RELAX IN Cuba with a Yoga RETREAT! 

MARCH 15-29, 2018

This all-inclusive itinerary is:

$2,975 for 8 Days & 7 Nights in Havana and Viñales (March 15-22, 2018).

* Travelers on the 8 Day & 7 Night tour may continue to Trinidad for an additional $1,550.

$2,575 for 6 Days & 5 Nights in Havana (March 15-20, 2018).

$2,102 for 7 Days & 6 Nights in Trinidad (March 23-29, 2018).

$700 deposit per person.

The package price is based on double occupancy.  The single room supplement is an additional $200.

Two private one hour Cuban salsa lessons are available for $85.

 

During this wonderful Yoga retreat, you will discover the vibrant arts, charming colonial streets, and warm people of Cuba.  Havana, whose city center is a UNESCO world heritage site, will be your home base.  You will stay in beautiful Cuban homes and interact with the people in the communities.  You will explore the beautiful Cuban culture, its history, and the fun contemporary nightlife.  Aside from visiting important sites, our interactions with the locals will be extremely rewarding and life-changing for many of you.  Your group will practice Yoga and explore various locations throughout Cuba during the tour.  Each day you will enjoy cuisine and drinks that are popular among the Cubans.  You will travel to neighboring towns and local beaches for fun and exploration.  The final evening will be filled with celebrations in the traditional Cuban style.

 

Your Trip Includes:

  • Round trip airfare from the Florida port of departure.
  • Cuban visa processing and fee (There is an additional fee for Cuban born travelers).
  • Medical insurance while visiting Cuba.
  • All airline and airport fees (U.S. & Cuba except baggage & excess weight fees).
  • Ground transportation within Cuba in vintage American automobiles.
  • All accommodations while visiting Cuba (Private Bed & Breakfast with air-conditioned bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms).
  • Entrance fees when applicable.
  • All gratuities are included.
  • Experienced tour guides (English, Spanish, Portuguese and French speaking are available).
  • All meals identified in the itinerary are included.  Please advise us about any restrictions or food allergies.

 

Not Included:

  • Activities outside of the tour itinerary.
  • Yoga mats.  You must bring your own.
  • Baggage fees are common upon check-in at the airport.  These fees are the responsibility of the passenger.
  • Travel insurance, which is highly recommended for all travelers.

 

Travel to the Florida port of departure:

  • Lodging arrangements for travelers who do not live in the originating city can be made for an additional fee.
     



Itinerary

 

DAY 1: HAVANA, CUBA

Today's schedule is dependent on flight arrival times.

Arrive at Jose Marti Airport, Havana, Cuba.  Hola, Cubita Linda.  After clearing customs and getting luggage we will stop at one of the exchange stores for currency conversion.

Lunch is included.

3:00pm - Check into our colonial homes, in Nuevo Vedado, Havana.

After check-in we will gather as a group to discuss the program for our time in beautiful Cuba.  A welcome Cuban drink is part of this interaction, which is a terrific way to kick-off the tour while meeting your fellow travelers and the tour consultant.

Late afternoon rooftop yoga practice in Nuevo Vedado, at a residence with beautiful views.

Dinner is included.

After dinner we will take a casual walk around Central Park (Parque Central) in Old Havana for some music and site seeing.  We will stroll past the Capital Building (Capitolio), the National Museum of Beautiful Arts (Museo Nacional de las Bellas Artes) and the Grand Theater (Gran Teatro).  In the evenings, these architectural beauties are powerful and elegant with dramatic lighting effects.  We will visit a local spot for a mojito, daiquiri, or whatever drink of your choice.

 

DAY 2: HAVANA, CUBA

7:15am to 8:15am - Invigorating morning yoga session on a quiet, serene, lush patio surrounded by tropical fruits and large shade trees.  This class will leave you feeling energized and ready for your afternoon salsa lesson and further exploration of Havana.

Breakfast at your residence.  During our tour, we start every morning with breakfast where we are staying so we can interact with the group more effectively.  During your breakfast, the wonderful home owners will share stories of Cuban life as seen through their eyes.

Tour of the Museum of the Revolution.

Some shopping at the local artisanal market.

Lunch is included.

Salsa lesson.

4:00pm - Private visit to the Lizt Alfonso Ballet and Dance School.

The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore until your afternoon yoga.

Yoga and change of attire.

After yoga, we will embark on a panoramic tour of Havana in vintage convertible cars:  Plaza of the Revolution (Plaza de La Revolucion), Colon Cemetery, Botanical Gardens (El Bosque de la Havana), Fifth Avenue (5ta Avenida) and the famous seawall, El Malecon.

The next stop is the Hotel Nacional, a historical luxury hotel, circa 1930.  This is a great stop to see the city and the beautiful Malecon.  The traditional cocktails served here are delicious! (Though they are not included in tour price).

