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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U.S. Cuba Legal Travel After the easing of the restrictions on Cuba legal travel implemented by the Obama's Administration in 2015, Cuba cultural tours for US citizens is now within reach either via a General or Specific License for people to people travel to Cuba Learn more at our website about the
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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!

Cuba Festival Tours, Authentic Cuba Travel Flagship

Official Festival Tours to Cuba Discount Cuba Tours People-to-people Cuba Tours & Travel People-to-people Cuba Tours & Travel US Organizations Cuba Travel by Authehtic Cuba Travel Cuba School Travel and Study Tours Cuba Beach for Spring Break 2016 Official Tour to the Havana Film Festival Performance by Cuban Mendive Jewish Heritage Cuba Tour December 2017 Cuba Photography Tours December 2017 Cuba jazz festival 2018 Havana Book Fair 2018. Habano Cigar Festival Fire Festival, Santiago de Cuba 2018 Havana Ballet Festival 2018 Jo Jazz Havana Competition 2018 Havana Art Biennial 2018

Festival Group Cuba Tours & Travel 2017 & 2018

  • Cuba Real Tour 12
    Tours Havana, Vinales, Las Terrazas
    Dec 30 to Jan 6, 2018
    $2,629 (tax incl.)
  • Cuba Engage 12
    Havana, Bay of Pigs, Trinidad, Vinales
    Dec 30 to Jan 6, 2018
    $2,629 (tax incl.)
  • Cuba Education Tour
    Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad
    Dec 30 to Jan 6, 2018
    $2,429 (tax incl.)
  • Cuba Education Tour
    Havana, Bay of Pigs, Santa Clara
    Dec 30 to Jan 6, 2018
    $2,429 (tax incl.)
  • Cuba Education Tour
    Tours Havana & Santiago de Cuba
    Dec 30 to Jan 6, 2018
    $2,999 (tax incl.)
  • Cuba Bird Watching
    Havana, Zapata, Trinidad, Topes de Collantes
    Dec 30 to Jan 6, 2018
    $2,399 (tax incl.)
  • Cuba Architecture Tour
    Tours Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad
    Dec 30 to Jan 6, 2018
    $2,749 (tax incl.)
  • Cuba Art Tour
    Tours Havana & Las Terrazas
    Dec 30 to Jan 6, 2018
    $2,399 (tax incl.)
  • Cuba Photography Tour
    Havana, Vinalles, Trinidad, Cienfuegos
    Dec 30 to Jan 6, 2018
    $3,199 (tax incl.)
  • Jewish Cuba Travel
    Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Sta Clara
    Dec 30 to Jan 6, 2018
    $3,199 (tax incl.)
  • Havana Jazz Festival
    Havana, Vinales, Cienfuegos, Trinidad
    Jan 14 to Jan 22, 2018
    $2,499 (tax incl.)
  • Cuba Real Tour 1
    Tours Havana, Vinales, Las Terrazas
    Jan 20 to Jan 27, 2018
    $2,429 (tax incl.)
  • Cuba Engage 1
    Havana, Bay of Pigs, Trinidad, Vinales
    Jan 20 to Jan 27, 2018
    $2,429 (tax incl.)
  • Havana Book Fair
    Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad
    Feb 2 to Feb 9, 2018
    $2,999 (tax incl.)
  • Cuba Nature Tour
    Tours Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad
    Feb 16 to Feb 27, 2018
    $2,759 (tax incl.)
  • Cuba Engage 2
    Havana, Bay of Pigs, Trinidad, Vinales
    Feb 17 to Feb 24, 2018
    $2,429 (tax incl.)
  • Cuba Real Tour 2
    Tours Havana, Vinales, Las Terrazas
    Feb 17 to Feb 24, 2018
    $2,429 (tax incl.)
  • Cuba Education Tour
    Tours Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad
    Mar 3 to Mar 10, 2018
    $2,429 (tax incl.)
  • Cuba Education Tour
    Tours Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad
    Mar 10 to Mar 17, 2018
    $2,429 (tax incl.)
  • Cuba Education Tour
    Havana, Bay of Pigs, Trinidad, Cienfuegos
    Mar 17 to Mar 24, 2018
    $2,429 (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 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.

Notice to US Arts Organizations, Foundations and Institutes; US Ballet Theatre Companies; US Centers for the Performing Arts; US International Centers of Photography, US Museums of Photography Arts, and other Cultural Organizations and Associations from US:



US Arts Organizations, Foundations and Institutes; US Ballet Theatre Companies; US Centers for the Performing Arts; US International Centers of Photography, US Museums of Photography Arts, and other Cultural Organizations and Associations from USA can organize and sponsor a trip to Cuba for educational exchanges not involving academic study to promote people to people contact for their members and the general public. Certain conditions are to be met to comply with OFAC General License requirements for USA Cuba travel though.

US Cultural and Educational Organizations can also sponsor and organize travel to Cuba under the General License for Public Performances, Workshops, Clinics, Exhibitions and Athletic or non-Athletic Competitions.

