January 7 to 16, 2018
January 22 to 31, 2018
February 3 to 12, 2018
An Extraordinary “People-to-People” Opportunity
Explore the breadth of Cuba in depth—from east to west, by land and by sea—while interacting daily friendly Cubans from all walks of life who are quick to smile and talk openly with you about their daily lives, culture, work and family traditions. Gain insights into the lasting influence of Spain; the glamorous landscape that once drew celebrities, gangsters, movie stars, writers, artists and heads of state; the legacy of Fidel Castro; and the island’s emerging future. Experience Cuba’s vivid culture and its irresistible zest for life.
Delight in all that Cuba has to offer during this exceptional opportunity while experiencing seafaring in its most timeless form—beneath 16,000 square feet of billowing white sails aboard the exclusively chartered, three-masted Le Ponant. Enjoy a refined yet casual lifestyle on board this intimate, deluxe small sailing ship featuring only 32 Staterooms—all ocean-view. Le Ponant is able to call in smaller ports that are inaccessible to larger ships, making this combination of sea and land travel the best and most comprehensive way to see Cuba. Enjoy three nights in Havana’s comfortable Meliá Habana Hotel, followed by the six-night cruise aboard Le Ponant.
Explore Havana, with its vibrant spirit, iconic Malecón and beautifully restored Old City and fortifications, a UNESCO World Heritage site. See the historical center of Cienfuegos, settled in 1819 and built in a neoclassical style; explore the 16th-century colonial town of Trinidad; and visit Santiago de Cuba’s San Pedro de la Roca castle—all UNESCO World Heritage sites. Admire the misty Viñales Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site replete with lush green tobacco fields, striking karst formations and the azure sea along the island’s stunning coastline, and visit the dynamic city of Santa Clara in Cuba’s heartland.
This travel program offers a full schedule of events, all of which involve significant people-to-people exchanges with Cubans from diverse backgrounds who reflect this island’s unique rhythm of daily life and are eager to share their triumphs, challenges, experiences and cultural perspectives with you.
The Travel Program outlined here is subject to the features, final pricing and terms and conditions set forth in the published Travel Program brochure.