Itinerary Overview

A unique journey into the island’s remarkable culture & wildness

The world’s fascination with Cuba has lasted for many generations and for good reason. Cuba is a cultural hub, with a mix of descendants from indigenous people, European immigrants, and slaves, and its music and art draw on these diverse influences. Lying close to the shores of the United States, it has at times been a Spanish colony, a client state of the U.S., a dictatorship, and, since the Cuban Revolution, oftentimes a U.S. adversary. Cuba has exerted an outsize influence on world history. Join us as we embark on a unique land-and-sea exploration that balances experiences in the country’s cultural centers with explorations of wild coastal sites.

Meet Cuba: People-to-People

To explore Cuba’s many facets, we are arranging an extraordinary people-to-people visit to Cuba that introduces you to Cubans who make a difference in their fields, that allows you to meet the friendly and always interesting residents, and that will leave you with a rich and rewarding understanding of this multifaceted country. It’s a fascinating time to be there, when Cuba is on the cusp of undergoing significant and rapid change.

A Land and Sea Journey

Over three days on land and seven days at sea aboard Harmony V, this expedition will enable you to:

  • Gain an understanding of Cuba’s history and present through extensive people-to-people visits in the great cities of Havana, Trinidad, and Cienfuegos.
  • Using the highly comfortable ship Harmony V as a base, explore some of the places on Cuba’s superb southern coast, including some seldom-visited places.
  • Explore seldom-visited Isla de la Juventud (the Isle of Youth, formerly called the Isle of Pines), for exceptionally interesting encounters with local residents and a chance to see the prison where Fidel and Raúl Castro were held between 1953 and 1955.
  • Visit the Bay of Pigs, where exiles landed in 1961 in an attempt to overthrow the Cuban government, and also learn of its important natural history.

There is a variety of enriching things over three days in Havana

Possibilities abound with three days in Havana. There are a variety of ways to meet with Cubans who are making differences in their fields, and develop a rich understanding of life in Cuba today and the forces that shaped it. Learn the history of Castro’s revolution at the city’s history museums, take in an interpretive dance, visit a workshop where American cars from the 40s and 50s are maintained, or visit some of the sites associated with Ernest Hemingway, whose legacy looms large on the island. Go on people-to-people exchanges to art spaces including Fusterlandia, the home and neighborhood of the artist José Fuster, decorated with his sculptures and mosaics. Visit a cigar factory to meet the people who roll them. Meet with independent journalists. Or visit an organic farm on Havana's outskirts, and meet the people doing pioneering agricultural research.

Experience rich traditions from lively music to superb Cuban cuisine

As the Cuban government has relaxed some private enterprise laws in recent years, many of Havana’s innovative chefs have begun opening their own restaurants. Visit some of these charming restaurants and discover cuisine that simply can’t get any more local or authentic. Plus, on informal outings, meet some of the musicians responsible for the salsa, rhumba, and Afro-Cuban rhythms for which Havana is legendary. One evening, take in a private performance, just for us, by the renowned, Grammy-nominated Septeto Nacional.

Visit the historic Bay of Pigs site

Land at the site of the infamous Bay of Pigs invasion, also an ecologically important area. Hear the stories of the battle and see photographs and artifacts, including a Cuban fighter plane and vessels. Then walk in the forest to see its renowned birdlife, where we’ll search for the world’s smallest bird, the endemic bee hummingbird, plus the endemic Cuban trogon, La Sagra’s flycatcher, the Cuban green woodpecker, and more. Weather permitting, have the chance to dive (at additional cost) or snorkel in the waters of the Bay of Pigs.

Explore Cuba’s unique marine habitat

At the Bay of Pigs, have a chance to snorkel, if you wish—and certified divers may dive there (at additional cost). 

Explore Cayo Largo, where we’ll visit a sea turtle breeding center and meet people managing a robust endangered species protection program.

See colonial Trinidad

Overlooking the azure sea and nestled among mountains shrouded in green, Trinidad is a meticulously preserved colonial city—it is one of Cuba’s most beautiful places. Stroll through the town’s cobblestone streets, palaces, and plazas with Cubans who will share the stories of the city. Stop to meet local artists, including young women who are working to raise the status of women through their art.

Learn from an expert & inspiring onboard team

In addition to our extensive people-to-people program, you’ll 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 with you.

Join us for an unforgettable experience.

Lindblad Expeditions is authorized by the U.S. Treasury Department, under a general license, to conduct people-to-people travel programs in Cuba.

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