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Exploring the Wonders of Cuba aboard the Variety Voyager

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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. You'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 you the opportunity to experience diverse corners of this multifaceted country, unpack your bags just one time, and enjoy a comfortable place to rest your head each night, without the need for mulitple long drives between stops. In Havana, musicians gather on almost every corner and you'll hear the heartbeat of Havana's pulse with bongos, maracas, and guitars as a vintage '51 Ford or '47 Hudson rolls past down the street. Along the southern coast, enjoy the colonial architecture of the towns of Trinidad and Cienfuegos, set against white sand beaches on the turquoise Caribbean Sea, and on the sparsely populated Guanahacabibes Peninsula in westernmost Cuba, you'll find that natural wonders abound, including miles of coral reefs and over 172 species of birds. A special treat is in store on your visit to the remote Isla de la Juventud, the second largest island in Cuba, full of pirate tales and stories of treasures and treason, with a setting of pristine beaches and crystal clear waters. Be prepared for an amazing, eye-opening experience of this intriguing nation.

Havana to Cienfuegos

Day 1 (Friday)
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. Enjoy a welcome lunch at La Barraca Restaurant, located in Hotel Nacional de Cuba, which specializes in Cuban cuisine and offers breathtaking views of the Bay of Havana. Remain at the hotel for a lecture with well-known architect Pedro Vasquez. Following the lecture, continue to the pier and embark on the Variety Voyager for a boat drill followed by a Welcome Orientation and briefing. Dinner and overnight onboard.

Day 2 (Saturday)
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. Lunch is at a local restaurant, 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. Upon our return from Finca Vigia, enjoy some free time before you make your way to Café El Mercurio for dinner, and then to the Café Taberna to experience the wonderful salsa music of the Buena Vista Social Club style performance. Overnight in Sierra Maestra Port Old Havana.

Day 3 (Sunday)
Havana

Disembark in the early morning for an excursion to Fusterlandia, the studio of artist Jose Rodriguez Fuster. The brightly colored mermaids, roofs, walls, benches, and doorways were inspired by Gaudi in Barcelona and Brancusi in Rome, but most of all by Picasso and Dubuffet. Enjoy two hours of leisure to experience the wonders of Havana on your own before returning to the ship. Lunch, dinner, and overnight onboard as you sail to Maria La Gorda.

Day 4 (Monday)
Maria La Gorda

After breakfast, disembark in Maria La Gorda, where you will visit a local school to meet 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 archeological sites linked to life of aboriginals known as Guanahatabeyes. Time-permitting, you will venture into the park, followed by free time for swimming, snorkeling and a BBQ lunch in Maria La Gorda before embarking the Voyager.  Dinner and overnight onboard as you sail to the Isla de la Juventud.

Day 5 (Tuesday)
Isla de la Juventud

The beautiful Isla de la Juventud is the largest of over 300 scattered emerald islets that make up the Archipiélago de los Canarreos. We moor off the island 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 capital of the island, Nueva Gerona. Here, visit the Universidad de la Isla de la Juventud Jesus Montane Oropesa, enjoy panoramic sightseeing, and tour the Presidio Modelo, an abandoned prison where both Fidel and Raul Castro were held from 1953-1955. Enjoy lunch in a paladar before visiting an art school and the maternity ward of a local hospital, if available. There will be some free time for independent exploration and enjoyment around Nueva Gerona’s grand boulevard before returning to the ship for an overnight sailing to Casilda.

Day 6 (Wednesday)
Casilda / Trinidad

Today you visit Trinidad, a meticulously well-preserved Spanish colonial city. With its rich architecture, cobblestone streets, palaces and plazas, it is sometimes referred to as the "Museum City of Cuba." You will walk through the town, visit a scale model of the city, and have lunch at a local restaurant. Stop at the Romantic Museum located in the old palace of the Count Brunet, or Palacio Cantero, the Trinidad General Municipal Museum. Visit the studio of Lazaro Niebla, a unique woodcarver. Depart Trinidad by bus and drive to Cienfuegos, where you will meet the boat for an overnight in port.

Day 7 (Thursday)
Cienfuegos

Enjoy breakfast onboard before disembarking for your visit to Cienfuegos, known as the "Pearl of the South." Located about 150 miles from Havana, 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. You’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 French neo-classical architecture from the 19th Century. You will stop at a local farmer’s market before having lunch. A special treat will be a concert by the singers of the Chorus of Cienfuegos, or string quartet. Overnight in port.

