Cuba: History, Culture & Contemporary Life, People-to-People Cultural Experience

9 days / 8 nights
    Close departure
    Roundtrip flight included
    Cuba: History, Culture & Contemporary Life, People-to-People Cultural Experience
    Return flight Paris/Miami+flights Miami/Havana-Holguin/Miami +transfers+2 nights in Havana+visits

    Cruise Latin America, Caribbean

    from 1 April 2018 to 9 April 2018
    9 days / 8 nights

    Departure Port : Havana
    Arrival Port : Santiago de Cuba

    Ship : LE PONANT

    • Ref : HS1645 - P010418

    Explore the finest cities and most historic regions of Cuba—many located far from Havana—unpacking just once, and enjoying the safety and comfort of the elegant 64-guest yacht Le Ponant, sailing from port to port without worrying about the condition of roads or the quality of local accommodations. Be among the first Americans to experience Cuba by sea and to discover it in all its richness—its complex history, vibrant culture, natural landscapes, and dynamic arts scene—by traveling widely and meeting and exchanging ideas with people from all corners of the island. Everywhere we go, we explore beneath the surface to discover how Cubans actually live and work. For example, in Trinidad, the crown jewel of Cuba’s colonial cities and a UNESCO World Heritage site, we tour its famed architecture with a city historian, but we also share a meal with the entrepreneurial owner of a bed and breakfast, talk with practitioners of Santeria, and visit local artisans in their studios.

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    Highlights

    • Franklin W. Knight, analyst and commentator on Latin American and Caribbean history and culture, will join guests onboard to give lectures and engage in informal discussions
    • Punta Frances, one of the most remote beaches in Cuba.
    • The sea turtle breeding center in Cayo Largo
    • Hear about the Bay of Pigs invasion from the Cuban perspective
    • Tour colonial Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage site
    • SPECIAL NOTE: This voyage is offered as a people-to-people program in Cuba authorized by the U.S. government pursuant to the code of Federal Regulations (31 C.F.R. §565(b)(2)

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    MARIE GALANTE

    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • Double bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet access Wifi.
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    MARIE GALANTE PREMIUM

    • Capacity : up to 3 guests per stateroom
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • Double bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet access Wifi.
    Price Ponant Bonus
    Book now and get the guaranteed best price. 30%off the public rates, per person,  based on  double occupancy
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    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet access Wifi.
    Price Ponant Bonus
    Book now and get the guaranteed best price. 30%off the public rates, per person,  based on  double occupancy

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    LE PONANT

    Mythical destinations and secret ports of call only accessible to small capacity yachts. Ponant’s signature are Frenchstyle cuisine in a welcoming and intimate environment, discreet yet attentive service where no attention to detail is spared, unforgettable moments of relaxation aboard elegant French flag yachts of character. A sophisticated yet friendly atmosphere, in which, emotions, discovery and the quest for authenticity all take priority. Experience cruising in a different way and discover the magic of « Yacht Cruising ».

    Given her size, shallow draft and a design that is very open to the sea (large sundeck, outdoor restaurant, easy access to the sea for swimming from her marina), Le Ponant, PONANT’s symbolic flagship gives passengers the feeling they are on a private yacht. The 32 staterooms all have a port hole and are tastefully decorated in a harmony of blues and whites. Two comfortable lounges and two restaurants complete the intimate spaces on this beautiful yacht.

     

     

    Port of call & excursions

    1 April 2018 - At sea aboard Le Ponant

    Havana

    Embarkation 01/04/2018 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 01/04/2018 at 18H00 .

    Havana, the center of Cuban government and culture, is one of the most architecturally alluring cities in the Western Hemisphere.  Old Havana, a UNESCO World Hertige Site, was founded in 1510 as the "Key to the New World." It is now in process of being restored and reclaiming its legacy.

    2 April 2018 - At sea aboard Le Ponant

    2 April 2018 - At sea aboard Le Ponant

    Arrival 02/04/2018 at 00H00 . Departure 02/04/2018 at 00H00 .

    During your day at sea on board Le Ponant, make the most of your free time and the comfort of your ship for a moment of rest or conviviality. If the weather is right, let yourself be tempted by a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to do some shopping in the boutique and share the highlights of your cruise with the other passengers. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining relaxation, sharing and the pleasure of sailing on a yacht.

    3 April 2018 - Punta Frances, Isla de la Juventud

    3 April 2018 - Punta Frances, Isla de la Juventud

    Arrival 03/04/2018 at 08H00 . Departure 03/04/2018 at 18H00 .

    Punta Frances beach is part of Parque Nacional Marino de Punta Frances Punta Pederales, a marine conservation area established in 1978.

    4 April 2018 - Cayo Largo del Sur

    4 April 2018 - Cayo Largo del Sur

    Arrival 04/04/2018 at 08H00 . Departure 04/04/2018 at 18H00 .

