Registration opens December 5th, 2018 at 9:00am!

Adventure seekers and travelers of all ages and interests are welcome!

JOIN Tim McGraw IN CUBA FOR:

  • Two once in a lifetime concerts by Tim: the first a private, acoustic show just for our group at Teatro Bellas Artes and the second show, for the full public, will be with special guest Carlos Varela at Teatro Mella in the heart of Havana’s Vedado district.
  • Concerts Every Other Night by the Best Musicians in Cuba including legendary Cuban salsa band, Los Van Van and traditional son band Los Tradicionales 50.
  • A Drive Around Havana in a Classic Convertible
  • Ocean view rooms, overlooking the Havana Harbor for everyone
  • A complimentary box of Romeo Y Juliet Cigars, plus a bottle of Havana Club rum
  • Visits with Leading Cuban Visual Artists at their Private Galleries
  • Visits to Cuba’s Top Museums and Cultural Institutions
  • Cigar and Rum Tastings
  • Rumba and Salsa Dance Parties
  • Historic Architectural Tours
  • and SO MUCH MORE!

Admission for the Tim McGraw shows are available to non-Cuban citizens only if you are part of our travel group. Tickets to the shows are not available unless you are part of our group.

ALL SIGHTSEEING TOURS AND WORKSHOPS WILL IN GROUPS OF 15 OR LESS!
*additional charges will apply for some activities 

Special Notice about Travel to Cuba
Under the Trump Administration, individual tourism for US Citizens has been discontinued. But legitimate Cultural Exchanges with licensed travel groups are 100% allowed and even encouraged.

Music & Arts Live is fully licensed by both the US Government (Office of Foreign Asset Control, Departments of Treasury who oversee the US Embargo) and Cuban Ministry of Culture to lead these events. Because our groups have Cuban performers on stage at night and during the days we will be visiting Cuban artists, they are 100% legitimate Cultural Exchanges. Our trip will not be impacted by the recent changes in US-Cuban relations recently announced.

US Citizens can obtain their individual travel visas to Cuba from the airline they choose to fly. They should cost roughly $85 per person. Or they can purchase them here. cubavisaservices.com Non-U.S. citizens may travel to Cuba without a visa.

 

Music And Arts Live would like to thanks Cuban Music Institute and Cuban Ministry Of Culture for their ongoing support

Adventure seekers and travelers of all ages and interests are welcome!

JOIN Tim McGraw IN CUBA FOR:

  • Two once in a lifetime concerts by Tim: the first a private, acoustic show just for our group at Teatro Bellas Artes and the second show, for the full public, will be with special guest Carlos Varela at Teatro Mella in the heart of Havana’s Vedado district.
  • Concerts Every Other Night by the Best Musicians in Cuba including legendary Cuban salsa band, Los Van Van and traditional son band Los Tradicionales 50.
  • A Drive Around Havana in a Classic Convertible
  • Ocean view rooms, overlooking the Havana Harbor for everyone
  • A complimentary box of Romeo Y Juliet Cigars, plus a bottle of Havana Club rum
  • Visits with Leading Cuban Visual Artists at their Private Galleries
  • Visits to Cuba’s Top Museums and Cultural Institutions
  • Cigar and Rum Tastings
  • Rumba and Salsa Dance Parties
  • Historic Architectural Tours
  • and SO MUCH MORE!

Admission for the Tim McGraw shows are available to non-Cuban citizens only if you are part of our travel group. Tickets to the shows are not available unless you are part of our group.

ALL SIGHTSEEING TOURS AND WORKSHOPS WILL IN GROUPS OF 15 OR LESS!
*additional charges will apply for some activities 

Special Notice about Travel to Cuba
Under the Trump Administration, individual tourism for US Citizens has been discontinued. But legitimate Cultural Exchanges with licensed travel groups are 100% allowed and even encouraged.

Music & Arts Live is fully licensed by both the US Government (Office of Foreign Asset Control, Departments of Treasury who oversee the US Embargo) and Cuban Ministry of Culture to lead these events. Because our groups have Cuban performers on stage at night and during the days we will be visiting Cuban artists, they are 100% legitimate Cultural Exchanges. Our trip will not be impacted by the recent changes in US-Cuban relations recently announced.

