Cuba private TOUR

25 SEPTEMBER - 2 OCTOBER 2019
8 days (7 nights)


 

Experience the real Cuba & Havana with Mike Polarny! He has been living part-time in Havana for the last 6 years. Perfectly connected to the scene, he’s your local expert.

Enjoy the contemporary music & art. Understand the pre- and post-revolutionary history. Meet local artists, musicians, historians. Connect with Cubans. Visit off-the-beaten-path places.

 

DAYTIME HIGHLIGHTS

・Old Havana walking tour
・home visit to an iconic musician
・private lunch with the best cook in the city
・introduction into “Santeria” religion with “babalawo” (priest)
・a private tour with historian at the famous & beautiful Colon cemetery
・visit to Finca Vigia - Ernest Hemingway’s house
・Parque Nacional Cienaga de Zapata with visit to Playa Girón
・visit to Cienfuegos - the French maritime town & colonial gem
・explore Trinidad - Spanish settlement from 1514 - with museums & parks
・meeting with Grupo Teatro de Cuatro Elementos
・view on the Valley of the Sugar Mills
・visit to Gran Parque Natural Topes de Collantes, waterfalls and natural pools
・beach time with a sunset and cocktails serves in cocos
・off-the-beaten-path private galleries, cafes and bars
・a ride on a convertible car from 1950s
・other spontaneous attractions & meetings with locals

MUSIC & EVENING HIGHLIGHTS

・Buena Vista Social Club show
・The Gran Theater - contemporary ballet
・the famous Fabrica de Arte Cubano - contemporary art & music
・La Zorra y El Cuervo - the legendary jazz club
・casa de la musica / casa de la trova
・introduction into rumba music, dance & culture
・off-the-beaten-path bars with live music
・excellent food & cocktails at carefully chosen private restaurants

PRICING | 8 days (7 nights)

US$ 2.950,00 per person | 2 people minimum
Deposit: US$ 1.500,00 per person | until the 6th of July 2019
Final payment until the 25th of August 2019

INCLUDED

・7 nights at carefully chosen private & colonial guest-houses
・all breakfasts
・all daytime attractions (tours, visits, meetings, tickets)
・all music venues & concerts at night
・afternoon snacks/ sweets/ coffee/ beverages at visited attractions
・transportation on private taxi Havana - Cienfuegos - Trinidad - Havana
・all transportation: private taxis in Havana and in the country-side
・airport pick-up, taxi to airport on return
・tour leaders & local guides

NOT INCLUDED:

flights
・meals and liquids other than specified
・Cuban visa (approx. US$20 when flying with Copa from Panama)
・medical insurance

The program is subject to change. Sound Traveler is not liable for changes, cancellations or closing of events or venues by the local organisers. In such cases alternative and adequate attractions will be provided.


ITINERARY

25TH SEPTEMBER, WEDNESDAY

Airport pick-up, ride to the guest-house
(possibly) afternoon concert at Artists’ Union gardens
Dinner at private restaurant
Live Cuban jazz at La Zorra y El Cuervo

26TH SEPTEMBER, THURSDAY

Old Havana walking tour with a guide
Private lunch with the cook in the city
Cigar testing with a professional
Dinner at private restaurant
Fabrica de Arte Cubano - contemporary art & music

27TH SEPTEMBER, FRIDAY

Cementerio Colon tour with a private guide
Visit to Finca de Hemingway - house in the suburbs, museum
Private visit to “babalawo” - Santeria priest - at his home temple
Dinner at private restaurant
The Gran Theater show - front seats

28TH SEPTEMBER, SATURDAY

Panoramic tour of the Ciénaga de Zapata National Park
Visit to the Playa Girón museum (U.S. invasion)
Historic center of Cienfuegos (UNESCO heritage)
Teatro Terry, Palacio de Valle, Punta Gorda
Casa de la musica or another live music venue

29TH SEPTEMBER, SUNDAY

Visit to Grupo Teatral de Cuatro Elementos
Parque El Nicho del Gran Parque Natural Topes de Collantes
Sendero ecológico El Reino de las Aguas
Arrival at Trinidad
Dinner and live music venue

30TH SEPTEMBER, MONDAY

Centro Histórico de Trinidad (UNESCO heritage)
Museos: de la Lucha contra Bandidos, Romantico de Trinidad
Introduction into Afro-Cuban culture (Palenque de los Congos Reales)
Sunset at Playa Ancón
Dinner and live music venue

1ST OCTOBER, TUESDAY

Valle de los Ingenios (old sugar fields)
Centro Histórico de Santa Clara
Conjunto Escultórico Memorial Ernesto Che Guevara
Arrival at Havana
Dinner & Buena Vista Social Club show

2ND OCTOBER, WEDNESDAY

Breakfast & free time
Ride to the airport


WHAT PEOPLE SAY

Bethany Smith, visual artist:
”Awwwwesome! Seriously had the BEST time!”

Jim Porto, photographer:
”Mike is the best guide in Havana, absolutely!”

Richard Lucano, musician:
“He’s your go-to for all things & music on the ground in Havana!”

Anna Gilgoff, teacher:
“Can’t thank you enough for all your kindnesses. What memories!”

Susan Christman:
”Thanks Mike for the great trip. I feel more awake since Cuba!”

Evelyn Bishop, healer:
”The sights, sounds, colors, and texture of Cuba were beyond my expectations. Mike’s expert knowledge and inside access made the experience seamless.”

Owen Byrd, activist:
”Mike put together an amazing trip! Lots of music, food, and culture.”


SUPPORT LOCAL ARTISTS

Part of our income on tours goes back into working with local artists: creation of music and visual content, licensing new music, hiring instrumentalists and singers, hiring recording studios and sound engineers, collaborating with filmmakers, photographers and graphics designers.

Cancellation Policy

80% refund for cancellation more than 90 days before the first day of the trip
50% refund for cancellation more than 30 days before the first day of the trip
25% refund for cancellation less than 31 days before the first day of the trip


MIKE POLARNY

World traveler (55 countries), music producer, DJ, movement meditation & natural medicine practitioner, tour guide. Originally from Poland, he creates music with instrumentalists and singers in Cuba and Caribbean. His song "Trip To Cuba" won the Dubspot New York and Ninja Tune Records contest in 2015.

He has been back and forth in Cuba for the last 6 years where he produces music with jazz & rumba artists, performs DJ gigs, creates and collaborates on music & art projects. Expert on local cultural life. Initiated into Afro-Cuban religion, Changó is his guardian angel!

SOUND TRAVELER

Music & travel platform created by Mike Polarny with a goal to present and support local artists while bringing extraordinary experience to the world.

We create music and stories with instrumentalists and singers. We share original songs from local musicians, create new cross-genre projects, publish remixes from local & international producers. Sound Traveler Records is distributed globally to all digital platforms.

We bring people together through music & art. We connect travelers with local cultures by creating unique, off-the-beaten-track experiences. Small groups of like-minded people enjoy activities that involve music, culture, nature and spirituality.

world traveler (55 countries), music producer, DJ, promoter, tour operator, entrepreneur, creates cultural projects with embassies & institutions