What is not included? (Estimates)
Air tickets will be individually booked online after registration deadline using miles or a
credit card; health insurance while in Cuba is included in the airfare.
Travelers will be able to buy the Cuban visa online before departure or at the
Southwest check-in counter at the airport on the day of departure
For a Registration Packet
Please visit our Contact Us page and provide all required Information. As soon as we hear from you, we will email a registration packet with required forms and instructions. You can also call us at 978-998-0039.
Payment Options - Program Package
Cashier's Check or Credit Card
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Timetable for Registration and Payments
July 1, 2018 Registration Documents Deadline
50% of Program Package Cost
December 2, 2018 50% balance due of Program Package Cost
Cancellation and Refund Policy
Cancellations after registration and before second (2nd) payment: 50% refund
Cancellations after second (2nd) payment: No refund
Itinerary - Specific festival venues and events will be available one month before departure day.
Our flight from Tampa to Havana will take one hour. Once in Havana we will be on our way to accommodations at our B&B for a luggage drop, followed by a panoramic tour of the city and lunch in Old Havana. After lunch we will do check-in at the BB and enjoy a welcome dinner in the evening.
Our first day in Havana will start with breakfast at our B&B (all breakfasts are included), followed by a conference by a Cuban music expert. After the conference, through a guided visit with a museum docent at the National Music Museum, delegates will learn about the development of music and the musical instruments in Cuba from the XVI Century until now. Here will have the opportunity to learn Cuban music through its most representative instruments: claves, maracas, bongó, timbales. Almost all are percussion or serve to set the beat, and are excellent accompanists of melodic instruments such as guitar and violin. After lunch we will visit the Lizt Alfonso Dance Company for a private presentation. Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba is the precursor and maximum exponent of the "fusion" style in Cuban dance. Founded 25 years ago by its creator, director and choreographer, Lizt Alfonso, it has conquered audiences of all ages in the five continents, performing in hundreds of cities with the strength and rhythm of the Cuba that vibrates today. The Company works with the Old Havana community providing dance classes to 1,200 students. In the evening, after dinner, we will attend the Jazz Festival Opening Gala.
After breakfast we will visit Old Havana. Founded in 1519, UNESCO declared Old Havana Universal Patrimony of Humanity. You will learn about Old Havana as a unique urban development project that integrates community and economic development with art. Through a walking visit guided by an architect-historian we will visit Cathedral and Arms Squares. In Cathedral Square we will visit the Experimental Graphic Workshop (printmaking). In Arms Square we will stop to visit the Palace of Captains Generals and the City Museum of Havana. After lunch and in the evening you will chose among events taking place at several different venues to attend Jazz Festival performances.
Our day will begin with an overview of the architectural restoration efforts in the area of Parque Central (Central Park) through a walking visit of the Manzana Kempinski Hotel and the Capitol Building — jewels of Cuban architectural restoration effort. After the walking visit, we will travel to Hotel Nacional for lunch.Opened in 1930, the hotel shows eclectic style architecture with Art Deco, Moorish, Neoclassical, and Neocolonial characteristics. Hotel Nacional was home for guests such as Johnny Weissmuller (Tarzan), Edward VIII (Prince of Wales), Jack Dempsey, Errol Flynn, the Duke of Windsor, Carol II of Romania, Mario Moreno (Cantinflas), Tyrone Power, Rita Hayworth, Prince Ali Khan, Ernest Hemingway, Fred Astaire, Cesar Romero, and Gary Cooper among others. After lunch and in the evening you will chose among events taking place at several different venues to attend Jazz Festival performances.
Our trip will continue outside of Havana visiting Las Terrazas. Located in the Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve, Las Terrazas is the first Cuban eco community of both national and international reference for others developing areas with similar conditions. It also owns the Conservation Award granted by UNESCO. Las Terrazas population consists of 1014 inhabitants grouped in 253 family nucleuses. The life expectancy of its inhabitants is of 79 years old. The 45% of the economically active population works in tourism. The tour will include a visit to local artists studios and galleries and the restored buildings and ruins of the Buena Vista coffee plantation for lunch. French refugees from Haiti built Buena Vista Plantation in 1801. In the evening you will chose among events taking place at several different venues to attend Jazz Festival performances.
For our last day in Cuba, a truly unique experience awaits for you at Rancho Vista Hermosa, located 20 minutes away from Havana. Over the past 4 years, this diversified organic farm has played a vital role in Mediterráneo Restaurant Farm to Table Project, as the main provider of fresh local ingredients for the restaurant. We invite you to learn about their experience in using organic methods for growing vegetables, and breeding animals, while walking through the farm. Enjoy a beautiful country setting while savoring a delicious lunch prepared with fresh ingredients. In the evening, to complete the Farm-to-Table Project we will have our farewell dinner at the Mediterráneo Restaurant. After dinner we will attend the Jazz Festival Closing Gala.
After a final breakfast, followed by checkout and lunch, we will travel to José Martí International Airport for departure.
Program Package Fee
Double $3000 p.p.
The Arts in Cuban Culture: 34rd Havana Jazz Festival
January 15-21, 2019
Limited to 12 Participants
Registration Deadline- July 1, 2018
At the center of our program is Afro-Cuban jazz, the earliest form of Latin jazz. It mixes Afro-Cuban clave-based rhythms with jazz harmonies and improvisation techniques. Experience the vibrant richness of Cuban music through the 34th Havana Jazz Festival. With the presence of prestigious figures Latin Jazz or Cuban Jazz has achieved an important tradition and international recognition. With an all access pass you will be able to attend concerts with Cuban musicians and international guests, presentations of bands, ensembles, and soloists.
In addition to the Jazz Festival experience, the Arts in Cuban Culture travel program provide a unique opportunity for participants to learn about Cuban architectural restoration, dance, and music. Cuban experts in these areas will share their experiences with our delegates. Each day will include guided visits to restored architectural sites (or those in the process of restoration) and optional evening venues to experience Cuban arts and cuisine. Outside Havana we will explore Las Terrazas Eco Museum, a self-sustained community of 1000 residents and Rancho Vista Hermosa, an organic farm-to-table project providing the ingredients we will taste from the menu at the Mediterraneo Restaurant in Havana.