US Citizens can obtain their individual travel visas to Cuba from the airline they choose to fly. They should cost roughly $85 per person. Or they can purchase them here. cubavisaservices.com Non-U.S. citizens may travel to Cuba without a visa.

 

Music And Arts Live would like to thanks Cuban Music Institute and Cuban Ministry Of Culture for their ongoing support

Tim McGraw is heading to Havana for the first time ever! This coming Memorial Day weekend, the GRAMMY® Award winning superstar will be flying down to Cuba for TIM MCGRAW: ONE OF THOSE HAVANA NIGHTS, a four day trip presented by Music & Arts Live set for May 23 – 27, 2019.

“I’ve never been to Cuba but have always wanted to go,” says McGraw. “I imagine the Cuban culture to be a little like growing up in Louisiana, where music, food and family play a big part in daily life. Their musical history is world-renowned, and of course, there are the classic old cars. I look forward to experiencing it all firsthand.

Tim will be performing two unique acoustic shows during the trip, one exclusive to the group at the intimate Teatro Bellas Artes and another open to the Cuban public at Havana’s renowned Teatro Mella. He will be joined at the concerts by some amazing Cuban artists, including Carlos Varela, Traditionales De Los 50, and the GRAMMY® Award winning Cuban music legends Los Van Van. “Though I’ve never worked with any Cuban musicians, I’ve long been influenced by music with Latino beats and soul. I’m excited to meet them all and to hear them play. Musicians, from whatever country or background, always love to meet other musicians. We share the same love of music, so it’s just a matter of time before we find sounds that we have in common – and use those commonalities to build something new together.

“I feel honored that I get to share my music with the Cuban people,” says McGraw. “What an incredible opportunity. For me, music transcends language. There is a heart and soul to music that all people understand on some level. Cubans have such an intimate relationship with music, I’m happy we’ll get to share that together for a night.

“One of the best things we can do as humans is to expand our knowledge of other cultures and people,” McGraw says. “The best way to do that is through travel. As an artist, I am energized by exploring a new country and through meeting the people who call it home. Cuba will give me a new palette of sounds and colors to draw from next time I go to create.”

TIM MCGRAW: ONE OF THOSE HAVANA NIGHTS is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Hope to see you there!

Featured Cuban Artists

Carlos Varela

Los Van Van

Tradicionales de los 50

Locations Around Havana

Check out some of the many venues, restaurants, and other locations that will play host to our group in Havana below.

Locations subject to change.

Artist Galleries

Visit in Old Havana the galleries where local artists exhibit their works in the framework of a socio-cultural project and the artistic creation studios.

Arts and Crafts Shopping

Visit the Centro Comercial Artesanal San José (San José Craft Shopping Center) and the rum and cigar shops in Old Havana. You may visit your own shops and markets in Havana City according to your own interests.

El Atelier

Featuring a daily-changing handwritten menu, this eclectic palodar will serve as our host for one of our fabulous dinners.

Fábrica de Arte Cubano

Transformed from a steel drum factory, this Havana art club and restaurant, Fábrica de Arte Cubano—translation “Factory of the Arts”—will also host workshops as well as evening concerts and recitals.

Fusterlandia

A must-see location in Havana, this life-size studio, residence and community project of Cuban artist, José Rodriguez Fuster, will host one of our many excursions in Havana.

Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso

This magnificent theatre has been home to the Cuban National Ballet and, on its main stage, to the International Ballet Festival of Havana.

La Guarida

A popular palodar (privately run restaurants in people’s homes) in the heart of old Havana where we’ll enjoy dinner at night after the day’s workshops.

Old American Car Tour

Enjoy a panoramic view of the main districts and buildings of Old, Modern, and Contemporary Havana from a vintage American convertible car.

Rumba Party

Join the party and take part in a Creole dancing with Afro-Cuban roots in an alley full of art and Cubanity.

Salsa

The Cuban Salsa is the most known Cuban music danced in the island and abroad. Nobody dances Salsa like a Cuban.

Teatro Mella

Occupying the site of the old Rodi Cinema on Línea, the Teatro Mella offers one of Havana's most comprehensive programs, including ballet, comedy shows, theater, dance and folklórico performances.

