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Explore Cuba's Coast | Explore Old Havana | Meet Cuban School Kids And Their Teachers | Tour a Tobacco Farm | Explore Trinidad's Cobblestone Streets | Visit Hemingway's Home| 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Isla de la Juventud, Maria la Gorda, Vinales Valley, Havana

Experience the beautiful Cuban coast and dive into its exciting culture while aboard the luxurious M/Y Callisto. For eight days and seven nights, journey along the turquoise Caribbean waters and discover this unique island in ways never thought possible.

At long last, uncover the mysteries of Cuba by land and sea on this coastal cruise. Your vessel will take you to Cuba’s most historic cities, including Trinidad, Cienfuegos and Havana, where you will find out what makes the island so special.

After an exciting day of people-to-people activities on land, return to your cabin aboard the M/Y Callisto, where our crew will attend to all of your needs.

Exterior Callisto Mega Yacht in Cuba

M/Y Callisto

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About the M/Y Callisto Sun Deck Upper Deck
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About the M/Y Callisto

M/Y Callisto exterior

Ship Overview

The elegant motor yacht Callisto recently joined the Variety Cruises fleet and is true to her name: elegant and classic. She was fully refit and rebuilt in 2000, and was thoroughly renovated in in 2015-16. The M/Y Callisto is of the “boutique” category of cruisers, and offers the highest standard of accommodation, comfort and safety. The yacht’s public areas are cozy and generous, decorated with rich fabrics, handsome woodwork, gleaming brass, antiques and fine works of art. During the day, life on board centers on the indoor and outdoor areas, including the upper deck, indoor and outdoor lounge/bar and dining areas, as well as the cozy library located on the sun deck. In the evening you can relax in the ship’s lounge, enjoy a drink overlooking the stars, or relax with a book in the library with its wraparound windows. Your captain, the program manager and your experienced marine and hotel crewmembers provide service on board.

All cabins include: Individually controlled air conditioning, TV and telephone (for internal use), hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, public address system and safe boxes.

All rooms sleep two passengers. Category B and C cabins may sleep up to three passengers based upon request and availability. 

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Facts at a Glance

Launched/Rebuilt: 2000/ 2005
Renovated: 2015-2016
Length: 50.00 meters
Breadth: 8.00 meters
Draft: 3.80 meters
Crew: 16 - 18 persons
Cruising speed: 10.00 knots
Cabins: 17
Cabin Categories: 4

Sun Deck

Sun Deck on M/Y Callisto
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Sun Deck

The Callisto features two areas to catch some sun: one area is located off of the upper deck near the lounge area, and the other is the individual sun deck (above the upper deck) where the library is located. These areas are perfect for sunbathing- complete with loungers, chairs and umbrellas. The library located on the sun deck has wraparound windows that make it the ideal area to relax with a book while taking in the passing scenery.

Upper Deck

Upper Deck on the M/Y Callisto
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Outdoor Dining Area

The outdoor dining area where meals are served “al fresco” (weather permitting), is located on the Upper Deck. It is the ideal place to admire the passing scenery or enjoy a meal while overlooking the stars.

Indoor dinning room on the M/Y Callisto restaurant cruise Cuba Coastal

Indoor Dining Area

The indoor dining room is located on the upper deck and is connected to the lounge/bar area. The classy dining room accommodates all guests on board.

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Indoor Bar and Lounge Area

The indoor bar and lounge area is located on the upper deck and displays exquisite art, adding to the overall elegance and style. This spacious area is surrounded by large picture windows and opens onto the outdoor sitting area.

Main Deck

Main Deck on the M/Y Callisto
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Category A

Cabin Category A Main Deck M/Y Callisto

The category A cabins are located on the main deck and feature large windows. Category A cabins at the bow section of the main deck are equipped with double beds, while all other category A cabins are equipped with twin beds. Each cabin has a marble-appointed en suite bathroom with a shower. One of the six cabins offer flexible bedding configuration. Average cabin size is 127 sq feet.

Callisto category P twin bed cabin cruise Cuba yacht

Category P

Cabin Category P Main Deck M/Y Callisto

The category P cabins are located on the main deck and feature large windows. Category P cabins located at the bow section of the main deck are equipped with double beds, while all other category P cabins at the main deck are equipped with twin beds. Each cabin has a marble-appointed en suite bathroom with a shower. One of the five cabins offer flexible bedding configuration. Average cabin size is 145 sq feet. 

