Discover Cuba vacation, 15 days
Local interaction is the focus of this tour. You'll stay with Cuban families, be led by local guides, take a salsa class and wander the backstreets of crumbling colonial cities.
Havana Bay of Pigs Cienfuegos Santa Clara Che Guevara Mausoleum Trinidad Salsa lesson and show Bicycle taxi tour of Camaguey Santa Lucia beach Santiago de Cuba Tobacco factory Baracoa Optional: rainforest trek, scuba diving, snorkelling, chocolate tasting
US $1360 excluding flights
Up to 12 people
Duration: 15 days / 14 nights Group Size: Min 2 / Max 12 B&B/ Casa accommodation 14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Return airport transfers Includes a range of 'the best of' excursions Internal flight
Description of Discover Cuba vacation, 15 days
New dates coming soon
Our top tip:
You'll be astonished how little is available in Cuba. Bring toiletries, pens, notebooks and toys to donate to your Cuban hosts - they will be much appreciated.
Small group, 2-12 people. No minimum age.
Homestays, option of hotel in Havana.
Solo travelers welcome, no supplement for single rooms.
Accommodation, listed activities, airport transfer on arrival, transport inc. local flight. $600-$850 recommended for extra meals and costs.
All breakfasts, 2 lunches.
39 Reviews of Discover Cuba vacation, 15 days
4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 27 Feb 2020 by Jeff BrownOur guide Pedro was absolutely incredible and amazing! Knowledgeable, personable, helpful, and more and more. Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Feb 2020 by Marina IvanovaThe whole experience was unique. Was able to see the different part of the country and experience the life there. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Mar 2019 by Kayleigh PedderI highly rate the vacation, Daniel our guide was very friendly and informative, he had plenty of tips on where to eat and go dancing. I met some brilliant people on the trip and have made lifelong friends. I felt I got to see the real side of Cuba which was what I was after. Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Dec 2018 by James PetkovitsMost memorable: The opportunity to stay at 8 different cities in all parts of the country. The high quality of the guide provided. The uniform high standards of the casas provided. The overall value received for the money I paid for the tour. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Feb 2018 by Vicky GatleyOur guide, Oscar, who entertained, looked after and informed us across 700 miles of an amazing country. Trinidad and its music, architecture and people - wonderfully vibrant. A very challenging 10 km hike through tropical rainforest, but we all made it! The classic car ride in Havana - great fun. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Jan 2018 by Sandy SchulerThe two week trip enabled me to get a great overview of the country. I really enjoyed the fabulous live music at every turn, the eclectic architecture, the old American cars, and the simple, yet gorgeous food we tasted en route. Every destination had something special to offer and every included activity was a highlight. Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Feb 2018 by Veronica SackeyThe Jazz club in Havana which was not part of tour was the highlight. Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Mar 2017 by Angela DillahAbsolutely wonderful, very gratifying and educational. It has surpassed my expectation. Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Feb 2017 by Kathy PetersonHaving a Cuban guide and especially the one we had, who was so open to talking about everything and bending over backwards to make us happy, lunch one day at a single table for us on the beach!, the music that's everywhere. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Aug 2017 by Michelle BackhurstFor me, the highlight of my Cuba trip was visiting different parts of the island. Havana is definitely the hub of activity, but taking the time to see some of the countryside and some of the sights the other cities had to offer gave me a better understanding of Cuba as a whole. Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Jan 2017 by Susan JaneThe most memorable memories was Havana and the classic car tour, Camaguey for its local feel, Che Guevara Museum, and Baracoa for its tropical atmosphere, cocoa plantation visit and food. In general the colour in everything, great music and interesting places and fabulous scenery. Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Jan 2017 by Mandy NeilThe most memorable was the people, scenery, music, culture, history, everything! Excellent! Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Apr 2016 by Natalie KordeczkaIt was full of fantastic experiences with enough free time too. We'd definitely recommend this trip. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Mar 2016 by Stephanie HurlburtFABULOUS ADVENTURE & I WILL BE USING RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL AGAIN! Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Feb 2016 by John BatesExceptional in every way - nature, people, variation, history and organisation....The whole vacation was memorable! The fact that we were a small group, and that the destinations and activities were so varied, were important, but in particular the guide was first class. Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Dec 2016 by Trevor PoateThe group really worked, the food was good and being there during Castro's time of mourning was interesting. Also the variety of places we visited was very good. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Oct 2016 by Astrid PerryExcellent....Cuba is a great place for a vacation, not cheap but not expensive either. People, food, drinks, culture, history and the geography of the island make it facinating Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Aug 2016 by Ian SpilsburyA very positive experience of Cuba, excellent value for money, a great way to see lots of the country and meet local people Read full review
