New for 2018 – 11-Day People-to-People Cuba Cruise! Since 2012, under a license granted by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, our People-to-People educational exchange trips to Cuba have brought Tauck travellers together with the people of Cuba to share thoughts and insights and connect with their rich cultural heritage. Now, in 2018, we’re proud to launch Cruising Cuba: A Cultural Gem – an 11-day / 10-night People-to-People cruise journey throughout Cuba, featuring a seven-night cruise aboard the three-masted yacht Le Ponant, calling on Cuba’s coastal gems between Santiago de Cuba and Havana, and including immersive experiences in the Cuban culture through People-to-People activities. Your trip begins and ends in Miami, and includes an overnight in Miami prior to a flight to Santiago de Cuba. In Santiago de Cuba, explore the birthplace of the 1950s Cuban Revolution; visit Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, with the tombs of José Marti and Fidel Castro; and meet local artists who keep the Afro-Cuban culture alive through music and dance. Interact with local artists in their studios in the vibrant city of Trinidad, a UNESCO heritage site, and explore the nearby Valle de los Ingenios (Sugar Mill Valley). Discover Cienfuegos, Cuba’s “Pearl of the South,” and its Neoclassical architecture, or visit Playa Giron on the Bay of Pigs, site of the attempted 1961 invasion of Cuba. Sail to Punta Francés on the Isla de la Juventud – a nature reserve only accessible by sea – to explore the mangroves with a local naturalist. In Havana, spend two nights at a premium hotel in the Cuban capital, exploring Habana Vieja, the Museum of the Revolution and Revolution Square. Follow author Ernest Hemingway’s footsteps in Cuba... visiting Finca Vigia, his former winter home outside Havana, and Cojimar, a fishing village that inspired The Old Man and the Sea. Talk with students, artists, preservationists, musicians, community leaders, agricultural workers, baseball players and more... dine at privately run paladares, meet Cuban families, and interact with Cubans and their culture... all on this unforgettable Cuba cruise!