3 independent reviews for Classic Cuba holiday, 11 days

Reviews for Classic Cuba holiday, 11 days

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review 25 Jun 2017

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

Horseback riding in Vinales

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

Skip Trinidad or spend only a couple of days there. The best part of Trinidad is the beach around 12km away. I was also told some caves/ waterfalls nearby are good. Havana is a unique place but quite touristy, be prepared. Try to get at least 3 days in Vinales, explore the scenary on bikes, scooty or hire a car. Food quality is variable, the best place to eat is not Havana but Vinales. Be very aware of tourist traps in Havana. Also government restaurants are not always a bad thing, do explore them

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

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

The holiday was well managed by the operator and I can't fault their planning or service levels. It was a unique experience travelling in a country so staunchly communist. We saw the winds of change, quite a few locals openly unhappy with the current state of affairs. Many in Havana and Trinidad trying to make a quick buck and most of them tourist traps. Nevertheless, the people are always polite, friendly and respectful, they are also good to each other which is refreshing to see. The scenery in Vinales blew us away and we spent most of our best moments there.

review 5 Apr 2017

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

It is difficult to choose the most memorable part of my holiday as we had so many wonderful experiences! So... my top three experiences were: spending the afternoon on the beach in Trinidad, the horse-back-riding tour of the tobacco fields in Vinales, and swimming in the natural pools at El Nicho.

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

Go to Cuba sooner rather than later - there are already many tourists, especially in Vinales, so don't wait! Book all of your excursions before you go or through the tour office - we got burned booking a walking "tour" with a local "guide" organised through our casa owner. Be aware that the tipping culture in Cuba in strong: I would advise to decide how much you want to tip each person (guides, drivers, musicians in the restaurants) upfront and include that in your holiday budget. We felt that 11 days was the perfect amount of time.

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

Yes: it was evident that staying at the casa particulars directly helps the local owners. In general, tourism creates wealth for the Cuban people.

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

Wonderful!

review 2 Feb 2017

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

Havana and the opportunity to visit the wonderful museums and enjoy the daily life. Our casa was perfectly located right next to Plaza Vieja and it was very easy to get around. Our guides were absolutely terrific.. in Havana and elsewhere. All the connections were perfect...how did you do that?? We really enjoyed the museums (especially the Museum of the Revolution and the Museum of Beaux Arts/Cuban Art...terrific!), the art work, the music, the architecture. And.... the beautiful countryside, the gorgeous palm trees and vegetation around Vinales and around Soroa and La Terrazas. Walking out for hours across the tobacco fields with our lovely young guide whose environmental knowledge of flora and fauna was terrific..and who called birds for us using her AP! Cowboys casually riding down the streets....roosters and dogs everywhere. Pictures of Che and political slogans everywhere.

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

Do not take too much luggage, dress simply. No problems with insects in the winter... weather can be very warm...or drop down at night or if there is a heavy rainstorm...which there can be. Spend time planning your holiday....do you want to travel about frequently or stay at least a few days in each place. Be pragmatic and go with the flow, and appreciate the small interactions with locals..and fellow tourists..as these add so much to the journey.

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

We certainly hope that it did all these things. We are aware that people in the tourist industry in Cuba have more access to income than others and are concerned there may be a growing discrepancy?

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

We are not going to say we are reborn..that is impossible...and we are very lucky to have been on some other wonderful holidays too. So we are giving 4 stars but it deserves 5. We suggest you alter your wording for five stars!. The service from Ross and all the staff and partners in Cuba has been outstanding.

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Marcia Thank you for your amazing review of your trip to Cuba and for taking the time to email and speak with me about your fantastic trip. It is great that you loved our style of travel and you jumped straight in to the Cuban culture to really give yourself that authentic trip that is so important. We look forward to planning your next adventure and our services once again which we pride ourselves on. Kind Regards, Ross

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