Havana Jazz Festival VIP Experience


VIP Access to Havana Jazz Festival - Cuba's Music Event of the Season!
Special Artist Meet & Greets with Dianne Reeves, Joe Lovano & Roberto Fonseca!
Prime VIP Seats to Top Festival Shows
Deep Exploration of Havana Culture
6 days/5 nights


Havana with a day tour of Pinar Del Rio

Trip Overview

Book NOW for Blue Note Travel’s Exclusive 2018 Havana Jazz Festival VIP Experience!

On this 6 day / 5 night tour, you will experience prime VIP access to the country’s music event of the season along with the old-world charm of Havana and the scenic areas of Pinar Del Rio!

Details for the exclusive official festival VIP experience include:

• Exclusive Artist Meet & Greets with Dianne Reeves, Joe Lovano & Roberto Fonseca!! (Post-Show)

• Premium VIP Ticket to 3 Different Festival Headliner Shows (Reserved Premium Seating Location)

• Private 2-Hour Exclusive Blue Note Travel VIP Party/Reception featuring local Cuban musicians (includes drinks!)

• Prime Cuban hotels

• Cultural + Culinary Experience & More!

These VIP Experiences are Only Available through Blue Note Travel!

Please see below for pricing and inclusions, and a sample itinerary.

Our mission at Blue Note Travel is to immerse you in this passionate culture to truly have you experience Havana just like a local. People-to-People travel allows even the most seasoned travelers to view Cuba through the lens of the musicians, dancers, artists and locals— an experience that is difficult to find anywhere else in the world.

DATES OF TRAVEL: January 17-22, 2018

Sample Itinerary (Based on 2016 Trip)

Day 1: Origin City (varies) to Havana

  • Depart from Origin City (varies) to Havana
  • Check in at your hotel and orientation
  • Visit the Santa Amalia jazz dancers at a jazz club in a house
  • Enjoy a classic convertible car ride around the city
  • Nighttime: Enjoy a show at the Buena Vista Social Club


Day 2: Havana

  • Visit Old Havana and learn about Havana’s world-renowned UNESCO heritage designated architecture
  • Taller de La Grafica
  • Lunch at Doña Eutemia
  • Enjoy a private jazz performance with one of Cuba’s top young jazz groups
  • VIP Tickets – Festival Performances + Meet & Greet!

Day 3: Havana

  • Visit Abdala Recording Studios for a tour of the 3 studios
  • Learn about the history of American and Cuban music and how Cuban jazz was born with a visual and live musical demonstration.
  • Lunch at Starbien
  • Visit the Ernest Hemingway house and grounds
  • VIP Tickets – Festival Performances + Meet & Greet!


Day 4: Piñar Del Rio/Viñales Valley & Havana

  • Travel to the countryside
  • Meet a farmer in Cuba’s famed Tobacco Fields
  • Enjoy a delicious organic lunch
  • Visit the community project “Patio Pelegrin,” often called the secret garden, which is not only an organic farm but also a community hub for dance, literature, debate, music, and theater for local residents to cultivate their artistic and intellectual interests.
  • Return to Havana
  • VIP Tickets – Festival Performances + Meet & Greet!


Day 5: Havana

  • Visit the home studios of a world-famous, fine artist married couple Juan Moreira and Alicia Leal
  • See an authentic Drumming and Afro Cuban dance performance at Callejon de Hamel
  • Enjoy lunch at the gardens of Paladar Cimarron
  • Enjoy a children’s rueda dance performance with Cuba’s top children’s dance group
  • Visit a renowned musician from Cuba in their home.
  • VIP Tickets – Festival Performances

Day 6: Havana to Origin City (varies)

  • Visit the Craft market (time permitting)
  • Check in Jose Marti Terminal 2
  • Adios Cuba!

VIP Tour/Festival Packages Start at $4905 – call for more information!

4 or 5 star Hotel
Double: TBA (Call for more info)
Single: TBA (Call for more info)

Includes Visas

This quote includes: 

  • Exclusive VIP Meet & Greet with Dianne Reeves, Joe Lovano & Roberto Fonseca
  • VIP seating at Festival headliner events
  • Exclusive Blue Note party featuring local Cuban talent
  • Admission to all Jazz Festival musical events
  • Additional Blue Note approved private concerts, dance, and art activities
  • Daily breakfast in Cuba
  • All lunches at Cuba’s top paladares or privately run restaurants
  • One upscale welcome dinner
  • Cuban visa
  • Compliance with US Treasury Department regulations
  • Cuban Insurance (health and evacuation)
  • Pre-trip departure information
  • All local air conditioned ground transportation
  • Superior lodging in Havana
  • Expert tour guide
  • Flight concierge service (flight costs additional)

Not included: airfare, four dinners, tips and gratuities for service.

This itinerary is subject to change. In-country programming is customized for each group to maximize your cultural experience. To maintain authenticity, many of the places we visit are not tourist destinations and are not always available. Our programs are created to provide full-time educational exchanges through people-to-people contact. These programs require mandatory participation under our license by the U.S. Department of Treasury.


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