A Cuban Sea Yacht Voyage, Cuba
CURATED IRRESISTIBLE OFFER
IRRESISTIBLE OFFER: A CUBAN LAND & SEA VOYAGE
This is a ThirdHome featured promotion in conjunction with our preferred travel partner. This is a set-date small-group holiday journey and promotional offer with extremely limited availability (open to only 46 lucky guests). Members will experience various set excursions that pair up with the local culture, arts and history of the destination including dining and regional opportunities that they make for an extraordinary experience. NO keys are required for this journey. Please refer to fees section in this experience page. All promotions are subject to change without notice, are based on availability, and can be withdrawn at any time.
*** LAND & YACHT VOYAGE DATES 2018 ***
JAN 18th (OR) FEB 8th (OR) FEB 15th
This luxury small-group sailing journey is limited to only 46 guests; voyage pricing starts from $6199 per person
** PROMO OFFER: $1000 OFF per person **
(subject to availability due to limited space)
THE OVERALL EXPERIENCE -
Experience Cuba by land and sea on a voyage between French-influenced Cienfuegos and Havana aboard the 46-guest Panorama yacht for a distinct look at this enigmatic island as it stands poised on the brink of historic transformation. Marvel at the expanse of shoreline claimed by this vast land mass, the Caribbean’s largest island — mountains sloping down to tropical jungles, rich wetlands and fruited plains, and sunny inlets and ports long used for exporting Cuba’s abundance of fruit, sugar and coveted tobaccos. From the French influences in the architecture and culture you’ll experience in Cienfuegos to the Spanish colonial splendor of Trinidad and the raw excitement of politically polarizing but uniquely romantic Havana your experience in Cuba will feel complete! Other highlights of this people-to-people itinerary include local choir and theater performances, pottery workshops and calling on artists in their studios. Your experience will be further enhanced as you are accompanied with a Cuban insider guide and locals experts in the areas you will explore on this sea and land journey.
ABOUT THE YACHT -
The 48-guest Panorama yacht is a three-masted motor sailer with cabins located on three decks. Upper or Main Deck cabins have windows, while cabins on the Lower Deck have portholes. All cabins have individually controlled air conditioning and feature en suite bathrooms. Life on board often centers around the delightful outdoor spaces, including the sun deck and an aft deck leading to the bar. In the evening, relax in the ship’s welcoming lounge or the library. The swimming platform on the stern makes water access easy when weather and anchorage conditions permit.
DAY 1: Arrive Miami
Our Cuba people-to-people travel program begins in Miami. After a welcome briefing and reception, you spend tonight at the Miami Airport Marriott.
DAY 2: Miami / Arrive Cuba / Cienfuegos / Embark
Board your flight to Cuba. Meet your driver and guide, and depart for Cienfuegos after lunch. During this drive through the countryside, your guide begins to brief you on the history and culture of this enigmatic island. Embark Panorama, your home for six nights in Cuba. (B,D)
DAY 3: Cienfuegos / Trinidad
Begin our day at the farmer’s market, where locals come to purchase produce for their daily meals. Enjoy a walking tour of Cienfuegos’ city center, where wide avenues lead to the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along the way, a local specialist discusses the significance of buildings such as Government Palace (City Hall), San Lorenzo School, the Bishopric, Ferrer Palace and the former lyceum. Discover the transformative power of art in the lives of ordinary Cubans while visiting a graphic arts workshop. Enjoy a performance by the Cienfuegos Choir, where we’re invited to join the choir for songs in the spirit of musical exchange. Stop for lunch in a local paladar, a privately owned restaurant. Travel to Trinidad, an architectural jewel proclaimed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Red tiled roofs atop pastel stucco structures line the cobbled streets. This port city reflects its 16th century past and founding by Conquistadors. Eighteenth century smugglers and pirates made frequent calls here or even used this port as their base of operations in the Caribbean. The wealth and importance of Trinidad continued into the 19th century, when sugar barons reigned. Experience the community like a local, visiting with shop owners and sampling local fare as we walk through the colonial heart of the city and calling on artists in their studios. At Casa Del Alfarero Santander, an artisan workshop, meet local artists and learn about traditional pottery techniques. This pottery studio has been run by the same family for decades, and the Santanders share their family history while we take a turn at the wheel. Meet Panorama in the local port and cruise for Juventud Island. (B,L,D)
DAY 4: Day at Sea
As Panorama continues toward Juventud Island, enjoy informative discussions with your Cuban guide as well as educational lectures, games and visits to the bridge. (B,L,D)
