Days
8

A perfect mix of Caribbean bliss and old-world beauty

Glide along the Caribbean’s perfect blue waters on an 8-day cruise in Cuba. The timeworn island bears its age well thanks to an intriguing blend of charming colonial cities, bohemian artistic communities and stunning natural splendour. Stroll past the pastel-coloured houses of Trinidad, stop for a swim at Maria La Gorda, dance the salsa in Old Havana, and visit a tobacco farm to see how Cuba’s world-famous cigars are made. With miles of pristine coastline to be discovered, dive in to this unforgettable Caribbean adventure.


Start
Havana, Cuba
Finish
Havana, Cuba
Country
Cuba
Style
Peregrine
Code
PMSCUS
Physical rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 48

Why we love this trip

  • Experience the beauty and historic charm of Havana, unchanged for decades.

  • Take a ride in a Havana taxi - classic American cars are the order of the day, here.

  • Walk through historic Cienfuegos and admire the French Neo classical architecture in this Unesco World Heritage listed city.

  • Dance to Cuban Salsa music at one of many paladeres or restaurants offering live music.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is small ship cruising. Our ships are beautiful and very comfortable, but they do not have all the facilities of large passenger ships. There is no pool (other than the sea), and no entertainment is put on, other than on theme nights. Dress is very casual at all times.

  • As much as possible, any long periods of cruising will take place at night so that days can be spent exploring. As this is a small ship, most cabins will experience some engine noise. A pair of ear plugs may be a good item to bring with you.

  • Onshore activities and excursions will involve walking. As we will be visiting ancient sites and historical places, some of this walking may be over cobbled streets and uneven ground in potentially hot conditions. If you have any concerns, please speak to the Cruise Co-ordinator before taking part.

  • None of our vessels have lifts (elevators) and the internal and external stairs to move between decks can be steep. You may need to negotiate these while the ship is moving and experiencing sea swell.

Itinerary

Welcome to Cuba. You will be met and assisted by GIST Cuba Team. Our People to People program begins immediately with an overview of this exciting city, including the Plaza de la Revolucion, followed by a visit to Finca Vigia, beloved home of Ernest Hemingway where he lived for 21 years. After lunch in a traditional paladar, we will visit a very unique nostalgic car garage to view just how the Cubans manage to creatively keep those old American cars in such fine working condition. Then enjoy a performance with dancers, musicians and performers of Havana’s Compas Dance Group before we continue to the pier for embarkation on the M/Y Panorama, followed by a boat drill and welcome briefing. Overnight in Sierra Maestra, Havana
Included Activities
  • Port of Havana - Ernest Hemingway full day tour
Meals Included
  • Dinner
After breakfast, disembark for a walking exploration of Old Havana, a mixture of beautiful old baroque and neo-classical monuments, arcades and private balconies. We will stop at Fusterlandia, studio of artist Jose Rodriguez Fuster. The brightly colored mermaids, roofs, walls, benches, and doorways are greatly inspired by Gaudi in Barcelona and Brancusi in Rome, but most of all by Picasso and Dubuffet. Lunch will be at another of Cuba’s paladares, followed by a stop at the Merger Art Studio to view some magnificent sculptures and beautiful paintings before we continue to the San Jose Arts and Crafts Market. Dinner to be enjoyed at the Cafe Taberna or similar. Overnight in Sierra Maestra – Havana
Included Activities
  • Port of Havana - Old Havana full day tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Depart early in the morning by bus for the Vinales Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Pinar del Rio Province of Cuba. Encircled by mountains, its landscape is interspersed with dramatic rocky outcrops. Traditional techniques are still in use for agricultural production, particularly of tobacco. Visit a tobacco farm where you will learn about the production of those world famous Cuban cigars. After lunch at an organic restaurant, we’ll visit an organic farm. We leave the Vinales region and drive to Maria La Gorda.
Check in to the Hotel Maria La Gorda for dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Included Activities
  • Vinales Valley Coach Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After breakfast, drive by bus to the village of San Juan del Valle. Here we will visit the local school to discuss the differences and levels of the Cuban and American educational systems, particularly in the rural areas of the country. Meet the Cuban children and their teachers. Visit Guanahacabibes National Park, one of the country’s largest nature reserves on the westernmost tip of the island. There will be time for swimming, snorkeling and a BBQ lunch in Maria La Gorda before re-embarking the M/Y Panorama. Dinner and overnight on board the Panorama en route to Isla de la Juventud.
Included Activities
  • Guanahacabibes Peninsula1/2 day tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Enter the Bay of Singuanea and moor in front of the Colony Hotel. After breakfast, disembark on the beach and board the bus for the drive to the capital city of the island – Nueva Gerona. Visit the “Universidad de la Isla de la Juventud Jesus Montane Oropesa,” enjoy panoramic sightseeing and tour the Presidio Modelo, an abandoned prison where Fidel and Raul Castro were imprisoned from 1953-1955. You’ll enjoy meeting the locals on this island before embarking the M/S Panorama for a late lunch. Early afternoon sailing to Casilda. Overnight sailing to Casilda
Included Activities
  • 1/2 day Juventud Island tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today is a day at sea. We arrive late afternoon in Casilda. After cocktails on board we will drive to Trinidad for an evening at leisure in this charming colonial city and dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight in Casilda

