VIP Music Tour of Cuba

The Music Lovers Tour: Featuring Havana, Viñales Valley, and Trinidad Cuba

6 days/5 nights – (10 days/9 nights with Trinidad Add On)

The VIP Music Tour is our ultimate music tour of Cuba. Featuring visits to famous music cities like Havana and Trinidad. We even like to take a day trip to Viñales to explore the agriculture in the Cuban countryside. Each night in Havana features a premium curated music schedule. We will attend the best music events with prime reservations (as available) each night.

We are a team of musicians and musicologists that have been working within the Cuban music scene for years. with our connections, we help to create unique experiences within the musical realm. Experiences like a live listening experience in the studio, or Casino de Salsa dance lessons in a small private studio in the heart of central Havana, or how about a front-row attendance to one of Trinidad’s last folkloric groups, Las Tonadas Trinitarias.

Each day on our tour includes a lush breakfast with eggs, fruits, bread, coffee, juices, and sometimes another set of unique items. Each Casa Particular (Bed and Breakfast style home) is unique and gives you an authentic experience of a Cuban home. We have both group casas and private casas for those who prefer their privacy and others who want a more social experience.

The food on our tour is just as good as the music. We will eat at some of the top-rated restaurants around Havana, Viñales, and Trinidad. We include multiple meals at 5-Star Paladares such as La Guarida, El Del Frente, Atelier, La Tierra and others. A Paladar is a name given to private restaurants in Cuba.

Our tour is not only an elegant musical and cultural experience, but it is a way to support Cubans and their businesses. For U.S. Travelers, our tours are OFAC compliant under the Support for the Cuban People General License.

Your tour includes the following:

  • Casa Particular: Luxury Group Villa or Private Luxury Casa
  • Bilingual musician tour guides
  • Support of the Cuban people and personalized interactions
  • Detailed Itinerary
  • The Best Music Events Happening in Cuba
  • An excellent Cuban breakfast every day (Cafe Cubano, eggs, fruits and more)
  • Dinner every night except for one night at your leisure (Only 1 dinner for the Trinidad Add-On)
  • Lunch/brunch on the first day and in Viñales Valley (3 Lunches for the Trinidad Add-on)
  • Entry and reservation into each scheduled music event, etc
  • Dance or Music lessons.
  • Bottle of water every day
  • Day tours: walking tours, music history, Cuban history and culture
  • Transportation and day tour to Viñales Valley with your tour guide (Includes Lunch and Farm tour)
  • Nightly music tours with pro musicians and musicologists
  • 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. 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.

We not only give you a tour of the music andf culture of Cuba, but we also include some of the best restaurants in all of Cuba. The private restaurants are called Paladares. We feature famous restaurants such as La Guarida, El Del Frente, Cafe Laurent, Atelier, La Tierra, and many more!

A close up shot of a steak entree at atelier in Vedado, havana, cuba close up picture of grilled vegetables at el del frente in old havana, cuba Fresh beef at La Guarida the Paladar in Central Havana, CubaFresh prepared Lobster in Havana, CubaUpclose picture of food at la guarida in central Havana

Fresh sourdough bread in Trinidad, Cuba GRoup dinner at Paladar La Guarida Vegetable dish Vista del mar restaurant in Havana Coffe maker in Cuba with bread for breakfast REd fish prepared fresh in Havana, Cuba

group picture eating at el cocinero in havana cuba

Day 1 

  • Arrival and Transportation to your Casa or Hotel. Including a quick tour around Havana.
  • Lunch with Orientation and Afternoon Exploration
  • Welcoming Dinner and Festival including performances by members of Buena Vista Social Club and the Afro-Cuban All-Stars. (Entry/dinner included in the package)

Day 2

  • Breakfast
  • Private vintage car tour of La Habana
  • Walking tour of Old Havana (Check out some organic small group Son in the streets)
  • Late night Afro Cuban Jazz Night featuring local group, “Interactivo”

Day 3

  • Breakfast
  • Live Private Studio Performance in Old Havana at a private music studio
  • Meet the group at Malecón for sunset.
  • Latin Jazz Session  – Famous music clubs like “La Zorra y El Cuervo”

Day 4

  • Breakfast
  • Dance and music lessons after breakfast
  • Free time to explore Havana at your leisure.
  • Experience different forms of modern Cuban music at places like “Fabrica de Arte Cubano.”
  • Late night music at a famous club around Cuba (based on different tour dates). Some tours include private performances in the Casa. Email us for more information.

