2019 - South Cuba - (Santiago de Cuba to Cienfuegos)

Experience a harmonious balance between conventional cruising and private yachting, along with an exciting voyage of discovery, unraveling the wonders of the Cuba awaiting to be discovered. Each day you will discover a new port of call, a hidden cove with crystal blue waters to cool you, a glimpse of ancient history to amaze you and rich cultural diversity to intrigue you. DISCLAIMER: Due to restrictions of U.S. law, Group IST in New York is authorized to offer educational travel programs in Cuba to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Some of that travel within Cuba will be via ship. Interested parties should contact Group IST directly if interested in learning more about its educational programs in Cuba.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Friday - Santiago de Cuba
Afternoon embarkation at the Santiago de Cuba new port. Safety drill and crew presentation. Dinner on the ship and Optional show at a Santiago Venue with transfer.

Day 2: Saturday - Santiago de Cuba
Our optional excursion starts with a visit to the Bacardi Museum. Inaugurated as a Municipal Museum, the Emilio Bacardí Provincial Museum is the first institution of its kind, opened in Cuba in 1899. Its creator and promoter was Emilio Bacardí Moreau, the first mayor of Santiago de Cuba. The museum treasures valuable samples of pre-Columbian culture, national art and Cuban history. Among the collection are various objects that belonged to the National Hero of Cuba, José Martí, as well as personal objects of Father de la Patria Carlos Manuel de Céspedes. Other items on exhibit are an Egyptian mummy, provided by Emilio Bacardi himself, Paracas mummies from Peru, an important collection of colonial paintings, works of the Spanish Renaissance, and pieces by Cuban creators such as Wilfredo Lam and René Portocarrero.

DAY 3: Sunday - Santiago de Cuba
After breakfast our optional excursion will take us to Calle Heredia, one of the city's liveliest streets, Padre Pico Street, made famous by the intense games of draughts played by the locals, and the Museum 'Lucha Clandestina,' situated in the 17th Century Tivoli district. The Museum depicts the revolutionary underground movement headed by Fidel Castro, who lived across the street from the museum as a youth. Return to the ship and sail to Manzanillo this afternoon.

DAY 4: Monday - Manzanillo
Disembark after breakfast for our Optional Excursion to the city of Bayamo, the capital of Cuba's eastern province of Granma. Founded in 1513, the village's original name was San Salvador de Bayamo. The city was the capital of the First Republic in Arms during Cuba's war of independence in the 19th century, and its people decided to burn the village down rather than surrender it to the colonialists. It was here that Cuba's National Anthem was composed, and where Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, the 'Father of Cuba' who announced Cuba's first independence from Spanish rule in 1868, was born. We will visit the leafy square of Parque Cespedes, named after Carlos Manuel de Cespedes, and take a walking tour along the Bayamés Promenade. Visit the Wax Museum, Plaza de la Revolución and its surroundings, the Casa de Carlos Manuel de Cespedes Museum, Anthem Plaza, San Salvador Cathedral of Bayamo and the Altarpiece of the Heroes. Participate in a cultural activity at Casa de la Trova, followed by lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, enjoy free time for souvenir shopping. Return, panoramic tour of the city of Manzanillo, stay in the Carlos Manuel de Cespedes Park with time for photos and souvenir shopping.

DAY 5: Tuesday - Manzanillo / At Sea
This morning we will take an Optional walking tour of the city of Manzanillo. This off the beaten path destination is known for its revolutionary spirit and the street organists who entertain visitors to this day. Take in the contrasting architecture, a mixture of wooden structures, Andalusian style homes, and intricate neo-Moorish motifs. We will return to the ship in the afternoon for a mid-day sailing to Casilda. Overnight at sea.

Day 6: Wednesday - Casilda/ Trinidad
Today our Optional excursion will take 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 unique woodcarver. We return to ship for an afternoon sailing to Cienfuegos. Overnight in port.

Day 7: Thursday - Cienfuegos
Enjoy breakfast onboard before disembarking for our Optional Excursion in Cienfuegos, a city 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 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: Friday - Cienfuegos - overland transfer to Havana
Disembark at 9 am after breakfast, for a 4 and a ½ hour bus transfer with other passengers back to Havana - Melia Cohiba Hotel.

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Cruise Line
Variety Cruises
Offer valid through 3/31/2019
8 Days
Cruise Ship
M/Y Variety Voyager

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Day 1Santiago de Cuba  
Day 2Santiago de Cuba  
Day 3Santiago de Cuba  
Day 4Manzanillo  
Day 5At Sea  
Day 6Casilda  
Day 7Cienfuegos  
Day 8Havana  

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