What’s the Deal: For the first time in eight years, Americans can legally attend Cuba’s acclaimed Havana International Jazz Festival. Insight Cuba, the leading provider of U.S. authorized people-to-people travel to Cuba, and JazzTimes, America’s preeminent jazz magazine, have partnered to offer guests an all-access pass to the 27th annual event, which draws jazz legends from across the globe.
The Backstory: The Havana International Jazz Festival, originally organized by master jazz musicians including Chucho Valdes, and sponsored by the Instituto Cubano de la Música, will run December 15-18. A celebration of music and culture, the festival began as a loosely organized event in 1978. Since then, many of the world’s most talented jazz musicians, including Nicholas Payton, Herbie Hancock and Larry Coryell, have come to be part of Havana’s most sought after event. Insight Cuba is a leading expert in Cuba travel, and a division of Cross-Cultural Solutions, an independent not-for-profit organization and leader in international volunteering and people-to-people cultural exchange with over 25,000 alumni since its inception in 1995.
The Details: The exclusive six-day/five-night December 14-19 tour will provide the rare opportunity to rub elbows with jazz greats and interact with the people who inspire each note. In addition to being special guests at the festival’s many concerts, events and smaller scale jam sessions, they will also enjoy authentic people-to-people experiences, meeting with local Cuban residents and visiting art studios to hear about life in Cuba today. Evenings will be spent at some of the top jazz clubs in Cuba like La Zorra y el Cuervo or Jazz Café.
The Fine Print: Insight Cuba’s December 14-19 Havana International Jazz Festival program includes:
All meals; four or five-star accommodations in Havana; days full of guided activities with a Cuban host; all entrance fees to scheduled activities and events; all in-country ground transportation, and transfers; travel insurance. Prices start at $2,695 per person, based on double occupancy. Airfare is not included.
Booking: For more information on the Jazz Festival program and other Insight Cuba travel programs, visit www.insightcuba.com or call 1-800-450-CUBA (2822).