YACHT CRUISES IN CUBA

Day1 - HAVANA
Arrive in Havana where you will be met and assisted by a member of our team. Visit the Plaza de la Revolucion followed by a welcome lunch at La Barraca Restaurant, located in Hotel Nacional de Cuba. Remain at the hotel for an engrossing lecture with well-known architect Pedro Vasquez then continue to the pier for embarkation on our ship, followed by a boat drill and welcome briefing. Dinner onboard and overnight in Sierra Maestra Port- Old Havana. (D)
Day2 - SAT I HAVANA
After breakfast, disembark for a walking exploration through Old Havana and Centro Havana. Witness a mixture of beautiful old baroque and neo-classical monuments, arcades and private balconies. 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. Upon our return, enjoy some free time before we make our way to Café El Mercurio for dinner, and then to the Cafe Taberna to experience the wonderful salsa music of the Buena Vista Social Club style performance. Overnight in Sierra Maestra Port- Old Havana. (B,L,D)
Day3 - SUNI HAVANA**
After breakfast, visit 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 at 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. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - MON I MARIA LA GORDA
After breakfast, we disembark in Maria La Gorda and 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. 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 our ship. Dinner and overnight onboard as we sail to the Island of Youth-Isla de la Juventud. (B,L,D)
Day5 - TUE I ISLA DE LA JUVENTUD
Disembark in Marina Colony for 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. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - WED I CASILDA I TRINIDAD**
Today we visit Trinidad, a meticulously well-preserved Spanish colonial city. 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 ship for an overnight in port. (B,L,D)
Day7 - THU I CIENFUEGOS
Enjoy breakfast onboard before disembarking for our visit to Cienfuegos, known as the Pearl of the South. 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. (B,L,D)
Day 8 - FRI I CIENFUEGOS
Disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight. (B)