Havana Jazz Festival 2015

If you are a lover of music and a lover of history … this trip is for you! 

Cuban American Cultural Foundation – In collaboration with Dr. Segun Shabaka, Pyramid Production

Cuba is the country where music is heard everywhere. Immerse yourself for ten days in a world of history, music, art and dance. This trip will introduce you to the Cuban people, their history, land and culture through a series of educational performances, visits to museums, historic sites, and talks by experts on Cuban art, dance, and music.


Trip Overview

Santiago de Cuba, visit Casa Del Caribe for a briefing on the city’s history, later learn of the African’s history roots in the diaspora. You will also been the second most important city on the island after Havana, and still remains the second largest), you will visit other historical and important sites before taking off to Havana for the Jazz Festival.

Once in Havana you will not only explore Old and Modern Havana, but visit Museums which takes you through several centuries of artists’ portrayal of Cuban landscape and personalities, the Center for José Martí, and the Municipality of Regla. You will also meet and speak with local artist and historians. 

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 pianists. 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.

Package Price: $4,150.00 (double occupancy) $4,450.00 (single occupancy)

*** Please mail and make check payable to: MARIMAR TRAVEL & TOURS, 3325 Tweedy Blvd., South Gate, CA 90280 

Package Includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare from Miami/Santiago/Havana/Miami
  • Airport transfers
  • Professional Cuban Bilingual Guide
  • Accommodation (includes Breakfast) luxury hotels Santiago/Havana
  • Medical insurance
  • Cuban Visa
  • Meals (some)
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinner
  • Trip Program (daily)
  • Jazz events credentials
  • And more!

Not included: Specified lunches, dinners, reception, lectures, gratuity, airport fees and departing Havana airport taxes

Note: Activities above have been requested from Havanatur Celimar, your tour operator in Cuba. The Tour Operator reserves the right to change accommodations and schedule as local conditions dictate. We ask you to remain flexible as your hosts in Cuba do their best to ensure your comfort and that the goals of your visit are realized. Please keep in mind that you are traveling to an embargoed country that shares its scarce resources with its citizens as well as with its visitors. 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.

For additional information contact Juanita at 323.791.7767 
3325 Tweedy Blvd., South Gate, CA 90280

The final itinerary will be based on the corresponding availability and interest on the part of their counterparts in Cuba


Day 1 Saturday, 12/12/15 Miami – Santiago de Cuba

5:00 AM Check into Miami International Airport, Concourse G, ABC Charters

8:00 AM Departure for Santiago on Flight # _________

9:30 AM Arriving Santiago (approximately)

Meet Driver and Guide

11:00 AM Visit to Morro San Pedro de la Roca

12:00 PM Lunch at the restaurant in el Morro (included)

1:30 PM Visit Casa de la Trova

3:30 PM Transfer to the Hotel Meliá Santiago Confirmation #248623

4:00 PM Check into the Meliá

7:00 PM Welcome dinner at El Zun Zun (included)

Day 2 Sunday, 12/13/15 Santiago de Cuba

7:30 AM Breakfast in the hotel

9:00 AM City tour around the historical sites of the city

Museum July 26;Íž Santa Ifigenia cemetery, Granjita Siboney, Museum Isabelica

1:00 PM Lunch (not included)

4:00 PM Return to the hotel

7:00 PM Dinner (not included)

Day 3 Monday, 12/14/15 Santiago de Cuba

7:30 AM Breakfast in the hotel

8:30 AM Visit to El Cobre Church tour of the slave route

Visit to the Cimarrón

1:00 PM Ferry ride to el Cayo Granma

Lunch at el Cayo Restaurant

2:00 PM Visit to La Tumba Francesa with presentation and discussion about the Haitian presence in Cuba

4:00 PM Return to the hotel

7:00 PM Dinner (not included)

Day 4 Tuesday, 12/15/15 Santiago de Cuba – Travel to Havana FULL DAY!!!!

Breakfast in the hotel

6:00 AM Hotel Check-out

6:30 AM Depart to the Santiago Airport -Transfer

8:30 AM Santiago to Havana Flight #CU ____/SCU HAV

9:55 AM Arrival in Havana

City Tour Revolution Square

Lunch at the Mediterraneo

4:00 PM Check in hotel Nacional Confirmation #R/274658

Free Afternoon until dinner

7:00 PM Dinner (La Barraca)

Day 5 Wednesday, 12/16/15 Santiago de Cuba

08:00 AM Breakfast in the hotel

09:00 AM Visit Feria de Artesania (Shopping Center)

Visit to the Revolution Museum

1 hour city tour in convertible drop off at lunch venue

01:00 PM Lunch at the Divina Pastora (included) with Lecture Gloria Rolando

03:30 PM Return to the hotel

06:30 PM Dinner (not included)

08:00 PM Inauguration of the Jazz Festival

Day 6 Thursday, 12/17/15 La Habana

07:30 AM Breakfast in the hotel

09:00 AM Visit Morro

10:30 AM Visit Martin Luther King Center (lecture)

12:00 PM Lunch at El Aljibe (included)

02:00 PM Visit Finca Vigia

04:00 PM Return to the hotel

07:00 PM Dinner (not included)

8:00 PM Jazz Festival

Day 7 Friday, 12/18/15 La Habana

7:30 AM Breakfast in the hotel

9:00 AM Transfer to Las Terrazas, tour the area, visit local artist

1:00 PM Lunch in Casa del Campesino

4:00 PM Return to the hotel

7:00 PM Dinner (not included)

8:00 PM Jazz Festival

Day 8 Saturday, 12/19/15 La Habana

7:30 AM Breakfast in the hotel

9:00 AM Visit Cementerio de Colon

Visit La Finca Yoandra

Lunch at the Divino

8:00 PM Jazz Festival

Day 9 Sunday, 12/20/15 La Habana

7:30 AM Breakfast in the hotel for

10:00 AM Callejón de Hamel

12:00 PM Lunch (not included)

2:00 PM Visit Feria de Artesanía (Shopping center)

4:00 PM Return to the hotel

7:00 PM Farewell Dinner at the California (included)

8:00 PM Jazz Festival Closing Ceremony

Day 10 Monday, 12/21/15 La Habana Depart to Miami


Depart to Jose Marti airport Havana

Airport Arrival

Depart to Miami Flight # ____

Please note: Itinerary is subject to change depending on the availability in Cuba of certain places and persons.

Not included: specified lunches, dinners, gratuity, airport fees and departing Havana airport taxes to be paid by $25 CUC (Cuban convertible unit about $28.00 US dollars) and service fee.