Havana Jazz Plaza 2023

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Cuban Jazz, Music, and Cultural Tour Featuring Havana Jazz Plaza 2023

VIP Jazz Festival Tour in Havana, Cuba

January 22nd-29th, 2023

Optional Trinidad Add-On – January 29th-Feb 1st, 2023

The Ultimate VIP tour of Havana Jazz Plaza, the most important Jazz Music Festival in Cubal! It usually features some of the most popular and up n’ coming artists from Cuba and around the world. In the past, there have been performances from artists such as Chucho Valdés, Telmary, Joe Lovano, Snarky Puppy, Alain Pérez, Interactivo, Daymé, Los Van Van, Hector Quintana, Muñequitos de Matanzas, Pedrito Martinez, Cimafunk, Ruy López Nussa, Dave Weckl, Horacio Hernández (El Negro), Habana de Primera, Rumbatá, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and much more!

Everyone be staying in a Casa Particular, (private home/apartment), or large group villa with your small group of no more than 12 people. Each morning, you will awake to an array of different fruits, Cuban coffee, eggs, bread, juices, and more. The days and nights will be filled with musical events, cultural immersion, musical performances, dance lessons, music education, and even some free time!

This Cuba Tour is definitely for the music lover. You will experience many different styles of music each day and see some of the best artists in all of Cuba in one diverse musical week. Together we will discover the new and younger artists rising within the Cuban and Latin American music scenes. With your VIP pass, we will attend some of the most popular music venues in Cuba, places like La Zorra y El Cuervo, Fábrica de Arte Cubano, Hotel Nacional, Teatro Nacional, and much more!

Expect to dive deeper into Cuban culture and history as well as the connection of its people through music and art. The tour will feature art and history museums with local multi-lingual professional tour guides. You can discover and appreciate craft stores and paladares (private restaurants) that the Cuban people have worked so hard to create. Did I mention we are musicians as well? That’s right… You will have a VIP Music Tour with professional musicians who know the music of Cuba better than any other tour agency.

We are a U.S.-based tour agency and this tour fulfills all of the legal OFAC travel rules for United States Citizens. You will be given a legal travel affidavit and a full-time itinerary to confirm your tour is legal under the OFAC guidelines.

Your festival tour includes the following:

  • Accommodations: Casa Particular (BnB), Villa, or Private BnB
  • V.I.P. Music Pass to Jazz Plaza 2023 – Prime Theater Seating
  • Private VIP welcoming dinner with the festival and artists
  • Special opening festival performance for premium VIP guests
  • Unique and immersive studio listening experience with excellent musicians
  • Local private farm tour and lunch
  • Festival gift pack of souvenirs: Like T-Shirts, Passes, Poster, etc
  • A bilingual musician tour guide from the U.S.
  • Support for the Cuban people and local musicians
  • Detailed Itinerary
  • Breakfast everyday
  • Dinner every night except for one night at your leisure
  • Lunch/brunch on the first day and for the farm tour
  • Entry and reservation into each scheduled event, workshop, clinic, or museum
  • Casino de Salsa Dance lessons or Private Music Lessons (Limited availability – please contact us)
  • Airport transport to and from José Martí international airport 
  • 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 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.

January 29th-February 1st, 2023

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

Inclusions:

  • Private Roundtrip Transportation from Havana to Trinidad
  • Transportation (as needed to each included event. Trinidad is a very small town and cars are not allowed to drive much, if at all in the main area. 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
  • Historical day walking tours
  • Private music experience with Tonadas Trinitarias, one of the last Folkloric music groups left in Trinidad, Cuba

Highlights:

  • Music, art, and cultural tours
  • Dinner reservations at prime restaurants
  • Local 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 —> Trinidad)

  • Early morning breakfast, then check out from your Casa or Hotel in Havana
  • Private transfer with your tour leader to Trinidad (Apr 5-6 Hours)
  • Included Lunch
  • Check in to Casa Particular in Trinidad
  • Welcoming dinner (included)
  • Late night music in Trinidad, Cuba (Folklorica, Son, Salsa, and more)

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

  • Fresh breakfast at your Casa (Eggs, Fruits, Juices, Coffee, Tea, Bread, Veggies and Meats)
  • Walking tour of Historic Trinidad with a local Cuban bilingual guide. Learn about the history, architecture and culture.
  • Included Lunch
  • Unique immersive experience with Tonadas Trinitarias. See why this group is so unique to Cuba, featuring spiritual group vocals 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 (Trinidad – Optional morning experiences, return to Havana)

