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Sights and Sounds of Cuba

Discover natural beauty, colonial treasures and rich culture on this fascinating holiday to Cuba with return flights from the UK, overseas transfers and optional excursions

Fly Cruise
9 nights from £2589pp

Megayacht Holiday
  • Classic car, Havana
  • El Cobre Church
  • Colourful houses in Trinidad
  • Trinidad lighthouse
  • Trinidad
  • Santisima Trinidad
  • Beach
  • Old Havana
  • Vintage car

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday

Variety Cruises

Save up to 25% on cruise cost or no single supplement! Applies to Mar 2018 departures. Prices shown include discount. Subject to availability.

Save 10% on selected Winter 2018/19 departures! Applies to 13, 20, 27 Dec 2018 and 3, 10 Jan 2019 departures. Prices shown include discount. Subject to availability

Sights and Sounds of Cuba Special Offer

Rich in music, culture, history and art and with a landscape of mountains, islands and rainforests plus superb beaches and reefs, Cuba is a colourful and fascinating country.

Take the opportunity to visit UNESCO-listed Trinidad, a well-preserved colonial city, explore idyllic Isla Juventud, and perhaps join the optional tour of picturesque Maria La Gorda, which includes a visit to a local school and the headquarters of Guanahacabibes National Park.

A two-day stay in the lively capital of Havana gives ample time to see the sights. Optional excursions include a drive in vintage American cars to Finca Vigia, home of Ernest Hemingway, and a tour of Fusterlandia, studio of artist Jose Rodriguez Fuster.

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Forward Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Havana (Cuba)

Fly from the UK to Havana.

Day 2 - Havana - Cienfuegos

Arrive in Havana and transfer by bus to Cienfuegos. Embark your ship this afternoon. In Winter 2018/19, there is an optional walking tour of Cienfuegos which takes in a graphic arts workshop and Parque Marti. Welcome dinner on board. Overnight at sea.

Day 3 - Casilda

Arrive early morning in Casilda. There is a full day optional excursion to Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and well-preserved Spanish colonial city. Enjoy a walk through the town followed by a visit to the Romantic Museum or the fascinating Palacio Cantero Museum. You'll also enjoy a visit to the studio of Lazaro and lunch in a traditional restaurant. Cruise overnight to Isla Juventud.

Days 4-5 - Bay of Singuanea (Isla Juventud)

Arrive at Isla de la Juventud late this afternoon and anchor in the bay of Singuanea. The following day there is an optional excursion. Enjoy a ride on a bus to the Presidio Modelo, an abandoned prison. Enjoy lunch in a traditional restaurant before visiting an art school and maternity ward of a local hospital. Later, there will be time at leisure. Dinner on board this evening. Overnight at sea to Maria la Gorda.

Day 6 - Maria La Gorda

This morning, arrive in Maria la Gorda for an optional full day land tour. Enjoy a visit to a local school to meet the Cuban children and their teachers, before visiting the headquarters of Guanahacabibes National Park. There may be the opportunity to explore the park, followed by free time swimming and snorkelling.

Day 7 - Havana

Enjoy an optional excursion in Havana, which begins with a walking tour of Old Havana. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before a scenic drive in vintage American cars to Finca Vigia, home of Ernest Hemingway. Later, there will be free time before dinner at Cafe El Mercurio and salsa at Cafe Taberna.

Day 8 - Havana

Join the optional excursion to Fusterlandia, the studio of artist Jose Rodriguez Fuster. Alternatively, visit a cigar factory or enjoy a rum tasting. Lunch will be at Barraca Restaurant in Hotel Nacional de Cuba. Stay at the hotel for a fascinating lecture well renowned architect Pedro Vasquez followed by time at leisure. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 9 - Havana - UK

Disembark in Havana after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK.

Day 10 - UK

Arrive in the UK.

All excursions must be pre-booked and pre-paid 20-days prior to embarkation, with no possibility of last-minute notice or participation. Since space at Havana dock itself is severely limited, this itinerary might involve a combination of having to tender in to shore, as well as docking at one of only two piers. Please note the itinerary operates in reverse on selected dates. Swim stops and barbeques are weather permitting. Itinerary is subject to weather conditions and sailing might not be permitted in force 7 Beaufort winds. The company reserves the right to substitute the vessel.

Winter 18/19 Reverse Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Havana (Cuba)

Fly from the UK to Havana.

Day 2 - Havana

Arrive in Havana and embark the ship between 3pm and 4pm. Overnight in port.

