- Cat E$5406Outside Cabin, Deck 1
- Cat D$5826Outside Cabin, Deck 1
- Cat C$6435Outside Cabin, Deck 2
- Cat BCat BOutside Cabin, Deck 3
- Cat A$7065Outside Cabin, Deck 3
- Cat AA$7559Outside Cabin, Deck 4
- Owner's Suite$8157Outside Cabin, Deck 3
We will be visiting Castillo de San Pedro del Morro, this fortress is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. This huge fortress, at the entrance to the Bay of Santiago, lies about 10 kilometers southwest of Santiago de Cuba. This fortress was designed to protect against pirate attacks, but it also served as a prison in the late 1700’s. It contains a small naval museum with displays on piracy and the history of the area. We will then be visiting Cementerio de Santa Ifigenia cemetery to observe some of the most beautiful burial crypts in Cuba. We will learn about Jose Marti, a Cuban National Hero, and witness the changing of the guard at his tomb. We will then experience the Diego Velazquez House and Museum, this structure is the oldest still standing example of colonial style architecture in Cuba today. We will have a light lunch at a local Palador. (family restaurant) After lunch there will be plenty of free time to explore Old Santiago on your own.
On your second day in Santiago de Cuba explore more what it has to offer.
There will be an expert presentation on the Culture and Religions of Oriente (Eastern Cuba). Dinner will be on board Victory I.
Depart by coach to Trinidad. A meticulously well preserved Spanish colonial city, with its rich architecture, cobblestone streets, palaces and plazas, Trinidad is sometimes referred to as the “museum city of Cuba”. Walk through the town with a representative of the Office of the City Historian, interacting with artisans and visiting with locals. At the Romantic Museum, we envision life in the 18th century through its furniture and decorative arts. Enjoy lunch in a Paladar,(a family owned restaurant with homemade Cuban food). In the afternoon, there is time to explore on your own.
Known as one of the most popular, unspoiled dive sites in Cuba with underwater landscapes unique to the Caribbean palm-fringed beach. Explore Maria La Gorda, on the Bahía de Corrientes, beginning in La Bajada. Meet with a local naturalist at Guanahacabibes National Park, the largest of Cuba’s six nature reserves. In addition to butterflies and bird life such as the endemic bee hummingbird and yellow-headed warbler, Guanahacabibes is home to a large profusion of orchids and epiphytes with a total of 16 species, some indigenous and some recently discovered. At a Meteorological Center, learn about forecasting weather patterns, storms and hurricanes that have left their mark in Cuba, along with how historic storms have impacted ordinary Cubans. Participate in an expert discussion at the “Honey House” on beekeeping and honey production.
World known rhythms such as Mambo and Cha-cha-cha originated in Cuba; as well as the first known Salsa called “Echale Salsita” (Spice it up a little) recorded back in the 1930s. Following breakfast, guests will disembark and begin their cultural exploration of this beautiful city by foot through the atmospheric squares of ‘Havana Viejo’, calling on artists in their studios as we pass. Visit Hotel Ambos Mundos, where Ernest Hemingway kept a room for years. The hotel served as a refuge for writing such works as “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and a base for frequenting his favorite bars. At the end of the tour guests will check into hotel in Havana for an overnight stay.We encourage guests to enjoy an evening performance at the historical Tropicana Theater or alternatively stroll to nearby Café Taberna, where one can enjoy Cuban music by the famed Buena Vista Social Club.
After morning tours in Havana guests will depart on chartered flight for Miami, Fl.