2 independent reviews for Small group tour to Cuba

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review 26 Dec 2015

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

* "Fusterlandia" neighbourhood * BBQ suckling pig dinner 'al fresco' in Baracoa * Cuban cabaret in Havana ('live' Cuban band and 'living legends' singing) * Volunteering at the organic farm in Vinales

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

* Follow the tips/advice on what to bring, estimated daily expenditure. currency/credit cards, etc that is posted on your web site. Very insightful and accurate. * verify/set-up your credit card limit with your bank before the visit (we were limited to withdrawing 300 Euros/week which was insufficient for 2) * bring OTP medication for sore throat, colds, coughs. Due to the temperature variation outdoor heat/humidity and indoor/in-vehicle aircon chill, almost everyone in our group developed a hacking cough/cold. * If you have any issues, do not hesitate to immediately raise them with your guide. He/She is there to solve your problems and ensure that your visit is enjoyable. * If possible, learn some Spanish - it'd make for a richer experience.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes indeed, although we would have loved to see the benefits spread to more Cubans beyond the home stay owners, restaurants and tour companies. Our guide set a good example - he chided a tourist who was leaving an empty plastic bottle in a tree rather than walk to the garbage bin; he would discreetly ask the waiter or other guide to ask tourists to stop smoking near our dining table.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Good! We could have shortened the stay in some cities (Baracoa, Trinidad, Havana). Our vacation combined 2 tours so we were in Havana thrice. It would have been preferable to start in Havana; and end in Havana once instead of twice. Our guide Alex Jorge was fantastic - knowledgeable, good command of English, candid, funny, patient and a problem-solver. All home stays were clean although the welcome, plumbing, noise level, and décor varied, and may appeal differently to different tourists.

review 4 Jan 2014

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Too many to list, but the airport episode and the plane journey from Baracoa to Havana is up there with the most memorable and incredibly exciting! Hugging an iguana was pretty different, smoking Cuban cigars and drinking Havana Ron (and loving it) is very different to my everyday life. The scenery is spectacular, the homestays are excellent, and the availability of options for what you would like to do in particular areas is great.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

This is Cuba....don't expect everything to go according to plan! Be adaptable, expect the unexpected, and be prepared to laugh....a lot! It is what it is! I loved it.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Staying at homestays benefits the local people, and once you are there and you have a better understanding of the history and its economic impact, it becomes even more obvious why the tourist dollar is so very important.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Absolute blast! Learnt so much, laughed so hard, appreciated the music and the cars....there is no other place like Cuba.

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
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