Dinner is included.

 

DAY 3: HAVANA, CUBA

Early morning yoga session.

Breakfast at your residence.

Today, we visit The Cathedral Square and tour the inside of one of the oldest Cathedrals in the Western Hemisphere.  This stop is a favorite of all religious denominations because of the building’s history and beauty.  Next, we travel down Obispo Street which is one of Havana’s most populous streets.  For those who wish to shop, this route is lined with stores from Bernaza Street to Plaza de Armas.

Lunch is included.

Tour the museum of Ron Havana Club.

Salsa lesson.

Take some free time to explore and shop.

Yoga prior to dinner.

Dinner is included:  Havana's "The Art Factory" (Fabrica de Arte), two floor of music, local art and cocktails.

 

DAY 4: HAVANA, CUBA

Early morning yoga session.

Breakfast at your residence.

Shopping and exploration prior to going to the Havana Club.  The afternoon at the Havana Club features sunbathing, swimming, and enjoying refreshing cocktails.

You will have lunch at the Club (cocktails are on your own).

Yoga at the Club (you can shower at the club).

Right prior to dinner we will visit the home of Cuban/Chinese Artist Flora Fong, as she shares her life, challenges and a deep look into her home-studio.  

Dinner is included.

 

DAY 5: HAVANA & COJIMAR, CUBA

Early morning Yoga session. 

Breakfast at your residence.

This morning we travel to the east side of Havana to the town of Cojimar, a small fishing village that is best known for inspiring Ernest Hemingway’s "The Old Man and the Sea" and is home to a wonderful culinary experience today.

The group will walk with the restaurant staff to see the Ogranoponico farm location, where the restaurant picks daily vegetables and spices for their meals.  Along the way we will explore the little charming village, which remains intact to the time when Hemingway was a loved friend among the people.

We return to the restaurant and the group will be interactive in both the kitchen and the cocktail scene to learn how to create a very special Cuban dish.  Enjoy the fruits of your labor at lunch today!  Happy cooking at El Ajiaco.

We head over this afternoon to Recording Studios Abdala, where we will partake in a behind the scenes experience of the recording studios.  Additionally, we will be part of a Cuba/Jazz Jam Session, sit back and enjoy the show!

Yoga, a little relaxation prior to dinner.

Dinner is included:  ChaChaCha – loving the new look for Cuba.  This is the perfect example of the changing times and how the youth of Cuba is modernizing the culinary culture.

 

DAY 6: PINAR DEL RIO, CUBA

The 8 Day & 7 Night tour continues.

8:00am - Breakfast and we will depart to Pinar Del Rio.

Pinar Del Rio is the Western-most province of Cuba, famous for its rich soil, tobacco production and picturesque scenery.  We will visit the charming village of Viñales nestled in the Sierra de los Organos mountains.  Viñales Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and settlement dating back to the Spanish colonial era.   The area, while rural, is booming with excitement and a lively population.

2:00pm - Lunch is included.  

Check-in to our homes after lunch. 

Our next adventure is a small drive around the valley of Viñales and a refreshing welcome cocktail in one of the local caves.

Yoga prior to dinner. 

9:00pm - Dinner is included:  El Campesino.

The rest of the evening is free for you to explore the welcoming town of Viñales.

 

DAY 7: PINAR DEL RIO & HAVANA, CUBA

Rise and shine in beautiful Viñales, a perfect spot for some yoga this morning.

Breakfast is included.

For the tobacco aficionado and those just curious, this morning we will visit a family operated tobacco farm which is a favorite stop among our groups.  Here we experience honey, rum, coffee and an amazing group of local farmers that welcome us with open arms. 

Lunch is Included:  La Finca.

Late afternoon we drive back to Havana and enjoy some time to rest and prepare for dinner.

7:00pm - Dinner is included:  De Camino.

 

DAY 8: HAVANA, CUBA

Preparations for the airport for the 8 Day & 7 Night tour.

Early morning Yoga session.

Breakfast at your residence.

If you stay to continue on the Trinidad path, this afternoon can be a relaxed beach day.  Lunch is not included but the drivers will be available to take you and pick-you up from the beach.

Yoga before dinner.

Dinner is included.

 

DAY 9: HAVANA, CUBA

The Trinidad tour begins.

Breakfast is included in your home.   

For those extending their stay and traveling on to Trinidad, today is a free day.  You remain in your home, but the day is free for you to explore Havana.  Lunch is not included nor transportation (but we will make arrangements for you to have car service if you request, at your expense).

Afternoon arrival for the new group participating in the Trinidad only tour.

Dinner is included for both groups (existing travelers and new arrivals).

 

DAY 10: HAVANA, CIENFUEGOS & TRINIDAD, CUBA

Early morning Yoga.

