Ranked-1-Authentic Cuba HOT, THROBBING, LIVE Latin rhythms morning, noon and night on the ultimate Latin jazz and Cuban culture dream tour!

THIS IS OUR seventh year helping North Americans experience the world’s best jazz in the exotic Caribbean capital of Havana, Cuba. During this globally renowned celebration of Latin music you’ll rub shoulders with jazz greats from scores of nations. You stay in the best digs the Cuba has to offer. We keep our prices low so ordinary Americans attend. But our services and activities are five-star across the board. This Cuba tour is designed for participants to get an overview of island culture, history, and nature too. You’ll enjoy best seats at all jazz festival performances and venues. You’re treated as a VIP when traveling with Cuba Explorer Tours. You deserve it!

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Day 1 - Sunday: Hello Cuba

  • Arrival at Havana's José Martí International Airport
  • Private group transfer to your hotel located in the heart of Havana's cultural district
  • Free time to settle in to your hotel room and freshen up
  • Group welcome dinner with your guide and tourmates
  • Your guide will keep you posted on entertainment options around the city

Day 2 - Monday: Old Havana, architecture and history

  • Morning visit to the Scale Model of Old Havana
  • Next we'll take a walking tour of Old Havana
  • Group welcome lunch at the restaurant Conde del Castillo
  • Afterwards we'll visit the Centro Cultural Antiguos Almacenes de Depósito San José
  • Return to your hotel and freshen up
  • Dinner at El Patio restaurant
  • Witness the dramatic cannon firing ceremony [El Cañonazo]

Day 3 - Tuesday: Natural splendor of rural Cuba, Cuban cooking

  • Morning departure to Las Terrazas eco-community
  • Next, we'll meet with local artists and craft workers in their homes and studios
  • We'll visit a local school and talk with its teachers and students
  • Later we'll walk the incredible ruins of a French Coffee Plantation
  • We have lunch at an open-air restaurant specializing in traditional country cuisine
  • You'll have free time to swim in the fresh waters of the Río San Juan
  • We'll meet the environmental scientists and technicians responsible for the restoration of the jungles and forests of Las Terrazas
  • Return to Havana
  • Dinner not included, your guide can suggest eateries
  • Tonight you'll learn the secrets of nueva Cubana cuisine from the master chef and food staff at El Santo Ángel Restaurante
  • 9:00 PM Noche de fiesta cubana – a special welcome party

Day 4 - Wednesday: Community center, arts, and Jazz Opening Ceremony!

  • Visit to the Convent of Our Lady of Belén
  • Panoramic tour by Modern Havana
  • We'll feast on a delicious lunch hosted by José Rodríguez Fúster
  • Followed by a private guided tour of the National Museum of Fine Arts of Havana
  • Return to your hotel and freshen up
  • This evening you are free to explore stellar eateries
  • Attend to the 30th Havana Jazz Festival opening ceremony

Day 5 - Thursday: Hemingway, farms and the Havana Jazz Festival

  • This morning we're off to visit Lookout Farm
  • We'll visit the UBPC Vivero Organopónico Alamar
  • We'll have lunch at El Ajiaco Paladar [private owned restaurant]
  • Next we'll visit Cojímar, a small fishing village of east Havana
  • Return to your hotel and freshen up
  • This evening you are free to explore stellar eateries
  • Tonight you'll experience the incredible sounds and rhythms of world jazz greats

Day 6 - Friday: Afrocubanismo and the Havana Jazz Festival

  • Morning we'll cross Havana harbor to the Municipality of Regla
  • We'll visit Regla's church dedicated to a black virgin
  • We'll tour the Museo Municipal de Regla
  • Attend to a performance of Conjunto Folclórico de Regla
  • Lunch at Restaurant Bar La Marina, a fabulous new eatery in Havana
  • Next we'll visit to the Casa de África
  • Return to your hotel and freshen up
  • This evening you are free to explore stellar eateries
  • Tonight you'll experience the incredible sounds and rhythms of world jazz greats

Day 7 - Saturday: Time to explore and the Havana Jazz Festival

  • Morning and afternoon is your freedom to explore time
  • How about a day excursion to the sugar white sand beaches of Eastern beaches just twelve miles outside the metropolis?
  • Today you can revel on the beach
  • This evening you are free to explore stellar eateries
  • Tonight you'll experience the incredible sounds and rhythms of world jazz greats

Day 8 - Sunday: Cuban history, music, and Jazz Fest Gala Event

  • Morning visit to the Museum of the Revolution
  • We'll visit the Callejón de Hamel
  • The balance of the afternoon is free for you to explore the city on your own or with you tourmates
  • Farewell group dinner at the popular Restaurante El Aljibe
  • We're off by coach to final event of the 29th Havana International Jazz Festival!

Day 9 - Monday: Goodbye Cuba

  • Check-out of your hotel
  • Transfer to Havana's José Martí International Airport for your return home
  • Don't forget to save 25.00 CUC for your Cuban airport departure fee and some money for meals on the airplane and while in transit

Things happen: Our Cuban partners work super hard to make your tour unfold seamlessly. Unlike here, however, they lack easy access to communications, transportation and supplies. Once in a while, itinerary changes are necessary to accommodate island realities. If this happens anything missed is replaced with another activity or service of equal interest and value.

  • Tour meals included at your hotel and at fine restaurants

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  • US Department of the Treasury people-to-people Cuba travel license
  • VIP airport welcome: Tampa group arrivals receive expedited immigration, luggage pickup and customs services (no transfer services for arrivals from other airports)
  • Quality Cuban hotels as listed in tour itinerary
  • An expert Cuban English speaking guide and translator throughout the program as well an experienced Authentic Cuba tour leader
  • Welcome beverage at your Cuban hotel upon check-in
  • All activities, entrance fees, services, speakers and meetings as described in tour itinerary except those noted as "optional" or "not included in cost"
  • Organized encounters with renowned Cuban experts and Cubans from all walks of life ensuring a full time schedule of people-to-people exchanges
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach transportation and a full-time professional bus driver for all itinerary activities
  • Emergency telephone and emergency high speed internet access to America from Cuba
  • Emergency cash advances for tour participants facing money problems while in Cuba
  • Ongoing support from Authentic Cuba staff before, during and after your island stay
  • We buy back your extra Cuban currency at the rate of one CUC to one USD
  • Flexible monthly payment plans for your tour
  • Future tour discounts for all participants. You become an Authentic Cuba alumni
  • Mandatory Cuban emergency medical coverage policy
  • Small group size of usually sixteen or fewer guests
  • Fresh bottled water on the tour bus
  • Flights to and from Cuba and Cuban tourist visa (approximate cost of round trip airfare from Tampa Florida is $400. Cuban tourist visa is $85)
  • Gratuities for Cuban tour guide, bus driver, chambermaids, restaurant staff, porters
  • Cuban airport departure tax of 25.00 Cuban convertible pesos (CUC)
  • Optional travel interruption and cancellation insurance. See USI Affinity Travel Insurance Services