2013 Havana Int’l Jazz Festival

July 19th, 2013 by admin Categories: Cuba Destinations Featured Havana Jazz Festival Tour 5 Responses


The Official Havana International Jazz Festival takes place, Dec. 19 – 22, 2013. Reserve a space, Travel to Cuba, from December 11, – December 23, 2013. Intelligent, exciting, engaging –this cultural immersion travel adventure offers you the chance to experience Cuban society in person. The trip includes four city over night stays; Havana, Viñales, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, visit to Santa Clara,  RT transportation from Miami FL, all accommodations, Gold Star Pass access to the Havana International  Jazz Festival and optional day trip to Matanzas. 

*Registration is open, for the “Afro Cuban Culture, Music and Science in Public Spaces 2014” field study research project.  The project dates are December 8 through December 22, 2014 and includes Gold Star access to the Havana International Jazz Festival December 2014. Registration for the full event is expected to cost about $4,595.00 pp double occupancy, which will include RT transportation from Miami FL, hotel accommodations, tours, lectures, gratuities, and Gold Star Pass access to the Havana International Jazz Festival.

For additional information about the Havana International Jazz Festival, Cuba Tour 2014, please contact Grace Lynis at 404.915.6701 or Travel2014@cinnamontraveler.org.



Havana International Jazz Festival

Cuba Tour

Educators, Students, and Professionals 

December 11th – December 23rd 2013*          

“Afro Cuban Culture and the Politics of Cuban Society”

 This tour is legal and in compliance with U.S. travel laws

 Explore this unique nation whose rich culture and revolutionary history continue to fascinate the world.

This legal travel excursion to Cuba is a collaborative offering presented by Cinnamon Traveler Heritage Trust and Global Academic Adventures.


Tuesday December 10, 2013

  • Fly to Miami at your own cost
  • Stay the night at the Doubletree Inn/Hilton at No Additional Cost

Wednesday December 11: Havana

  • Fly from Miami to Havana
  • Check in to the Hotel Nacional
  • Guided tour of Revolution Square, The University of Havana, The Malecon and more
  • Hosted Welcome Dinner
  • Private evening Jazz concert in the home of Pablo Menendez with the Grammy nominated band, “Mezcla”

Thursday December 12: Havana

  • Walking tour of historic Old Havana and Cathedral Square a UNESCO Heritage area.
  • Visit to the Literacy Museum to learn how Cuba increased literacy rates that are still higher than those of the U.S.
  • Visit to the “Friendship House” for meeting with ICAP Officers Lunch at the historic Casa de Amistad. 
  • Film screening “1912: Breaking the Silence” followed with discussion with award winning Afro Cuban film maker Gloria Rolando.

Friday December 13: Las Terrazas – Viñales

  • Visit the rural town of Las Terrazas—a sustainable farming community established as a way to provide land to landless farmers and reforest the area. 
  • Walking tour of the community to meet and learn about Las Terrazas, meet with a local artist, visit a rural primary school, and town members
  • Hosted Lunch
  • Time to swim in the San Juan River (optional)
  • Drive to Viñales and check in the Los Jazmines Hotel


Saturday December 14: Pinar del Rio – Viñales

  • Visit to Pinar del Rio region
  • Visit the Love and Hope Community Project, a center for Cuban children with Down Syndrome that also provides support to their parents
  • Visit Guayabita del Pinar Rum factory to learn how rum is made
  • Tour Viñales and visit the prehistoric Taino Indian mural and cave
  • Free time to explore Viñales

Sunday December 15: Cienfuegos

  • Traveling to the town of Cienfuegos we will have the opportunity to view the countryside 
  • Visit to Playa Giron (site of the Bay of Pigs invasion) to view the Cuban perspective on this historic event at the local museum
  • Drive to Cienfuegos, a UNESCO Heritage city with a rich history of music, revolution and architecture.  
  • Check in to the Hotel Jagua



Monday December 16: Cienfuegos

  • Walking tour of Cienfuegos with the city historian, meet and greet people along the way
  • Visit to a policlinic to learn about Cuba’s holistic healthcare system. Exchange with doctors and nurses with time to ask questions
  • Meet with UNEAC, National Union of Artists

Tuesday December 17: Trinidad

  • Drive to the city of Trinidad, a UNESCO Heritage area, has a distinct history where enslaved Africans toiled on large sugar cane plantations and were used to help build this architecturally astounding town.  Walking tour of Trinidad with local historians to learn about the city’s history. 
  • Check in to the Trinidad del Mar Hotel on Playa Ancon
  • Visit to the home of a local ceramics artist whose work is based on 4 generations of artistic craftsmanship. Visit to La Canchanchara Museum (the Romantic Museum)
  • Evening exchange with a CDR (Community Organization)
  • Dancing at Casa de la Musica 


Wednesday December 18: Trinidad

  • Morning visit to Valle de los Ingenios to explore the regional countryside and the famed tower at Manaca. The tower was built to impress a potential mistress and was used as a watchtower casting an oppressive presence over the sugar cane fields.
  • If you are lucky, delicious, freshly pressed Cane juice can be bought for a reasonable price. Enjoyed on the spot, my experience was a refreshing and nourishing treat!
  • Afterward enjoy independent lunch and free time to shop in Trinidad.
  • Evening of live music and dance at Casa de la Musica a breathtaking outdoor venue

