Havana Jazz Festival Tour
A select group of Canadians and Americans will be VIP guests at the Havana International Jazz Festival from November 25 to December 3, 2007.
PR9.NET March 08, 2007 - Vancouver, Canada – Since its beginnings in 1978, the Havana Jazz Festival has been held annually in late November. Some of the big names of world jazz take to the stage during these acclaimed four-day musical events, including the likes of Chucho Valdes (the 2007 festival's president), Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, and Charlie Haden.
This year, Cuba Education Tours of Vancouver is organizing an eight-night jazz and cultural tour to Havana to coincide with the festival. Participants will be given a pass for all public jazz concerts, including the festival's opening ceremony at the Karl Marx Theatre on November 29 and the closing on December 2. The program has been designed to allow first time visitors to get to know to Cuba while experiencing the best of Cuban and international jazz.
Tour members will stay at the Hotel Riviera, official accommodations for the festival, and there will be numerous opportunities to rub shoulders with Cuban and world jazz greats. The group will meet students and professors at the Superior Institute of Art, visit the home of well-known painter and ceramist Jose Fuster, drop in on a babalao or high priest in santeria, and get lessons in son, salsa, cha cha cha, and afrocuban dancing.
Comprehensive sightseeing around Havana and Pinar del Rio will be part of the package. Special treats include tours of colonial and modern Havana, a lunch at La Mina on Plaza de Armas, a visit to a Havana cigar factory, a dinner at La Guarida where the Oscar-nominated film Strawberry and Chocolate was made, and a night out at the famous La Zorra y El Cuervo Jazz Club in Vedado. In Pinar del Rio the group will tour the scenic Vinales Valley.
The concerts take place at a number of venues throughout the city, including the magical Casa de la Cultura de Plaza, and English-speaking Cuban guides will be available to provide information and group transportation. Accommodations with breakfast, entrance fees, activities, and dinners at several famous restaurants are included. Airfare, travel insurance, gratuities, airport departure taxes, and activities noted as "optional" in the program are extra.
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The Havana Jazz Festival Tour ( http://www.jazzcuba.com ) is being organized by Cuba Education Tours ( http://www.canadacuba.ca/ ) of Vancouver, Canada, which can arrange international flights. The tour is not licensable under current U.S. government regulations, but the company will do its best to ensure that any participation by U.S. citizens is without incident or complications. http://www.cuba-pictures.com/ has Cuba travel photos.
David Stanley authored the first two editions of Lonely Planet Cuba. His initial visit was in 1975 when he accompanied one of the first Canadian tour groups to visit Cuba after the revolution. Until 1979 he worked at resorts on Isla de la Juventud, in Havana, and at Varadero, then he left for the South Pacific islands to write a series of travel guidebooks. Moon Handbooks South Pacific, now in its 8th edition, has become the classic guide to Oceania. In the early 1990s Stanley's three editions of Eastern Europe on a Shoestring led Lonely Planet into Europe, and he has since written about Canada for the same company.
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