Join THE LAWS FAMILY in Cuba!

Dec 14 - 20, 2016

From $ 4485

At the Havana Jazz Festival!

Price: $ 4485
Single supplement: Add $ 850

You are cordially invited to join the virtuoso Jazz musicians THE LAWS FAMILY featuring Hubert Laws, Eloise Laws, Ronnie Laws, Debra Laws, and and their band, for a landmark musical experience with the people of Havana! The Laws family have been invited to headline the 32nd annual Havana Jazz Festival and you can join us for the fun and excitement! The trip will be led by the Cuban art expert, Adolfo Nodal, who was born and raised in Cuba, travels there frequently, and has a solid knowledge of the county’s art and architecture.

Destinations

What's included

*Meet and greet and check in assistance at the Miami International Airport  

*Round trip air MIA­-Havana- Miami on Public Charter

*US Gvt. Paperwork including People to People GENERAL license

*Cuban Travel Visa

*Accommodations 6 nights at the five star Melia Cohiba Hotel in Havana

*Breakfast every day at the hotel (6)

*4 dinners

*5 lunches (15 meals total)

*A special gala luncheon with The Laws Family to celebrate the visit

*Good seats at the featured Artist performance and after-concert visit with band.

*Motor coach or van transportation to all events for 12 hours a day

*Full translation by professional Cuba ­based guide

*Medical Insurance in Cuba

*Full JAZZ Festival tickets for the whole week

*City tours and visits to a variety of scenic places in Havana

*Day trip to Vinales valley countryside

*A visit to the Folklórico Nacional de Cuba

*Professional tour management in Cuba by our staff

What's not included

*Tips (baggage handlers, guide, driver & restaurants)

*Airport Taxes upon departing Havana (CUC 25)

*Single room fee ($850)

*Trip Interruption Insurance

*All other items not listed in “PROGRAM PRICE INCLUDES”

 

Space is extremely limited--we urge you to bring a roommate!

Please note: This itinerary is subject to change and you will be kept informed of changes to final itinerary.

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Itinerary 7 days

Day 1, Havana City

Meet and Greet at Miami International Airport

Your group will be met by a Cuba Tours & Travel customer service representative to assist you with check-in and answer any last minute questions.  The details will be provided in your final itinerary. We pride ourselves in giving you the best Cuba experience possible and it starts before you even get on the plane.

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Arrive in Havana

A remarkably short flight away from Miami International Airport - just enough time to reach altitude and descend, Havana lies waiting in all her glory.  In just 45 minutes, you are transported to another place in time.  Havana’s enchantment is not limited to her time-worn charm or rich and diverse cultural identity -- it’s in the light, the sounds, the Caribbean Sea at her feet and most of all, in her people.  Welcome to Havana!             

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Check into the five star Hotel Melia Cohiba

One of Havana's most luxurious and well located hotels, located  right on the Malecon Seawall in the Vedado district, this fine hotel will provide the comforts of home away from home.

Orientation and familiarization - We will take a few moment to offer an Orientation to the city and familiarization of the neighborhood around the hotel.

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Dinner at San Cristobal Paladar - Eat like a President!

Set in an early 20th Century mansion in the “Centro Habana” district of the city, San Cristobal Paladar is probably, the best restaurant in Havana. Restaurateur and Executive Chef, Carlos Cristobal Marquez, has created a uniquely engaging ambience within a cluttered, but warm, eclectic décor; each room offering a journey through a particularly iconic aspect of Cuban culture.  The cuisine, Cuban Creole with a very refined and international twist, has a five-star rating by many international food critics and was enjoyed by President Barack Obama and his family during their recent visit to Havana.

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Visit to the Jazz Clubs

We will visit some of the Jazz Clubs in and around your hotel where much of the talent from the Festival will be playing and jamming for fun.

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Day 2, Havana City

Breakfast at the hotel

Enjoy a casual but sumptuous tropical feast this and every morning in the Hotel dining room.