DAY 5: Juventud Island: Bay of Singuanea
Spend a day exploring Cuba’s second largest island, Juventud – the Isle of Youth. This island has a distinct history colored by the presence of Aboriginal Indians, Christopher Columbus, who landed here in 1494, and even pirates, but it is most famous for its role in Cuba’s revolution. Stroll the streets around Nueva Gerona’s Parque Central, mingling with students and street vendors. At the now-abandoned Presidio Modelo, learn about former prisoners Fidel and Raul Castro, who were imprisoned here for 19 months. This is where Fidel penned much of his text History Will Absolve Me. As you rest this evening, Panorama cruises for Maria la Gorda. (B,L,D)
DAY 6: Maria La Gorda / Vinales
Explore Maria La Gorda, on the Bahía de Corrientes. Call on a local school, mingling with students and learning about the country's education system. Guest may even share songs with the children. Wind our way into the Viñales Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dotted with limestone mogotes and fertile tobacco fields. Sample the homegrown vegetables grown at an organic farm while meeting the family who is responsible for the land. Stop at a tobacco farm to learn about the processes and history of Cuban cigars. Enjoy a boating excursion into one of the huge limestone caves running through a mogote – limestone karst outcroppings. Spend tonight at Hotel Los Jazmines or similar. (B,L,D)
DAY 7: Vinales / Havana
Pay homage to Ernest Hemingway while discussing his work with Cuban Hemingway specialists at his former home, Finca Vigia, preserved as it was on the day of his death. Travelers can only peer through the open windows of this museum, but the inside is arranged almost as if the home was waiting for him to return with guests. Hemingway’s fishing boat, El Pilar, is still on the grounds. Stop to chat with the farmers at a sustainable garden which supplies one of Cuba’s best private restaurants – Il Divino – where we enjoy lunch. Mingle with locals at an art market before continuing to Havana. Re-board the Panorama, which is docked near Old Havana. Tonight, we head to Café Taberna, home to the Buena Vista Social Club revue. (B,L,D)
DAY 8: Havana
Cruise in classic cars past the famed sea-side Malecon and through the streets of Havana to Revolution Square. Head to the outskirts of Havana to the interesting neighborhood of Jaministas. It was here where he grew up that distinguished artist Jose Fuster launched a community beautification project. The entire neighborhood is a living canvas and our conversations with both residents and local artists focus on the transformative power of art in the lives of ordinary Cubans. Stop at the University of Havana to chat with students before lunch in a paladar. Delve into the modern history of Cuba’s classic cars at a local garage, learning how Cubans keep these classics on the road despite limited resources. At Habana Compass Dance, a private school of dance, we attend rehearsals and meet the director. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore Havana before saying good-bye to Cuba at a Captain’s farewell dinner onboard. (B,L,D)
DAY 9: Havana
Say goodbye to our new friends as we disembark Panorama. Stroll through the atmospheric squares of Old Havana, calling on artists in their studios as we pass. These parks and plazas are popular with locals who frequent the stalls selling books along the edges of the park while musicians fill the air with sound. See 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 as a base for frequenting his favorite bars. Perhaps nothing is more symbolic of Cuba than cigars, and the rest of our morning is spent at a factory learning about the country's coveted tobacco and the artisanal process by which they are rolled one by one in a process that hasn't changed for centuries. Bid farewell to Havana as you enjoy city vistas at Cuban sculptor Jilma Madera’s Christ of Havana statue before a sunset visit to El Morro Fortress, where a nightly cannon ceremony recalls times of Spanish colonial occupation. Ready for more fun? We’ve arranged an optional excursion to the famed Tropicana (at your own expense). Spend tonight at the Melia Cohiba. (B,L,D)
DAY 10: Havana / Miami
After breakfast, transfer to the Jose Marti Airport for our flight to Miami, where you connect with flights home. (B)
TO INQUIRE FOR MORE DETAILS & BEGIN PLANNING YOUR CUBAN VOYAGE - please contact:
Liz Bates - Director of Travel & Concierge Services
Single Family Home with 1 level
1 bedroom, 1 bath, 1 square feet
1 guest maximum
Additional FeesPLEASE NOTE:
In lieu of the normal ThirdHome Keys & exchange fees, this personally tailored journey is a FULL-PAY travel option and the monetary cost will be quoted to the member based on whatever accommodations are chosen, along with all other itinerary arrangements and inclusions the member requests to be a part of their customized itinerary. This journey does not require a specific number of keys.
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