Hello thrill-seekers!

“This is Tommy Emmanuel. I’m making a very special announcement. We have a camp that is the most unique thing that I think I’ve ever been involved with because this camp is going to be held in Havana, Cuba! What is going to be so unique about it, first of all, it’s in Cuba, but it’s also unique because we’re going to use venues, halls, galleries, nightclubs, and the Conservatories for our clinics, workshops, performances, meals and activities- basically we will using the city of Havana as our venue.

“In particular, I’m very excited to work with the great Pancho Amat. He’s probably the most famous and best guitar player that Cuba has ever produced, who specializes in a Cuban guitar called a “tres.” We’re going to be learning from Pancho and his band. He’ll be playing a lot of the traditional style of Cuban music. I’m looking forward to stealing as much as I can from them and all the other great Cuban musicians we will meet down there.

“For those who don’t speak Spanish there will be interpreters and guides for all activities, including some sessions during the day at the Institute Superior Del Arte (ISA), which is the Cuban National Music Conservatory and home to some of the greatest musicians and music teachers in the world! I myself am looking forward to learning from Cuban musicians.

“The way this will work is we will all meet in Miami and the whole group of us will fly into Havana together. And like all my events that are put on by Dreamcatcher, once you arrive in Cuba, everything is covered. You don’t need to worry about transport, hotels, food, concerts. they will also be happy to arrange your flights and your visas. You don’t need to worry about a thing.

“Hope to see you this September in wonderful Havana!”

-Tommy Emmanuel

An Introduction to the Tres by Pancho Amat

Participants of all ages, levels, interests, and tastes welcome!

Tommy Emmanuel's Guitar Getaway in Havana, Cuba is an event for players and music-lovers of all ages, levels, interests, and taste! Whether you are a master player, a beginner, or just an enthusiastic fan, our four day programs offer activities and workshops for you. Our environments are non-competitive and are strictly about immersing oneself in the joys of music and our lovely surroundings!

Locations

The city of Havana will be our host. During your stay in Cuba, you will get to experience the vibrant streets of Old Havana; the historic theatres, local palodars, and buzzing streets full of vintage cars will serve as the backdrop for the most engaging guitar experience you’ve ever had.

MELIÁ HABANA HOTEL

Situated on the Havana seafront, with views of the sea and the city in the district of Miramar, this leading urban venue boasts the largest swimming pool of all urban hotels in Cuba as well as a cigar bar tasting store for smokers and cigar lovers and even an art gallery! Meliá Habana is one of the premier hotels in the entire country and is part of the prestigious Meliá Hotels International family.

Melia Habana is located right alongside the Havana coastline in the heart of the Miramar residential and business district.

Meliá Habana is located right alongside the Havana coastline in the heart of the Miramar residential and business district.

Hotel Amenities

  • 24 Hour restaurant and bar
  • Conceirge can arrange tours and activites
  • Currency exchange
  • Laundry
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Room service
  • Spa and gym
  • Taxis outside 24 hours
  • Telephone land lines in all rooms
  • WiFi (*additional charge)
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The Meliá Hotels International family of hotels is one of the largest hotel companies in the world with hotels all over South America and Europe.

Address
Ave. 3Era. E/ 76 Y 80 Miramar Playa
La Habana, Cuba
Website

Credit Cards and Payments

Your room and meal charges at Meliá are included in your fees to DE, but for incidentals and other discretionary purchases Meliá Habana does accept non-US credit cards, travelers checks, and cash. Please remember that unless you have an International credit card for use at the Meliá all the above services will be on a cash pay-as-you-go basis.

Locations Around Havana

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Abdala Studios

This world-class studio, where Buena Vista Social Club was recorded, boasts state-of-the-art technology, unique in Cuba, that satisfies the highest sound requirements at an international level.
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Cafe Miramar

This new jazz club has quickly established itself as one of the very best places to hear some of Cuba’s best musicians jamming.
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Club Havana

This fabulously eclectic 1928 mansion in has a long and distinguished history as a beach club for the well heeled and will serve as the backdrop for one of our lunches.
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El Atelier

Featuring a daily-changing handwritten menu, this eclectic palodar will serve as our host for one of our fabulous dinners.

