Havana to Cienfuegos: Eight-Day Cuba People to People Program Aboard the S/C Panorama

8 days - Havana to Cienfuegos

It has never been so easy to go back in time to a place rooted in culture and history. Where the people are as warm and welcoming as the climate. Circumnavigate Cuba during 8 days aboard the S/C Panorama on a people to people program that allows you to step back in time to a country that been closed to Americans for half a century. You'll explore the western part of the island nation famous for its culture, music, warm people and art.

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Itinerary Information


  • Saturday

    Day 1

    Miami/Havana - Depart from Miami International Airport on your short flight to Cuba. Arrival. Meeting and assistance. Transfer to the dock.

    Upon completion of arrival formalities, continue to La California, a colorful paladar (small privately owned restaurant) in the heart of Old Havana. Here you will have a change to engage with some local artists and enjoy some lunch. After lunch, visit the National Museum of Fine Arts with a special museum guide and curator for interesting exchanges. Continue to the Cruise Ship Terminal to board the Panorama.

    Embarkation will be at 7PM and dinner will be served onboard.

    At 8:30 PM, observe the Canon Blast Ceremony which dates back to the colonial period in which the gates to the entrance of Havana would close when the shot was fired from the canon at 8PM.

    Overnight onboard the S/C Panorama

  • Sunday

    Day 2

    Havana - Breakfast will be onboard. Depart for a full day excursion to the province of “Artemisa”. Drive by bus to the UNESCO –designated Biosphere Reserve region and the intentional/eco-community of “Las Terrazas” in the mountainous area, “Sierra del Rosario”. Visit local establishments in the village including, El Café de Maria, the local family doctor, nurse, clinic, an elementary school, community museum, local artists homes and studios, as well as the site of an old/colonial 18th century coffee plantation. Participate in meeting and exchanges with the chef and managers about Cuban cuisine and lunch at El Cafetal Buena Vista.

    Return to Havana. In the late afternoon, Exchange with children demonstrating their folk dances and with musicians and performers from the Buena Vista Social Club at the El Guajirito in Old Havana.

    Dinner onboard the S/C Panorama

    Overnight onboard the S/C Panorama

  • Monday

    Day 3

    Havana - After an early onboard breakfast, we will have a people to people exchange in Artecorte in Old Havana and learn about the private sector which is part of the current economic transformation of the island. Visit Convento Belen, a restored Jesuit convent which was in disrepair until rescued by the city historian who made this splendid old building into an active community center for families, young people, the physically and mentally impaired, and the elderly (there are 18 permanent apartments for senior citizens here). Here you will also have a chance to meet with some of the seniors who live in this complex. Visit the Quisicuaba Community to learn about Afro Cuban culture. This is located in the Los Sitios neighborhood of Havana Centro Cuba. The name of this project, "Quisicuaba," comes partly from the name of free blacks who originally came from the southern part of Angolan Basin in the 16th century. The goal of the project is to restore the traditional folk culture by taking into consideration the cultural, spiritual, and material needs of the people who live there. Here you can discuss how African religions and traditions influenced the culture of Cuba.

    Return to the S/C Panorama for lunch and sail to Cabo San Antonio. Dinner and overnight onboard the S/C Panorama

  • Tuesday

    Day 4

    Cabo San Antonio - Early morning arrival. Breakfast will be onboard followed by disembarkation via tenders. You will meet with environmentalists at the CITMA Environmental Research Station as well. Discussions will include Conservations and the Environment, Flora and Fauna, Forecasting and dealing with tropical storms and hurricanes.

    Visit “Guanahacabibes” National Park, one of the country’s largest nature reserves on the westernmost tip of the island. Meet with the naturalists and locals. The peninsula was one of the last refuges of aboriginals fleeing from the Spanish conquistadors and also holds some 140 archeological sites linked to the life of aborigines, who were known as Guanahatabeyes

    Return to the S/C Panorama for lunch and set sail for Cayo Largo

    Dinner and overnight onboard the S/C Panorama

  • Wednesday

    Day 5

    Cayo Largo - Enjoy breakfast and lunch onboard as we head to Cayo Largo arriving around midday. The island is comprised of limestone, formed over millions of years from the remains of marine organisms, much like the ones that form coral reefs. Meet with local management about the role of Tourism in the Cuban Economy. They each work 20 days and then return home to their families for 10 days. Visit with the scientists who are involved in the Coral Reef Protection.

