Small Group Travel
    Cuba

    Music + culture in captivating Cuba

    John Illsley of Dire Straits and Henrietta Loyd invite you to join them on an exciting trip to discover the colour, music and Caribbean beats of Cuba. 

    To say Cuba is special is to understate its exceptional charm. We, at cazenove+loyd, love this country. This is our sixth small group trip here, and in that time, we have cemented our relationships with friends on the ground to secure unparallelled private access and insider knowledge, and design a fun, stimulating and memorable journey that combines the UNESCO-protected town of Trinidad with vibrant Havana. As the largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba is lined with beaches scattered with palm trees and encircled by coral reefs. But travelling here is about much more than this – instead, it’s about the art, architecture, people and, of course, music. Therefore, on this trip, we have decided to focus on music. 

    Cuba’s beats are part of its very soul and in everyone’s blood – from the quartet playing in a cafe to the stars that are recognised on an international scale. The towns are alive with passion and colour, with salsa dancers on street corners, the tell-tale waft of cigar smoke and the ceaseless beat of live jazz flowing through old, stone walls wherever you go. The country moves to its own rhythms. 

    With this in mind, our Founder + Co-Owner, Henrietta Loyd, asked English musician, John Illsley, to co-lead this trip, and we were delighted when he accepted her invitation. Having risen to fame as the bass guitarist and one of the founding members of the critically acclaimed band, Dire Straits, John has been the recipient of multiple BRIT and Grammy Awards and a Heritage Award. With many decades in the music industry behind him, he will be a fun and very interesting leader and travel companion. Being a musician, artist and creative, he has always longed to go to Cuba, and is so looking forward to sharing his knowledge and passion for music on this trip. 

    You will also be accompanied by Henrietta Loyd who is passionate about Cuba and knows it inside out, having hosted several journeys here. “Cuba is remarkable,” she says. “It is full of laughter and fun. It is vibrant, brimming with life, charming and bustling. I love the art, the ballet, the music and the people – who are incredibly welcoming and friendly, and always delighted to introduce our clients to every aspect of their incredible country. Now, more than ever, is the time to go to Cuba. To have these places to ourselves, without the crowds, will be phenomenal.” 

    Some of the highlights of this trip include enjoying private jazz, percussion and dance performances by world-renowned Cuban musicians* in their homes and studios, where you will have the opportunity to chat to them and learn about their lives. You will even have the chance to try some percussion and rumba yourselves. We also hope that one evening, John will take up his guitar and play with some of the musicians in a one-off show just for you. On the last night, you will be serenaded by well-known Cuban singer, Idania Valdes, during a private dinner at La Guarida, the oldest and most atmospheric paladar (small, family-run restaurant) in Havana – a very special experience too. 

    We are so excited about this once-in-a-lifetime trip, which is an unparalleled opportunity to get under the skin of Cuba’s music scene in the company of Henrietta Loyd and the esteemed English musician, John Illsley. 

    *Musicians may be subject to change, depending on their tour schedules. 

    18 February 2022
    to
    25 February 2022
    16
    from £4,995 (US$7,193)
    Per person based on two sharing
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    What makes this trip spectacular?

    The Highlights

    Discover Cuba’s vibrant music scene with Henrietta Loyd and John Illsley from Dire Straits

    We asked English musician, John Illsley, to lead this trip alongside Founder + Co-Owner, Henrietta Loyd, and were delighted when he accepted our invitation. Having risen to fame as the bass guitarist and one of the founding members of the critically acclaimed band, Dire Straits, John has been the recipient of multiple awards. Being a musician, artist and creative, he will be a fun and very interesting leader and travel companion. He has always longed to go to Cuba, and is very much looking forward to sharing his knowledge and passion for music with the group. Henrietta is passionate about Cuba and knows it inside out.

    Insider access in Havana

    Go behind the scenes in Cuba’s distinctive capital – from exploring the city in a vintage car to private jazz, percussion and dance performances by world-renowned Cuban musicians in their homes and studios. You will have the chance to chat to them and learn about their lives, as well as trying some percussion and rumba yourselves. We also hope that one evening, John will take up his guitar and play with some of the musicians in a one-off show just for you.  

    Experience Trinidad

    UNESCO-protected Trinidad is the town that sugar built. Explore its pretty, colonial buildings with an expert guide, enjoy exclusive access to the plantations and old mills, learn about the town’s sugar trade history, and enjoy some amazing private performances in the homes of some of Trinidad’s best-known musicians.

    Private dinner accompanied by Idania Valdes

    Dine at La Guarida, the oldest and most atmospheric paladar (a ‘small, family-run restaurant’) in town, on a private, beautifully decorated terrace overlooking Old Havana, serenaded by the well-known Cuban singer, Idania Valdes. The perfect grand finale to the trip.

    Itinerary

    The journey you will take

    This extraordinary small group trip will focus on the music and rhythms of Cuba, beginning with an in-depth exploration of Havana before guests travel to the pretty, UNESCO-protected city of Trinidad. The journey will end with a magical private dinner in Havana on the final night. 

    THE BENEFITS OF SMALL GROUP TRAVEL

    Private Access

    Our hand-picked specialists, guides and leaders ensure unrivalled insider access that you wouldn't normally be able to achieve unless you were travelling as a group, allowing guests to experience the destination in a very special way.

    Specialist Guides

    Small group travel gives you an amazing opportunity to spend time with true experts in their field. Each trip is accompanied by an owner – either Christopher Wilmot-Sitwell or Henrietta Loyd – as well as top specialists, guides and leaders. 

    Travel with like minded-people

    Our small trips often form the beginning of life-long friendships. Much of the journey is spent as a group, but there is plenty of time to relax and enjoy your own space too. Henrietta and Christopher are brilliant at reading their guests and being proactive and reactive to the flow of the trip.

    The Details

    PRICING INFORMATION

    • From £4,995 (US$7,193) per person sharing
    • Single supplement: £1,295 (US$1,865)
       
    • All accommodation and meals, as specified
    • All road transfers, as specified
    • Guiding and excursions as specified 
    • All entrance fees
    • Cuban visas
    • International flights
    • Tips
    • Travel insurance
    • PCR tests
    Begin Your Journey
    Jenny Wilkinson
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