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Exploring the Wonders of Cuba aboard the Variety Voyager

Overview

Take a step back in time, to Cuba, a place rooted in culture and history, where the people are as warm and welcoming as the climate. We'll enjoy fascinating cultural exchanges with friendly people of all walks of life, from artisans and fishing folk to environmentalists and community organizers, who will tell firsthand stories of life on the island. Traveling by a 72-guest motor yacht cruiser allows us the opportunity to experience diverse corners of this multifaceted country, unpacking our bags just one time and with the comfort of a nice place to rest our head each night, without the hassle of long drives between stops.

In Havana, musicians gather on almost every corner and you'll hear the heartbeat of the city pulse with bongos, maracas, and guitars as a vintage '51 Ford or '47 Hudson rolls past down the street. Along the southern coast, explore beautifully preserved colonial architecture in the towns of Trinidad and Cienfuegos, set against white sand beaches on the turquoise Caribbean Sea. And on the Isla de la Juventud, the second largest island in Cuba and full of pirate tales and stories of treasures and treason, natural wonders abound in its pristine beaches and crystal clear waters. Be prepared for an amazing, eye-opening experience of this intriguing nation.

Note: This cruise is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as agent in booking your reservation with the ship operator. The itinerary, lecturers, and all other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the cruise line.

Havana to Cienfuegos

Day 1 (Saturday)
Miami / Havana

Depart the U.S. from Miami on a short flight to Havana, where you are met upon arrival and taken on a short bus tour of this exciting city, including the Plaza de la Revolucion, followed by a visit to Finca Vigia, Hemingway’s beloved home where he lived for 21 years and worked on some of his most famous literary works, including The Old Man and the Sea and For Whom the Bell Tolls. We’ll enjoy a Welcome Lunch at a paladar—a small, privately owned Cuban restaurant serving traditional Cuban food, before continuing to a very unique nostalgic car garage to view just how the Cubans manage to creatively keep those old cars in such fine working condition.  Then it’s a short drive back to Havana and an exciting performance from a young, Compass dance troupe. These gifted percussionists use drums, chairs, and anything they can find to create magnificent dance rhythms, weaving a colorful and exciting dance performance. Continue to the pier for embarkation on the Variety Voyager for a boat drill followed by a Welcome Orientation and briefing. Dinner and overnight onboard.

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Day 2 (Sunday)
Havana

Disembark in the morning and explore Habana Vieja (Old Havana) by strolling the streets between the four main colonial squares. Old Havana was founded by the Spaniards in 1519 in the natural harbor of the Bay of Havana. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is the core of the original city. The area contains interesting architecture, much of which has been restored by the Cuban government. After lunch, we continue to Jaimanita and the neighborhood artwork of one of the most representative Cuban modern artists, Jose Fuster. Recognition of his art is now widespread, from his studio into the surrounding neighborhood—“Fusterlandia.” Lunch will be at another of Cuba’s delicious 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, the largest art and souvenir marketplace in Havana—a great place to find wonderful gifts like carvings, shirts, art, music, and more.  After a wonderful dinner ashore, time to celebrate at the famous Tropicana nightclub show.

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Day 3 (Monday)
At Sea

Depart early in the morning, cruising along the coast toward the Isla de la Juventud, the second largest island in Cuba and the seventh largest island in the West Indies. Sometimes referred to as “Cuba’s hidden treasure,” the island is popular with divers, and rich in beauty and pirate tales. Onboard the Variety Voyager, you can enjoy movies about Cuba and the Cruise Director and local guide will conduct informative programs and lectures about Cuba and its people, explaining the meaningful exchanges that will be taking place during the people-to-people program. All meals onboard.

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Day 4 (Tuesday)
Isla de la Juventud

We moor in the Bay of Singuanea, right in front of the Colony Hotel.  After breakfast on board, we’ll disembark on the beach and board the bus for the drive to the capitol city of the island, Nueva Gerona.  Here, we’ll visit the Universidad de la Isla de la Juventud Jesus Montane Oropesa, enjoy panoramic sightseeing, and tour the Presidio Modelo, and abandoned prison of Cuba. Both Fidel and Raul Castro were imprisoned from 1953-1955. Lunch will be in Nueva Gerona before returning to the beach at the Colony Hotel for an afternoon of leisure. Dinner and overnight onboard the boat as we sail to Cayo Largo.

