Cuba/United States
Authentic Cuba: A Cultural Journey by Luxury Yacht
Meet your group in Cuba to board a mega-yacht. Meet local musicians and artists, learn about modern Cuban culture, and explore the historic districts of Havana, Trinidad and Cienfuegos.
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Program No. 22872RJ
9 days
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9 days
8 nights
23 meals
8 B 7 L 8 D
Arrivals in Havana, Program Orientation and Introductions
Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Activity note: Please note: The day-by-day schedule in Cuba is a representative guide only as program elements are subject to change on short notice.

Afternoon: Transfer from Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, to your hotel. Meet your Road Scholar Group Leader in the hotel lobby for Program Registration and hotel check in. The Program Welcome and Orientation will begin at 6:00 p.m. Your Road Scholar Group Leader will be in the hotel lobby at 5:45 p.m. to accompany the group to the Orientation room. This very important meeting will prepare you for your travel in Cuba. We will discuss OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) regulations that govern our program, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, our program schedule, and answer any questions you may have. The Group Leader will also lead introductions. All routes, field trips, and excursions are subject to change as weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary. Sea conditions could affect the progress of the ship, making it run late and sometimes miss ports because it is not safe to dock. Because of this, the cruise itinerary should always be regarded as provisional. The operators reserve the right to change the content of field trips and excursions without prior notice. PLEASE NOTE: The day-by-day schedule that follows should be used only as a representative guide. Program elements are subject to change on short notice as availability is controlled by the Cuban government.

Dinner: At a local paladar (privately-owned restaurant).

Explore Havana, Embark Ship
At Sea
M/Y Variety Voyager

Activity note: Most staircases in Cuba do not have railings, so if you use a walking aid, please bring it on the program. Walking and standing for up to 1 hour at a time on uneven terrain. Steps without railings. Getting on and off the motorcoach throughout the day.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel including coffee, tea, pastries, eggs, breakfast meats and fresh seasonal fruits.

Morning: This morning, we will observe a rehearsal then enjoy conversation and interactions with a modern dance group.

Lunch: In a restaurant at the hotel.

Afternoon: Remain at the hotel for an expert lecture with a well known local architect. Continue to Sierra Maestra Terminal in Old Havana for embarkation aboard the yacht, followed by a boat drill and Welcome Briefing by your yacht crew.

Dinner: Buffet dinner on board the yacht, featuring Greek and international cuisine.

Evening: Overnight in port in Havana. Rest and prepare for a full day tomorrow.

Old Havana, Hemingway's Home
At Sea
M/Y Variety Voyager

Activity note: Our vessels have been granted the longest stays of any cruise boats in the port of Havana. Space at the dock itself is severely limited; we may dock at one of the only two piers or take a tender in to shore. Walking about 2 miles, standing approximately 2.5 hours; cobblestone streets, limited areas of shade.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast on board, including coffee and tea; fresh seasonal fruit and juice, cereal, yogurt, eggs and hot items that change daily.

Morning: Exploration on foot of “Habana Vieja” (Old Havana), strolling the streets between the four main colonial squares with your Cuban local expert.

Lunch: In a paladar.

Afternoon: Drive in classic cars to Finca La Vigia, Hemingway’s beloved home, where he lived for 21 years and worked on some of his most famous literary works, such as “The Old Man and the Sea,” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” Late afternoon return to Havana.

Dinner: We walk to a paladar in Old Havana for some typical Cuban fare.

Evening: Enjoy music in the style of the Buena Vista Social club, at a classic café show. Return to the ship at your leisure. Overnight in port of Havana.

Fusterlandia, Afternoon at Sea
At Sea
M/Y Variety Voyager

Activity note: The time available in each port is set by the cruise line. Whenever possible, the Road Scholar daily schedule indicates port arrival and departure times (subject to change by the cruise line). This may mean that free time in port is limited. Regardless of the time in port, Road Scholar delivers a robust educational program. Walking and standing on unpaved ground for up to 1 hour at a time. Getting on and off of the motorcoach.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast on board.

Morning: We depart with our Cuban expert by motorcoach to Fusterlandia, the studio and workshop of artist Jose Rodriguez Fuster. Walk around the neighborhood to explore the mosaic tile work inspired by Gaudi in Barcelona. Afterwards, enjoy free time to continue exploring Havana before embarkation.

Lunch: On board the yacht.

Afternoon: At sea en route to Maria la Gorda.

Dinner: On board the yacht.

Evening: Continue sailing towards Maria La Gorda.

