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.
Accessible tourism overview:
For us it is important to assist and help where we can with travellers that need special assistance. All our trips can be tailor made, allowing us to adjust the trips specifically to the individual. This is also dependant on the budget available.
Limited mobility:
We have already worked with several clients with limited mobility - we have organised for clients to travel via rental cars with private drivers for example. Before the trip we will contact the individual and find out what part of our trip needs to be adapted, this will also allow us to brief the local guides so they can focus on the particular needs of the traveller. Different day excursions can be provided when the activities do not suit the travellers' particular needs.
wheelchair:
We have worked with several clients that have been wheelchair bound, this has previously involved sorting out suitable travel, such as private taxi transfers, drivers and guides. We will need to contact the traveller beforehand to find out exactly how the trip needs to be adapted. Extra activities can be provided instead if a suggested one isn't suitable. Travellers with a wheelchair will need to be accompanied on the trip.
Blind or limited vision:
Information in braille is not available in Latin American destinations, this means all the information will be delivered verbally. We can provide a host taking care of the travellers, depending on budget. We have already guided a person with limited vision, so we know how to deal with the challenges. Local guides are trained and can be briefed on the specific needs of the traveller. Programmes can be adapted for ease of travel. Travellers with severe vision impairments should be accompanied on the trip.
Deaf or limited hearing:
All information before the trip starts will be provided in a written format. Lip reading will be essential for understanding the local guides explanations. A special host can be provided, dependent on budget. While not all our guides are trained in sign language, they have access to computer tablets for communication if necessary. We have guided a deaf person before, so we know the challenges involved.
'Free from' food:
Diet requests are communicated to all local operators involved that are included in the program and it should not be a problem to accommodate most.
LGBT:
Our Cuba trips are all about celebrating the LGBT community. In Havana you will have the option to experience the LGBT night scene. We can also request an LGBT guide, who will introduce you to people from the local LGBT community.
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Responsible tourism

Self drive Cuba family 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.

Local providers make use of locally grown and produced food (with lower food miles) on the offered journeys where possible. We are offering vegetarian/plant-based and low dairy foods when requested and available (which reduce CO2 emissions). We reduce transport emissions by offering activities as daywalks, multiple trekking programmes, biking and horseback riding. Latinamerica Journeys offers walking holidays with an interesting blend of nature experience with cultural activities, bicycle holidays & full horseback riding journeys in the Andes. We make use of solar energy on the trekkings, and horseback riding journeys. Travelers are stimulated to use solar energy as well wherever it applies on outdoor travels. Staff & guides are locally contracted to reduce international travel. The staff in office, your private driver-guide and your tourguides for escorted grouptravels they love healthy vegetarian foods, they love the planet and participate in reducing CO2 emissions.

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.

This operator empowers a womens coffee cooperation and NGO in the Andes of Venezuela. Their vision is to provide solidarity to the entire coffee community in the area, striving to improve the quality of the life of children and families of the coffee communities. With this holiday and all our tailor made travels in Latin America you support local families on your destination of travel and you make it for us possible to support mothers and children in the Andes of Venezuela through this cooperation and NGO. Through their different programs the cooperative aspire to offer training technique in administration, management, accounting, among others and offer scholarships to students and subsidies to primary schools in rural coffee communities, as well as inspire to new forms of community economic organization.

27 Reviews of Self drive Cuba family holiday

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Reviewed on 23 Aug 2019 by

Snorkelling and horse back riding were the most memorable parts of the holiday. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Feb 2019 by

"It was all brilliant" said my teenage son when I posed to him this question. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Apr 2018 by

The most memorable was visiting a 75 year old lady and her son living in what is left of a 200+ years old hacienda in the mountains surrounding Soroa, descendants of slaves who had worked on that farm. Their hospitality and joy of live, despite having very little, the beauty and wilderness of the mountains on our hike there ... Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Jan 2018 by

Cuba all of it. Beautiful country! Excellent. Would love to re visit. Tour was beautifully organised too! Thanx Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Apr 2017 by

For me the most memorable parts are the people-to-people things, and bits of culture ... live music in a restaurant that inspires a couple to break out into some fabulous salsa dancing; and the nice connection made with our homestay family in Havana... Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Jan 2017 by

The most memorable moment was spontaneously being invited into a home to listen in on a jam session with the resident and their guests. We were walking around the streets of Havana taking in the street scene and heard music coming out of a home. We peeked inside the house and were extended a warm invitation to come in and enjoy the music, rum and the fried plantains all without any expectation of any kind from our hosts. Read full review

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 20 Dec 2016 by

Best bits: Too many to count! The caves near Vinales, the convertible tour of Havana, the gorgeous white sand beaches, and the wonderful host families! Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Dec 2016 by

It was so fabulous - we were able to relax, try many different things, control our own destiny and learn a good portion of history that we hadn't previously understood. 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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