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Day 5 (Wednesday)
Cayo Largo

The island of Cayo Largo is comprised of limestone, formed over millions of years from the remains of marine organisms, much like the ones that form coral reefs. We begin our Cayo Largo adventure with a visit to a local clinic, where we discuss the medical system in Cuba and engage with the local doctors and nurses. We visit a sea turtle breeding center and an endangered species protection program, and meet the locals and discuss their way of life on this isolated key. Enjoy some snorkeling at the coral reef, followed by lunch at the Marina of Cayo Largo or on board. In the late afternoon, return to the Variety Voyager. Dinner and overnight onboard the boat as we sail to Casilda/Trinidad.

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Day 6 (Thursday)
Trinidad

After a relaxed breakfast onboard it’s time to depart on our excursion in Trinidad. A meticulously well-preserved Spanish colonial city with rich architecture, cobblestone streets, palaces, and plazas, Trinidad is sometimes referred to as the “museum city of Cuba.” This morning we will walk through the town with a local historian, interacting with residents along the way. We’ll visit the Romantic Museum (or similar) located in the old palace of the Count Brunet with samples of furniture and decorative arts, as well as the studio of Lazaro, a very unique woodcarver. After lunch in this most picturesque city, enjoy a salsa lesson followed by some time to explore this UNESCO World Heritage site independently before returning to the Variety Voyager. Farewell Dinner and overnight onboard the boat as we sail for Cienfuegos.

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Day 7 (Friday)
Cienfuegos

Enjoy breakfast onboard before disembarking for our visit to Cienfuegos, known as the "Pearl of the South." Located about 150 miles from Havana on the southern tip of Cuba, this city is the only one in Cuba to be founded by French settlers. In 2005 the historic center was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll visit the graphic arts workshop and the Benny More School of Art, then take a walking tour of the city center 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.  We’ll engage with the musicians and singers, young and old, and enjoy a presentation and exchange with the Chorus of Cienfuegos, for two years in the row awarded with the title of “The Best Chorus in the Country,” or a string quartet. Lunch today will be at Los Laureles or similar. This afternoon, stroll around Cienfuegos, meet the locals, and visit the galleries and the local fruit and vegetable market. Dinner onboard the boat and overnight in Cienfuegos.

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Day 8 (Saturday)
Cienfuegos / Depart

In the morning after breakfast, we disembark and transfer to the airport in Santa Clara for the return flight home via Miami.

Cienfuegos to Havana

Day 1 (Saturday)
Miami / Cienfuegos

Depart the U.S. from Miami on a short flight to Santa Clara, where you are met upon arrival and transferred by bus to Cienfuegos. Known as the “Pearl of the South,” Cienfuegos is located about 150 miles from Havana on the southern tip of Cuba, and is the only city in Cuba to be founded by French settlers. In 2005 the historic center was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Welcome Lunch today will be at Los Laureles or similar. This afternoon, we’ll enjoy a salsa lesson followed be a performance by the Chorus of Cienfuegos—for two years in the row awarded with the title of “The Best Chorus in the Country”—or a string quartet. We’ll also visit the graphic arts workshop and the Benny More School of Art, then take a walking tour of the city center 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. You’ll have some time to stroll around Cienfuegos, meet the locals, and visit the galleries and the local fruit and vegetable market. In the late afternoon, continue pier for embarkation on the Variety Voyager for a boat drill followed by a Welcome Orientation and briefing. Dinner and overnight onboard.

 View Lodging
Day 2 (Sunday)
Trinidad

After a relaxed breakfast onboard it’s time to depart on our excursion in Trinidad. A meticulously well-preserved Spanish colonial city with rich architecture, cobblestone streets, palaces, and plazas, Trinidad is sometimes referred to as the “museum city of Cuba.” This morning we will walk through the town with a local historian, interacting with residents along the way. We’ll visit the Romantic Museum (or similar) located in the old palace of the Count Brunet with samples of furniture and decorative arts, as well as the studio of Lazaro, a very unique woodcarver. After lunch in this most picturesque city, enjoy some time to explore this UNESCO World Heritage site independently before returning to the Variety Voyager. Farewell Dinner and overnight onboard the boat as we sail for Cayo Largo.

