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Havana Music Tours

#70 of 251 Tours in Havana
Havana, Cuba
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About Havana Music Tours
We are a U.S-based niche tour agency featuring music-themed and cultural tours of Cuba. We feature private small group tours by experienced musicians, musicologists, and Cuba experts. We operate group tour dates and personalized tours year-round. Our tours feature the most in-depth cultural tours to Havana and other parts of Cuba like Viñales, Varadero, Matanzas, Santiago de Cuba, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, and more. We like to fuse our handcrafted cultural tours with music festivals like Havana Jazz Plaza (The Annual Jazz Festival in Havana and Santiago de Cuba), Havana World Music Festival, Josone Music Festival, Fiesta Del Tambor, Havana Salsa Fest, and more! We include top-notch restaurants, accommodations, dance lessons, music experiences, day tours, and more! All of our tours are OFAC compliant for U.S-Travelers traveling to Cuba. Check out the tour dates on your website for more information.
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Roni D wrote a review May 2022
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Had the best time with Havana music tour! Chaz and Miguel arranged me and my wife a fantastic day tour in havana. We explored the city and its culture and then went to two amazing music concerts. Miguel know so much about Havana and Cuba and our trip wasn't the same if we wouldn't have met him. Thank you so much!
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Date of experience: March 2022
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Susan18 wrote a review Feb 2022
Maryland196 contributions159 helpful votes
Traveling during a pandemic is not for the faint of heart, but Chaz and crew made us feel totally safe and cared for throughout our trip for the Havana JazzPlaza. Our family of four, including 2 young adults, all enjoyed it very much. We had a real opportunity to not only listen to but also interact with Cuban jazz musicians as well as to learn about Cuban Art and Culture. Favorite experiences included a walking tour focused on Afro-Cuban religions with outstanding local guide Elias, trip to a local musical conservatory to see and hear the talented next-generation, and the fabulous paladars and local restaurants. The Cuban People are currently undergoing severe economic hardship, and it is always important to be flexible as a traveler to minor inconveniences (occasional power outages, unavailable menu items). Chaz and the other guides Yami, Zach, Miguel, Ernesto and Alejandro, always made sure we were well taken care of, including arranging car pick-up when we wanted to eat out or visit a place independently. Their intimate knowledge of the Cuban people and the logistics of how to negotiate the trip in the midst of a pandemic were very appreciated. If you want to experience Cuban music, culture, art, and food, we highly recommend Havana Music Tours
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Member24 wrote a review Feb 2022
Berkeley, CA20 contributions9 helpful votes
Our visit to the 2022 Havana Jazz Festival with Havana Music Tours was a wonderful experience. Tour director Chaz Chambers and his Cuban wife, Yamilka, looked after all arrangements in a professional and proactive way. They curated an outstanding selection of concerts, informal performances, and visits to musical institutions. Before and after the festival, when no performances were scheduled, they arranged private performances by musicians of their acquaintance, for example an afternoon tour of the "Afro-Cuban Religious Experience" through shrines scattered around Central Havana and a visit to a recording studio to hear a local band rehearse. Because US government rules do not allow Americans to stay in Cuban hotels, Chaz found housing for us in a series private homes, essentially BnBs, all of them clean and comfortable with ample breakfasts. Most of our other meals were included in the tour: they turned into festive occasions at some of Havana's best restaurants. We traveled around Havana and the nearby countryside in comfortable buses with tourism guides provided by a Cuban government agency. Chaz and Yami also looked after airport arrivals and departures, Covid testing, money exchange, and record keeping for the US government. Almost everything went smoothly, and when inevitable problems arose (e.g. a delay in Covid testing at the airport), Chaz and Yamilka dealt with them quickly and successfully. The best thing about Havana Music Tours was the people. Chaz, Yamilka, their assistants Zack and Miguel, tour guides Alejandro and Ernesto, even the bus drivers -- everyone was friendly, attentive, knowledgeable and really, really nice. As well, our fellow tourists turned out to be excellent company, with a variety of ages, backgrounds and musical interests. We look forward to the next Havana Jazz Festival.
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Response from chazchambers, Owner at Havana Music Tours
Responded Feb 6, 2022
We are very happy to know that after a 2nd time attending you still enjoyed our tour. Each tour is unique and there is never a moment that repeats itself in Cuba. Thanks for traveling with us again and allowing us to entertain so many of your friends. We hope to see you both down the road on another tour. Maybe Spain? Thanks, Chaz
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Susan Badder wrote a review Feb 2022
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I had just returned from Cuba and the Havana Jazz Festival when the snows began. What better opportunity to reflect on a truly fabulous trip. Not only did Chaz and Jami select an intriguing and diverse range of performances for us to attend, but we luxuriated in our classy casa particular and indulged in excellent meals in unique paladars, rooftops and restaurants. In between we were treated to numerous instances of Cuban positivity, resilience and creativity. Consider the mosaic wonder that is Fusterlandia; an exposition of Afro Cuban religions at the Callejón de Hamel; agriturismo at an ecological farm; and of course, wandering Vieja Habana and ducking waves on the Malecón. Perhaps, the highest peaks of these mountain top experiences, though, were the amazing, private concert by the HS jazz band of Conservatorio Amedeo Roldan and the morning spent in a recording studio with another group of musicians. Wow! No detail was left to chance, not transportation, umbrellas, nor even the red tape of travel in time of Covid. I cannot imagine a better way to travel. Pack now.
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Response from chazchambers, Owner at Havana Music Tours
Responded Feb 6, 2022
Such a great description of the tour! Thanks for mentioning all the highlights along the tour. We are happy you enjoyed and we hope to see you again down the road! Thanks, Chaz
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Lisa S B wrote a review Jan 2022
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A delightful, well paced trip. Lots of music at varying levels and venues, but well balanced with delicious meals and diverse cultural experiences. We were cared for by thoughtful leadership and guides, all immersed in music themselves. I continue to learn more and more about the rich tapestry that is Cuba. GO!
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Response from chazchambers, Owner at Havana Music Tours
Responded Feb 6, 2022
That is great feedback! Thank you! We hope to see you all again down the road! -Chaz
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