Self drive Cuba family holiday

“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.”

Highlights

Havana | Viρales | 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

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Departure information

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.
Trip type:
Tailor made, self drive family holiday.
Activity level:
Easy.
Accomm:
Hotels and/or homestays.
Included:
Accommodation, transfers, listed activities, some meals. Car rental extra.
Meals:
Breakfasts usually included, some buffet dinners available at hotels. Some lunches included as part of excursions.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Self drive Cuba family holiday

Environment

This 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 holiday 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.

Community

The 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 holiday on Cuba with your family.

We can help you compensate the CO2 emmisions of your flights with ClimateCare, GreenSeat, or more cost and travel effective solutions.

Reviews of Self drive Cuba family holiday

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 holidays.

I am reborn! Simply the best holiday 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 Apr 2016 by

The 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 11 Aug 2016 by

All in all a great holiday and we are very grateful. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Apr 2016 by

Cuba is amazing, I was delighted that I booked through responsible travel. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2016 by

It was extremely well planned and operated perfectly. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Nov 2015 by

The 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

Meeting the Cuban people and experiencing a different culture. Fantastic holiday! Read full review

Reviewed on 19 May 2015 by

A 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

It 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

There were many memorable moments on this holiday 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

Overall, 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

We loved our Cuban holiday 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 holiday a 10/10 - it was fantastic! Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2014 by

The most memorable parts of the holiday were the families, the excellent veggie food. The beautiful homes. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 May 2013 by

Amazing. We loved it. Cuba is an incredible world or sunshine, music, history, culture, beauty, beaches and Havana is like no other city I have been to. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2013 by

Probably 10/10 for friendly country. 8/10 for services, 10/10 for music and culture, 7/10 for food with a few outstanding exceptions, 10/10 for most of homestays albeit some were basic accommodation, some grand. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Feb 2012 by

I would rate this holiday EXTREMELY highly. We had a truly amazing time and I would not hesitate to recommend this operator to anyone. Marcel was incredibly efficient and gave good practical advice and a comprehensive Cuba Manual along with excellent customer service. 5*! Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Aug 2012 by

The stay in Havana was the most memorable part of the holiday Read full review

Reviewed on 04 May 2012 by

Our pre booked excursions really made the trip and were fabulous. We were so impressed with the local guides, their knowledge and openness. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Mar 2012 by

This was a great way to see Cuba. The tour operator did an excellent job for a very reasonable cost. Everything worked like clockwork and all the people we dealt with were doing their utmost to make our holiday the best. Cannot thank Marcel and the company enough. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Jul 2011 by

A real eye-opener. Felt like we actually got a glimpse of what REAL Cuban life is like - the good and the bad aspects. Saw outstanding natural beauty and spoke to (and danced with!) local people who were happy to answer our questions. Overall a wonderful experience. Read full review

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