The Cuban Callisto

Experience an exciting voyage of discovery, unravelling the wonders of Cuba

7 Nights, 8 days, departing from Cienfuegos or Havana (alternating departures)

Why go: To experience a harmonious balance between conventional cruising and private yachting, along with an exciting voyage of discovery, unravelling the wonders of the Cuba awaiting to be discovered.

Each day you will discover a new port of call, a hidden cove with crystal blue waters to cool you, a glimpse of ancient history to amaze you and rich cultural diversity to intrigue you. The colonial cities of Cienfuegos, Trinidad and Havana, plus the verdant landscapes of Vinales / Pinar del Rio and the crystal clear seas and amazing underwater life in Cabo San Antonio and Cayo Largo.

Your vessel: the elegant motor yacht: M/Y Callisto

Callisto

Ports of call: Cienfuegos - Trinidad - Casilda - Isla de la Juventud - Maria La Gorda - Havana

The Yacht Cruise Experience

The Weather

The minimum average weather all year round is 22 degrees Celsius, and the maximum usually reaches about 32 degrees Celsius.

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos – Casilda

Embarkation and welcome meeting. In the late afternoon we will drive to Trinidad for an optional walking tour and dinner at a local restaurant.  Over night at sea to Casilda.

Casilda cienfuegos trinidad cuba

Casilda – Isla de la Juventud

This morning we depart for an optional tour to Cienfuegos & Trinidad.  We will drive to Cienfuegos, and visit this “Pearl of the South” as the Cubans sometimes call it. Mid morning we will travel to Trinidad, a meticulously preserved Spanish colonial city with cobblestone streets and colourful plazas. We stop at the Romantic Museum and visit the unique woodcarving studio of Lazaro. Dinner on board. Overnight at sea to Isla de la Juventud.

Isla de la juventud cuba

Day at sea – Isla de la Juventud

All day sailing, reaching the Isla de la Juventud by late afternoon. Overnight at anchor.

Cuba isla de la juventud

Isla de la Juventud – Maria la Gorda

Optional excursion to Nueva Gerona, which is the capital city of the island. Visit the Universidad de la Isla de la Juventud Jesus Montane Oropesa. Lunch in Nueva Gerona, before returning to the beach at the Colony Hotel for an afternoon of leisure. Dinner on board. Overnight at sea to Maria la Gorda.

Tobacco Farm

Land Journey from Maria la Gorda to Vinales Valley

Full day land tour. Visit a tobacco farm in the Vinales Valley, which is a UNESCO world heritage site in the Pinar de Rio Province of Cuba. here we will learn about the production of those world famous Cuban cigars.  Visit to an organic food restaurant. Overnight in hotel.

Historic Havana

Vinales Valley – Havana

In the morning we reach Havana by bus, where we will re-join our ship. Optional walking excursion of Old Havana, which has a mixture of beautiful old baroque and neo-classical monuments, arcades and private balconies. Visit to Fusterlandia, the studio of artist Jose Rodriguez Fuster. His brightly coloured mermaids, roofs, walls, benches and roosters stretch across houses and adorn the entire area. We will stop for lunch at one of the paladares on shore, followed by a stop at the Merger Art Studio to view some magnificent sculptures. Next we will visit the San Jose Arts and Craft Market. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant with live Cuban music, before returning to the ship. Overnight on board.

Havana

Optional city tour to visit the University of Havana, followed by a visit to Finca Vigia, which was the beloved home of Ernest Hemmingway. Short drive back to Havana for a performance from the Havana Compass Dance Troupe. In the evening we will have the Captains Farewell Dinner on board. Overnight on board.

Havana

Havana

Disembarkation after breakfast.

Important note: All Cuban excursions must be pre-booked and pre-paid 30 days prior to embarkation.

Musical Havana

Departures will alternate between Cienfuegos and Havana, when the itinerary will operate in the reverse direction

The Yacht - M/Y Callisto

The elegant Motor Yacht Callisto recently joined the VARIETY CRUISES fleet and is true to her name: Elegant, classic. She was fully refit / rebuilt in 2000 and was thoroughly renovated in in 2015-16.

This classy Motor Yacht has performed several Atlantic Ocean crossings, and has also sailed along the most interesting coastal sites of Europe, North and West Africa. The M/Y Callisto is of the “boutique” category of cruiser, and offers the highest standard of accommodation, comfort and safety. 

