Expert's Corner

Hola! My name is Yane Marquez and I was born and raised in Cuba. After graduating from the University of Havana and the Tourism School of Cuba, I worked for over 10 years as a tour guide, translator and event organizer for Cuba's travel companies and organizations. I guided many groups attending Cuba's main international festivals, fairs and events. A few years ago, I moved to Canada where I have continued promoting Cuba’s tourism industry. I would be more than happy to answer any question you have about festival Cuba travel. Do not miss out!
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International Cuba Festivals

Cuba Travel, Fire Festival 2016. Travel to Santiago de Cuba for the Fiesta del Fuego Festival 2016 (Fire Festival 2016) that highlights the cultural expressions of the region. The annual Fire Festival is a very well-known street party taking place in the month of July in the city of Santiago de Cuba.

Cuba Travel, Havana Jo Jazz Festival 2016 Jo Jazz Festival of Havana The Jo Jazz Havana is the result of music education in Cuba. As talented young jazz musicians emerged from Cuban music schools every year, they are eager to showcase their talents in Havana’s most popular jazz venues.

International Jazz Festival of Havana 2016; Travel to Cuba for the 32nd Jazz Festival of Havana 2016 organized by the renowned Cuban jazz musician Chucho Valdes and sponsored by the Cuban Institute of Music. The Havana Jazz Festival will run December 15- 18, 2016 in the Cuban capital.

Cuba Travel, Havana Ballet Festival 2016. International Ballet Festival of Havana 2016. Organized by the Cuba’s National Ballet, the International Ballet Festival of Havana draws dancers, choreographers and companies from all over the globe.


Cuba Travel, Havana Film Festival 2016. Cuba Festival of New Latin American Cinema. The Havana Film Festival is a Cuban festival that focuses on the promotion of Spanish language filmmakers. It is also known in Spanish as Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano de La Habana.

Travel to Cuba for the International Havana Book Fair, 2017. Travel to the festival with the highest attendance in Cuba: the 26th Havana International Book Fair 2017 that will begin in Havana City on February 2017, and then it will spread east and west of the capital. The book fair will end in Santiago de Cuba.

Cuba Tour, Habano Cigar Festival 2017 The Habano Cigar Festival 2017 is considered by experts as the biggest world party to promote the Premium type cigar. It only competes with this one, without surpassing its quality, the Big Smoke of Las Vegas in the United States.

Cuba Tour, Havana Art Festival 2017 The Havana Art Biennial 2017 is an exciting celebration featuring not only the best of Cuban visual artists, but also artists from other countries from Latin America, the Caribbean, and from developing countries.


Authentic Cuba Travel Newsletter provides valuable information about 2016 Cuba Festivals Tours. We work together with key Cuban ministries and organizing committees in the organization of Cuba tours for the Havana Jazz Festival, Havana Book Fair, Habano Cigar Festival, Fire Festival, Havana Art Biennial, Film Festival, Havana Ballet Festival and others. Be the first to know about exciting Cuba Study Tours!

Cuba Festival Tours, Authentic Cuba Travel Flagship

People-to-people Cuba Tours & Travel People-to-people Cuba Tours & Travel Discount Cuba Tours Official Festival Tours to Cuba Picture of Trinidad, Cuba. Cuba Educational & Cultural Travel 2016 Cuba Photography Tours June 2016 Performance by Cuban Mendive Educators Discovery Cuba Tours 2016 Jewish Heritage Cuba Tour December 2016 Havana Ballet Festival 2016 Jo Jazz Havana Competition 2016 Official Tour to the Havana Film Festival Cuba jazz festival 2016 Free Cuba Travel for Educators Cuba Beach for Spring Break 2016 Havana Book Fair 2017. Habano Cigar Festival

