Cuba cultural tour, 9 days
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Description of Cuba cultural tour, 9 days
This small group tour of Cuba takes parties of no more than 12 travellers on a cultural exploration of the island, staying in family home accommodations and accompanied by an expert local tour guide throughout. Packing many of the country’s key highlights into an exciting nine days, this tour is perfect for anyone looking for a really authentic experience of Cuba and its unique culture. Come and immerse yourself in the island’s vibrant life and history, and leave with a better understanding of its complex society and economy.
This tour takes in fascinating highlights as well as giving you a great insight into daily life in Cuba. It concentrates on contact with the Cuban people to learn first-hand about their lives and the island’s culture. Take a guided walking tour of the Old City in Havana and a cultural tour of Trinidad. Stroll around an organic farm in Viñales with the farmers, learning about sustainable farming and even mucking in, too! See how cigars are made, enjoy a cooking demonstration, swim in the vivid ocean near the Bay of Pigs, learn about Cuba’s slave trade and try a group salsa class.
This tour is suited to US travellers interested in experiencing authentic Cuba on a fun, adventurous small group trip. A license for travel is provided, so you can visit Cuba legally and worry-free! All activities and many meals are included, too, which makes it even easier for visitors from the USA, since US debit and credit cards don’t work in Cuba.
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14 Reviews of Cuba cultural tour, 9 days
Reviewed on 06 Jun 2023 by Amy BernhardExcellent... the culture is fascinating and the people are as warm as could be. We felt safe everywhere, we enjoyed the never-ending cocktails, we loved seeing three (out of 600!) cultural projects, and it was a terrific experience. Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Feb 2023 by Anne WaldronMost memorable was meeting Cubans at the casas and all the varied activities. My awesome tour guide Adrian, so nice to have a knowledgeable and upbeat leader. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Mar 2023 by Catherine MakepeaceSoaking up the music and meeting the people […] A wonderful trip. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Mar 2020 by Jody StricklerThe most memorable part of the holiday was the contact with the Cuban people. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Aug 2019 by Linda RootsThe most memorable part of the holiday was actually landing in Havana and being easily and promptly identified by our greeter/driver. Our exhilaration at being in Cuba and lack of anxiety about the “next step” after getting luggage put us in an immediate mode of relaxation and safe-being. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Mar 2018 by Ashley BrownIt was great to experience more activities and learn more from Cubans that would one could do with just a guide book. We had a lot of free time and flexibility to still do what we wanted but was able to accomplish seeing and experiencing the country from a unique view for outsiders. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Mar 2018 by JoJean JonesThe activities in the Viñales region was the most memorable. This was a very educational trip. Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Jun 2017 by Stephanie OviedoThe most memorable part was visiting the organic farm and getting to eat a delicious and huge farm to table meal overlooking the beautiful mogotes. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Jan 2017 by Bettie BullardThe most memorable was getting to meet people and learning more about the history of Cuba. The most exciting experience was hiking to the waterfall. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Apr 2016 by Rita Rega5 stars for a great Cuban tour guide with cool and fun fellow travellers. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Aug 2016 by Patricia SwineyI highly recommend this tour. Our tour guide was friendly and informative. She always welcomed us to join her by telling us where she will be when it was our time to go off and explore the area on our own. The day trip guides that we had were humorous as well as knowledgeable which made the long walks more enjoyable. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 May 2016 by Scott RubelMany highlights to the trip, but three that stood out were the tour of Fusterlandia in Havana, learning about the Yoruba religion, and the profusion of art and music everywhere. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Dec 2016 by Andrew CasselEnjoyable, interesting and worthwhile. Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Apr 2016 by Joe KelleherGreat opportunity to explore several aspects of Cuba: geography, culture, history, politics, struggles, etc. Read full review
PlanetWe minimise the single use plastic on our tours by encouraging our travelers to bring reusable bottles and water filter bottles with them. Since tap water is not drinkable in Cuba, unfortunately there isn’t a safe large-scale plastic-free way to make sure our travellers stay hydrated, but we purchase several gallon water bottles so that reusable bottles can be refilled.