Walking Tour of Old Havana

Discover this World Heritage Site and one of the oldest cities in Latin America through its buildings, streets and squares.

Schedule

All sightseeing groups will be limited to 15 people or less!

*All Events, Tours, and Activities are Subject to Change

Schedule and Itinerary

Thursday May 23

  • 10:00am – 11:00pm

    Destino (Cuban Hosts) Desk open to assist attendees

  • 4:00pm

    Meliá Habana Hotel Check-in begins

  • 3:30 – 5:30

    Tim McGraw One of Those Havana Nights Check-in with Music & Arts Live

  • 5:30 – 6:30

    Welcoming Reception! With Traditional Cuban band & Dancers

  • 6:30 – 8:30

    Classic American Car Tour of Havana, followed by Dinner at a La Guardia Paladar

  • 9:00 – 10:00

    Cuban Concert with Tradicionales de los 50

Friday May 24

  • 7:00 – 9:00am

    Breakfast at Meliá Habana Hotel

  • 9:00 – 12:00pm

    Sightseeing (included in our program)

    1. Walking Tour of Old Havana
    2. Photography and Architecture Tour of Old Havana
    3. Salsa Party
    4. Artist Gallery Tours (Old Havana)
  • 12:30 – 2:00

    Lunch and relax at Meliá Habana Hotel

  • 2:00 – 5:00

    Free Time

  • 7:00 – 8:30

    Dinner at Local Paladar – group divided between restaurants

    1. VIP Havana
    2. Casa Miglis
  • 9:00 – 10:00

    Tim McGraw Private Concert at Bellas Artes

Saturday May 25

  • 7:00 – 9:00am

    Breakfast at Meliá Habana Hotel

  • 9:00 – 12:00pm

    Sightseeing (included in our program)

    1. Walking Tour of Old Havana
    2. Photography and Architecture Tour of Old Havana
    3. Arts and Crafts Shopping
    4. Artist Gallery Tours (Modern Havana)

    Optional Activities (extra charge)

    1. Cuban Cooking Lessons
    2. Biking along Miramar
    3. I have a Friend in Havana
    4. Percussion Group Lessons
    5. Cuban Guitar Lessons one-on-one
    6. Rum and Cigar Tasting
    7. Afrocuban Religion
    8. Bellas Artes Museum
    9. Hemmingway in Havana
    10. Visit to a Dance Company Rehearsal
    11. Salsa Lessons One-on-one
  • 12:30 – 2:00

    Lunch and relax at Meliá Habana Hotel

  • 2:00 – 5:00

    Free Time

  • 6:00 – 8:00

    Dinner at Local Paladar – group divided between restaurants

    1. VIP Havana
    2. Casa Miglis
  • 8:30

    Tim McGraw Concert with Cuban guest Carlos Varela at Teatro Mella

  • 10:30

    Return to Hotel

Sunday May 26

  • 7:00 – 9:00am

    Breakfast at Meliá Habana Hotel

  • 9:00 – 12:00pm

    Sightseeing (included in our program)

    1. Walking Tour of Old Havana
    2. Photography and Architecture Tour of Old Havana
    3. Arts and Crafts Shopping
    4. Rumba Party

    Optional Activities (extra charge)

    1. Cuban Cooking Lessons
    2. Biking along Miramar
    3. I have a Friend in Havana
    4. Percussion Group Lessons
    5. Cuban Guitar Lessons one-on-one
    6. Rum and Cigar Tasting
    7. Salsa Lessons one-on-one
  • 12:30 – 2:00

    Lunch and relax at Meliá Habana Hotel

  • 2:00 – 5:00

    Free Time

  • 6:00 – 8:00

    Dinner at Paladar La Guarida

  • 8:30

    Concert featuring Cuban music group Los Van Van

  • 10:30

    Return to Hotel

Monday May 27

  • 7:00 – 10:00am

    Breakfast at Meliá Habana Hotel

  • 12:00pm

    Meliá Habana Hotel Check-out

Included Activities

  • Artist Gallery Tours

    Visit the leading and most famous artists in Havana at their homes and private studios including Maykel Herrera, Nelson Dominguez and the artists at La Mina, the Gorría Workshop Gallery and the Taller Experimental de Gráfica de La Habana. These personal studios, often in the artist’s home, are unique to the Cuban art scene and a once in a lifetime experience for any art-lover.

