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To explore and enjoy the authentic Cuba, we offer you different kinds of tailormade travels from selfdrive, grouptravel, individual travels by regular bus and/or taxi, family and scuba diving holidays, with at all places English speaking local guides waiting for you, from daywalks and trekking in the mountains to biking adventures. These offers are some sample itineraries (see next tab for some of the itinery details) of a much wider variety of possible tailor made travels on Cuba. Contact us with your special travel wishes.
Self drive Cuba family holiday tailormade
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.
Cuban culture is particularly welcoming to children, you may find your kids end up learning more Spanish than you! There are guided walks, and horseback rides, waterfalls and boat tours - and free time factored in for building sandcastles on the beach. You'll also have the peace of mind that assistance - if needed - is just a phone call away. Find related sample itinerary in the next tab and on Responsible Travel.
Our top tip: Homestays are recommended over hotels to mingle with Cuban culture - particularly if you request to stay with families with children of a similar age to yours. For the swimming pools you can go to a hotel for an afternoon or mix homestays with a all-inclusive resort at the end of your journey.
Cuba holiday, small group tours, all tailormade
Our guide made us feel part of a big Cuban family. The trip was amazing, we had nothing to care about, all was tip top arranged in all details from gourmet restaurants to coffee breaks in the mountains. It was a real offline journey into another universe, amazing.
Meeting the authentic Cuba, with activities as walking in the mountains, beach life, salsa classes, horse riding, snorkelling, diving, catamaran trip, nightlife and learning Spanish.
Cuba is a beautiful island surrounded by sandy beaches, coral reefs and blue waters. It has a very specific vibration of its own - the Cuban people show a playfulness and a joy which is remarkable. They celebrate life with humor, love and passion. The nature on Cuba is still very pure, the people a discovery, which make Cuba the most interesting destination of the Caribbean.
Roundtrip over Cuba from West to East, with expert tourleader with private taxi transfers or traveling on your own, staying in boutique homestay in Havana at beginning and end and the rest local casas particulares to connect with the real Cuban life. Private transfers with your own driver have as great advantage that we will make beach & snorkeling stops along the way, that we can enjoy more of the real Cuba and that we have more freedom than with a regular bus trip. We drive eg. via Bay of Pigs where buses drive over the highway.
We have two itineries on this webite, one of 19 days and one of 23 days, both traveling from West to East Cuba. Can be on your own or with an escorted grouptravel with one of the best tourguides for Cuba. Departures can be on any day with a min of 4-6 pax, with the travelparty organised by your own. It is a roundtrip out of thousands where you can still see and experience the authentic and sensual Cuba before it is too late to experience it as it is. You are taken into the real Cuba by your tour guide, meet locals on our day walks, excursions and we will enjoy the Cuban nightlife with salsa. We go one day in the mountains at Sierra Escambray to have the experience of being fully in the subtropical Cuban nature and see the local coffee culture. In Baracoa we will visit local farmers and their cacoa and coconut plantations while we walk through the amazing landscapes. Daywalks are easy and only when there have been tropical rain showers the paths in the mountains may become slippery and the level may change from easy to easy/moderate depending on your walking skills.
This itinery or an adapted version is also possible for 2 persons (or more) in selfdrive format, with or without a guide, or with a guide and driver, all with local guides waiting for you at each location.
Extra activities are organized by your tour leader as salsa classes, horseback riding, gourmet dinners at the best paladares / restaurants with the best lobster, mojito or veggie foods, cooking classes and going out at night, it will be an amazing Cuba holiday. You may improve your Spanish at the same time as you will have plenty of opportunities to chat with the locals and homestay families. Your tour leader has guided around 40 trips over Cuba the last 12 years and is an expert on nature and culture of this fascinating island in the Caribbean. Cuba has become like a family for your guide and it is not unlikely that you might experience the same. It is a special opportunity to travel with your guide and to be invited to take part in the Cuban rhytm and musica cubana on all parts of the island! This trip is for all ages from young to old, families with children, couples and singles alike. We have several free moments and the program can always be modified to specific needs and wishes on location between the traveling moments. This trip is mostly with private minivan taxis but can also be done all in style with classical American cars out of the 50's on one stretch of the itinery or through the whole of Cuba.
