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
Sights and Sounds of Cuba, Cruise - Havana
- Cabin C
- Full Board
- A great way to see the variation Cuba has to offer
- Uncover some of Cuba's colonial past
- The Mega Yacht Variety Voyager offers great facilities on board
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).
Travel from Havana to Cienfuegos, this voyage will allow you to uncover the many hidden treasures of Cuba's historic cities and panoramic landscapes. The Mega Yacht Variety Voyager is a modern high-tech yacht cruiser, which features lounges, a dining room, an open sun deck and a Spa & Fitness Suite. The 36 cabins offer comfortable living, which a range of cabins available situated on different decks.
Day 1 - Havana
Afternoon embarkation on the Voyager, followed by a boat drill and welcome briefing. Dinner onboard and overnight in Sierra Maestra Port - Old Havana
Day 2 - Havana
After breakfast, disembark for our optional excursion in Havana, a 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. Upon our return from Finca Vigia, enjoy some free time before we make our 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 - Havana to Maria La Gorda
Disembark in the early morning for an optional excursion to Fusterlandia, the studio of artist Jose Rodriguez Fuster. The brightly colored mermaids, roofs, walls, benches, and doorways were greatly inspired by Gaudi in Barcelona and Brancusi in Rome, but most of all by Picasso and Dubuffet. Enjoy 2 hours or leisure to experience the wonders of Havana on your own before returning to the ship for embarkation. Lunch, dinner, and overnight onboard as we sail to Maria La Gorda
Day 4 - Maria La Gorda to Isla de la Juventud
After breakfast, we disembark in Maria La Gorda, where our optional excursion will include a visit to a local school to meet the Cuban children and their teachers, and discuss the differences and levels of the Cuban and other 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, we 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 we sail to the Island of Youth-Isla de la Juventud.
Day 5 - Isla de la Juventud to Casilda/Trinidad
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. Disembark in Marina Colony for our Optional excursion which starts with a panoramic sightseeing drive of the capital city of Nueva Gerona. Visit the Presidio Modelo, an abandoned panopticon prison where both Fidel and Raul Castro were imprisoned 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 embark the ship. Overnight at sea to Casilda.
Day 6 - Casilda/Trinidad to Cienfuegos
Today our Optional excursion takes us to 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." We 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 very unique woodcarver. Depart Trinidad by bus and drive to Cienfuegos, where we will meet the Voyager for an overnight in port.
Day 7 - Ciengfuegos
Enjoy breakfast onboard before disembarking for our optional excursion to Cienfuegos, founded by French settlers and thus with a unique architecture. Cienfuegos is also known as the Pearl of the South and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the graphic arts workshop and the Benny More School of Art. Walk around the city center and admire outstanding examples of French neo classical architecture from the 19th Century. We 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 - 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.