Blue Note Entertainment Group launches travel division with brand new Cuba itineraries

Posted: 05-May-15 13:10

Music fans rejoice: Blue Note, famous for its jazz and blues recordings, has announced its new music travel division with its three Blue Note Cuba travel itineraries, with more to follow. Its current line-up is: City and Countryside, Havana Weekend, and Cuba Past and Present.

Blue Note Entertainment Group launches travel division with brand new Cuba itineraries

Blue Note Entertainment Group, in partnership with travel operator Cultural Island Travel, has just unveiled three brand new Cuba travel itineraries to launch its brand new music travel division.

They have made sure to cover the bases with something for everyone. Each itinerary, departing from Miami by charter flight, aims to capitalise on Cuba's charms – the architecture, the wildlife, the unspoiled countryside, the art and its history.

For those wanting to grab a quick weekend in Havana's most vibrant spots, the four-day 'Havana Weekend' package makes it possible to revisit the pre-Revolution high life, when partygoers would hop over to the island for gambling and nightclubbing.

Travellers on this people-to-people package will tour the Malecon (boardwalk), meet famous and up-and-coming artists, and soak up jazz, salsa and songs in the style of the world-famous Buena Vista Social Club – which they will also get to visit. Guests will also enjoy lunches at local paladares and get to mingle with artists and see community projects at work.

The five-day 'City and Countryside' tour expands on the Weekend trip, offering an escape from the city's energy and bustle into Cuba's picturesque countryside for the day. It takes visitors through Havana, the scenic Pinar del Rio/Vinales Valley and Jaimanitas. Cuban cigar lovers will appreciate the chance to meet cigar farmers in the fields of Pinar del Rio/Vinales Valley; literature fans will enjoy seeing Ernest Hemingway's Cuba home Finca Vigia. The tour also offers the chance to discuss private business ownership over lunch at a paladar with the owners.

'Cuba Past and Present' gives visitors the opportunity to step back in time and delve deeper into the island's history and industries, such as the sugar industry in Remedios. The six-day programme takes visitors directly to Santa Clara, capital city of the Villa Clara province. There, the tour also takes in the Che Guevara Memorial, a steam train ride, and a trip to the fishing village of Caibarien. It will finish up in Havana, allowing guests to visit the Buena Vista Social Club and soak up lots of the local sounds and rhythms – and there are plenty of dance and musical performances to enjoy along the way.

The president of the Blue Note Entertainment Group, Steven Bensusan, revealed that the Cuba itineraries, among others, were a response to fan demand. He said:

"Over the years, many of our venue patrons have inquired about music-centric trips to prime destinations and music festivals around the world.

"We're particularly excited to launch Blue Note Travel with Cuba as our first destination, given the recent political developments."

Indeed, the announcement was made just before President Obama was due to announce that Cuba would be taken of the US list of terrorist countries, the latest in a line of recent moves to normalise US-Cuba relations.

The travel operator, Cultural Island Travel, has been taking Americans to Cuba since 1999. Then, as now, it's not possible for Americans to visit Cuba as tourists. Among other purposes, culture and learning about the people are listed as official reasons to travel there.


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