Cuba cultural holiday

“Feel like a modern day Hemingway on this exploration of Cuban culture. Discover UNESCO sites, colonial cities and tobacco farms, staying with local families each night.”

Highlights

Havana tour in classic car | Cienfuegos | Bay of Pigs | Trinidad | Santa Clara | Che Guevara Mausoleum | Playa Ancon | Viñales | Homestays | Optional: tobacco farm, trekking and cycling, snorkelling, scuba diving

Description of Cuba cultural holiday

This week-long Cuba cultural holiday gives travellers the chance to experience an authentic side to life way beyond the typical tourist trail.

Meeting local people, avoiding the crowds and becoming part of a small group (max 12 people) is part and parcel of this Cuba cultural holiday with an English-speaking guide offering insight and entertainment alongside an added sense of security.

All of our guides on this Cuba cultural holiday are from the region and just as knowledgeable about the island’s past as they’re passionate about its future.

From strolling in the footsteps of Hemingway to travelling back in time in Trinidad and the cobbled old town district of Havana, this Cuba cultural holiday conjures up all of the essential ingredients to help you learn, enjoy and live the island life.

Accommodation is just as authentic and characterful as the island’s background with casa particulares (bed and breakfasts) used over corporate chain alternatives to ensure your Cuba cultural holiday embraces the real local lifestyles every step of the way.

Choice, optional activities and free time have been built into this Cuba cultural holiday itinerary to let travellers explore at their own pace with numerous excursions, within a range of different destinations, available at local prices, as recommended by your tour guide.

Highlights of this Cuba cultural holiday include:

Warm and welcoming authentic accommodation
Lose yourself in the salsa rhythm of the night
Explore Havana’s old town district and experience the grandeur of the past
Spend time amongst the world’s most exclusive tobacco plantations in Vinales
Dive into the Caribbean and snorkel over coral reefs along a beautiful, untouched shoreline
Learn about the legacy of Che Guevara and another lover of all things Cuban, Ernest Hemingway
Check out Cienfuegos and watch the world stroll by over the Parisian-style promenades.

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

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2017: 20 Aug, 27 Aug, 3 Sep, 10 Sep, 17 Sep, 24 Sep, 1 Oct, 8 Oct, 15 Oct, 22 Oct, 29 Oct, 5 Nov, 12 Nov, 19 Nov, 26 Nov, 3 Dec, 10 Dec
Our top tip:
Read up on Cuba's fascinating history before you arrive - you'll gain a much deeper understanding of its people, culture and daily challenges.
Trip type:
Small group, 2-12 people. No minimum age.
Activity level:
Moderate.
Accomm:
Homestays (casas particulares). Option of hotel in Havana.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome, no extra cost for single rooms.
Included:
Accomm., transport, airport transfer on arrival, local bilingual guide. $400-$550 recommended to cover extra meals and costs.
Meals:
All breakfasts, 2 lunches.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Cuba cultural holiday

Environment

This tour is committed to showcasing the very best of Cuba, and providing travellers 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 travellers 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 travellers 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.

Community

Our 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 travellers, 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 travellers 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.

36 Reviews of Cuba cultural holiday

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Reviewed on 10 Jul 2017 by

I loved snorkeling near Playa Giron and ziplining near Vinales. Fantastic! We had an amazing time and Ihosevany was a wonderful guide. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Jul 2017 by

Swimming by the waterfall we hiked to was the highlight. It was wonderful and our guide, Lidier, was super caring. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 May 2017 by

Really difficult to pinpoint a most memorable or exciting part, the whole trip was surreal. The trip was well organized; small group size was perfect; guide was knowledgeable, fun to be with, attentive - all the good stuff. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 May 2017 by

Fantastic. We enjoyed every outing and never had a single problem. Our guide was knowledgable and helpful. We would happily recommend this tour to anyone who wants to experience Cuba. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2017 by

The most memorable was the people I met and friendships I made. Dancing, hiking and getting to know Cuba. One of the best trips of my life. I am definitely looking into going back to see more of the island. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Aug 2017 by

