“Two week small group tour of Cuba including a short internal flight, salsa lessons in Trinidad and lots of free time to soak up the sun and see the sights.”

Highlights

Walking tour of Old Havana | Free day in Santiago de Cuba | Visit Baracoa | Camagüey | Salsa lesson in Trinidad | Visit the Che Guevara mausoleum in Santa Clara |

Description of Cuba budget holiday

Take two weeks to get to know the real Cuba on this exciting and affordable tour.

Joining a small group cuts down on costs as well as inviting a shared experience with similar aged and like minded travellers. You don’t know it yet but some of these travelling companions could well become your very best friends for life.

Cuba tends to have that affect on folk. It’s in the salty sea air skimming off the Caribbean beaches around Trinidad; it’s in the sway of salsa, the beat of a revolutionary drum. This is not a holiday for tourists seeking all-inclusive resorts; this is Cuba for the adventurers, the travellers, the explorers.

From Havana to Santiago de Cuba by air and onwards overland all the way back to the capital. This is your chance to join the party and soak up the sunshine as well as discovering the island’s colonial, religious and political heritage. Go forth, and free your mind, body and soul.

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Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travellers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.

Responsible tourism

Cuba budget holiday

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

Through our commitment to responsible tourism, we ensure minimal social and environmental impact in the places we visit by travelling in small groups, using local transportation and staying in locally owned hotels. We also work with experienced local guides who are knowledgeable of local culture, history, flora and fauna.

On this tour you may have the opportunity to visit a local bike workshop in Old Havana developed by BICYCLES CROSSING BORDERS (BCB), a non-profit organization that promotes cycling by shipping unused and repairable bikes to Cuba.

BCB has trained up to 30 Cubans in bicycle repair and maintenance, the majority being women and encourages more Cubans to set up efficient bike shops across the island. We support this project through our non-profit organization, the Planeterra Foundation, developed as a way to give back to the people and places that we visit on our tours.

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


The whole experience was amazing. Cuba is a fantastic place to go and one which is going to change so dramatically in our lifetimes. The atmosphere across the whole island was so warm and vibrant, with live music being heard on every street corner.

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


Check that the tour operator/local agents have checked flight availability from Baracoa and that there are seats for the trip you want to book on. Otherwise, you may have to endure a 6 hour drive back to Sanatiago to catch a flight, when Baracoa's airport is 10mins away. Also check that the flight time won't be 1am in the morning, meaning you miss one night back in Havana and only get to bed at 6am!! That was not a fun day at all!!!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


The homestays were excellent and really benefited a certain proportion of local people. As did eating in local restaurants who would feed you a feast and whatever was left over would go to the families and friends who do not have access to this food due to their poor currency and rations.

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


Guide – excellent. Itinerary - good as standard, we added more destinations to it, so that made it excellent, as you got a real feel for the island. Homestays – excellent. The country – excellent. The relation between the tour operator and the local agent - very poor.

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