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Fábrica de Arte Cubano

Transformed from a steel drum factory, this Havana art club and restaurant, Fábrica de Arte Cubano—translation “Factory of the Arts”—will also host workshops as well as evening concerts and recitals.
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Fusterlandia

A must-see location in Havana, this life-size studio, residence and community project of Cuban artist, José Rodriguez Fuster, will host one of our many excursions in Havana.
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This magnificent theatre has been home to the Cuban National Ballet and, on its main stage, to the International Ballet Festival of Havana.
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Instituto Superior de Arte

Instituto Superior de Arte is the national arts graduate university in Cuba and a cultural landmark known for it's history and architecture.
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La Cecilia

A high-class restaurant serving international food by day and and an immensely popular place on a Friday and Saturday night for its concerts and nightlife.
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La Guarida

A popular palodar (privately run restaurants in people’s homes) in the heart of old Havana where we’ll enjoy dinner at night after the day’s workshops.
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Los Doce Apóstoles

Located in one of the fortresses that used to protect the eastern side of the Havana harbor, Los Doce Apóstoles specializes in Cuban food and national and international cocktails.
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Teatro Mella

Occupying the site of the old Rodi Cinema on Línea, the Teatro Mella offers one of Havana's most comprehensive programs, including ballet, comedy shows, theater, dance and folklórico performances.

Featured Artists and Guests

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Tommy Emmanuel

Pancho

Pancho Amat

Frank

Frank Vignola

Vinny

Vinny Raniolo

Schedule

*Schedule and Venues are Subject To Change*
Your 4 days and nights at Tommy Emmanuel’s Guitar Getaway 2016 will feature hands on, interactive workshops with Tommy and his special guests, small group jam sessions, and full concerts from the artists; beginning at 10am and going late into the night.  The weekend will culminate in an unprecedented concert from Tommy and Pancho.

See both scheduled and optional events and activities below.

  Thursday, Sept 15th Friday, Sept 16th Saturday, Sept 17th Sunday, Sept 18th Monday, Sept 19th
09:30 AM   Pick Up at Hotel Pick Up at Hotel Pick Up at Hotel  
10:00 AM   Tommy, Vinny, and Frank master class at Belas Artes Theatre in Museum of Fine Arts or Optional Activities Pancho Amat and Tommy workshops at Fabrica de Arte or Optional Activities Tommy, Frank, and Vinnie Master Class at 1830 or Optional Activites Tommy Master Class at Hotel or Optional Activites
12:00 PM     Lunch at El Cocinero Lunch at 1830 Check Out and Goodbyes
12:30 PM   Lunch at VIP Habana Restaurant      
02:00 PM     Tommy, Vinny, and Frank Master Class at Abdala Recording Studo Cuban Master Class at Habana Cafe  
02:30 PM   Sit in on Tommy Emmanuel Master Class at ISA for Cuban graduate music students      
04:00 PM Check in at Melia Habana Hotel     Free Time at Hotel  
04:30 PM     Optional Activities or back to the Melia Habana for Practice or Private Lessons    
05:00 PM Cocktail Reception and Orientation at Melia Habana Hotel Optional Activities or back to the Melia Habana for Practice or Private Lessons      
05:30 PM       Dinner at Cuba 54 Paladar  
06:00 PM Bus Tour of Havana        
06:30 PM     Dinner at Verses    
07:00 PM   Dinner at Divina Pastora      
08:00 PM Dinner at Atelier   Talent show at Sarao’s Bar Finale concert at Teatro America  
09:00 PM   Tommy Emmanuel concert at Cafe Miramar      
10:00 PM Pancho Amot concert at El Derio Habanero        

Throughout our stay in Cuba, there is scheduled time off for optional activities that can be arranged for our guests. These activities are optional and not included in the cost of registration. Prices are available upon request. Translators extra.

  • One-on-one Guitar or Tres Lessons
    Learn how to play son and Cuban music from Cuban master teachers.
  • Vintage Car Tours
    Ride around town in the famous old cars of Havana!
  • Shopping Tours
    Visit the best local shops
  • Baseball Game
    Attend one of the most popular pastimes in Cuba! (Seasonally permitting)
  • Art Museum and Gallery Tours
  • Cigar Factory Tours and Rolling Sessions
  • Architectural Tours of Havana
  • Latin Percussion Lessons
  • Latin Piano Lessons
  • Rhumba Sessions
  • Salsa Dancing

Music lessons will be given by the world-class staff at the Havana Music School.
Check out the tutorials offered here!

