Silversea, leader in ultra luxury cruises, presents a series of 34 ground excursions carefully designed for its new collection of 16 trips in Cuba during 2019 and 2020. Guests will discover the cultural and historical treasures, as well as the natural wonders that Cuba offers The shore excursions in Havana, Santiago de Cuba and Cienfuegos will offer a unique immersion to the local lifestyle while showing the most important attractions of each city and its surroundings.
“We are pleased to offer a wide range of tailor-made experiences that will allow our guests to travel more deeply to discover and appreciate a land seemingly frozen in time, full of breathtaking landscapes, extraordinary people and a vibrant culture.” Declares Adria Bono, Director of Silversea’s Shore Excursions.
From visits to sites declared World Heritage and musical performances to unique gastronomic experiences through amazing discoveries of nature, the authentic beauty of Cuba will be displayed on excursions, such as:
Havana in American classic car
Whether in a colorful Pontiac, Chevy or Cadillac, guests of this unique excursion will discover Havana in the purest 50s style from the comfort of an American classic car. Accompanied by a driver and a private guide, guests will travel to the colorful city and along the spectacular coastline. The excursion will also feature a cocktail at the historic Hotel Nacional de Cuba and a panoramic tour where you will visit the Plaza de la Revolución, the Malecón, different monuments, churches and parks of the city, also Miramar and the Nelson Domínguez Gallery among others emblematic attractions.
Havana of Hemingway
The well-documented love of Ernest Hemingway for Cuba can be discovered on this panoramic tour to his favorite places. During this enriching adventure, guests will visit Hemingway’s old home in the city of San Francisco de Paula, “Finca Vigía”; the Monument to Hemingway in Cojimar, the fishing village that inspired the novel “El viejo y el mar”; and several of the places where Hemingway met, located in Old Havana, declared a World Heritage Site.
Legendarios del Guajirito – The spirit of Buena Vista Social Club
In a venerable cabaret-style venue, guests will feel the authentic rhythm of Havana with an exclusive live performance of the well-known “Legendarios del Guajirito”, a group of Grammy-winning musicians, composed of members of bands like the famous ” Buena Vista Social Club “and” Afro-Cuban All Stars “among others. Guests will feel transported to Havana in the 50’s in a lively nightclub environment, where they will enjoy cocktails accompanied by members of the band.
Santiago de Cuba
Cradle of the revolution
The colonial and military history of Cuba is discovered during this scenic and informative trip to the places where the Cuban Revolution and the Spanish-American War took place. Among the highlights of the tour are visits to the historic district, with its colorful colonial buildings and the bustling Céspedes Park; the Moncada barracks, the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, the Revolution Square and the San Juan hills, where the “Rough Riders” of Teddy Roosevelt rode during the Spanish-American War in 1898.
Guests can discover the religious, musical, gastronomic and historical heritage of Cuba in an adventure in the old mining center of El Cobre. Located in the foothills of Sierra Maestra, this city is home to the Basilica of Our Lady, one of the most important religious sites in Cuba. The tour also features a musical performance by local “Steel Band”, a tour of Santiago that highlights historical places such as the Plaza de la Revolución and Cerro San Juan, as well as a visit to a local restaurant to taste an authentic Cuban lunch .
This panoramic trip to the center of Cuba offers an immersive experience in Trinidad, declared a World Heritage Site. Guests will travel in time on a walk through the old town, admiring the cobblestone streets, the main square in neo-baroque style, the large colonial buildings and the beautiful old churches. A visit to the Potter House will discover artisans working in a traditional open-air workshop, a later stop in the gallery of a local artist to later enjoy a lunch. After lunch, guests will visit the Municipal Museum of Trinidad to explore the relics of the city’s past, before visiting the panoramic viewpoint of the Valley of the Sugar Mills.
Natural beauty of El Nicho
The impressive natural beauty that surrounds Cienfuegos is the focus of this memorable adventure of excursions and visits to El Nicho. A guided walk on the wooded trails of El Nicho, one of the most pristine places in Cuba, shows waterfalls, virgin forests and imposing mountains. Guests will visit the town of Crucecitas and Pico de San Juan to enjoy breathtaking panoramic views that dominate the center and west of Cuba from 1,158 meters above sea level. There is also a stop for lunch, a visit to the Community Project of Jobero Verde and free time to explore the historic center of Cienfuegos.
The detailed program and prices will be available at MySilversea 120 days before the departure dates.
The Silver Wind will be the ship that will inaugurate the new Cuban Silversea Collection when embarking on a 7-day trip on February 14, 2019, from San Juan to Fort