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A backstage picture of Telmary performing at Havana Jazz plaza

Tours, Dates, and Prices

CURRENT TOURS

Havana Jazz Plaza 2020 – 7 days / 6 nights
An annual Jazz Festival in Havana. 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, Daymé and many more!
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Havana Music and Cultural Tour – 4 days / 3 nights
This is the perfect 4-day weekend getaway to Cuba. Experience the highlights of Havana – all of the culture, music, and art in a jam-packed fun weekend!
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VIP Music Tour of Havana – 6 days / 5 nights
This tour is 6 days and 5 nights and features an extensive tour of Havana and day trips to Viñales and Playas del Este.
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Havana World Music Festival and Cultural Tour – 5 days / 4 nights
Havana World Music Festival is back! This festival typically features artists from all over the world and famous Cuban musicians. We will combine elements of a cultural Havana tour by day and the festival in the evenings.
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Fiesta del Tambor and Cultural Tour – 8 days / 7 nights
Fiesta del Tambor is Cuba’s annual Percussion festival. It will feature some of the greatest drummers, percussionist, and other musicians from all over Cuba and the world.
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Accommodation

We include your “Casa Particular” or “Villa” or Hotel in the tour price. Each one is hand selected by us and quality tested.

“Casa Particular” is the Spanish phrase to describe a privately owned bed and breakfast style house or room for rent. Casa Particulares are the best option for supporting and interacting with the Cuban people. We highly recommend them!

We also have packages that include a 5-star hotel if you prefer that option. We book directly with one of the best hotels in Havana, Meliã Cohiba. Whichever way you prefer to travel we want to make sure you are comfortable and have a great time!

 

Daily itinerary

You can view samples itineraries for each of our tours at the links below.

About a week or so before you depart for your tour we will provide a uniquely arranged and final itinerary for each day of your tour. It will feature the most up to date performance schedule for all musical and non-musical events. It will also include all of the places we will visit. This is usually very similar to the sample itinerary, but it will have more details such as the time frames, artist/venue names, etc.

Each tour size is unique and fits a different travelers desires.

Live Music Venues

In Cuba, most of the primary musical performances can occur really late at night. Band start times can range from 10pm-1am each night.

In addition to your daily itinerary, we maintain an optional late night schedule that features private reservations to the best music venues in Havana and beyond. If you wish to go, we also include the entry to each musical event into your Casa-Inclusive-package. (By the way, some entries to venues will include a couple of free cocktails.)

We will see some of the best musicians in Cuba authenticly performing styles such as Afro-Cuban Rumba, Latin Jazz, Traditional, Afro-Funk, Timba (Salsa), and more.

Your tour package also includes passes to all museums. The museums will feature Cuban art, history, and musical subjects.

Meals

Most of your food is included on your trip. Each tour has different and specific meal inclusions, but all of them include breakfast. For the most part, we like to eat family style at all of the best restaurants in Cuba. Certain tours may include lunches and/or dinners, and there are some free days to have a private meal on your own (if you wish). Usually, the breakfast is pretty fulfilling, so snacks may be appropriate when walking around on some days. We have discovered that sitting down at a restaurant to eat 3 times per day with a group takes up too much time… and we have lots of stuff to see!! Don’t worry, you will eat well!

Breakfast usually features a freshly sliced array of fruits, vegetables, a choice of eggs, breads, freshly squeezed juices, and even an authentic Café Cubano.

Sometimes we will prepare snacks for lunch as needed, otherwise, we typically eat dinners between 5pm-8pm.

For dinner, we will eat at some of the best restaurants in Cuba. We have tried many of the top rated restaurants and handpicked our favorites to share with you. We will eat altogether most evenings and dine family style, in a similar way to how Cubans eat. We will usually allow at least one evening to dine at your own leisure. Whatever you chose, we have plenty of recommendations for you and we will gladly make any reservations on your behalf.

Tour Guides

You will have an experienced professional musician as your tour leader. Your tour leader will be from the United States and is bilingual. We also include local tour guides that specialize in different aspects of Cuban culture: history, architecture, art, music, etc. This makes for a comfortable, informative and exciting experience. (Even if you don’t speak Spanish!)

Flights and transportation

All tours include pick up and drop off from the airports in Cuba. We arrange daily transportation from the Casa/Villa to all scheduled events and to different cities.

We do not include the flights, but we will help you to book the best fight based on your location. There are many commercial flights available from the US, Canada, and Mexico. So, no matter where you are flying from we will help you pick the best connections to join the tour on time.

Personalized Tours

CUSTOMIZED AND PRIVATE TOURS

We realize that not everyone has the same schedule and maybe has their own group together already. If you would like to discuss a customized individual or group tour to Cuba please get in touch.

 Immerse yourself in the ways of Cuba.


Whether you are a musician yourself or you have a desire to experience an art-inspired tour of Cuba, we’re pretty sure you will be delighted by a tour with us. Music culture is the international language that everyone can understand. It is also the best way to connect and experience the culture of the Cuban people. The brightness and selfless charm of each person are reflected in the soulful expression of the iconic Latin music still performed in Cuba today.

With Havana Music Tours you will experience the most authentic music performances by the best musicians around Cuba. You will also experience Cuban dancing, top-rated restaurants, Cuban farming, mindfulness, art, education, museums, architecture, shopping, and meaningful interactions with the Cuban people. On our tours/retreats, you will detox from your typical daily lifestyle and common vacations. You will be immersed in a positive and life-changing tour in Cuba.

We will take you on a journey through the history of Cuban music and introduce you to some of the best musicians around Cuba. You will have an itinerary that digs deep into the different music and art styles in Cuba. Each night you can visit a different music club with different music styles.

Each of our tours has a different theme and duration. So, depending on how much time you have for travel and your interests we have something for most everyone. We prefer to stay in Casa Particulares and Villas, both of which are privately owned homes. We feel this gives you the most authentic experience of Cuban culture and rituals. We will eat our food in a family style at almost every meal. We also make sure to accommodate our vegan and vegetarian friends.

WHY BOOK WITH US?

The niche style of Havana Music Tours is unlike any other tour operator. Our music relationships in Cuba help us to have the most extensive and interactive music tours available in Cuba.

Your tour will be accompanied by a professional musician and Cuba expert. In fact, the founder of Havana Music Tours is a professional drummer/producer from the U.S.

Chaz Chambers
Director, Musician & Tour Guide