Maria La Gorda and Guanahacabibes National Park
At Sea
M/Y Variety Voyager

Activity note: Walking on uneven terrain while ashore. Access to the tender boat is along a narrow pier, off of the beach. Walking on sand. Access to return to the ship from Maria la Gorda is by local tender boat.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast on board.

Morning: With our Cuban expert and motorcoach, visit a nearby school. Learn about the Cuban education system in rural areas, and interact with teachers and students. Explore Guanahacabibes National Park, one of the country’s largest nature reserves on the westernmost tip of the island. The peninsula was one of the last refuges of aboriginals fleeing from the Spanish conquistadors and also holds some 140 archaeological sites linked to the life of the aborigines, who were known as Guanahatabeyes.

Lunch: Enjoy a barbecue on the beach with some time for a swim before returning to the yacht via local tender boat.

Afternoon: The yacht navigates toward Isla de la Juventud or "Isle of Youth". Enjoy a lecture on board by your Cuban local expert.

Dinner: On board the motor yacht, dinners are plated and served single seating in the dining room. The cuisine is Greek and Continental –inspired.

Evening: At sea as we navigate toward Isla de la Juventud (Isle of Youth.)

Isla de la Juventud (Isle of Youth), Nueva Gerona
At Sea
M/Y Variety Voyager

Activity note: Access to go ashore is via local tender boat. Transportation on the island is by private local bus. Lunch is later than usual, so bring a snack from breakfast with you ashore, if necessary. Walking on sand and uneven pavement.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast on board the yacht.

Morning: Enter the Bay of Singuanea and moor in front of the Colony Hotel. Disembark the tender boat on the beach and board a local private bus for a tour of the capitol city of the island – Nueva Gerona. Next, visit the Presidio Modelo – the abandoned panopticon prison of Cuba. It was here that Fidel and Raul Castro were imprisoned from 1953-1955. Panopticon is a building design that allows a small prison staff to watch over a large number prisoners without the prisoners knowing they’re being watched. The most notable inmates were Fidel Castro and other Moncada rebels. The tables were turned after the revolution when Presidio Modulo became the destination for those considered enemies of the new government. It was closed in 1967 and is now a museum.

Lunch: At a local paladar.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will visit an art school, followed by free time in Nueva Gerona. Late afternoon embarkation.

Dinner: Aboard the yacht.

Evening: At sea en route to Casilda, port of Trinidad.

Meet the People of Trinidad
At Sea
M/Y Variety Voyager

Activity note: Walking and standing on cobblestone streets for up to 2 hours, with limited shade areas. Travel by motorcoach.

Breakfast: On board the yacht.

Lunch: Onboard before disembarkation.

Afternoon: Depart by coach to Trinidad. A meticulously well preserved Spanish colonial city, with its rich architecture, cobblestone streets, palaces and plazas, Trinidad is sometimes referred to as the “museum city of Cuba.” Walk through the town, interacting with artisans and visiting with locals. At the Romantic Museum, we envision life in the 18th century through its furniture and decorative arts. Next, visit the studio of local woodcarver to learn about his unique creations. Depart Trinidad by motorcoach for drive to Cienfuegos where we will meet the yacht for an overnight in port.

Dinner: In a paladar.

Evening: At leisure in port in Cienfuegos.

Cienfuegos, Pearl of the South
At Sea
M/Y Variety Voyager

Activity note: Walking and standing for up to 1 hour at a time. Walking on uneven pavement outdoors with limited areas of shade.

Breakfast: On board the yacht.

Morning: We disembark the ship to explore by coach and on foot. Cienfuegos, the only city in Cuba to be founded by French settlers, is also known as the Pearl of the South. In 2005, the historic center was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among buildings of particular interest are the Government Palace (City Hall), San Lorenzo School, the Bishopric, the Ferrer Palace, the former lyceum, and some residential houses. Cienfuegos is an outstanding example of an architectural ensemble representing the new ideas of modernity, hygiene and order in urban planning as developed in Latin America from the 19th century.” As we walk through the main square, visit a graphic arts workshop and school of art where there will be discussions and interchanges with local artists. Visit a Cuban peso (CUC) farmer's market to better understand the workings of a two currency country.

Lunch: In a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy a performance and exchange with one of the talented musical groups in Cienfuegos.

Dinner: Provided onboard.

Evening: In port at leisure.

Return Flights, Program Ends

Activity note: Transfers have been arranged to the Havana airport beginning in the early morning, based on individual flight itineraries.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast on board.

Morning: Transfers to the airport in Havana, based on individual flight itineraries.

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