AdventureSmith Explorations is giving travelers another way to see Cuba with the launch of eight-day cruises along the country's western and southern coastlines. Most of the sailing is done at night, leaving plenty of time for escorted people-to-people tours.
Highlights include Havana, for a bus tour and an exchange with musicians of the Buena Vista Social Club; Maria LaGorda, for an excursion to Guanahacabibes National Park, one of Cuba'a largest nature reserves; and Cay Largo, for visits to a local medical clinic and a sea turtle breeding center.
Other highlights include the Spanish colonial town of Trinidad and visits with local artists, and Cienfuegos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Panorama, a three-masted sail cruiser, can accommodate up to 49 passengers in 25 cabins.
Dates: Dec. 19-26 and Dec. 26-Jan. 2. Additional tours in January, February, March and April.
Price: From $4,799 per person in a double cabin. Includes round-trip airfare to Havana from Miami, visa and all required licenses, all meals from arrival in Cuba to breakfast on departure, mandatory Cuban medical insurance and transportation.
Info: AdventureSmith Explorations, (800) 728-2875