  •  Fresh breakfast at your Casa (Eggs, Fruits, Juices, Coffee, Tea, Bread, Veggies, and Meats)
  • Optional experiences: Hiking in Grand Parque Natural Topes, Horseback riding, 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

Day 1 

  • Early morning arrival in Havana and included transportation to your Casa/Villa. 
  • Driving tour of Havana with your local tour guide
  • Check-in to Casa/Villa
  • Lunch (Group meeting/quick orientation)
  • Relax or explore near your Casa
  • Welcoming dinner and private party with our own band!
  • Evening Jazz Festival events

Day 2

  • A wonderful Breakfast with the group at the casa/villa. (Eggs, meats, bread, freshly squeezed juices, coffees, teas. We have Vegan and Vegetarian options as well)
  • Tour of Habana Vieja (Old Havana)
  • Visit local craft shops, art stores, talk with locals, learn about Cuban culture
  • Lunch at your leisure
  • Back to the Villa to rest before dinner
  • Group dinner at another fine Paladar in Havana (Atelier)
  • Jazz Plaza Music Event
  • Optional Late night Afro Cuban Jazz Night typically featuring local group, “Interactivo”

Day 3

  • A wonderful Breakfast with the group at the casa/villa
  • Visit a local children’s music school to donate musical gear.
  • Free afternoon to explore Havana Vieja on your own
  • Transportation back to the Villa
  • Dinner at a famous Paladar like La Guarida
  • Jazz Plaza Music Event
  • Optional Latin Jazz Session at famous music clubs like “La Zorra y El Cuervo” or “Jazz Café”

Day 4

  • A wonderful Breakfast with the group at the casa/villa
  • Dance or music lessons with local musicians and dancers
  • Unique studio listening experience with excellent Cuban jazz musicians
  • Dinner on your own (This is the night to have a romantic dinner as a couple or as a family)
  • Jazz Plaza Music Event
  • Art tour at Fábrica de Arte Cubano, then feel free to stay late for more music and entertainment. Fabrica is one of the most dynamic art/music/nightclub facilities in Havana, Cuba

Day 5

  • A wonderful Breakfast with the group at the casa/villa
  • Tour of a local farm.
  • Eat a freshly prepared lunch at the farm
  • Head back to the casa/villa to relax or go to see live music in Havana.
  • Dinner on your own
  • Jazz Plaza Music Event

Day 6

  • A wonderful Breakfast with the group at the casa/villa
  • Group Salsa Dance or Music Lessons
  • Group dinner at a fine Paladar near the casa/villa. (Places like El Del Frente or La Tierra)
  • Jazz Plaza Music Event

Day 7

  • A wonderful Breakfast with the group at the casa/villa
  • Private Afro-Cuban Religion and Music Tour
  • Afternoon music or return to Casa/Hotel
  • Final dinner for our Havana Guests at another amazing Paladar (Del Mar or similar)

Day 8

  • A wonderful Breakfast with the group at the casa/villa
  • Jazz Festival reflection and good-byes
  • Transportation to the Airport
  • (Transportation to Trinidad for those who wish to do the Add-on)

*Flights arriving on Day 1 of the itinerary must arrive between 8:30am-10am EST to have included transportation. All flights arriving must come into Havana and depart from Havana. If you book a departing flight from another city and/or stay extra days the transportation will not be included.

*All breakfasts are included. Other meals are on a per-day basis. We will include two lunches and five dinners. One night you will have the freedom to have dinner on your own.

*All music entries and reservations are also included.

*This is just a sample itinerary, you will receive a detailed itinerary with confirmed events closer to your trip departure.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Primary access/tickets and reservations to music events during Jazz Plaza 2020
  • Eat a fresh breakfast in a luxurious villa with an authentic Café Cubano each morning.
  • Taste of the best Paladares around Havana, Cuba (Private restaurants)
  • Included dance lessons.
  • Bilingual musician tour guide from the U.S.
  • Real interactions with the Cuban people and professional musicians.
  • Time off to shop and explore.

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January 22nd-29th, 2023

EARLY BIRD PRICING UNTIL JUNE 30TH, 2022

  • Casa Particular (Group Villa/Hostal) – $2,945 per person
  • Private Premium Casa Particular (All Yours!) – $3,650 per person
  • Deluxe Hotel Room – $4,450 per person
  • Premium/Suite Hotel Room – $5,245 per person

Trinidad Add-On (Jan 29th-Feb 1st)

Casa/Villa + $1,195

Hotel + $1,645

Hotels:

Havana: Grand Aston Hotel

Trinidad: Mystique Trinidad La Popa

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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A picture of A jazz plaza show at Fabrica de arte Cubano
A backstage picture of Telmary performing at Havana Jazz plaza