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ELEGANT JOURNEYS

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Latin American Legends with Silversea Cruises – Cuba, Columbia and Panama

For more information, please call our Travel Consultants on:01244 897 991

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Journey Highlights

Revolutions, romance and a culture like no other – Cuba is without a doubt one of the most fascinating countries to visit. With a multifaceted character, this island may lie in the Caribbean Sea, but its distinctive flair sets it a world apart from its neighbours. On this journey with Silversea Expeditions, the secrets of the intriguing island of Cuba will be unlocked as you explore some of the most legendary points along the coast, along with its beautifully unspoilt beaches, before taking a taste of Columbia and heading to Panama, where you will stay in the luxurious Grace Panama hotel for four nights to round off your adventure. With Silversea Expeditions, there is no finer way to explore, as you spend every night savouring fine cuisine, later retiring to the comfort of your suite, where your butler will ensure all needs are taken care of. Furthermore, with highly qualified experts on board to shed further light on your destinations, you are sure to feel as though you have truly got to know even the most off-the-beaten-track locations.

Spending one night in the tropical paradise of the Bahamas at the sumptuous One&Only Ocean Club, you will embark on your cruise the next day, heading straight for the Cuban capital of Havana. See for yourself the iconic pastel-coloured vintage cars, and enjoy being driven through the streets in the seat of one to a cigar factory, before stopping to enjoy a classic mojito. After enjoying the city for two days, retreat to the natural paradise of the Isle of Youth to snorkel in the pristine waters before discovering the nautical city of Cienfuegos and the timeless colonial treasures of UNESCO-listed Trinidad. You will also stop to spend time the country’s second largest bustling city of Santiago de Cuba, and the walled city of Cartagena, before visiting the almost uninhabited San Blas Islands where you can spend the day savouring their unspoilt beauty.

Disembarking your cruise in Panama, the second part of your journey offers plenty of time to explore the patchwork of thrills and cultural discoveries on offer in this wonderfully diverse country. Staying in the cosmopolitan metropolis of Panama City, your adventure continues as you tour the old colonial streets that cut an irresistible contrast with the shimmering skyscrapers, spend a day being welcomed at an indigenous Emberá tribe village and trek through the stunning and biologically rich Soberania National Park. With a heady mix of history, culture and wonderful wildlife, this journey will truly dazzle all those who take it on.

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Exploring the jems of Cuba and Latin America in luxury

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The dry season in Cuba runs from November to April , with sunny days, pleasant temperatures and bright skies to enjoy. The wet season starts from May, thought the heaviest rainfall usually takes place between August and late July, when conditions will be most humid.

Similarly, the dry season in Panama is from December to April, though temperatures remain high throughout the year at around 30°c. The rainy season runs from May to December, with the Caribbean coast receiving almost twice as much rainfall than the Pacific coast. Mountain and forest regions are best avoided during the wet season, as peaks are often clouded and tracks become very muddy.  

Fly into Nassau Airport

Transfer to One&Only Ocean Club

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The Bahamas

Staying at

One&Only Ocean Club, Bahamas

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Arrive in the balmy tropics of the Bahamas to start your Caribbean adventure. Staying at One&Only Ocean Club, Bahamas, you will find world-class hotels, historical sites and local markets offering a taste of the islands' traditional heritage. While you will be located on Paradise Island, the surrounding seven-hundred islands and trove of over a thousand cays are home to a wealth of marine life and offer inexhaustible opportunities to explore the waters above and below; sporting fishermen come from all over the world in search of the ‘big one’, divers are keen to explore the pleasures and challenges that lie beneath, while a host of regattas and races have earned the islands an international reputation for excellent sailing. For a unique and memorable experience it is also possible to swim with wild dolphins in an area of the world that is incredibly important for these gentle creatures.

