Cuba tour, small group

“A three-week tour of this exciting island, taking in beaches, mountains and bustling towns, with plenty of free days and optional activities, from waterfall hikes to a cigar factory tour and salsa lessons.”

Highlights

Havana | swimming at the Bay of Pigs | Cienfuegos | Che Guevara mausoleum in Santa Clara | Trinidad | Santiago de Cuba | Baracoa | Soroa | Vinales | Cayo Jutias

Description of Cuba tour, small group

Discover the old and new faces of Cuba on an adventure through the country’s vibrant towns, vast plantations, myriad waterfalls and idyllic beaches. From the elegant streets of Havana to the colourful clubs of Trinidad, sip rum with the locals, practice your best salsa moves and discover the welcoming spirit of this island nation. With opportunities to explore the twisting colonial streets of Camaguey, hear the life story of Cuban legend Che Guevara, and experience local life on a farm in Vinales, this adventure is sure to leave you captivated by Cuba’s beauty, rhythm and spirit.

This 21-day small group guided trip kicks off in Havana, where old-world charm, rich history and exciting nightlife make it a place like nowhere else on earth. A guided walking tour of Old Havana reveals all its faces. In the colonial city of Camaguey, take inspiration from the locals with a bicycle-taxi tour and enjoy over two free days in Trinidad. Practice your Spanish in a language class, loll about on an unspoilt Caribbean beach or pedal through sugar plantations on a charmingly rickety bicycle. With its vibrant music scene and Afro-Cuban roots, sultry Santiago de Cuba is a great place to practice your moves. After a salsa lesson, you’ll be ready to hit the dance floor with the locals. The lush Soroa valley is known as the ‘Rainbow of Cuba’. Explore an orchid garden here and learn how Cubans develop their own medications at a medicinal herb farm. There’s also the chance to get to know two of Cubas key figures. Pay your respects to the famous revolutionary Che Guevara during an included visit to his mausoleum in Santa Clara and then make like Castro and roll a cigar with a tobacco farmer in Pinar del Rio Province.

You’ll stay in guesthouses throughout, which are much nicer than your average Cuban dwelling, with each and every room unique from one to the next. There’s a flight between Baracoa and Havana, but most travelling is by private vehicle and local transport. As this trip covers a lot of land, you’ll be spending quite a bit of time looking out of a bus window. Don’t forget your headphones!

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Responsible tourism: Cuba tour, small group

The very ethos of our style of travel is responsible; small groups on fully escorted tours, experiencing the very best of a region, a culture and a landscape, with a friendly local hand guiding the way. Our itineraries are designed to give our travellers real life experiences without compromising the part of the world we are exploring; to travel responsibly is at the heart of our commitment as a global tour operator.

This 22 day adventure through glorious Cuba explores a country rich in culture and history, with breath taking landscapes and welcoming locals. For us, the operator, the aim is to give you, our traveller, the holiday of a lifetime, whilst at all times upholding our ideal of low impact and even positive impact tourism. Travelling with us, you can be certain that your trip will benefit local economies, support local industry and initiative, and do its utmost to protect the environment.

Operated in close collaboration with our Cuban partners, your support team on the ground will all be locals, recruited in country and trained to our own high standards; this includes your English speaking guide and your driver. Working in this way not only provides stable long term employment opportunities within Central America, but we believe gives our travellers the best holiday experience possible. The saying goes ‘a little local knowledge goes a long way’ and we believe when travelling this is invaluable.

For most of this trip you’ll be staying in homestay accommodation, as the guests of local hosts. For most travellers, this a major highlight of their visit, providing a great opportunity for travellers to interact with everyday Cubans, as well as providing a good income for the home owners. All the houses we use have a private bathroom for the guests with a hot water shower.

Many of the meals on this trip are at your own expense giving you the freedom to choose the places you eat. You’ll notice that your group leader will tend to favour smaller, often family run restaurants if you ask for advice, or if you are all dining together (a very common occurrence, but by no means compulsory!). Supporting these smaller businesses is a great way of putting money back into local economies, but they are also often the places that the locals eat and where we can get the best regional specialities.

In addition to supporting local communities as we travel, we design our holidays to be as environmentally responsible as possible and we ask all of our travellers to assist us with this through their behaviour on tour. Whether snorkelling in Trinidad or Maria La Gorda, or stretching your legs during one of the many hiking opportunities on this trip, we ask that you take on board the briefings given to you as they are to protect you and the environment you are exploring.

We want our visit to Cuba to assist in the preservation of the regions we visit and you will be encouraged to treat them all with care. For example, your leader will brief you on the dos and don’ts of snorkelling to help protect the fragile marine environments or, when walking, you’ll be encouraged to stick to the marked pathways and trails, treating all destinations with respect.

Your group leader will also be on hand throughout to assist with the appropriate disposal of rubbish en route, recycling wherever possible and we encourage all our travellers to use refillable water bottles with purification tablets rather than contributing to the rapidly escalating problem caused by the copious number of plastic bottles discarded globally on a daily basis.

As a company we are very aware of the negative effect carbon emissions have on our environment and as such operate a carbon neutral policy; offsetting the ground emissions of all our passengers on all our trips. On this particular tour of Cuba that equates to 695kgs of carbon offset per passenger, per departure.

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


The New Year's Eve dinner at Buena Vista Social Club was an expensive highlight that was not included in the tour.

Exciting parts were feeling as if we were on a movie set as the Old Cars cruised the street of the Malecon, The time warp that gripped Cuba. The decaying splendour of a bygone era and the gentle warm people who inhabited this island.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Learn a bit of Spanish, extremely useful as English speakers are not common in the outlaying areas that we visited. If using Casa Particulares be open minded about where you go..all our 9 stays were clean and some of the hosts were extremely charming.

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


I think our stay in Casa particulares helped the local economy as some were using it to help with their living expenses while others were expanding their businesses. As far as enviro and social conservation I saw nothing except the decanting of fresh water from large containers into our reusable containers, perhaps I misunderstand the concept.

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


8/10

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Heidi,

Thank you for your feedback.

We’re glad you enjoyed the trip and it’s great that there were elements that both benefited local people and, showed initiatives to support the environment i.e. decanting of the fresh water and your stay in Casa.

I’m sure you will be pleased to know that this trip is carbon offset. We calculate the main carbon emissions from our trips, including emissions from the transport, accommodation and waste used on the trip. These emissions are then offset into internationally accredited renewable energy projects located in the destinations we visit. It’s the little things we can that ensure we’re making an impact to being a responsible and sustainable business.

Thank you.

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