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Live Cuban musicians at Fábrica de Arte Cubano in Havana Cuba

Personalized tours to Cuba

We realize that not everyone has the same schedule as us. For that reason, we also do custom and personalized tours to Cuba. This is great for someone who already has a group of friends or family that want to go to Cuba together. The tours are similar to our other tours, but we will work with you to add any special events and points of interests to your schedule.

Personalized tours can allow your entire group to stay in the same casa particular, villa, or hotel. We can also adjust a custom amount of days to stay in Cuba, as well as which cities we will visit. For example: Maybe you like the 6 day VIP music tour, but you also want to visit Varadero. A personalized tour to Cuba allows us to create a schedule that not only meets OFAC guidelines but fulfills all of your interests during your travel.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • See the best music all over Cuba
  • Sample traditional street food and casa prepared meals.
  • Included music and dance lessons.
  • American and bilingual tour leader.
  • Primary reservations and entry into each event.
  • Real interactions with the Cuban people and professional musicians.

Flights and transportation

We arrange daily transportation to all scheduled events and different cities. You will have a specific pick up time from your Casa for the daily events. Don’t worry… We definitely pick the coolest vintage and air conditioned cars or vans available. Ever wanted to ride in a 50s model Chevy Bel Air?

We help you to book the best flight possible. We do not include the flights, but we will be there with a cool vintage car to pick you up at José International Airport.

Accommodation

We include your “Casa Particular” 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!

If you prefer to stay in and pay for a hotel, we can help to arrange this.

Daily itinerary

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

A few weeks before you depart for your tour we will provide a uniquely arranged itinerary for each day of your tour. It will feature the most up to date performance schedule for all musical and non-musical events.

Each tour size is unique and fits a different travelers needs. We have a choice of shorter weekend tripsweek-long tours and even an occasional 18-day backpacking tour of many cities around all of Cuba.  Each itinerary is not only creative and fun but is also in accordance with the regulations of the U.S. Treasury Department.

Tour Guide

You will have an experienced professional LOCAL tour guide as well as an American tour leader. This makes for a comfortable, informative and exciting experience. (Even if you don’t speak Spanish!)

Meals

All of your breakfast, lunches and one dinner are included in your trip.

For breakfast, you can eat a great meal at your Casa Particular. It usually features a freshly sliced array of fruits, a choice of eggs, breads, freshly squeezed juices, and a very authentic Café Cubano. This is a great time to chat with your casa’s host.

Lunches will usually feature live Cuban band (styles such as Bolero, Son, Cha Cha Cha, etc.) All while you are enjoying an authentic local cuisine and a craft made Mojito. Advance group reservations are made for the best restaurants in each area we visit.

For dinner, we let you dine at your own leisure. We do this in the case you want to have a private dinner with family, friends or even your tour leader. Otherwise, we have plenty of recommendations for you, and we will gladly make reservations on your behalf.

Live Music Venues

In Cuba, most of the primary musical performances can occur really late at night. Band start times can range from 10pm-12am 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 free cocktails.) The best musicians of Cuba authenticly performing Afro Cuban and Latin Jazz.

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

“We had asked if we could tour some sort of music school. Chaz made it happen. We asked about booking restaurants our friends had told us about. Chaz made it happen.”

– Julie (TripAdvisor Review)

personalized cultural tours to cuba

WHY BOOK WITH US?

Our tours are guided by actual musicians.Your tour will be accompanied by local musicians in Cuba and a professional musician from the United States. In fact, the owner of Havana Music Tours is a drummer (or bateria, as they would say in Cuba) from the U.S. We are unlike any other tour operator and our music tours are the most extensive and interactive available in Cuba.

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