Breakfast is included for those continuing the journey.  

Today we travel to the beautiful city of Cienfuegos, a terrific stop on the way to Trinidad.  

Upon arrival we explore this beautiful city with numerous, parks, mansions with cupolas and the well preserved neoclassical architecture.  This walking city is vibrant with people and history.  Visit the Immaculate Conception Cathedral and walk the longest street in Cuba Prado Avenue.

Lunch in the old town today.

Travel to Trinidad this late afternoon to check into our homes.

Late dinner is included in Trinidad.

Evening stroll down the streets of Trinidad, listening to the sounds of salsa and local dancers. (The evening lights in Trinidad make beautiful photographic postcards)

 

DAY 11: TRINIDAD, CUBA

Early Yoga today in beautiful Trinidad. 

Breakfast is included.

Walking tour of the colonial city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. (Plaza Mayor, Bell Towers of the Old San Francisco Convent, and Mayor Church).

Afro-Cuban visit to Templo Llemaya to learn about the Santeria religion of Cuba.

Lunch is included:  Café Tuti, the best pizza in Cuba!

Free time this afternoon to roam around the town, until your Yoga practice.

Dinner is included:  Taberna La Botija with live music.

Rumba drums with African rhythms at Calle Echerri.

 

DAY 12: TRINIDAD, CUBA

Yoga this morning.

Breakfast at your residence.

Visit to the Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of Sugar Mills) with its hiking trails, waterfalls and natural beauty.  We explore this specific area after the lunch at the farm.

A climb to the Manaca Iznaga Tower for amazing views of the Valley, home of one of the wealthiest men in Cuba as a result of slave trafficking in the 1790’s.

Lunch is included:  Traditional Farm Style luncheon and hiking.

Zip lining is an option today, as long as they are operating.

After lunch we have free time to explore the Plazas and the hidden gems in the nearby communities.

Yoga opportunity.

Dinner is included:  Malibran Restaurant Xiomara y Ariel with live music.

 

DAY 13: TRINIDAD, CUBA

Yoga this morning.

9:00am - Breakfast at our residence.

Today we discover the warm baby blue waters of Playa Ancon.

If the catamarans are operating we can cross over to Cayo Blanco, a quieter spot with its friendly inhabitants, the “Dragons” (Iguanas).  Snorkeling is part of today’s fun adventures.

12:00pm - Lunch is included:  In the Island.

Dinner is included:  Katy Restaurant.

 

DAY 14: TRINIDAD, VARADERO & HAVANA, CUBA

Yoga this morning.

Early breakfast at your residence.

We leave Trinidad and head to Varadero beach for the day and evening.

Lunch is on your own today at the beach.

Today is a nice beach day in this beautiful paradise known around the world as one of the most beautiful blue waters.

Late dinner is included:  In Havana.

 

DAY 15: HAVANA, CUBA

Early breakfast at your residence.

Prepare for departures.

 

* Cocktails in excess of those provided in the package are the responsibility of the travelers.

Travel authorized by license through the Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) that authorizes registered guests of our programs to legally travel to Cuba to participate and engage in a full time schedule of authorized exchange activities in Cuba, which will involve meaningful interaction between travelers and people in Cuba.


Deposit

A deposit of $700 per person is required to guarantee your reservation, which will be applied towards the cost of your tour.  Deposits are generally non-refundable, except in rare cases when we cannot confirm all components of a booking at the purchase price. 

 

Final Payment

Any pending balance must be paid in full at least 30 days prior to departure.  If your booking falls within the 30 days, payment in full is expected at the time of booking.  For those who wish, a payment plan can be established:  One month after the deposit is paid, the remaining balance will be divided by the amount of months remaining in order to have the balance paid 30 days prior to departure.


Nadine Johnson Yoga Instructor
Nadine Johnson Yoga Instructor

Meet the Yoga Teacher

I live in San Francisco, my home town working, volunteering and teaching yoga while maintaining a strong practice and balanced life.  Safety, patience and inward focus have been key elements of my practice for over 20 years, which is grounded in Ashtanga Yoga as taught by the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in India.

I started practicing yoga to relax.  While working 12 hour days and traveling 100K+ miles per year, yoga helped me stay healthy and thrive in my career.  Yoga made the competitive corporate environment manageable.  I started teaching to help others discover what I have.  Yoga helped me find a healthier body, healthier mind and a more loving and honest approach to life.

I’ve graduated from teacher training with Clayton Horton at Greenpath Yoga and David Swenson, and have completed the Advanced Teacher Training Program with YogaWorks for my E-RYT 500 certification.  I completed the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy level I training.  I also continue my education through workshops and trainings with senior teachers such as Maty Ezraty, David Williams, Richard Freeman, Jonny Kest, Ana Forrest and Sarah Powers.


 


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