  • Arts and Crafts Shopping

    Visit the flea markets and street artists of Havana. Visit the Craft Fair in Old Havana as well as the best rum and cigar boutiques. With lots of shopping opportunities! (bring cash!)

  • Photography and Architecture Tour of Havana

    Walk the streets of this historic Unesco preserved City with special attention paid to its architectural wonders and history- from medieval forts to art deco palaces. See the different neighborhoods and the center of the city with its decrepit beauty.

  • Rumba Party

    This percussion-based music is the music of Africa combined with the rhythms of Southern America. Feel the beat, experience the fun. Visit with the greatest percussionists and rumba players in Cuba during which musicians, dancers, and ordinary citizens take part in a party that combines movement, songs, and Cubanity! Only on Sunday mornings!

  • Salsa Party

    Take salsa lessons from Cuban pros and learn the moves that no one at home can manage! For all levels and for fun!

  • Walking Tour of Old Havana

    A visit to Old Havana, one of the oldest cities in Latin America, takes you back to the past with its heritage squares, main streets, the history, and buildings. See and learn about the streets of this historic Unesco preserved City with special attention to the history, cultural landmarks and galleries. Walk in the footsteps of Hemingway and Obama!

Optional Activities

  • Afro-Cuban Religion

    Visiting the Orishas Museum and knowing the principles of the Afro-Cuban religion, begins this experience. After that, a Cuban Babalawo waits for you at his home to show you the main elements and procedures of the religion while tasting a Cuban café. An instructive experience to learn about the particularities and demystified the cultural traces of this religion.

  • Bellas Artes Museum

    Visit the incomparable Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana in Old Havana. This comprehensive museum offers a history of Cuban art and culture- from the days of Columbus to contemporary artists.

  • Biking Along the Miramar

    A beautiful bicycle tour along the Miramar. Test your skills by going through natural obstacles while on the paths. Learn or improve the techniques of safety, speed, braking and more. Let’s keep going to take a quick look at the Square of the Revolution. See what Centro Habana looks like before we end the experience in Old Havana. This 3-hour biking tour, around the most representative neighborhoods and places in the city, will allow the visitor to know Havana from a completely different perspective.

  • Cuban Cooking Lessons

    Join the top chefs in Havana the kitchen as you prepare your meal, learn the secrets to this tasty unique Caribbean cuisine!

  • Cuban Guitar Lessons

    Learn from a Cuban Master! Any experience level welcome. Adding Cuban style and flavor to your guitar playing will enrich your personal style. Translator available upon request.

  • Cuban Percussion

    Percussion is the heartbeat of Cuban music! You’ll learn, one-on-one, the instruments and rhythms of Cuban percussion and the authentic flavor of Cuban music.

  • Hemingway Tour of Havana

    Visit the Floridita bar where he wrote every day, visit his residence outside town, and see the haunts where he wrote many of this masterworks, including The Old Man And The Sea

  • I Have a Friend in Havana

    “… I had always dreamed about living one or two days as a real Cuban, discover their mannerisms, their daily activities, in a few words, their day by day life…” Play some dominoes, walk around the neighborhood as one of them, do the shopping, take care of the housework, cooking by using their own traditional methods, spend some time with the family and friends or simply enjoy a pleasant conversation while having a drink and sharing memories thumbing through a family photo album… Having a “friend in Havana” allows everyone to see Cuba from the inside, beyond any clichés.

  • Rum and Cigar Tasting

    Taste the perfect marriage of authentic Cuban Rum and the Habano Cigar with its multiple, natural flavors, an activity with a long cultural history and a uniquely Cuban experience.

  • Salsa Dancing Lessons

    Learn all the right moves, one-on-one, with a Cuban salsa master!  Learn the basics or work on your advanced steps.  Perfect for anyone from beginners to experienced dancers!

  • Visit to a Dance Company Rehearsal

    Learn about the work of some of the Cuban artistic companies that mix dancing and percussion to create entertainment and art. Enjoy a presentation and exchange with the passionate group of artists about Afro-Cuban percussion, the origin of the instruments, daily rehearsals, or about the members’ personal life , a group of Cuban youth who live and work for the arts.