Check in time when you arrive on Sept. 15th is 4PM and check out on the 19th is 12PM.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Full accommodations at Melia Havana in the exclusive Miramar district for 4 nights
  • 3 great meals a day at selected restaurants and palodars (Breakfast at the hotel)
  • All workshops and clinics for 4 days and nights with Tommy, Pancho, Frank, and Vinny
  • All concerts with Tommy, Pancho, Frank, and Vinny- every night!
  • Ground Transport in Cuba to all Organized Activities (clinics, workshops, meals, concerts)
  • Introductory 2-hour tour of Havana with a guide
  • Airport Transportation for Recommended Flights

What's Not Included

  • Air Travel to Cuba, Exit Visas, and Health Insurance (highly recommended)
  • Free Time Activities (including Private Lessons with Cuban Masters, Private Tours, etc.)
  • Alcohol, Mini Bar, and Snacks
  • Nightclub Excursions beyond Tommy, Pancho, and our Planned Activites
  • Shopping
  • Wifi at the hotel- it is customary for hotels in cuba to charge a small fee for wi fi access

*Personal musical gear – You will need to bring your own guitar. If you are concerned about bringing your guitar on the airplane, we strongly suggest you purchase an inexpensive guitar for the trip.  You will not be able to buy a guitar once in Cuba.

*Cuban Health Insurance can be included with your air travel for a small fee. We strongly recommend this in case of illness or unexpected need to see a doctor in Cuba.

Travel Directions

Havana, Cuba

For Flight Reservations
*Arrange your international travel (from the US and elsewhere)  through our accredited travel agency:
Frosch Travel
(212)-784-0256 / (212)-784-0252
Mon -Fri 10AM-6PM
Marla Wax: marla.wax@frosch.com
Joe Mauceri: joe.mauceri@frosch.com

Cuba Itinerary Changes
If you wish to extend your stay in Cuba, any hotel reservations or other arrangements can be made for you by:
Marian Acevedo
Destino World Travel Agency, Havana
destino-cuba@lahavane.com

Questions?
If you still have questions on travel, email us.

Contact Us!

Get Directions

 

There are many taxis outside the terminals of Havana airport who can take you to Meliá Havana Hotel. In Cuba, its always best to confirm the price with the driver before you get in, but it should cost around $45-$55 US

Effective immediately, there are daily non-stop flights from many major US cities to Havana, including New York City, Los Angeles, Charlotte, Houston, Dallas, Miami, Tampa, and others. So, you can now book your own flight to Cuba online or contact us for travel agent recommendations.

Some notes for your travel to Cuba

  • Feel free to extend your trip and enjoy all that Cuba has to offer!
  • Your airline will provide you with a Cuban visa. They will charge you approximately $100 for this. They will also charge you Cuban Departure tax of roughly $25 and Cuban health insurance of $8. This is all legit and required by all airlines. You will also be given a US travel document for Cuban travel.  You will want to check off the “people to people” exchange on this document.  The airline will also advise you on this.
  • Please remember that US credit cards are not accepted in Cuba (but Canadian and European cards are) so you will need to bring cash. When you arrive in Havana at Jose Marti International Airport, there is currency exchange. You can exchange your International currency at the hotel.
  • You can take a taxi to the Meliá Hotel or Dreamcatcher Events! can arrange for a car to meet you and take you to the Hotel.
  • Once you arrive at the hotel, all your costs are covered, except shopping, optional sightseeing, snacks and drinks outside of meals, and alcohol.
  • Electrical outlets in Cuba will need a US adaptor in order to work. There are US compatible outlets in every room at the Meliá but we recommend that you bring your own to recharge your devices.
  • There are safes in all the rooms at Meliá.
  • There is little Wifi in Cuba but there is good Wifi in our hotel. There is also little International cell phone service but Verizon will work there.

You will need a valid passport this trip when you purchase your airfare and for travel to Cuba. Your airline will acquire visas and handle of the required paperwork with both the Cuban and United States governments. Non-U.S. registrants may go to Cuba on a tourist visa which you can get from your airline of choice. No special permission for non-US citizens is required.

Flights
The following cities provide NONSTOP flights to Cuba on these specific airlines:

  • Atlanta, GA – Delta
  • Charlotte, NC – American
  • Ft Lauderdale, FL – Southwest
  • Houston, TX – United
  • Miami, FL – American
  • New York City, NY (JFK) – Jetblue, Delta
  • Newark, NJ – United
  • Orlando, FL – JetBlue
  • Tampa, FL – Southwest

Feel free to extend your trip and enjoy all that Cuba has to offer!

Visas
Visas to enter Cuba are easily available from your airline at your check-in counter. They cost around $80 each. Alternatively, you can purchase them in advance at https://cubavisaservices.com/

Additionally, the United States Government will need you to answer a question about the purpose of your visit. You will have 12 possible answers to this question and the correct answer for this trip is “People To People.”

When you arrive at Havana airport, there are currency exchanges there where you can get Cuban CUCs.

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Instrument Travel

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Pricing and Registration

Shared Rooms at Tommy Emmanuel’s Guitar Getaway Havana is currently sold out.
Click here TO JOIN THE WAITLIST AND BE NOTIFIED IF A ROOM BECOMES AVAILABLE!