    Cayo Largo is a limestone islet of white sand, teeming coral reefs, and a profusion of turtles, iguanas, cranes, and flamingoes.

    5 April 2018 - Cienfuegos

    5 April 2018 - Cienfuegos

    Arrival 05/04/2018 at 07H00 . Departure 05/04/2018 at 23H00 .

    6 April 2018 - Casilda

    6 April 2018 - Casilda

    Arrival 06/04/2018 at 07H00 . Departure 06/04/2018 at 00H00 .

    Trinidad is the crown jewel of Cuba’s colonial towns. Founded in 1514, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its cobblestoned streets are lined with neoclassical and baroque homes and buildings embellished with wrought-iron grillwork.

    7 April 2018 - Casilda

    7 April 2018 - Casilda

    Arrival 07/04/2018 at 00H00 . Departure 07/04/2018 at 14H00 .

    Trinidad is the crown jewel of Cuba’s colonial towns. Founded in 1514, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its cobblestoned streets are lined with neoclassical and baroque homes and buildings embellished with wrought-iron grillwork.

    7 April 2018 - At sea aboard Le Ponant

    7 April 2018 - At sea aboard Le Ponant

    Arrival 07/04/2018 at 00H00 . Departure 07/04/2018 at 00H00 .

    During your day at sea on board Le Ponant, make the most of your free time and the comfort of your ship for a moment of rest or conviviality. If the weather is right, let yourself be tempted by a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to do some shopping in the boutique and share the highlights of your cruise with the other passengers. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining relaxation, sharing and the pleasure of sailing on a yacht.

    8 April 2018 - At sea aboard Le Ponant

    8 April 2018 - At sea aboard Le Ponant

    Arrival 08/04/2018 at 00H00 . Departure 08/04/2018 at 00H00 .

    During your day at sea on board Le Ponant, make the most of your free time and the comfort of your ship for a moment of rest or conviviality. If the weather is right, let yourself be tempted by a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to do some shopping in the boutique and share the highlights of your cruise with the other passengers. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining relaxation, sharing and the pleasure of sailing on a yacht.

    8 April 2018 - Santiago de Cuba

    8 April 2018 - Santiago de Cuba

    Arrival 08/04/2018 at 20H00 . Departure 08/04/2018 at 00H00 .

    Set at the head of a spacious bay that is surrounded by mountains, Santiago, Cuba’s second largest city, is one of the island’s oldest cities, founded in 1515. The city is known for its eclectic architectural styles that range from Colonial to Art Nouveau, as well as for its flourishing artistic and cultural scene.

    9 April 2018 - Santiago de Cuba

    Santiago de Cuba

    Disembarkation 09/04/2018 at 00H00 .

    Set at the head of a spacious bay that is surrounded by mountains, Santiago, Cuba’s second largest city, is one of the island’s oldest cities, founded in 1515. The city is known for its eclectic architectural styles that range from Colonial to Art Nouveau, as well as for its flourishing artistic and cultural scene.

    Formalities

    • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

    • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

    • Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.

    • A visa, which PONANT will obtain for participants, is required for U.S. citizens traveling to Cuba. You must also have a passport valid for at least six months after entry into Cuba. Participants must also complete and sign a People-to-People Application Form and a Certificate of Travel to Cuba (both of these forms will be supplied to registrants). There are no innouclations required for travel to and from Cuba, but participants are urged to consult the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/cuba?s_cid=ncezid-dgmq-travel-single-001

    • Cuba : Participants must complete and sign a People-to-People Application Form and a Certificate of Travel to Cuba (both of these forms will be supplied) and return them to PONANT together with a copy of your passport no later than 45 days prior to travel. Those documents are necessary in order to obtain the Cuban visa/tourist card, which you will receive prior to your flight to La Havana. Cuba requires all visitors to have medical insurance, this insurance is included as part of the air ticket.

    • USA: Your flights are transiting via the US, a visa may be required. Please contact USA consulate website for details.

    Return flight Paris/Miami+flights Miami/Havana-Holguin/Miami +transfers+2 nights in Havana+visits

    29 March 2018

    Flight Paris/Miami

    Meet and greet at the airport and transfer to Miami Airport Hilton.

    Accommodation in standard room, dinner at leisure

    30 March 2018

    Breakfast and transfer to the airport in time for your flight Miami/Havana.

    Check into your hotel, then enjoy an orientation walk along the Malecon, the city’s three-mile coastal boulevard and an evening gathering place for Habaneros.

    31 March 2018, Havana

    Become acquainted with Havana, one of the most alluring cities in the Western Hemisphere. An architectural historian will guide our walking tour through in the heart of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage site founded in 1519. We will learn about the city’s colonial history, its ongoing restoration, and see more of its vibrant street life. View the handsome main squares including Plazas Vieja, de San Francisco, de la Catedral, and de Armas with its stately Palacio de los Capitanes Generales. Enjoy lunch in Old Havana at a paladar and learn about domestic cuisine and small business ownership. After lunch, see the baroque inner cloister of the Seminary of San Carlos y San Ambrosio. Finally, visit the Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos Workshop/School for discussions with artisans specializing in monument restoration.

