Cuba
Cuban Panorama: Cienfuegos to Havana
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Location

Cuba

Travel Period

02 November 2019

From (Port)

Cienfuegos, Cuba

Duration

8 days

Price

From 3394 $ per person



General Info

Experience a harmonious balance between conventional cruising and private yachting, along with an exciting voyage of discovery, unraveling the wonders of the Cuba awaiting to be discovered. Each day you will discover a new port of call, a hidden cove with crystal blue waters to cool you, a glimpse of ancient history to amaze you and rich cultural diversity to intrigue you. The colonial cities of Cienfuegos and Trinidad, the Island of Youth, and the crystal clear seas and amazing underwater life in Maria La Gorda. Variety Cruises ships operate a Cuba cruise and land program incorporating a People to People Travel educational program according to the requirements of the US Administration directives for Cuba Travel.

At a Glance

Variety Cruise At a Glance
  • Day 1 | Saturday: Cienfuegos (overland group transfer from Havana)
  • Day 2 | Sunday: Casilda/Trinidad
  • Day 3 | Monday: Day at sea - Juventud island
  • Day 4 | Tuesday: Juventud island
  • Day 5 | Wednesday: Maria la Gorda
  • Day 6 | Thursday: Vinales/Pinal del Rio - Havana
  • Day 7 | Friday: Havana
  • Day 8 | Saturday: Havana

Day by Day

Variety Day
Day 1 | Saturday

Cienfuegos (overland group transfer from Havana)

Overland transfer by bus from Havana to Cienfuegos (included in the cruise fares). Meeting at 10 am at the Melia Cohiba Havana for your 4 and a ½ hour bus transfer to Cienfuegos with fellow passengers where you will embark your ship. After checking in you will have the opportunity to take a 3 hour Optional Cienfuegos city tour, the only city in Cuba founded by French settlers. It is also known as the Pearl of the South. In 2005 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Our walking tour will take us to a graphic arts workshop and to Parque Marti in the centre to see some outstanding examples of its architecture representing the new ideas of modernity and urban planning as developed in Latin America from the 19th Century. Dinner on board and overnight at sea to Casilda for Trinidad.
Variety Day
Day 2 | Sunday

Casilda/Trinidad

This morning we disembark in port for an Optional Trinidad excursion. Trinidad is a meticulously preserved Spanish colonial city, with its rich architecture, cobblestone streets, palaces and plazas. It is sometimes referred to as the ‘Museum City of Cuba.” This morning we will walk through the town with a representative of the Office of the City Historian interacting with residents along the way. We will attend a local architect’s presentation and visit a scale model of the city. Stop at the Romantic Museum located in the old palace of the Count Brunet with samples of furniture and decorative arts. Visit the unique woodcarving studio of Lazaro. Dinner on board and overnight at sea to Isla de la Juventud- the Island of Youth.
Variety Day
Day 3 | Monday

Day at Sea - Juventud Island

Today we will spend the day at sea on our way from Casilda to Isla de la Juventud- the Island of Youth. Late afternoon arrival in Isla de la Juventud, Bay of Singuanea, where we will spend the night. Dinner on board and overnight at anchor.
Variety Day
Day 4 | Tuesday

Juventud Island

Until 1977, the island was called the Isle of Pines. In 1978 Fidel Castro turned the island into one grand Communist school for students from around the world and thus the Island of Youth. Your Optional Juventud excursion starts. Disembark on the beach where you will board the bus for the short drive, enjoying panoramic sightseeing until you reach the Presidio Modelo, an abandoned panopticon prison where both Fidel and Raul Castro were imprisoned from 1953-1955. Enjoy lunch in an authentic local restaurant before visiting an art school and the maternity ward of a local hospital. There will be some free time for independent exploration and enjoyment around Nueva Gerona’s grand boulevard before returning to embark the ship. Overnight at sea.
Variety Day
Day 5 | Wednesday

Maria la Gorda

After breakfast, we disembark in Maria La Gorda for an optional land tour to visit a local school to meet the Cuban children and their teachers, and discuss the differences and levels of the Cuban and American educational systems, particularly in the rural areas of the country. Visit the headquarters of Guanahacabibes National Park, one of the country's largest nature reserves on the westernmost tip of the island. The peninsula is one of the last refuges of aboriginals fleeing from the Spanish conquistadors and also holds some 140 archaeological sites linked to life of aboriginals known as Guanahatabeyes. Time-permitting, we will venture into the park to meet with the naturalists and locals. Free time for swimming, snorkeling and a BBQ lunch on the beach. Check into the Hotel Maria La Gorda or similar for overnight.
Variety Day
Day 6 | Thursday

Vinales/Pinal del Rio - Havana

Depart early in the morning by bus for a land tour by bus included in your cruise fare to 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 plantation where you will learn about the production of those world famous Cuban cigars. After lunch at an organic restaurant, we depart for our 3 hour transfer to the Hotel Nacional de Cuba for an engrossing lecture with well-known architect Pedro Vasquez. Return to the Panorama for dinner, followed by an optional visit to the Café Taberna or similar to experience the wonderful salsa music of the Buena Vista Social Club style performance. Overnight in port.
Variety Day
Day 7 | Friday

Havana

After breakfast, disembark for an optional walking exploration through Havana Vieja, or Old Havana, and Centro Havana. Witness a mixture of beautiful old baroque and neo-classical monuments, arcades and private balconies. For an enhanced sightseeing experience, flag down a uniquely decorated local “bicitaxi,” or bicycle taxi. We will stop at a local restaurant for lunch, followed by a scenic drive in vintage American cars to Finca Vigia, beloved home of Ernest Hemingway where he lived for 21 years and wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea. Return to the ship for farewell dinner and overnight in Sierra Maestra Port- Old Havana.
Variety Day
Day 8 | Saturday