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Gardens inspired by the romantic grandeur of Versailles; hand-laid steps bordered by fragrant hibiscus and marble statues; then, at the top, the dramatic arches of a 12th century Augustinian cloister. A European hot-spot? Actually, One&Only Ocean Club, Bahamas. Originally a private estate, this exclusive hideaway remains one of the island’s finest resorts, attracting the rich and famous from around the world. Set on miles of pristine beach and only a stone’s throw away from the facilities and activities of the world-famous Atlantis Resort, the resort retains a warm plantation home ambience, with well-equipped guest rooms and suites in two wings and elegant three and four-bedroom villas with private infinity-edge pools.
 
*Please note that the resort is closed until 14 February 2017, for repair work, following Hurricane damage.


  • Type:Luxury Hotel
  • Summary:Enjoying a spectacular location - a hotspot for the stars
  • Feature:The 18-hole golf course was designed by Tom Weiskopf
  • Rooms:102 suites & villas and 3 villas
  • Location:The Bahamas
  • Nearest airport:Nassau Airport
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Return to Nassau to join your Silversea Cruise

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Embark your Silversea Cruise

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Embark the Silver Explorer for your Silversea Cruise. From here, you will take a journey around the fascinating shores of Cuba, from vibrant Havana, colonial Cienfuegos and lively Santiago de Cuba, to the idyllic islands of Isle of Youth and San Blas. On your journey, you will get a full flavour of all that this fascinating country has to offer, from the grandiose of perfectly preserved palaces to atmospheric streets alive with music, chatter and the growling of car engines. With an evocative culture built from revolution and influences from Spain, France and the surrounding Caribbean, you are bound to be both excited and inspired by the unexpected magic of Cuba.

Day at Sea

Spend the day at sea as you head towards Cuba. Join the Expedition Team on the outer decks to watch for birds, whales and dolphins or learn more about the culture and history of Cuba at the theatre. Rest your head for the night before waking up to prepare for your first stop.

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Havana

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Your first stop in Cuba is the vibrant city of Havana. One of the most evocative cities in South America, the colours and buzzing personality of its kaleidoscope culture and enriching history captivate all who cross its path. Shrouded from tourists for many years, the spotlight now shines on Havana and its retro curiosities. Take a step back in time, and absorb the patchwork of colonial architecture, pastel paintwork and intriguing alley ways still plastered with the iconic image of revolutionary Che Guevara. With the air laden with the sound of guitar music and the vague scent of tobacco leaves, this evocative destination is bound to infatuate you.

On your first day in Havana, enjoy a guided tour to take in the highlights of the city's rich offerings. You will begin with a drive to the military fortress, Castillo de Los Tres Santos Reyes, a formidable fortress guarding the entrance to the bay. Having withstood numerous attacks since its construction finished in the 17th Century, this fascinating defence bulwark now affords commanding views over the city. Next, you will continue on to Revolution Square, where a towering one-hundred-and-nine metre memorial to the Cuban independence hero, Jose Marti, stands watch, before exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Havana. Integral to the Spanish voyages to the New World, colonial, Baroque and Neoclassical style architecture make for a fascinating tour around the country’s capital.

After exploring the historical sites of Havana, return to the Silver Explorer to enjoy a spectacular Havana Tropicana Show, performed under the stars with vibrant cabaret ambience. Awaken your next morning for a second day in Havana when you will have time to get to know Cuba’s three most iconic conceptions – vintage cars, cigars and mojitos. Take a tour in an authentic vintage American car to a cigar factory, where you will see how Cuban cigars are hand-rolled, before continuing to the National Hotel for a taste of the country’s favourite rum-based cocktail. If you would prefer to spend the day exploring Havana on your own terms, you may wish to visit the Havana Rum Museum, where guided tours give an intriguing insight into the history and production of the Havana Rum Company.

Sail onwards to the Isle of Youth

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Punta Frances, Isle of Youth

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On your fifth day, arrive at Punta Frances on the Isle of Youth. First discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1494, the island has a reputation for being a bonafide treasure trove, with legends of pirates battling Spanish Empire ships along the caves and coves that line the coast. It also has a complex heritage, being christened with numerous names over the past five-hundred years, from ‘Treasure Island’, particularly memorable since Robert Louis Stevenson based his book of the same name on this part of the Caribbean, to its current incarnation, referring to Fidel Castro’s communist university that was set up on the island in 1978. While it is the second largest Cuban island, it is also the least populated, making it a magnet for divers seeking to appreciate the coral reefs, shipwrecks and abundance of marine life swimming under the water’s surface.

