Cuba Music Holiday, Santiago de Cuba

Join us in Santiago de Cuba, the undisputed home of traditional Cuban music, for a stress free Cuba music holiday full of local colour and rhythms. This trip may coincide with the annual Festival de la Trova, a wonderful celebration of traditional Cuban music and song.

You will have classes with professional Cuban musicians and singers, nights out to hear well known bands live in local venues, and opportunities to have private lessons on request.  Also included in this Cuba music holiday are cultural visits and excursions, with plenty of time to relax and recharge your batteries. All in all, a music holiday full of rhythm in a relaxed and tropical Caribbean atmosphere that you will never forget!

This holiday is guaranteed to take place from 18-26 March 2018.  If this date does not suit you, join our Cuban music holiday in Havana in April 2018 instead!

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  • Duration: 1 week
  • Start dates: 18-26 March 2018
  • Cost: £895 per person

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“This was an excellent trip. Very well organized. Super fun. Great people, great instructors, great activities.”

L.G. South Africa, 2017

Santiago de Cuba is widely acknowledged as the home of traditional Cuban music and is the perfect location for our Cuba music holiday.  The 2018 holiday dates coincide with the last two days of the annual Pepe Sanchez Trova Festival, providing an opportunity to hear top Cuban musicians play live in atmospheric music venues around the city,  including the world famous Santiago de Cuba Casa de la Trova.

You will have daily music lessons in small groups. Each group will have its own lead tutor who will guide and encourage you to learn and get the most out of your time on the trip. This Cuba music holiday is ideal for people who already have experience in playing an instrument or singing, and is not aimed at beginners.  If you have a passion for Cuban rhythm and want to know how to play or sing like a Cuban, then join us this March!  Over the week, group lessons and rehearsals will lead up to an informal concert  with your music tutors in one of Santiago’s popular live music venues. 

Accommodation is arranged in carefully selected homestays which will provide you with a real insight into Cuban life, delicious home cooked meals, and a home away from home with all the independence you need.

Minimum age 18 years (younger participants are also very welcome but only if accompanied by an adult).

Our Cuba music holidays take place in Santiago de Cuba in March each year and are guaranteed to take place:

Cuban Music holiday, 18 – 26 March 2018

Remember, this trip includes learning from and playing with top professional Cuban musicians and accompanied nights out to hear live music in different local venues.  If you are keen to learn how to dance Cuban style and to do some percussion and rhythm workshops, have a look at our Cuban Dance Holidays which run five times a year in Santiago de Cuba.

  • Sunday

    Arrive Santiago de Cuba and early dinner at homestay accommodation, then go out to a festival de la Trova concert

  • Monday

    Introduction to music teachers and music classes 0930-1300
    Briefing meeting followed by orientation walking tour of the city centre
    Welcome cocktail in evening after dinner and night out to Trova Festival 

  • Tuesday

    Music classes 0930-1230
    Half day excursion to place of local interest
    Accompanied night out to live music venue

  • Wednesday

    Music classes 0930-1230
    Group percussion x 1.5 hours
    Accompanied night out to music activity

  • Thursday

    Music classes 0930-1230
    Late afternoon concert rehearsals
    Night out to live music venue

  • Friday

    Final morning of music lessons, 0930-1230
    Group concert rehearsals and free evening

  • Saturday

    Free day to relax and explore, or final rehearsals for the evening.

    Evening concert with music tutors and others on the course

  • Sunday

    Free day to relax and explore
    Final night out with musicians

  • Monday

    Depart Santiago late morning and end of course

The Cuba Music Holiday in March 2018 costs £895 per person and includes:

Homestay accommodation:
single room including breakfast & dinner x 8 nights

15 group music lessons with professional Cuban musicians
+ 1 percussion workshop (90 minutes)

Excursions  / Activities:
1  half day excursion including transport, English speaking guide, entries and tips for the driver and guide(s).
+ visit to local instrument maker

Nights out:
accompanied nights out to a variety of top local live music venues and Trova festival concerts. Entries and drinks not included

Tour leader:
bilingual Spanish/English Caledonia tour leader on hand from start to finish

Please note the following are not included:

  • International or domestic flights*
  • Cuban Tourist card (the required visa)*
  • Airport transfers*
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches
  • Entries and drinks on nights out

* These can be arranged by us on request

Minimum age 18 years (younger participants are also very welcome but only if accompanied by an adult).