Havana

Disembarkation after breakfast at 9 am.
  • Day 1 | Saturday

    Cienfuegos (overland group transfer from Havana)

    Overland transfer by bus from Havana to Cienfuegos (included in the cruise fares). Meeting at 10 am at the Melia Cohiba Havana for your 4 and a ½ hour bus transfer to Cienfuegos with fellow passengers where you will embark your ship. After checking in you will have the opportunity to take a 3 hour Optional Cienfuegos city tour, the only city in Cuba founded by French settlers. It is also known as the Pearl of the South. In 2005 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Our walking tour will take us to a graphic arts workshop and to Parque Marti in the centre to see some outstanding examples of its architecture representing the new ideas of modernity and urban planning as developed in Latin America from the 19th Century. Dinner on board and overnight at sea to Casilda for Trinidad.
  • Day 2 | Sunday

    Casilda/Trinidad

    This morning we disembark in port for an Optional Trinidad excursion. Trinidad is a meticulously preserved Spanish colonial city, with its rich architecture, cobblestone streets, palaces and plazas. It is sometimes referred to as the ‘Museum City of Cuba.” This morning we will walk through the town with a representative of the Office of the City Historian interacting with residents along the way. We will attend a local architect’s presentation and visit a scale model of the city. Stop at the Romantic Museum located in the old palace of the Count Brunet with samples of furniture and decorative arts. Visit the unique woodcarving studio of Lazaro. Dinner on board and overnight at sea to Isla de la Juventud- the Island of Youth.
  • Day 3 | Monday

    Day at Sea - Juventud Island

    Today we will spend the day at sea on our way from Casilda to Isla de la Juventud- the Island of Youth. Late afternoon arrival in Isla de la Juventud, Bay of Singuanea, where we will spend the night. Dinner on board and overnight at anchor.
  • Day 4 | Tuesday

    Juventud Island

    Until 1977, the island was called the Isle of Pines. In 1978 Fidel Castro turned the island into one grand Communist school for students from around the world and thus the Island of Youth. Your Optional Juventud excursion starts. Disembark on the beach where you will board the bus for the short drive, enjoying panoramic sightseeing until you reach the Presidio Modelo, an abandoned panopticon prison where both Fidel and Raul Castro were imprisoned from 1953-1955. Enjoy lunch in an authentic local restaurant before visiting an art school and the maternity ward of a local hospital. There will be some free time for independent exploration and enjoyment around Nueva Gerona’s grand boulevard before returning to embark the ship. Overnight at sea.
  • Day 5 | Wednesday

    Maria la Gorda

    After breakfast, we disembark in Maria La Gorda for an optional land tour to visit a local school to meet the Cuban children and their teachers, and discuss the differences and levels of the Cuban and American educational systems, particularly in the rural areas of the country. Visit the headquarters of Guanahacabibes National Park, one of the country's largest nature reserves on the westernmost tip of the island. The peninsula is one of the last refuges of aboriginals fleeing from the Spanish conquistadors and also holds some 140 archaeological sites linked to life of aboriginals known as Guanahatabeyes. Time-permitting, we will venture into the park to meet with the naturalists and locals. Free time for swimming, snorkeling and a BBQ lunch on the beach. Check into the Hotel Maria La Gorda or similar for overnight.
  • Day 6 | Thursday

    Vinales/Pinal del Rio - Havana

    Depart early in the morning by bus for a land tour by bus included in your cruise fare to 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 plantation where you will learn about the production of those world famous Cuban cigars. After lunch at an organic restaurant, we depart for our 3 hour transfer to the Hotel Nacional de Cuba for an engrossing lecture with well-known architect Pedro Vasquez. Return to the Panorama for dinner, followed by an optional visit to the Café Taberna or similar to experience the wonderful salsa music of the Buena Vista Social Club style performance. Overnight in port.
  • Day 7 | Friday

    Havana

    After breakfast, disembark for an optional walking exploration through Havana Vieja, or Old Havana, and Centro Havana. Witness a mixture of beautiful old baroque and neo-classical monuments, arcades and private balconies. For an enhanced sightseeing experience, flag down a uniquely decorated local “bicitaxi,” or bicycle taxi. We will stop at a local restaurant for lunch, followed by a scenic drive in vintage American cars to Finca Vigia, beloved home of Ernest Hemingway where he lived for 21 years and wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea. Return to the ship for farewell dinner and overnight in Sierra Maestra Port- Old Havana.
  • Day 8 | Saturday

    Havana

    Disembarkation after breakfast at 9 am.

Dates & Prices

What is Included

Date Category C Category B Category A Port Charges
02 November 2019 $ 3394 $ 3550 $ 4172 $ 440
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Highlights

A Bird-Watcher's Paradise


María la Gorda, listed as a reserve of the biosphere by UNESCO, is located on the southern coast of the western end of Cuba. Birds like Cartacuba, Tocororo, Sijú platanero, Zunzuncito, among many others, are to be found in a migration corridor of more than 50 species flying from north to south and vice versa, and stopping in the coastal lagoons and wetlands.

Historical Heritage


The atmosphere and architecture is particularly stirring in Havana, Trinidad, and Cienfuegos where grandiose squares and cobbled streets tell erstwhile tales of opulence and intrigue.

Trinidad


Trinidad, a riot of colonial baroque, a one of a kind, perfectly preserved Spanish colonial settlement where the clocks stopped ticking in 1850. Once a Spanish colonial
settlement built on huge sugar fortunes and now a Unesco World Heritage site.

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