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, Havana Film Festival 2017. Cuba Festival of New Latin American Cinema. The Havana Film Festival is a cultural event with no parallel for the promotion of Spanish language filmmakers. It draws thousands of movie goers and cultural buffs from all over Cuba each December.


International Jazz Festival of Havana Cuba Cultural Tour 2018; Authentic Cuba cultural travel goes to Havana for the 33rd Jazz Festival of Havana 2018 organized by renowned Cuban jazz musician Chucho Valdes will run January 17- 21, 2018 at several locations in Havana.

Travel to Cuba for the International Havana Book Fair, 2018. Travel to the festival with the highest attendance in Cuba: the 27th Havana International Book Fair 2018 that will begin in Havana City on February 2018, 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 2018 The Habano Cigar Festival 2018 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 Travel, Fire Festival 2018. Travel to Santiago de Cuba for the Fiesta del Fuego Festival 2018 (Fire Festival 2018) 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 Ballet Festival 2018. International Ballet Festival of Havana 2018. Organized by the Cuba’s National Ballet, the International Ballet Festival of Havana draws dancers, choreographers and companies from all over the globe.


Cuba Tour, Havana Art Festival 2018 The Havana Art Biennial 2018 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.

Cuba Travel, Havana Jo Jazz Festival 2018. 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.


Authentic Cuba Travel Newsletter provides valuable information about 2017 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!

Tours hosted by Cuban Institutes & Organizing Committees

Authentic Cuba Travel official Festival Tours are sanctioned, hosted and fully sponsored by Cuba’s key Cultural Ministries, Institutions, Organizing Committees and Cuban personalities. Travel with the peace of mind of knowing you are welcomed, well informed and in the best hands in Cuba!

Unlimited Pass to attend all festival venues and events

All our tour festival, event and fair participants are provided with a complimentary “All Access” Pass to participate in all official venues and activities of the festival, event or fair they are part of. You will tour festival, event and fair related venues across the city, escorted by Cuban culture personalities and world class tour guides. Enjoy unlimited access to programmed concerts and events.

Premium seats at opening and closing festival ceremonies

Authentic Cuba Travel Festival tours are hosted by key Cuban ministries, institutions and organizing committees that make sure our tour participants enjoy best seating and privileges at opening and closing festival ceremonies.

Rub shoulders with Cuban musicians, publishers, exhibitors...

During our festival, event and fair escorted Cuba tours you will have official status and will be provided with “all access” pass that will grant you access to all official festival exhibits, concerts, presentations and venues. You will enjoy back stage tours, stay in official festival hotels and rub shoulders with prestigious Cuban and international musicians, exhibitors, speakers, publishers, personalities and more.

Travel to UNESCO World Heritage Cuban Sites

Authentic Cuba Travel escorted tours go beyond the programmed official activities of any given Cuban international festival, event or fair, and provide a unique opportunity to visit UNESCO World Heritage sites. Considered as the best preserved historical cores in The Americas, you will visit Old Havana and Camaguey Historical Center, Cienfuegos and Trinidad Historical Cores, among others. All tours are fully escorted by Cuban highly trained guides.

Lifetime and Transferable Festival tour deposits

Understanding that travel plans change and sometimes need to be delayed, we’ve established the Lifetime Transferable Deposit option, designed to ensure that if you need to cancel or delay a trip, you’ll be able to find another time to take your next, great life-changing educational or cultural tour to Cuba.

Lifetime Deposits offers any of our tour participants forced to delay a departure to retain their initial deposit for use at a later date at no extra charge—and with no questions asked. The Lifetime Deposit policy allows you to save your initial deposit (one per person, per confirmed tour) for an unlimited time, be it 10 weeks or 10 years.

Put simply, we want to do the right thing by our travellers and ensure you can still take another trip if your plans have to change.

Please, do notice that if you cancel your participation within 20 days of tour departure you lose 50% of your ground tour payment. If you cancel your participation within 10 days of tour departure you lose 100% of your ground tour payment. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for further details.

We also realize that your travel preferences can change over time, so your Lifetime Deposit can be used on any future tour and is not limited to the original tour you booked. Use your Lifetime Deposit to select the dream trip that suits your interests when you plan your next cultural and educational experience with us.

Under this policy, Lifetime Deposits are also transferable. That means you can transfer your initial deposit to another traveller of your choice at no additional charge!

Applies to the “deposit” value of your payment only. All other payments and final payment amounts subject to Terms and Conditions. Not redeemable with any other offer, discount or promotion.

Most experienced Cuban tour speakers, guides and staff!

Each one of us, from directors to tour leaders, speakers, guides and representatives in Canada and Cuba has lived and worked in the Cuba travel industry for a minimun of 10 years.

Nobody knows Cuba as we do! Call us and you will find sales representatives that are fluent in English and Spanish and who have lived and worked in Cuba Travel Industry for over 10 years minimun. Guarantee!

Safest Festival Cuba Tour experience

Authentic Cuba Travel knows that safety always comes first. From performing rigorous safety checks, to providing constant on-tour safety expertise and immediate on-site assistance through our Cuba staff, our dedication to your safety is our top priority.

Our Cuba operation experienced staff visits each and every hotel, restaurant, and site to ensure they meet our safety and security guidelines. We won’t book you in 4 or 5 bed share dormitories, like other companies do to reduce costs, but in clean, comfortable and safe double/ single rooms at the best hotels and resorts available in the area we visit.

Most important, the hotels we work with are used to and happy to receive our tour participants. The hotel staff provides a level of attention, quality of service and friendliness to our foreign visitors that are unparallel in the Cuba travel industry.

Authentic Cuba Travel has partnered exclusively with the best Cuba transportation company in Cuba: Transgaviota that operates the largest, newest, safest and most advance fleet in Cuba. We only provide luxury air conditioning motor coaches with the most experience drivers for our school Cuba education tours.

An expert Authentic Cuba Travel Cuban guide and bus driver will be with your group every step of the way, providing constant and immediate guidance. They have been fully trained to handle any safety situations that may arise.

Most of your tour revenues stay in Cuba

Our festival, event and fair escorted Cuba tours are the result of the effort and direct involvement of Cuban cultural institutions and organizations, universities and colleges, local tour companies, Cuban personalities and small communities and other hosts in the design and operation of our festival programs. In return, most Authentic Cuba Travel's revenues remain in the pocktes of all these actors that made all and each tour possible. We are forever grateful to all those that made our programs the best experience ever to our tour participants!


Travel to UNESCO Biosphere Reserves & Protected Areas

Authentic Cuba Travel escorted tours go beyond the programmed official activities of any given Cuban international festival, event or fair, and provide a unique opportunity to visit the most pristine natural sites of this tropical paradise, from UNESCO Biosphere Reserves and National Parks to Protected Areas, and witness the great biodiversity of the largest and most unspoiled island in the Greater Antilles.
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