Location

Each room will have an ocean view, overlooking the beautiful Havana Harbor!

MELIÁ HABANA HOTEL

Situated on the Havana seafront, with views of the sea and the city in the district of Miramar, this leading urban venue boasts the largest swimming pool of all urban hotels in Cuba as well as a cigar bar tasting store for smokers and cigar lovers and even an art gallery! Meliá Habana is one of the premier hotels in the entire country and is part of the prestigious Meliá Hotels International family.

Melia Habana is located right alongside the Havana coastline in the heart of the Miramar residential and business district.

Meliá Habana is located right alongside the Havana coastline in the heart of the Miramar residential and business district.

Hotel Amenities

  • 24 Hour restaurant and bar
  • Conceirge can arrange tours and activites
  • Currency exchange
  • Laundry
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Room service
  • Spa and gym
  • Taxis outside 24 hours
  • Telephone land lines in all rooms
  • WiFi (*additional charge)
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The Meliá Hotels International family of hotels is one of the largest hotel companies in the world with hotels all over South America and Europe.

Address
Ave. 3Era. E/ 76 Y 80 Miramar Playa
La Habana, Cuba
Website

Credit Cards and Payments

Your room and meal charges at Meliá are included in your fees to DE, but for incidentals and other discretionary purchases Meliá Habana does accept non-US credit cards, travelers checks, and cash. Please remember that unless you have an International credit card for use at the Meliá all the above services will be on a cash pay-as-you-go basis.

Travel Directions

Havana, Cuba

For Flight Reservations
*Arrange your international travel (from the US and elsewhere)  through our accredited travel agency:
Frosch Travel
(212)-784-0256 / (212)-784-0252
Mon -Fri 10AM-6PM
Marla Wax: marla.wax@frosch.com
Joe Mauceri: joe.mauceri@frosch.com

Cuba Itinerary Changes
If you wish to extend your stay in Cuba, any hotel reservations or other arrangements can be made for you by:
Marian Acevedo
Destino World Travel Agency, Havana
destino-cuba@lahavane.com

Questions?
If you still have questions on travel, email us.

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Get Directions

 

There are many taxis outside the terminals of Havana airport who can take you to Meliá Havana Hotel. In Cuba, its always best to confirm the price with the driver before you get in, but it should cost around $45-$55 US

Effective immediately, there are daily non-stop flights from many major US cities to Havana, including New York City, Los Angeles, Charlotte, Houston, Dallas, Miami, Tampa, and others. So, you can now book your own flight to Cuba online or contact us for travel agent recommendations.

Some notes for your travel to Cuba

  • Feel free to extend your trip and enjoy all that Cuba has to offer! If you would like to extend or change your itinerary in Cuba in any way, we would be pleased to help you do so. please just email us at info@dreamcatcher-events.com. 

  • Your airline will provide you with a Cuban visa. They will charge you approximately $100 for this. They will also charge you Cuban Departure tax of roughly $25 and Cuban health insurance of $8. This is all legit and required by all airlines. You will also be given a US travel document for Cuban travel.  You will want to check off the “people to people” exchange on this document.  The airline will also advise you on this.

  • Please remember that US credit cards are not accepted in Cuba (but Canadian and European cards are) so you will need to bring cash. When you arrive in Havana at Jose Marti International Airport, there is currency exchange. You can exchange your International currency at the hotel.

  • You can take a taxi to the Meliá Hotel or Dreamcatcher Events! can arrange for a car to meet you and take you to the Hotel.

  • Once you arrive at the hotel, all your costs are covered, except shopping, optional sightseeing, snacks and drinks outside of meals, and alcohol.

  • Electrical outlets in Cuba will need a US adaptor in order to work. There are US compatible outlets in every room at the Meliá but we recommend that you bring your own to recharge your devices.

  • There are safes in all the rooms at Meliá.

  • There is little Wifi in Cuba but there is good Wifi in our hotel. There is also little International cell phone service but Verizon will work there.

