Trip Overview

With its dazzling art and architecture, Afro-Latin rhythms, and iconic scenes from a vintage postcard, Cuba welcomes you—and your inner adventuress! Embrace the future-forward vision of its entrepreneurial people and catch the spirited energy of this island nation during a 10-day cultural odyssey with AdventureWomen.

From the moment you step onto this legendary island you’ll be a participant in daily Cuban life, not just a sightseer. The warmth and hospitality of the Cuban people reflect multi-cultural, time-honored traditions, and sharing them with you is a genuine gesture of friendship, which is a perfect backdrop for forging your own AdventureWomen bonds along the way.

Your 10-day women’s adventure is divided between three UNESCO World Heritage Site cities, each a canvas for unique artistic expression. Throughout your travels, connect with local artists and entrepreneurial businesswomen eager to share insights about life in this island nation that’s been sealed off from the outside world for most of 60 years.

Along the way enjoy comfortable stays in accommodations that reflect Cuban-stylish design, and savor meals in the island’s renowned paladares – private, family-run restaurants serving traditional cuisine. Of course you’ll have plenty of opportunities to experience Cuba’s legendary evening entertainment. Your companionable national Cuban guide leads you into the very heart of the culture to learn both its history and unique local lore. You are also accompanied by an AdventureWomen Ambassador, committed to helping make your experience a fun and personally rewarding adventure, and cheering you on as you reach beyond your comfort zone to take on new challenges in your own unique way!

Begin your journey with the flight to Havana where you’ll meet your fellow travelers and guide for cocktails and dinner – cheers to Cuba and adventures together! Drive eastward toward Camagüey the next morning, stopping to visit Che Guevara’s Mausoleum in “revolutionary” Santa Clara.

A 500-year-old colonial gem, Camagüey offers a delightful “get lost” adventure through its zigzagging warren of streets. For high-energy fun (and no-judgment team bonding!) take a salsa lesson from the pros, then switch from sway to clay in a hands-on pottery class. Continue to colorful Trinidad, hailed as Cuba’s most photogenic town. Here, gather for fascinating conversation at a local artist’s studio, then take a rainforest hike to a beautiful waterfall – a swim in the shady pool at its base makes for dreamy memories.

En route back to Havana, follow the stunning Caribbean coast to Cienfuegos Bay where a kayak adventure awaits. Can you imagine paddling in the company of pink flamingos in their natural habitat?

Think of your days in Cuba’s fabled capital city as a five-senses-adventure. Walk through Old Havana in early morning light, bicycle through less-visited neighborhoods, and peruse an open-air art market for treasures. Join a chef to learn how island ingredients are blended to create the country’s signature dishes, and dine inside the famed Fabrica de Arte Cubana, a community-inspired “creation laboratory.” A cruise through Havana by classic car is a “picture-yourself-here” moment come true!

For your farewell evening, toast to each other’s inner artist and to your own newfound friendships, and especially to the Cuban people who gave depth and meaning to this extraordinary adventure with women.

Main Attractions

  • Immerse your senses in Cuba’s thriving art, music, and cultural scene during stays in three distinct cities and towns
  • Engage in insightful exchanges with women entrepreneurs and local artists
  • Summon your inner salsa diva during a lesson from the pros
  • Paddle a kayak through a wild pink flamingo habitat
  • Enjoy charming accommodations in local paladares, and traditional meals in private, family-run restaurants
  • Live the Havana lifestyle as you bicycle, stroll, cook, and cruise the city neighborhoods by classic car

What You'll See and Do

  • Cooking Class
  • Cultural Exploration
  • Cultural Performances
  • Hiking
  • Historical Sites
  • Kayaking
  • Local Delicacies
  • National Parks
  • Photography
  • Sightseeing
  • UNESCO Site
  • Walking
  • Women-To-Women Exchanges

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Havana
With its dazzling art and architecture, Afro-Latin rhythms, and iconic scenes from a vintage postcard, Cuba welcomes you—and your inner adventuress! Embrace the future-forward vision of its entrepreneurial people and catch the spirited energy of this island nation from the moment you step onto this legendary island.

During your adventure, you’ll get to know your expert national Cuban guide who will lead you into the very heart of the culture to learn both its history and unique local lore. You are also accompanied by an AdventureWomen Ambassador, committed to helping make your experience a fun and personally rewarding adventure, and cheering you on as you reach beyond your comfort zone to take on new challenges in your own unique way!

You will be picked up at the Havana airport and transferred to your hotel. One group transfer is included; private transfers at other time are available for an additional fee.