Getting to see the local Carnaval in Santiago de Cuba was certainly one of the most memorable parts...Superb, mainly due to our phenomenal guide Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Jun 2017 by

It was a wonderful trip. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Mar 2017 by

Experiencing the culture and hospitality of the Cuban people and observing the lovely architecture of the buildings... The scenery of the various towns and villages-Cenefugous, Trinidad, Vinalles and of course Cuba were just great. An outstanding experience. Will go back in five years to observe the progress made. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Mar 2017 by

The most memorable was the sounds and sights of Cuba! Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2017 by

I loved hearing about people's lives and pride of country. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Mar 2017 by

Trinidad and the bar-b-que at Baracoa was the most memorable. This was a bucket list trip for us and ticked nearly all of the boxes. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Mar 2017 by

I really enjoyed the whole experience. The most memorable part of the whole experience was my travel group, especially our tour guide, Yoelys Falcon. I want to really get across that he was amazing... Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Feb 2017 by

All of it - it was one of the best holidays I've had! In particular: as I do Cuban Salsa at home, being able to do lots of salsa dancing and soaking in the music and atmosphere was excellent. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Jan 2017 by

I really enjoyed it Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2017 by

It was all memorable, but probably visiting the tobacco farm and horseback riding in Vinales. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Dec 2016 by

The most memorable holiday I have had so far. Rated 11 out of 10 by my teenage daughters. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Sep 2016 by

It is probably the best holiday I have been on and it is in no small way thanks to our guide Pedro Foster. The man was fun and passionate about his country. He was a genuine friend who happened to know all the great things to do around Cuba. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Mar 2016 by

We had a great time and we feel like we saw some of the real Cuba. The food was good to very good at the Casa's and the local restaurants. The country was beautiful and fascinating as the people are dealing with massive change. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Nov 2016 by

So many memories but walking to the tobacco farm at Vinales was a highlight. Our tour guide Dayana was wonderful. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Sep 2016 by

A fantastic experience! Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2016 by

Our vacation was incredible. Our guide was super knowledgeable, helpful and easy-going. We found the Cuban people to be kind and gracious hosts and we felt very safe. From beginning to end, the whole trip went very smoothly and we would love to return someday. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Jul 2016 by

Brilliant - a real insight to the history, culture and people of Cuba...plus salsa, rum and cigars. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Apr 2016 by

Fantastic and very good value for money. Oscar our guide was wonderful, very knowledgeable and efficient. We packed an amazing amount into a week. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Mar 2016 by

Best bits: Undoubtedly meeting Cuban people, and learning about Cuba from our tour guide. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2016 by

Staying in Casas was a benefit to locals as well as to those of us who stayed in them. I loved meeting local Cubans. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Feb 2016 by

Cayo Blanco & Yuri were the most memorable parts of the holiday Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Feb 2016 by

Absolutely stunning - I would highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in an authentic experience of Cuba. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Jan 2016 by

I loved all of it. Outstanding. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Nov 2016 by

Excellent guide, well organized - but 7 days was too short for me to do everything I wanted! Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Jun 2016 by

Best bit: Horse riding Vinales Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Nov 2015 by

Although the architecture and scenery were spectacular, the people were clearly my favorite part of the trip. The friendly, warmth they exude is intoxicating, and refreshing. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Apr 2015 by

It was great! We were all very impressed with our lovely guide Barbara who was always cheerful, flexible and enthusiastic about showing us her country and Ale our careful and friendly driver. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Apr 2015 by

The tour guide was very personable and tried hard to make us comfortable. and shared a lot of good information with us about what it is like to live in Cuba. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Nov 2015 by

Personally I liked Vinales best, but Cienfuegos and Trinidad are also well worth the visit. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 May 2015 by

Staying with the local families was truly an eye opening experience! Every one of these people went beyond expectations to make my stay comfortable. They were always clean, comfortable, private and I loved the experience! Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Dec 2013 by

Take some time out to explore the surrounding country. Nature is beautiful. Make sure you learn some Spanish before going. The families you stay with do not necessarily speak any English. Read full review

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