Experience the Mexican zest for life
Step back in time in colonial Cuba
Please Note: Once on the cruise, there is no sightseeing included as part of your Bunnik Tour. Should you like to book sightseeing (shore excursions) from the ship, this will need to be either pre-booked via Holland America Cruises website or on board.
Please Note: On the cruise breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served in the main dining room. Holland America Cruises does have specialty restaurants that can be enjoyed for a small surcharge. Meals are included when in port, but only available on the ship. If you decide to take a day tour or leave the ship you will need to purchase your own lunch/dinner.
|Tour Provider||Bunnik Tours|
|Number of Days||
1 to 20
|07 Nov 2019||08 Dec 2019||Available||AUD $13,685|
|10 Jan 2020||10 Feb 2020||Available||AUD $14,085|
|11 Feb 2020||13 Mar 2020||Available||AUD $14,085|
Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
TRAVEL TIP! Mexico City is a fascinating place and many world class museums can be found here including the Anthropological Museum, Frida Kahlo Museum, Templo Mayor Museum, Bellas Artes Museum and Leon Trotsky's house to name a few. Our sightseeing program in Mexico City is quite full so if you have an interest in visiting any of these museums we would recommend booking at least 2 nights pre tour accommodation to give you time to see those places that may be of particular interest to you.
Bienvenido a Mexico! We arrive in the capital, Mexico City, buzzing with life and full of history.
Our day begins with a tour of bustling Mexico City, includin the Zocalo and the National Palace in the city's main square.
Special Experience:Board an authentic Mexican trajinera for a traditional lunch and cruise through the waterways of Xochimilco.
Tonight we'll enjoy a group welcome dinner to kick off our tour. [B,L,D]
Today we explore the site of Teotihuacan, considered one of the most impressive and mysterious archaeological sites in Mexico. The city was established in 100BC and the name Teotihuacan roughly translates as 'Birthplace of the Gods'. We also visit the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe today, arguably the most important Christian pilgrimage site in Latin America. [B,L]
We fly to Havana, Cuba's vibrant capital. [B]
TRAVEL TIP! Cuban Charm: A trip to Cuba is a unique and rewarding experience, a country largely untouched until now. This means that hotels, transport and facilities sometimes lack creature comforts. Accommodation may be of varying standards as tourism demands are surpassing current infrastructure and it is possible there can be unexpected changes. As such, travel in Cuba requires an adventurous spirit, flexibility and an open mind.
Special Experience:Step back in time to the 60s and discover the history and charm of Old Havana on a walking tour this morning.
This afternoon we'll witness the contrasts of 'New' Havana, including the artistic areas of Hamel Island, Fusterland and the Fort of Havana. [B,D]
Today we'll marvel at the incredible valley dotted with limestone hills, known as magotes, as we travel through the beautiful region of Vi ales. [B,L]
Special Experience:Visit a tobacco field and drying house to learn more about the production of cigars before lunch with some locals.
Today we travel to the busy, colonial-era port of Cienfuegos, the 'Pearl of the South'. Along the way we'll stop at the infamous Bay of Pigs, where the failed US Military invasion of 1961 was undertaken. [B]
This morning we'll discover beautiful Cienfuegos on a walking tour, visiting the impressive Teatro Tom s Terry and the historic town centre. In the afternoon we'll cruise to the end of the bay to visit Jagua Castle and wander through the village. [B]
On the way to Trinidad we'll stop to discover El Nicho Falls. Tonight we'll enjoy an evening of music and dancing, Cuban-style, at Casa de la Trova. [B]
Wander the cobblestone streets of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Trinidad and discover its colonial past. This perfectly preserved settlement is one of Cuba's most enchanting cities. We'll also stop at the famous Canchanchara Bar. [B]
We return to Havana, visiting the Che Guevara Mausoleum in Santa Clara along the way. [B]
A day at leisure to enjoy charming Havana, before dinner at a local paladar. [B,D]
Special Experience:Cruise through Old Havana's Malecon and Revolution Square districts by classic car.
Today we fly to Miami. [B]
This morning we travel to Fort Lauderdale to board the ms Rotterdam for a 16-night cruise of the Caribbean and Mexico, taking in the Panama Canal. [B,D]
Tour highlights of this 16-night Holland America Line Cruise include Aruba, Panama Canal, Puerto Caldera, Puerto Quetzal & Puerto Vallarta.
Embark Cruise: Fort Lauderdale [B.D]
For tours departing November 2019
Day 15. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas
Day 16. Cruising at sea
Day 17. Cruising at sea
For tours departing January and February 2020
Day 15. Cruising at sea
Day 16. Cruising at sea
Day 17. Willemstad, Curacao
Day 18. Oranjestad, Aruba
Day 19. Cruising at sea
Day 20. Cruising Panama Canal
Day 21. Cruising at sea
Day 22. Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
Day 23. Corinto, Nicaragua
Day 24. Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
Day 25. Huatulco, Mexico
Day 26. Cruising at sea
Day 27. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Day 28. Cruising at sea
Day 29. Cruising at sea
Day 30. San Diego
Disembark Cruise: We disembark and begin our journey home. [B]
Except for embarkation/disembarkation days, Breakfast, lunch & dinner are included daily while cruising. The cruise itinerary may change due to local conditions subject to the cruise line's discretion.