Best Solo Trip for Women

Cuba: LADIES ONLY Trip!

Why Cuba?
Havana is ‘una ciudad hembra – Havana is a female city as the popular Cuban song says!! Cuba is a perfect place to reconnect with your feminine power and embark on the best solo trip for women. You’ll dress in bright, colorful summer dresses, cruise in a pink convertible, and learn the steps of salsa, as well as how to make the best mojito. Here in Cuba, people appreciate the beauty that comes in every shape, shade, and form. We frequently witness real magic and transformation as our ladies leave the island with newly found self-confidence and a radiant glow. But Cuba is not just about pink convertibles, music, and dancing. The country and its people experience economic hardship as a result of the embargo, which puts our own struggles in a different perspective. Despite all of that, Cubans teach us how to keep our heads up and keep going no matter the circumstances. Join us for this transformative and active adventure!

Is this trip suitable for you?

Our ladies’ trips are designed to be active and engaging, offering the best solo trip for women, with a variety of guided tours and diverse activities during the day, such as salsa classes and sightseeing. Evenings offer a mix of relaxation, including live music concerts, reflection time, and engaging conversations. We firmly believe in keeping both your mind and body active, and our travelers benefit from the support and camaraderie of fellow human beings.

This is not a typical “all-inclusive resort” experience or a passive “sitting on the beach” type of travel. We encourage all our ladies to approach the trip with an open mind and open arms, ready to fully immerse themselves in the experience. It’s a journey that requires active participation and engagement. If you’re looking for an adventure that offers cultural exploration, personal growth, and meaningful connections, this trip is a perfect fit.

Highlights of Best Solo Trip for Women

  • Experience the beauty of colonial cities through exciting tours in convertible cars, coco taxis, and from stunning rooftops.
  • Engage in activities, including a mojito class and insightful conversations with Cuban ladies, invigorating salsa lessons and dancing, immersive Afro-Cuban ceremonies, and mesmerizing jam sessions with talented Cuban musicians.
  • Unwind on a catamaran cruise along the enchanting black coral reef, indulge in rooftop yoga sessions, and take leisurely walks through the lush forest.
  • Stay in beautiful casa and colonial villas.

Dates & Cost

DATES

DAYS

COST (double / single)

May 19th – 25th, 2024

8 days

$2295 / 2695

Now $1995 / 2295

Partial discounts ($200 – 300) and single room complimentary upgrades at no extra costs. Ask us how to get those.

Cuba Itinerary

All day             Arrivals.

Welcome to Havana! A magical city full of friendly people and warm weather. Our driver will pick you up at the airport (He will be holding a sign that says Colibri Travel and Tours) and take you to the casa where you will be greeted by our hosts.

30 minute relaxing welcome massage available throughout the day.

Evening      Orientation (you will have opportunity to exchange currency)
“Get to know each other activity”

7PM Dinner at Paladar San Cristobal (where Obama had dinner).

End the day with dinner at San Cristobal Paladar, a family-owned restaurant that has been featured on Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown”. The restaurant is one of the famous restaurants in Havana that once hosted President Obama, Beyonce and Jay Z and over 20 other presidents. We will shake hands with the legendary owner – Carlos Cristobal – and tour this spectacular establishment.

Meals included: dinner

9 AM           Breakfast at Casa Morning

Morning      Colonial history and architecture tour. Visit to all four squares: Plaza Vieja Plaza de La Catedral Plaza de Armas Plaza de San Francisco Calle Obispo Calle Mercaderes , Capitolio and Parque Central, Bacardi Building , Ambos Mundos Hotel (where Hemingway lived), Theatre Alicia Alonso, Floridita (Hemingway bar) for some delicious daiquiri sampling and dancing.

Statue of Cecilia Valdez – the main character of Cuban most famous novel. Discussion on race in colonial Cuba. We discover the iconic sculptures of old Havana by famous artist Villa Soberon: Hemingway, Caballero de Paris.

Afternoon   Lunch on your own.

We climb one of the rooftops for a great view from the top and cocktails and discuss the spectacular architecture of Havana and current preservation efforts.
Coco taxi tour around Capitolio, Chinatown, Theatre of Alicia Alonso and Park Central.
The next stop is the famous San Pedro Market perfect for local souvenirs and street art.

