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Cuba – Havana Jazz Festival VIP Experience

Experience Cuba’s vibrant music and arts scene like never before with private rooftop jazz performances, an all-access pass, and more during the famous Havana Jazz Festival.


Our Purpose

Experience Havana like never before at the world famous Havana jazz festival. In addition to private rooftop jazz performances, a stay at the historic Hotel National, and more on this VIP experience, you will get to experience the fest firsthand with Discover Corps’ Founder, Andrew Motiwalla, at some of his favorite local spots (scroll down to learn more!).

To achieve our purpose in supporting the Cuban people, we’ll connect with a local music and arts center for children, learn about the island’s evolving culture, both in the alleyways of Havana and further afield in the stunning countryside of Viñales Valley.

The 2020 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. Check back with us for updates!

 

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What You'll Do

You will have an all-access pass and guaranteed seating while attending the jazz festival, plus VIP 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.

During the day, explore Hemingway’s former home, Finca Vigía, a Havana neighborhood Fusterlandia, uncover Cuba’s vibrant art scene with a visit to visit Havana’s famous Museum of Fine Arts, experience the talent of the Habana Compas dance troupe and the children of Muraleando, explore Old Havana – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and more.

 

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What You'll See

Your journey begins in Havana, the capital city of fascinating history and charming architecture. Havana will be your hub for all things jazz, as well your home for duration of your stay, the historic 5-star Hotel National. Explore Fusterlandia, a neighborhood overtaken by the colorful art of José Fuster, one of the most celebrated artists in Cuba said to capture the true resilience and spirit of the Cuban people. You will also find yourself at Finca Vigia, or author Ernest Hemingway’s former home, before spending time at the local music and arts center Muraleando.

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.

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Optional Post-Trip Extension

Trinidad & Cienfuegos (3 days/ 2 nights)

For a different side of Cuba, opt for a post-trip extension to the colorful Trinidad and Cienfuegos. Visit the historic site of the Bay of Pigs invasion, experience a private guitar ensemble, and explore both towns by night at your leisure. While the

Preserving Nature’s Wonder trip leaves you away from the hustle and bustle, expect live music and dancing each night (including a private salsa class!) on this extension. Request an itinerary or visit here for more information.

 

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Where You'll Stay

The Hotel Nacional de Cuba is considered a symbol of history, culture, and Cuban identity with 87 years of history and prestige. The Hotel Nacional de Cuba was declared a National Monument, and with its privileged location in the middle of Vedado, 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. The Hotel stands out due to its refined elegance and its ancient splendor, which since 1930 has attracted a large number of personalities from the arts, science and politcs, such as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, artists Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Johnny Weismuller, Maria Félix, Jorge Negrete, and scientist Alexander Flemming.

Your VIP Host: Andrew Motiwalla

Discover Corps Founder

Traveler's Journal

Andrew was a pioneer in opening up travel to Cuba. He began leading groups there in 1999 and over the years has visited the island over a dozen times and has developed a network of Cuban friends and contacts. Andrew enjoys taking visitors to fascinating off-the-beaten path spots to enjoy great food, music, and art. While you will still have a Cuban guide with you along the way, Andrew has infused his own experiences into this itinerary for a unique and unforgettable experience!

Dates and Fees

We offer several Family Friendly dates, to help families book travel around common school vacation times

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Havana Jazz Festival VIP Experience

Program Fee: $4,495 Adult* / $4,195 Child*

* Double Occupancy Price. Children’s pricing applies to travelers 16 years old and younger sharing a room with an adult. Single room supplement: $395

  • 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 Cuba’s most luxurious spot, Hotel Nacional

  • 12 meals throughout the trip, including drinks

  • Pure bottled water while touring

  • Discover Corps’ Founder, Andrew Motiwalla, has spent years in Cuba and will serve as your host

  • 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

Does NOT include

  • International airfare
  • Cuban visa
  • Three dinners
  • Laundry service, room service, or phone calls
See What's Included
  • All-access passes to the jazz festival, including full access to all activities, guaranteed seating, opening dinner and concert, a bag with souvenirs

  • 5 nights lodging in Cuba’s most luxurious spot, Hotel Nacional

  • 12 meals throughout the trip, including drinks

  • Pure bottled water while touring

  • Discover Corps’ Founder, Andrew Motiwalla, has spent years in Cuba and will serve as your bilingual 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

  • Legal documentation of your support for the Cuban people program

Departure Dates

January 15-20, 2020

Have questions about the logistics and legalities of traveling to Cuba? Contact us at (619) 758-3030.

 

Festival Lineup

The 2020 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. Check back with us for updates!

Alumni & Family Discounts, Monthly Payment Plans, and More

Repeat travelers and groups are eligible for discounts. Looking for a payment plan to help manage your trip? Learn more here.

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