- Custom Trips
- Cuba Trips
The group will meet at a DC Metro Area Airport for group check-in (Departure time is subject to change by the airlines.)
Upon arrival in Havana, retrieve your luggage and meet your professional English speaking Cuban tour guide. Bus transfer will be provided directly to the Hotel.
Once we arrive at the hotel, the porters will take your bags to your room.
Snack and a welcome cocktail are included at La Barraca, an open-air restaurant located among the pristine gardens of the Hotel Nacional.
Check-in to the Hotel, where you will be staying on the. Upon arrival, exchange money and settle into your room.
You will have an opportunity to participate in a light heart-opening yoga session and set your intentions for the days to come.
‘Havana – past, present and future’. Miguel Coyula, former assistant to the city planner of Havana, will give an interactive presentation that covers the rich history and architecture of Havana, followed by a discussion about Cuba’s future.
Group dinner at ‘paladar’ (privately owned restaurant) – Atelier – Havana’s most famous private restaurant located in a classic 1950’s Miramar home.
After dinner, walk around and explore the beauty of Old Havana.
Breakfast included in the banquet room of the Hotel.
Morning Yoga on a rooftop in Old Havana. Opportunity for amazing photos too!
After your morning yoga enjoy a professionally led tour of Old Havana. Explore the 5 plazas of Old Havana, including Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza Vieja, and Plaza San Francisco.
After the walking tour of Old Havana, relax for a moment at the historic La Bodeguita del Medio – home of the Mojito!
Lunch included at La Bodeguita del Medio – The home of Ernest Hemingway’s favorite mojito!
After lunch, visit the Cuban Museum of the Revolution for a guided tour. The museum is housed in what was the Presidential Palace of all Cuban presidents and became the Museum of the Revolution during the years following the Cuban revolution.
Enjoy some free time in the afternoon. You may wish to explore the streets of Havana in a vintage American car.
In the evening, the group will meet for an incredible dinner at El Aljibe, Havana’s most famous and historic chicken and rice restaurant with a secret family marinade recipe.
After dinner your join the group for live music on the Malecón with a group of local street musician and friends of Cultural Contrast.
Morning Yoga in the gardens of Hotel. Get ready to flow with an uplifting yoga sequence and set the tone for a day of green open spaces with extraordinary views.
Breakfast included in the banquet room of the Hotel.
Pack your bags and be ready to leave for an overnight stay in Viñales
After yoga and breakfast, you will depart in a luxury coach bus to the western province of Pinar Del Rio, home of Cuba’s most lush landscapes and one of the main agricultural regions of Cuba.
Enjoy lunch at El Ranchón restaurant located near the Mural de la Prehistoria, one of Cuba’s most bizarre attractions.
Afternoon: Explore some of Cuba’s natural caves on a unique walking and boat tour that offers breathtaking views overlooking the entire Viñales valley region, an agricultural hub and the epicenter of tobacco production in Cuba.
Visit the quaint village of Viñales, including a visit to a farmer’s home and tobacco plantation. Learn the art and science of tobacco growing and you can even try to roll a cigar!
Check in to Hotel Los Jazmines – Take some time to enjoy the hotel pool and the spectacular views from your room through the French doors that open on to a balcony.
Dinner on your own: Enjoy dinner at Hotel Los Jazmines or a ‘paladar’ in Viñales town center. After dinner, join the group at a Patio Central Cultural Polo Montañez, or El Palenque de Los Cimarrones for incredible live Salsa Music!
Morning Yoga session will include all levels yoga flow & guided Pranayama on the grounds of Hotel Los Jazmines. We will breathe deeply and relax with a beautiful view of the valley.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at Hotel Los Jazmines and prepare to explore more of Viñales valley.
Participate in an optional salsa dance class or enjoy the terraced hotel pool that looks out onto the picturesque valley.
After checking out of Hotel Los Jazmines, we will visit a sustainable organic farm for a tour. The owners will explain how they harvest and filter their own rainwater for irrigation, use companion planting techniques and terraced raised beds and to grow dozens of varieties of organic produce on the hillside. After the tour, the the owners will host a true farm-to-table organic lunch!
Following the farm tour, the group will return to Havana to explore and have time to meet Cuban artists and musicians…
Havana, is now host to a multitude of private restaurants. Whether you choose a quaint paladar in Old Havana or an elegant private restaurant in Vedado or Miramar, the options are endless. Your guides will assist you in making unforgettable dinner plans.
In the evening we’ll uncover the Havana nightlife. Practice your new dance moves at Casa de la Musica or see the legendary Cabaret show at Club Tropicana!
