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
Ports of call: Cienfuegos - Trinidad - Casilda - Isla de la Juventud - Maria La Gorda - Havana
The Yacht Cruise Experience
The minimum average weather all year round is 22 degrees Celsius, and the maximum usually reaches about 32 degrees Celsius.
Cienfuegos – Casilda
After Embarkation and a welcome meeting, we have an optional walking tour, followed by dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at sea to Casilda
Casilda – Isla de la Juventud
This morning there is an optional tour to Cienfuegos and Trinidad. We drive to Cienfuegos to visit this city which was founded by French settlers , and today is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Mid morning we travel to Trinidad , which is sometimes referred to as the Museum City of Cuba, and is a well preserved Spanish colonial city.Visit to the Romantic Museum and the woodcarving studio of Lasaro. Dinner on board. Overnight at sea sailing to Isla de la Juventud – the Island of Youth.
Day at sea – Isla de la Juventud
All day sailing. By late afternoon we will reach the Isle de la Juventud, where we will anchor in the bay of Singuanea. Overnight at anchor.
Isla de la Juventud – Maria la Gorda
In the morning we will have an optional excursion to Nueva Gerona, the Universidad de la Isla de la Juventud Jesus Montane Oropesa and the Presidio Modelo. Stop for lunch in Nuevo 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.
Maria la Gorda – Vinales Valley
In the morning we will arrive at Maria la Gorda. There will be a one day land tour ending in Havana. We will visit a tobacco farm and learn about the production of the world famous Cuban cigars. After lunch at an organic restaurant, we will visit an organic farm to hear about how the climate and fertile soil have contributed to the success of organic farming in the region. Overnight in hotel.
Vinales Valley – Havana
In the morning we will reach Havana by bus, where we will re-join our ship. Morning optional walking exploration of Old Havana which was founded in 1519 by the Spanish. Now numbering a population of 2 million, Havana is a mixture of beautiful old baroque and neo-classical monuments, arcades and private balconies. We stop at Fusterlandia, studio of artist Jose Rodriguez Fuster, and also the Merger Art Studio, where we can view some magnificent sculptures. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant with live Cuban music at the Cafe Taberna, or similar, with salsa music in the style of the Buena Vista Social Club, before returning to the ship. Overnight on board.
Optional city tour to the University of Havana, followed by a visit to Finca Vigia, which was the beloved home of Ernest Hemmingway. We stop for lunch at another paladar before continuing on to a very nostalgic car garage to view how the Cubans manage to creatively keep those old cars in such fine working order. After a short drive back to Havana, we will have an exciting performance from the Havana Compass Dance Troupe. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board. Overnight on board.
Disembarkation after breakfast.
Important note: All Cuban excursions must be pre-booked and pre-paid 30 days prior to embarkation.
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
|Launched Rebuilt||2000 / 2005|
|Renovated||2015 - 2016|
|Crew||16 - 18 persons|
|Cruising speed||10.00 knots|
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.
Lower Deck – Twin Beds
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.
Main Deck – Twin or Double Beds
The Cuban Callisto2017 PRICES (£) PER PERSON – FRIDAY DEPARTURES FROM CIENFUEGOS OR HAVANA
Operated by M/V Callisto
|Departure Dates||Category C||Category B||Category A||Category P||Departure port|
Cuba cruise - port charges, flights and supplements 2018
|Category C||Category B||Category A|
|Flights inc luggage from||£1,150||£1,150||£1,150|
|3rd person reduction||N/A||30%||N/A|
- 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.