Enjoy a lively welcome dinner at a family-owned restaurant, known in Cuba as a paladar. Get to know your fellow travelers this evening. Share stories and learn about why each woman in your trip is excited to explore Cuba!
Dinner

Overnight: Melia Habana

Day 2

Havana to Camagüey
Leave Havana early this morning and drive to Santa Clara, about three hours away.

Visit the Che Guevara Mausoleum in Santa Clara. This location was chosen in remembrance of Guevara’s troops taking the city on December 31, 1958 in the Battle of Santa Clara. This was the last battle of the Cuban Revolution and caused Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista to flee into exile.

Go on a walking tour of Santa Clara with a local guide, learning the history of the city. Visit one of your guide’s favorite paladares for lunch!

Continue your drive east to Camagüey, arriving in the early evening.

Head out for dinner as a group this evening. It’s Friday night, so there is likely live entertainment! Your guide will suggest the best spots in the area for music and dancing.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Local Bed and Breakfast

Day 3

Camagüey
Head out on a walking tour of Camagüey this morning. Most Spanish colonial cities have streets that were laid out on a grid. Camagüey’s streets, however, are wonderfully abstract, with tangled alleyways leading to small plazas all over the city. Exploring the back streets outside of the popular squares will reveal endless surprises.

Visit a local artist’s gallery to begin your discovery of the diverse Cuban art scene. After the gallery, learn to move like a local: take a professionally led salsa class. Don’t worry, there’s no judgment! Just have fun!

Enjoy lunch at a nearby paladar after your active morning.

Try your hand at making your own Camagüey clay pot at a pottery workshop this afternoon. The symbol of the city of Camagüey is the clay pot, or tinajón, used to capture rainwater to be used later, keeping it fresh. Clay pots are everywhere, some as small as a hand, some large enough for two people to stand up in, either as monuments or for real use.

There’s ample time this afternoon to relax, refresh, and explore the plazas near your hotel.

Head out with your group for a late dinner. After dinner, explore the local nightlife! Visit Camagüey’s Casa de la Trova for music and dancing (subject to local schedule; entrance fee included, beverages on your own)
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Local Bed and Breakfast

Day 4

Camagüey to Trinidad
Leave Camagüey’s charming streets and drive to Trinidad. The drive will take about four hours. When you arrive, enjoy lunch at a paladar that offers both continental and local cuisine.

Take time this afternoon to stretch your legs on a walking tour of this captivating town. Trinidad served as the center of the world’s sugar production during the Spanish conquest of the Caribbean and Central America.

Have a coffee with a local female artist at her studio. Spend some time getting to know her and what life is like as an artist in Cuba.

Settle in and relax at your bed and breakfast. Take some time to explore Trinidad on your own this afternoon. Dinner reservations will be made at a paladar in the town center; dinner is on your own this evening.
Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Hostal Lola

Day 5

Trinidad
Coffee from Topes is not well-known but fetches more than $25 a pound internationally. Visit a local coffee grower and learn about his life in Cuba. Sample his delicious coffee before you leave!

Topes de Collantes is known for the numerous bird species, scenic hikes, and stunning waterfalls that canvas the national park. Head out for a morning hike through the tropical forest to one of the region’s waterfalls. The hike will be moderately difficult, down to the waterfall with an uphill hike on the return. Bring along a swimsuit if you’d like to take a dip in the pool below the falls.

Enjoy a traditional Cuban lunch at a rustic paladar in the National Park.

Take the afternoon to explore Trinidad on your own, or just kick your feet up and relax after your morning hike.

Head out for a sunset cocktail at a rooftop paladar, and then enjoy dinner with your group.

Optional Evening on the Town: For those who are interested, your guide will escort you to Trinidad’s outdoor entertainment venue, Casa de La Musica. Entrance fees and drinks are on your own.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Hostal Lola

Day 6

Trinidad to Havana
Start your morning with a rare glimpse of Cuba’s stunning coastline. You’ll encounter flamingos and other bird species during a kayaking trip along Cienfuegos Bay – seeing them in their natural environment is an absolute treat. Double and single kayaks are available.

Have lunch in Cienfuegos today at a paladar offering stunning views of the bay and the Escambray Mountains in the distance.

Cienfuegos is the only city in Cuba that was founded by the French, which becomes immediately apparent with the French-colonial architecture. Explore the city center on foot with your guide.

On your way to Havana, take a small detour to see the world’s smallest bird, the bee hummingbird, known locally as zunzuncito.

