BY SOUND TRAVELER
26 January - 2 february, 2020
We're excited to announce an unforgettable HATCH adventure! Experience Cuba through meaningful cultural encounters. The guided trip will be full of interactions
with local artists, entrepreneurs, farmers and historians. You'll gain insight into
the country's culture, art, religion and agriculture through the eyes of the people
who live it every day.
No cultural immersion would be complete without food... you can count on delicious, traditional meals followed by music and dancing every night.
Guide Mike Polarny is a HATCHER who has serenaded several HATCH events
with sounds from a variety of cultures. Mike has been living part-time in Havana
for the last 6 years, and with his connections to the local art scene is the perfect
tour guide for this unique adventure.
Our schedule is fluid, but has been carefully curated to feature activities that foster a deeper connection to Cuba’s people and culture:
・walking tours with local entrepreneurs and activists
・sessions with non-governmental organizations and youths
・visits to art & social projects
・visits to private art galleries and non-governmental stores
・home visits to artists and activists
・introduction into “Santeria” religion, meeting a “babalawo”
・trip to the country-side featuring private agriculture projects
・Hatch moderated talks with historians, social experts, artists, entrepreneurs
A detailed day-to-day itinerary will be provided during the tour.
MUSIC & NIGHT HIGHLIGHTS
We will interact with local musicians and Cuban friends while enjoying a full palette of musical genres. Each night will include a culinary experience at private restaurants around Havana.
・Buena Vista Social Club show
・Fabrica de Arte Cubano - the famous art & music venue
・latin & Cuban jazz experience
・son & salsa at its best
・introduction into rumba music, dance & culture
・tropical beats with local DJs
・off-the-beaten-path private bars and clubs
・excellent food & cocktails at carefully chosen private outlets
The program is subject to change. Sound Traveler is not liable for changes or cancellation of any events by local organisers. In such cases alternative and adequate attractions will be provided.
PRICING | 8 DAYS (7 NIGHTS)
Private guest-houses (per person):
single accommodation US$ 2,280 | double accommodation US$ 2,080
Hotel Riviera (per person):
single accommodation US$ 3,280 | double/twin accommodation US$ 3,080
・7 nights at private guest-house / hotel with breakfast
・all daytime attractions (tours, visits, meetings, tickets)
・all music venues & concerts at night
・full-day tour to the country-side
・afternoon snacks/ sweets/ coffee/ cocktails at visited attractions
・all local transportation
・airport pick-up, taxi to airport on return
・tour leaders & local guides
・„Support for the Cuban People” itinerary letter for U.S. citizens
・meals and liquids other than specified
When flying directly from U.S., medical insurance is usually included in your flight ticket. Cuban visas are provided by airlines at additional cost (approx. US$ 50 - US$ 100). Confirm with your airline.
Note: choose “Support for the Cuban people” category when booking a flight.
STANDARD ROOMS WITH PANORAMIC VIEW
・historic seafront hotel declared a National Monument in 2012
・swinging 1950s ambiance influenced by the American Art Decó
・rooms with sea view (9th to 17th floor) with air conditioning
・private bathrooms with bathtubs, free toiletries, hairdryers
・swimming pool, sauna, fitness center
・lobby bar with sea view & internet access (extra paid)
PRIVATE ROOMS WITH DOUBLE BEDS
・stylish guest-houses run by private owners
・friendly atmosphere with family-style care
・cozy rooms with air conditioning
・private bathrooms with showers & towels
・Cuban breakfast with fruits, veggies, bread, coffee, juice etc.
・common areas with rooftop terraces/ patios/ gardens
・proximity to internet areas (extra paid), cafes & stores
All pictures shown are for presentation purpose only. Actual rooms may vary.
MIKE POLARNY & Sound Traveler
Mike has a strong connection to Cuba and has been living there part-time for 6 years. During his time in Havana, he has published several songs with local musicians, performed dozens of DJ gigs and produced various artistic projects.
Over 100 travelers have experienced Cuba with Mike as their guide. He is a travel expert with 20 years' experience in tourism, traveled himself to 55 countries on 6 continents. Originally from Poland, he nowadays enjoys a nomadic style of life, spending most of his time around the Caribbean & Latin America.
As an Active HATCHer, Mike has participated in and provided music for HATCH Panama & HATCH Mexico. He continues to be involved in facilitating conscious dance communities, plant ceremonies, and “burning man” style events.
His song "Trip To Cuba" won the Dubspot New York & Ninja Tune Records contest.
Initiated into Afro-Cuban religion, Oggun is his guardian angel!
As the founder of Sound Traveler, Mike has the goal to share his passion for music & travel while simultaneously supporting local artists. Sound Traveler Records is distributed across all digital platforms.
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!”
”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.
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