Family adventure holiday to Cuba

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£2419To£2808 including UK flights
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Duration
16 Days
Type
Small group
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From £1550 - £1775 excluding flights.
Prices based on 2 adults sharing.
From £2098 - £2421 per child inc UK flights.
Mimimum age 7.
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Price information

£2419To£2808 including UK flights
Convert currency:
From £1550 - £1775 excluding flights.
Prices based on 2 adults sharing.
From £2098 - £2421 per child inc UK flights.
Mimimum age 7.
Make enquiry

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Small group family adventure:
This is a small group family adventure - typically you will join several other families and travel in a group of approx. 16 people. The trips are great value and a great way for you and your children to meet new people! While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of time to yourselves.

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


Watching a Cuban farmer roll a cigar for us to try. Snorkelling in the bay of pigs. Driving in 1950s American cars around Havana. Swimming at the waterfall. Chilling on the beach.

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


Take Euros. The monetary system is bonkers and youíll be entertained and frustrated in equal measure as some places will only accept pesos; some only cards; others any currency except pesos (and the rules will change randomly and without logic too). The best way to change money (as of Aug 2022) is to pay in large denomination euro notes at a restaurant and they will give you many thousands of pesos in change - 4-5 times more than youíll get from a cash machine or hotel exchange, though that is supposedly changing. However, you need to balance the requirement for some pesos with the fact that increasingly people only want you to pay in euros... Despite what some websites say, cards are increasingly accepted and sometimes required, but youíll get the govt exchange rate, which tends to make everything hugely expensive. Try all the cocktails; they are cheap and good. If you have under 18s, be aware that they can drink in many places too - they have a very relaxed approach to age restrictions in most places. Be aware that food is generally bland and, despite what the menus say, usually consists mainly of rice (with black beans, which is really nice), plus either pork or chicken and either arrowroot (boiled it is unpleasant, mashed with cheese, it is really quite nice) or plantain (fried slices are nice). Itís tough on vegetarians in Cuba! The big hotels have a much better selection though. Also be aware there is a huge fuel/energy crisis in Cuba currently. Expect power cuts at any point. In some hotels that have pumped water, power cuts = no water either. The air conditioning wonít be on all night unless youíre v lucky.
The fuel crisis also means that transport is problematic. In rural areas, horses and oxen replace cars and tractors and there are often queues at fuel stations. It also means that supply chains are erratic and places can run out of food, alcohol and even bottled water and cocktails on occasions, so be prepared!
Finally, take mossie repellant, pref with a high percentage of DEET; there are lots of mossies both daytime (some of which carry dengue fever) and nighttime so be prepared if you have sweet blood...or ensure you have a sacrificial partner with you!
Relax and enjoy it....itís a great place!

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


The locals are desperate for tourists post covid and as most of our trip involved staying at and eating at local places, and using local guides, Iím confident we were helping the locals.

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


Itís such a good experience; so different to anywhere else Iíve been, mainly due to the weird monetary system, but we also learned a lot about Cuban history and saw loads of the island, itís flora and fauna....Iíd thoroughly recommend it.

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

On our family tour to Cuba we take the chance to visit the lesser-known destination of Topes de Collantes where we sleep under the stars and stay at a hacienda hosted by the local community. They cook wholesome local food for us and also provide the guides that we use on our walks in the area. By staying at the hacienda we support local people directly and use minimal resources when compared to staying at a hotel. The night in the hacienda is always listed as a highlight of the tour by our customers as they have a chance for interaction with the locals, which is often much harder in larger cities.

In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ĎResponsible in everything we doí. Education is key and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. Weíre members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe itís important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.

As a company we support Cool Earth. Protecting rainforest is one of the most effective actions to tackle climate breakdown. Cool Earth work with indigenous communities empowering them to conserve their forest; keeping CO2 locked in.

People

We use a local tour leader which not only ensures we maximise the income and employment opportunities for local people, but also that we get first hand information on life in Cuba. Our ground handling agent in Cuba is locally owned and run and the majority of the hotels we stay in are locally run and not part of a chain of hotels or other large conglomerates that dominate tourism in Cuba. We also encourage our groups to eat in small Paladars run by the locals. Whilst the menu options may be more limited in Paladars compared to the hotel restaurants, by eating in them it not only supports the local economy but also gives our customers a real insight into the realities of Cuban life.

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