Included Activities
  • Trinidad Walking tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This morning we return to Trinidad for a more extensive visit of this meticulously preserved Spanish colonial city, with its rich architecture, cobblestone streets, palaces and plazas. Trinidad is sometimes referred to as the ‘Museum City of Cuba.” We will visit the Romantic Museum located in the old palace of the Count Brunet, with samples of furniture and decorative arts, and the woodcarving studio of Lasaro. In the afternoon, we drive to Cienfuegos, known as the Pearl of the South and a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2005. Cienfuegos is the only city Cuba to be founded by French settlers and you will see some outstanding examples of its 19th Century French Neo classical architecture. We will visit a graphic arts workshop and the Benny More School of Art. A special treat will be a concert by the singers of the Chorus of Cienfuegos, or a string quartet. After a long and exhilarating day we re-join the Panorama in port for the Captain’s Farewell Dinner.
Overnight Cienfuegos
Included Activities
  • Cienfuegos and Trinidad City Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Disembarkation and group transfer by bus to Havana airport.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Transport

Small Cruise ship

Accommodation

Small Cruise ship 6 nights, hotel 1 night

Included Activities

  • Port of Havana - Ernest Hemingway full day tour
  • Port of Havana - Old Havana full day tour
  • Vinales Valley Coach Tour
  • Guanahacabibes Peninsula1/2 day tour
  • 1/2 day Juventud Island tour
  • Trinidad Walking tour
  • Cienfuegos and Trinidad City Tour

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Important notes

IMPORTANT NOTES

Your voyage is operated by our partner company, Variety Cruises.

SHORE EXCURSIONS
For all passport holders, excluding America - shore excursions are optional and are at an additional cost. Shore excursions must be booked in advance at least 20 days before the sailing. Additional excursions cannot be booked on board. Non US passport holders should refer to trip code PMSC for information.
For American passport holders - all shore excursions are compulsory and are included in the US dollar price. It is not possible to deviate from the published US itinerary.

BOOKING CONDITIONS
Adventure Cruising trips have a deposit of US$600 per person (different amounts apply in other currencies) and the balance is due 90 days before departure.

SINGLE TRAVELLERS
It is not possible to share with a stranger on a Variety Cruises voyage and single travellers must pay the Single Occupancy rate.

MINIMUM AGE
Children from the age of 8 can be accommodated on these voyages. Each boat has one cabin category that will accommodate a 3rd person allowing for triple sharing. Any child under the age of 18 must share with an adult.

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