HAVANA JAZZ FESTIVAL 2020

SKU: JF07
$2,100.00Price

INTRODUCTION:

 

Travel under the Havana Jazz Festival Tour is authorized for persons living in the United States by U.S. Code 31 CFR 515.567 regulating attending public performances in Cuba. Besides the public performances, this tour also includes activities such as historic tours of the city, music or dance workshops, and museum and sightseeing tours. This tour may be modified, contact us if you would like to travel on this tour but would like to make some changes to the itinerary. Here is the link to the U.S. Treasury website with the full text of public performance regulations regarding travel to Cuba, https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=9c07ae82729ce063af7fbafbe92cec3b&mc=true&node=se31.3.515_1567&rgn=div8

 

Please send us an email if you would like to travel with this tour but prefer to stay at a hotel.

  • * ACTIVITIES INCLUDED: 

    Please see our 5 Day Havana 2020 Jazz Festival Tour for a shorter version of this tour.

    HAVANA INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL 2020 SEVEN DAY TOUR

    Your price per person with Bed & Breakfast

    Price per person in Double Occupancy ……………………. $2,100 USD (Taxes Included)

    Price per person in Single Occupancy………………………. $2,270 USD (Taxes Included)

    Price includes:

    *All listed activities

    *Accommodation in beautiful B&B in Old Havana

    *All transportation including late night transportation until 3am. Transportation will usually be in modern air-conditioned cars or vans, and on some occasions with your prior approval in some very nice classic American Chevrolets and Fords. *Cuban entry visa

    *Full time local English-speaking professional guide

    *6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners. Once you have booked, we will send you the names of the restaurants.

    *One bottle of Havana Club Rum during Jazz All Stars Workshop and one drink during Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Piñeiro Son Workshop.

    PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE AIRFARE. ARRANGE YOUR OWN FLIGHT AND LET US KNOW THE DATES AND TIMES.

    This is a small-group tour for 2 to 10 guests. Arrange your own group or join one.

    For larger groups please contact us cubatraveltrips@gmail.com. NO CUBAN GOVERNMENT TOUR BUSES! NO CUBAN GOVERNMENT GUIDES! NO CUBAN GOVERNMENT RESTAURANTS! Unfortunately, all Havana Jazz Plaza Festival events take place on Cuban government property.

    PLEASE CONTACT US FOR PRICING IF YOU WOULD PREFER TO STAY AT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING HOTELS: Hotel Nacional in Vedado or Iberostar Parque Central, Hotel Saratoga, or Hotel Sevilla in Old Havana. (Hotel option will raise the price of tour from $500 to $1,300 x guest depending on hotel selected)

    -Your price per person with Bed&Breakfast DOUBLE OCCUPANCY $1,950

    -Price per person SINGLE OCCUPANCY $2,175

    *PRICES VALID FOR RESERVATIONS MADE ON OR BEFORE NOV. 15, 2019*

    JANUARY 14, 2020 “HELLO HAVANA”

    • Depart U.S. for Jose Mart International Airport in Havana, Cuba. (AIRFARE NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE)
    • Meet & greet with guide and driver at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport.
    • Guide will accompany you for the duration of your stay.
    • Lunch or dinner be determined by arrival time. Don’t worry, we won’t let you go hungry!
    • Driving City Tour of Havana, including a drive along the famous Havana malecon seawall, Vedado neighborhood, 5th Avenue in the suburb of Miramar, and stops at the Plaza of the Revolution, and Almendares Park. (2 hours)
    • Visit to Fusterlandia and La Lavanderia, the studio and workshop of Cuban painter and sculptor Rafael Perez Alonso.
    • Transfer to B&B. (Photos are available of B&B’s before booking, they are all great!)
    • Welcome dinner at private restaurant.
    • Live music at venue to be determined.

     

    JANUARY 15, 2020 “OLD HAVANA & ART”

    • Breakfast at B&B.
    • 9:00 am Old Havana Encounter, our walking tour through Old Havana, La Habana Vieja, and its five main plazas, Plaza Vieja, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza de San Francisco, and Plaza del Cristo, with stops at the residence of the colonial era Captain General of the island, the Havana Cathedral, Obispo Street, and the Cuba’s capitol building. Old Havana gives you a taste of the island and will make you feel as if you had travelled back in time. Old Havana has some of the oldest buildings and streets in the Americas, with buildings and structures dating to the 16th century. These ancient buildings still house a significant number of Havana’s inhabitants. Old Havana features the first church built on the island, a street paved with wooden bricks, palatial residences, the hotel where Ernest Hemingway wrote “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” the beautiful Bacardi building, and the Cuba’s former presidential palace. Some of the notable buildings you will see during this tour include the house built by Ponce de Leon’s grandson, a section of Havana’s original colonial era sewer system, and the beautiful Palacio Viena Hotel, which like many structures in Old Havana has been undergoing a never-ending renovation. Our tour of Old Havana includes stops at Ernest Hemingway’s favorite bars, El Floridita and La Bodeguita del Medio. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982, Old Havana is the largest, oldest, and most authentic colonial area in the western hemisphere. This event is directed by your professional, English speaking guide. (4 hours)
    • Lunch at restaurant of guest’s choice. (Not included in tour price)
    • 2:30pm Museum experience, visit to the Havana Museo de Bellas Atres, this includes a visit the national Cuban Museum of Art, and the International Museum of Art, both located in old Havana, 4 hours. The national and international branches of the Cuban Museo de Bellas Artes feature the highest quality artwork on the island, in strikingly different settings. The international branch is housed in the ornate former Centro Asturiano, which house a society of Spaniards from the province of Asturias who resided on the island and is located steps away from the capitol building. The national branch is housed in a strikingly looking modern building, considering that it was built before the revolution in the 1950s.
    • Dinner at restaurant of guest’s choice. (Not included in tour price)
    • HAVANA JAZZ FEST 2020 OPENING GALA EVENT!
    • 12:30am After-party at Bertolt Brecht Theatre for performance by Interactivo.

