Culture and Yoga, the Cuban Way!
Dates: 15 - 25 April 2020
Price: £1300 twin sharing / £1700 single occupancy
Children and partners are welcome to join as non-participating guests.
Old Havana, its crowning glory, is a spellbinding muddle of crumbling colonial mansions, shady plazas, cobbled streets and laundry-strewn balconies. Brightly coloured vintage Buicks line the pavements and salsa music drifts through the alleyways. It’s like a step back in time. Beyond Havana, Trinidad - a UNESCO World Heritage colonial town is sensual and high-spirited where bands strike up in the streets and rowdy hole-in-the-wall rum bars stay open far into the night. Optional bici-taxi (bicycle taxi) tour. Rolling through tobacco fields in Vinales, where we could go horseback riding or hiking through the hills or vist a cigar factory and plantation. Afterwards we visit the scenic viewpoint at Hotel Jazmines which overlooks the Vinales Valley.
Staying in a family home (casa particular) is hands down, the best way to meet local people and get a feel for Cuban hospitality. Breakfast is included during our stay with the locals.
Then getting back to the beautiful bare necessities on castaway Cayo Santa Maria island connected to the mainland through a bridge. With swaying palms, snow-white sand and sapphire waters, it’s no frills, no fuss and no worries all the way. We stay in an all-inclusive resort, which has lots of atmosphere and the cabanas are situated close to the beach. Our accommodation is based on fullboard - breakfast, lunch and dinner are all included during our stay.
Reservation is a must and as early as possible!
Day 1 - Arrival in Havana, stay in a boutique homestay.
Day 2 - Excursion in Havana - a 2-hour tour in American classical cabriolet through Havana in the morning and a private guided walking tour of 3 hours through the old city with a local guide in the afternoon. Salsa classes can be arranged at extra cost.
Day 3 - Travel to Vinales
Day 4 - Half day private walking excursion in Vinales valley with a local guide
Day 5 - Travel to Trinidad. Stop at Giron to visit the crocodile farm and snorkel at Cueva de los Peces. Entrance fees not included.
Day 6 - Cultural day in Trinidad. 3-hour private guided tour through colonial center. Salsa classes can be arranged at extra cost.
Day 7 - Drive to Cayo Santa Maria via Hacienda Iznaga open air museum and visit the Che Guevara memorial at Santa Clara.
Day 8 - Cayo Santa Maria free day.
Day 9 - Drive back to Havana. Free evening.
Day 10 - Havana free day. Tickets for the Buena Vista Social Club show at Café Taberna in Old Havana in the evening.
Day 11 - Departure Havana
WHAT IS INCLUDED:
8 nights accommodation in Casas Particulares (homestays)
Breakfast in the homestays
2 nights on Cayo Santa Maria Island hotel
Full board on Cayo Santa Maria island
All guided excursions with a local guide mentioned above and private minivan transfers
Two-hour tour in an American classical cabriolet
Taxi airport pick-up and drop-off
All yoga sessions (optional)
Ticket to Buena Vista Social Club show
Travel and health insurances
Optional trips and activities
Tips to guides, drivers, boatmen etc.
Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Anything else not mentioned in the itinerary
Various styles of yoga styles will be offered throughout, either a flowing vinyasa sequence to wake us up before breakfast or yin yoga at sunset to cap the day. Guided pranayama and meditation complement our practice. All levels and abilities are welcome. Please bring your own mats and props.
*Book your own flights, however, please do not book until I give a go signal. We need a minimum of 6 people to run this yoga holiday.