Havana Music & Cultural Tour 2024

A vibrant mix of Cuban music, art, and culture in 5 days in Havana

Havana Music and Cultural Tour - Havana Music Tours

Looking for a memorable 5-day getaway to Havana? Our tour offers a vibrant mix of music, art, and culture, making it an ideal choice for music lovers with limited time. Arrive Thursday morning and fly back on Sunday evening, ensuring you experience the best of Havana’s music scene without missing a beat.

Why choose our tour? We’re not just guides; we’re professional musicians excited to share Havana’s unique rhythm and melody with you! Each day is filled with city explorations, unique experiences, and a taste of the local culture. Every evening, enjoy live Cuban music performances at iconic venues like Fabrica de Arte Cubano (FAC), La Zorra y El Cuervo, and Casa de La Musica. FAC is a notable venue where you can explore art and enjoy multiple music performances in one night.

We’ll guide you through the rich history of Cuba and its music, introducing you to some of the finest musicians and artists. Our day tours give you a glimpse of local artistry and crafts, all included in a detailed itinerary that’s compliant for U.S. Travelers. And, of course, you will have some free time to explore and dine with friends or family.

Join us for a weekend of music, art, and culinary delights in Havana, where every note and every street corner has a story to tell.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

  • Day 1

    Touch down in Havana and enjoy a smooth ride to your welcoming Casa/Villa.

    Spend the afternoon at ease, exploring the local area or relaxing at your accommodation.

    After settling in, embark on the first tour experience, a driving tour to get acquainted with Havana’s colorful streets and historic landmarks.

    As the sun sets, join a thoughtful discussion about Cuba’s rich culture and history, followed by a welcoming dinner at one of Havana’s top Paladares.

    End the night with some of the finest live music Havana has to offer.

  • Day 2

    Begin your day with a hearty group breakfast at the casa/villa before exploring the charming Habana Vieja (Old Havana).

    Be part of the city’s energy during our walking tour of Old Havana streets. 

    Wander through craft, art, and cigar stores, discovering local gems and treasures.

    Enjoy a delightful lunch in Old Havana’s heart before returning to the Villa for some downtime.

    In the evening, explore the multifaceted Fábrica de Arte Cubano, where art, music, and food converge on our VIP experience accompanied by your musician tour guide. Stay as late as you wish, soaking in the vibrant atmosphere and entertainment.

    Day 2

  • Day 3

    Breakfast at your casa/villa/hotel 

    Music history and vinyl record listening session with DJ Jigüe in central Havana

    Casino de Salsa Dance or specific instrument music lessons

    A special home-prepared and authentic Afro-Caribbean-Cuban lunch

    Enjoy some free time in the afternoon for shopping, exploring, or simply relaxing.

    Choose your own dining adventure tonight – it’s the perfect opportunity for an adventurous, romantic, or family dinner.

    The evening comes alive with a group reservation featuring performances by modern-day Buena Vista Social Club members and the Afro-Cuban All-Stars.

  • Day 4

    Breakfast at your casa/villa/hotel 

    Continue exploring the city’s music venues and cultural landmarks, uncovering more of its unique charm.

    The afternoon is yours to enjoy, whether exploring more or taking it easy.

    Gather for a farewell dinner at another renowned Paladar, celebrating the flavors of Cuban cuisine.

    A selection of the best live music performances available marks your final night in Havana.

    Day 4

  • Day 5

    Breakfast at your casa/villa/hotel 

    With memories to cherish, catch your flight home – and remember, Havana is always here to welcome you back!

(Note: All breakfasts and lunches are included. This is a sample itinerary; actual music events and activities may vary based on availability during your tour week.)

Your tour includes the following:

  • Accommodations: Stay in a comfortable Casa Particular, Group Villa, or Hotel in Havana, ensuring a restful experience.
  • Bilingual Musician Tour Guides: Receive guidance and insights from bilingual musician tour guides, enhancing your cultural exploration.
  • Support for the Cuban People’s Interactions: Engage in meaningful interactions with the locals, supporting the Cuban people and gaining a deeper understanding of their lives.
  • Access to Premier Music Events: Experience the best music events happening in Cuba, including exclusive performances and festivals.
  • Detailed Itinerary: Follow a well-planned itinerary, ensuring you make the most of each day’s activities and experiences.
  • Daily Cuban Breakfast: Start each day with an excellent Cuban breakfast, savoring local flavors and dishes.
  • Dinners and Lunch: Enjoy dinner every night (except for one night at your leisure) and one lunch/brunch at some of Havana’s top Paladares.
  • Entry and Reservations: Gain entry and reservations to each scheduled event, museum, cultural site, and more.
  • Music history and vinyl record listening session with DJ Jigüe in central Havana.
  • Salsa Dance or Music Lesson: Participate in a salsa dance or music lesson, immersing yourself in Cuba’s vibrant artistic heritage.
  • Airport Transportation: Benefit from airport transport to and from José Martí International Airport in Havana, ensuring a hassle-free arrival and departure.
  • Event Transportation: Receive transportation to all scheduled events, allowing you to travel comfortably and conveniently.
  • Flight Concierge: While flights are not included, receive assistance in booking the best available flight options.
  • Restaurant Reservations and Recommendations: Enjoy curated restaurant reservations and recommendations, savoring the best of Cuban cuisine.
  • OFAC General Travel License: For U.S. Travelers, the tour includes the provision of the OFAC General Travel license.