     

    JANUARY 16, 2020 “CIGARS & RUM & JAZZ ALL-STARS WORKSHOP" 

    • Breakfast at B&B.
    • 9:00am “Havana Cigar and Rum Experience, this is a walking tour that traverses Old Havana, with visits to the Rum Museum, and the Cigar Museum, and stops at a cigar factory and warehouse. The Rum Museum illustrates the history of the sugar industry in Cuba and includes a replica of a colonial era rum distillery, and a presentation of the culture and tradition of Cuban rum production. The Rum Museum displays contemporary Cuban painter’s works, so you just may see the early works of Cuba’s next Wilfredo Lam. The Habano Museum illustrates the history of tobacco cultivation, and cigar making on in Cuba. Guests will have an opportunity to sample both fine Cuban rums and cigars during this event. Depending on schedule you may see a demonstration by a master cigar roller. (3 hours)
    • Lunch at restaurant of guest’s choice. (Not included in tour price)
    • 2:00pm Jazz Workshop is presented by a rotating cast of world class, contemporary, Cuban musicians led by Julito Padron, and featuring Juan Carlos Marin Elosegui, Adel Gonzalez, Omar Gonzalez, Jorge Reyes, Oliver Valdes Rey, Javier Salva, and more. This music workshop is an incredible experience through which you will interact on a one to one basis with some of the best musicians in Cuba. This workshop covers several topics of music theory, the fusion of American Jazz and Cuban music, and the influence of traditional Cuban music on Cuban Jazz. Typical Cuban instruments are discussed, including the clave, the tres guitar and bongos. The musicians will usually begin this event with improvised playing and are open to discuss any topics with our guests. Any visitor to the island who appreciates quality music should not miss this opportunity! Several of these musicians performed at Bertolt Brecht last night! Workshop includes 1 Havana Club bottle per guest. (3 hours)

    The musicians that participate in this workshop are among the best in Cuba, Adel Gonzalez, and Julito Padron were members of Irakera, the legendary Cuban band led by Chucho Valdes. Julito Padron was the youngest lead trumpet player in the eighty plus year history of El Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Piñeiro. Oliver Valdes has shared the stage with many famous international artists and is the principle drummer for Silvio Rodriguez. Julito Padron, Juan Carlos Marin, and Oliver Valdes are all members of the Cuban Jazz-fusion band Interactivo, and many consider Juan Carlos Marin, known as el Trombon de Santa Amalia, to be the best trombone player in Cuba!

    • Dinner at restaurant of guest’s choice. (Not included in tour price)
    • Live Havana Jazz Festival music, venue to be determined.

     

     

    JANUARY 17, 2020 “SANTERIA & HEMINGWAY”

    • Breakfast at B&B.
    • 9:00am Santeria workshop, this workshop covers the basics of the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria and includes such topics as the syncretism of Catholicism and African religions, and the role and significance of drums in the religion. The religion is a syncretism of African religions and Catholicism and is currently practiced by a large percentage of the island’s population. This workshop covers the main deities of the religion, their origin myths, the colors and vestments associated with them, and their roles in human life. A visit to the Casa de Africa is included, and there you will see African musical instruments, artifacts, and a room dedicated to the orishas, the Yoruba deities. Guests are usually amazed after attending this workshop that the multicolored wristbands and necklaces worn by many Cubans are associated with the religion. (3 hours)
    • Lunch at restaurant of guest’s choice. (Not included in tour price)
    • 2:30pm Hemingway encounter, visit the places Ernest Hemingway regularly frequented, including La Finca Vigia, and La Terraza de Cojimar Restaurant. Includes the Gregorio Fuentes walking tour of the town of Cojimar, which was the inspiration for the novel “The Old Man and the Sea.” This event also includes visits to room 511 at the Ambos Mundos Hotel, where Hemingway stayed and wrote, and a stop at La Bodeguita del Medio and the Floridita bars. This encounter is a must for any Hemingway fan, and covers some of the most productive and interesting years of the famous writer’s life. (5 hours)
    • Dinner at restaurant of guest’s choice. (Not included in tour price)
    • Havana Jazz Festival event at La Casa de la Cultura.

