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Shop Wine and Dine Presents:
Havana Jazz Festival 2016
Sounds, Sights and Flavors of Cuba
December 13 - 20, 2016

Following the success of the tours to Italy, Brazil, France and Spain created on behalf of WBGO Travel & Events, Shop Wine and Dine is extremely proud to continue on this tradition of exceptional travel experiences by inviting you to participate for the second year in a row, in its own exciting multi-sensory 2016 Havana Jazz Festival!

Cuba has been on many people's bucket list and now, along with your WBGO fellow-listeners it can become a reality for you by joining this extraordinary cultural and musical experience.

During this much sought after eight-day People to People tour to Cuba, designed exclusively for your group, you will learn about a deeply-rooted culture, be greeted warmly by the Cuban people eager to interact with US visitors, have access to the best and most innovative music venues, meet musicians and composers, visit artists' studios, dine at the best home restaurants (Paladares) in Havana as well as other activities consistent with the People to People license.

Escorted by a local Cuba expert, you will explore all the "must see" landmarks including the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Old Havana with its "Four Plazas" which afford one of the most beautiful views in Cuba.

Not to be missed are the Vedado and Havana Moderna districts, Capitolio Central Park and Prado, each boasting distinctive and iconic architecturally significant buildings which collectively reflect Havana's rich history.

To further enrich your appreciation of this spectacular island-nation, we will visit the Museo de Bellas Artes as well as art studios with the opportunity to interact with the local artists as well.

Yet another visit will take us to Ernest Hemingway's Finca La Vigia, and the fishing village of Cojimar, both significant representation of the author's love for and life in Cuba.

The influence of the African culture is still very much at the center of the Afro-Cuban population as will be evidenced during a visit to the Callejon de Mamel, an alley that thanks to local artist Salvador Gonzales, has become a virtual open air Afro-Cuban sanctuary whose walls are adorned with evocative Santeria murals that pay homage to their African origins. The Callejon de Hamel has become a haven for local artists as well as the place where every Sunday afternoon one can experience and revel in the infectious sounds of the famous Afro-Cuban rumbas!

But, of course, the jazz festival will be the centerpiece of this very special trip which has expanded over the years to include all the main concert halls in downtown Havana as well as of course impromptu jam sessions throughout the city, all of which you will access to as part of this multi-sensory experience!

Without a doubt the 2016 Havana Jazz Festival edition, now the second since the resumption of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States, will feature a very impressive lineup which in the past has included Chucho Valdes and Arthur O'Farrill.

Indeed music will be pouring out of every street, courtyard and apartment window with competing rhythms that somehow collectively create beautiful music, so join this amazing trip created exclusively for your group and revel in the sensuous, swinging, sizzling sounds of Afro-Cuban beats than only Cuba can inspire!

Tour Features:

  • Accommodations: 7 nights at the 5★ Hotel Parque Central
  • Meals:
    • Daily breakfast & lunch, two dinners.
    • Lunch and dinner will also include mineral water, plus two alcoholic beverages to be determined based on menu selections*
  • Round trip air JFK-Havana-JFK on Public Charter (Schedule to be advised)
  • US Gvt. Paperwork including People to People GENERAL license
  • Cuban Travel Visa
  • Private transportation for all group activities one of which will consist of a ride in a fleet of old American cars to one of the dinners.
  • Full jazz festival tickets
  • Full time professional bi-lingual Cuba-based guide
  • Four privately guided tours of Havana and surrounds
  • Visit to artist' studio
  • Visit to the Iglesia de Nustra Senora de Regia: Santeria Church reached by ferry
  • Visit to Finca Yoandra, an organic farm producing organic produce and medicinal plants
  • Cooking demonstration
  • Lecture by a scholar about the African religion Santeria and Cuban culture
  • Visit to a Balabao (Yoruba Priestess)
  • Flamenco performance by Compania Irene Rodrigues who has also performed in the US
  • Visit to an arts & crafts market
  • Escorted by Shop Wine and Dine.
  • Orientation and professional tour management in Cuba by local staff
  • Medical Insurance in Cuba
  • Airport Taxes upon departing Havana

Space is limited and will be reserved only following payment of a non-refundable deposit.
For further information and booking please contact: Anna Maria Sorrentino - 973-467-4418.

Not Included:

  • Tips (baggage handlers, guide, drivers and restaurants)
  • **Trip Interruption Insurance
  • All other items not listed in "Tour Features"
  • *Menus will be based on selections made by Shop Wine and Dine for the entire group.

PLEASE NOTE:
**Full details relating to People to People cultural exchange travel will be provided on billing statement.

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