Cuba by Land & Sea with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic

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Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has announced Cuba by Land and Sea: Cultural Heritage and Natural Wonders, a 10-night programme that combines people-to-people visits that capture the country’s vibrant cultures and political history, and Cuba’s remarkable natural history and pristine marine habitats. The first programme departs 7 December 2016, with 16 consecutive departures through March 2017.

The well-curated people-to-people exploration begins with a three-night stay at the historic Hotel Nacional, a Havana landmark on the waterfront. Guests will have a rich menu of options to see, do learn and engage, meeting Cubans and exploring the many cultural experiences—history, art, architecture, music, dance, and even the iconic cigar and car subcultures this capital has to offer.

The people-to-people programme will then take to the sea for a seven-night voyage exploring Cuba’s southern coast aboard Panorama ll, the gracious 44-guest sail cruiser.

Cuba’s unspoiled reefs and marine life have been little explored, and along the way, guests will learn about these natural habitats from the Cuban conservationists.

Highlights of the programme include:

  • Gain an understanding of Cuba’s history and present through extensive people-to-people visits in the great cities of Havana, Trinidad, and Cienfuegos, and explore the treasure trove that is Cuba’s colonial architecture.
  • Explore Jardines de la Reina (Gardens of the Queen) Marine Park* in the company of the researchers working to protect them. Go snorkelling, or opt to scuba dive or hike on the islands.
  • Discuss conservation efforts and spot rich birdlife, such as the Cuban trogon and the bee hummingbird (the smallest bird in the world), with local naturalists at the Zapata Swamp National Park. Cross to the Cuban Keys to meet with researchers at a sea turtle breeding centre and endangered species protection programme at Cayo Largo del Sur.
  • Visit the Bay of Pigs*, where exiles landed in 1961 in an attempt to overthrow the Cuban government, and meet with Cuban nationals who will discuss what transpired and its meaning to Cubans.
  • Experience Cuba’s celebrated music tradition including a musical outing in Havana with a chance to meet with locals; a people-to-people visit with musicians and singers, young and old, in Cienfuegos; and a presentation and exchange with the internationally known, award-winning Cienfuegos Choir.
  • Enjoy several meals in some of Havana’s best paladares, or privately-owned restaurants, which have developed a deserved reputation for innovative cuisine.
    *Note: our visits to the Gardens of the Queen and the Bay of Pigs are pending permission from Cuban officials.

In addition to our extensive people-to-people programme, guests will learn from Lindblad’s expert onboard team of naturalists, cultural specialists and a Lindblad-National Geographic certified Photo Instructor – all dedicated to sharing their passion and knowledge.

Rates begin at AUD $11,880 per person based on double occupancy in a category one cabin.

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