January 10-19, 2020 (10 Days | 9 Nights)

Through a collaboration between The Mainstay in Rock Hall and Ashé Cultural Tours, Mainstay audiences have the opportunity to participate in an immersive Cuban Music and Culture experience, including daily performances of Cuban traditional/popular music, jazz, and Latin jazz.  This multi-city tour which runs from Jan 10-19, 2020 is led by Washington College professors Ken Schweitzer (music) and Aaron Lampman (anthropology), each of whom have extensive knowledge of Cuban Culture and share a deep desire to offer participants an insider’s view of Cuban Music, art, culture, cuisine and politics.

The cost is $3,250 per person. Tour cost indicated is for double accommodation. Upgrades to single accommodation can be offered on a limited basis (rooms are in high demand) for $400/person.


  • Deposit Deadline for Guaranteed Participation ($300) | Due July 1, 2019*
    • Please submit the our Questionnaire (Word doc| PDF) with your deposit so we can best serve your needs!
    • Checks should be made to Ashé Cultural Tours, LLC
    • Mail to Ashé Cultural Tours, 204 Crossgate Drive, Church Hill, MD 21623
  • Second deposit ($300) | Due August 16, 2019
  • Balance | Due November 29, 2019
  • Cancellation Policy

* Tour requires at least 14 participants to run. In the event tour is cancelled due to low enrollment, all deposits will be refunded. Enrollment is established on a first come, first serve basis up to a maximum of 23 participants.  In order to ensure availability of housing and transportation, enroll before July 1, 2019.  After July 1, we will still accept deposits (up to the maximum of 23) assuming we can secure housing and transportation. Deposits and payments are non-refundable 48 hours after their respective deadlines. To protect your investment, consider Travel Insurance, which can be purchased at any time. Be aware, however, that Travel Insurance is most effective when purchased with a few days of making your initial deposit. For more info.

Overview of Included Costs 

Housing, Food, and Transportation

  • Round-trip flight from MIA (Miami to Cuba)
  • All necessary travel visas (for US citizens, not born in Cuba).
  • Medical Travel Insurance
  • 6 nights accommodation in Havana (AirBnB-style homestays in Centro Havana)
  • 2 night accommodation in Viñales (Beautiful Hilltop Hotel)
  • 1 night accommodation in Miami
  • 8 home cooked breakfasts
  • 4 lunches (at local restaurants)
  • 6 home cooked dinners in our Havana host’s home
  • All program related ground transportation in Cuba, including airport transfers, intercity buses, local taxis, and bike taxis.
  • All museum and concert entry fees connected to the program
  • Internet based education, lists of recommended background material including readings and podcasts, and on-site talks and informal lectures by Cuban Music and Culture experts of Washington College, Dr. Ken Schweitzer (Music Department) and Latin Americanist Dr. Aaron Lampman (Anthropology Department).

The following is NOT INCLUDED 

  • Meals outside Cuba (e.g., dinner & breakfast in Miami)
  • Five lunches and two dinners in Cuba
  • Taxis hired during limited “free-time.”
  • Optional Travel insurance
  • Souvenirs, snacks, and cocktails
  • Checked baggage fees