Swimming Platform

The swimming platform on Callisto’s stern off the main deck enables you to swim off the ship in sheltered bays, weather permitting.

Lower Deck

Lower Deck on the M/Y Callisto
Cabin category B twin beds M/Y Callisto cruise Cuba coastal yacht

Category B

Cabin category B M/Y Callisto

The category B cabins are located on the lower deck and feature portholes. Category B cabins offer twin beds. Each cabin has a marble-appointed en suite bathroom with a shower. Average cabin size is 130 sq feet. 

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Category C

The category C cabins are located on the lower deck and feature portholes. Category C cabins offer twin beds. Each cabin has a marble-appointed en suite bathroom with a shower. Average cabin size is 122 sq feet. 

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Day 1

Arrive in Cienfuegos, known as the Pearl of the South, where you will be met and assisted by a member of our team. Founded by French settlers, Cienfuegos boasts outstanding examples of French neo classical architecture and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. We’ll take a walking tour of the city center and Parque Marti to see these examples and learn more about this historic city. Next, we’ll attend a graphic arts workshop and local musical performance.

Before having lunch, we’ll stop at a local farmer’s market to gain a better understanding of Cuba’s dual currency system. Next, enjoy a performance by the Chorus of Cienfuegos, one of the most well known choruses in the country.

Back aboard the Callisto, you’ll participate in a cruise orientation and briefing. Dinner tonight will be onboard the Callisto before we set sail for Trinidad.

Meals | Lunch, Dinner

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Casilda / Trinidad
Day 2

After a relaxed breakfast onboard, we’ll head into Trinidad, a meticulously preserved Spanish colonial city, sometimes called “the museum city of Cuba” because of its stately architecture, cobblestone streets, palaces and plazas.

This morning, we will walk through the town with a representative of the Office of the City Historian and interact with residents along the way. We will attend a local architect’s presentation and visit a scale model of the city, followed by lunch at a local paladar.

Next, we’ll stop at the Museo Romantico located in the old palace of the Count Brunet or the Palacio Cantero Museum and take in breathtaking views of Trinidad. Visit the studio of Lazaro, a very unique woodcarver, and enjoy some more sightseeing of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Onboard the Callisto, we will enjoy a “bon voyage” cocktail followed by dinner before we set sail for Isla de la Juventud.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day at Sea Callisto outdoor dining
Day At Sea
Day 3

Day at sea-

Enjoy the onboard amenities as the Callisto makes her way toward Havana. Cuba’s capital, Havana is the largest city in the Caribbean. Rich in colonial history and celebrated culture, it is no wonder that figures such as Ernest Hemingway put down roots.  

Onboard the Callisto, the program director and local Cuban guide will conduct informative activities and lectures about Cuba and its people, explaining the meaningful exchanges of your people-to-people programs. Late afternoon arrival in Bay of Singuanea where we will dock overnight.

Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Art Cuba School Children Education
Isla de la Juventud
Day 4

After breakfast, disembark on the beach and take a short yet panoramic drive to the capital city of Isla de la Juventud, Nueva Gerona. We will visit and tour the Presidio Modelo, an abandoned panopticon prison of Cuba where some of Cuba’s most famous inmates were held, including Fidel and Raul Castro and the Moncada rebels. We’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before visiting an art school and a maternity ward of a local hospital. In the afternoon, we’ll have some free time for independent exploration and enjoyment around Nueva Gerona’s grand boulevard.

Later this evening, dine onboard the Callisto and set sail for Maria La Gorda. 

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Maria La Gorda
Day 5

Disembark in Maria La Gorda and travel by bus to the village of San Juan del Valle where we will meet the Cuban children and their teachers to discuss the differences between Cuban and American educational systems, particularly in the country’s rural areas.

Next, we’ll visit Guanahacabibes National Park, one of the country’s largest nature reserves on the westernmost tip of the island. Guanahacabibes Peninsula is one of the last refuges of aboriginals, known as Guanahatabeyes, who fled the Spanish conquistadors and is home to 140 archeological sites linked to their lives. 

