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Cuba by Land and Sea 2018


Enrich yourself with the best of both worlds. This unique and brand new people-to-people program combines nights aboard the iconic boutique sailing vessel LE PONANT with large-scale immersion into Cuban culture, exploring Cuba's architecture, arts, music and cuisine during intimate, one-on-one experiences with residents. Visit an artist's house in Havana, snorkel in a marine park, and interact with local dancers post-performance. 

> Join a local architect for an educational walk through Havana, discussing its historic styles, ongoing restoration efforts and their impact on the community.

> Discover Punta Francés Nature Reserve, inaccessible except by sea, where you can snorkel or explore the mangroves with a naturalist, discussing ecology and local conservation efforts.

> Take a boat ride to Cayo Granma to meet with local fishermen and children, discussing the Dreams and Fantasies Project, which creates art from objects that have washed ashore.

A Word about Le Ponant 
Le Ponant is a spacious-yet-intimate three-masted sailing vessel designed for uncommon comfort. Given her size and a design that is very open to the sea - large Sun Deck, outdoor restaurant, easy access to the crystalline sea for swimming from her Marina - Le Ponant, PONANT’s symbolic flagship offers up the feeling of a private yacht. The 29 staterooms all have a port hole and are tastefully decorated in a harmony of blues and whites. Two comfortable lounges and two restaurants - an al fresco eatery and a refined dining room - complete the intimate spaces on this beautiful yacht-style vessel. Enjoy fine cuisine, prepared by your onboard chef and served with house wines and select vintages relevant to the region. An open bar avails itself throughout the cruise. 

Itinerary
Days 1 and 2:  Arrive HAVANA, CUBA 
for an optional 2-Night DISCOVER HAVANA pre-cruise program. Check into your hotel and walk along the Malecon, the city’s three-mile coastal boulevard and an evening gathering place for Habaneros.

The following morning, become acquainted with Havana, one of the most alluring cities in the Western Hemisphere. An architectural historian will guide our walking tour through in the heart of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage site founded in 1519. We will learn about the city’s colonial history, its ongoing restoration, and see more of its vibrant street life. View the handsome main squares including Plazas Vieja, de San Francisco, de la Catedral, and de Armas with its stately Palacio de los Capitanes Generales. Enjoy lunch in Old Havana at a paladar and learn about domestic cuisine and small business ownership. After lunch, see the baroque inner cloister of the Seminary of San Carlos y San Ambrosio. Finally, visit the Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos Workshop/School for discussions with artisans specializing in monument restoration.  B L 

Days 3-4:  HAVANA / Setting Sail 
Drive to the Sierra del Rosario, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve region and mountain range in the provinces of Pinar del Río and Artemisa, and the settlement of Las Terrazas, a sustainable village which originated as a reforestation project in 1968 and is now Cuba’s main ecotourism center. Meet the residents to learn about small town life in Cuba. Visit a large reforestation program and experience the reserve’s rich biodiversity. Return to Havana and embark Le Ponant in the late afternoon.  This evening, sit down to dinner aboard. Spend the following day at sea. As you cruise, enjoy expert onboard lectures, covering topics such as Cuban culture, diplomacy and the economy in Cuba.
Le Ponant | B L D 

Day 5:  PUNTA FRANCÉS / Outdoor Expedition  
This morning, arrive at beautiful Punta Francés Nature Reserve on Isla de la Juventud. Inaccessible other than by sea, the marine reserve is fringed by an arc of powdery white-sand beach. Meanwhile, its thick palm and mangrove forest stands in stark contrast to the glimmering, turquoise Caribbean Sea. Land by zodiac and spend the day involved in structured activities amid this unique environment. Each participant may partake in either a guided snorkeling excursion with a Cuban naturalist, gaining insight into Cuba’s ecology and conservation efforts, or a naturalist-guided zodiac cruise of the mangrove forest, where you learn about the ongoing environmental preservation efforts. After a full, enriching day, return to your ship, where you sit down to dinner with fellow travellers.
Le Ponant | B L D

