CUBA CULTURAL TOUR FEATURING HAVANA RPM MUSIC FESTIVAL 2024

Cuba’s Vinyl Music Festival 2024
A vibrant mix of Cuban music, art, and culture in 7 days in Havana + Day Tour to Matanzas City
November 27th – December 3rd, 2024

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Discover Cuba with Us: Your Cultural Cuba Tour Awaits

Join Havana Music Tours for an unparalleled exploration of Cuban culture with our signature “Cuba Cultural Tour Featuring Havana RPM Music Festival 2024.” This meticulously crafted journey invites you to the heart of Cuban music and history, setting the stage for an unforgettable exploration of the island’s rich artistic traditions.

The Havana RPM Music Festival: A Vinyl Celebration

At the core of this tour is the Havana RPM Music Festival, an extraordinary celebration of vinyl music, where the timeless tradition of record collecting meets the vibrant energy of Cuba’s contemporary music scene. This isn’t just any music festival; it’s a cultural landmark event that brings together enthusiasts, artists, and storytellers from across the globe, all united by their passion for vinyl.

Your experience with us goes beyond the festival. We’ve curated a series of encounters that delve into the depth of Cuba’s cultural heritage. From the rhythmic pulse of Afro-Cuban religions to the musical beauty and historical significance of Matanzas, each day unveils new layers of Cuban identity.

Witness the dynamic interplay of art and music through exclusive exhibitions that trace Cuban music’s visual and auditory history. Engage in enriching dialogues that shed light on the pivotal role of vinyl in shaping musical narratives, both within Cuba and beyond its shores.

But music alone doesn’t capture Cuba’s essence. Through Havana Music Tours, you’ll taste the island’s culinary marvels, a testament to the rich tapestry of flavors that defines Cuban cuisine. Each meal is an adventure, each bite a story.

Connecting Through Music: Community and Creativity

As the day fades, the festival grounds come alive with performances that encapsulate the spirit of Cuba. The Havana RPM Music Festival doesn’t just showcase music; it’s a vibrant celebration of creativity, community, and cultural exchange.

With Havana Music Tours, you’re not just a traveler; you’re a part of a community discovering the soul of Cuba together. Whether you’re a die-hard vinyl collector, a music lover, or a curious traveler eager to explore new cultures, this tour promises a mosaic of experiences that together paint a vivid picture of Cuba’s heart and soul.

Prepare for an adventure where history, culture, and music converge. The “Cuba Cultural Tour Featuring Havana RPM Music Festival 2024” is more than a tour; it’s your gateway to discovering Cuba’s authentic rhythm.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

  • Day 1

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

    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.

    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 2

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

    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

    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 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 

    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.

    Participate in afternoon activities of the Havana RPM Music Festival, including conferences, exhibitions, fairs, and Djs shows.

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

    Participate in the evening activities of the Havana RPM Music Festival, including Djs shows and concerts.

  • Day 4

    Breakfast at your casa/villa/hotel 

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

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

    Participate in afternoon activities of the Havana RPM Music Festival, including conferences, exhibitions, fairs, and Djs shows.

    Attend Djs shows and concerts during the final night of the Havana RPM Music Festival.

    Day 4

  • Day 5

    Breakfast at your casa/villa/hotel 

    Live Rumba at Callejon de Hamel – The most authentic Rumba experience available in Havana. Enjoy a couple hours in the famous art alleyway while enjoying African and Cuban fusion.

    Free Afternoon to Explore Havana on your own.

    Dinner at a famous Paladar.

    The best music of the Night in Havana! (We will search for something unique based on other events you may have already seen)

  • Day 6

    MATANZAS DAY TOUR

    Breakfast at your casa/villa/hotel 

    Scenic Route Habana-Matanzas. (Coffee, Sandwiches, and Juice along the way)
    A quick stop at Bacunayagua Bridge.

    Tour of Historic Matanzas.Learn history, architecture, culture, and Rumba roots with a local expert and professional musician and videographer, Luis.

    Unique music experience in Matanzas City: private performance and music lesson offered by local Afro-Cuban folkloric groups such as Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, the Latin Grammy Award-winning rumba group (subject to availability).

    Lunch at a local Paladar in Matanzas City.

    Drive to Varadero Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean.

    Return to Havana (Dinner and Music on your own)

    Day 6

  • Day 7

    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.
  • VIP Tickets to the Havana RPM Music Festival: Participate in the diverse activities of the Havana RPM Music Festival, including conferences, exhibitions, fairs, and DJ shows.
  • 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 four dinners and two lunches/brunches.
  • Entry and Reservations: You can 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.
  • Unique music experiences in Matanzas City: private performances and music lessons offered by local Afro-Cuban folkloric groups such as Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, the Latin Grammy Award-winning rumba group (subject to availability).
  • 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.

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.

November 27th – December 3rd, 2024

  • Casa Particular (Group Villa/BnB): $2,630 per person
  • Deluxe Hotel Room: $3,835 per person
  • Deluxe Ocean View: $4,385 per person
  • Club Ocean View: $5,695 per person
  • (Contact us for 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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