Circumnavigation of Cuba
Aboard Hebridean Sky
April 17 – 30, 2018

Overview:

Immerse yourself in Cuban culture as you visit with friendly locals, savor traditional cuisine, tour the Arte Corte interactive museum, and enjoy musical performances, including a visit to the Casa de la Musica. Visit the citadel of San Pedro de la Roca in Santiago and take a walk through charming, colonial Cienfuegos; both are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Snorkel over healthy coral reefs to view colorful tropical fish, turtles, stingrays, and other sea creatures. Stroll the atmospheric streets of Havana to discover stunning colonial architecture and sun-splashed plazas, where classic American cars complete the scene of a by-gone era. Aboard 104-Guest Hebridean Sky

Brief Itinerary:
Day 1: Depart USA / Havana Cuba
Day 2: Havana / Vinales
Day 3: Havana / Embark Hebridean Sky
Day 4: Varadero / Matanzas
Day 5: Cayo Guillermo
Day 6: Antilla / Gibara / Cayo Saetia
Day 7: Santiago de Cuba
Day 8: At Sea
Day 9: Cailda / Trinidad
Day 10: Cienfuegos / Zapata Wetlands / Playa Larga
Day 11: Cayo Largo
Day 12: Isla de la Juventud
Day 13: Maria la Gorda
Day 14: Havana / Disembark / USA

**Early booking savings available if booked by January 31, 2017. Call Expedition Easy for details.

Interested in more information? Please contact Expedition Easy by calling 1-800-617-2319 or click here to e-mail the Expedition Easy Team.

Circumnavigation of Cuba
Aboard Hebridean Sky
April 17 – 30, 2018

Day-by-day Itinerary:

DAY 1 – TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2018 – DEPART USA / HAVANA CUBA

Board your independent flight to Cuba. Check in to the five-star Meliá Cohiba, which overlooks the city’s famous three-mile-long Malecón, for dinner and overnight.

DAY 2 – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2018 – HAVANA / VINALES

After an early breakfast, depart overland to Pinar del Rio, Cuba’s primary tobacco growing region. Visit a local family-run farm to witness the process of creating Cuba’s legendary cigars. After lunch at the farm continue to the Viñales Valley. This World Heritage Site offers some of the most spectacular scenery in Cuba, with dramatic karst outcroppings punctuating the verdant landscape. In Cueva del Indio (Indian Cave), board a boat for a cruise along the subterranean river. Return to Havana with dinner and overnight at our hotel.

DAY 3 – THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2018 – HAVANA / EMBARK HEBRIDEAN SKY

Get acquainted with Old Havana—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—on a walking tour this morning. After lunch make a stop at El Floridita Bar—the birthplace of the daiquiri and one of Hemingway’s favorite watering holes—on the way to visit Arte Corte, a hair salon and museum that preserves the history of hairdressing in Cuba. This evening, board the Hebridean Sky and begin your circumnavigation of Cuba.

DAY 4 – FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2018 – VARADERO / MATANZAS

Disembark in Varadero and drive to Matanzas, intersected by three rivers, and called the “City of Bridges” for the 17 bridges crossing them. Enjoy a half-day city tour, including the Matanzas Museum which traces the city’s history from 1693 to the present. Return to the ship for lunch and an afternoon at leisure. Or, choose an excursion to La Arboleda, a riverside ranch where you can go on a nature walk, go horseback riding, take a swim, or simply relax in this peaceful setting. After a typical Cuban lunch, head out on a 4×4 Jeep excursion through Rio Canimar Nature Park and take a cruise to admire the flora and fauna along the riverbanks. Continue to Cuevas de Bellamar, a fantastical cave system.

DAY 5 – SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2018 – CAYO GUILLERMO

Zodiacs take you ashore at Cayo Guillermo for a day of snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters teeming with colorful reef fish. Or, choose to visit the village of Moron, which offers horse-drawn carriages and small shops to browse.

DAY 6 – SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2018 – ANTILLA / GIBARA / CAYO SAETIA

Disembark in Antilla and depart overland for a half-day tour of Gibara. Enjoy stunning views from a hilltop Spanish fortress, and stroll through the leafy Parque Calixto Garcia on your way to the wonderful Museum of Natural History. Your tour ends at Baker’s Cave, where you may choose to take a dip in the underground lake before returning to the ship for lunch and an afternoon at leisure. Alternatively, board a private catamaran for a full-day excursion to Cayo Saetia, an island nature reserve with a wealth of local and exotic wildlife, such as zebra, wild boar, water buffalo, and a variety of birds.

DAY 7 – MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2018 – SANTIAGO DE CUBA

Founded in 1514, this World Heritage Site was the starting point for expeditions led by Cortés and de Soto. Your morning tour begins at San Juan Hill, where during the Spanish-American War, the conquest of Spanish troops led to Spain’s surrender in 1898. Then visit Moncada Garrison, where a young Fidel Castro led an armed assault on the barracks in 1953—the first salvo in the Cuban Revolution. Inside you will find the Museo de la Clandestinidad, covering the period from the Spanish conquest to the guerrilla movement of the 1959 revolution in the Sierra Maestra Mountains. Admire some of the island’s most amazing architecture and historical sites in Parque Céspedes, the heart and soul of Santiago de Cuba. Visit the Cathedral and the First Governor’s House, home to the Colonial History Museum, as well as the Emilio Bacardi Moreau Museum. After dinner on board, step out to enjoy some local nightlife with Cuban music at Casa de la Musica.

