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A Unique and Intimate 5-Day Adventure
with Legendary Drummer Dave Weckl
January 13-18, 2019
Havana, Cuba

Cost: $3,495 USD (SOLD OUT!)
Drum Fantasy Camp, in cooperation with Carlson Maritime Travel (Miami), has created an amazing opportunity. It's called Drum Fantasy Camp: Access Cuba with Dave Weckl. Attendees on this tour will spend five days in Havana: seeing live music, experiencing incredible artists, witnessing amazing architecture, and eating great food - all with iconic drummer Dave Weckl!

Just like any tour, you will experience all these things with an amazing tour guide who knows every corner of Havana. You will ride on a comfortable bus and get to know your small group of music enthusiasts. And - that's right - Dave will be right there with you every day: having breakfast in the hotel restaurant, riding the bus with you, and experiencing everything the same way that you do. Like many of you, this will be Dave's first time in Havana and he is excited to go!

And that's not all...

In addtion to of the amazing art and music you will see, you will also watch Dave rehearse and perform with a Cuban jazz group! It's the ultimate backstage pass!

Why Cuba?

Cuba has been the subject of mystery, fascination and deliberation for decades. The profound musical and artistic heritage of Cuba is a big part of that fascination. Countless musicians, particularly drummers, have emerged from Cuba over the years. You know some of Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Dafnis Prieto, Pedrito Martinez, Paquito D'Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, and so many more.

Dave Weckl has always admired and respected the musical heritage of Cuba - particularly Cuban jazz. Camp director Steven Orkin visited Cuba in January of 2018 (with the same tour company). Upon discussing his experiences in Cuba, Dave agreed that it was time to go.

And a limited number of people can join him...

What Will We Do in Havana?

Here is a list of sites you will see - all with Dave Weckl there experiencing it with you:

- Rehearsals and performances with some of the best jazz, orchestral, and vocal groups in Cuba
- Rehearsal and performance with Dave Weckl and a Cuban group TBA
- Meeting with the VP of ICM Institute of Music
- Unesco (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) world heritage sites
- Habana Compas Dance (an amazing dance/drummoing troop)
- El Morro Castle
- Vintage Car Ride Tour
- Famous Nacional Hotel (from The Godfather II) and their great restaurant on the water
- Jose Fuster's Ceramic Village and Community Project
- Hamel's Alley (Afro Cuban art)

What is Included?

- 5 nights at the Riviera Hotel in Havana. This is dual occupancy (we assign a roommate or you can bring a travel partner). Single occupancy is an additional $499 per person.
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day (except for one dinner) including "welcome" cocktails. Dinners are at some of the top rated paladars (private restaurants) in Havana
- All fees for musical services and exchanges
- Amazing tour guide and a large, private motor coach with plenty of water bottles
- Medical insurance while you are in Cuba
- Cultural Visa for visiting Cuba on a music exchange and authorization letter for U.S. customs

What is NOT Included?

- Air fare (but Carlson travel is happy to personally help you book your flight)
- Travel visa ($85 per person)
- Outside meals and beverages that you choose
- Single occupancy room is additional, if desired ($499)
- Tipping after meals (standard tips are $1 - $3)
- Gratuity to the guide and driver (approximately $100 USD for each of the two)
- You must have a valid passport with at least 6 months' validity (U.S. citizens)

What Else Do I Need To Know?

Participants should know that Cuba is a special destination. Some elements of the itinerary are subject to change. There are sometimes circumstances beyond the control of our travel company partner and they reserve the right to makes changes at their sole discretion. Be assured that they are fantastic and will make every effort possible to provide comparable alternative plans, if necessary.

Also: Your commitment to full participation in program activities is required if you choose to join the group. Most tourist-oriented activities are forbidden by our U.S. license. This license does not allow for independent exploration in Cuba.

What Do I Do If I'm Interested?

Though the trip is not happening until January 13-18, 2019, there is limited space. We expect a great deal of interest in this trip because our August camp sells out each year (and hanging out with Dave in Cuba is even MORE special!).

Here are the steps you should take to get things started:

1.  Fill out the registration form, below. That way, we know who you are and how to stay in contact with you.

2.  After we receive your registration, we will e-mail you with instructions for making a payment and filling out travel forms. Final payment will be due by October 12, 2018.

3. Drum Fantasy Camp and the travel company will be in touch with our group throughout the months leading up to our trip!


Feel free to use the contact information, below, to ask questions. We're here to help - and we cannot wait to meet you on this unique journey!

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Photos From Cuba

Camp director Steven Orkin, who manages marketing for Dave Weckl, travelled to Cuba on a similar music exchange program in Jaunary of 2018.

Here are some photos from that trip. The photos show many of the sites we will visit!

Riviera Hotel

Hotel Dining Room

Tour Bus

Nacional Hotel

Ceramic Village

Habana Compas Dance

Vintage Car Ride

Tropicana Live

Amazing Architecture

Amazing Food

Sunset (in front of our hotel!)