Evening     Dinner at Donna Eutimia

Meals included: breakfast, dinner

08:30 AM    Breakfast at Casa

Morning      09:15 AM Departure to Finca Vigia – beautiful villa where Ernest Hemingway spent 20 years of his life. Next we visit the colorful, Gaudi inspired community of Fusterlandia – we discuss how the private initiative of one artist changed the fate of this neighborhood.

Drive to Las Terrazas – a beautiful eco-village and UNESCO listed nature reserve located in the Artemisa Province, a short 1 h drive from Havana.

Afternoon    Lunch with campesinos.

Tour Las Terrazas, eco-community. Visit to artist studios: Lester Campa, Ariel, Henry Aloma.

Optional activity: Canopy tour Zip – lining – optional and not included in the program ( 5 USD)
Visit to Hotel Moka – spectacular eco – lodge designed to blend with surrounding nature.

Hiking: Explore the natural beauty of Las Terrazas by embarking on a hiking trail. The “Serafina” is a popular choice, it will take us through lush forests, where you can spot the Cuban national bird -tocororo and lots of hummingbirds. We will reach cafetal Buena Vista on the top with spectacular views.

Evening     Concert and Jam session with Cuban band Amygo. Dinner.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Morning      09 AM  Breakfast and conversations with Cuban female entrepreneurs – our famous havana breakfast where we invite writers, entrepreneurs and artists to share breakfast with us and talk to Cuba.

Convertible car ride: Experience the vintage charm of Havana by taking a classic convertible car ride through the city. We cruise along the Malecón (seafront) and through historic neighborhoods like Vedado and Miramar with stops at the iconic Plaza de La Revolución and Havana Forrest.

Afternoon     Lunch

Salsa Class with famous Havana Dance School 

And finally we get to relax at the gardens of Hotel Nacional for reflections and conversations.

Evening      Dinner on your own.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

7 AM         Breakfast

Morning

Early Departure: 8AM Departure we start your day very early in the morning as it is a long travel day.

First stop: Bacunayagua Bridge – the tallest bridge in Cuba, which offers breathtaking views of the Yumuri Valley. Taste delicious Pina Colada served in fresh pineapple. Take some time to admire the scenery and capture photos of the stunning landscape.

Late Drive to Matanzas: Matanzas is known for its beautiful artist walk along the river with art galleries and cafes. We visit the art studio of Adrian Socorro and the ceramic studio of Manuel.

Afternoon   Lunch by the ocean beautiful Varadero
We depart to Sancti Spiritus with a quick stop at Santa Clara to see Che Guevara Mausoleum.
We then continue to Sancti Spiritus, a beautifully preserved colonial town rarely visited by tourists.

Evening       Dinner and optional music concert at Casa de la Musica.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

09:30 AM   Breakfast at Casa

Morning      Tour of Sancti Spiritus with a glimpse of the city’s history, architecture, and local culture: Parque Serafín Sánchez, the main square of Sancti Spiritus with charming colonial architecture surrounding the park. The Iglesia Parroquial Mayor (Main Parish Church) is an iconic building on the square. We stroll to the iconic stone bridge that spans the Yayabo River. It’s one of the oldest bridges in Cuba and offers great views of the city.

Afternoon  Lunch at Finca Del Medio.

We board the unusual vehicle- an old tractor and meet the local Casimiro family and visit their world famous sustainable farm with solar and wind power, water storage and beautiful gardens. Finca del Medio is a world leader in Kilometer zero and slow food movement. Every item on the lunch table has been produced here – now this is a real farm to table experience.

Departure for Trinidad and check-in into the casas.

Tour of Trinidad: Trinidad is full of magic! Literally. This stunning, UNESCO listed Spanish colonial town is also known for its Afro – Cuban religions: Santeria and Palo.
We walk the old cobble stoned streets to learn about its colonial past, sugar trade and slavery but also visit the temples of Yemaya, goddess of the ocean and try local drink of canchanchara with a hint of magic in it.