Breakfast included in the banquet room of the Hotel.
Beachfront Yoga practice with Eduardo Pimentel: Known as the “Godfather of Cuban Yoga”, Eduardo began his practice when he discovered library books about yoga in the 1970s. He corresponded with his guru, BKS Iyengar, via snail mail, (often waiting 4 months to receive a letter from India) before traveling to India to study with him in person. During his 40 year journey he has spread yoga throughout the entire island and is now known as a public figure. Experience for yourself how yoga is practiced in Cuba! Please remember to bring yoga supplies to donate to the Cuban Yoga Community.
Pack your bathing suit! After yoga, we’re going to the beach! Experience the famous white sand beaches of Playas del Este, located about 15 minutes outside of Havana, Playas del Este is renowned for its pristine white sands and crystal aquamarine waters. Meet Cuban musicians and beachgoers, while you Enjoy a “coco frio” – coconut water straight from the coconut while you relax on the beach!
Lunch – Included at Ajiaco, a paladar that specializes in traditional Cuban food with a unique twist.
Visit Havana’s Plaza de Armas and visit the book and antique market.
Before dinner, travel to the Malecon at sunset for a final group mediation as prepare to bid farewell to Cuba
Return to the hotel to relax before preparing for a farewell dinner with the group.
Dinner at Havana’s single finest restaurant – El Litoral. An incredible nautical themed restaurant that features it’s own fishing boat and an entirely organic appetizer bar.
You will check-out of the hotel and the porters will bring your luggage to the bus.
Before going to the airport, you will visit the quaint fishing village of Jaimanitas and visit the Gaudi-inspired neighborhood-mosaic-tile-art project of world-renowned artist José Fuster. Mr. Fuster turned his entire village into a mosaic project. Featured on A&E, the Travel Channel and Discovery, you will visit his private home and studio and have the opportunity to view and buy art directly from the artist at his studio/home.
Transfer to the airport – You will check in as a group and board your brief flight back to the DC Metro Area.
Lunch options are available in the airport
Your group flight departs Havana at approximately 2:00 PM, arrives DC Metro Area Airport 3:00 PM (Departure time is subject to change by the airlines.)
The growth of yoga in Cuba is largely the work of one man, Eduardo Pimentel. He is the president and Founder of the non-governmental, Cuban Yoga Association (CYA).
Eduardo Pimentel began his yoga journey in 1971, studying from a book by Swami Sivananda. He furthered his yoga studies in both India and the United States and embarked on his teaching career in 1980. He is a registered yoga teacher by the International Yoga Federation. His most influential teacher has been B.K.S. Iyengar. For over 15 years Pimentel and Iyengar exchanged letters to one another before finally meeting in India.
Eduardo Pimentel has trained more than 12,000 yoga practitioners while aiming to develop a prominent Vipassana community in Havana. Eduardo has taught many Cubans about yoga and has even been featured on national television.
Intelligent, playful, and heart-based is how Bita describes her approach to yoga. Emphasizing awareness, breath, core principles, and alignment, Bita integrates these techniques in both movement and in stillness providing access to our true nature. Cultivating a sacred space to open the body, free the mind, and connect with spirit, she aspires to ignite the magic of our existence and the bliss of living this presence. Bita’s classes offer down to earth yogic techniques along with ways to incorporate them into our daily lives to help minimize stress, heal our bodies, and heal and focus our minds. Self-transformation and awakening within has guided Bita to teach from a place of love, respect and integrity. Having studied many different yoga styles, Bita teaches these practices along with meditation to all levels of students in the Maryland/ DC area. In addition to her 500hr ERYT certification, Bita holds a Doctorate in Medicine.
Moses Brown is a Certified Yoga Teacher who has been teaching throughout Maryland since 1991. He also leads Yoga Teacher Trainings and Yoga Immersion Programs where his teachings create an approach that is physically dynamic, mentally stimulating, and therapeutic. Moses brings focus, concentration, and mindfulness to his classes, weaving them together with playfulness, joy and FUN! He began his studies in 1988 in both Iyengar and Anusara methods and continues his studies in Yoga Asana, Philosophy and Meditation. Moses teaches all levels of students from beginner to more advanced at The Yoga Center of Columbia, Potomac Yoga and Willow Street Yoga Center, all in the state of Maryland.
Travel authorized by license by the Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) which 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.
Licensed Travel To Cuba!
With over 25 years of Cuba travel experience, Cultural Contrast has the experience to make your travel easy. Legal travel to Cuba is possible with a qualified, licensed group. We organize licensed travel for all types of groups from around the US. Call us today to learn about our upcoming trips, or to discuss a trip for your group!