From Montego Bay to Ocho Rios, Port Antonio and the capital of Kingston, Jamaica is a paradise of stunning natural wonders that seduces the senses at every turn. As with Cuba, this is also an island overflowing with music, cuisine, dance, art and architecture, alongside a warm Patois welcome, making it a diverse, perfectly sized destination for exploring aboard Aegean Odyssey.
Cuba and Jamaica II Itinerary
DAY 1: Fly to Kingston Jamaica Transfer to hotel | DAY 2: Kingston/Ocho Rios Jamaica Morning city sightseeing. Drive to Port Antonio for lunch at Frenchman’s Cove. Afternoon sightseeing en route to Ocho Rios for dinner and overnight hotel | DAY 3: Ocho Rios/Montego Bay Jamaica Morning sightseeing of Fern Gully and Konoko Gardens. Lunch at hotel before afternoon drive to Montego Bay for dinner and overnight hotel | DAY 4: Montego Bay Jamaica (Greenwood Great House & Rose Hall) hotel | DAY 5: Montego Bay Jamaica 6.00pm Transfer to Aegean Odyssey | DAY 6: Santiago de Cuba Cuba Full day sightseeing | DAY 7: Cruising the Caribbean Sea | DAY 8: Casilda Cuba (Trinidad) | DAY 9: Cienfuegos Cuba (Punta Gorda/Botanical Gardens) | DAY 10: Cruising the Caribbean Sea | DAY 11: Havana Cuba (Old Town Havana) overnight | DAY 12: Havana Cuba Disembark Aegean Odyssey and transfer to airport for flight home.
A 13-day Cuba and Jamaica II itinerary begins on January 15, 2018. This sailing features an additional day in Cienfuegos. A 12-day itinerary (with 1 day in Cienfuegos) departs on February 26, 2018.
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Havana – We will be offering a wealth of opportunities to interact with the people of La Habana Vieja (Old Havana) including a visit to one of three community arts projects, Muraleando, Kcho or Arte Corte, to learn more about how these voluntary organizations help the people of the city come together. For more traditional, cultural sightseeing, there’s a walking tour between four of Havana’s grand squares: The Plaza de San Francisco de Asis, the Plaza Vieja, the Plaza de Armas and the plaza of the 18th-century Baroque Roman Catholic cathedral.
Santiago de Cuba – The proximity of Cuba’s second largest city to the island of Jamaica has infused it with a distinctly Caribbean spirit, but there’s an eclectic assortment of architectural influences here as well, from the oldest house on the island to the imposing El Morro castle and the colonial casas of Parque Cespedes, where the city was founded in 1515. As part of your “people-to-people” experience you will also visit the Casa del Caribe to meet with local practitioners of the Santeria religion, then witness the changing of the guard at Santa Ifigenia Cemetery.
Casilda (Trinidad) – It’s easy to see why Trinidad has been called “the museum city of Cuba.” From its sprawling palaces and plazas to its remnants of sugar mills, this meticulously-preserved UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a window into the past, as you will see during a walking tour around its Spanish colonial highlights ending in the Plaza Mayor, where you may also enjoy a refreshing cocktail at the famous 17th century bar La Canchancharra. As part of your “people-2-people” experience here, you will also be able to enjoy a guided tour of the Museo Romantico, then meet with the local artist, Lazaro Niebla.
Cienfuegos – Founded in 1819, this is one of Cuba’s most architecturally interesting towns, which in 2005 became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To the east of the city, the Botanical Gardens has cultivated over two thousand species of tropical plants and at least forty species of palms. Then drive to the Punta Gorda peninsular, where the Palacio del Valle is an outrageous architectural gem dating from 1917 that is reminiscent of Spanish-Moorish buildings.
Montego Bay – Jamaica’s second city has some of the island’s oldest and most prestigious stately residences, including Greenwood Great House, former home of the English poetess Elizabeth Barrett-Browning, which dates back to the late 1700s. Rose Hall is another 18th-century Georgian mansion, where legend has it the “White Witch” Annie Palmer still roams. Today it is a museum featuring a conceptualized tour that delves into all aspects of the estate’s history.
Your Hotel: SANDALS INN. This traditional Jamaican hideaway is surrounded by tropical gardens, but is also just steps away from Montego Bay’s bustling Gloucester Avenue. A seaside venue that is intimate, friendly and full of charm.
Ocho Rios & Dunn’s River Falls – Jamaica’s most famous waterfall is a tropical paradise featuring plunge pools, thermal springs and a huge naturally-formed rock staircase which you may recognize from 007’s first outing in ‘Dr No.’ The tumbling waters are ideal for a natural massage so it pays to climb them in your swimsuit, but if staying dry is more your thing, there’s a comfortable viewing platform from which to enjoy all the flora of this heavenly idyll.
Your Hotel: JEWEL DUNN’S RIVER. Adult only Hilton retreat situated right on the beach, rooms have panoramic views and free Wi-Fi. Watch a dive-in movie as you float in Falls pool, or unwind in a hot tub.
Port Antonio – When Errol Flynn described Jamaica as “a paradise unspoiled by human hands” he was talking about Port Antonio, one of the most beautiful towns on the island. Just outside of town, Frenchman’s Cove is a private estate consisting of forty-five acres of rolling landscapes, tropical trees and plants, with a small river leading down to a sheltered cove and a white sandy beach. The perfect place to soak up the sunshine and enjoy some swimming.
Kingston – The island’s capital boasts more cultural and historic attractions than any other Jamaican city, including the Bob Marley Museum, the Hope Botanical Gardens and the colonial Devon House Heritage Site. Spanish Town to the west has the Cathedral of St Jago de la Vega, one of the oldest Anglican churches outside of England, while to the north, the natural wonders of the Blue Mountains provide a thrilling backdrop to this lively metropolis.
Your Hotel: SPANISH COURT Centrally located, this Spanish-styled hostelry has a “zen” sky-terrace and a stunning glass-mosaic, infinity edge lap pool as well as a host of other facilities, including an à la carte International and Jamaican restaurant.