash or checks.

We have plenty of individuals, couples, groups, and families 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.

March 11th, 2024 (Email us for pricing)

Inclusions:

  • Private Roundtrip Transportation from Havana to Varadero/Matanzas.
  • 1 Lunch
  • Musician Tour Leader and Local Cuban Guides
  • Unique musical and cultural experiences
  • Day walking tours
  • Workshop with Latin Grammy-winning rumba group Los Muñequitos de Matanzas
  • Beach Experience, one of the beaches of the Caribbean
  • Extra night of accommodations
  • Airport transfer in Havana

Sample Itinerary:

(Matanzas – Day tour and Folkloric Music Experience)

  • Fresh breakfast at your Casa (Eggs, Fruits, Juices, Coffee, Tea, Bread, Veggies, and Meats)
  • Discovery tour of Historic Matanzas. Learn history, architecture, and culture with your local musician tour guide.
  • Included Lunch
  • A unique immersive experience with the Grammy Awarded Winner Rumba Group “Los Muñequitos de Matanzas.” This group is unique to Cuba, featuring rumba and Afro-Cuban-style percussion.

  • Free time to relax or explore Varadero Beach.
  • Optional evening music event.

March 12th: Airport departure

  • Transportation to the Airport

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