35th Havana Jazz Festival

January 14-20, 2020

Limited to 12 Participants

Registration Deadline- July 1, 2019


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 techniques of improvisation. Experience the vibrant richness of Cuban music at the 35th Annual Havana Jazz Festival.

Latin Jazz (also known as Cuban Jazz) has achieved an important tradition and international recognition thanks to prestigious figures in the music world., such as Dizzy Gillespie, Luis Monge, Max Roach, Cubanola, Chucho Valdes, José Luis Cortés and Bobby Carcassés. With an all-access pass, participants will attend concerts with Cuban musicians and international guests, hear presentations from 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 architecture, dance, and music. Cuban experts in these areas will share their experiences and each day lead tours to architectural sites , a contemporary dance company and optional evening venues to experience Cuban arts. 

We venture outside Havana to Las Terrazas and then to Hacienda Rancho Hermosa, an organic farm-to-table project.  

Program Inclusions


  • Access pass to all Jazz Festival activities
  • Ground transportation in air-conditioned vans
  • Six nights at Hostal Casavana bed and breakfast, with daily breakfast
  • Panoramic tour of Havana
  • Welcome and farewell dinners and two lunches
  • Admission to all sites on the itinerary
  • ​Tips for museum docents, drivers, and servers in included dinners
  • Lecture by Cuban music expert
  • Visits to a contemporary dance company
  • Guided visits to Las Terrazas and Rancho Vista Hermosa
  • Guided walking visit to Old Havana
  • Cuba travel guide; plus information about sites to be visited
  • Orientation before departure
  • Cuba Travel Guide for a safe and fun trip
  • Bilingual Program Leader traveling with the group
  • License to travel to Cuba


What is not included? (Estimates)

  • $225 (estimate) roundtrip airfare to Havana from Tampa on Southwest Airlines                      Airline tickets must be purchased individually; (health insurance while in Cuba is included in the airfare).
  • $50 Cuban tourist visa. 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
  • Cost of four dinners and five lunches
  • Tips for bed and breakfast servers and maids
  • Transportation to bed and breakfast after evening jazz performances 
  • Airfare to Tampa, if traveling to Florida from another state
  • Overnight accommodations before departure
  • Trip interruption and cancellation insurance

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


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Timetable for Registration and Payments
     
July 1, 2019                       Registration Documents Deadline
                                         50% of Program Package Cost

December 1, 2019               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.

DAY 1


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.


DAY 2


We begin with breakfast (provided daily) at our bed-and-breakfast, followed by a lecture with a Cuban music expert. After the lecture, we travel to the National Music Museum for a docent-led tour, where we will learn about the development of music and the musical instruments in Cuba from the 16thcentury to the present. We 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 visit the Lizt Alfonso Dance Company for a private presentation. The Company is the precursor and maximum exponent of “Fusion” style in Cuban dance. Alfonso founded the company 25 years ago and is the creator, director, and choreographer. Fusion style dance has been performed by audiences of all ages 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. 

DAY 3

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.


DAY 4

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.

DAY 5

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.

DAY 6


​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.


DAY 7


After a final breakfast, followed by checkout and lunch, we will travel to José Martí International Airport for departure.


Program Package Fee

Single   $3960

Double  $3610 p.p.