Day 5

  • Breakfast
  • Agricultural exploration in Viñales Valley, Cuba.
  • Experience Cuban cigar farms and the way of life in the country.
  • Lunch is included in Viñales.
  • Back to Havana for dinner at your leisure. Your tour leader can assist you with recommendations and reservations.
  • Late night music at a famous music club, if you so desire.

Day 6

  • Breakfast and Flight Home (You won’t want to leave, but you can always come back)
  • Transport for Trinidad Add-On Guests (begin Trinidad Itineray)

(All breakfast and lunches are included. The first welcome dinner is also included in your tour package.)

This is a sample itinerary, actual music events may vary based on the best available performances the week of your tour…

After some of our VIP Music Tours, we have an optional additional 3-night and 4-day Trinidad add-on… (For those of you who aren’t ready to go home yet!)

Villas/Casas Options:

Premium Group Villas only. (Everyone will have their own bedroom and bathroom.)

Inclusions:

  • Private Roundtrip Transportation from Havana to Trinidad
  • Transportation (as needed to each included event. Trinidad is a very small town and cars are not allowed to drive much, if at all in the main area. At times we may just walk a few blocks to dinners, music, etc.)
  • Accommodations in your Casa Particular (Private guest house)
  • 3 Breakfasts (Each morning)
  • 1 Dinner
  • 3 Lunches
  • Musician Tour Leader and Local Cuban Guides
  • Unique musical and cultural experiences
  • Historical day walking tours
  • Private music experience with Tonadas Trinitarias, one of the last Folkloric music groups left in Trinidad, Cuba

Highlights:

  • Music, art, and cultural tours
  • Dinner reservations at prime restaurants
  • Local 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 —> Trinidad)

  • Early morning breakfast, then check out from your Casa or Hotel in Havana
  • Private transfer with your tour leader to Trinidad (Apr 5-6 Hours)
  • Included Lunch
  • Check in to Casa Particular in Trinidad
  • Welcoming dinner (included)
  • Late night music in Trinidad, Cuba (Folklorica, Son, Salsa, and more)

Day 2 (Trinidad – Day tour and Folkloric Music Experience)

  • Fresh breakfast at your Casa (Eggs, Fruits, Juices, Coffee, Tea, Bread, Veggies and Meats)
  • Walking tour of Historic Trinidad with a local Cuban bilingual guide. Learn about the history, architecture and culture.
  • Included Lunch
  • Unique immersive experience with Tonadas Trinitarias. See why this group is so unique to Cuba, featuring spiritual group vocals 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 (Trinidad – Optional morning experiences, return to Havana)

  •  Fresh breakfast at your Casa (Eggs, Fruits, Juices, Coffee, Tea, Bread, Veggies, and Meats)
  • Optional experiences: Hiking in Grand Parque Natural Topes, Horseback riding, massages, and more
  • Afternoon Transportation back to Havana (Quick driving tour of Cienfuegos)
  • Included Lunch
  • 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

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Watch members of the modern-day Buena Vista Social Club perform live.
  • Dine at the best Paladares around Cuba. (Private restaurants)
  • Included dance lessons.
  • Bilingual musician tour guides from the U.S.
  • Primary reservations and entry into each event.
  • Real interactions with the Cuban people and professional musicians.

