Circumnavigation of Cuba (14 Days)

Cruise Line: Zegrahm Expeditions
Havana, Cuba to Havana, Cuba
Dates: 17 Apr 2018 - 30 Apr 2018

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17 Apr 2018
Havana, Cuba

Board your independent flight to Cuba. Check in to Iberostar Parque Central Hotel for dinner and overnight.

18 Apr 2018
Havana, Cuba
Pinar Del Río, Cuba
Viñales, Cuba
Havana, Cuba

After an early breakfast, depart overland to Pinar del Río, Cuba's primary tobacco-growing region. Visit a local family-run farm to witness the process of creating Cuba's legendary cigars. After lunch at the farm, continue to the Viñales Valley. This World Heritage Site offers some of the most spectacular scenery in Cuba—conical limestone hills rise above the fertile valley floor, where small, privately-run farms dot the landscape. Return to Havana with dinner and overnight at our hotel.

19 Apr 2018
Havana, Cuba

Get acquainted with Old Havana—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—on a walking tour this morning, including Plaza San Francisco de Asis, Plaza de Armas, and Plaza de la Cathedral. Then take a drive past landmark buildings such as the Gran Teatro de La Habana, El Capitolio, Bacardi Building, and famous El Floridita bar—the birthplace of the daiquiri and one of Hemingway's favorite watering holes. After lunch, take a ride along the lovely Malecón in a classic American car. This evening, board the Hebridean Sky and begin your circumnavigation of Cuba.

20 Apr 2018
Varadero, Cuba
Matanzas, Cuba
Varadero, Cuba

Disembark in Varadero and drive to Matanzas, intersected by three rivers and called the "City of Bridges" for the 17 bridges crossing them. Enjoy a full-day city tour, including the Matanzas Museum which traces the city's history from 1693 to the present. Return to the ship for lunch and an afternoon at leisure. Or, choose to do a bit of snorkeling at Coral Beach, then visit La Arboleda, a riverside ranch where you can go on a nature walk, take a swim, or simply relax in this peaceful setting. This optional afternoon tour includes a typical Cuban lunch, before heading out on a 4x4 Jeep excursion through Río Canímar Nature Park.

21 Apr 2018
Cayo Guillermo, Cuba

Today, explore the mangrove forest of Cayo Guillermo to look for resident flamingos, then enjoy a little beachcombing on beautiful Pilar Beach. Or, take Zodiacs to Isla de Media Luna for a morning of snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters teeming with colorful reef fish and lunch ashore.

22 Apr 2018
Antilla, Cuba
Banes, Cuba
Antilla, Cuba

Disembarking in Antilla learn about the history of the indigenous Taíno people at the Indocuban Baní Museum in Banes. Alternatively, board a private catamaran for a full-day excursion to Cayo Saetia, an island nature reserve with a wealth of local and exotic wildlife, such as zebra, wild boar, water buffalo, and a variety of birds. Enjoy lunch ashore with the opportunity to snorkel or swim off the white-sand beach.

23 Apr 2018
Santiago De Cuba, Cuba

Founded in 1514, this World Heritage Site was the starting point for expeditions led by Cortés and de Soto. Your morning tour begins at San Juan Hill, where during the Spanish-American War, the conquest of Spanish troops led to Spain's surrender in 1898. Then visit Moncada Garrison, where a young Fidel Castro led an armed assault on the barracks in 1953—the first salvo in the Cuban Revolution. Inside you will find the Museo de la Clandestinidad, covering the period from the Spanish conquest to the guerrilla movement of the 1959 revolution in the Sierra Maestra Mountains. Admire some of the island's most amazing architecture and historical sites in Parque Céspedes, the heart and soul of Santiago de Cuba. Visit the Cathedral and the First Governor's House, home to the Colonial History Museum, as well as the Emilio Bacardi Moreau Museum. After dinner onboard, step out to enjoy some local nightlife with Cuban music at Casa de la Musica.

24 Apr 2018

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea and attend lectures from our experts.

25 Apr 2018
Casilda, Cuba
Trinidad, Cuba
Casilda, Cuba

Arrive in Casilda this morning and drive to Trinidad, a picture-perfect Spanish colonial town which seems frozen in time. Take a walking tour around Trinidad; a living-museum of Spanish colonialism, the entire city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then return to the ship for lunch and an afternoon at leisure. Or, opt for a full day at Guanayara National Park. Hike through the jungle and learn about the various species of indigenous plants, some of which are still used as herbal remedies. Enjoy lunch at Casa La Gallega, a delightful Creole restaurant surrounded by tropical flowers 1,800 feet above sea level.

DAY 10
26 Apr 2018
Cienfuegos, Cuba
Fiesta Campesina, Jagüey Grande, Cuba
Playa Girón, Cuba
Cienfuegos, Cuba

After breakfast, disembark in Cienfuegos. With its French spirit and fabulous setting along Cuba's most spectacular bay, Cienfuegos has earned UNESCO status for its outstanding architecture, which you discover on a guided walking tour. Then depart overland for the UNESCO-designated Zapata Wetland region. View some of the local wildlife at the Fiesta Campesina zoo-park before touring the Playa Girón (Bay of Pigs) Museum; located at the site of the unsuccessful military invasion by US-backed anti-Castro forces in April 1961.

DAY 11
27 Apr 2018
Cayo Largo, Cuba

This idyllic Caribbean island offers pristine white-sand beaches, mangrove forest, and crystal-clear waters. Spend the day snorkeling, beachcombing, or simply relaxing on a picture-perfect beach.

DAY 12
28 Apr 2018
Nueva Gerona, Isla de la Juventud, Cuba

This beautiful island offers breathtaking beaches, lush forests, and healthy coral reefs. Join naturalists on walks to search for indigenous flora and fauna, explore the rich marine environment, or soak in your surroundings on an exquisite tropical beach.

DAY 13
29 Apr 2018
María la Gorda, Cuba

Isolated María La Gorda is one of the most diverse biological regions in the world—home to a variety of different natural habitats, including coral reefs, beaches, mangroves, scrublands, and evergreen forests with more than 170 species of birds and dozens of reptile and mammal species. Spend the morning snorkeling and searching for wildlife on nature walks.

DAY 14
30 Apr 2018
Havana, Cuba

This morning return to Havana and bid farewell to the Hebridean Sky. Various tours will be on offer, or you can explore on your own before transferring to the airport for your independent homeward flight.

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