You will need a valid passport this trip when you purchase your airfare and for travel to Cuba. Your airline will acquire visas and handle of the required paperwork with both the Cuban and United States governments. Non-U.S. registrants may go to Cuba on a tourist visa which you can get from your airline of choice. No special permission for non-US citizens is required.

Flights
The following cities provide NONSTOP flights to Cuba on these specific airlines:

  • Atlanta, GA – Delta
  • Ft Lauderdale, FL – Southwest
  • Houston, TX – United
  • Miami, FL – American
  • New York City, NY (JFK) – Jetblue
  • Newark, NJ – United
  • Orlando, FL – JetBlue
  • Tampa, FL – Southwest

Feel free to extend your trip and enjoy all that Cuba has to offer!

Visas
Visas to enter Cuba are easily available from your airline at your check-in counter. They cost around $80 each. Alternatively, you can purchase them in advance at https://cubavisaservices.com/

Additionally, the United States Government will need you to answer a question about the purpose of your visit. You will have 12 possible answers to this question and the correct answer for this trip is “People To People.”

When you arrive at Havana airport, there are currency exchanges there where you can get Cuban CUCs.

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Pricing and Registration

Each room will have an ocean view, and come with a box of cigars and bottle of rum!

Pricing and Room Types

  • Shared Room with Two Beds
    2,999

    Standard Room with two twin beds and a roommate. You may either name a fellow registrant as your roommate or one will be assigned by Music & Arts Live. Roommate matches are based on age and gender. If signing up with a roommate in mind, please enter their name in the “Roommate” field as you continue registration. Roommate must also register for “One of Those Havana Nights”. Pricing is per person.

  • Single Room with One Bed
    3,999

    Standard room with one king bed. Pricing is per person.

  • Couples Room – 1 bed
    5,799

    Standard Room with one king bed meant to be shared by a couple. Pricing is for the room and two registrants.

  • Couples Room – 2 beds
    5,799

    Standard Room with two twin beds meant to be shared by a couple. Pricing is for the room and two registrants.

What's Included

  • Incredible 5 star accommodation at Meliá Havana Hotel
  • Hotel Wi-Fi
  • 3 amazing meals at the best restaurants in Havana
  • Great seats at Tim’s 2 concerts at Bellas Artes
  • Nightly entertainment from the best bands in Cuba
  • Daily sightseeing in Havana
  • All ground transportation, guides, and translators
  • All your meals, including dinners at the best paladars in town!
  • A Drive Around Havana in a Classic Convertible
  • Ocean view rooms, overlooking the Havana harbor for everyone
  • a complimentary box of Romeo Y Juliet Cigars, plus a bottle of Havana Club rum

What's Not Included

  • Transportation to and from Cuba
  • Alcohol and snacks
  • Sightseeing excursions in the area

Pricing and Registration Policy

  • Registration & Payments
    • All rates are per-person, unless stated otherwise.
    • All prices subject to change. Prior sales excluded. Dreamcatcher Events reserves the right to change any price, package or offering at any time without prior notice.
    • All rates are subject to 8.9% surcharge, which includes all local, state, and occupancy taxes.
  • Installment Payment Plans
    • Upon registration, a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total purchase amount is charged to your credit card.
    • 100% of the remaining balance due on installment sales is automatically charged to the credit card on file on March 1, 2019.
    • Any registrations received after March 1, 2019 must be paid in full at the time of registration.
  • Cancellations
    • All payments and deposits are final and non-refundable.

Customer Service – Please call 800-852-9277 if you have any questions

For complete details please see our Registration and Payment Policy

Admission for the Tim McGraw shows are available to non-Cuban citizens only if you are part of our travel group. Tickets to the shows are not available unless you are part of our group.

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A Note on Travel:

Under the Trump Administration, individual tourism for US Citizens has been discontinued. But legitimate Cultural Exchanges with licensed travel groups are 100% allowed and even encouraged.

Music & Arts Live is fully licensed by both the US Government (Office of Foreign Asset Control, Departments of Treasury who oversee the US Embargo) and Cuban Ministry of Culture to lead these events. Because our groups have Cuban performers on stage at night and during the days we will be visiting Cuban artists, they are 100% legitimate Cultural Exchanges. Our trip will not be impacted by the recent changes in US-Cuban relations recently announced.