Day 1: HAVANA
You will be met at Havana Jose Marti airport and transferred to the ship with embarkation from 3pm. Check-in to your cabin and evening at leisure.
Day 2: HAVANA
There are two optional half day excursions available in the vibrant capital Havana which is a designated ENESCO World Heritage site.
Enjoy a Morning guided tour on foot through Old Havana streets and squares. Included in this tour is a visit to the scale model of the Old City and the ‘Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos’ Workshop/School for artisans and craftsman. The school specialises in the restoration of monuments.
The second optional excursion, which includes lunch, is in the province of Pinar del Rio. Travelling inland and included in the tour is a visit to the picturesque region of Valley of Vinales. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site the valley has dramatic rock formations and the 18th century city of Vinales. Cuban Night. Overnight in Havana - evening at leisure.
Day 3: Havana –morning. At sea to Maria la Gorda-Bahia de Corrientes – Afternoon
Rural life in Cuba is on offer today with an optional excursion to the Artemisa Region outside Havana. This excursion, by bus, takes you to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Biosphere Reserve Las Terrazzas. In this beautiful mountainous region the perfect opportunity arises to explore an old colonial 18th century coffee plantation and to interact and discover the Cuban way of life. Visiti different parts of the community from the local family doctor, a local elementary school to local artists homes and their studios.
Also available is a walking tour in the old city of Havana. Colonial buildings beautifully restored, fascinating architecture, narrow cobbles streets leading to open squares with colourful bazaars and the unmistakeable hum of salsa music echoing around the city; a city trapped in time.
Lunch on board with an early afternoon sailing to Maria la Gorda (Bahia de Corrientes). Overnight at sea.
Day 4: Maria la Gorda
Arriving at midday in Maria la Gorda (Bahia de Corrientes) the optional tour this afternoon is to the ‘Guanahacabibes’ National Park. Here you will meet the naturalists and locals.
Steeped in archaeological history with over 140 sites all linked to the life of the aborigines who were fleeing the Spanish conquistadors. Part of the excursion is to meet the environmentalists at the Environmental Research Station.
After lunch, further exploration of the park with local community members and scientists to see the results of their extensive endangered species protection projects and educational programs.
As an alternative you can spend the day at a nearby beach either snorkeling or relaxing in the sun.
Overnight at sea.
Day 5: CAYO LARGO
Midday arrival at Cayo Largo, a beautiful island, far away from the hustle and bustle of city life, formed from limestone over millions of years.
The optional excursion today is to the Sea Turtle Breeding Centre and Endangered Species Program. Here for 2 ½ hours you will experience a guided snorkeling excursion with a coral reef expert along the valleys and troughs of the unspoiled sea bed.
Boat sets sail during the evening and overnights at sea.
Day 6: CASILDA/TRINDAD
Arrive early morning into the port of Casilda. It is from here that the optional excursion to Trinidad begins. Formerly a Spanish colonial settlement, Trinidad today is an ENESCO World Heritage site. Referred to as the ‘museum city of Cuba’ this beautifully preserved city, rich with architecture, palaces, cobble streets and plazas is unique and invites visitors to step back in time to a bygone era.
During the excursion the opportunity will arise to visit local artists and their studio homes, the Museum Romantico or the Architecture Museum. After lunch, the excursion moves onto another UNESCO World Heritage site nearby, Sugarmills Valley (Valley de los Ingenios), one of the most photographed landscapes in Cuba. Early afternoon set sail to Cienfuegos.
Overnight in Cienfuegos.
Day 7: CIENFUEGOS
Today an early morning optional excursion to Playa Giron also known as the Bay of Pigs and Matanzas area. A visit to the Bay of Pigs and the War Museum is followed by a visit to the Matanzas area. Here you will take a boat ride on the Treasure Lake and visit a replica of a Taino Indian Village and a crocodile breeding farm.
Return back to the ship for lunch.
This afternoon enjoy the last optional tour of your cruise. This tour is to Cienfuegos. The city founded by French settlers from Louisiana is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Totally destroyed by a tropical storm in 1825, the city was rebuilt and is a fine example of architecture and design.
There are many fine houses and buildings of interest to see including the Government Palace (City Hall), the Bishopric and the Ferrer Palace to name but a few. Evening on board features the Captain’s Farewell dinner.
Overnight in Cienfuegos.
Day 8: CIENFUEGOS
Breakfast on board and disembark at 9am for the three to four hours transfer by bus to Havana Melia Cohiba Hotel.
**Please note: The Cruise itinerary is reversed on alternate sailing dates, commencing in Cienfuegos and terminating in Havana, however the content and optional excursions remain the same.
**Please note: for reasons of navigational safety, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the cruise itinerary, which is beyond Orbital Travel's control.
There is a comprehensive program of guided optional excursions which can be booked on board the boat.
*Prices in EUROS per person:
*Prices to be confirmed. Excursions are conducted by English speaking guides.
Orbital Travel act as agents for the activity operator/supplier. Please note that the contract for these excursions, tours and activities is between the client and the local suppliers who offer them. Local suppliers are independent of Orbital Travel.