Offering travellers a unique opportunity to experience the best of Cuba and see all of the highlights of the island's eastern region, the Sights and Sounds of Cuba Cruise takes passengers ...
- Departs: london
- Arrives: havana, Cuba
- Departs: havana, Cuba
- Arrives: london
Armadores De Santander Hotel
- Bed and Breakfast
- Great location facing the Bay of Havana
- spectacular views over the port from the terrace and many guest rooms
- The restaurant Cantabria serves food from the region
Armadores de Santander Hotel has a privileged position in Old Havana, overlooking the port of Havana. This hotel was named after the ship owners of Santander, including Count of La Mortera whose offices were housed in the building. Armadores de Santander Hotel has a maritime theme and a colonial architectural style reminiscent of the building’s history. The hotel features high ceilings, elegant furnishings and French doors in the guest rooms. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and sun terrace that overlooks the adjacent square. Hotel Armadores de Santander is a great base for exploring Old Havana.
Good location for getting about Havana old town, food acceptable, depending on what was available on the day. Room clean and servicable
Carolyn Church reviewing Armadores De Santander Hotel (10-Apr-2017)
Sights and Sounds of Cuba, Cruise
- Cabin C
- Full Board
- A great way to see the variation Cuba has to offer
- Panorama Vessels allow you to sail in comfort
- Uncover some of Cuba's colonial past
Offering travellers a unique opportunity to experience the best of Cuba and see all of the highlights of the island's eastern region, the Sights and Sounds of Cuba Cruise takes passengers on a unique journey along Cuba's eastern coast, stopping at some of the island's most historically and culturally rich cities, including Pinar del Rio, Trinidad, Playa Giron (Bay of Pigs) and Cienfuegos. From the comfort of a modern yacht you'll get to discover a new port each day, enjoy optional tours and excursions, visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Biosphere Reserves and pristine beaches at Cayo Largo or Isle of Youth (Isla de la Juventud).
Departing from Havana, this 8-day cruising adventure will take you to see the most authentic Cuban wonders from the comfort of a luxury private mega yacht. PANORAMA I and PANORAMA II vessels are state of the art cruisers offering the highest standard of accommodation with excellent facilities that include a sun deck, bars, and lounges. Aboard this ship you will be well looked after, from the moment you step in to the second the adventure comes to an end and you disembark for your flight home.
Panorama I departure dates:
- 2016: 5th March, 19th March, 2nd April, 16th April
- 2017: 14th January, 28th January, 11th February, 25th February, 11th March, 25th March, 8th April
Panorama II departure dates:
- 2016: 12th March, 23rd April, 7th May, 21st May, 4th June, 18th June, 2nd July, 16th July, 30th July, 13th August, 27th August, 10th September, 24th September, 8th October, 22nd October, 5th November, 19th November, 3rd December
Day 1 - Havana
Embarkation in Havana at around 3pm
Welcome dinner and overnight at the harbour.
Day 2 - Havana
Choose from the 2 half day optional excursions in colourful and vibrant Old Havana, founded by the Spaniards in 1519 in the natural harbour of the Bay of Havana and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy a guided exploration on foot through Old Havana streets and squares. Stop to see the scale model of the Old City, to the "Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos" Workshop/School for artisans and craftspeople specializing in monument restoration.
Alternatively you can take the optional full day excursion with lunch in the Pinar del Rio province. Visit one of Cuba's most scenic regions, the Valley of Vinales. You will be amazed by a unique landscape and by the "magotes", dramatic rock formations. The 18th century city of Vinales is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Cuban Night onboard, with overnight in Havana.
Day 3 - Havana to Cabo San Antonio
Take one of the optional walking Havana Tours in the Old City or choose the optional excursion to the Artemisa Region outside Havana. During this, you will drive by bus to the UNESCO designated Biosphere Reserve Las Terrazas, in the mountainous Sierra del Rosario area. This is perfect chance to discover this beautifully scenic region including an old/colonial 18th century coffee plantation and also observe life in rural Cuba with visits to the local family doctor, nurse, clinic, an elementary school, community museum, local artists homes and studios. Lunch is on board the ship, which leaves Havana early afternoon to set sail towards Cabo San Antonio.
Overnight at sea.
