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8 Days Cultural Immersion Yoga Holiday in Havana, Cuba

Havana, La Habana, Cuba

Empowering Yoga Retreat Cuba

Come join Tais and see Cuba with yoga. You will stretch every morning to prepare for your day ahead: enjoy the sights, engross yourself in the culture, and have a relaxing evening practice before sunset. The yoga will be structured to enhance strength and abilities and to unwind the muscles at the end of the day. Spend your days immersing yourself in healing yoga practice and soaking up the rejuvenating energy of this magical part of the world.

Meet the instructors

Tais
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Highlights

  • Sunrise Vinyasa yoga sessions
  • Spanish lessons and informal salsa lesson
  • Local English speaking tour leader throughout the tour
  • Tours to Havana and Trinidad
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Meals as per itinerary

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6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 22
Airport transfer available: José Martí International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-out Time:
10:00

During the retreat, you will stay at a premium guesthouse or similar in Havana, and a premium guesthouse in Trinidad.

Program

Day 1

Bienvenido a Cuba! Welcome to Cuba! Please ensure you provide your flight details at least 14 days prior to travel so the transfer can be organized. There will be welcome meeting approximately at 6 p.m. this evening. In addition, the tour briefing is originally followed by an optional group dinner.

Day 2

Enjoy a walking tour of Old Havana today, a perfect first taste of the city. Your local guide will show you the cathedral, Plaza de Armas, San Francisco de Asis, Plaza Vieja and Central Park. The entrance to the Camera Obscura is included also. Besides, this afternoon you will have an informal Spanish lesson with your leader. And your evening will be free to spend at your leisure.

Included activities

  • Sunrise or sunset Vinyasa yoga session
  • Guided walking tour of Old Havana
  • Camera Obscura entrance
  • Informal Spanish lesson

Day 3

Havana's Old City is well preserved and was designated a World Heritage Site in 1982. The streets are lined with colonial architecture, 16th century fortresses and countless churches. In addition, today you will visit the Plaza de Revolucion and also Miramar and the Malecon on a tour, driven in vintage American cars.

Included activities

  • Sunrise or sunset Vinyasa yoga session
  • Vintage car tour

Optional activities in Havana

  • Buena Vista Social Club
  • Cigar factory tour
  • La Cabana Fortress canon blast ceremony 
  • Ernest Hemingway tour 
  • Morro Castle

Day 4

Today you will board a collectivo for a short drive to Trinidad. There's no doubt it's one of Cuba's alluring destinations, a great place to wander around, with almost every scene offering a photo opportunity. Watch as locals casually smoke their huge cigars on the doorsteps of their homes, and hear the old Chevrolets rumbling by.

Kick things off by strolling along the cobbled streets and marveling at some of the colorful colonial architecture on display (this town was put on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1988 for good reason). During your orientation walk you visit the Santeria priest to learn more about the unique religion followed in this area. At some point, your group can decide when they want to schedule their informal Spanish class. 

Included activities

  • Orientation walk
  • Santeria priest visit 
  • Informal Spanish lesson  

Day 5

After breakfast this morning, you will take a half day walk to Salto de Javira, a beautiful waterfall with a natural pool you can swim in. This evening you will enjoy a meal at a local restaurant.

Included activities 

  • Sunrise or sunset Vinyasa yoga session
  • Salto de Javira Waterfall trek
  • Informal Salsa lesson
  • Organic farm visit with meal

Day 6

Enjoy a day of free time. There are some great Spanish-style churches to see, and nearby is the Valle de los Ingenios, where sugar plantations stretch out as far as the eye can see. For some seaside fun, head down to Playa Ancon and stroll its long stretches of white sand. Furthermore, you can go for a snorkel too. Just be careful when you're in the water, as sea urchins can be a problem here.

Back on the land, you can go cycling or hiking. If you rent a bicycle, be careful on the cobblestones, and remember your bike will be of the vintage variety. Moreover, the trekking is great in the Sierra del Escambray, the local mountains. A folklore dance and music show in one of the open-air venues is highly recommended - a great chance to immerse yourself in Cuba's African, French, and Spanish-influenced music and dance culture.

Optional activities in Trinidad

  • Salsa dance lesson
  • Live music venue
  • Musical instrument lesson (guitar, double bass, tres, percussion - per hour)
  • Cayo Blanco Island catamaran cruise
  • Train ride (steam train replica with electric engine)
  • Trek to El Nicho waterfall
  • Horse riding
  • Massage

Day 7

On your way back to Havana, you'll stop in Santa Clara to visit the Che Guevara mausoleum and memorial. In the museum you can get a rare insight into the legacy of the revolutionary leader, with some interesting ephemera and artefacts on display – letters, firearms, even medical devices. Once back in Havana you will have an opportunity to visit the beautiful Hotel Nacional as well as the Revolucion Square.

Included activities

  • Havana - Visit to Plaza de la Revolucion

Day 8

Your adventure comes to an end after breakfast this morning. 

Included excursions

During your stay in Cuba, you will enjoy visits to interesting places such as Old Havana, Santeria priest, organic farm, Plaza de la Revolucion, and vintage car tour.

Instructors

Tais Froggatt

Retreat location

Havana

Havana’s Old City is well preserved and was designated a World Heritage Site in 1982. The streets are lined with colonial architecture, 16th century fortresses, and countless churches.

Trinidad

There’s no doubt it’s one of Cuba’s alluring destinations, a great place to wander around, with almost every scene offering a photo opportunity. You will see as locals casually smoke their huge cigars on the doorsteps of their homes and hear the old Chevrolets rumbling by.

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Activities

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Shopping
  • Swimming

General

  • Bar
  • Restaurant

Services

  • Tour assistance

Food

In Havana, you will be provided with breakfasts, including during the departure day. In Trinidad, you will be served breakfast and lunch.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Salsa dance lesson 
  • Live music venues 
  • Musical instrument lesson (guitar, double bass, tres, percussion - per hour) 
  • Cayo Blanco Island catamaran cruise 
  • Train ride (steam train replica with electric engine) 
  • Trek to El Nicho Waterfall 
  • Horse riding (highly recommended)
  • Massage 

What's included

  • Sunrise or sunset Vinyasa Yoga session as indicated in the itinerary
  • Local English speaking tour leader throughout the tour 
  • Local guides at some sights 
  • All transport, sightseeing and excursions as per the itinerary 
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

What's not included

  • Flights tickets and any visas required 
  • International airport departure tax
  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Guide services on free days
  • Late check out at hotels
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival and departure transfers 
  • Tips for leaders, guide and driver
  • Expenditure of personal nature
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at José Martí International Airport (HAV).

Airport: José Martí International Airport Airport transfer available: José Martí International Airport Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Arrival: Saturday November 2, 2019
Departure: Saturday November 9, 2019

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