We invite you to experience the music and culture of Cuba in a way few have before.

March 16-23, 2019


From Havana to Cienfuegos to Trinidad…

Join us for a very special, all-inclusive, musical journey to Cuba!

Meet with distinguished musicologists from the University of Havana, visit recording studios with renowned producers, visit the island’s premier jazz and music clubs, and enjoy Cuban music at private concerts with prominent acoustic, classical, and trova artists.

Attend exclusive performances at the country’s famed ballet and flamenco studios, visit the private studios of celebrated artists, and drink and dine at the new paladars (private restaurants), recently introduced as part of Raul Castro’s economic reforms.

This weeklong all-inclusive tour will allow you to experience the music and culture of Cuba in a way few have before.

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Meet your guides…

Your journey will be hosted by Charles Bittner, an expert on Cuban culture and a professor of sociology at St. John’s University. Charles is administering our new global outreach program, which offers specially curated musical tours of fascinating destinations.
Throughout the week, you will also be accompanied by Christopher Elias Quesada, one of Cuba’s most musical and highly-educated tour guides.
Charles Bittner
Christopher Elias Quesada
Itinerary highlights include…

Spend the evening at Café Madrigal for a performance by renowned nueva trova singer and songwriter Frank Delgado.

Discussion and performance with La Reyna y la Real. The duo will open up their modest home, share their music, and discuss the challenges young Cubans currently face.

Experience a performance by Habana Compás Dance, which encompasses the rich rhythm and flow of the island, performing traditional and modern dances born from their Spanish, Cuban and Afro- Cuban heritage.

Behind the scenes art tour. Visit different homes and neighborhoods to tour the studios and galleries of established and up-and-coming Cuban artists.

Private performance and conversation on Cuban Music with guitarist Yibran Rivero, who will take us on a journey through the country’s musical history.

Lunch at El Lagarto. With views and breezes from the bay of Cienfuegos (referred to as the "Pearl of the South"), the location is unbeatable.

This was simply one of the most positive travel experiences I have had, a deep immersion in the culture (musical and otherwise) of a country I have been interested in for many years. The opportunity, not only to hear a great amount of fantastic music, but to meet everyday Cubans, sometimes in their own homes, was quite unique and greatly exceeded my expectations! Seriously folks, if you love Cuban music as I do, this is a once in a life time experience!

– David

I have traveled a lot, but never before with a focus on music. That focus - both in terms of the program and in terms of my fellow travelers - made this particular trip into one I will never forget. I am still processing all we saw and heard! Just go!

– Monica

Trip Details and Logistics

The all-inclusive cost of this weeklong tour, is $4,999/$5,499 per person (double/single occupancy) and includes five nights at the four-star NH Capri Hotel de Habana, two evenings at a private guesthouse in Trinidad, all ground transportation within Cuba, guided tours, seminars, lectures, entrance to Cuba’s preeminent museums and attractions, several private music concerts and dance performances, almost all your meals (including libations) and other captivating activities and events.

Space is limited. To secure your spot, you will need to complete the registration form and pay a $1,499 deposit.

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Space is limited, register today!

To download a PDF of the complete itinerary, please click here.
We offer a secure, encrypted online registration form for your convenience. Please click here to register online.
If you prefer to register by mail or e-mail, please click here to download a PDF of the registration document.

For further information about this trip or to ask a question, please contact Charles Bittner at
For assistance with online registration and payment, please contact Lyzy Lusterman at