34th HAVANA INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

January 15 - 21, 2019

From  $2,449 USD pp*


TOUR ITINERARY


​Day 1 – Say hello to the city of music

  • Arrivals at Havana’s José Martí International Airport
  • Collect your luggage and proceed through Cuban customs to the arrivals lobby
  • Consider purchasing Cuban Convertible Pesos at the airport exchange bureau (CADECA), or later at your hotel
  • Our airport concierge or your tour guide will arrange tour bus or private taxi transfers from the airport to Hotel Habana Libre located in El Vedado, the heart of Havana's cultural district. Your hotel check-in is pre-arranged, you simply present your passport
  • Time at hotel to settle in and freshen up
  • Group arrival dinner with your guide and tourmates at hotel
  • Free time to explore Havana’s vibrant nightlife and make new Cuban friends. We’ll keep you posted on evening entertainment options


Day 2 – Old Havana, HAVANA JAZZ FESTIVAL OPENING GALA

  • Greet the day with tasty breakfast at your hotel followed by a private walking tour of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll visit Cathedral Square, the most beautiful and private 18th century colonial plaza on the island; Square of Arms, an ancient military parade ground for Spanish soldiers, surrounded by impressive buildings such as the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, former seat of colonial government which now houses the Museum of the City; San Francisco Square, one of the oldest plazas in the historical quarter;  Plaza Vieja, surrounded by opulent aristocratic 17th century residences
  • Welcome lunch at a private restaurant ideally situated in Plaza Vieja.
  • Return to your hotel and freshen up
  • Dinner at another private restaurant, this one located in the heart of Vedado in an expansive 1930s mansion. Its chef specializes in fusion style dishes combining Cuban, Italian and Spanish influences.
  • Havana Jazz Festival OPENING GALA (transportation INCLUDED)


Day 3 – Cuban dance, HAVANA JAZZ FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES

  • Greet the day with tasty breakfast at your hotel
  • Morning visit to one of several Cuban dance companies. We’ll visit and meet the troupe during their practice performances
  • Lunch at Atelier Cocina de Autor la Habana. It is ranked tops by TripAdvisor and the London Guardian. Reviewers describe it as a “best meal in Cuba,” with “excellent service and atmosphere.” Its entrées are so fresh the menu is handwritten daily. Set in an elegant mansion in Vedado, its chef’s specialize in Cuban dishes with a modern flair.
  • Return to your hotel and freshen up
  • Dinner not included in tour cost. An occasion to sample Havana’s stellar private eateries and taste the diversity of the island's distinctive cuisines. We’ll provide suggestions for restaurants most popular with Cubans and our travelers
  • Havana Jazz Festival Performances, chose among events taking place at several different venues (transportation NOT INCLUDED)


Day 4 –  Rum, shopping, HAVANA JAZZ FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES

  • Greet the day with tasty breakfast at your hotel.
  • Visit the Museum of Rum
  • Visit Centro Cultural Antiguos Almacenes de Depósito San José. This marvelous restoration of an old dock warehouse has resulted in a gigantic market fair exhibiting the wares of hundreds of Cuban artists and crafts workers. It’s an amazing shopping opportunity for memorable Cuban gifts and souvenirs
  • Lunch will be served today at the paladar La Moneda Cubana, a private rooftop eatery in Cathedral Square with a gorgeous view of Old Havana. Its name means Cuban coins. It serves up Cuban cuisine adhering to traditional recipes using seasonal vegetables, fruits, meat, fish and seafood
  • Return to your hotel and freshen up. Explore the city with your tourmates and new Cuban friends
  • Dinner not included in tour cost. An occasion to sample Havana’s stellar private eateries and taste the diversity of the island's distinctive cuisines. We’ll provide suggestions for restaurants most popular with Cubans and our travelers
  • Havana Jazz Festival Performances, chose among events taking place at several different venues (transportation NOT INCLUDED)


