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Cuba by Land and Sea: 11-Day Guided Expedition: In Miami, Florida

Lindblad National Geographic

Benefiting Lindblad-National Geographic (LEX-NG) Fund

Cuba by Land and Sea: 11-Day Guided Expedition

Board the Panorama II and set sail on an immersive tour of Cuba accompanied by an award-winning writer and a National Geographic photographer. This voyage departs December 14th, 2016. 

Miami, Florida

2 people

2 people

11 days

US$9,500/person Past Event

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    Cuba is often called “The Pearl of the Antilles,” and for good reason. Join Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic for an in-depth exploration of Cuba from the island’s northwestern capital city of Havana to the southern coast of Cienfuegos.

     

    In this 11-day trip, consisting of three days in Old Havana and seven days on a private 25-cabin cruise ship, discover the island-nation’s treasures with acclaimed travel writer Christopher P. Baker, “one of the world's leading authorities on Cuba travel and culture,” and photographer Bob Krist. Christopher will provide you with riveting stories about Cuba while Bob documents the trip with his expert lens.


    Departing December 14th, your trip organizers have lined up a full program of people-to-people visits to meet with local residents who are making a difference in their fields. You’ll develop a rich understanding of life in Cuba today and the forces that have shaped it. Your choice of excursions include a performance by the award-winning Cienfuegos Choir, a tour of a body shop where mechanics repair classic American cars, a visit to a turtle rescue center, and a meeting with local doctors and nurses to discuss Cuba’s medical system. Along the way, you’ll tour Old Havana’s colonial architecture, set foot on multiple UNESCO sites, visit Ernest Hemingway’s home, and go behind the scenes of a cigar factory. For the full itinerary, please see the details section. A portion of this sale will benefit the Lindblad-National Geographic Fund, which encourages exploration and global stewardship.

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    • 11-day trip to Cuba arranged by Lindblad Expeditions and accompanied by National Geographic writer Christopher P. Baker
    • Photography instruction and mentoring by Bob Krist
    • Included are accommodations (3 nights at Hotel Nacional and 7 nights aboard the 44-guest cruise ship Panorama II), all meals and nonalcoholic beverages; entrance fees and permits; transfers to and from group flights; all excursions and activities, including applicable equipment
    • Airfare, alcohol, and gratuity are not included
    • Itinerary Details:
    • Day 1: Miami to Havana
      • Check in to the Hotel Nacional
      • Tour of Old Havana on foot
      • Visit to Havana’s great squares: the Plaza de la Catedral, the Plaza de Armas, the Plaza San Francisco, and the Plaza Vieja
      • Dinner at the hotel
    • Day 2 and 3: Havana
      • Visit to Ernest Hemingway’s estate at Finca Vigia
      • Visit to a cigar factory
      • Lunch at one Havana’s best paladares, or privately owned restaurants
      • Concert
    • Day 4: Havana and Cienfuegos
      • Visit with locals
      • Drive to the city of Cienfuegos
      • Embark Panorama II
      • Dinner aboard
    • Day 5: Bay of Pigs
      • Bay of Pigs museum
      • Birding at Zapata Peninsula and the Zapata Swamp National Park
    • Day 6: Cayo Largo
      • Visit to the local clinic to discuss Cuba’s medical system with local doctors and nurses
      • Visit a sea turtle breeding center and endangered species protection program
      • Snorkel in the company of environmental guides and scientists
    • Day 7: Trinidad
      • A walk through town with a representative of the Office of the City Historian
      • Visits to local artist studios
      • Municipal Historical Museum and the Museum of Architecture
    • Day 8-9: Gardens of the Queen
      • Snorkel coral reefs at the Jardines de la Reina (Gardens of the Queen) Marine Park, pending permission from Cuban officials; this portion of the itinerary is subject to change
    • Day 10: Cienfuegos
      • Walk through town
      • Graphic Arts Workshop for exchanges with local artists
      • See the colonial heart and great architecture of the city; Government Palace (City Hall), San Lorenzo School, the Bishopric, the Ferrer Palace, the former lyceum, and residential houses
      • Performance from the award-winning Cienfuegos Choir
      • Farewell dinner aboard  
    • Day 11: Cienfuegos
      • Transfer to Cienfuegos airport for your flight to Miami

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