Western Cuba with Jazz Festival

Havana Jazz Festival January 2024

Join us for an exceptional trip to Cuba, featuring the famous Havana Jazz Festival, curated by American Jazz Flamenco musician Juanito Pascual.
The Havana Jazz Fest offers days of spectacular concerts by top Cuban musicians such as Chucho Valdés, López-Nussa, Havana de Primera, and international guests like Aaron Goldberg or Ted Nash, all set in stunning venues across Havana: National Theatre, Fabrica de Arte Cubano, the Museum of Cuban Art.
Our tour goes beyond the festival itself, providing exclusive private VIP concerts in intimate settings ( private jazz clubs, rooftops and stunning villas), the opportunity to meet the musicians, and private receptions with renowned Cuban artists. We meticulously organize every detail of the tour, including arranging Cuban visas to be sent to your home address, organizing sightseeing in Havana and day trips to other cities, planning fun activities and workshops, arranging dinners and libations at top restaurants, providing transportation, and ensuring beautiful accommodations throughout your stay.
Choose from 3 available packages:

SILVER level package

8 days | January 20-27th, 2024

$2395 Double room | $2595 Single room

gold level package

9 days | January 20-28th, 2024

$2995 Double room | $3595 Single room

platinum level package

9 days | January 20-28th, 2024

$3995 Double room | $4595 Single room

With part of the funds used to support Cuban musicians

Cuba Itinerary

Welcome to Havana! A magical city full of friendly people and warm weather. Our driver will pick up at the airport (He will be dressed in Colibri polo shirt and holding a sign that says Colibri Travel and Tours) and take you to the casa where you will be greeted by our hosts with a refreshing smoothie. You will have the opportunity to exchange currency. 

All day             Arrivals.  Check-in to casas and welcome drinks and orientation, money exchange. 

Evening            SPECIAL EVENT! Welcome dinner and reception. Our group will be joined by guests from Cuba and Spain Concert by JUANITO PASCUAL (for second half joined by young Cuba Jazz musicians)

Meals included: dinner

8 AM            Breakfast at casas

Morning      Drive to Cienfuegos – tour of the city

Afternoon   Lunch. Sunset tour of Trinidad, Santeria drumming and Afro Cuban music

Evening       Dinner. Concert in Casa de la Musica

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

9 AM            Breakfast at casas

Morning      Free time in Trinidad – option to visit local markets, climb to waterfall etc

Afternoon   Lunch. Return to Havana

Evening       Dinner.


Afterparty in Teatro Nacional.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

10 AM            Breakfast at casas

Morning        Architecture tour of Old Havana with focus on colonial history of the City. Visit to all four squares: Plaza Vieja Plaza de La Catedral Plaza de Armas Plaza de San Francisco Calle Obispo Calle Mercaderes , Capitolio and Parque Central, Bacardi Building , Ambos Mundos Hotel (Hemingway room), Theatre Alicia Alonso, Floridita (Hemingway bar), Chocolate museum

Afternoon     Lunch at Doña Eutimia – one of the oldest Paladars with the best ropa vieja in Havana. Visit to Custodio San Angel (where Jose Marti was baptized), statue of Cecilia Valdez. Visit to Clandestina (first Cuban designer boutique doing eco fashion from reclaimed materials)

Evening       Dinner at Paladar San Cristobal (where Obama had dinner)

In the evening we will head to Paladar San Cristobal – one of the famous restaurants in Havana that once hosted President Obama, Beyonce and Jay Z and over 20 other presidents. We will shake hands with the legendary owner – Carlos Cristobal – and your this spetacular establishment.


Meals included: breakfast, dinner

10 AM            Breakfast at casas

Morning      Revolution Day in Havana – modern history of Cuba. Convertible car ride with stops at Universidad de Havana, Plaza of the Revolution, Havana Forrest, visit to Centro Che.Visit the Museum of Revolution 

Afternoon   Lunch on your own. Free time 

Evening     Dinner on your own


Meals included: breakfast

8 AM            Breakfast at casas

Morning     Drive to Viñales

Afternoon   Lunch on organic farm. Visit to tobacco plantation and cigar rolling workshop. Hike through Valle de Viñales, visit to Mural de la prehistoria. Drive to Las Terrazas. 

Tour of Las Terrazas – biosphere reservation and unique and idyllic community of artist, foresters, coffee growers. Visit to artist studios: Lester Campa, Ariel, Henry Loma and coffee tasting in Cafe Maria.

Evening        Dinner


Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

10 AM            Breakfast at casas

Morning       Free time

Afternoon    Lunch. Visit to Hotel Nacional – drinks in the gardens.

Evening        Dinner


Meals included: breakfast, dinner

8 AM            Breakfast at casas

Morning      Drive to Varadero beach – oceanography tour

Afternoon   Lunch. Travel to Matanzas to meet with Adrian Soccoro – artist and one of the leaders of aart community in Matanzas. Stop on Bridge of Bacunayagua – tallest bridge in Cuba. Retunr to Havana.

