For so many, Cuba is synonymous with jazz, and this is never more evident than during the country’s famous Jazz Festival as the music dominates Havana from Teatro Nacional to colorful streets of Old Havana. The beauty of the five day event lies in the fact that the music is everywhere – creating the sense of one continuous song – as the notes blend together near seamlessly while you meander through the city.
Havana will be your hub for all things jazz, as well your home for duration of your stay. Explore Hemingway’s former home, Finca Vigía, the colorful art installations of Fusterlandia and a visit Havana’s famous Museum of Fine Arts. You will also experience the talent of the Habana Compas dance troupe, meet the children of the music center Muraleando, and explore Old Havana – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Beyond Havana and its surrounding neighborhoods, spend one day in the gorgeous Viñales Valley. Perhaps Cuba’s most picturesque spot, explore tobacco farms and meet with farmers to learn about their life and work.
A World Renowned Music Festival
Havana’s Jazz Festival is an unparalleled wonder in the world of music. Experience a full spectrum of musical styles including Afro-Cuban jazz, danzón, traditional trova, concert music, mambo, bolero, and more!
Cuba’s Iconic Jazz Festival Returns
The Havana Jazz Festival is Cuba’s most well-known music event featuring some of the most popular up and coming musicians from Cuba and around the world. Each year, dozens of local and internationally renowned jazz performers gather in the Cuban capital to collaborate, improvise, and jam. The people fill the lively city of Havana with music and dance for this six-day celebration.
You will have an all-access pass and guaranteed seating while attending the jazz festival, plus Discover Corps guests will be treated to a private rooftop jazz performance with cocktails before attending the opening ceremony. The jazz festival is held at night where you are free to roam about at your leisure, but you will find performers in every corner of the city this week. Walk through the streets of Havana and experience the sounds of jazz and salsa echo out of cafes and artwork adorns the century old buildings. The 2024 lineup has yet to be announced, but past performers have included popular artists such as Chucho Valdés, Daymé, Joe Lovano, Snarky Puppy, Charlie Haden, Roy Hargrove, and Telmary.
Where You’ll Stay
For this customized jazz festival departure, you will be able to choose between two different lodging options. Opt for the 5-star Grand Packard Hotel in Old Havana, which is considered a symbol of history, culture, and Cuban identity sitting in a historic building that was recently refurbished. The Grand Packard Hotel is truly one of the capital’s icons, in the center of Havana, it stands on a hill just a few meters from the sea, and offers a great view of the Havana Harbor, the seawall and the city from the rooftop swimming pool.
If you’re looking to fully immerse yourself in Cuba culture, opt to stay in casas particulares, or family owned bed & breakfasts. Families invest in making sure their houses are up to international quality standards, and they greet you with Cuban hospitality – but also give you the privacy and comfort you desire. While houses vary in style from eclectic to classical, they all provide a comfortable glimpse into Cuban life. Our portfolio of casas particulares are hand selected with prime locations that will put you right in heart of the action and have private bathrooms, air conditioning & a fresh breakfast each morning.
The journey begins in Havana with a private rooftop jazz performance, city tour and an all-access pass the colorful opening ceremony festivities. We’ll spend the following days exploring the history and culture of Cuba including Old Havana, the art installations of Fusterlandia, and a private performance from the renowned Habana Compas Jazz Company. We’ll also venture out to Hemingway’s former home and visit the iconic Bellas Artes Museum of Havana.
Each night, be treated to the magic of the Havana Jazz Festival! On Day 4, we’ll head out to the Cuban countryside to experience the gorgeous Viñales Valley – home to traditional tobacco farmers and a slower pace of life. Finish the journey with a final night of the Jazz Festival along with a visit to the powerful social impact project of Muraleando.
Optional Post-Trip Extension
Discover Corps’ post-trip extensions allow you to extend your experience beyond the core itinerary and explore unique corners of the destination.
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Dates and Prices
Our trips are inclusive of all activities, lodging, transport and meals to make your experience hassle-free.
$5,195 Hotel Option
$3,995 Casa Option
- Double Occupancy Price. Children’s pricing applies to travelers 16 years old and younger sharing a room with an adult
- Single Room Supplement = $695 for the hotel option & $295 for the casa option. You are required to pay this SRS fee if we are unable to find you a suitable roommate.
- There is an minimum age of 18 years old for this trip
- All-access passes to the jazz festival ($400 value), including full access to all activities, guaranteed seating, opening dinner and concert, a bag with souvenirs
- 5 nights lodging in either the historic Grand Packard Hotel or casas particulares
- 12 meals throughout the trip, including drinks
- Pure bottled water while touring
- Bilingual Cuban guide
- Reliable in-country transportation with experienced drivers
- $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
- Trip literature and turnkey customer support from preparing for your trip to arrival back home
- Legal documentation of your support for the Cuban people program
What’s Not Included:
- International airfare
- Cuban visa
- Three dinners
- Laundry service, room service, or phone calls
Our intimate, small-group departures consist of like-minded travelers. Questions? Schedule a personal travel consultation with one of our expert Travel Specialists.
January 2024 Booking is now open! Exact dates will be confirmed in the Fall.