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.

What to look forward to during this Havana Music Tour?

Live Music Events: Experience the best live music events Havana, Cuba, has to offer, featuring performances by modern-day Buena Vista Social Club members and the Afro-Cuban All-Stars.

Bilingual Musicians Tour Guide: Benefit from the insights of bilingual musicians tour guides from both Cuba and the U.S., offering a tour crafted by musicians for music lovers.

Real Interactions: Engage in genuine interactions with the Cuban people and professional musicians, fostering a deeper understanding of the local culture and music scene.

Dance or Music Lessons: Participate in dance or music lessons with excellent artists and instructors, immersing yourself in Cuba’s rhythmic traditions.

Music history and vinyl record listening session with DJ Jigüe in central Havana.

Authentic Experiences: Enjoy authentic music and cultural experiences almost every day of your tour, exploring Havana’s colorful streets, historic landmarks, and vibrant atmosphere.

Fresh Breakfast and Café Cubano: Start each morning with a fresh breakfast and authentic Café Cubano in a luxurious villa, sharing delightful moments with fellow traveler friends.

In-Depth Tour of Havana: Embark on the most interactive and in-depth tour of Havana in one weekend, uncovering the city’s unique charm and hidden gems.

VIP Experience at Fábrica de Arte Cubano: Delve into the multifaceted Fábrica de Arte Cubano with a VIP experience, accompanied by a musician tour guide, and soak in the vibrant atmosphere and entertainment.

Free Time to Explore: Enjoy some free time to shop, explore, or simply relax, making the most of your adventure in Havana.

Farewell Dinner: Gather for a farewell dinner at a renowned Paladar, celebrating the flavors of Cuban cuisine and reflecting on the unforgettable memories made.

+ Havana RPM Music Festival: Participate in the diverse activities of the Havana RPM Music Festival, including conferences, exhibitions, fairs, and DJ shows.  (Only for upcoming dates: December 20th-24th, 2023)

April 2nd-6th, 2024 

  • Casa Particular (Group Villa/BnB): $1,995 per person
  • Deluxe Hotel Room: $3,435 per person
  • Deluxe Ocean View: $3,985 per person
  • Club Ocean View: $5,695 per person
  • Junior Suite (Limited Availability): $7,355 per person
  • Aston Suite (Limited Availability): $8,732 per person

(Hotel Grand Aston in Vedado, La Habana)

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May 23rd-27th, 2024 

  • Casa Particular (Group Villa/BnB): $1,495 per person
  • Deluxe Hotel Room: $2,935 per person
  • Deluxe Ocean View: $3,485 per person
  • Club Ocean View: $5,195 per person
  • (Contact us for Premium Hotel Upgrades)

(Hotel Grand Aston in Vedado, La Habana)

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June 13th-17th, 2024 

  • Casa Particular (Group Villa/BnB): $1,495 per person
  • Deluxe Hotel Room: $2,935 per person
  • Deluxe Ocean View: $3,485 per person
  • Club Ocean View: $5,195 per person
  • (Contact us for Premium Hotel Upgrades)

(Hotel Grand Aston in Vedado, La Habana)

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July 10th-14th, 2024 

  • Casa Particular (Group Villa/BnB): $1,495 per person
  • Deluxe Hotel Room: $2,935 per person
  • Deluxe Ocean View: $3,485 per person
  • Club Ocean View: $5,195 per person
  • (Contact us for Premium Hotel Upgrades)

(Hotel Grand Aston in Vedado, La Habana)

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August 15th-19th, 2024 

  • Casa Particular (Group Villa/BnB): $1,495 per person
  • Deluxe Hotel Room: $2,935 per person
  • Deluxe Ocean View: $3,485 per person
  • Club Ocean View: $5,195 per person
  • (Contact us for Premium Hotel Upgrades)

(Hotel Grand Aston in Vedado, La Habana)

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Pricing and Payments:

(**For discount prices, the tour must be paid for in full at the time of booking/invoicing.)

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.

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We spent six days in Cuba on a private tour with Havana Music Tours. This is a great personalized tour, specializing in authentic, non-touristy music experiences. Chaz Chambers, the owner, did a great job of putting together our itinerary, informing us what to expect and providing a wealth of information to prepare us for our trip. Read More

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