Check in at your hotel after a long day of travel. Dinner at your hotel is included tonight; feel free to eat at your leisure as dinner is served until 9:00pm.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: La Reserva Bed & Breakfast

Day 7

Havana
Walk the streets of La Habana Vieja, or Old Havana, with your guide as they come to life. Explore the four main plazas and learn about the history, culture, architecture, and romance that have endeared the old town to so many cultures over the centuries. Stop to visit a few female cuentapropistas (private business owners) who specialize in fashion design.

Enjoy tapas and lighter fare at a paladar owned by a female cuentapropista who studied to be a physicist before deciding to become a restauranteur.

Take some time to do some shopping in Old Havana after lunch or simply explore the beautiful streets.

Visit a business founded by one of Cuba’s most-influential female cuentapropistas. Nidialis, and her husband Jorge, have created a business focused on impeccably restoring classic cars. Their list of VIP visitors they’ve hosted includes the likes of John Kerry, Beyoncé, and Jon Bon Jovi. Learn how old American cars are restored to their full glory in their “magic” garage.

Explore Cuba’s capital by classic car, cruising through the diverse neighborhoods of the city and seeing the landmarks that are not to be missed when exploring Havana. Your stylish ride ends at the iconic 1930 Hotel Nacional, made famous during the time of gangsters and crooners. Tour the grand lobby and Hall of History and sip a refreshing cocktail in their gardens overlooking Havana’s seaside avenue, the Malecon, at sunset.

Dinner this evening is a special treat. A number of local Cubans will join you at an intimate setting to share more about life on the island and learn more about you!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: La Reserva Bed & Breakfast

Day 8

Havana
Meet an art curator this morning who will host your exploration into Cuban art today. Bellas Artes, Havana’s fine arts museum, is a uniquely curated collection of Cuban art. It is broken down by timeline, pre- and post-revolutionary. Your art curator will bring the story of Cuba’s history to life through the museum’s fascinating exhibits.

Fast forward to Havana’s current art scene as you visit a contemporary studio. Meet the artist and learn more about the new challenges facing Cuban artists under Cuba’s current government.

Enjoy lunch at a local paladar.

There’s a bit of time this afternoon to visit Cuba’s largest arts and crafts market, Almacenes de San Jose. Next, a local dance company will host you for a tour of their studio and a short performance.

Before dinner tonight, you will learn to make Cuba’s signature cocktails during a visit to a local bar for a cocktail lesson with a professional Cuban mixologist. Non-alcoholic cocktails will be available as well.

Dinner reservations have been made for you this evening at small tables in a paladar located inside of the famed Fabrica de Arte Cubano. The menu features dishes from all over the Latin world. Dinner is on your own.

Following dinner, it’s time to explore the amazing amalgamation of art, music, dancing, at the local meeting place known as Fabrica de Arte Cubano. Your guide and drivers are available until midnight this evening for your convenience.
Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: La Reserva Bed & Breakfast

Day 9

Havana
This morning begins with a bicycling adventure through the lesser-visited Centro Habana neighborhood. Stop along the way to learn how the average Cuban lives and works in this often-misunderstood country.

Explore a local outdoor market to see how Cubans buy their food and to understand the limited choices that are available under the broad-reaching US embargo. Take a cooking class from a local chef. Learn how local ingredients are turned into some of Cuba’s most-famous dishes. Pay attention – you’re making your lunch!

There’s time this afternoon to relax or head out to find some last-minute souvenirs.

Head out for a farewell dinner at what many would argue is Cuba’s finest paladar. Dinner is at 7:00pm to ensure there’s ample time to take in a show or enjoy Havana’s entertainment before your departure tomorrow. Guide and drivers are available until midnight for your convenience. Entrance fees and drinks are on your own.

One option this evening is the Tropicana Cabaret, including transfers (additional fee; must be booked 90 days in advance).
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: La Reserva Bed & Breakfast

Day 10

Depart Havana
Have the morning at leisure after your late night. Your driver and guide will be available for any last-minute sightseeing or shopping. Say goodbye to your new AdventureWomen friends as you transfer to the airport for your flights home.
Breakfast

Please note: AdventureWomen will attempt to adhere to the itinerary as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, and cultural) may necessitate changes in the itinerary. AdventureWomen reserves the right to alter any itinerary at any time, if necessary. We will attempt to notify participants of changes as far in advance as possible. Costs incurred by such changes will be the responsibility of the participants. 

