11 days / West-Central Cuba
Havana - Vinales - Cienfuegos – Trinidad - Santa Clara - Cayo Santa Maria - Havana
A 11-day adventure through Cuba’s cities which need to be seen to be believed. Yoga sessions, with a tinge of spirituality and mindfulness, offered once a day except on first and last day as we travel through Havana, Vinales, Cayo Santa Maria and Trinidad. Hatha flow to wake us up in the morning or a gentle/yin yoga to cap the day. Guided meditation and pranayama complement our practice. All levels and abilities are welcome. Please bring your own mats and props.
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 the modest Warwick Hotel 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. Stopover at Las Terrazas - a UNESCO biosphere reserve and a pioneering eco-village.
Day 4 - Half day private walking excursion valley in Vinales with local guide.
Day 5 - Travel to Trinidad via northcoast, Havana and Cienfuegos. Included at Cienfuegos is a private guided tour with our local guide.
Day 6 - Cultural day in Trinidad. 3-hour private guided tour through colonial center. Salsa classes can be arranged at extra cost.
Day 7 - Free day in Trinidad.
Day 8 - Drive to Cayo Santa Maria via Hacienda Iznaga open air museum and visit the Che Guevara memorial at Santa Clara.
Day 9 - Cayo Santa Maria free day.
Day 10 - Drive back to Havana. Tickets for the Buena Vista Social Club show at Café Taberna in Old Havana.
Day 11 - Departure Havana
Memories to remember by from £1000.00 based on double occupancy. Single supplement applies.
To make a deposit of £500 per person you can pay by bank transfer.
*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.
About the teacher:
Patricia is a London-based, qualified British Wheel of Yoga teacher having finished her 500-hour teacher training in 2009 with Marc Beuvain in the tradition of Sri T. Krishnamacharya. Her classes are geared towards all levels, especially for beginners, and she is certified to teach baby, kids, family, prenatal/postnatal and most recently, yin yoga. Group classes offer three variations to suit each individual's needs and capabilities.
All accommodation in Casas Particulares (homestays)
Breakfast in the homestays
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
Ticket to Buena Vista Social Club show
International flights, visas, lunches or dinners not mentioned in the itinerary, entries to museums, salsa classes etc. and tips to local guides and taxi drivers.
Before You Go
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