DAY 8 – TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2018 – AT SEA

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea and attend lectures from our experts.

DAY 9 – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2018 – CALIDA / TRINIDAD

Arrive in Casilda this morning and drive to Trinidad, a picture-perfect Spanish colonial town which seems frozen in time. Take a walking tour around Trinidad; a living-museum of Spanish colonialism, the entire city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then return to the ship for lunch and an afternoon at leisure. Or, opt for a full day at Guanayara National Park. Hike through the jungle and learn about the various species of indigenous plants, some of which are still used as herbal remedies. Enjoy lunch at Casa La Gallega, a delightful Creole restaurant surrounded by tropical flowers 1,800 feet above sea level.

DAY 10 –THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018 – CIENFUEGOS/ZAPATA WETLANDS/PLAYA LARGA

After breakfast, disembark in Cienfuegos. With its French spirit and fabulous setting along Cuba’s most spectacular bay, Cienfuegos has earned UNESCO status for its outstanding architecture, which you discover on a guided walking tour. Then depart overland for the UNESCO-designated Zapata Wetland region. View some of the local wildlife at the Fiesta Campesina zoo-park before touring the Playa Giron (Bay of Pigs) Museum; located at the site of the unsuccessful military invasion by US-backed anti-Castro forces in April 1961.

DAY 11 – FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2018 – CAYA LARGO

This idyllic Caribbean island offers pristine white-sand beaches, mangrove forest, and crystal-clear waters. Spend the day snorkeling, beachcombing, or simply relaxing on a picture-perfect beach.

DAY 12 – SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2018 – ISLA DE LA JUVENTUD

This beautiful island offers breathtaking beaches, lush forests, and healthy coral reefs. Join naturalists on walks to search for indigenous flora and fauna, explore the rich marine environment, or soak in your surroundings on an exquisite tropical beach.

DAY 13 – SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2018 – MARIA LA GORDA

Isolated Maria La Gorda is one of the most diverse biological regions in the world—home to a variety of different natural habitats, including coral reefs, beaches, mangroves, scrublands, and evergreen forests with more than 170 species of birds and dozens of reptile and mammal species. Spend the morning snorkeling and searching for wildlife on nature walks.

DAY 14 – MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2018 – HAVANA / DISEMBARK / USA

This morning return to Havana and bid farewell to the Hebridean Sky. Various tours will be on offer, or you can explore on your own before transferring to the airport for your independent homeward flight.

*Please note: This itinerary is subject to change. In the spirit of expedition travel, plans may change slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.

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Circumnavigation of Cuba
Aboard Hebridean Sky
April 17 – 30, 2018

Rates:

April 17-30, 2018
Category 1: $10,980
Category 2: $11,780
Category 3: $12,980
Category 4: $13,980
Category 5: $15,380
Category 6: $17,280
Owner’s Suite: $20,780

**Early booking savings available if booked by January 31, 2017. Call Expedition Easy for details

Rates are based on per person sharing and are approximate until the time of booking. Rates are quoted in USD and subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control; i.e. fuel increases, currency fluctuations, etc.

Flights:

International Air not included.

Please note: You must travel on the group dates and will not be allowed to travel early to Cuba or extend your stay.

Rates are approximate until the time of booking. Please note rates are subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control; i.e. fuel increases, currency fluctuations, etc. Airfare prices are subject to change until booked and ticketed

Included:

Daily activity options including Zodiac cruises, nature walks, snorkeling, and cultural tours; all gratuities; all accommodations; world-class lecture and expedition team; all onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner; all entrance fees, taxes, and landing and port charges; arrival and departure transfers on group dates; gift certificates for recommended expedition gear and reading materials; and medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance.

Not Included:

Airfare from your home city/Havana and Havana/home city; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; travel insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, alcoholic beverages (other than listed above), and other incidentals; and email/Internet/fax/telephone charges.

Deposit & Payments

A completed & signed Expedition Easy Reservation Form, along with your 25% trip deposit and full regional and/or domestic air payment (if applicable) is required at the time of booking.

Reservations

This itinerary is subject to the availability of all services at the time of making a reservation. No space is being held at this time. Please contact Expedition Easy for the full terms and conditions that apply. We are happy to answer questions and discuss your trip.

To reserve space on a trip on the Expedition Easy website, please contact Expedition Easy by calling 1-800-617-2319 or click here to e-mail the Expedition Easy Team.

Circumnavigation of Cuba
Aboard Hebridean Sky
April 17 – 30, 2018

Trip Leader:

Nadia Eckhardt
Founder of Expedition Easy

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Nadia now calls Seattle her home. She has traveled extensively throughout the world and is well versed in many adventure destinations, including Central and South America, Indonesia, Africa, Antarctica, Australia, the South Pacific, and more. She spent much of her youth exploring southern Africa and the islands of the Indian Ocean. Nadia has been working with Zegrahm since 1992 and is an experienced cruise director and Zodiac driver. Currently Nadia divides her time among her home in Seattle, her family in South Africa, and leading expeditions throughout the world.


April 17 - 30, 2018