Featured Cuba Festival Tours & Travel 2016

  • Cuba Real Tour 5
    Tours Havana, Vinales, Las Terrazas
    May 21 to May 28, 2016
    $1,999 (tax incl.)
  • Cuba Photography Tour
    Havana, Trinidad, Cienfuegos, Vinales
    Jun 18 to Jun 25, 2016
    $2,429 (tax incl.)
  • Cuba Education Tour 5
    Tours Havana, Trinidad, Cienfuegos
    Jun 18 to Jun 25, 2016
    $1,849 (tax incl.)
  • Cuba Art Tour
    Tours Havana, Trinidad, Cienfuegos
    Jun 18 to Jun 25, 2016
    $1,849 (tax incl.)
  • Cuba Real Tour 6
    Tours Havana, Vinales, Las Terrazas
    Jun 18 to Jun 25, 2016
    $1,999 (tax incl.)
  • Fire Festival
    Tours Havana & Santiago de Cuba
    Jul 1 to Jul 8, 2016
    $2,499 (tax incl.)
  • Cuba Education Tour 7
    Tours Havana, Vinales, Las Terrazas
    Jul 17 to Jul 24, 2016
    $1,699 (tax incl.)
  • Cuba Real Tour 7
    Tours Havana, Vinales, Las Terrazas
    Jul 17 to Jul 24, 2016
    $1,999 (tax incl.)
  • Cuba Education Tour 8
    Tours Havana, Cienfuegos & Trinidad
    Aug 6 to Aug 13, 2016
    $1,849 (tax incl.)
  • Cuba Photography Tour
    Havana, Trinidad, Cienfuegos, Vinales
    Aug 6 to Aug 13, 2016
    $2,429 (tax incl.)
  • Cuba Engage 10
    Havana, Bay of Pigs, Trinidad, Vinales
    Oct 8 to Oct 15, 2016
    $1,999 (tax incl.)
  • Cuba Real Tour 10
    Tours Havana, Vinales, Las Terrazas
    Oct 8 to Oct 15, 2016
    $1,999 (tax incl.)
  • Havana Ballet Festival
    Tours Havana and Vinales
    Oct 28 to Nov 4, 2016
    $2,299 (tax incl.)
  • Jo Jazz Havana
    Tours Havana, Las Terrazas & Vinales
    Nov 16 to Nov 23, 2016
    $1,999 (tax incl.)
  • Cuba Real Tour 11
    Tours Havana, Vinales, Las Terrazas
    Nov 19 to Nov 26, 2016
    $2,229 (tax incl.)
  • Cuba Engage 11
    Havana, Bay of Pigs, Trinidad, Vinales
    Nov 19 to Nov 26, 2016
    $2,229 (tax incl.)
  • Havana Film Festival
    Tours Havana, Vinales, Las Terrazas
    Dec 10 to Dec 17, 2016
    $2,799 (tax incl.)
  • Havana Jazz Festival
    Havana, Vinales, Trinidad..
    Dec 11 to Dec 19, 2016
    $2,299 (tax incl.)
  • Cuba Engage 12
    Havana, Bay of Pigs, Trinidad, Vinales
    Dec 29 to Jan 5 2017
    $2,399 (tax incl.)
  • Jewish Cuba Travel
    Havana, Santa Clara, Cienfuegos, Trinidad..
    Dec 29 to Jan 5 2017
    $2,999 (tax incl.)

Cuba Festival Travel, Your Doorway to Authentic Cuba


Authentic Cuba Travel escorted tours to Cuba's international Festivals & Events, Cuba Jazz Festival, Cuba Book Fair, Havana Art Biennial, Jo Jazz Havana, Fire Festival, Habano Cigar Festival, Havana Film Festival and more...

Every year Cuba’s International Festivals brought travellers to Cuba from all over the world. Every year Authentic Cuba Travel makes sure that those attending international events such as the Havana Jazz Festival, the Havana Book Fair, the Havana Film Festival, the Havana Art Biennial, the Fire Festival, the Havana Ballet Festival or the Habano Cigar Festival get the most out of their Cuba travel experience and get to know the authentic Cuba.

Our authentic Cuba tours are fully hosted by Cuba’s ministries and organizing committees, giving the Cuba travellers official status and the opportunity to enjoy backstage tours, rub shoulders with renowned personalities, stay well-informed and have unlimited access to festivals’ happenings.

There are many things that help set Authentic Cuba Travel apart from the crowd when it comes to Cuba festival travel. For starters, our Cuba festival tours include more than just tickets and premium seats; our Cuba tours offer stops at some of the most picturesque and authentic cities, towns, villages and neighborhoods in Cuba fully escorted by Cuba’s best tour guides

While festivals and events may be the main draw of our Cuba tours, we make sure that every aspect of the Cuba travel experience is perfect. We are Cuba’s doorway to Cuba’s Festivals and Events; we offer you the best value for your money and we show you the authentic Cuba like no one else can.

Authentic Cuba Travel provides legal travel services to Cuba for authorized US educational institutions and organizations (including religious organizations). We also facilitate travel arrangements for individual American travellers looking to go to Cuba for professional research or on people to people tours sponsored by US organizations.

We take care of flights to Cuba’s main destinations departing from USA ports (Miami, Tampa, New York) or through third countries like Canada and Mexico. Authorized US travelers can travel through a third country subject to the same restrictions and requirements as those flying directly from USA.

