Self drive Cuba family vacation
With everything taken care of, just pop your kids and your bags into the car and go. As the itinerary is tailor made, there are no age limits; bring your toddler - and his granny.
Havana Viñales Tobacco farm Cayo Levisa Soroa Las Terrazas Bay of Pigs Trinidad Playa Ancon Sierra Escambray Topes de Collantes National Park Catamaran excursion to Cayo Blanco Cienfuegos Santa Clara Homestays Optional: horse riding, cigar factory, Cayo Leguano, snorkelling
€1450 excluding flights
Description of Self drive Cuba family vacation
This trip can be arranged at a time to suit you, and adapted to your requirements
Our top tip:
Homestays are recommended over hotels - particularly if you request to stay with families with children of a similar age to yours.
Tailor made, self drive family vacation.
Hotels and/or homestays.
Accommodation, transfers, listed activities, some meals. Car rental extra.
Breakfasts usually included, some buffet dinners available at hotels. Some lunches included as part of excursions.
Our partners behind this vacation promote inclusivity on all their trips and across their business and we are all committed to ensuring travelers face no discrimination on any part of the trip they control.
We can cater for vegetarian and vegan diets.
Accessible tourism overview:
For us it is important to assist and help where we can with travelers that need special assistance. All our trips can be tailor made, allowing us to adjust the trips specifically to the individual. This is also dependant on the budget available.
We have already worked with several clients with limited mobility - we have organised for clients to travel via rental cars with private drivers for example. Before the trip we will contact the individual and find out what part of our trip needs to be adapted, this will also allow us to brief the local guides so they can focus on the particular needs of the traveler. Different day excursions can be provided when the activities do not suit the travelers' particular needs.
We have worked with several clients that have been wheelchair bound, this has previously involved sorting out suitable travel, such as private taxi transfers, drivers and guides. We will need to contact the traveler beforehand to find out exactly how the trip needs to be adapted. Extra activities can be provided instead if a suggested one isn't suitable. Travelers with a wheelchair will need to be accompanied on the trip.
Blind or limited vision:
Information in braille is not available in Latin American destinations, this means all the information will be delivered verbally. We can provide a host taking care of the travelers, depending on budget. We have already guided a person with limited vision, so we know how to deal with the challenges. Local guides are trained and can be briefed on the specific needs of the traveler. Programmes can be adapted for ease of travel. Travelers with severe vision impairments should be accompanied on the trip.
Deaf or limited hearing:
All information before the trip starts will be provided in a written format. Lip reading will be essential for understanding the local guides explanations. A special host can be provided, dependent on budget. While not all our guides are trained in sign language, they have access to computer tablets for communication if necessary. We have guided a deaf person before, so we know the challenges involved.
'Free from' food:
Diet requests are communicated to all local operators involved that are included in the program and it should not be a problem to accommodate most.
Our Cuba trips are all about celebrating the LGBT community. In Havana you will have the option to experience the LGBT night scene. We can also request an LGBT guide, who will introduce you to people from the local LGBT community.
25 Reviews of Self drive Cuba family vacation
4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 26 Feb 2023 by Leah KabrhelThe snorkeling in Play Larga, sunset cruise in Cienfuegos, El Nicho waterfall, the flamingos, and the cabriolet car tour were our favorite Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Jan 2023 by Diana DGreat vacation and 3 weeks was a good amount of time to discover Cuba and get to know the country and people. Read full review
Reviewed on 08 May 2022 by Afrah Al-Hassan10/10...The walking city tour in Havana and of course the experience with classic car was the most memorable. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Aug 2022 by Brian REIDThe kids loved horse riding and the car tour around Havana but we also enjoyed the road-trips and seeing new places every few days. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Jul 2022 by Kenny ThomsHiking in Vinales, beach fun at Cayo Leviso and live music in Trinidad. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Aug 2019 by Emma WillsonSnorkelling and horse back riding were the most memorable parts of the vacation. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Feb 2019 by Sue Brooksbank"It was all brilliant" said my teenage son when I posed to him this question. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Apr 2018 by Thom BrennerThe most memorable was visiting a 75 year old lady and her son living in what is left of a 200+ years old hacienda in the mountains surrounding Soroa, descendants of slaves who had worked on that farm. Their hospitality and joy of live, despite having very little, the beauty and wilderness of the mountains on our hike there ... Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Jan 2018 by Caroline BustosCuba all of it. Beautiful country! Excellent. Would love to re visit. Tour was beautifully organised too! Thanx Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Apr 2017 by Rebecca PollensFor me the most memorable parts are the people-to-people things, and bits of culture ... live music in a restaurant that inspires a couple to break out into some fabulous salsa dancing; and the nice connection made with our homestay family in Havana... Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Jan 2017 by Gautam BiswasThe most memorable moment was spontaneously being invited into a home to listen in on a jam session with the resident and their guests. We were walking around the streets of Havana taking in the street scene and heard music coming out of a home. We peeked inside the house and were extended a warm invitation to come in and enjoy the music, rum and the fried plantains all without any expectation of any kind from our hosts. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Apr 2016 by Jo McKeownThe best part was Havana. Everything about Havana, the tour in the old American car was great but we loved just wondering around. Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Dec 2016 by Rachel LevyBest bits: Too many to count! The caves near Vinales, the convertible tour of Havana, the gorgeous white sand beaches, and the wonderful host families! Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Dec 2016 by Rachael FitzpatrickIt was so fabulous - we were able to relax, try many different things, control our own destiny and learn a good portion of history that we hadn't previously understood. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Aug 2016 by John WalkerAll in all a great vacation and we are very grateful. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Apr 2016 by helen loweCuba is amazing, I was delighted that I booked through responsible travel. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Jul 2016 by Diane NormanIt was extremely well planned and operated perfectly. Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Nov 2015 by Elayne FarmerThe most memorable will be all of the Vintage Cars running around all of Cuba; the pony and carts, bicycle taxi's, pedestrians and horses coming towards you on the wrong side of the road... Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Jul 2015 by Jenny GardyMeeting the Cuban people and experiencing a different culture. Fantastic vacation! Read full review
Reviewed on 19 May 2015 by Silvia María Olalde VegasA real experience in all senses!....We helped as much as we could. Of course renting private houses instead of hotels made a great difference to the people. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Mar 2015 by Nick FlynnIt made for a fascinating insight into a country on the cusp of change...and the people were delightful and highly educated. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Mar 2014 by Tania KitchellThere were many memorable moments on this vacation that I can not pick just one. Everything was far beyond our expectations. The people, culture, snorkelling and food were all fantastic! Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Jul 2014 by Jenny JonesOverall, it was an experience not to be missed. We wanted to see Cuba before it changes beyond recognition and we got to see so much of the real Cuba, it was amazing. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Jul 2014 by Ant RigterWe loved our Cuban vacation and would love to go back. We have spoken with several friends that travel and they too would love to go there. We would give our vacation a 10/10 - it was fantastic! Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Mar 2014 by James MinneyThe most memorable parts of the vacation were the families, the excellent veggie food. The beautiful homes. 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 Cuba group tour is designed and offered by guides who are certificated in the field of ecological tourism and have been guiding in the Caribbean & Latin America for many years. On our Cuba tours all walks are guided by local guides and organized by local organisations that respect and take care of nature. Your operator and local guides have an extensive knowledge of fauna and flora. As on Cuba a green pharmacy has been developed in the last decades you also may learn a lot about medicinal properties of Caribbean plants. A vacation to Cuba off the beaten tracks with local guides brings income to local Cuban people and their families. By making use of ecological responsible excursions during your travel on Cuba, you support the people to continue with taking care of their natural reserves. The operator is a certified PADI Advanced Diver and can answer also in detail all your questions about diving in Cuba.
PeopleThe program offers lots of adventure in the mountains, water and beach activities and exploring for kids, teens and parents. All the hotels have a swimming pool. In Trinidad you are in an all-inclusive beach resort at Playa Ancon where extra activities are organized for the children. When you decide to stay in homestays - casas particulares you directly support the local families & community. In case your children like to meet and interact with Cuban children of their age we can make a special request to our homestay families at each location. Some families have done this already. We recommend the children then already to start learning some Spanish. When your family likes to swim you can always visit the swimming pools of the hotels with the children for a small entrance fee, eg at hotel Sevilla in Havana, hotel Jasmines - Ermita in Vinales, hotel Soroa - la Moka at Soroa and las Terrazas and at Trinidad you can go to a wild part of the beach Ancon with palm thatched huts for the sunshade with coral gardens nearby for snorkeling or visit an all-inclusive resort for a day.
When you visit farmers during your excursion, we ask participants, if appropriate, to donate luxury articles like ballpoints, soap and shampoo, buy some coffee and/or leave a donation. When you make use of local accommodation in the form of casas particulares, you directly support that family and make sure that the income gets ploughed back into Cuban society. Visits to Cuban schools with local guides can be added in the itinery and donations can be left as well. In East Cuba you can collect clothes, shoes, medicaments and toiletries to donate to a Cuban organization which supports people from the countryside with no resources. You can also leave clothes, mountain shoes, toiletries or other articles directly with your local guides after the excursion.
With booking for an individual Cuba tour you receive a Cuba Manual with all kind of information to help you finding your way and have a great vacation on Cuba with your family.
This operator empowers a womens coffee cooperation Madre Solar and NGO in the Andes of Venezuela. Their vision is to provide solidarity to the entire coffee community in the area, striving to improve the quality of the life of children and families of the coffee communities. With this vacation and all our tailor made travels in Latin America you support local families on your destination of travel and you make it for us possible to support mothers and children in the Andes of Venezuela through this cooperation and NGO. Through their different programs the cooperative aspire to offer training technique in administration, management, accounting, among others and offer scholarships to students and subsidies to primary schools in rural coffee communities, as well as inspire to new forms of community economic organization.
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