6 independent reviews for Small group tour to Cuba

Reviews for Small group tour to Cuba

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review 8 Jun 2017

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

Exploring different areas of Cuba. Areas visited on this tour were all well chosen to show diversity of Cuba... Swimming on beautiful beaches, visiting ballet school, learning about Cuban history, beautiful art and architecture, lovely people. Being in a small group of traveling companions. Having the most excellent travel guide Osvaldo Mojena!!!

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

Try to take advantage of Cuba's poor internet access and switch off from the outside world. I didn't use internet for 3 weeks and can honestly say this was one of the best vacations I ever had. Have a toilet paper with you at all times.

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

Yes

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

Trully excellent

review 9 Sep 2017

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

The history that comes alive when you visit all the sites and gives one a true sense of Cuba

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

Single travelers be prepared for alot of male attention which can just be ignored. Alot of people rely on tourism so tipping is expected for almost everything. Stay an extra couple of days in Havana to see the sites and wander around the old town. Not all phones pick up social media and not all bankcards work so have a back up. There is a place in every main town to buy internet and exchange money. There is a bunch of extra activities to do and your guide normally advises the best one which is well worth it. Enjoy!

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

As we stayed in local families houses we did benefit them, hopefully this would have extended into the broader community.

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

Our tour operator was really good, definately would recommend them. It's invaluable having a local guide who takes you through the history, culture and the Cuban way. Doing the 21 Cuban day tour gives a fantastic overview of Cuba

review 26 May 2017

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

Taking part in the Salsa band and dance in Santiago

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

Research what you want to get out of the vacation before coming . Travel light, but include beachwear and something to keep the rain off. Be flexible.

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

Certainly benefitted local people. Was low impact. Not sure about supporting conservation.

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

Fascinating glimpse of a very different society.
Tour op to respond to Q3 - 30th May 2017

review 4 Apr 2017

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

The entire eastern Cuba tour. I felt like we were really exposed to the culture, the history, and the people of Cuba. From the Bararumba Afro-Cuban dance performance in Baracoa, to the "noche de salsa" in Santiago, we were enthralled by Cuba. The western portion of the tour took us through beautiful countryside, but since it is so accessible from Havana, it tends to be more touristy- especially Vinales.

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

Go for the combined eastern and western tours, if you have the time and money. It is definitely more comprehensive, and you'll truly come away feeling you know the real Cuba. Be prepared to not have internet access readily available. When you are gone for almost 3 weeks, that can be an issue.

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

Yes, tourism is really the only economy the country has at this point. They need people to visit to keep afloat. Perhaps the money we bring in will eventually improve their infrastructure and communications access. Perhaps the money will stop them from strip mining for nickel in eastern Cuba.

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

All in all it was excellent.

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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