Cuba Trip Oct 14-23, 2016

$4759 per person - single or sharing a double Catagory A cabin includes air from Miami, port charges and visa

Aboard the S/C Panorama II

It has never been so easy to go back in time to a place rooted in culture and history. Where the people are as warm and welcoming as the climate. Cruise through Cuba during 8 days aboard our two great vessels on a people to people program that allows you to step back in time to a country that been closed to Americans for half a century. You'll explore the western part of the island nation famous for its culture, music, warm people and art.


Day 1 - Saturday

Day 1- Saturday

After a short flight from Miami arrive in Santa Clara.  Meeting and assistance at the airport and motor coach transfer to Cienfuegos where the Panorama II is moored.

Depending upon arrival time, enjoy a walking tour of the historic center of this UNESCO World Heritage site.  Located about 250 kms from Havana on the Southern tip of Cuba, this city is the only one in Cuba to be founded by French settlers and it is known as the “Pearl of the South.”

Continue to the pier for embarkation of the Panorama II.  There will be a Welcome Orientation and briefing by your Group IST Program Manager, as well as a mandatory boat drill, followed by a Welcome Dinner.  Overnight:  Panorama II.

Day 2 - Sunday

In the morning after breakfast onboard, visit the Graphic Arts Workshop for discussions and exchanges with local artists. Visit the local open farmers market where everything is bought with Cuban pesos then visit a local supermarket where CUC’s can be used in order to better understand the difference between the 2 currencies and the impact that has on Cuban daily life.    Continue to a recital by the Chorus of Cienfuegos where you will also have an opportunity to engage with the musicians and singers, young and old and enjoy the music of this phenomenal group.

Drive to Trinidad, a meticulously well- preserved Spanish colonial city with its rich architecture, cobblestone streets, palaces and plazas.  It is often referred to as the “Museum City of Cuba.”

Enjoy lunch in this picturesque city followed by a visit to either the Museum Romantico or the Architecture Museum.   Afterwards, there will be time for individual explorations and exchanges before boarding the tender and embarking the Panorama II in Casilda.

“Bon Voyage” Cocktail and panoramic sail of “Bahia de Casilda”  Dinner and overnight onboard the ship sailing to Cayo Largo.

Day 3 - Monday

Disembark in the late morning and head to the Marina to begin our People to People activities.  Visit the Sea Turtle Breeding Center and Endangered  Species Protection Program.  Visit the medical clinic and learn about the unique lifestyle of the inhabitants.

After lunch at the Marina there will be time for swimming and snorkeling at the coral reef.  Return to the ship for dinner and overnight sailing to Maria La Gorda.

Day 4 - Tuesday

Arrive in Maria La Gorda.  After breakfast, disembarkation via local tenders for a visit in the Guanahacabibes National Park, one of the country’s largest nature reserves on the westernmost tip of the island.  Meet with the environmentalists and naturalists who will also talk about the park’s bio sphere.  The  peninsula was one of the last refuges of aboriginals felling from the Spanish conquistadors and also holds some 140 archeological sites linked to the life of the aborigines, who were also known as Guanahatabeyes.  Enjoy a BBQ lunch on the beach before returning to the boat.

Dinner and overnight on the boat setting sail for Havana.

Day 5 - Wednesday

Late arrival into Havana

Dinner and overnight onboard Panorama II which will moor at the Sierra Maestra Terminal right in the heart of Old Havana.

Day 6 - Thursday

After breakfast onboard, enjoy a walking tour of Old Havna.  Included will be a visit to the Camera Obscura and Hotel Ambos Mundos of Hemingway fame.  Enjoy a cocktail on the roof with a lovely view of the city.  Visit the Museum of Rum before lunch at the Paladar Moneda Cubana.

After lunch visit the “Merger” Art Gallery and the San Jose Art Market.  Dinner will be onboard followed by an Optional Tour of “Havana by Night”

Day 7 - Friday

Full day to enjoy independent exploration of the city and meet with locals or participate in an Option Tour to the Vinales in Pinar del Rio, another UNESCO World Heritage site.

Farewell Dinner onboard the boat.

Day 8 - Saturday

Disembark and transfer to the airport for short return flight to Miami

Trip Highlights

People-to-People interaction and meaningful exchanges with locals

Meals onboard, at local restaurants and a salsa lesson or two

Old Havana and the renovation of its historic architecture

Guanahacabibes National Park and its 140 archeological sites

Trinidad, the meticulously well-preserved Spanish colonial city

Cienfuegos, the Pearl of the South, with it's cluster of Neoclassical structures

No packing & unpacking to change hotels

Includes all meals from arrival in Cuba to breakfast on day of departure, mandatory Cuban medical insurance and transportation as per itinerary including 2 1/2 hour bus ride transfer from Santa Clara to Cienfuegos to board ship.

*Not Included: Air to and from home city to Miami, $20 per bag on Miami/Cuba/Miami flights, Cuba departure tax and fee ($28 per person), 2 nights in Miami, trip cancellation/interruption insurance  (always recommended) and any item not listed above. Group IST has been issued a license (#CT-2014-309395-1) by the Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) authorizing us to organize and operate People to People programs to Cuba.  Prices are those in effect as of May 17, 2016 and are subject to change. Changes in accommodations and itinerary may be made if necessary.


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Talula Guntner, CTC, MCC   910 222-8732