While here, you will tender ashore at the Punta Frances Maritime National Park. Join the onboard Marine Biologist for a snorkel tour and learn to identify damselfish, jacks, surgeonfish, trumpet fish, parrot fish, trigger fish and turtles. Alternatively, explore the National Park by foot, keeping a lookout for iguanas and pelicans!

Sail to Cienfuegos

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Cienfuegos

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Day six of your cruise will be spent in Cuba’s ‘Pearl of the South’, Cienfuegos. The city was founded in 1818 in Spanish territory, though it was settled by immigrants from France, which resulted in the majestic French-style architecture that helped earn it its UNESCO World Heritage status in 2005. There are two parts to the city, the central zone and Punta Gorda. In the central zone, you will find the elegant Paseo de Prado boulevard, graced with neoclassical buildings and a statue of Benny Moré, one of Cuba’s most treasured singers who was born in the area, and the pretty national monument of Plaza Jose Marti. Punta Gorda is a long, narrow peninsula where you will find the city’s residential area. Lined with early twentieth century palaces, this elegant promenade makes for an idyllic walk along the city’s picturesque bay.

On your tour, you will also visit the nearby town of Trinidad, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. A true time-capsule of a town, the picturesque colonial streets have been immaculately preserved, and a peaceful slower pace of life ambles along. Built from sugar fortunes, you can’t help but marvel at the elegant colonial mansions, encrusted with Italian frescoes and French chandeliers, while sleepy guitar music fills the air from the cheerfully painted streets outside. While here, you will visit the Romantic Museum, Brunet Palace and La Canchánchara tavern, where you can sample a drink made from honey, lemon and rum, originally drunk by slaves in Colonial times.

Day at Sea

Your seventh day will be spent at sea, giving you the opportunity to look back on your discoveries so far. You can pass some time helping the ship’s birders spot some of the seabirds or simply enjoy the luxurious amenities.

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Santiago de Cuba

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Your final taste of Cuba will come in the form of Santiago de Cuba, the country’s second largest city after Havana, where you will discover its most intriguing sites. You will be driven through the city’s main streets on your way to the UNESCO listed Morro Castle, which was first designed in 1587 to protect the port from pirates, though didn’t start construction for another seventeen years. Next, you will make a brief stop by the Revolution Square, before visiting Santa Ifigenia Cemetary and the Cuban Independence Hero’s Mausoleum. You will also stop by Caney’s Rum Bar, where one of Cuba’s most recognised rums are made, and visit Céspedes Park in the heart of the city, home to a beautiful 16th Century cathedral. Alternatively, leave Santiago de Cuba and embark on an excursion along the road to La Gran Piedra to one of the Sierra Maestra Peaks, where you can admire wonderful views of the coast and surrounding countryside.

Day at Sea

Spend the day relaxing on board the ship as you head toward Columbia.

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Cartagena de Indias

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The historical centre of Columbia's Cartagena de Indias always makes for a memorable visit. Having once inspired Nobel Prize-winning literary master, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, in his writing of ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’, many visitors already have a pre-conceived image of a heady city comprised of steamy streets and crumbling walls that nevertheless are filled with romance and passion. However, upon arrival, you are likely to find there is much more to this Columbian city. Since Spanish conquestor, Pedro de Heredia, arrived on its shores and founded the city, Cartagena has been one of the most important ports of Spanish South America. Enclosed by hefty fortress walls, the old part of town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while the rest of the city has developed a vibrant contemporary character, where colonial mansions, brightly painted houses and 16th Century cobbled streets mix with trendy shops, bars and restaurants.

During the afternoon, you will visit the walled part of Cartagena, with its colonial houses, narrow streets, galleries and restaurants. Inside the walls is the Museum of the Inquisition, the Museo de Oro and the Museum of Modern Art, as well as the Film Museum, the Naval Museum and the Teatro Heredia.