2022

November 19th-24th, 2022

  • Casa Particular (Group Villa/BnB): $2,695 per person
  • Private Premium Casa Particular (All Yours!): $3,325 per person
  • Deluxe Hotel Room: $3,845 per person
  • Premium/Suite Hotel Room: $4,545 per person

*November 24th-27th, 2022*Trinidad Add On 3 nights/ 4 days 

  • Casa Particular (Group Villa/Hostal): $1,195 per person
  • Deluxe Hotel Room: $1,535 per person

2023

February 21st-26th, 2023 – Featuring VIP entry to Havana’s Salsa Festival

  • Casa Particular (Group Villa/BnB): $2,895 per person
  • Private Premium Casa Particular (All Yours!): $3,565 per person
  • Deluxe Hotel Room: $4,235 per person
  • Premium/Suite Hotel Room: $5,285 per person

*February 26th-March 1st, 2023*Trinidad Add On 3 nights/ 4 days 

  • Casa Particular (Group Villa/BnB): $1,295 per person
  • Deluxe Hotel Room: $1,635 per person

April 3rd-11th, 2023

  • Casa Particular (Group Villa/BnB): $2,795 per person
  • Private Premium Casa Particular (All Yours!): $3,465 per person
  • Deluxe Hotel Room: $3,945 per person
  • Premium/Suite Hotel Room: $4,645 per person

*April 11th-14th, 2023*Trinidad Add On 3 nights/ 4 days 

  • Casa Particular (Group Villa/BnB): $1,295 per person
  • Deluxe Hotel Room: $1,635 per person

April 24th-30th, 2023

  • Casa Particular (Group Villa/BnB): $2,795 per person
  • Private Premium Casa Particular (All Yours!): $3,465 per person
  • Deluxe Hotel Room: $3,945 per person
  • Premium/Suite Hotel Room: $4,645 per person

*April 30th-May 3nd, 2023*Trinidad Add On 3 nights/ 4 days 

  • Casa Particular (Group Villa/BnB): $1,295 per person
  • Deluxe Hotel Room: $1,635 per person

December 28th, 2023 – January 2nd, 2024 – (A Special VIP Music Tour featuring a New Year Rooftop Party in Havana)

  • Casa Particular (Group Villa/BnB): $2,995 per person
  • Private Premium Casa Particular (All Yours!): $3,665 per person
  • Deluxe Hotel Room: $4,245 per person
  • Premium/Suite Hotel Room: $4,945 per person

Hotels:

Havana: The Grand Aston

Trinidad: Mystique Trinidad La Popa

Pricing and Payments:

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 price stated above 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 there will be a 2% fee added. We do not accept cash or checks.

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.

February 21st-26th, 2023 – Featuring VIP entry to Havana’s Salsa Festival

  • Casa Particular (Group Villa/BnB): $2,895 per person
  • Private Premium Casa Particular (All Yours!): $3,565 per person
  • Deluxe Hotel Room: $4,235 per person
  • Premium/Suite Hotel Room: $5,285 per person

*February 26th-March 1st, 2023* – Trinidad Add On 3 nights/ 4 days 

  • Casa Particular (Group Villa/BnB): $1,295 per person
  • Deluxe Hotel Room: $1,635 per person

PROOF OF COVID-19 VACCINATION

For the protection of other participants and residents of the destinations we travel to, each group tour participant must present us with proof of vaccination against Covid-19. You will upload this to our intake form at least 14 days before your tour departure date.

Our top priority is safety. Making sure everyone is fully vaccinated will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep our small group tours safe and filled with stress-free fun!

Acceptable vaccines based on information from the World Health Organization

Moderna (mRNA-1273)

Pfizer/BioNTech (BNT162b2)

Janssen (Johnson & Johnson – Ad26.COV2.S)

Oxford/AstraZeneca (AZD1222)

Serum Institute of India Covishield (Oxford/AstraZeneca formulation)

Bharat Biotech (Covaxin)

Sinopharm (Beijing  BBIBP-CoV – Vero Cells)

Sinovac – CoronaVac

EXCEPTIONS FOR PRIVATE TOURS:

If you aren’t vaccinated, we are able to create a private tour with your own group. We will need everyone to sign an additional waiver accepting the risks. We will also need a PCR test from each guest within 72 hours before departing for Cuba. Please contact us if you have any questions.

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