HAVANA MUSIC TOUR
feat. FIESTA DE TAMBOR
23 - 29 MARCH 2020 | 7 days (6 nights)
Explore the traditional & contemporary music with Mike Polarny. He has been living part-time in Havana for the last 6 years. Perfectly connected to the music & art scene, he’s your expert on the local social & cultural life.
Fiesta de Tambor is the most exciting & important celebration of the Afro-Cuban culture on the island! Several music venues - indoor and outdoor. Cuban and international bands. Dance competitions, percussion classes, full week of music!
For U.S. citizens: you will travel on the “Support for the Cuban people” itinerary.
MUSIC & NIGHT HIGHLIGHTS
・Fiesta de Tambor Festival: Afro-Cuban music & culture feast!
・Buena Vista Social Club experience in an intimate setting
・Fabrica de Arte Cubano - the famous art & music venue
・rumba music, dance & culture as Unesco heritage
・contemporary & fusion music & dance
・tropical beats with local DJs
・excellent food & cocktails at carefully chosen private restaurants
・Old Havana walking tour with a local guide
・home visit to an iconic musician
・introduction into “Santeria” religion with “babalawo” (priest)
・Fusterlandia art & social project
・Muraleando art & social project
・a visit to a recording studio
・visit to Finca Vigia - Ernest Hemingway’s house
・off-the-beaten-path private galleries, cafes and rooftop bars
・a ride on a convertible car from 1950s
“SUPPORT FOR THE CUBAN PEOPLE”
For the U.S. citizens: The full-time schedule is in line with the OFAC’s general license within the “Support for the Cuban people” category. You will be engaged in a full-time schedule which enhances contact with the Cuban people, supports civil society in Cuba and results in meaningful interactions with individuals in Cuba.
The program is subject to change. Sound Traveler is not liable for changes or cancellation of the Fiesta de Tambor Festival or other events by the local organisers.
In such cases alternative and adequate attractions will be provided.
PRICING | 7 days (6 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$ US$ 2,980
・6 nights at private guest-house / hotel with breakfast
・ all daytime attractions (tours, visits, meetings, tickets)
・all music venues & concerts at night
・afternoon snacks/ sweets/ coffee/ beverages at visited attractions
・welcome dinner and drinks
・all local transportation on private taxis
・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 (tourist cards) are provided by airlines at additional cost (approx. US$ 50 - US$ 100). Check and 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.
He is involved and facilitates conscious dance workshops, medicine plant ceremonies, “burning man” style events, mentorship and global network programs like Hatch.
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 Sound Traveler’s income goes back into working with local artists: creation and licensing of music and visual content, hiring instrumentalists and singers, paying recording studios, hiring filmmakers, photographers, 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