Havana World Music Festival Tour

Cuba Music Tour Featuring Havana World Music Festival – 4 days / 3 nights
March 23rd – 26th, 2023 (Optional Varadero – Matanzas Add-On – March 26th – 29th, 2023)

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Havana World Music Festival Tour is back! The festival pulses right in the heart of Havana with a profound link to musical culture and heritage. A celebration and showcase of talent from both Cuba and around the world.

From hip-hop, folk, and jazz to acoustic, reggae, electronic music, and more! Havana World Music Festival ensures that everyone will find their moment of groove! In addition to all of this, you‘ll also be able to witness dazzling street art, dance performances, and other forms of creativity exploding.

On our Havana World Music Festival Tour, we will combine elements of a cultural Havana tour with the festival schedule, covering most of your daily time on the island. Even when enjoying the excellent music program offered by the festival is our main activity within the tour, we will also add some special experiences like an Art, Food & Music Tour of the famous Fabrica de Arte Cubano and/or a walking tour of the Cayo Hueso neighborhood of Centro Habana to learn about AfroCuban Religion and Culture. Each moment will be full of music and cultural immersion!

While traveling with us, you will have accommodation options like a Hotel or a Private/Group Villa Casa Particular (private home/apartment Bnb style). In the case of the Group Villa Casa, you will share the place with your tour group with everyone having a private room and bathroom. Each morning will be an array of different fruits, Cuban coffee, eggs, bread, juices, and more. 

Why should you travel with us?

If your goal is to enjoy a smooth, authentic, and musical travel experience to Cuba without missing any important bucket list detail we think our Havana World Music Tour is your best option. More than the amazing accommodations and exceptional cultural experiences, we really believe that our most valuable thing is our people. We are very proud of our talented team of musicians (unique within the Cuba Travel industry) from Cuba and the United States, excellent professionals who graduated from prestigious music schools like Universidad de Las Artes de Cuba. 

Havana-Music-Tours-Team-PhotoOur wonderful musician-only team will make sure that you are part of a very special Cuba Tour, without any awkward moments or unfulfilled expectations. We make it possible and easy for you to explore Cuba and its culture through the local community

But, don’t take our word for it… We are grateful for the beautiful and motivating testimonials that our previous clients have shared with us through our Tripadvisor profile, like the following:  

“The best thing about Havana Music Tours was the people. Chaz, Yamilka, their assistants Zack and Miguel, tour guides Alejandro and Ernesto, even the bus drivers — everyone was friendly, attentive, knowledgeable and really, really nice. As well, our fellow tourists turned out to be excellent company, with a variety of ages, backgrounds and musical interests.”

Also, we are a U.S.-based tour agency, and this tour fulfills all of the legal OFAC travel rules for United States Travelers. You will be given a legal travel affidavit and a full-time itinerary to confirm your tour is permitted under the OFAC guidelines. For more info about Cuba and your trip preparation, check out our Cuba Travel Checklist

What to look forward to during this Havana Music Tour?

VIP access/tickets and reservations to music events during Havana Salsa Festival 2023.

Bilingual musicians tour guide from Cuba and the U.S (a tour from musicians for music lovers).

Real interactions with the Cuban people and professional musicians.

Dance or music lessons.

Authentic music and cultural experiences almost every day of your tour.

Fresh breakfast and authentic Café Cubano each morning in a luxurious villa with our wonderful traveler friends.

Taste of the best Paladares around Havana, Cuba (Private restaurants).

Transportation from 11 am to 11 pm (which includes most evening music). 

Free time to shop and explore.

*March 23rd-26th, 2023*

  • Casa Particular (Group Villa/BnB): $1,295 per person
  • Deluxe Hotel Room: $1,995 per person 
  • Suite Hotel Room: $2,795 per person

Hotel Options:

Havana: The Brand New Grand Aston Hotel

Varadero: Hotel Mystique Casa Perla

March 26th-29th, 2023 – Optional Matanzas/Varadero Add On 3 nights/4 days 

  • Casa Particular (Group Villa/BnB): $898 per person
  • Deluxe Hotel Room: $1,298 per person 

Pricing and Payments:

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

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 supplement fees.

The above price is in US Dollars and based on an ACH bank transfer from our 3rd party merchant. If you wish to use a credit or debit card, a 2% fee will be added. We do not accept cash or checks.

Prices vary for different tours and accommodation 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 ensure 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.

Your tour includes the following:

  • Accommodations: Casa Particular/Villa
  • Havana World Music Festival Entry
  • Live studio listening experience at a private studio in Old Havana
  • Bilingual musician tour leader and guides
  • Support for the Cuban people’s interactions
  • Detailed Itinerary (Culture, Music, Art, Food, Education, Free time, Beach time, etc)
  • Breakfast every day (A nicely prepared home meal with eggs, juices, bread, coffee, and more – Vegan and vegetarian options available)
  • 1 dinner (VIP entry into Fabrica de Arte Cubano and welcoming dinner at La Tierra)
  • 1 lunch
  • Interactions with professional musicians and Cuban artists.
  • Entry and reservation into each scheduled event, museum, etc
  • Daytime walking tour of Old Havana with a local bilingual Cuban Guide.
  • 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 Travel License. (U.S. Travelers)

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.

Day 1 

  • Arrival in Havana and included transportation to your Casa/Villa. 
  • Check-in to Casa/Villa
  • Lunch (Group meeting/quick orientation)
  • Relax or explore near your Casa
  • Sunset hang out at Malecon with a Cuban ritual introduction
  • Welcoming Dinner at La Tierra with VIP entry into Fabrica de Arte Cubano
  • Havana World Music Fest Shows!

Day 2

  • Breakfast with the group at the casa/villa
  • Tour of Habana Vieja (Old Havana)
  • Visit craft shops, and art galleries, and learn about music and history in Cuba
  • Lunch at your leisure
  • Back to the Villa/Casa to rest before dinner
  • Dinner on your own
  • Havana World Music Fest Shows!

Day 3

  • Breakfast with the group at the casa/villa
  • Live studio listening experience at a unique studio in Old Havana
  • Dance lessons
  • Free afternoon to explore Havana Vieja on your own
  • Transportation back to the Villa/Casa
  • Dinner on your own
  • Havana World Music Fest Shows!

Day 4

  • Breakfast with the group at the casa/villa
  • Transportation to Airport

(*Flights arriving on Day 1 of the itinerary must arrive between 8:30 am-10 am EST and departing flights on Day 4 need to depart between 2-5 pm to have included transportation. All flights must arrive and depart from Havana José Martí International Airport. 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.)

March 26th-29th, 2023

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

Hotel options are available as well

Inclusions:

  • 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) or Hotel
  • 3 Breakfasts (Each morning)
  • 1 Dinner
  • 2 Lunches
  • Musician Tour Leader and Local Cuban Guides
  • Unique musical and cultural experiences
  • Day walking tours
  • Workshop with Latin grammy award winning rumba group Los Muñequitos de Matanzas

Highlights:

  • 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 Award Winning 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
  • Lunch included
  • 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
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