Havana Jazz Plaza 2020

VIP Jazz Fest Tour in Havana, Cuba – 7 days / 6 nights

January 14th-20th, 2020

A backstage picture of Telmary performing at Havana Jazz plaza
A picture of A jazz plaza show at Fabrica de arte Cubano
a picture of chucho valdez playing at havana jazz plaza

The Ultimate VIP tour of Havana Jazz Plaza, the most important Jazz 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), large Villa, or Hotel with your small group of no more than 12 people. You will awake each morning 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 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 the Cuban history and culture as well as 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 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 full time itinerary to confirm your tour is legal under the OFAC guidelines.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Your tour includes the following:

  • Accommodations: Casa Particular, Villa, or Hotel
  • V.I.P. Music Pass to Jazz Plaza 2020
  • Bilingual musician tour guide from the U.S.
  • People to people interactions
  • Detailed Itinerary
  • Breakfast everyday
  • Dinner every night except for one night at your leisure
  • Lunch/brunch on the first day
  • Entry and reservation into each scheduled event, museum, etc
  • Dance lessons.
  • 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. S 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.

TOUR DATES & PRICES

January 14th-20th, 2020

  • Casa Particular/Villa: $2,987 per person
  • 5 Star Hotel (Double Room): $4,237 per person
  • 5 Star Hotel (Suite):$5,477 per person

*1.5% discount for each person who brings a checked bag filled with donation items for the Cuban people. Items such as soaps, toiletries, drum sticks, guitar strings, drums heads, horn oils, etc.

**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.

Questions? Email us:

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SAMPLE ITINERARY

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 at one of the best Paladares (private restaurant) in Havana
  • Sunset, introduction to a ritual, mindfulness discussion
  • 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
  • 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 in the Casa, a homecooked meal family style!
  • 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
  • Afternoon music jam with local musicans at the beach in Playa de Este
  • 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 an organic 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.
  • Group dinner at a fine Paladar near the casa/villa.
  • Jazz Plaza Music Event

Day 6

  • A wonderful Breakfast with the group at the casa/villa
  • Daytime Jazz Plaza music performances.
  • A group party/music jam with local Cuban friends at the casa/villa.

Day 7

  • A wonderful Breakfast with the group at the casa/villa
  • Jazz Festival reflection and good-byes
  • Transportation to the Airport

*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 freedom to have dinner on your own.

*All music entry and reservation 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

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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this is from the casa particular in havana cuba
afro cuban rumba live at callejon de hamel in havana cuba
alain perez and rodney barreto performing at FAC during havana jazz plaza