 View Lodging
Day 3 (Monday)
Cayo Largo

The island of Cayo Largo is comprised of limestone, formed over millions of years from the remains of marine organisms, much like the ones that form coral reefs. We begin our Cayo Largo adventure with a visit to a local clinic, where we discuss the medical system in Cuba and engage with the local doctors and nurses. We visit a sea turtle breeding center and an endangered species protection program, and meet the locals and discuss their way of life on this isolated key. Enjoy some snorkeling at the coral reef, followed by lunch at the Marina of Cayo Largo or on board. In the late afternoon, return to the Variety Voyager. Dinner and overnight onboard the boat as we sail to Isla de la Juventud.

 View Lodging
Day 4 (Tuesday)
Isla de la Juventud

We moor in the Bay of Singuanea, right in front of the Colony Hotel.  After breakfast on board, we’ll disembark on the beach and board the bus for the drive to the capitol city of the island, Nueva Gerona.  Here, we’ll visit the Universidad de la Isla de la Juventud Jesus Montane Oropesa, enjoy panoramic sightseeing, and tour the Presidio Modelo, and abandoned prison of Cuba. Both Fidel and Raul Castro were imprisoned from 1953-1955. Lunch will be in Nueva Gerona before returning to the beach at the Colony Hotel for an afternoon of leisure. Dinner and overnight onboard the boat as we sail to Havana.

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Day 5 (Wednesday)
At Sea

Cruising toward Havana aboard the Variety Voyager, you can enjoy movies about Cuba and the Cruise Director and local guide will conduct informative programs and lectures about Cuba and its people. As the capital of Cuba and the largest city in the Caribbean, Havana is rich in colonial history and has enticed figures like Ernest Hemingway with its celebrated culture. Over the next couple days, we’ll be able to explore Havana’s colorful city. Meals on board.

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Day 6 (Thursday)
Havana

Disembark in the morning and explore Habana Vieja (Old Havana) by strolling the streets between the four main colonial squares. Old Havana was founded by the Spaniards in 1519 in the natural harbor of the Bay of Havana. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is the core of the original city. The area contains interesting architecture, much of which has been restored by the Cuban government. After lunch, we continue to Jaimanita and the neighborhood artwork of one of the most representative Cuban modern artists, Jose Fuster. Recognition of his art is now widespread, from his studio into the surrounding neighborhood—“Fusterlandia.” Lunch will be at a paladar—a small, privately owned Cuban restaurant serving traditional Cuban food, 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, the largest art and souvenir marketplace in Havana—a great place to find wonderful gifts like carvings, shirts, art, music, and more.  After a wonderful dinner ashore, time to celebrate at the famous Tropicana nightclub show.

 View Lodging
Day 7 (Friday)
Havana

Disembark for a visit the University of Havana, followed by a visit to Finca Vigia, Hemingway’s beloved home where he lived for 21 years and worked on some of his most famous literary works, including The Old Man and the Sea and For Whom the Bell Tolls. We’ll enjoy a lunch at another of Cuba’s delicious paladares before continuing to a very unique nostalgic car garage to view just how the Cubans manage to creatively keep those old cars in such fine working condition. Then it’s a short drive back to Havana and an exciting performance from a young, Compass dance troupe. These gifted percussionists use drums, chairs, and anything they can find to create magnificent dance rhythms, weaving a colorful and exciting dance performance. Return to the Variety Voyager for a Farewell Dinner and overnight onboard.

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Day 8 (Saturday)
Havana / Depart

In the morning after breakfast, we disembark and transfer to the airport in Havana for the return flight home via Miami.

Note

This program is being operated by Group IST, which has been issued a license (#CT-2013-301894-1) by the Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), authorizing them to organize and operate People to People programs to Cuba.

Highlights

Highlights

Lively Havana with its incredible museums, colorful architecture, nightlife, and history
People to people interactions with local Cubans
The limestone island of Cayo Largo and it's sea turtle hatchery

Details

Length: 8 days
Cost From: $5590  
Arrive: Havana, Cuba
Depart: Cienfuegos, Cuba
Lodging: 7 nights aboard a 72-guest mega yacht
Meals: All meals included aboard ship and with the group ashore
Activity: Small Ship Cruising, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

7-night cruise, cultural explorations and walking tours

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