    After lunch at the Hotel Cayo Largo, we will visit a Sea Turtle Breeding Center and Endangered Species Protection program. Time permitting, enjoy some snorkeling with coral reef experts. Protected from strong sea currents, the seabed is varied and unspoiled, with an abundance of underwater caves, valleys and steep, gorgonian-encrusted walls or use the time for independent research.

    Return to the S/C Panorama for dinner and departure for Casilda, a small fishing town, located on the northwestern shore of Ana Maria's Gulf, Cuba. It is the loading port of Trinidad city which is 5km inland. Trinidad is considered the best-preserved colonial town on the island of Cuba. The city became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988.

    Return to the S/C Panorama for dinner and departure for Casilda.

  • Thursday

    Day 6

    Trinidad - After a relaxed breakfast onboard it’s time to depart on our excursion to 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.” This morning we will walk through the town with a representative of the Office of the City Historian interacting with residents along the way. There will be stops for visits to local artists, young women artists who, through their art are raising the status of women, then continue to home studios, the Museum Romantico or the Architecture Museum.

    Enjoy lunch in this most picturesque city at Plaza Major

    In the afternoon, there will be free time to walk around this classic colonial town and for individual exchanges.

    Dinner and overnight onboard the S/C Panorama

    Overnight: S/C Panorama Set sail for Cienfuegos

  • Friday

    Day 7

    Cienfuegos – Enjoy breakfast onboard before disembarking for our visit to Cienfuegos. Located about 250 km from Havana on the Southern tip of Cuba, this city is the only one in Cuba to be founded by French settlers. It is also known as the Pearl of the South. In 2005 the historic center was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. “Among buildings of particular interest are the Government Palace (City Hall), San Lorenzo School, the Bishopric, the Ferrer Palace, the former lyceum, and some residential houses. Cienfuegos is the first, and an outstanding example of an architectural ensemble representing the new ideas of modernity, hygiene and order in urban planning as developed in Latin America from the 19th century.” Before lunch participate in a walking tour of the city center with a specialist then visit the Graphic Arts Workshop where there will be discussions and interchanges with local artists.

    Return to the S/C Panorama for lunch

    Lunch will be at Los Laureles Restaurant located at the Hotel Jagua. We’ll engage with the musicians, young and old and enjoy a presentation and exchange with the Chorus of Cienfuegos followed by dance classes at the Hotel Jagua.

    Dinner onboard the S/C Panorama

    Overnight onboard the S/C Panorama.

  • Saturday

    Day 8

    Cienfuegos/Miami - After breakfast onboard, depart via bus to the airport for the return flight to Miami.


Trip Highlights:

  • People-to-People interaction and meaningful exchanges with locals
  • Meals onboard, at local restaurants and a salsa lesson or two
  • Old Havana and the renovation of it’s historic architecture
  • Guanahacabibes National Park and its 140 archeological sites
  • Cayo Largo, a limestone island of mangroves and salt pans
  • Trinidad, the meticulously well-preserved Spanish colonial city
  • Cienfuegos, the Pearl of the South, with it’s cluster of Neoclassical structures
  • No packing & unpacking to change hotels
  • Includes round-trip airfare from Miami to Cuba, all meals from arrival in Cuba to breakfast on day of departure, Cuban visa, mandatory Cuban medical insurance and transportation as per itinerary


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*Note on Cuba prices: Port taxes of $375 per person not included in prices shown.
Weekly Saturday departures November 29, 2014 through April 18, 2015. Ports of call vary slightly on the reverse itinerary; see both full itineraries for complete details.
Group IST has been issued a license (#CT-2014-309395-1) by the Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) authorizing us to organize and operate People to People programs to Cuba.