You’ll have time for swimming, snorkeling, and a barbecue lunch on the beach in Maria La Gorda before you check into the Hotel Maria La Gorda or similar for an overnight stay.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Maria La Gorda / Viñales Valley / Havana
Day 6

Depart early in the morning by bus for the Viñales Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Pinar del Rio province. Encircled by mountains, its landscape is dotted with dramatic rocky outcrops. Traditional techniques are still used for agricultural production, particularly of tobacco. Visit a tobacco farm and learn about production of Cuba’s world-famous cigars.   

After lunch at an organic restaurant, we’ll visit a farm to hear about how the climate and fertile soil have contributed to the success of organic farming in the region. 

Then we'll take drive through the country to the Hotel Nacional de Cuba for an engrossing lecture with well known architect Pedro Vasquez. Return to the Callisto for dinner, followed by a trip to the Café Taberna to experience wonderful salsa music, performed in a similar style of the Buena Vista Social Club. Overnight in port.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Stilt Walkers Old Havana Cuba Color Bright fun
Day 7

After breakfast onboard, we’ll disembark for a walking exploration of Old Havana. Old Havana is considered one of the most impressive historical city centers in the Caribbean and in the Americas.

Lunch will be at one of Havana’s delicious paladares, followed by a scenic drive in vintage American cars to Finca Vigia, beloved home of Ernest Hemingway where he lived for 21 years and wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea.

Back onboard the Callisto, we will enjoy a very special farewell dinner.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 8

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to Havana to board your flight back home.

Meals | Breakfast

This itinerary may be subject to change as a result of weather and other factors not in our control. Our vessels have been granted the longest stays of any cruise boats in the port of Havana. Since space at the dock itself is severely limited, this itinerary might involve a combination of having to tender in to shore, as well as docking at one of only two piers. Sailing direction and activities in this itinerary should be considered a sample only. Due to the unique nature of our programming, each departure is custom designed and not every activity listed on this itinerary is always available. Please rest assured that our team in both Cuba and the U.S. take special care in planning each excursion and draws from almost two decades of experience, relationships, and activities to make each itinerary exceptional. Each tour provides a full-time schedule of educational people-to-people exchange activities and is fully compliant with U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control regulations regarding travel to Cuba. These same regulations provide that guest participation on each tour is mandatory.

  • Seven days, six nights aboard the M/Y Callisto

  • One night accommodations at the Hotel Maria La Gorda

  • Luxurious and intimate mega yacht experience with only 17 cabins

  • Exclusive guided people-to-people programming

  • Expert Cuban guide

  • Private Cuban driver

  • Experienced program manager while aboard the M/Y Callisto

  • All meals while in Cuba

  • All in-country ground transportation and airport transfers via luxury motor coach*

  • All entrance fees to scheduled activities and events

  • Certification of travel to Cuba under the U.S. Department of the Treasury general license

  • Evening entertainment and lectures while aboard the M/Y Callisto

  • InsightCuba travel guidebook

  • Fresh bottled water while touring

  • 24-hour emergency customer service hotline

  • Flight concierge service (flight cost additional)

*Round trip transfers available for group flights only to ensure timely boarding on ship.

Not included: airfare, Cuban visa, baggage fees, gratuities, and port taxes.

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DateCategory - PriceDirectionCuban Visa
 A - $4,044Cienfuegos - Havana$99  
Feb 9 – Feb 16, 2018B - $3,722Cienfuegos - Havana$99  
 C - $3,412Cienfuegos - Havana$99  
 P - $4,579Cienfuegos - Havana$99  

Single Supplement Pricing: 

CategoryJan-JunJul-SepOct - Dec

SPECIAL: No Single Supplement fee for the following departures:

Jan 12 - Jan 19, 2018

Jan 19 - Jan 26, 2018

Feb 9 - Feb 16, 2018

Port Tax: Add $490.

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The ship operator requires that passengers arrive on a group charter flight to ensure smooth airport transfers, ship boarding, or join the land based portion of the tour. Guests that book a cruise automatically have a seat on a reserved charter flight confirmed for them from Miami-Havana-Cienfuegos-Miami or Miami-Cienfuegos-Havana-Miami.  After you book your tour, one of our travel specialists will connect you directly with our flight booking partners who will take care of all of your flight needs. 

Important note: Due to early check-in and flight times from Miami-Havana or Miami-Cienfuegos, we recommend cruise guests book an overnight in Miami near the Miami International Airport.

Flight itineraries with actual flight times will be sent to guests via email approximately 30 days prior to departure.

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