Room Types and Pricing

We welcome and even encourage significant others to join registrants for this wonderful trip, but we have to charge full price for loved ones whether or not they participate in our musical workshops during the days. Our gracious hosts in Cuba will be happy to arrange a wonderful sight seeing, art, and cultural program for guests in Cuba while their guitar playing partner lives out their musical dreams. These itineraries can be worked out in advance or once you arrive in Cuba.

  • Shared Room with Two Beds
    2,599.00

    Standard Room with two queen beds and a roommate. You may either name a fellow registrant as your roommate or one will be assigned by Dreamcatcher Events. Roommate matches are based on age and gender. If signing up with a roommate in mind, please enter their name in the “Roommate” field as you continue registration. Roommate must also register for Tommy Emmanuel’s Lost Weekend. Pricing is per person.

  • Couples Room
    5,099.00

    A room with one king bed or two queen beds meant to be shared by a couple. Pricing is for the room and two registrants.

  • Single with One Bed
    3,699.00

    Standard room with one king bed. Pricing is per person.

What's Included

  • Full accommodations at Melia Havana in the exclusive Miramar district for 4 nights
  • 3 great meals a day at selected restaurants and palodars (Breakfast at the hotel)
  • All workshops and clinics for 4 days and nights with Tommy, Pancho, Frank, and Vinny
  • All concerts with Tommy, Pancho, Frank, and Vinny- every night!
  • Ground Transport in Cuba to all Organized Activities (clinics, workshops, meals, concerts)
  • Introductory 2-hour tour of Havana with a guide
  • Airport Transportation for Recommended Flights

What's Not Included

  • Air Travel to Cuba, Exit Visas, and Health Insurance (highly recommended)
  • Free Time Activities (including Private Lessons with Cuban Masters, Private Tours, etc.)
  • Alcohol, Mini Bar, and Snacks
  • Nightclub Excursions beyond Tommy, Pancho, and our Planned Activites
  • Shopping
  • Wifi at the hotel- it is customary for hotels in cuba to charge a small fee for wi fi access

*Personal musical gear – You will need to bring your own guitar. If you are concerned about bringing your guitar on the airplane, we strongly suggest you purchase an inexpensive guitar for the trip.  You will not be able to buy a guitar once in Cuba.

*Cuban Health Insurance can be included with your air travel for a small fee. We strongly recommend this in case of illness or unexpected need to see a doctor in Cuba.

Recommended (But Not Included)

  • Cash
    If you are a US citizen, your credit cards will not work in Cuba and all bills must be paid in cash. If you do have a Canadian or European credit card it will only be accepted at our hotel and possibly the airport.The Cuban currency is the called the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC). One CUC is roughly equivalent to one US Dollar. You can exchange money at our hotel or at the airport but you can not exchange CUCs in the USA so we encourage you to spend everything in Cuba!
  • Travel Insurance
    We recommend that you do purchase Travel Insurance due to the fact that flights to and from Cuba can often be late. Travel Insurance will cover any losses due to flights needing to be rescheduled.
  • International Cell Phone Plan
    US cell phones will not work in Cuba unless they have Verizon which now works in Havana- be sure to turn on your International plans before you leave home.
  • No Public Wi-Fi
    It will only be accessible to you at the hotel.
  • Warm Weather Staples
    We recommend that you bring sun lotion and antiperspirant it’s hot in Havana in September.
  • Souvenirs
    Americans can now bring back up to $400 in souvenirs, including $100 worth of cigars.

Pricing and Registration Policy

  • Registration & Payments
    • All rates are per-person, unless stated otherwise.
    • All prices subject to change. Prior sales excluded. Dreamcatcher International reserves the right to change any price, package or offering at any time without prior notice.
    • All rates are subject to 8.9% surcharge, which includes all local, state, and occupancy taxes.
  • Installment Payment Plans
    • Upon registration, a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total purchase amount is charged to your credit card.
    • 100% of the remaining balance due on installment sales is automatically charged to the credit card on file on June 1, 2016.
    • Any registrations received after June 1, 2016 must be paid in full at the time of registration.
  • Cancellations
    • All payments and deposits are final and non-refundable.

For complete details please see our Registration and Payment Policy

Tommy Emmanuel’s Guitar Getaway Havana is an event for players and music lovers of all ages, levels, interests, and taste! Whether you are a master player, a beginner, or just an enthusiastic fan, our four day programs offer activities and workshops for you. Our environments are non-competitive and are strictly about immersing one’s self in the joys of music and our lovely surroundings!

Tommy Emmanuel is a proud endorser of Martin & Co. Strings and Maton Guitars

Martin & Co., Maton
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