SFJAZZ | Havana: November 2024



for SFJAZZ Producer Level Leaders
Circle Members ($5k+)

November 17 - 23, 2024

Journey Cost: from $7,500 per person* 
Deposit Payment: $1,500
(due at time of registration) 

* subject to room size, double or single occupancy and availability

Final payment due 60 days before trip departure.


Please note that this itinerary, including locations, performing artists, and schedule, is subject to change.

HAVANA | Join fellow SFJAZZ Leaders Circle members and SFJAZZ Collective member, Edward Simon, for a special and uniquely curated visit to Cuba. This members-only journey will be focused on studying and experiencing the roots of Afro-Cuban music with intimate visits and performances by leading Cuban musicians and educators in recording studios, private homes, and most prominent music clubs. We will also visit the two leading music schools in Havana for master classes led by Edward Simon in collaboration with student performances. Certainly, a highlight will be a trip to the city of Matanzas to experience the roots of rumba, which represents the direct line between Africa to what we now experience as Afro-Cuban jazz. The trip will include all accommodations, ground transportation, performances, and meals, plus there will be scheduled and optional visits to local historical destinations in Havana.

Sunday, November 17 | Home > Havana
Arrival in Havana
Check-in at Boutique Hotel Paseo 206

Monday, November 18 | Havana
Breakfast and orientation at hotel
Meeting with Miguel Coyula
Visit to Guampara with DJ Jigue
Tour of the Museo de la Musica
Private concert at La Académia with Ruy Lopez Nussa
Dinner at Paseo 206 with private concert (Rodrigo Garcia/Tania Haase)

Tuesday, November 19 | Havana
Breakfast at hotel
Visit to Abdullah Studio for private tour with Orestes Aguila, as well as private concert
Meeting with the producers of the Havana Jazz Festival
Masterclass at Amadeo Roldan Music Conservatory
Dinner and concert at Claxon Hotel (Ernan Lopex Nussa)

Wednesday, November 20 | Havana
Breakfast at hotel
Day trip to Matanzas with presentation on Cuban music

MATANZAS | Matanzas is the capital of the Cuban province of Matanzas. Known for its poets, culture, and Afro-Cuban folklore, it is located on the northern shore of the island of Cuba, on the Bay of Matanzas, 90 kilometers east of the capital Havana and 32 kilometers west of the resort town of Varadero.

Private concerts in the morning and afternoon
Return to Havana for dinner and musical performance at Yarini Restaurant in Old Havana

Thursday, November 21 | Havana
Breakfast at hotel
Masterclass at National School of Arts (La ENA)
Tour of ISA Visual Arts School
Lunch and tour at Kcho Estudio
Free afternoon (Options: tour of Hemingway House: Finca Vigia, visit Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes or walking tour of Old Havana)
Dinner and evening visit to Fabrica de Arte Cubano (FAC)

Friday, November 22 | Havana
Breakfast at hotel
Visit to Revolution Square
Trip to Fusterlandia with private acoustic concert (William Roblejo Trio)
Private concert with Pablo Menendez and group
Dinner and concert at La Guardia

Saturday, November 23 | Havana > Home
Breakfast at hotel
Departure for airport > flights back home


Journey Cost: from $7,500 per person* 
Deposit Payment: $1,500
(due at time of registration) 

*subject to room size, double or single occupancy and availability

Final payment due 60 days before trip departure.

INCLUDED: Pre-departure itinerary/trip planning, Cuba Entry Card/Visa; in-country transportation per itinerary; accommodation in Havana boutique hotel; daily breakfasts at the hotel, lunches and dinners per itinerary (TBD); 1-2 alcoholic drinks per included meal; tips for included meals; English speaking local guide; guest speakers; site visits, musical performances; all entrance fees on itinerary; Cuba Destination Guide (PDF document sent via email after final payment is received); pre-departure meeting via Zoom to be held two - three weeks prior to departure; potable water on the bus/car (please bring a refillable water bottle to avoid single plastic use).

NOT INCLUDED: International airfare to/from Havana; meals not on itinerary; extra alcoholic drinks and drinks outside of included meals; excursions not on itinerary; tips for bellman and hotel staff (optional, yet customary); tips for local guide and driver (optional, yet customary); travel cancellation and evacuation insurance (strongly recommended - info will be sent upon registration).

SFJAZZ and CCJ are not responsible for cancellation expenses that you might incur before or during our trip.  You may want to check first to see if your current insurance policy covers travel abroad, but we have found that most do not. We strongly encourage considering taking out travel interruption and evacuation insurance to cover any emergencies abroad such as evacuation, or reimbursement for cancellation due to your own illness or an illness in your family. Some plans require you to take out this insurance within 21 days of your deposit to cover pre-existing conditions. CCJ has partnered with TravelSafe. You can visit our online portal to explore different plans. We encourage you to choose a plan covers travel interruption before you depart, as well as during the trip. CCJ is not responsible for events beyond our control in this regard.
Please visit the Cross Cultural Journeys - TravelSafe online portal to find a plan that works for you. You can also call TravelSafe directly at 1-800-523-8020. Make sure you mention that Cross Cultural Journeys is your tour operator to receive our special rates.
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