7 independent reviews for Cuba holiday, small group

Reviews for Cuba holiday, small group

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review 25 Jul 2019

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

Everything. Great group, fantastic leader, lovely country, pleasant people, music and salsa.

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

Be relaxed about the food shortages, the queuing, the electricity cuts and the sometimes roundabout way people go about things. Enjoy the friendly people, the beautiful countryside, the lovely casas, the good food and the music and dance.

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

Yes

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

Excellent!

review 28 Nov 2018

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

Music venues in Trinidad de Cuba.

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

Always have some small change available for toilets and tips.

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

Yes.

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

So many interesting contrasts between different parts of the country.

review 29 Jan 2016

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

Would recommend this tour operator. First class guide, good buses, well organised, great mix of people and visited some lovely towns.

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

Take the lightest of clothing as its very hot and good comfortable walking shoes. If you see something you want to buy - buy it as you might not see it again don't just stay in Havana, see as much as you can; Baracoa, Trinidad is a must see

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

Yes, the casa's were great, lovely breakfasts were served, many shopped in local markets for handmade goods.

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

10 out of 10

review 15 Mar 2014

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

The friendliness and openness of the people - in the street as well as ones we met more formally through homestays and tours. The music in every bar - some cheesy - some excellent. Havana - buildings, cars etc - as you would expect. The walk in the country at Vinales, the tobacco farm / cigar making, the wonderful countryside, birdlife. The way the history of the country is woven into many aspects of the trip.

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

We really enjoyed a rest day before and after - to recover from the flight out - and to relish in our own time the Havana experience. The tip to take "going out" clothes was OK - but you only need one outfit, and not very dressed up at that. Comfortable walking sandals are a must.

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

To quite a good degree. We were aware that the people we stayed with were a part of the new middle class, by virtue of being a part of the CUC economy. We also felt that people were eager to have information about other countries, and to have our opinion about theirs, and as Cuba clearly faces big changes the social and cultural interchange feels helpful - both ways.

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

Very good. Valeri - the guide was first class. Intelligent, fun, lively, well informed, open minded, efficient. You / we are lucky to have him. Hotel National Cuba - what can you say?! Mad in some ways - but an experience. The homestays were good. The coach and driver were excellent - very safe. We learnt a huge amount as well as having a very enjoyable time.

review 28 Jan 2013

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

For me it would be hard to identify one thing. I was given so much food for thought that I am still processing my experiences. Since arriving home two days ago I have already had a Cuba Night for my family and have taught them to salsa, play dominoes (9's) and sing along to a CD we bought. We have all tried Mojitos and some Pork with salad and Rice and beans.

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

Be open minded. Read the trip notes carefully so that you are clear what the holiday entails (I think the trip was reflected very clearly in the notes). Ask loads of questions and try everything. Being in a group can be challenging. In our case, one couple proved challenging to the leader and they also made us feel on edge when they participated. I thought the leader did a fantastic job trying to accommodate them and that they should have read the trip notes and followed my advice above to have made the best of the trip.

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

Yes. We were happy to pay more for things than the locals, which is often the case. I feel this was our responsibility as tourists. I would have liked to be able to access more change so that I could pass on money more readily- often the banks only provide you with larger notes and change is hard to come by.

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

We had an excellent time and made some good friends. The leader was very good and did her best to advise, inform and enthuse us at every turn. She was honest, open and did her best to pass on her enthusiasm for her country, while being prepared to discuss its idiosyncrasies in an informative and thoughtful way.

review 17 Apr 2011

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

Being taught salsa, merengue and reggaeton by the locals! Diving off the coast of Trinidad. Having a barbeque on our own private beach. Visiting our tour leader's farm and meeting his family and friends.

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

I would highly recommend this trip to others who want to explore Cuba. There is less time for relaxing on the beach than I expected, which meant there were lots more activities than I had anticipated from the trip notes. If you think you will like dancing, discovering more about a country with such a fascinating history, having activities planned to your group's every wish and drinking rum(!) then I would thoroughly recommend you book!

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

I feel the homestays and eating at local paladors meant the local communities benefited from the holiday.

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

This is a fantastic holiday, with a company who I have only ever had positive experiences with. I am keen to visit Cuba again (and as there is so much of the world to see I don't often say that!).

review 24 Jan 2011

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

Experiencing the life of Cubans.

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

Bring pencils and soap to give away, and school supplies for any school or teacher that you may meet.

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

Staying in a casa particular in several places definitely benefited a local family; also eating in small restaurants as opposed to hotels benefited the local economy. Because the accommodations were low-cost and simple, we reduced out impact on the environment.

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

Excellent way to see and learn about the many aspects of Cuba. We covered a lot of ground and had fun as a group too.

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