New! Charting Cuba's Coastline

Monday 20 April 2015

Step aboard a luxury motor yacht to cruise Cuba’s south-western coast Lap up the atmosphere of Havana and beaches of Cayo Largo

New! Charting Cuba’s Coastline

Cuba’s colourful coastline awaits for Saga guests who step aboard MS Panorama, a three-masted vessel which is a slice of floating luxury.

With just 25 en-suite cabins, the swish motor yacht offers a sundeck and swimming platform for daytime relaxation while piano music is the live soundtrack for chilling out in the evenings.

They’ll be cocktails to welcome guests on board before sailing along the colourful south-western coast. First stop, guests will step ashore to spend a couple of days in the capital Havana to savour the unique atmosphere and visit seafront Malecón, the Havana Club rum museum and author Ernest Hemingway’s favourite haunts including the El Floridita bar, famous for its daiquiris!

Those who want to explore further can take a trip to the Pinar del Rio region, home to the magnificent Viñales Valley with its greenery-clad mogotes, isolated rocky formations that date to the High Jurassic period.

MS Panorama will sail on to Maria la Gorda, which roughly translates to 'Fat Mary' - named after a plump Venezuelan girl of local folklore. This resort is a haven for beach lovers and a world-class dive centre with colourful reefs  to thrill snorkelling and scuba dive enthusiasts.

Wildlife lovers can head to Guanahacabibes Peninsula, a UNESCO biosphere reserve where miles of forest hide a myriad of archaeological sites as well as being home to rare plants and wildlife such as orchids to turtles.

Next stop will be Cayo Largo, a small island off the south coast. Endless stretches of sandy beach make this a lovely spot to roll out a towel and relax or experience water sports. There’s also another chance to snorkel with a spectrum of fish and corals to admire as well as the submarine scenery of caves and steep valleys.

MS Panorama will next drop anchor at Casilda, the quiet seaport leading inland to the Spanish colonial town of Trinidad where guests will be enchanted by the elegant architecture,  cobblestone streets and pretty plazas.

Cienfuegos awaits. This beautifully preserved city has earned the name 'Pearl of the South' and visitors can tour the historic centre or opt for an excursion to the Bay of Pigs, known for the failed anti-Castro invasion that took place during the Cold War in 1961.

For guests who cannot get enough of this dream holiday there is a pre-tour three-night option in Havana and a seven-night post tour extension in the beach resort of Varadero. See details below.

For details call free on 0800 096 0078 or visit saga.co.uk/holidays

Eight nights from £2,649 with departures on January 9 and 23, February 20 and to March 5 and 19, 2016

Price includes VIP door-to-door chauffeur service, return flights and transfers, airport taxes, accommodation, most meals, porterage, tour manager, tourist visa, travel insurance and cancellation cover or a discount of £40 discount if passenger has own insurance cover.

Three-night pre-extension in Havana offered on a half-board basis at the Meliá Cohiba Hotel (4Q), 5km from the city and overlooking Malecón and the sea. Tours include Havana Botanical Garden, the Fine Arts Museum and the Museum of Revolution. Price £3068

Seven-night all-inclusive post-extension offered at Meliá Varadero (4Q), a seaside resort hotel next to Varadero beach. Price £3548.

Editors: Saga Holidays is the winner of seven British Travel Awards 2014 including Best for Escorted Adventures, Best for Singles, Best Specialist Small Ship Cruise Line and Best Holiday Company to Central and South America.

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