Although AdventureWomen works diligently to provide its services as listed in its promotional materials, circumstances beyond our control, including but not limited to evolving U.S. regulations restricting travel to Cuba, may require us to deviate from our itineraries, substitute hotels or otherwise adjust our scheduled activities. Accordingly, we reserve the right to modify any reservation, service or scheduled activity in order to comply with U.S. regulations or otherwise.

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Traveling to Cuba



Arrival and Departure Information

February 18th Departure:

Arrive in Havana, Cuba (HAV) on February 18, 2021 before 3:00pm.

Depart Havana, Cuba (HAV) on February 27, 2021 any time.

March 18th Departure:

Arrive in Havana, Cuba (HAV) on March 18, 2021 before 3:00pm.

Depart Havana, Cuba (HAV) on March 27, 2021 any time.

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Passports and Visas

Citizens of the United States must have a passport valid for six months beyond your travel dates with at least two blank facing pages. If you do not have a passport, please apply now!

Activity Level

We rate this trip as Moderate with Active options. Our Moderate adventures exercise your mind more than your body and are designed for women who prefer a leisurely, less rigorous experience. For example, you could walk up to 2 miles per day through cities and villages, stand in museums for a few hours, relax on a boat, or view wildlife from a vehicle. Our Active adventures get you on your feet! You should be in good physical condition for these trips and comfortable walking on uneven surfaces, such as cobblestone streets, biking well-maintained paths and natural trails, or kayaking in calm waters. Please note that this is a general description of what you might encounter; for specific details about your trip, please consult the itinerary.

We recommend training before your trip (with your doctor’s permission!) to make the most of your adventure. We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you with this itinerary in mind. Best of all, AdventureWomen guests get a 25% discount with the code FITWOMEN. Learn more on the FitForTrips website.

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure travel requires.

Health Considerations

Make an appointment with a travel clinic. There are no immunization requirements for travel to Cuba, however your local travel clinic may have recommendations for you based on your age, health, and past vaccination history.

For more health information, go to www.cdc.gov/travel
and navigate to the page about Cuba.

How to Register

Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone.

If you prefer, you can register online by clicking “Sign Up for this Trip” on the trip page.

Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering!

Preparation and Packing

Once you register for your adventure, we will send you a comprehensive preparation guide including weather information, gratuity suggestions, and a packing list.

As a reference, AdventureWomen typically suggests $200-250 for gratuities on most trips. Detailed information will be provided to you prior to departure.

Forms and Final Payment

The deposit for this trip is $800, and is nonrefundable and nontransferable. Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Copy of Flight Information
  • Copy of Issuing Page of Passport (Photo Page)

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer). A maximum of $1,500 per person can be put on a credit card, which includes your deposit.

February 18th Departure Final Payment Due Date: November 20, 2020

March 18th Departure Final Payment Due Date: December 18, 2020

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What's Included

Included

  • Accommodations as per itinerary based on double occupancy
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • All transportation
  • Airport transfers on the arrival and departure days of the trip
  • Fully-guided sightseeing and activities as indicated in the itinerary
  • English-speaking, expert guide throughout the trip
  • 2 non-alcoholic drinks (water or soda) per person with included meals at paladares
  • Bottled water in the vehicle while touring
  • Gratuities for local guides and waitstaff

Not Included

  • International airfare to and from Cuba
  • Enrollment in the Cuba medical emergency insurance (mandatory by the Cuban government for all travelers to the island – US airlines provide this in the ticket cost)
  • Mandatory Cuban Tourist Card (arranged through the airline)
  • Optional activities
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages (unless otherwise specified)
  • Fees for passport, visas, immunizations, or travel insurance
  • Cost of hospitalization or evacuation
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for head guide and driver

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Accommodations

Melia Habana

Melia Habana is in Miramar, the business district of Havana, right across from the Miramar Trade Center and along the Havana coastline. This hotel has the largest swimming pool in Cuba and lush tropical gardens. The rooms have great views of the city and the sea.

Amenities:
Coming soon

Local Bed and Breakfast

Details pending

Amenities:
Coming soon

Hostal Lola

Hostal Lola offers 15 rooms with private bathrooms and access to the terrace. This Hostal is an elegant colonial house built in the 19th century. The décor features artwork by local artist Yami Martínez.

Amenities:
Coming soon

La Reserva Bed & Breakfast

La Reserva is a freshly renovated Colonial Mansion with a mixture of vintage, colonial, and mid-century designs. The in-house art gallery contains works by contemporary Cuban artists. A stay here feels like being at your best friend’s home, if your best friend had an impeccable sense of style.

Amenities: Coming soon

Please note that all amenities were current when written and are subject to change at any time.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686