Havana Jazz Festival 2018

 If you are a music lover and a lover of history …this trip’s for you! Cuba is the country where music is heard everywhere. 


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Trip Overview

If you are a music lover and a lover of history …this trip’s for you! Cuba is the country where music is heard everywhere. Immerse yourself for several days in this amazing world. These 11 days, 10 night’s trip will introduce you to the Cuban people, their history, land and culture through a series of educational lectures, programs and performances, visits to museums, historic sites, and talks by experts. The group will explore Old and Modern Cuba and much more. We will travel from Holguin to Santiago de Cuba and to La Habana (capital of Cuba).

Days 1 – 3 Arrive in Holguin located in the eastern part of the country is considered by some as the birthplace of Cuban music, named after the Spanish conquistador Don Francisco Garcia Holguin. The nation’s fourth-largest city serves up authentic provincial Cuba without the wrapping paper. Though the city of San Isidoro de Holguín barely features in Cuba’s tourist master plan, there’s magic and mystery here for a certain type of traveler. We will learn from experts and engage in conversations about this city.

Days 3 – 6 Santiago de Cuba, has long been the second most important city on the island after Havana, and still remains the second largest). History, History, History is what you will learn here in Santiago from our historian and educator about the African’s history roots in the diaspora, and visit Casa Del Caribe for a briefing on the City’s history. Visit to the Morro Castle, historic monuments, and the cultural and artist’s centers.

Days 6 – 11 In Havana you will not only explore Old and Modern Havana, you will speak with the artists and muscians about the history of Havana and the music. You will also meet and speak with local artists and historians and in the evenings enjoy their work at the Havana Jazz Festival.

About the Jazz Festival

The Havana Jazz Festival was born in 1978 when Bobby Carcasses, and other well-known Cuban Jazz musicians, presented the first Jazz concert at the Casa de la Cultura de Plaza in downtown Havana. Based on this success, another Jazz festival was organized the following year, featuring pianist Chucho Valdes, one of Cuba’s legendary pianist. Renowned artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Charlie Haden, Roy Hargrove, Jack DeJohnette, and Danilo Perez became part of the Havana scene on a regular basis. In 1996 Chucho Valdes became artistic director of the Havana Intentional Jazz Plaza Festival and president of the Organizing Committee with Alexis Vazquez Aguilera as the vice president. The festival has since expanded to include all the main concert halls in downtown Havana, not to mention impromptu street jam sessions along el Malecón.

A non-refundable deposit of $300 is required to secure your participation.

$3,600.00 per person double occupancy (additional charge for a single room supplement for

duration of trip $900 USD).

$3,675.00 per person double occupancy (additional charge for a single room supplement for

duration of trip $900 USD).

IMPORTANT!! Note: Airfare subject to change once January prices are released and if seats are not secure in a timely manner.

Please mail and make check payable to: MARIMAR TRAVEL & TOURS, 13006 Philadelphia St. #211, Whittier, CA 90601

  • Daily transportation with Professional Cuban Bilingual Guide & Driver
  • 10 nights’ accommodation in four-star luxury Cuban hotel (Santiago, Havana & all-inclusive in Holguin)
  • Medical insurance
  • Cuban Visa/licensed program and permits
  • Meals (Daily breakfasts and meals per the itinerary)
  • Tours (according to the program)
  • International and Domestic flights NY to Cuba & LAX to Cuba, Santiago to Havana
  • And more!

Not included: Specified meals, lecturer, and dance class, gratuity in Cuba, luggage fees and departing airport taxes paid at the

International Airport and service fee.             MUST HAVE A VALID PASSPORT

For additional information contact:

Dr. Segun Shabaka 917.309.0728 or Juanita 323.791.7767 at Marimar Travel & Tours

IMPORTANT!! Current guidelines from the U.S. Treasury Department limit the conferences that may be attended under General License and require a specific license. Read the U.S. Treasury Department guidelines which can be found at www.ustres.gov/ofac.