Havana Jazz Festival VIP Experience


VIP Access to Festival Internacional Jazz Plaza Cuba - the Country's Music Event of the Season!
Prime VIP Seats to Top Festival Shows
Special Artist Meet & Greet
Deep Exploration of Havana Culture
6 days/5 nights


Havana with a day tour of Pinar Del Rio

Chucho Valdés, Terence Blanchard, Christian McBride, Snarky Puppy, Arturo O’Farrill, Roberto Fonseca & Fatoumata Diawara

Trip Overview

Book NOW with Blue Note Travel for the 32nd Anniversary of the Exclusive VIP Package in Havana!

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!

The exclusive official festival VIP trip package includes:

• Guaranteed Premium VIP Seats to Top Festival Shows

• Private Artist Meet & Greet

• Prime Cuban hotels

• Cultural + Culinary Experience & More!

VIP Package Only Available through Blue Note Travel!

Chucho Valdés, Terence Blanchard, Christian McBride, Snarky Puppy, Arturo O’Farrill, Roberto Fonseca & Fatoumata Diawara

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: December 14-19, 2016

Day 1: Miami to Havana – Wednesday Dec 14, 2016

  • Depart from Miami 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 – Thursday, Dec 15, 2016

  • 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: Terence Blanchard featuring The E-Collective & Chucho Valdés & Friends


Day 3: Havana – Friday, Dec 16, 2016

  • 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: Christian McBride Trio


Day 4: Piñar Del Rio/Viñales Valley & Havana – Saturday, Dec 17, 2016

  • 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 Artist Meet & Greet – Festival: Snarky Puppy (+ potential surprise guests)!


Day 5: Havana – Sunday, December 18, 2016

  • 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: Snarky Puppy,  Arturo O’Farrill, Roberto Fonseca & Fatoumata Diawara & more!


Day 6: Havana to Miami – Monday, December 19, 2016

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

4 star Capri Hotel
Double: $5100
Single: $6100

Includes Flights/Visas/Airport Tax – Roundtrip Miami-Havana

This quote includes: 

  • Private VIP Artist Meet & Greet with Snarky Puppy! (+ Potential Surprise Guests!) Saturday, December 17
  • All additional Blue Note approved private concerts, dance and art activities
  • Daily breakfast, all lunches and an upscale welcome dinner
  • 4 star lodging in Havana see above
  • All local air conditioned ground transportation
  • Pre-trip departure information
  • Cuban Insurance (health and evacuation)
  • Cuban Visa
  • Compliance with U.S. Treasury Department regulations
  • Admission to all museums and public buildings listed in itinerary
  • Expert Tour Leader
  • Jazz Festival Pass

Tips for Guides, Drivers and Bellhops are not included

Reminder: Tips for guides, drivers, bellhops, maids, and waiters are not included in the cost of the program.

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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