Day 8 (Friday)
Cienfuegos / Havana / Depart

In the morning after breakfast, disembark and transfer by bus to the Jose Marti International in Havana for the return flight to Miami.

Cienfuegos to Havana

Day 1 (Friday)
Miami / Havana / Cienfuegos

Depart the U.S. from Miami on a short early morning flight to Havana. After a short breakfast stop, we make a 4-hour drive to beautiful Cienfuegos, located about 150 miles from Havana and the only city in Cuba to be founded by French settlers. In 2005, the historic center was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Possible activities this afternoon in Cienfuegos include a visit the graphic arts workshop and the Benny More School of Art, a musical performance, a walk around the city center to see its outstanding French neo-classical architecture, or a concert by the singers of the Chorus of Cienfuegos. In the early evening, we embark on the Variety Voyager for a boat drill followed by a Welcome Orientation and briefing. Dinner and overnight on board as we sail to Trinidad.

Day 2 (Saturday)
Trinidad

After a relaxed breakfast onboard you will visit Trinidad, a well-preserved Spanish colonial city with a rich heritage of architecture, cobblestone streets, palaces, and plazas.  Trinidad is sometimes referred to as the “Museum City of Cuba.” This morning, walk through the town with a local historian, interacting with residents along the way, visit a scale model of the city, and have lunch at a local restaurant.  Stop at the Romantic Museum located in the old palace of the Count Brunet with samples of furniture and decorative arts, or Palacio Cantero, the Trinidad General Municipal Museum. Visit the studio of Lazaro Niebla, a very unique woodcarver. Return to the Variety Voyager for dinner onboard and overnight at sea.

Day 3 (Sunday)
At Sea / Isla de la Juventud

Today the majority of the day is spent at sea, with a late afternoon arrival in the Bay of Singuanea, where you will spend the night.

Day 4 (Monday)
Isla de la Juventud

The beautiful Isla de la Juventud is the largest of over 300 scattered emerald islets that make up the Archipiélago de los Canarreos. We moor off of the island 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 capital of the island, Nueva Gerona. Here, visit the Universidad de la Isla de la Juventud Jesus Montane Oropesa, enjoy panoramic sightseeing, and tour the Presidio Modelo, an abandoned prison where both Fidel and Raul Castro were held from 1953-1955. Enjoy lunch in a local paladar before visiting an art school and the maternity ward of a local hospital, if available. There will be some free time for independent exploration and enjoyment around Nueva Gerona’s grand boulevard before returning to the ship for an overnight sailing to Maria La Gorda.

Day 5 (Tuesday)
Maria La Gorda

After breakfast, disembark in Maria La Gorda, where you will visit the local school to meet 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 archeological sites linked to life of aboriginals known as Guanahatabeyes. Time permitting, you will venture into the park to meet with the naturalists and locals, followed by free time for swimming and snorkeling.  Dinner and overnight onboard as you sail to Havana.

Day 6 (Wednesday)
Havana

After breakfast, disembark for a walking exploration through Habana Vieja (Old Havana) and Centro Havana. Witness a mixture of beautiful old baroque and neo-classical monuments, arcades and private balconies. You 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. Upon return from Finca Vigia, enjoy some free time before making your way to Café El Mercurio for dinner, and then to the Café Taberna to experience the wonderful salsa music of the Buena Vista Social Club style performance. Overnight in Sierra Maestra Port-Old Havana.

Day 7 (Thursday)
Havana

Disembark in the early morning for an excursion to Fusterlandia, the studio of artist Jose Rodriguez Fuster. The brightly colored mermaids, roofs, walls, benches, and doorways were inspired by Gaudi in Barcelona and Brancusi in Rome, but most of all by Picasso and Dubuffet. Get a taste of the industries of Cuba, either visiting a cigar factory or enjoying a rum tasting. Enjoy lunch at La Barraca Restaurant, located in Hotel Nacional de Cuba, which specializes in Cuban cuisine and offers breathtaking views of the Bay of Havana. Remain at the hotel for a lecture with well-known architect Pedro Vasquez, followed by time at leisure. Return to the boat for a Farewell Dinner onboard and overnight.

Day 8 (Friday)
Havana / Depart

In the morning after breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport in Havana for the return flight to 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

Explore lively Havana, with its incredible museums, colorful architecture, nightlife, and history
Enjoy "People to People" interactions with local Cubans from all walks of life
Visit the beautiful and remote Isla de la Juventud ("Island of Youth")

Details

Length: 8 days
Cost From: $5242  
Arrive: Havana, Cuba
Depart: Havana, 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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