Day 3 - Havana

After breakfast, join the optional waking tour of Old Havana. See old baroque and neo-classical monuments and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant followed by a drive in vintage American cars to Finca Vigia, home of Ernest Hemingway. Spend time at leisure before heading to Cafe El Mercurio for dinner and on to Cafe Taberna for an evening of salsa.

Day 4 - Havana

Perhaps head to Fusterlandia, the studio of artist Jose Rodriguez Fuster, on an optional excursion. See the brightly coloured walls and doorways, inspired by Gaudi, Picasso and Dubuffet. Spend time at leisure. Overnight at sea to Maria La Gorda.

Day 5 - Maria La Gorda

Take the opportunity to visit a local school, before heading to the headquarters of Guanahacabibes National Park, home to around 140 archaeological sites on today's optional excursion. There may be time to venture into the park, before free time to swim and snorkel. Enjoy a BBQ lunch before rejoining the ship. Overnight at sea to Isla Juventud.

Day 6 - Isla Juventud

Today's optional tour includes a visit to an abandoned prison, art school and maternity ward of a local hospital. Lunch will be at an authentic local restaurant, before rejoining the ship. Overnight at sea to Casilda.

Day 7 - Casilda

Perhaps head to the well-preserved colonial city of Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk through the town with a historian and enjoy a stop at the Romantic Museum or Palacio Cantero Museum, before visiting the studio of Lazaro. Enjoy lunch is at a typical Cuban Restaurant before heading to the studio of woodcarver Lazaro Niebla. Later, travel by bus to Cienfuegos to embark Voyager. Captain's farewell Dinner on board.

Day 8 - Cienfuegos

After breakfast, there is an optional excursion exploring UNESCO-listed Cienfuegos. Highlights include a visit to a graphic arts workshop and the Benny More School of Art, plus a concert by singers of the Chorus of Cienfuegos. Overnight in Cienfuegos.

Day 9 - Cienfuegos - Havana - UK

Disembark and travel by coach back to Havana, then on to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Day 10 - UK

Arrive in the UK.

All excursions must be pre-booked and pre-paid 20-days prior to embarkation, with no possibility of last-minute notice or participation. Since space at Havana dock itself is severely limited, this itinerary might involve a combination of having to tender in to shore, as well as docking at one of only two piers. Please note the itinerary operates in reverse on selected dates. Swim stops and barbeques are weather permitting. Itinerary is subject to weather conditions and sailing might not be permitted in force 7 Beaufort winds. The company reserves the right to substitute the vessel.

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board yacht cruise on Harmony V, Callisto or Variety Voyager
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Overseas transfers
  • American buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail and Captain's Dinner
  • Regular (filter) coffee, tea and still mineral water available all day
  • Use of fishing and snorkeling equipment
  • Services of a Cruise Coordinator

Price Does Not Include

  • Beverages (except those mentioned above)
  • Shore excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Personal Expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • Port Taxes

Additional Information

  • A Visa is required for entry to Cuba - please contact us for details
  • All excursions must be pre-booked and pre-paid 20-days prior to embarkation, with no possibility of last-minute notice or participation.
  • Space at Havana dock itself is severely limited, so this itinerary might involve a combination of having to tender in to shore, as well as docking at one of only two piers.
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2018 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Cienfuegos to Havana

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water Price from
Harmony V
Mar 16£3029£2589
Variety Voyager
Dec 13£3795£3539

Havana to Cienfuegos

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water Price from
Harmony V
Mar 23£3029£2589
Variety Voyager
Dec 20, 27£3795£3539

2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Cienfuegos to Havana

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water Price from
Variety Voyager
Jan 10£3795£3539
Jan 24; Feb 07, 21; Mar 07£3795£3795

Havana to Cienfuegos

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water Price from
Variety Voyager
Jan 03£3795£3539
Jan 17, 31; Feb 14, 28£3795£3795

Price Information

  • Prices are per person based on two people sharing a Cat C cabin. Flight supplement may apply
  • Single supplement available - please contact us for details
  • Cabin Upgrade Supplements (include discount):
  • Cat B - Feb - Mar 2018: £239pp - £318pp Dec 2018- Mar 2019: £491pp - £546pp
  • Cat A - Feb - Mar 2018: £444pp - £591pp Dec 2018- Mar 2019: £737pp - £819pp
  • Cat P - Feb - Mar 2018: £784pp - £1045pp Dec 2018- Mar 2019: £1473pp - £1637pp
  • Owner's Suite (Variety Voyager): £2422pp - £2691pp
  • Port charges - £386pp
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