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Enjoy Exclusive Jazz Festival Events | Visit the Studio of a Renowned Artist | Explore a Local Food Co-Op | Enjoy Private Jazz Concerts | Tour of the Famous Callejón de Hamel | Discuss Cuban Music and Culture with Top Local Musicians

Jazz Festival Map of Havana and Matanzas


Experience Cuba's iconic rhythm during this six-day tour centered around the country's annual Havana Jazz Festival, a tradition since 1979. Over the years, the festival lineup has included artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Haden, Roy Hargrove and more. Join us this year, as we celebrate more top musicians and give you a rare look into the thriving Cuban jazz and art scene.   

Feel and hear the soul of the island with a trip to the studio of a renowned Cuban artist, private performances from local musicians, insider access to the Havana Jazz Festival events and venues, and entry to special live jazz sessions. In addition to all the musical excursions, you'll also have the chance to get the true local experience, with visits to a food co-op and art school where you'll learn about daily Cuban life.

Havana Cuba dance music colorful street art celebration party jazz
Day 1

After clearing immigration and customs and collecting your luggage at José Martí International Airport, you’ll check in to your hotel. Tonight, you'll meet with the group for a welcome orientation before enjoying a delicious dinner at a local paladar. Get your first taste of jazz at the Jazz Festival's opening ceremony. 

Meals | Dinner 

Jazz Cuban trombone music festival musician
Day 2

After breakfast at the hotel, join a discussion about Cuban jazz, culture, and history with influential musician and musicologist Alberto Faya. Then, we'll interact with young jazz musicians at one of Cuba’s top recording studios. We'll stop for lunch at a paladar famous for its secret chicken recipe before engaging with local musicians on the global influence of Cuban jazz.  

Tonight, savor dinner at another top-rated paladar before attending the first set of Jazz Festival activities.  

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

callejon de hamel havana university central cuba mural car
Havana / Matanzas
Day 3

Early this morning, we depart for Matanzas, a small province just east of Havana, where you'll meet directors and students at a local art school. Next, visit a publishing house and learn about efforts to teach and sustain the creation of handmade books. After lunch at a paladar, the beat goes on with a lively exchange between members of Cuba’s most famous folkloric dance group, Afrocuba de Matanzas. 

We'll return to Havana, where you'll enjoy an evening and dinner on your own. Your tour guide can make excellent dining recommendations. Tonight, you'll also take in the excitement of night two of the Jazz Festival.  

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch 


Havana music dance guitar drum Cuba
Day 4

Start the day with a visit to a local food co-op for a firsthand look into an important part of daily Cuban life. Then, it's a trip to the studio of renowned artist Beatriz Cana before a sabroso lunch. Continue building your musical know-how with an educational discussion with local musicians. Tonight's paladar dinner will be followed by another evening of Jazz Festival fun.  

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Jazz musicians music festival party celebration trombone flute instruments
Day 5

After breakfast, you'll visit the lively Callejon de Hamel, a hub of music and dance tucked away amid Havana's colorful streets. Stop for lunch before enjoying a private jazz concert and meeting with area musicians. Then, we'll visit Finca Vigia, where Ernest Hemingway lived for 20 years and wrote some of his most famous works. Later, feel the rhythm with another Jazz Festival activity and finish the day with a farewell dinner at a local paladar. The Jazz Festival's closing ceremony ends your trip as it began: on a musical note.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

A vintage car drives through the colorful streets of Old Havana, Cuba
Day 6

After breakfast, say adios to Cuba as you board your flight home. 

Meals | Breakfast

Please note that this itinerary is subject to change. Due to the unique nature of our programming, each departure is custom designed and not every activity listed on this itinerary is always available. Please rest assured that our team in both Cuba and the U.S. take special care in planning each excursion and draws from almost two decades of experience, relationships, and activities to make each itinerary exceptional. Each tour provides a full-time schedule of educational people-to-people exchange activities and is fully compliant with U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control regulations regarding travel to Cuba. These same regulations provide that guest participation on each tour is mandatory.

  • Private welcome reception and tour orientation

  • Five nights with superior accommodations at the Meliá Cohiba Hotel in Havana

  • All meals while in Cuba, except for one evening paladar dining experience on your own

  • InsightCuba exclusive-guided programming, including: unique handpicked people-to-people activities, insider access to Cuba's famous places and those rarely seen, and private visits and lectures with Cuba's renowned experts

  • Experienced insightCuba tour leader

  • Expert Cuban guide

  • Private Cuban driver

  • All entrance fees to scheduled activities and events

  • VIP Festival Pass and entry to all Jazz Festival activities and performances

  • Fresh bottled water while touring

  • All in-country ground transportation via luxury motor coach*

  • Certification of travel to Cuba under the U.S. Department of the Treasury general license

  • InsightCuba travel guidebook

  • 24-hour emergency customer service hotline

  •  Gratuities for luggage handling, restaurant service, and programmed activities throughout tour**

  • Flight concierge service (flight cost additional) 

*Transfers to and from the hotel are not included.

*Customary end-of-tour gratuities for the guides and staff are left to the guest’s discretion and should be based on your satisfaction with the level of service received.

Not included: airfare, Cuban visa, airport transfers and gratuities. Guests will transfer to and from the airport by taxi. 

Havana Jazz Festival
DateDouble Occupancy
(per person)
Cuban Visa
Jan 17 – Jan 22, 2018$3,995$99  

NEW!! PREPAYMENT DISCOUNT: Pay in full at the time of booking and receive $200 OFF the full price! *Must book 120 days in advance of the departure date. This may not be combined with any other promotions. Normal terms and conditions apply. 

Single Supplement: For single-occupancy pricing, add $1200.

Group Rates: 5% off land for groups of 5 - 9 guests. 10% off land for groups of 10 or more.

Havana Jazz Festival

Once you have booked your tour, our flight concierge will gladly assist you with all of your flight needs. Call us at 914-380-8303 or click here for an air quote. We strongly advise arriving in Havana before 3:00pm to ensure participation in the Jazz Festival Opening Ceremony. 

Please note that airport transfers are not included in this tour.

Visit our Flights to Cuba page for important information on the best way to book your flights for this tourPlease note that the tour you have chosen is a land based tour only, flights costs, airport transfers and Cuban visas are not included in your tour package.

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