The yacht’s public areas are cozy and generous, decorated with rich fabrics, handsome woodwork, gleaming brass, antiques and fine works of art. During the day, life on board centres around the indoor and outdoor areas including the Upper deck Indoor and Outdoor lounge/bar and dining areas as well as the cosy Library located on the Sun Deck. T

M/YCallisto
Launched Rebuilt2000 / 2005
Renovated2015 - 2016
Length50.00 meters
Breadth8.00 meters
Draft3.80 meters
Crew16 - 18 persons
Cruising speed10.00 knots
Cabins17

Cabins

Callisto Cabin Category B and C

Category C:

Lower Deck – Twin Beds

The category C cabins are located on the lower deck featuring port holes.They all have marble-appointed en suite bathrooms with showers. Cabins have individually controlled A/C and fitted with TV, telephone (for internal use), hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, public address system and safe boxes.

Callisto Cabin Category B and C

Category B:

Lower Deck – Twin Beds

The category B cabins are located on the lower deck featuring port holes.They all have marble-appointed en suite bathrooms with showers. Cabins have individually controlled A/C and fitted with TV, telephone (for internal use), hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, public address system and safe boxes.
Callisto Cabin Category A

Category A:

Main Deck – Twin or Double Beds

The category A cabins are located on the Main deck featuring large windows. Category A cabins at the bow section of the Main deck are equipped with Double beds, while all other Category A cabins are equipped with Twin beds.They all have marble-appointed en suite bathrooms with showers. Cabins have individually controlled A/C and fitted with TV,  telephone (for internal use), hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, public address system and safe boxes.

Callisto Cabins Category P

Category P:

Main Deck – Twin or Double Beds

The category P cabins are located on the Main deck featuring large windows. Category P cabins located at the bow section of the Main deck are equipped with Double beds, while all other Category P cabins at the Main Deck are equipped with Twin beds.They all have marble-appointed en suite bathrooms with showers. Cabins have individually controlled A/C and fitted with TV,  telephone (for internal use), hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, public address system and safe boxes.

Prices

The Cuban Calisto Cruise

2017 PRICES (£) PER PERSON – FRIDAY DEPARTURES FROM CIENFUEGOS OR HAVANA
Operated by M/V Calisto
Departure datesCategory CCategory BCategory ACategory PFlights & transfers fromDeparture port
20/10/2017£ 1,966£ 2,265£ 2,692£2,906£1,150Havana
27/10/2017£ 1,966£ 2,265£ 2,692£2,906£1,150Cienfuegos
03/11/2017£ 1,966£ 2,265£ 2,692£2,906£1,150Havana
10/11/2017£ 1,966£ 2,265£ 2,692£2,906£1,150Cienfuegos
17/11/2017£ 1,966£ 2,265£ 2,692£2,906£1,150Havana
24/11/2017£ 1,966£ 2,265£ 2,692£2,906£1,150Cienfuegos
01/12/2017£ 1,966£ 2,265£ 2,692£2,906£1,150Havana
08/12/2017£ 1,966£ 2,265£ 2,692£2,906£1,150Cienfuegos
15/12/2017£ 1,966£ 2,265£ 2,692£2,906£1,150Havana
Port charges£308£308£308£ 308--
  • Accommodation in your chosen grade of cabin with private SH/WC & air conditioning, mini fridge and flat screen TV with complimentary movies.
  • Full-board: Buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, local themed party evening, fun BBQ on the beach or on deck (weather permitting) and Captain’s Dinner.
  • Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water free all day, plus abundant fresh fruit.
  • Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment & sea kayaks (subject to availability).
  • English speaking expert Guest Speaker.
  • Professional English speaking Cruise Director.
  • Beverages, except for regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water.
  • Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements.
  • Crew tips.
  • Passenger personal expenses
  • Wi-Fi (available at charge)

Flights from the UK from London Heathrow & Manchester in the morning  and evening return departures from Havana.

Total flight duration from 11 to 14 hours including one stop in either Charles De Gaulle Paris or Amsterdam.

ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 9511

Transfers from and to Havana Melia Cohiba hotel to Cienfuegos and vv are about 3 to 3.5 hours and are included in price for the start or the end of the cruise.

Havana airport transfers to/from Melia Cohiba or harbour approximately 30 minutes.

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