Reviewed on 29 May 2016 by Helen ThomsonExcellent. It really gave us an insight into how Cuba past, present and future is changing. Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Apr 2016 by Shelagh TraversI've only been back a few weeks, but it seems like several of my friends are seriously thinking about going on the same tour. Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Mar 2016 by Don PillerOur group has visited all over the world and I'd say that this is one of the top 3 or 4 trips that we have had. The overall trip feeling was excellent. The "value" was outstanding from the standpoint of money spent per memory gained. We lodged well, ate good, partied hard, and saw everything advertised and much much more. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Jan 2016 by ian corbyThe most memorable part of the vacation was to see the real Cuba and get a true flavour of its culture and the history and people. Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Jun 2016 by Sherry SaehlenouThe most memorable part of my trip was our guide for the Cuba trip, Ihosvany. He made the trip special by being so attentive to the needs of a diverse group of travelers. He delivered 120% Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Mar 2016 by Hugh McGarel-GrovesIt was a great adventure and very pleased to have visited such an amazing country. Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Feb 2016 by Becky RedfordOne of the highlights for me was dinner and the flamingo show at Restaurante 1800, a palandar in Plaza San Juan de Dios in Camaguey. We returned to the plaza the following day to see the area during the daytime and check out the artists' workshops. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Apr 2016 by Clare AldersonBest bits: Seeing wild hummingbirds, finding fossilised coral on the beaches, swimming in the river in a rainstorm, seeing traditional sugar cane production, sampling daiquiris. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Mar 2016 by Laura CowieBest bits: - All things Vinales - Vintage car ride in Havana - Government run ferry boat ride around Santiago de Cuba port & islands Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Oct 2015 by Carrie WhitingAbsolutely wonderful. Visiting Cuba is like visiting a time capsule: it has so much charm. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 May 2015 by Stuart DurrantFantastic vacation - well organised from start to finish. Book with confidence. This was the best tour we have been on and all others we met said the same thing. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Mar 2015 by Cherry Shelton-MillsTalking with local people - staying with families who were unfailingly friendly and hospitable. Learning about Cuba, its history and society - absolutely fascinating - the Cubans have so much to be proud about. Of course the music and dance were great! All in all, the best vacation ever. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Feb 2015 by Jane FulfordIt was all excellent-there were lots of memorable moments. Read full review
Reviewed on 31 Aug 2015 by Lynnette MossopWe loved everything about Cuba, the culture, the people, the country and the architecture. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 May 2015 by Rachel ZatzI loved Trinidad, but really enjoyed staying in different people's houses and getting the opportunity to find out about their lives. Our vacation definitely benefited local people in visible ways. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Mar 2015 by Charmian HobbsEach part of the tour provided a different experience of Cuba but of course there is even more to find out about. Don't expect a typical tourist trip where everything is to hand but do give your time to wander through the streets, talk to the people, look at the amazing buildings which may not exist anywhere else in the world. Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Dec 2014 by olga schmidtbergerIt was fantastic! Cuba - See you again Read full review
Reviewed on 22 May 2014 by Shireen AlsaltiThis vacation was great and I was still smiling weeks after I got back home. To date it has been the best vacation I have ever been on. I came home really relaxed and incredibly happy. I would challenge anyone to go to Cuba, spend sometime with the people and not be effected by their wonderful nature. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Apr 2014 by Karin BarrettAbsolutely brilliant....We thought our tour was excellent - a comprehensive itinerary and good value. It was really packed with activities so we did enjoy a beach break at the end. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Jan 2014 by Sonja StromdahlOutstanding! We will return to Cuba! Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Dec 2014 by Susan DobsonExcellent, really interesting and varied tour of a unique country. Read full review
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetThis 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.
PeopleOur 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.