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Vacation type
Small group vacations
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travelers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your vacation time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travelers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your vacation.

Solo travelers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those traveling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travelers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travelers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travelers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travelers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Cuba adventure vacation

Through our commitment to responsible tourism, we ensure minimal social and environmental impact in the places we visit by traveling in small groups, using local transportation and staying in locally owned hotels. We also work with experienced local guides who are knowledgeable of local culture, history, flora and fauna.

Las Terrazas started as a reforestation project and was later declared Cuba’s first UNESCO-sanctioned biosphere reserve. Today it is an ecotourism resort providing employment for the local community.

On this tour you may have the opportunity to visit a local bike workshop in Old Havana developed by BICYCLES CROSSING BORDERS (BCB), a non-profit organization that promotes cycling by shipping unused and repairable bikes to Cuba. BCB has trained up to 30 Cubans in bicycle repair and maintenance, the majority being women and encourages more Cubans to set up efficient bike shops across the island. We support this project through our non-profit organization, the Planeterra Foundation.

Reviews of Cuba adventure vacation

You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the vacations.

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

Reviewed on 23 Mar 2013 by

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


Horse-back riding and galloping through the fields and valley of Vinales.

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


Take all of your toiletries with you - more so if you have the space - as it is
hard to buy anything essential out there.

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


Yes through the homestay.

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


Ten out of ten.

Reviewed on 11 Mar 2011 by

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


We went to see the Buena Vista Social Club in Havana - these musicians were amazing and the whole club was jumping. Cruising in the 1950's cars was absolutely amazing - this is a must in Havana!!! Also loved the horseback riding in Vinales - Che's monument - Trinidad was fun, lots of music/salsa dancing there.

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


If you can, try and add a couple of days at the end of the trip to take in Old Havana - there is just too much to see and not enough time to do it in!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


All of our group seemed to be very generous/considerate of the local people. Some people came with toiletries and stationery to give to children.

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


I had a great time and would recommend it - there was just too much to fit in 9 days!

Reviewed on 08 Mar 2011 by

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


Cuba Colonial
The most interesting place on this tour was Trinidad. It had a lovely, chilled atmosphere and was a well maintained city, where the people were friendly. This compared quite considerably to other towns in Cuba that I visited such as Santiago, Santa Clara and even Havana, where the people were hassly and the town was not particularly well cared for. A brilliant restaurant in Plaza Vieja, called Santo Angel, which I would recommend to any other visitor to Cuba. A meal with actual flavour!

Cuba Libre
This tour was much more enjoyable overall than Cuba Colonial, as it was more small town and countryside based. The scenery in the western part of the island is beautiful and the places visited were all very welcoming with lots of options for good things to do.

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


Expect to wait a long time for anything to be done by Cubans. Relax into the flow and it will be enjoyable, if you keep expecting you'll just get frustrated. Cuba is a very interesting country where visitors face many difficulties, so as a traditional vacation destination it is not ideal.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Not particularly. The guides and drivers were local, but since everything is so restricted in Cuba then the impact on real people rather than those in the tourist industry was negligible.

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


The experience is very dependent on the tour guide, so overall I preferred the Cuba Libre tour to the Cuba Colonial tour.

Reviewed on 06 Jan 2007 by

We really fell in love with Cuba. The tour served perfectly as an introduction. I only wish I had had more time to take the two week trip that included eastern Cuba as well.

Cuba is difficult for a vegetarian, rice and beans was about all that was on offer for us. Fortunately I like rice and beans. As for the impact on locals, I think it was minimum simply because we did not stay anyway long enough to make any positive or negative impact.

Old Havana was the highlight of the tour. We spent an extra few days walking around it, admiring the architecture, the museums, the music and life in the alleyways.

Reviewed on 28 Apr 2006 by

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


Horse riding across country to get to a waterfall for a swim. The guys that organised it were extremely friendly. We knew it was going to be amazing when they sent a horse and carriage to pick us up, and it just got better from there. Also, on Islas de los Iguanas, having an iguana come scurrying towards my camera for a close-up rather than scurrying away from it like most of its mates.

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


As with all trips to Cuba, ensure you take absolutely everything you are going to need while you are there, ie don't assume you can pick up anything you have forgotten when you get there as shopping is extremely limited. Also, the locals, especially those further away from the towns will appreciate any pens, toiletries, old clothes/shoes you can give them.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


In most places we stayed in Casa Particulares (what we would probably call B&B's) and mostly ate in these or in paladares, all benefitting the local economy. Environment? Well, the bus we used for most of our travel wasn't very good for my environment (fuel fumes inside the vehicle) so I can't imagine it was particularly good for Cuba's either but then in Cuba, all things are relative!!!

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