     

    JANUARY 18, 2020 “RESOLVIENDO & SEPTETO IGNACIO PINEIRO”

    • Breakfast at B&B.
    • 9:00am RESOLVIENDO Workshop, through this workshop we attempt to give our guests a peek into the life of a regular Cuban citizen. You will see an actual tarjeta de abastecimiento, which roughly translates to provisions card. These are the small notebooks that every Cuban citizen is given at birth, and which entitles them to five chicken eggs, a quarter chicken, coffee, cooking oil, and other items every month. The provision card also entitles its’ bearer to purchase select items that are deemed to be necessities at discounted prices. You will visit what is known in Cuba as an agricultural market, agro, and is basically the produce section of a supermarket, where most people buy their fresh produce. You will visit a bread distribution point, where bread is distributed through the provision card at discounted prices. Depending on schedule and other factors you may also visit a grocery store, meat market, and other markets where meats are sold. This workshop will show visitors some of the daily rituals most Cubans deal with, it will be presented by your guide, and sometimes we have invited guests who are experts in certain areas of the food distribution chain in Cuba. The history of the provisions card will also be covered. (4 hours)
    • Lunch at private restaurant.
    • 2:30pmSon Workshop, presented by El Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Piñeiro, the Cuban group created in 1927 by Ignacio Piñeiro Martinez, which is credited with popularizing the son musical style. This septet is the oldest ensemble that has stayed active through the decades in Cuba and creates new music, while respecting its roots. El Septeto Piñeiro has had a significant influence on Cuban music, and Ignacio Piñeiro was one of the most prolific composers in Cuban history, with over three-hundred songs to his credit. Two of his most famous songs, “Echale Salsita,” and “Suavecito” are son staples, and still popular. In the 1930’s Piñeiro added a trumpet to his sextet, and thus created the signature sound of Cuban soneros for history. The Septeto Piñeiro was nominated for a Grammy in 2004 and won a Cuba Disco in 2016. They have performed in the United States on several occasions, including their most recent visit in January 2016, and have played in Chicago, Miami, New York City, Phoenix, San Francisco, and across the globe, from Japan and Russia to Colombia and Peru.The famous septet is currently on its fourth generation of musicians, and this workshop will include a live performance by the group. You will have the opportunity to meet the members of the Septet and interact with them. Members include Frank Oropesa who is the director, and the septets singer with his signature voice, Eugenio “El Raspa” Rodriguez. The Septet has shared the stage with such notable musicians as Tata Guiness, Rene Alvarez, and Ray Barretto. A history of the Septet and of Ignacio Piñeiro kick-off this workshop, and it is followed by unforgettable live music. Full bar is available for guests during this event, and includes one welcome cocktail, beer or another refreshing beverage. (3hours)
    • Dinner at restaurant of guest’s choice. (Not included in tour price)
    • Live Havana Jazz Festival music, venue to be determined.

     

    JANUARY 19, 2020 “SUPPORT FOR THE CUBAN PEOPLE & MORE MUSIC”

    • Breakfast at B&B.
    • 9:00am MORNING OFF!  Explore Havana on your own!
    • Farewell lunch at private restaurant.
    • 3:00pm Visit to private recording studio in Havana’s Vedado neighborhood. See where this great music you’ve been listening to is recorded. (2 hour)
    • Farewell dinner at private restaurant.

     

     

    JANUARY 20, 2020 “ADIOS, CUBA!”

    • Breakfast at B&B.
    • Transfer to Jose Marti International Airport for return flight to U.S.

     

    Price includes all listed activities, accommodation in beautiful B&B in Old Havana, Cuban entry visa, full time English-speaking professional guide, all transportation*, and 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners.

    PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE AIRFARE. ARRANGE YOUR OWN FLIGHT OR WE WILL MAKE THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR YOU.

    This is a small-group tour for 4 to 10 guests. For larger groups please contact us cubatraveltrips@gmail.com. NO CUBAN GOVERNMENT TOUR BUSES! NO CUBAN GOVERNMENT GUIDES!

    PLEASE CONTACT US FOR PRICING IF YOU WOULD PREFER TO STAY AT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING HOTELS: Hotel Nacional, Iberostar Parque Central, Saratoga, or Sevilla.

    Your price per person with Bed&Breakfast DOUBLE OCCUPANCY $2,100

    Price per person SINGLE OCCUPANCY $2,270

    This tour of Cuba is allowed by General License for Public Performances 31 CFR 515.567.

    *LATE NIGHT TRANSPORTATION TO RETURN TO B&B NOT INCLUDED.

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    If you are purchasing a tour 30 days before your arrival date in Cuba, you may contact us via email, and we will send PayPal invoice for $100 deposit per guest with a balance due 30 days before departure.  Please be sure to include your arrival and departure flight information with guest names in a note at checkout.  We will email you a photo of your guide, who will meet you outside the customs inspection area upon your arrival in Cuba.  Please contact us with any questions, suggestions, or special dietary or other requests.

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