Best to fly into Havana by Nov 30th and out of Cienfuegos Dec 9th … or later. Consider extending your visit, both towns are amazing. Our Cuba agent can assist.
We all meet for the tour at Hotel Melia Cohiba in Havana on Dec 1, before the 0900 departure. I’ll be the one in the lounge with a coffee and a side of internet. It’s a ♫three hour tour♪ on a nice bus to Cienfuegos with a roadside stop that has beverages, local art and a bathroom. Our roadtrip includes an English speaking guide that will give us the low down on what we are seeing, give us Cuba history and answer all of our Cuba questions with a local’s perspective. Once in Cienfuegos we stop at a nice restaurant for lunch (probably water-side Villa Lagarto). After lunch we head out to a guided walk through the legendary Botanical Gardens before getting dropped at our hotel. Dinner that night at a local restaurant, breakfast the next morning, all is included as part of your Adventure Voyage. Walk to the Club de Yates to drop your bags at the nice charter base the next morning.
Day 1 – Friday, December 1st, 2017
9:00am Departure for Cienfuegos, with stops.
Point of Departure: Hotel Melia Cohiba – Avenida Paseo, entre 1ra y 3ra, Vedado, La Habana
12:00pm Lunch at Villa Lagarto Restaurant.
This restaurant on the bay has a great view of the water and the feel of the sea breeze in the air. Menu favorites are the organic fruits and vegetables, meats seasoned with olive oil and herbs, fresh from the grill.
2:00pm Visit the Cienfuegos Botanical Gardens.
The Soledad Botanical Garden is set 6 miles (10 km) outside of Cienfuegos. New Englander Edward Atkins started the garden in 1899. Atkins owned local sugar plantations and enjoyed collecting rare plant species in the backyard of his estate. He brought Harvard botanists here to improve existing sugarcane strains, and Harvard University eventually gained control of the garden under a 99-year lease. In the early 20th century, it was one of the best botanical gardens in the tropics. Since the Revolution, the Cuban Academy of Science’s Institute of Botany has cared for the Soledad Botanical Garden. A variety of trails extend through the 230-acre (94-ha) garden. Naturalist guides lead visitors on tours, with options for 30minute and 1-hour excursions. Travelers learn heaps while exploring the garden and will undoubtedly appreciate the variety of represented species. You’ll see huge trees with epiphytes hanging from the branches, enormous bamboo clusters, and flowering cacti. There’s also a greenhouse that has smaller, more delicate plants on hand. In total, the Soledad Botanical Garden has around 1,490 plant species—this includes 89 species of rubber trees, 400 species of cactus, and 245 species of palms. 4:00pm Tour of Cienfuegos Cuba’s so-called Perla del Sur (Pearl of the South) has long seduced travelers from around the island with its elegance, enlightened French spirit and feisty Caribbean panache. If Cuba has a Paris, this is most definitely it. Arranged around the country’s most spectacular natural bay, Cienfuegos is a nautical city. Founded in 1819, it’s one of Cuba’s newest settlements, featuring some of the island’s prettiest buildings, a factor that earned it a UNESCO World Heritage Site listing in 2005. You’ll see historical highlights such as the castle of Nuestra Señora de los Angeles de Jagua, situated right in the canyon of the entrance to the bay.
5:00pm Check-in at Jagua, Casa Perla del Mar & Casa Verde
8:00pm Welcome Dinner at Paladar Ache Restaurant.
A restaurant and bar founded in 1996, built as a Cuban ranchon and decorated with natural elements, ceramic objects and works of art from local artists. Our main courses are based on seafood and grilled while still fresh. We also can provide you with all the extra rum you may desire. We are known for our excellent service and cozy ambience.
Day 2 – Saturday, December 2nd, 2017
Breakfast at accommodations. Walk to Cienfuegos Marina.
5:30pm Board the yachts, Cienfuegos Marina
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