Day 4 - Cabo San Antonio to Cayo Largo
Morning arrival in Cabo San Antonio, on the westernmost tip of Cuba. Today, the optional excursion will take you to one of the country's largest nature reserves, the "Guanahacabibes" National Park. Meet with the naturalists and locals. The peninsula was one of the last refuges of aboriginals fleeing from the Spanish conquistadors and also holds some 140 archaeological sites linked to the life of aborigines, who were known as Guanahatabeyes. You will have the chance to meet with environmentalists at the CITMA Environmental Research Station as well. Enjoy lunch before continuing your exploration of the park with local community members and scientists to see the results of the Endangered Species Protection Projects and Environmental Education Programs. Alternatively you can spend the day at nearby beach snorkelling and enjoying the sun and the sea.
Overnight at sea to Cayo Largo
Day 5 - Cayo Largo to Casilda
Arrive in Cayo Largo at around noon. Cayo Largo was formed by limestone, formed over millions of years from the remains of marine organisms, much like the ones that form coral reefs. The optional afternoon excursion will take us to the Sea Turtle Breeding Centre and Endangered Species Protection program. We will then join coral reef experts for an amazing 2.5 hour guided snorkelling experience. Protected from strong sea currents, the seabed is unspoiled and contains a variety of marine life, with an abundance of underwater caves, valleys and steep, gorgonian-encrusted walls. Late in the evening we sail away from Cayo Largo.
Overnight at sea to Casilda
Day 6 - Casilda to Trinidad to Cienfuegos
Early morning arrival into the port of Casilda. The full day optional excursion brings us to Trinidad, a Spanish colonial settlement once built on huge sugar fortunes, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. 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." There will be stops for visits to local artists and home studios, the Museum Romantico or the Architecture Museum. After lunch, drive to the nearby Sugarmills Valley (Valley de los Ingenios), also a UNESCO World Heritage site. By late afternoon, we set sail for Cienfuegos, arriving after midnight.
Overnight in Cienfuegos.
Day 7 - Ciengfuegos
There is an early morning optional excursion to Playa Giron, also known as the Bay of Pigs and to the Matanzas area. Visit the Bay of Pigs and the War Museum and later the Matanzas area where you will take a boat ride on the Treasure Lake and visit a replica of a Taino Indian Village and a crocodile breeding-farm.
Return to the ship for a late lunch. In the afternoon you can take the Cienfuegos optional city tour and visit the only Cuban city founded by French settlers. It is also known as the Pearl of the South and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among buildings of particular interest are the Government Palace (City Hall), San Lorenzo School, the Bishopric, the Ferrer Palace, the former lyceum, and some residential houses. Cienfuegos is an outstanding example of an architectural ensemble representing the new ideas of modernity, hygiene and order in urban planning as developed in Latin America from the 19th century. Return to the ship for the Captain's Farewell dinner
Overnight in Cienfuegos.
Day 8 - Cienfuegos to Havana
Disembark in the morning and take a 3-4 hour bus transfer to Havana.
Throughout your sailing journey you will enjoy swimming stops at some beaches but please bear in mind that swim stops and barbeques are subject to favourable weather conditions.
- Double Standard
- All Inclusive
- exclusive offers for romantically linked couples
- 24 hours drinks & snacks and healthy options
- beautiful beachside location on the white sands of varadero beach
Emerging from the sand and warm tropical waters, the Blau Varadero is the tallest hotel in Varadero. This hotel enjoys a privileged location in an area of virgin beach with pristine waters. Its elegant guest rooms enjoy views of the sea and sky. With excellent service and facilities, this hotel offers an experience of distinct quality. Blau Varadero offers a superb range of water and land activities as well as a fabulous live music and entertainment programme. Guests can snorkel on the offshore reefs and enjoy one free scuba diving lesson, allowing you to explore a little deeper. Modern design, Cuban flair and a great location make Blau Varadero an idyllic holiday destination.
*Blau Varadero will be adults only (18+) from 01 November 2016
**Couples Offer** - for romantically linked couples*
- 1 free bottle of sparkling wine on arrival
- 1 romantic dinner for two
- 30 min massage per couple (15 mins each person)
- Turn down service
* Minimum 5 nts stay required
** Valid for Summer 2016
Amazing and helpful reception staff who spoke wonderful English. Really friendly breakfast and dinner staff. Beach and pool area were lovely and clean. Had the most wonderful dinner at Palma Real on our final night. Only downside is that wifi connection was poor but it's nice to detox from...
Kit-wai Kong reviewing Blau Varadero (23-Apr-2017)
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