Thursday December 19: Havana

  • Travel in comfort via air conditioned Motor Coach, back to Havana, settle back into the hotel and prepare for the Jazz Festival.
  • Hosted Dinner
  • Havana International Jazz Festival Opening Ceremony! Gold Star Pass

Friday December 20: Havana

  • Visit the art studio of Chocolate, a famed Afro-Cuban painter
  • Visit the home and community art studio of Fuster, famed ceramics artist
  • Visit Alamar Organoponico (Urban Farm Garden)
  • Havana Jazz Festival Gold Star Pass

Saturday December 21: Havana

  • Special guide for the day, Gloria Rolando
  • Visit the “Casa de Africa” for drum and dance performance and museum tour
  • Visit to “La Regla” church of the Black Madonna and African Cabildo to learn about the strength and resiliency of African cultural traditions. 
  • Visit the Sabado de Rumba: Community Rumba Dance Performance
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Havana Jazz Festival Gold Star Pass

Sunday December 22nd: Havana

  • Early Morning Day Trip Option – Matanzas 
  • Explore the Havana Crafts Market to purchase gifts to take home 
  • Free Afternoon–Options Provided: Visit Hammel’s Alley for community Rumba and Salvador Gonzalez art gallery, or attend a baseball game, or visit a cigar factory
  • Closing Ceremony of the Havana Jazz Festival Gold Star Pass


Monday December 23rd: Havana
Fly back to Miami or extend your stay for a longer visit in Cuba.

Cost and Payment Plan

$3,250.00 pp double occupancy.

Installment Plan: $500.00 deposit and monthly payments until October 15, 2013. Registration deadline August 31, 2013.

Cost includes R/T airfare from Miami to Havana, GOLD STAR Jazz Festival Pass, 4 star hotel accommodations in Miami and Cuba, all breakfasts, some hosted lunches and dinners noted on itinerary, all scheduled lectures/ museum/ tour entry fees, in-country transportation and bi-lingual guide. Cost does not include RT flight to Miami, other meals, tips, tuition for students, nor $25CUC departure tax. Add $400 for single occupancy.

Do You Want To Stay in Cuba Longer? Just let us know and we can help you arrange time to explore Cuba for a longer visit.



  • Acceptance for travel on this tour is dependent upon:
  • Traveler must be full or part time educator in the K-12, college or university system. Includes teachers, librarians, administrators and staff positions.
  • Or traveler must be current college students, graduate student, or community members willing to enroll for college credit for this trip.
  • Or traveler must be full-time professional utilizing this trip for professional research.
  • Current U.S. passport valid at least 6 months after departure date
  • Completed online application, signed travel agreements, and travel visa paperwork
  • Deposit to secure your space ($500 non-refundable, counts towards total cost)

*Detailed descriptions of the travel laws will apply.


For registration and additional information about the Havana International Jazz Festival, Cuba Tour 2014, please contact Grace Lynis at 404.915.6701 or info@cinnamontraveler.org. 


Why Travel to Cuba?

Culturally, Cuba has given the world a blend of African and Latin music and art that pulses through the streets every night in Havana.  Cuba has produced major international figures in literature and fine arts, film, ballet, modern dance and theatre.

The country is also renowned for its original rhythms such as the danzón, son, bolero, mambo, cha-cha-cha and more. Cuba’s prestigious cultural events attract international celebrities in dance, music, theatre and other arts. Among these events are the Casa de las Américas literary contest, the Havana International Ballet Festival, the Festival of New Latin American Cinema and the International Jazz Festival.

Importantly, Cuba has a literacy rate and health care system that serves as a model for universal access. Education is provided free of charge at all its citizens and at all levels. In 1961, Cuba eradicated illiteracy through the National Literacy Campaign and thus now have a literacy rate higher than the U.S. Cuba’s primary health care system is considered unique. Medical services are provided free of charge to all Cubans. There is an extensive network of medical centers (442 polyclinics and 281 hospitals) designed to give free health care to even in the most remote locations and most severe cases. The infant mortality rate is 7.2 per 1000 live births and the life expectancy is 75 years both of which are higher than in the US.



PLANS FOR NEXT YEAR AT THE HAVANA INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL – CUBA TOUR DECEMBER 2014 PLANNING IS UNDERWAY NOW!  Open registration deadline August 31, 2014.  Email for details and information, HavanaJazz2014@cinnamontraveler.org.

*Flexible date arrivals will be prorated and made available for interested travelers with busy schedules.

  1. Do I qualify for this trip? When and where should I send monies, if I do qualify? Do you need any more information?

  2. admin says:

    Hi Faith, Thanks for making contact. Registration and detailed information can be found at http://www.globalacademicadventures.com. When registering online, please specify Cinnamon Traveler affiliation in comments.

    Additionally for additional information, please contact Dr.Siri Brown via phone at (510) 952-9461 or email at info@globalacademicadventures.com. Looking forward to traveling with you in December, Adventurous Journeys.

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