Starting and ending in Havana, this cruise not only explores the fascinating island of Cuba, but also takes you to Mexico’s Caribbean coast and the Gulf of Mexico to visit the splendid ruins of the Maya civilization.
After an overnight on board Aegean Odyssey in Havana, the ship departs in the evening for Cuba’s southern coastline and calls at Casilda, for a trip to the colonial gem of Trinidad, and Cienfuegos where you will take in the lush splendor of the Botanical Gardens. Next, head for Mexico’s Costa Maya to see the magnificent remains of Maya culture. Known for its art, architecture, mathematics and astronomical system, the Maya civilization thrived between 1800BC and the end of the ninth century in Mesoamerica (Mexico and Central America).
Cuba and Maya Mexico Itinerary
DEC 30: Fly to HAVANA Cuba Transfer to Aegean Odyssey overnight | DEC 31: HAVANA Cuba (Old Town Havana) | JAN 1, 2018: Cruise the Caribbean Sea JAN 2 CASILDA Cuba (Colonial Trinidad) | JAN 3: CIENFUEGOS Cuba (Punta Gorda and Botanical Gardens)| JAN 4: Cruise the Caribbean Sea | JAN 5: COSTA MAYA Mexico (Maya ruins at Kohunlich) | JAN 6: Cruise the Caribbean Sea | JAN 7: PROGRESO Mexico (Chichen Itza) overnight | JAN 8: PROGRESO Mexico (UNESCO Campeche) overnight | JAN 9: PROGRESO Mexico | JAN 10: Cruise the Caribbean Sea | JAN 11: HAVANA Cuba overnight | JAN 12: HAVANA Cuba Disembark Aegean Odyssey
15-day cruise departing December 30, 2017.
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Cuba and Maya Mexico Highlights
Your journey starts and ends in Cuba’s vibrant, thrilling and fascinating capital of Havana where you’ll enjoy an extended stay. From the south coast’s port of Casilda visit the charming colonial Cuban town of Trinidad with its historic sugar mansions. Then to Cienfuegos famous for its cathedral and beautiful botanical gardens.
COSTA MAYA AND RUINS OF KOHUNLICH, MEXICO
Constructed between 200BC and 600AD, the site of Kohunlich is vast, covering some 21 acres, and is set against a background of dense sub-tropical rainforest. This is an elaborately-planned city with pyramids, citadels and plazas. It is best known, however, for the well-preserved Temple of Masks, an Early Classic pyramid whose central stairway is flanked by huge stucco masks. Later, travel to the lakeside town of Bacalar for lunch.
GREAT MAYA CIVILIZATION
After spending a day taking it easy and enjoying life on board Aegean Odyssey, you arrive at the port of Progreso. From here you are within easy reach of the true gems and so the ship will spend two nights here allowing plenty of time to appreciate these remarkable ancient treasures. First, head to the most famous and best restored of the Yucatan Maya sites, Chichen Itza, a place that will impress even the most jaded visitor. Many mysteries of the Maya astronomical calendar are made clear when one understands the design of the ‘time temples’ here. Also visit the Pyramid of Kukulcan and the Temple of Warriors. Another day is dedicated to Uxmal. Pronounced oosh-mahl, this is an impressive set of ruins, easily ranking among the top Maya archaeological sites. It is a large site with some fascinating structures in good condition and containing an impressive array of ornamentation. Highlights here include the Governor’s Palace and the Pyramid of the Soothsayer. Adding to its appeal is Uxmal’s stunning setting near the hilly Puuc region.
The next day you can drive to the UNESCO-listed city of Campeche. During the colonial-era it was a commercial port to rival Havana and Cartagena, shipping gold, silver, tropical hardwoods and dyes back to Spain, and the Spanish built a European-style colonial city with its picturesque and colorful architecture. Under the constant threat of piracy, fortifications were started as early as 1610 but were not sufficient and a wall around the city with more fortifications was built at the end of the century. Alternatively, a short drive from Progresso, you can explore Merida, the cultural capital of the Yucatan Peninsula and a town also steeped in colonial history.