CUBA: Santiago de Cuba to Cienfuegos Aboard the M/Y VOYAGER
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CUBA: Santiago de Cuba to Cienfuegos Aboard the M/Y VOYAGER
Day by Day Itinerary
DAY 1: Friday | Santiago de Cuba
Santiago de Cuba is the capital of Cuba's southeastern Santiago de Cuba Province, facing a bay off the Caribbean Sea. Founded by the Spanish in 1515, Santiago is known for its colonial architecture and revolutionary history. It is also the birthplace of the famous Bacardi rum. Depart by bus from the port for the main square and visit the Governor's Palace Museum. Walk through part of Enramada Street toward Serrano Park and meet the bus there. Enjoy a panoramic ride, with a possible stop in the Moncada Quarter, to the Castillo del Morro, a historical fortress offering fantastic views across the Caribbean Sea and the impressive Sierra Maestra mountains. Enjoy a traditional Cuban lunch at a restaurant next to the fortress offering stunning views of the coastal scenery. After lunch, continue to Santa Ifigenia Cemetery to watch the changing of the of guard before entering the Jose Marti Mausoleum. Dinner and overnight in port.
DAY 2: Saturday | Santiago de Cuba
In the afternoon visit the Bacardi Museum. Inaugurated as a Municipal Museum, the Emilio Bacardí Provincial Museum is the first institution of its kind, opened in Cuba in 1899. Its creator and promoter was Emilio Bacardí Moreau, the first mayor of Santiago de Cuba. The museum treasures valuable samples of pre-Columbian culture, national art and Cuban history. Among the collection are various objects that belonged to the National Hero of Cuba, José Martí, as well as personal objects of Father de la Patria Carlos Manuel de Céspedes. Other items on exhibit are an Egyptian mummy, provided by Emilio Bacardi himself, Paracas mummies from Peru, an important collection of colonial paintings, works of the Spanish Renaissance, and pieces by Cuban creators such as Wilfredo Lam and René Portocarrero.
DAY 3: Sunday | Santiago de Cuba
After breakfast onboard, visit Calle Heredia, one of the city's liveliest streets, Padre Pico Street, made famous by the intense games of draughts played by the locals, and the Museum ‘Lucha Clandestina,' situated in the 17th Century Tivoli district. The Museum depicts the revolutionary underground movement headed by Fidel Castro, who lived across the street from the museum as a youth. Return to the ship and sail to Manzanillo this afternoon.
DAY 4: Monday | Manzanillo
Disembark after breakfast and drive to the city of Bayamo, the capital of Cuba's eastern province of Granma. Founded in 1513, the village's original name was San Salvador de Bayamo. The city was the capital of the First Republic in Arms during Cuba's war of independence in the 19th century, and its people decided to burn the village down rather than surrender it to the colonialists. It was here that Cuba's National Anthem was composed, and where Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, the ‘Father of Cuba' who announced Cuba's first independence from Spanish rule in 1868, was born. We will visit the leafy square of Parque Cespedes, named after Carlos Manuel de Cespedes, and take a walking tour along the Bayamés Promenade. Visit the Wax Museum, Plaza de la Revolución and its surroundings, the Casa de Carlos Manuel de Cespedes Museum, Anthem Plaza, San Salvador Cathedral of Bayamo and the Altarpiece of the Heroes. Participate in a cultural activity at Casa de la Trova, followed by lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, enjoy free time for souvenir shopping.
DAY 5: Tuesday | Manzanillo / At Sea
This morning we will take a walking tour of the city of Manzanillo. This off the beaten path destination is known for its revolutionary spirit and the street organists who entertain visitors to this day. Take in the contrasting architecture, a mixture of wooden structures, Andalusian style homes, and intricate neo-Moorish motifs. We will return to the ship in the afternoon for a mid-day sailing to Casilda. Overnight at sea.
DAY 6: Wednesday | Casilda / Trinidad
Today we visit Trinidad, a meticulously well-preserved Spanish colonial city. With its rich architecture, cobblestone streets, palaces and plazas, it is sometimes referred to as the "Museum City of Cuba." We will walk through the town, visit a scale model of the city, and have lunch at a local restaurant. Stop at the Romantic Museum located in the old palace of the Count Brunet, or Palacio Cantero, the Trinidad General Municipal Museum. Visit the studio of Lazaro Niebla, a unique woodcarver. Depart Trinidad by bus and drive to Cienfuegos, where we will meet the Voyager for an overnight in port.
DAY 7: Thursday| Cienfuegos
Enjoy breakfast onboard before disembarking for our visit to Cienfuegos, founded by French settlers and thus with a unique architecture. Cienfuegos is also known as the Pearl of the South and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the Benny More School of Art. Walk around the city center and admire outstanding examples of French neo classical architecture from the 19th Century. We will stop at a local farmer's market before having lunch. A special treat will be a concert by the singers of the Chorus of Cienfuegos, or string quartet. Overnight in port.
DAY 8: Friday | Cienfuegos
Disembark and transfer to the airport for short return flight.
Note:These itineraries may be subject to change as a result of weather and other factors not in our control. Our vessels have been granted the longest stays of any cruise boats in the port of Havana. Since space at the dock itself is severely limited, this itinerary might involve a combination of having to tender in to shore as well as docking at one of only two piers.
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Santiago de Cuba
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