Evening       Dinner.
Trinidad is like Nashville or Austin – there is live music in every bar or restaurant.
We will spend a night discovering the rhythms of Cuba: From Orishas dance and drumming in Palenque to old ballads in casa de la musica.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

09 AM         Breakfast at Casa

Morning      Two options to choose from: shopping in local markets or Black coral reef excursion.

Afternoon    Lunch and Caribe

Departure to Cienfuegos  – French inspired, beautiful city called Pearl of Carribeans.
Tour of Cienfuegos:  sugar barons castles, Punta Gorda
We then continue to Havana.

Evening        Goodby dinner and reception with mojito making class.

Optional evening outing to FAC or Tropicana cabaret (extra cost)

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

09 AM         Breakfast at Casa

Morning      Last minute shopping and Departures.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation

We stay in boutique hotels, private bed and breakfast or Eco-lodges that best reflect the local architecture and flavors.

Air condition

Towels and soap

Hair Dryer

Safe

Example from past accommodations

Inclusions

What’s included?

What’s not included

Essential Travel Information

for Cuba tours 

visa requirements, health, currency, and more

▹ Visa requirements for Cuba tours

Cuba requires each traveler to obtain a visa (tarjeta de turista) before entering the country. Colibri Travel & Tours can provide each of our travelers with a visa ($75 USD including shipping/handling). Alternatively, you can purchase your visa at the gate from the airline. It is mandatory that all airlines operating in Cuba have the blank visas available before boarding (cost: $50-$100 USD depending on the airline). Please make sure your passport is valid for at least another 6 months and has empty pages.


▹ How to make flight reservations for Cuba tours

If you are booking a flight on your own you will be asked by the airline to choose a travel category. Please choose: “ Support for the Cuban people”.
Colibri Travel & Tours  can help with flight bookings.


▹ Health, Vaccinations

✔︎ All travelers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to manage and enjoy our style of travel. Please note that if in the opinion of our group leader or local guide any traveler is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, we reserve the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund. You should be able to walk at least 2-3 miles a day and be able to climb at least two sets of stairs.
✔︎ You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations before departure.
✔︎ There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Cuba. The most common tropical disease in Cuba is dengue. There is no vaccination against dengue and the best protection is mosquito spray.
✔︎ Please make sure to have mosquito spray and sunscreen (travel size) always with you.
✔︎ At least 30 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
✔︎ If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour and any possible delays (we recommend adding 1-2 weeks of supply).
✔︎ If you tend to get motion sickness please travel with appropriate medication. If you have a sensitive stomach consider bringing Imodium as well.

Health Insurance: international health insurance, evacuation, or cancelation insurance are not included. We recommend purchasing those before the trip. See the insurance box on the sidebar of this page.


▹ Electricity

Cuba operates on both US and European types of outlets and electricity so there is no need for a converter.


▹ Connectivity, Internet

✔︎ Please contact your phone provider to make sure that your phone will work in Cuba. International calls from Cuba are expensive (2 USD/min, 50c – text).
✔︎ The internet in Cuba is limited and can be accessed via a special internet card. Colibri will provide the cards ( $1.50 per 1 hour). We will make sure that you will be able to connect each day for 1-2 hours. Please remember that the connection is generally slow.


▹ Time zones
Cuba is in Eastern Time (ET) zone so 12 pm in New York it is also 12 pm in Havana.


▹ Currency, cash, credit cards

✔︎ You will be using Cuban currency for tourists CUC (peso convertible) and we will help you exchange the money after arrival in Havana. Cuban currency is not traded abroad so you can only exchange money in Cuba.
✔︎ Please note that you can’t use US credit cards or travelers checks in Cuba due to the US embargo so you must travel with cash. We recommend bringing at least $50-$70 per day per traveler (more if you plan to shop for art, cigars, etc.) for personal use and $300-$500 emergency cash.
Here is our blog with detailed information on money in Cuba.


▹ Transportation and arrival information

✔︎ If you add airport pick up our driver will meet you at the airport with a sign that says: Colibri Travel & Tours. If you do not see your driver immediately stay right by exit from the secure area for another 15 min. If you still can’t find each other please give us a call. The driver’s name and phone number will be provided within 24 hours before your departure.
✔︎ If you choose to arrange for your own transportation we will meet you at the hotel or casa. In this case please make sure that you have the address and phone number.