Additionally, our tour leaders (guides) participate in the No Straws campaign by encouraging our travellers to use reusable straws or to decline straws altogether. All of our tour leaders have been given metal straws which not only reduces their own plastic consumption but sets an example for others in their community. They have enthusiastically supported this campaign, so much so that one tour leader found a rural vendor selling sustainably produced bamboo straws which we now purchase to use on our tours, supporting both the environment and the local economy.
Some of our tour leaders started an initiative to pick up trash en route between the provinces, not only does this maintain the health and beauty of the environment, but also sets an example for the community which has noticed the efforts of the group.
The treatment and care of animals is a particular concern of ours, to that end we donate a portion of tour proceeds to Cubans in Defense of Animals (CeDA) a non-governmental non-profit organization in Havana that provides care and sterilization to street animals, advocates for animal rights, and facilitates adoptions of stray dogs and cats. We encourage our travellers to bring donations of money or much needed supplies to CeDA, our guides will help arrange a drop off. We run in the Havana Marathon in November to raise funds for CeDA, and you are welcome to participate!
All our staff are trained in Responsible Tourism and make this an important part of their tour. We ensure all the activities offered to the travellers take into consideration the impact on the local environment and wildlife.
We promote best practices in responsible tourism and actively encourage our local suppliers to join us in our green campaigns.
PeopleThis trip is filled with opportunities to get to know the culture and vibrant society of the intriguing island nation of Cuba. Nearly all of the accommodation is in the homes of Cuban families, where you will get to see how Cubans live, observe their way of life, and participate in their culture.
We directly run all the on-ground services and do not go through a second agent as the majority of tour providers to Cuba do. We have our own dedicated staff of locals in Havana and regional centres. A network of tour leaders, local guides and local transport providers, plus local office staff. We use local coordinators in regional centres to get the best possible access to services possible and to bring in local expertise.
Our tour leaders are paid fair and healthy wages, and thusly are prohibited from taking commissions or other unethical business practices. We offer bonuses and other incentives to encourage honesty and transparency from our tour leaders which results in better service to our customers and has a positive influence on the local culture where they are seen as role models. The tour leaders receive annual training in several different subject areas, including responsible travel, safety, diversity, and ethics, and we encourage them to develop and grow through additional training, special projects, and leadership opportunities.
We encourage and support their charitable endeavors. We have a team of kind-hearted generous tour leaders who have initiated company-supported donation drives and fundraising for disaster relief, medical expenses, and animal welfare.
We also encourage our groups to eat in small Paladars run by the locals or to eat in homestays with local families.
We ensure that we 'spread the wealth' throughout each town so the benefit is to the community as a whole and not a few individuals. In this we attempt to get as many local providers involved in our tours as possible, providing a BBQ by the river, or similar activities where the group is mixing with the real locals and not just those in the tourism industry.
We encourage respectful travel in Cuba. Our Cuban tour leaders will give you an insight into the complex Cuban history and society. The tour leader will demonstrate how this unique country has managed to resist many of the negative impacts of North American culture, influence, and capitalism, and how it has achieved significant social goals, and at the same time, show you the short-comings of the present system.
The maximum group size of this tour is limited to 12 travellers which enables us to more easily interact with the Cubans and to visit their homes and places of work and play. It also minimises our impact on the local culture and society. You will get the chance to visit government run local community projects such as Fusterlandia, bringing joy and industry to a formerly impoverished fishing village and Korimakao, a cultural project and boarding school that teaches performing arts to students around the country and nourishes the cultural development of the swamp lands where it is located and isolated or socially discriminated areas nationally and internationally. Our positive interactions with these projects assist in the funding and promulgation of their mission, and we also encourage you to donate cash or supplies.
All travellers are encouraged to explore with the group and on their own, learn a few words of the ‘Cubanised’ Spanish, and to interact with the locals as much as possible. The local guides are employed to help explain as much as possible about the cultural differences and the historically significant places that we visit and to make your experience in Cuba as enjoyable and as much fun as possible.
Our commitment to responsible tourism is not limited to our overseas operation and we have measures to ensure our Australian and US offices operate according to our responsible tourism policy.