Day 6:  CIENFUEGOS / Beauty by Sea
Arrive in Cienfuegos, the “Pearl of the South,” so-called for its stunningly beautiful bay. Set out on an informative city tour through this UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a stop at the Teatro Tomas Terry. Meanwhile, take the opportunity to talk with your local guide about Cuban life, be it about the two currencies used or the cost of living on the island. Take a stroll down the Paseo del Prado, the longest tree-lined boulevard in Cuba. Then, enjoy a performance of classic Cuban songs by the award-winning acappella choir, Cantores de Cienfuegos. Afterward, interact with its talented singers. Tonight, sit down to a meal in a paladar in town, with time to reflect on the day’s experiences.
Le Ponant | B L D

Day 7:  TRINIDAD / Charming Colonial City 
After breakfast on board, transfer to the heart of Trinidad in the Sancti Spiritus province, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a walking tour of the town alongside a local architect or historian. Stroll through its historic city center as you learn the history of one of the oldest European settlements in Cuba. Then, visit the Romantic Museum. Built in 1740, it’s set within a former home that belonged to Nicolas Brunet y Muñoz, a wealthy sugar mill owner. As you see its period furnishings, china and other 19th-century artifacts, learn firsthand about the Cuba of bygone days. Proceed to a local craft market, interacting with Cuban artisans who sell their wares, followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Then, visit the workshop of the Santander family (Chichi’s house), meeting its residents and engaging in an interactive pottery experience and lesson in this local tradition. At Palenque de los Congos Reales, attend an enriching Afro-Cuban performance, followed by a meeting with its musicians and dancers. Over a cocktail at Taberna la Canchánchara — famous for its rum, honey, lemon and water-based libation — watch as local musicians drop by for jam sessions; perhaps join residents in dancing. This evening, enjoy a dinner in Casilda.
Le Ponant | B L D

Day 8:  AT SEA / Enriching Lectures & Charming Vistas  
As you spend the next day sailing through Cuban waters, attend informative lectures, such as those about the impact of music on Cuban society and how it has influenced music in the United States and beyond; local transportation, including iconic “Yank tanks” (vintage cars); significant points in Cuba’s history; and the intricacies of U.S.-Cuba relations. 
Le Ponant | B L D 

Day 9:  SANTIAGO DE CUBA / History Revealed
Arrive in Santiago de Cuba. Disembark and visit monumental Antonio Maceo Revolution Square — setting for political and social events — and Céspedes Square, a lively park named for Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, a Cuban planter who freed his slaves and declared Cuban independence in 1868. Visit the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, where you witness the ceremonial changing of the guard, and see the mausoleum and final resting place of national hero José Martí. Then, delve deeper as you see the Moncada Barracks and hear the details of the first armed action of the Cuban Revolution. Return to your ship. Tonight, join fellow guests for dinner on board, with time to reflect on the day’s experiences.
Le Ponant | B L D

Day 10:  SANTIAGO DE CUBA / Religion & Education 
Disembark after breakfast and visit the Holy Shrine El Cobre, which houses the Patron Saint of Cuba, la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre. There, you learn about the role of religion in the lives of Cuban residents. At the University of Santiago de Cuba, meet and interact with its students and staff, hearing about the free education system and how the island-nation’s impressive literacy rate came to be. Enjoy lunch in Santiago de Cuba. Proceed to the local marina, where you travel by boat to the charming fishing community of Cayo Granma, an island nearly destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Here, you meet local children and fishermen representing the Dreams and Fantasies Project, which creates art from objects washed ashore to support charitable causes. En route, you see Morro Castle, a fortress that guards the entrance to Havana Bay. Check in to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with fellow travellers.
Melià Santiago de Cuba | B L D

Day 11:  Depart SANTIAGO DE CUBA 
Transfer to the airport and board your return flight to Miami. 
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8-Day Program from $6,690 per person*
Departures: Mar 18 - 25, 2018 and Apr 1-9, 2018
* Call 800-757-6422 for pricing and best offers!
ROUND-TRIP FLIGHT INCLUDED
Optional 2-Night DISCOVER HAVANA Pre-Cruise Program $995 per person
28 meals with 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 9 dinners

 

 


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