Evening       Goodbye dinner


Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Morning      Departures 

Meals included: breakfast

Tour Operator


Sylvia  +1 617-301-1237  Jorge +53 5-344-2776

Emergency Telephone Numbers

Country Code for Cuba +53

Police 106

American Embassy: (+53) 7-839-4100 Address: Calzada St between L&M

Asistur English speaking tourist information: 7-866-8527 (regular hours), 7-866-4121 (24h emergency)

Hospital: Clínica Central Cira García Hospital in Miramar, +509 34 86 8761

Panataxi: 7-55-5555

Essential Travel Information

for trips to Cuba 

visa requirements, health, currency, and more

▹ Visa requirements for trips to Cuba

Cuba requires each traveler to obtain a visa (tarjeta de turista) before entering the country. Colibri Travel & Tours can provide each of our travelers with a visa ($75 USD including shipping/handling). Alternatively, you can purchase your visa at the gate from the airline. It is mandatory that all airlines operating in Cuba have the blank visas available before boarding (cost: $50-$100 USD depending on the airline). Please make sure your passport is valid for at least another 6 months and has empty pages.

▹ How to make flight reservations for trips to Cuba

If you are booking a flight on your own you will be asked by the airline to choose a travel category. Please choose: “ Support for the Cuban people”.
Colibri Travel & Tours  can help with flight bookings.

▹ Health, Vaccinations

✔︎ All travelers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to manage and enjoy our style of travel. Please note that if in the opinion of our group leader or local guide any traveler is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, we reserve the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund. You should be able to walk at least 2-3 miles a day and be able to climb at least two sets of stairs.
✔︎ You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or any necessary vaccinations before departure.
✔︎ There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Cuba. The most common tropical disease in Cuba is dengue. There is no vaccination against dengue and the best protection is mosquito spray.
✔︎ Please make sure to have mosquito spray and sunscreen (travel size) always with you.
✔︎ At least 30 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
✔︎ If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour and any possible delays (we recommend adding 1-2 weeks of supply).
✔︎ If you tend to get motion sickness please travel with appropriate medication. If you have a sensitive stomach consider bringing Imodium as well.

Health Insurance: international health insurance, evacuation, or cancelation insurance are not included. We recommend purchasing those before the trip. See the insurance box on the sidebar of this page.

▹ Electricity

Cuba operates on both US and European types of outlets and electricity so there is no need for a converter.

▹ Connectivity, Internet

✔︎ Please contact your phone provider to make sure that your phone will work in Cuba. International calls from Cuba are expensive ($2 USD/min, 50c – text).
✔︎ The internet in Cuba is limited and can be accessed via a special internet card. Colibri will provide the cards ( $1.50 per 1 hour). We will make sure that you will be able to connect each day for 1-2 hours. Please remember that the connection is generally slow.

▹ Time zones
Cuba is in Eastern Time (ET) zone so 12 pm in New York it is also 12 pm in Havana.

▹ Currency, cash, credit cards

✔︎ You will be using Cuban currency for tourists CUC (peso convertible) and we will help you exchange the money after arrival in Havana. Cuban currency is not traded abroad so you can only exchange money in Cuba.
✔︎ Please note that you can’t use US credit cards or traveler checks in Cuba due to the US embargo so you must travel with cash. We recommend bringing at least $50-$70 per day per traveler (more if you plan to shop for art, cigars, etc.) for personal use and $300-$500 emergency cash.
Here is our blog with detailed information on money in Cuba.

▹ Transportation and arrival information

✔︎ If you add airport pick up our driver will meet you at the airport with a sign that says: Colibri Travel & Tours. If you do not see your driver immediately stay right by exit from the secure area for another 15 min. If you still can’t find each other please give us a call. The driver’s name and phone number will be provided within 24 hours before your departure.
✔︎ If you choose to arrange for your own transportation we will meet you at the hotel or casa. In this case please make sure that you have the address and phone number.

▹ Baggage allowance

✔︎ Our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motorcoaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. Additional baggage can be a subject of extra fees. Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights.
✔︎ We recommend that you make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, documents, and a set of clothes, pajamas and cosmetics (travel size) in your carry-on bag in case of baggage delays. 


▹ Tipping

✔︎ It’s customary to offer your guide and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep currency exchange rates in mind.
✔︎ We recommend tipping the equivalent of $10 per day per person and giving the tips to tour leaders to distribute between drivers, guides etc.
✔︎ Tips can only be paid in cash.


▹ Itinerary

Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travelers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any such changes once on tour.


We LOVE to talk about travel. If you have any questions please give us a call: 617 301 1237 or email us: info@colibritraveltours.com.

We are always happy to talk to our travelers and answer the questions!


Register now!

Steps to enroll:

  1. Fill up the registration form on-line here.

Or download the registration form below, fill it out and send to info@colibritraveltours.com or mail to Colibri Travel & Tours, 341 Pearl St, Cambridge, MA 02139.

2. Send us a copy of your passport and deposit check via password protected email or regular mail.

3. Pack your bags and enjoy!