Authentic Cuba Festivals

Fire Festival of Santiago de Cuba


In Santiago de Cuba every July, locals and visitors alike take part in the annual Festival del Fuego. During the Cuba Fire Festival, events start during the morning hours and last well into the nighttime hours. The main streets of the city are lined with temporary bars and stalls comprised of palm fronds and bamboo, and Santiago residents and travelers alike gather together to take part in one of the island’s largest parties.

Havana Film Festival


The Havana Film Festival promotes the cinematographic works of Spanish- language filmmakers from Latin America, Spain and Cuba mainly and it is sponsored by the Cuban Institute of the Cinematographic Art and Industry, ICAIC. The Festival draws thousands of film buff from all over Cuba to Havana during the first two weeks of December each year.

Jazz Festival of Havana


Started in 1979 as a number of concerts by Cuban jazz master Bobby Carcasses and other famous Cuban musicians, the first official Cuba Jazz Festival took place in 1981 in the Casa de la Cultura in Havana’s Plaza municipality (from which the festival was named). The 2016 Havana Jazz Festival, or Jazz Plaza 2016, which is organized by famed Cuban jazz artist Chucho Valdes and is sponsored by ICM, or the Cuban Institute of Music, will be held at many locations throughout the capital city.

Havana's International Book Fair


Every February, the International Book Fair of Havana serves to turn the ancient Spanish fort known as San Carlos de la Cabana into one of the largest book events on earth. The 25th International Book Fair of Havana 2016 will use “To Read Is to Grow” as its theme and will work to celebrate the interrelations, cultural heritage, and traditions of the many Caribbean nations.

Habano Cigar Festival


Considered by many to be the world’s biggest premium cigar celebration, the Habano Cigar Festival has competition in only one other festival- Las Vegas’ The Big Smoke. It is often said, however, that The Big Smoke cannot surpass the Havana Cigar Festival in quality largely because American regulations prevent the festival from importing and showcasing the many premium cigars made in Cuba.

Havana Ballet Festival


The Cuba Ballet Festival is held every two years. Dancers, ballet companies, and choreographers from across the world look forward to taking part in the event, which is hosted by Cuba’s National Ballet. The International Ballet Festival of Havana offers the unique opportunity to witness some of the world’s biggest talents as Cuba’s capital city briefly becomes a mecca for talented dancers from all across the globe.

Havana Art Biennial


As the name implies, the Havana Art Biennial is held in the capital city every other year. For Cuban artists hoping to make their works famous on an international level, the Havana Art Biennial is a major event. For a brief time, the entire capital city becomes a giant art gallery where multiple mediums, themes, ideals, and genres come together.

US Cuba Festival Travel

Thanks to a relaxation of USA Cuba travel requirements that allow American professionals and US school groups to go to Cuba as part of Cuba educational tours, Authentic Cuba Travel makes available a number of Cuba festival tours to US professionals like educators, historians, sociologists, librarians, musicians, and anthropologists.

Whether travelling to Cuba under a General License or a Specific License, Cuba Festival Travel is your gateway to discover the authentic Cuba and the perfect backdrop to enjoy people-to-people Cuba travel experiences. Our 24/7 fully escorted Cuba tours will help you complete your professional research so that you meet USA Cuba travel legal requirements.

Our Cuba tours offer the chance to visit Cuba legally while seeing firsthand the urban buzz, politics, history, music, arts and national treasures that make Cuba the authentic Caribbean destination that it is today. With the future of US Cuba relations so uncertain, now is the perfect opportunity to take part in these world class festivals and events.

Cuba Festival Travel is a great way to explore the authentic Cuba beyond sun & beach tour packages in a responsible way. Here’s a shortcut to our main Cuba Festival Tours for 2016.

Havana Jazz Festival 2016 Cuba Tour,

Havana Film Festival 2016 Cuba Tour,

Fire Festival 2016 Cuba Tour,

Havana Book Fair 2017 Cuba Tour,

Habano Fair 2017 Cuba Tour.

Cuba Travel NEWS

US President Barack Obama eases restrictions on Travel to Cuba for Educational Activities and others.

Accredited schools and universities no longer need to apply for a Specific License for travel by their students, faculty and staff (including but not limited to adjunct faculty and part-time staff) to Cuba.

Now they can travel under a General License (no application necessary) if participating in a structured educational program as part of a course offered for credit by the sponsoring U.S. institution. Read more...

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