The trip should consist of a full-time schedule of activities intended to promote the exchange with the ordinary citizens of Cuba. This full-time schedule must also include educational activities that result in meaningful interaction in between U.S and Cuban nationals. The trip to Cuba must be escorted by an employee of the organization. Free time in excess or regular tourists' activities are not permitted.

We take care of all details both in North America and in Cuba, including VISA and flight arrangements to Cuba's main destinations via USA ports (Miami, Tampa, New York, Los Angeles, or other) or through third countries like Canada and Mexico. Authorized US organizations can travel through a third country subject to the same restrictions and requirements as those flying directly from USA.

At Authentic Cuba Travel, we have been organizing such educational and cultural travel experiences from the United States of America for years with great success.

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 2017 Havana Jazz Festival, or Jazz Plaza 2017, 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 27th International Book Fair of Havana 2018 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

Authentic Cuba Travel offers escorted cultural tours to Cuba in the fields of arts, photography, dance & music, ballet, performing arts for US travellers under the provisions of General License for Professional Research and the General License for People-to-people Travel of US Organizations authorized to sponsor such educational tours to Cuba.

People-to-people travel is educational in nature but not for the pursuit of a degree program. The trip must be organized by a US organization that promotes meaningful interaction with Cubans and people-to-people exchanges. A representative of the US sponsoring organization travels with the group to make sure that a full time schedule of educational activities is maintained; that no free time in excess is enjoyed; that no engagement in tourist activities takes place; ect. In addition, no contact with prohibited officials of the Government of Cuba or members of the Cuban Communist Party is allowed.

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 2017 & 2018.

Havana Film Festival 2017 Cuba Tour,

Havana Jazz Festival 2018 Cuba Tour,

Havana Book Fair 2018 Cuba Tour,

Habano Fair 2018 Cuba Tour,

Fire Festival 2018 Cuba Tour.

Cuba Travel NEWS

On November 9, 2017 the Department of The Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published the new amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, 31 CFR part 515 to further implement the policy towards Cuba announced by President Trump on June 16, 2017 in Miami.

Despite the harsh rhetoric of President Trump on June 16, 2017 against Cuba, NONE of the existing 12 categories of Cuba legal travel have been eliminated. Furthermore, the General License authorization remains in place as well; although the General License for Individual People-to-people Cuba Travel has been eliminated. Read more...

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Notice to US Schools of the Arts; US Schools of Photography; US Ballet Schools; US Schools of Music & Dance; US Schools for the Performing Arts; and other Academic Institutions from USA:



In January 2016, the US Government announced further enhancements to the 12 categories of authorized travel to Cuba that previously required a specific license (this is, lengthy applications to OFAC). Now travel to the Caribbean island is allowed under a general license (this is, self-completed paperwork with no application to OFAC needed).

After President Trump’s policy change on USA Cuba travel on November 9, 2017, the General License for Educational Activities remains in place. Accredited U.S. graduate or under graduate degree-granting institutions; U.S. Academic Institutions; and U.S. Schools can organize and sponsor an educational trip to Cuba for their students, faculty and staff under the General License for Educational Activities, provided that the trip meets OFAC guidelines; and that an employee or other representative of the organization escorts the trip to make sure such guidelines are followed by all participants.

US Schools of the Arts; US Schools of Photography; US Ballet Schools; US Schools of Music & Dance; US Schools for the Performing Arts; and other Academic Institutions from USA can organize and sponsor a trip to Cuba for educational activities. The purpose of the Cuba travel should be for:

_ the participation in a structured educational program offered for credit as part of a course of the sponsoring institution;

_ educational exchanges sponsored by Cuban or U.S. secondary schools involving secondary school students’ participation in a formal course of study or in a structured educational program offered by a secondary school or other academic institution, and led by a teacher or other secondary school official are authorized. This authorization allows for participation of a reasonable number of adult chaperones to accompany the secondary school students to Cuba.

_ attendance at non-commercial academic seminars, conferences and workshops related to Cuba sponsored or co-sponsored by U.S. academic institution.

_ non- commercial academic research related to Cuba for the purpose of obtaining a graduate or undergraduate degree;

_ the participation in a formal course of study at a Cuban academic institution provided that credits will be accepted toward the student’s graduate or undergraduate degree;

_ participation in a 10-week structured educational program in Cuba as part of a course offered at the U.S. institution;

_ participation in a formal 10-week course of study at a Cuban academic institution, provided the formal course of study in Cuba will be accepted for credit toward the student’s undergraduate or graduate degree at the U.S. institution;

We take care of all details both in North America and in Cuba, including VISA and flight arrangements to Cuba's main destinations via USA ports (Miami, Tampa, New York, Los Angeles, or other) or through third countries like Canada and Mexico. Authorized US organizations can travel through a third country subject to the same restrictions and requirements as those flying directly from USA.

At Authentic Cuba Travel, we have been organizing such educational and cultural travel experiences from the United States of America for years with great success.

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