Day 5 –  Afrocuba, Hemingway, HAVANA JAZZ FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES

  • Greet the day with tasty breakfast served at your hotel
  • Visit to Callejón de Hamel, a magical section of Old Havana filled with Afrocuban murals and art
  • We’re off to visit Finca la Vigía [Lookout Farm] where North America’s literary titan Ernest Hemingway spent twenty-one of his most important and productive years adding to the building blocks of English literature. Claimed by both the United States and Cuba as a native son, it was Hemingway himself who declared Cuba to be his true home. His house has been preserved just as it was when he lived in it. You’ll see his eclectic personal objects, thousands of books, manuscripts and photographs, as well as some animal trophies he bagged on his safaris to deepest Africa
  • Tour highlight. We have a special lunch arranged for you by our friends at Ajiaco paladar [private restaurant]. It’s considered the best in Cuba. It’s a mandatory dining stop located off the beaten path in the romantic coastal fishing village of Cojímar. Ajiaco is noted for fantastic service, atmosphere and scrumptilicious country Cuban cuisine. All their ingredients are fresh and organic, supplied by nearby private gardens to give every dish a delightfully aromatic flavor you’ll never forget
  • We’ll visit the village of Cojímar, the setting for Ernest Hemingway’s "The Old Man and the Sea.” Here adoring local fishers cast a bronze bust from old anchors, props and tools. They had no money for new materials. Its inscription reads, "In loving memory of the people of Cojímar to the immortal author of Old Man and the Sea." A plaque below the bust reads: Sculpted with the contributions of the Fishermen Cooperative of Cojímar
  • Return to your hotel and freshen up
  • Dinner not included in tour cost. An occasion to sample Havana’s stellar private eateries and taste the diversity of the island's distinctive cuisines. We’ll provide suggestions for restaurants most popular with Cubans and our travelers
  • Havana Jazz Festival Performances, chose among events taking place at several different venues (transportation NOT INCLUDED)


Day 6 – Art, history and HAVANA JAZZ FESTIVAL CLOSING FINALE

  • Greet the day with tasty breakfast served at your hotel.
  • We’ll examine Cuba's greatest visual masterpieces spanning three centuries at Havana’s world class museum of modern art – Palacio de Bellas Artes. It’s exhibits display the richness of the island's Spanish, French, Chinese, African and Aboriginal cultural influences. Notable works include those of René Portocarrero and Wilfredo Lam
  • Lunch today: In the heart of Havana city, there’s a special paladar called Cuba 54, which is one of the Havana's newest private restaurants
  • We’ll visit the astonishing Museo de la Revolución y Memorial Granma (Museum of the Revolution and Granma Memorial). It is the former presidential palace and was once home to US-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista. The magnificent building now exhibits items from colonial times to the present. It displays focus in particular on the period from 1953 to 1959 and the campaign of Fidel Castro and Ché Guevara to win independence for Cuba. Of note are artifacts from the 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion, and a turbine from a U-2 spy plane downed during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Return to your hotel and freshen up
  • Farewell dinner at the private restaurant Viphavana. Another TripAdvisor top pick. Here's why: diners are enamored with its paella, tapas, and lobster. Not to mention its modern atmosphere and good times while dining the Vedado neighborhood.
  • Havana Jazz Festival CLOSING FINALE (transportation INCLUDED)


Day 7 – Say goodbye to Cuba – for now

  • Greet the day with tasty breakfast served at your hotel
  • Check-out of your Havana hotel
  • Transfer to José Martí International Airport in Havana for flights home



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*Price is per person; single supplement will apply

  Not Included: 

  • Domestic and international airfare
  • Cuban tourist card (VISA).
  • Activities listed as "optional" or "not included in cost" in itinerary.
  • Gratuities for Cuban tour guide, bus driver, chambermaids, restaurant staff, porters, etc.
  • Optional travel interruption and cancellation insurance.
  • Official Asistur Cuban health insurance coverage.

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