Cuban Drum Festival Tour – Fiesta del Tambor 2023

Annual Cuban Drum Festival in Havana, Cuba / VIP Music Tour Featuring Fiesta del Tambor (Cuban Drum Party!)
March 2nd-5th, 2023 (Optional Varader – Matanzas Add-On – March 5th – 8th, 2023)


Fiesta del Tambor, the drum party, is Cuba’s annual Percussion festival. This Cuban Drum 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 VIP entry into the entire event. 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 (Villa or Hostal) 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!

Your tour includes the following:

  • Accommodations: Casa Particular, Villa, or Hotel
  • VIP Fiesta del Tambor Entry to All Events
  • Bilingual musician tour guide from the U.S.
  • Drumming and General Music Clinics and Workshops
  • Day tours of Havana
  • Educational experiences
  • Bottle of Water each day
  • Detailed Itinerary (Culture, Music, Art, Food, Education, Free time, Beach time, etc)
  • Breakfast everyday
  • 4 dinners (Dinner each night except one on your own)
  • 1 lunch the first day when you arrive.
  • Interactions with professional musicians and Cuban artists.
  • Entry and reservation into each scheduled event, museum, etc
  • Airport transport from José Martí international airport in Havana.
  • 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 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.


*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 supplements fees.

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.


  • See the best live music events in all of Havana
  • Eat a fresh breakfast in the casa or hotel with an authentic Café Cubano.
  • Taste of the best Paladares in Cuba (Private restaurants)
  • Bilingual musician tour guide.
  • Primary reservations and included entry into each event, workshop, masterclass and live show.
  • Real interactions with the Cuban people and professional musicians.

March 5th-8th, 2023

Group Villas/Casas Only – All guests will have a Private Room and Bathroom


  • Private Roundtrip Transportation from Havana to Varadero, Matanzas.
  • Transportation (as needed to each included event. At times we may just walk a few blocks to dinners, music, etc.)
  • Accommodations in your Casa Particular (Private guest house)
  • 3 Breakfasts (Each morning)
  • 1 Dinner
  • 3 Lunches
  • Musician Tour Leader and Local Cuban Guides
  • Unique musical and cultural experiences
  • Day walking tours


  • Music, art, and cultural tours
  • Beach Experience, one of the beaches of the Caribbean
  • Dinner reservations at prime restaurants
  • Tour guides and workshops
  • The best music events during tour dates
  • Unique musical experiences unlike any other tour
  • Included transportation
  • Detailed itinerary of events

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1 (Havana —> Varadero)

  • Early morning breakfast, then check out from your Casa or Hotel in Havana
  • Private transfer with your tour leader to Varadero, Matanzas (Apr 2-3 Hours)
  • Included Lunch
  • Check-in to Casa Particular in Varadero
  • Welcoming dinner (included)
  • Late night music in Varadero, Matanzas, Cuba (Folklorica, Son, Salsa, and more)

Day 2 (Matanzas – Day tour and Folkloric Music Experience)

  • Fresh breakfast at your Casa (Eggs, Fruits, Juices, Coffee, Tea, Bread, Veggies, and Meats)
  • Walking tour of Historic Matanzas. Learn about history, architecture, and culture.
  • Included Lunch
  • A unique immersive experience with the Grammy Awarded Winner Rumba Group “Los Muñequitos de Matanzas”. See why this group is so unique to Cuba, featuring rumba and Afro-Cuban style percussion.
  • Free time to relax or explore on your own before dinner.
  • Dinner on your own. (We can help you make reservations)
  • Optional evening music event.

Day 3 (Varadero – Optional morning experiences, return to Havana)

  •  Fresh breakfast at your Casa (Eggs, Fruits, Juices, Coffee, Tea, Bread, Veggies, and Meats)
  • Optional experiences: Beach Time, massages, and more
  • Afternoon Transportation back to Havana (Quick driving tour of Cienfuegos)
  • Included Lunch
  • Evening on your own in Havana

Day 4 (Havana – Airport Transfers)

  • Fresh breakfast at your Casa (Eggs, Fruits, Juices, Coffee, Tea, Bread, Veggies, and Meats)
  • Included Airport Transfer
the most beautiful beach in cuba and the Caribbean
pciture of cuban drummer rodney barreto playing at FAC