▹ Baggage allowance

✔︎ Our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motorcoaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. Additional baggage can be a subject of extra fees. Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights.
✔︎ We recommend that you make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, documents, and a set of clothes, pajamas and cosmetics (travel size) in your carry-on bag in case of baggage delays. 

 

▹ Tipping

✔︎ It’s customary to offer your guide and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep currency exchange rates in mind.
✔︎ We recommend tipping the equivalent of $10 per day per person and giving the tips to tour leaders to distribute between drivers, guides etc.
✔︎ Tips can only be paid in cash.

 

▹ Itinerary

Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travelers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any such changes once on tour.

 

We LOVE to talk about travel. If you have any questions please give us a call: 617 301 1237 or email us: info@colibritraveltours.com.

We are always happy to talk to our travelers and answer the questions!

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Reviews

While Cuba is a fascinating country, it wouldn’t have been nearly as wonderful without your commentary, creativity, and enthusiasm. I was so utterly impressed with your knowledge of Cuba’s history, your remarkable ability to navigate the Cuban bureaucracy, and your unending flexibility and willingness to make our requests come to fruition. I don’t think that there was a detail that you didn’t attend to. Add to that your wonderful sense of humor, sensitivity and great spirit – and you are hard to beat! I would follow you on any trip you plan knowing it would be just as exciting, informative and fun as Cuba tours was.

Gail G. of Brookline, MA

As a recent participant on a Cuba Study tour through UMass Boston guided by Colibri Travel & Tours, I have nothing but high praise for Colibri’s preparations and follow through for all phases. As a frequent foreign traveler who avoids group tours I can say I was pleasantly surprised by their ability to cater to those folks who needed more guidance while leaving us solo types to explore as we wished. The local contacts they made for guide and driver were excellent. Our accommodations were far from spartan yet allowed people to soak up local flavor through the Cuban equivalent of Bed and Breakfasts. Finally, as on all tours, both solo, and group, unforeseen logistical problems arose which Sylvia handled with professional competence and aplomb. Kudos to Colibri.

Joe M. of Seattle, WA

We want to thank Colibri Travel & Tours for organizing our Cuba tours with great meals, and the excellent tour leaders, Jorge and Alex, who made the whole trip a truly unforgettable experience! It was absolutely superb in every way. The organization of the itinerary was excellent and accurate on every detail. Our group was lucky to have the most amazing, intelligent and funny tour directors ever - Sylvia. She provided valuable insight into the Cuban politics and the daily lives of the Cubans. What we loved about this travel company is that they gave us as much as they could in the time frame allotted but also gave the option of having our own personal time and helped arranged activities that we wanted.

Pete J. of Portland, MA

Sylvia was amazing...in a country where things may not go as planned, Sylvia made everything appear seamless. Her knowledge of Cuba is astounding. She's unflappable...if plan A doesn't work she has a plan B, C and D and does it with a smile. What my wife and I experienced was eye opening, what Sylvia showed us, where she took us, what she taught us, made the trip more than we ever envisioned.

Doug S. of Jamaica Plain, MA

We had a great experience with Colibri Travel & Tours. They were super quick to respond to every email we sent prior to our trip. All details were set and we knew exactly where to meet our driver at Havana Airport. Jorge was wonderful! His knowledge of the Cuban history was incredible and his English was perfect!

Dan B. of Manchester, NH

This is my 5th experience with Colibri Travel & Tours, and once again, it failed to disappoint. I went to Cuba last year and Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, Poland the previous years. As usual, a wonderful time was had by all, and big thanks to Sylvia and her staff for being prompt and accommodating. You are highly recommended!!

Adriana S. of Chicago, IL

Colibri Travel & Tours is awesome! Our guide Jorge was warm, welcoming, smart, fully knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. We enjoyed deep conversations, as we were very curious about daily life in Cuba. As for accommodation, we stayed in stunning villas in Havana and charming “campesino” fincas in the countryside. We loved every bit of our Cuba tours.

Maria & Tony C. of Boston, MA