    1 April 2018, Havana, Sierra del Rosario, embarkation 

    Drive to the Sierra del Rosario, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve region and mountain range in the provinces of Pinar del Río and Artemisa, and the settlement of Las Terrazas, a sustainable village which originated as a reforestation project in 1968 and is now Cuba’s main ecotourism center. Meet the residents to learn about small town life in Cuba. Visit a large reforestation program and experience the reserve’s rich biodiversity.

    Return to Havana and embark Le Ponant in the late afternoon.

    Travelers will attend a briefing, including the program schedule and reaffirmation of the obligatory requirement of participation in all activities. 

    2 April 2018 AT SEA

    Today attend lectures and enjoy the amenities of Le Ponant as we sail toward Punta Frances.

    3 April 2018 PUNTA FRANCES

    Today we visit one of the most remote and beautiful beaches on Cuba, where we take advantage of the excellent swimming and snorkeling.  The beach is part of Parque Nacional Marino de Punta Frances Punta Pederales, a marine conservation area established in 1978.  We will have an opportunity to meet and talk with Cubans concerned with preserving the natural environment and fragile ecosystem of the island.

    4 April 2018 CAYO LARGO

    Cayo Largo is a limestone islet of white sand, teeming coral reefs, and a profusion of turtles, iguanas, cranes, and flamingoes. Meet with local management to learn about tourism’s role in the Cuban economy and scientists involved in coral reef protection. Get to know the locals who we will visit in their homes to learn firsthand about life on Cayo Largo. Also visit a sea turtle breeding center and endangered species protection program. We will meet fishermen and discuss local conservation efforts to protect marine species such as sea turtles and to prevent overfishing.

    5 April 2018 CIENFUEGOS

    Disembark and drive to Bahia de Cochinos (Bay of Pigs) and Playa Giron. The Bay of Pigs was the site of the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion, where in 1961, 1,300 armed Cuban exiles were thwarted in their attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro. We will view the landing beach. We will see the Playa Giron Museum’s exhibits, and learn about this event from the Cuban perspective. We will also spend time at the Korimacao Community Arts and Cultural Project, which provides free art, music, theater, dance, and poetry to young artists. Have lunch at a paladar. Nearby is the magnificent Gran Parque Natural Montemar, Cuba’s largest and most diverse wilderness, and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Meet with park officials and local residents to learn about Cuba’s efforts to preserve its wildlife. Back in Cienfuegos, visit the Benny More Art School and meet with students and teachers of music, dance, and art. 

    6 April 2018 TRINIDAD

    Trinidad is the crown jewel of Cuba’s colonial towns. Founded in 1514, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its cobblestoned streets are lined with neoclassical and baroque homes and buildings embellished with wrought-iron grillwork. A walking tour will be led by Office of the City Historian representatives, with resident interactions along the way. Highlights include the Plaza Mayor; Museo Romantico’s wonderful collection of antiques; the Architecture Museum; the church of the Convent of San Francisco; and Plaza Santa Ana. Meet with an owner of a free-enterprise “casa particular” (Cuban bed and breakfast) and learn about this relatively new form of independent business in Cuba. We will also learn about the owner’s family history as it is tied to the home he has transformed into a casa particular. Trinidad is steeped in religiosity, including Santeria and other Afro-Cuban religions. We will explore these belief systems with practitioners. Continue to the Santander Family Ceramics Workshop/Studio to meet with local artisans.

    7 April 2018 CASILDA | AT SEA

    After a morning in Casilda, we spend the day at sea reflecting on our voyage as we sail to our final port of call, Santiago de Cuba. 

    8 April 2018 SANTIAGO DE CUBA

    Arrive in Santiago de Cuba at 20h00. 

    9 April 2018 SANTIAGO DE CUBA

    Disembark by 9h00. Transfer to the airport in Holguin. Flights Holguin/Miami and Miami/Paris included.

    Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

    Franklin W. Knight

    Franklin W. Knight

    Franklin W. Knight, Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Professor of History at the Johns Hopkins University, is an analyst and commentator on Latin American and Caribbean history and culture who regularly contributes his expertise on National Public Radio, the Voice of America, the British Broadcasting Corporation, PBS NewsHour, and C-Span. Elected a Corresponding Member of the Cuban Academy of History in 2012, he has organized and led educational travel programs to Cuba since the 1970s.  This vast experience, his ability to place Cuban social and political history in the broader context of Latin American cultural developments – and his ability to communicate clearly – win praises from all those who have traveled with him. His profession has honored Professor Knight by electing him President of both the Latin American Studies Association and The Historical Society.  He serves on advisory committees of the National Research Council, the Handbook of Latin American Studies of the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress and the editorial boards of several academic journals.

     

    Language spoken: English

    Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

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