2019 Havana Jazz Festival (Jan 16th – Jan 20th, 2019)

2019 Havana Jazz Festival (Jan 16th – Jan 20th, 2019)

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Exclusive Jazz Festival Program
January 16th – January 20th, 2020

This year the Jazz Festival is sponsored by Chucho Valdés. Also Roberto Fonseca, X Alfonso, Dee Dee Bridgewater with Theo Crocker and DVRKFUNK, Joe Lovano with the Orquesta Nacional de Cuba, Ted Nash Trio, Bobby Carcassés, César Lopez, Orquesta Aragon, Omara Portunondo, Pancho Amat, Isaac Delgado and many others.

Day 1.

  • Arrivals at Havana’s José Martí International Airport
  • Collect your luggage and proceed through Cuban customs to the arrivals lobby
  • Consider purchasing Cuban Convertible Pesos at the airport exchange bureau (CADECA), or later at your hotel
  • Our airport concierge or your tour guide will arrange tour bus or private taxi transfers from the airport to Hotel 
  • Time at hotel to settle in and freshen up
  • Dinner is served at your hotel’s restaurant.
  • Havana Jazz Festival. Opening Gala


Day 2.

  • Greet the day with tasty breakfast served at your hotel
  • Followed by a private walking tour of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll visit four historic plazas that make Havana unique in the western hemisphere.
  • Cathedral Square, the most beautiful and private 18th century colonial plaza on the island. Named after the masterpiece of Cuban baroque architecture, Catedral de San Cristóbal de la Habana was built by the Jesuit order
  • Square of Arms, an ancient military parade ground for Spanish soldiers, surrounded by impressive buildings such as:
  • Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, former seat of colonial government. Today the building houses the Museum of the City
  • Palacio del Segundo Cabo [Palace of the Second Lieutenant] dates from 1770
  • We continue onto San Francisco Square, one of the oldest plazas in the historical quarter. The square is named after magnificent Iglesia y Monasterio de San
  • Francisco de Asís dating from the 16th century. The basilica is a striking example of Cuba baroque architecture
  • On to Plaza Vieja, the only civic square of colonial times. Absent are churches and government buildings. The plaza is surrounded by opulent aristocratic 17th century residences
  • Welcome lunch at the private restaurant Mojito-Mojito.
  • Visit Centro Cultural Antiguos Almacenes de Depósito San José. This marvelous restoration of an old dock warehouse has resulted in a gigantic market fair exhibiting the wares of hundreds of Cuban artists and crafts workers. It’s an amazing shopping opportunity for memorable Cuban gifts and souvenirs
  • Return to hotel and freshen up
  • Welcome dinner at the private restaurant La Bonita de Miramar. Located in a 1950s mansion with a terrace and patio and garden, you'll enjoy an elegant but informal atmosphere. Popular with Havana's diplomatic community, well-heeled Cubans, and TripAdvisor reviewers.
  • Havana Jazz Festival.

Day 3.

  • Greet the day with tasty breakfast served at your hotel
  • We’ll visit the village of Cojímar, the setting for Ernest Hemingway’s "The Old Man and the Sea.” Here adoring local fishers cast a bronze bust from old anchors, props and tools. They had no money for new materials. Its inscription reads, "In loving memory of the people of Cojímar to the immortal author of Old Man and the Sea." A plaque below the bust reads: Sculpted with the contributions of the Fishermen Cooperative of Cojímar
  • We’re off to visit Finca la Vigía [Lookout Farm] where North America’s literary titan Ernest Hemingway spent twenty-one of his most important and productive years adding to the building blocks of English literature. Claimed by both the United States and Cuba as a native son, it was Hemingway himself who declared Cuba to be his true home. His house has been preserved just as it was when he lived in it. You’ll see his eclectic personal objects, thousands of books, manuscripts and photographs, as well as some animal trophies he bagged on his safaris to deepest Africa
  • Tour highlight. We have a special lunch arranged for you by our friends at Ajiaco paladar [private restaurant]. It’s considered the best in Cuba. It’s a mandatory dining stop located off the beaten path in the romantic coastal fishing village of Cojímar. Ajiaco is noted for fantastic service, atmosphere and scrumptilicious country Cuban cuisine. All their ingredients are fresh and organic, supplied by nearby private gardens to give every dish a delightfully aromatic flavor you’ll never forget
  • Return to your hotel and freshen up
  • Dinner not included in tour cost.
  • Havana Jazz Festival

Day 4.

  • Greet the day with tasty breakfast served at your hotel
  • Panoramic City Tour (Revolution Museum, Cemetery of Christopher Columbus, Miramar)
  • Lunch at paladar Barbra
  • Dinner is not include in tour cost
  • Havana Jazz Festival

Day 5.

  • Greet the day with tasty breakfast served at your hotel
  • Check-out of your Havana hotel
  • Transfer to José Martí International Airport in Havana for flights home
Total Price: $2298.00 pp in DBL (Excl Air)
Single Supplement: $260.00



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