Old Havana Four Plazas

Tour Old Havana on foot, walking between the four main plazas that comprise Cuba’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Start at Plaza de Armas, the site of the oldest Spanish fortress in the Americas, the 1519 locale of the first mass in Cuba, and the massive Baroque seat of government, known as Palacio de los Capitanes Generales. Continue to Plaza de San Francisco de Assis and Plaza Vieja, where we will visit artists galleries and historic buildings and get a sense of the structure of the colonial city. Wind through historic streets spanning 5 centuries of historic architecture and end at Plaza de la Catedral and see the Baroque cathedral.

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Lunch at La Moneda Cubana

Close to la Plaza de la Catedral in colonial Old Havana, serving a wide variety of Cuban food and liquor in a historic setting with beautiful views.

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Taller Experimental de Gráfica

The Taller (workshop) was established in 1962 by a small group of artists lead by Orlando Suárez, a muralist whose initiative also helped found the Superior Art Institute. Mr. Suarez was supported in this effort by the Chilean Poet Pablo Neruda and by Che Guevara who applauded his efforts to create a center where all artists of the City of Havana can go to produce prints. The Taller is more than a workshop. It is a studio, a school and most of all, an art institution that preserves and develops the sophisticated art of printmaking with relative freedom of spirit and form. While at the center you will see artworks produced there and have a conversation with the artists present about their works, and about life as an artist in Havana.

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Dinner at Atelier Paladar

Calling Atelier contemporary is like calling Havana a little rundown: true, but enough of an understatement as to miss the point. The large main room is decorated with sparse modern lines, inside a typically idiosyncratic Vedado mansion. Two balconies have boundless cushions for the outdoor lounge. An antique hob outside, old sewing and adding machines inside make the place retro yet not old. The food changes every day, every week, hence the handwritten menus.

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The Havana Jazz Festival Opening Night.

We will attend the star studded opening night festivities of the festival and hear the great music to be presented (Music program not announced to-date).

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Day 3, Havana City

Breakfast at the hotel

Enjoy a casual but sumptuous tropical feast this and every morning in the Hotel dining room.

Ferry Ride Across Havana Bay - La Lanchita de Regla

Take the ferry from Old Havana across Havana Bay, to visit the historic City of Regla. Most locals who live and/or work in portside municipality, travel across the harbor on a pedestrian ferry boat which crosses to the landings in Regla and Casablanca all day long at 10 minute intervals. Wherever you stand in Regla, across the dramatic harbor, the views of Havana are breathtaking as you look out over a skyline that takes you through six centuries of architecture.

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Ernest Hemingway's Finca La Vigia

Visit Ernest Hemingway's Finca La Vigia, located on a hilltop in the rural village of San Francisco de Paula, just southeast of the City of Havana. The home, now the Hemingway Museum, has recently undergone a massive preservation effort by America's National Trust for Historic Preservation, to preserve the home as the author left it in 1961. You will also see Hemingway's sport-fishing boat, the Pilar. The Finca Vigia estate and the fishing village of Cojimar are considered the most significant locales for those interested in Hemingway’s history.

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Lunch at Ajiaco Paladar

Considered among the very best restaurants on the Island, this paladar, located in the fishing village of Cojimar (where Hemingway kept his boat the Pilar) features traditional Cuban flavor. The menu includes such things as "Crema de Malanga", Ajiaco (a stew made up of various vegetables and roots), Bacalao (codfish), "fricase de pollo" (chicken fricasse), plus the traditional moros (rice and beans), white rice, fried bananas, fried yuca, etc. If you have room at the end of the meal, enjoy delicious home made flan.

 

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Folklórico Nacional de Cuba private rehearsal

Go behind the scenes and witness this extraordinary ensemble of Afro-Cuban folkloric music and dances.After 35 years and 93 international tours you can't find more authentic Afro-Cuban performance than this.

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Dinner at StarBien

The art and style of the 1930’s can be seen in every detail of this El Vedado mansion. The friendly staff offers very tasty fusion cuisine, combining traditional Cuban and international dishes. StarBien has always attracted artists, cultural figures and businessmen, whom we are loyal customers. You will enjoy the tranquil setting and professional service. 

