Cuban History, Culture, & Contemporary Life

Cuban History, Culture, & Contemporary Life

From AUD $10,480

Description

Explore the finest cities and most historic regions of Cuba—many located far from Havana—unpacking just once, and enjoying the safety and comfort of the elegant 64-guest yacht Le Ponant, sailing from port to port without worrying about the condition of roads or the quality of local accommodations. Be among the privileged Americans to experience Cuba by sea and to discover it in all its richness—its complex history, vibrant culture, natural landscapes, and dynamic arts scene—by traveling widely and meeting and exchanging ideas with people from all corners of the island. Everywhere we go, we explore beneath the surface to discover how Cubans actually live and work. For example, in Trinidad, the crown jewel of Cuba’s colonial cities and a UNESCO World Heritage site, we tour its famed architecture with the city historian, but we also share a meal with the entrepreneurial owner of a bed and breakfast, talk with practitioners of Santeria, and visit local artisans in their studios. In addition to all that we will learn from these encounters with Cubans from various walks of life, we will be privileged to travel in the company of the expert Franklin Knight, noted expert on Cuban history, culture and politics.

Please note: your voyage rates include Flights Miami/Havana-Holguin/Miami +transfers+2 nights in Havana+visits.

Trip Name
Cuban History, Culture, & Contemporary Life
Days
8
Overview
Vessel Type: Motor Yacht Length: 88 metres Passenger Capacity: 64 Built: 1991 Experience the privilege of a relaxing cruise aboard Le Ponant, crafted to respect the tradition of famous sailing yachts. Following in the nautical tradition of three-masted sailing ships, Le Ponant will take you on a voyage of discovery.  The ship capacity is limited to 64 passengers, providing intimacy and convivial atmosphere to the cruise.  The refined life on board, the welcoming charm to your cabin, the lounges and the restaurants setting are as many invitations to relax. Under full sail, gliding over the sea with the wind, you will fall under Le Ponant's spell.

Itinerary



Day 1 - Day 1 CIENFUEGOS
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Day 2 - Day 2 AT SEA ABOARD LE PONANT
During your day at sea on board Le Ponant, make the most of your free time and the comfort of your ship for a moment of rest or conviviality. If the weather is right, let yourself be tempted by a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to do some shopping in the boutique and share the highlights of your cruise with the other passengers. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining relaxation, sharing and the pleasure of sailing on a yacht.
Day 3 - Day 3 PUNTA FRANCÉS, ISLA DE LA JUVENTUD
Punta Frances beach is part of Parque Nacional Marino de Punta Frances Punta Pederales, a marine conservation area established in 1978.
Day 4 - Day 4 CIENFUEGOS
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Day 5 - Day 5 CASILDA
Trinidad is the crown jewel of Cuba’s colonial towns. Founded in 1514, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its cobblestoned streets are lined with neoclassical and baroque homes and buildings embellished with wrought-iron grillwork.
Day 6 - Day 6 AT SEA ABOARD LE PONANT
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Day 7 - Days 7 - 8 SANTIAGO DE CUBA
Set at the head of a spacious bay that is surrounded by mountains, Santiago, Cuba’s second largest city, is one of the island’s oldest cities, founded in 1515. The city is known for its eclectic architectural styles that range from Colonial to Art Nouveau, as well as for its flourishing artistic and cultural scene.
Day 8 - Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
27-01-201903-02-2019AUD $0Marie Galante Cabin
27-01-201903-02-2019AUD $0Marie Galante Premium Cabin
27-01-201903-02-2019AUD $0Antigua Cabin

Inclusions

    • Included 2-night pre-cruise hotel/tour package in Havana
    • Bay of Pigs
    • Colonial Trinidad
    • Meet with local artists in Santiago
    • Conservation efforts on Isla de la Juventud
    • 2 Cuban guides onboard for entire cruise. Exceptional experience for pax: sharing meals; informal, relaxed conversations
    • Franklin W. Knight – Noted commentator and expert on Cuban history, culture and politics

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