Explore the breadth of Cuba in depth—from east to west, by land and by sea—while interacting daily with friendly and inquisitive Cubans from all walks of life who are quick to smile and talk openly with you about their day-to-day lives, culture, work and family traditions. Gain insight 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.
Complementary alcoholic & nonalcoholic beverages are included throughout the cruise!
Frequent study leader and historian, John Meffert is a long-time proponent of preservation. As former director of the National Trust’s Southern Office, John now serves as a consultant on heritage conservation services in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, where he has also served as the director of the Preservation Society of Charleston preserving the historic resources of the city. John has been to Cuba on several National Trust Tours for the past 10 years! (Feb. 6th departure)
Accompanied by experienced, English-speaking Cuban hosts, immerse yourself in a comprehensive and intimate travel experience that explores the history, culture, art, language, cuisine and rhythms of daily Cuban life. Interact with local Cuban experts including musicians, artists, farmers, academics and architects.
1 Depart the U.S./Havana, Cuba/Embark Le Ponant
3 Havana/Pinar del Río and Viñales Valley
5 Cienfuegos for Santa Clara
7 Cruising the Caribbean Sea
8 Santiago de Cuba
9 Santiago de Cuba
10 Santiago de Cuba/Holguín/Return to the U.S.
Cruise itinerary is subject to change and will also operate in the reverse direction.