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The Havana Jazz Festival The Laws Family Concert.

We will attend the historic first concert of the Laws Family, featuring Hubert Laws, Eloise Laws, Ronnie Laws and Debra Laws. In their first Cuban Concert as special invitees of the Havana Jazz Festival The Laws Family will present their music to the Cuban People! We will be there with them in the front row cheering them on and enjoying the festivities!

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Day 4, Pinar del Rio City

Breakfast at the hotel

Enjoy a casual but sumptuous tropical feast this and every morning in the Hotel dining room.

Day trip to Vinales Valley

Enjoy this all day excursion to Vinales, an area located in Western Province of Pinar del Rio. a UNESCO world heritage site Vinales Valley has one of the most beautiful views in Cuba, the "mogotes" are limestone mountains that come out the valley floor. Take a boat ride through a mogote and enjoy a typical Cuban lunch while enjoying traditional country music, and a visit to a tobbaco farm.

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Cueva del Indio

Just north of the village of Vinales, is an ancient indigenous dwelling that was rediscovered in 1920.  Here, below the ground and traversed by an underground river, is a network of caves believed to have been used by the Guanahatabey Amerindians as a hiding place to take refuge from the Spaniards, as well as a burial site judging from the human remains that have been found here.  You can explore the beginning of the tunnel’s jagged, damp interior by foot until where the stone steps lead to the underground river where a guided motor boat will actually steer you the rest of the way to the cave’s exit.

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Dinner on your own

You will dine at a paladar of your choice from a list of the best restaurants in Havana. Our staff and your guide will help you with selection and making reservations. You can be adventurous and travel by taxi that our staff will also help you get and your return trip can be arranged by the establishment where you dine. The cost of this meal is not included in the price of the trip. We recommend reservations be made at least one day in advance.

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The Havana Jazz Festival

We will continue to hear some of the world’s major Latin Jazz musicians tonight at the festival and after hours at the jazz clubs in and around the hotel.

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Day 5, Havana City

Breakfast at the hotel

Enjoy a casual but sumptuous tropical feast this and every morning in the Hotel dining room.

Callejon de Hamel

We will start right up today by visiting this very interesting public art and culture installation. This Alley is located in the working class Cayo Hueso quarter that serves as an open-air Afro-Cuban Religious Sanctuary. It is the work of local artist Salvador Gonzalez who has adorned its walls with evocative Santeria murals paying homage to religious cults and currents of African origin. Callejon de Hamel hosts the famous Afro-Cuban rumbas that take place every Sunday afternoon.

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Farmers Market 19 y B

On the way to lunch we will visit one of a large network of Farmers Markets in Havana which provide fresh and wholly organic vegetables and other foods to the citizens of Havana.

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Lunch at Paladar Mediterraneo Havana

Elegance and locally sourced food are the remarkable characteristics of this restaurant, the creation of a Cuban dreamer who lived in Italy for many years and a Sardinian chef, where you can enjoy the most delicious ravioli in Cuba.

 

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Walking tour of Vedado

This walking tour highlights the architecture of the Vedado district. The main monument and the Malecon, Coppelia park the Havana Libre hotel and the Rampa district.

 

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Hotel Nacional de Cuba

This magnificent eclectic mid-1920;s structure high up on a natural coral bluff overlooking the Caribbean Sea and the entrance to Havana Harbor, is the perfect place to enjoy an afternoon of mojitos and sunset, on the beautiful grounds of the back patio.

 

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Dinner on your own

Tonight dinner is in a paladar of your choice from a list of the hottest foodie scenes in the City. This is an opportunity to get away from the larger group and dine with a smaller group of friends. The tour guide will make the reservations and assist you with securing a taxi. The group will have a chance to speak with the Chef and owner of the establishment to discuss food and new opportunities in the food industry in Cuba. The cost of this meal & Taxi is not included in the trip price.

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Havana Jazz Festival Gala Closing Night Event

Enjoy the star studded closing concert with a varied line-up of Jazz Greats.