Return to the ship and sail towards Panama

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San Blas Islands

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Today, you will board the ships Zodiacs and head out to one of the beautiful San Blas Islands. Located off the Caribbean coastline of Panama, this archipelago of three-hundred-and-sixty-five islets and islands are one the most beautiful spots in the area. The majority of the islands are uninhabited, though remain autonomous from the mainland, in the control of the native Kuna people who live on a handful of the larger islands. With fine white sands and warm waters shaded by the leaves of coconut palms, these islands are a perfect piece of paradise, and their untouched shores are home to an abundance of beautiful marine life. While here, you can spend the day snorkelling and swimming, allowing plenty of time to see for yourself the untouched natural beauty of the San Blas Islands.

Disembark ship

Sail to Colon in Panama and following breakfast disembark your Silversea cruise.

Transfer to Panama City

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Panama City

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Day 1 - Arrive in Panama City. While here, you will stay at the Grace Panama, set in the heart of the action. Located in the striking Twist Tower, this luxurious hotel boasts fantastic views over the city, stylishly contemporary interiors, an elegant restaurant and an outdoor pool overlooking the bustling streets below. The beating heart of the country’s trade and financial matters, this vibrant capital city is now built from modern architectural designs, towering skyscrapers and a host of shopping opportunities, and its thrill is often compared to that of Florida’s Miami. Nevertheless, despite its forward thinking future, Panama City still bears the title of being the first European city on the Pacific coast in the Americas, and the colonial streets of the old town can still be found mingling with contemporary bars and hotels.

Day 2 - After spending your first night relaxing in your sumptuous accommodation, your second day in Panama will see you take a tour through the city, leading you through some of the most fascinating historical sites and buildings. You will stop by Panama Viejo – or ‘Old Panama’ – which was founded in 1519, only to be pilfered and destroyed by English buccaneer, Henry Morgan, in 1671. In the same decade, a new Panama City was constructed ten kilometres away, known as Casco Antiguo, where you can see landmarks such as the President’s palace, the magnificent cathedral and the San Jose church, known for its stunning golden altar.

As evening approaches, you will be escorted to Gatun Lake, where you will enjoy a relaxing boat ride. Take the time to appreciate the splendid colours of the sunset, with a glass of wine and a selection of fine cheese, as your guide points out the diverse array of flora and fauna and wildlife such as tapirs, capybara, alligators rare tropical opossums and two-toed sloths.

Day 3 – This morning, your guide will pick you up from your hotel and you will be driven up towards Lake Alajuela. From here you will step into your dugout canoe for a journey along the Chagres River through dense jungle foliage, before stepping out for a short hike to a beautiful waterfall, shrouded in the midst of the rainforest. Hidden away from civilisation, take a refreshing swim, before visiting the village of the Embera Indians, one of seven indigenous tribes in Panama. The Embera tribe will welcome you at the pier and teach you about the culture, history, beliefs and traditions of their way of life. After a traditional lunch of fish and plantains, spend the afternoon experiencing a traditional Embera dance, getting a temporary Embera tattoo painted on and browsing the community’s handicraft wares, the sale of which benefits the local school children.

Day 4 – Today, you will rise early to hike up to the Soberania National Park, following the historic Camino de Cruces trail that was once used by merchants, slaves, European explorers and gold seekers alike. Located approximately forty-five minutes from Panama City, on the banks of the Panama Canal, the biodiversity of this breathtaking natural wonderland is the quintessential jungle experience, saturated with lush foliage, colourful flowers and curious wildlife.

Benefit from the fresh climate of the morning forest, and learn about the many different species of plants and animals you will spot on your walk – as part of a biological corridor that stretches between the Pacific to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, a myriad of birds, mammals and reptiles have made Soberania National Park their home.

Day 5 – After spending your final night in Panama City enjoy breakfast in your hotel before checking out.

Transfer to Tocumen Airport

Fly from Tocumen Airport back to the UK

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