COME WITH US TO CUBA!

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

DATES: January 6-13, 2018

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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 and classical guitarist Yriban Rivero.

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

Private performance and lecture on Cuban Music at Bar Asturias by Prof. Alberto Faya, joined by a quartet of some of the finest young jazz musicians in Cuba, who will take us on a lively musical journey through the country’s history.

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

City tour of Cienfuegos, referred to as the “Pearl of the South.” The city offers beautiful ocean front landscapes, and is deeply rich in culture.

Rum and cigar tasting. A local expert will explain the qualities and traits of fine Cuban rum and cigars, pairing them together for the perfect match.

Just a short note to thank you for putting together such a superb excursion to Cuba. I’m not just being flattering when I say that this has been the most amazing and informative trip I’ve ever taken in my life. The high level of discourse and knowledge, and the sheer amount of updated cultural and social content, plus the superb dance, music, and art—they all have made for an entire lifelong learning in itself. The presenters were without exception top intellects with superb communications skills, as well as clarity, grace, and wit. In sum, an enriching learning experience. Great meals, too!

– Gene

Trip Details and Logistics

The all-inclusive cost of this January 6 - 13 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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For further information about this trip or to ask a question, please contact Charles Bittner at Charles.Bittner@stringletter.com.
For assistance with online registration and payment, please contact Lyzy Lusterman at Lyzy.Lusterman@stringletter.com


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