“Feel like a modern day Hemingway on this exploration of Cuban culture. Discover UNESCO sites, colonial cities and tobacco farms, staying with local families each night.”
Havana tour in classic car | Cienfuegos | Bay of Pigs | Trinidad | Santa Clara | Che Guevara Mausoleum | Playa Ancon | Viñales | Homestays | Optional: tobacco farm, trekking and cycling, snorkelling, scuba diving
Read up on Cuba's fascinating history before you arrive - you'll gain a much deeper understanding of its people, culture and daily challenges.
Small group, 2-12 people. No minimum age.
Homestays (casas particulares). Option of hotel in Havana.
Solo travelers welcome, no extra cost for single rooms.
Accomm., transport, airport transfer on arrival, local bilingual guide. $400-$550 recommended to cover extra meals and costs.
All breakfasts, 2 lunches.
Responsible tourism: Cuba cultural vacation
This tour is committed to showcasing the very best of Cuba, and providing travelers with an authentic and unforgettable small group tour experience in Cuba . You will have unrivalled access to local people from all walks of life while you experience an island that has so much to offer that sometimes you won’t even know where to begin (that’s what your experienced local guide is for). Our aim is to take you inside this remarkable society in a fun, respectful and meaningful way.
As an organisation our commitment to Cuba's environment and culture is unwavering as we are very much aware of the impact travel and tourism can have on a destination. For this reason we cap the number of people on the trip, so a group is no larger than 10 people. This enables us to source more authentic accommodation options and local transportation that makes a smaller footprint on the environment. Furthermore all of our tour guides are not only native to Cuba, but are passionate about the country they live in as well. This is of most importance to us, because we believe in showcasing the very best of Cuba and this starts with knowledgable guides who know the country inside out, for better and for worse. Using local guides (alongside local organisations) helps us contribute to local economies and give back to the communities we work with. We encourage our guides to speak honestly of the Cuba they have grown up in and there impressions of the outside world as a comparison. It also allows us to provide local employment and engagement in the community.
Our organisation has implemented and enforces a 7 point checklist which we share with our employees and fellow travelers that acts as a set of guidelines to help protect Cuba's natural environment. These guidelines include:
Protecting plants and wildlife - Removing rubbish - Keeping streams and lakes clean - Treating accommodation and host families with respect - Respecting Cuba's cultural heritage - Keeping to the track - Consider other people.
We also provide a set of recommendations to our travelers as to how they can can contribute, protect and enhance Cuba's culture and environment including:
- learning some of the local language, - carrying a water bottle - always disposing of waste in a responsible manner. - minimise the amount of disposable goods travelled with - be respectful with photography
We ensure that all activities and excursions we include and recommend have minimal impact on the environment and wildlife as well.
Our ties to Cuba and its people are strong. We have built a network of people across Cuba who we affectionally call our 'Cuban family'. These include tour leaders, local guides, classic car drivers, Casa Particular (homestay owners), local restauranteurs, bar tenders and dance instructors all with there own stories to tell and experiences to share. We believe that giving something back to the community is essential, because it is this community that makes our tours such a success. We work with our fellow travelers, clients, employees, and local contacts to ensure the successes of our business go directly back into the community. This is not only good for the towns and cities we visit but it also gives our travelers more enriched adventures.
Our tours are committed to using local homestay accommodation, making your Cuban experience even more unique and memorable (not to mention fun!). Known as Casa Particulares, this type of accommodation is comfortable for guests and generally has very good facilities. They provide you with a great way to experience Cuban culture and interact with Cuban nationals.
Furthermore the activities we include and recommend in our tours, are ones that most benefit and are representative of the community.
All of our staff and local contacts are treated like family, enabling us to instil a sense of ownership amongst our stakeholders and deliver ongoing support to the Cuban people and economy. We know the country and its people inside out and our endeavour is to show the Cuba we love, live in and respect.
Reviews of Cuba cultural vacation
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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
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 27 Dec 2016 by Anna Pirintji
The most memorable vacation I have had so far. Rated 11 out of 10 by my teenage daughters.Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Sep 2016 by Miguel De Freitas
It is probably the best vacation I have been on and it is in no small way thanks to our guide Pedro Foster. The man was fun and passionate about his country. He was a genuine friend who happened to know all the great things
to do around Cuba. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Mar 2016 by Kevin MacIntyre
We had a great time and we feel like we saw some of the real Cuba. The food was good to very good at the Casa's and the local restaurants. The country was beautiful and fascinating as the people are dealing with massive change.Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Nov 2016 by Nick Lane
So many memories but walking to the tobacco farm at Vinales was a highlight. Our tour guide Dayana was wonderful.Read full review
Our vacation was incredible. Our guide was super knowledgeable, helpful and easy-going. We found the Cuban people to be kind and gracious hosts and we felt very safe. From beginning to end, the whole trip went very smoothly and we would love to return someday.Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Jul 2016 by Mariam Conway
Brilliant - a real insight to the history, culture and people of Cuba...plus salsa, rum and cigars.Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Apr 2016 by Pat Mobley
Fantastic and very good value for money. Oscar our guide was wonderful, very knowledgeable and efficient. We packed an amazing amount into a week. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Mar 2016 by Ann Molan
Best bits: Undoubtedly meeting Cuban people, and learning about Cuba from our tour guide.Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Feb 2016 by Cheryl Sennett
Staying in Casas was a benefit to locals as well as to those of us who
stayed in them. I loved meeting local Cubans. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Feb 2016 by Emily Young
Cayo Blanco & Yuri were the most memorable parts of the vacationRead full review
Reviewed on 06 Feb 2016 by Merlene Nieuwoudt
Absolutely stunning - I would highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in an authentic experience of Cuba.Read full review
Although the architecture and scenery were spectacular, the people were clearly my favorite part of the trip. The friendly, warmth they exude is intoxicating, and refreshing.Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Apr 2015 by Jean Colvin
It was great! We were all very impressed with our lovely guide Barbara who was always cheerful, flexible and enthusiastic about showing us her country and Ale our careful and friendly driver.Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Apr 2015 by Kristina Joie
The tour guide was very personable and tried hard to make us comfortable. and shared a lot of good information with us about what it is like to live in Cuba.Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Nov 2015 by Sheila Taylor
Personally I liked Vinales best, but Cienfuegos and Trinidad are also well worth the visit. Read full review
Reviewed on 14 May 2015 by Kathleen Phelps
Staying with the local families was truly an eye opening experience! Every one of these people went beyond expectations to make my stay comfortable. They were always clean, comfortable, private and I loved the experience!Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Dec 2013 by Julie Damgaard
Take some time out to explore the surrounding country. Nature is beautiful. Make sure you learn some Spanish before going. The families you stay with do not necessarily speak any English.Read full review