Embark the ship in Cienfuegos.
Day 1: Cienfuegos
You will be met at the airport then transfer by bus to Cienfuegos located some 250km from Havana. Known as the Pearl of the South, the historic centre was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Before lunch enjoy a walking tour visiting the Graphic Arts Workshop, where there will be discussions and interchanges with local artists. Visit the local open farmers market to see Cubans in the process of buying their fruit, vegetables and some meat; at this market, all produce is sold in Cuban Pesos. Visit a CUC supermarket to better understand the workings of a two currency country. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant where you can enjoy Cuban music and Salsa lesson. Engage with the musicians and singers, young and old, and enjoy a presentation and exchange with the Chorus of Cienfuegos, who were awarded the title of “The Best Chorus in the Country” for two years in a row. Late afternoon transfer to the cruise terminal where you will board and settle into your cabin. Enjoy your fist dinner aboard the ship.
Day 2: Trinidad
After breakfast enjoy a full day excursion of Trinidad. The Spanish colonial settlement once built on huge sugar fortunes is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk through the town with a representative of the Office of the City Historian, interacting with residents along the way. There will be stops for visits to local artists, young women artists who are raising the status of women through their art, home studios, and the Museum Romantico or the Architecture Museum. In the afternoon, there will be free time to walk around this classic colonial town and for individual exchanges.
Day 3: Cayo Largo
Today the ship arrives at Cayo Largo, formed by limestone over millions of years. You will visit the local clinic to discuss the medical system in Cuba and engage with the local doctors and nurses. Next visit a Sea Turtle Breeding Center and Endangered Species Protection program. Meet the locals and discuss their particular way of life on this isolated Key. After an early lunch at the Marina of Cayo Largo, enjoy some snorkeling at the coral reef, followed by free time at the “Playa Sirena” beach, which is considered to be one of the top five most beautiful beaches in Cuba.
Day 4: Maria La Gorda
Today you will visit the community of La Bajada. Spend some time in a local school to learn and discuss the differences and levels between the Cuban and American educational systems, particularly in the rural areas of the country. Meet the Cuban children and their teachers. Later visit “Guanahacabibes” National Park, one of the country’s largest nature reserves, on the westernmost tip of the island where you will also meet with naturalists and locals. The peninsular are holds 140 archaeological sites linked to the life of aborigines, who were known as Guanahatabeyes. Lunch today will be a BBQ on the beach, with some time for a swim, before returning to the boat.
Day 5: Havana
As you enjoy a leisurely breakfast and lunch onboard the ship will sail into the Bay of Havana. In the afternoon disembark for a “People to People” exchange with dancers, musicians, and performers of Havana’s Compas Dance Group. Visit a young Cuban emerging artist, Daymi, at her art studio. Return to the ship for dinner.
Day 6: Havana
Wake up in Havana and enjoy a full day tour of Havana and surrounds including visiting the “Finca Vigia,” Hemingway’s beloved home, where he lived for 21 years and worked on some of his most famous literary works, such as, “The Old Man and the Sea” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” Lunch will be served at the “Finca El Divino,” one of the best examples of Cuban Urban Agriculture and the finest restaurant in the area. Enjoy a short presentation and “People to People” exchange on the subject of sustainable agriculture, followed by Cuban food specialties and a cooking demonstration. Later the tour continues to Jaimanita to view the neighborhood artwork of modern artist Jose Fuster. Visit the Romeo and Juliet or Patragas Cigar Factory, Cuba’s largest and perhaps most renowned cigar factory, producing around five million of the finest cigars a year. Enjoy some free time at the San Jose Art Market, the largest art and souvenir marketplace in Havana. In the evening, depart for the El Guajirito and a fascinating “People to People” exchange with musical artist from the Buena Vista Social Club, followed by a late dinner and show.
Day 7: Havana
After breakfast, explore Old Havana on foot through the streets between the four main colonial squares. Enjoy a farewell lunch at a local “Paladar” (privately owned restaurant) in the heart of Old Havana including some local delicacies and of course Cuban music. Spend the afternoon at leisure. In the evening onboard the ship you can enjoy a live performance by a young Cuban Trio, “Carpe Diem,” who will introduce you to the fantastic and magical world of Cuban Music. Afterwards there will be time for a “People to People” exchange with the young artists. Dinner onboard and evening at leisure.
Day 8: Havana
After your final breakfast onboard disembark the ship and transfer to the airport.
Disembark the ship in Havana.
- 7 Nights' accommodation on board the Panorama
- Full board: American Buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a local themed evening and Captain's Dinner
- Filter coffee, tea and mineral water available throughout the day
- Services of our Cruise Coordinator on and off the ship
- All excursions and meals off the ship as per program with local Guides
- All transfers in Cuba and airport transfer from hotel to airport if applicable
- International flights
- Miami to Santa Clara & Havana to Miami flights
- Visa Costs USD75
- Beverages (other than those already mentioned)
- Personal expenses
- Personal insurance
- Passport and visa costs, where applicable
- Wi-Fi (available at a charge)