 

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Fabrica de Arte Cubano

This is a new artist space in the Vedado district of Havana created by well known musician X Alfonso and his band Synthesis. A repurposed oil factory given a new life and it’s tall chimney now announces the cultural resurgence of the neighborhood. This giant space which is adjacent to a fine restaurant is an all purpose art space that hosts visual artist projects and concerts for Cuba’s most adventurous artists.

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Day 6, Havana City

Breakfast at the hotel

Enjoy a casual but sumptuous tropical feast this and every morning in the Hotel dining room.

Capitolio Central Park and Prado

Lying on the border of Old Havana and Centro Havana municipality, this area is notable for containing numerous architecturally and historically significant buildings that exemplify mid-19th c. urban center. We will begin at the 1877 Central Park, then walk along the 1772 Prado Promenade, see the Moorish-style Inglaterra Hotel, oldest in the city, the 1929 Capitolio building, which is modeled on the US capitol, and the Bacardi building, the best example of tropical Art Deco.

 

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Lunch at La Guarida

When life within the walled city that is now  Habana Vieja had become too cramped and too crowded and the growing population demanded expansion, the growth of Havana gave way to the neighborhood of Centro Habana. There is a mysterious aura to Centro Habana, battered by the sea and left to decay, but there remains a ghostly essence of its former brilliance and a vibrant inner-city life fueled by the locals. Remarkably, some of the city’s top paladares (privately owned restaurants) are located in Centro Habana and among the best of them is La Guarida.  The location for the acclaimed Cuban movie, “Fresa y Chocolate”, La Guarida serves delectably sophisticated international cuisine in a venue that is a perpetual work in progress.  The top floors of this seemingly dilapidated neoclassical structure are renovated to a degree of contemporary glamour that is impressive with a rooftop bar and an even higher mirador with spectacular views.  The bottom floors are obviously under renovation, but when you reach the top of the endless marble staircase wrapping its way up and up, you are in for a culinary delight by any standard.

 

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Miramar

Just west of the Vedado district, across the Almendares river is the extremely opulent and formerly posh Miramar district that borders the sea and home to magnificent mansions, embassies and some of the best hotels in Havana.  Havana’s famous “Quinta Avenida” or 5th Avenue traverses the district from east to west and is home to some of the most lavish and eccentric residential architecture in Havana.

 

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Fuster Studio/Home

Visit the Gaudí-like whimsical park-residence of Cuban painter, printmaker, and ceramicist José Fuster. For more information see, www.josefuster.com

 

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Classic Cars

You will be picked up at you hotel and whisked away to your farewell dinner in perfectly restored vintage 1950s convertibles and enjoy an amazing driven tour of Havana’s “malecon” on the way. The quintessential avenue that wraps around Havana from La Habana Vieja to the Almendares River, hugging the famous sea wall that protects the city from the crashing waves of the Caribbean Sea offers the perfect sunset view. This drive is a retrospective, nostalgic journey through time and you can feel you’re in the 1950s with the backdrop of the Cuban skyline, nearly frozen in time.

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Tropicana Night Club ( Optional not included)

The Tropicana was the most famous nightclub in the world from 1939 to 1959. Built in the gardens of an early 20th century residence, it contains one of Cuba’s most significant modern buildings, the Arcos de Cristal (1952), a thin-shell concrete structure by architect Max Borges Recio. The club continues to operate and is the only one of Havana’s famed clubs to survive the revolution.  Join Rosa Lowinger, author of the definitive history of Tropicana Tropicana Nights: The Life and Times of the Legendary Cuban Nightclub for a visit through the gardens of the building and the show, which is based on the 1950s cabaret era spectacles.

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Day 7, Havana City

Breakfast at the hotel

Enjoy a casual but sumptuous tropical feast this and every morning in the Hotel dining room.

Check out of Hotel/ Transfer from a Havana hotel to the Jose Marti International Airport

Depart Havana for Miami International Airport

Depart Havana for Miami International Airport

Cuba and her people bid you Adios! Hasta la proxima!

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