In case of a specific request for a tailormade grouptravel the itinery can be tailormade according to the travel wishes of the party involved. Holiday extensions with beachlife and/or scuba diving before or after the trip are possible. This trip or an adapted version is also possible as individual holiday for 2 persons (or more) as selfdrive, travel by taxis or by regular bus, all with local guides waiting for you at each location. Find related sample itinerary in the next tab and on Responsible Travel.
We can also organize a Coast to Coast 10, 12 or 15 day Cuba trek through the Sierra Escambray with boutique hotels and/or casas particulares at start and end. This Cuba trekking can be undertaken as a charity challenge. Further we can offer Spanish courses in Havana, learn Spanish in Cuba’s capital which offers everything from museums to art galleries, salsa clubs, friendly and humurous people as well as a natural beauty of beaches around, group classes or private classes with licensed teachers, can be combined with private salsa or drum classes and great homestay linked to famous salsa school.
Scuba diving & Cuba roundtour tailormade
The beauty of diving on Cuba is that you can live very different worlds in a few days, the silence of nature with whispering palms, desolated beaches, the underwater coral gardens and all its habitants and the Caribbean nights with celebration, seductive ambiance, mojitos and fantastic salsa dancing.
Most interesting diving locations are at Maria La Gorda in NP Guanahacabibes, Playa Santa Lucia and Jardines de la Reina - Queens Gardens. Diving at Bay of Pigs in NP Zapata can be easily integrated with a short Cuba roundtour. More diving options are Cayo Largo del Sur, Cayo Ensenachos, Cayo Santa Maria, Cayo las Brujas, Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo, Cayo Levisa, Santiago de Cuba.
We also offer Sail Diving programs in Cuba to the Canarreos islands & Cayo Largo on beautiful yacht liveaboards with professional crew departing from Cienfuegos. Programs with diving are 7 days, for guided sailing without diving can be 3-7 days. Yachts can also be rented for sailing on own.
You can also dive at the most fascinating diving location in the Caribbean, the Gardens of the Queen, or Jardines de la Reina in Spanish. Important is that we can build here a balanced tailor made land program around this diving week and that this combination of both is also available for individual USA divers. It is a complex ecosystem of small virgin islands and mangrove forests where you can find rhe biggest populations of adult fish in the Caribbean, sharks, snappers and groupers, with jewfish up to 400 pounds are an everyday experience.
Diving and discovering some of Cuba's other treats, by rental car, taxi or bus as you prefer - taking in iconic cities, landscapes and seductive Cuban culture. Throw in a catamaran excursion, a tobacco farm, a mountain trek and some communist history - and that's Cuba all wrapped up. Find related sample itineraries in the next tab and on Responsible Travel.
Our top tip: Have private guided tours and stay in casas particulares (homestays) where possible - you'll get a wonderful insight into Cuban life and make local friends.
Cuba tours tailor made
As the enormous number of glowing reviews reveal, this is our top selling Cuba tour. Tailored ot suit your tastes and budget, this is Cuba as you want to see it.
Cuba has national parks and wonderful rainforest and mountain scenery - make the most of it with a guided trek, horseback ride or cycle. Explore its underwater treats with a scuba diving or snorkelling excursion - or try kayaking or fishing. For some classic Cuban culture, try a salsa class or a Cuban cooking lesson - or request tickets to a top show at Tropicana Cabaret. The company will take care of all your bookings - and be just a phone call away should you need any further support when on the island. Find related sample itineraries in the next tab and on Responsible Travel.
Our top tip: Book some salsa lessons for dancing one on one with a private Cuban danceteacher. They will make you feel you can dance already in one class. Homestays are a good way to meet locals, salsa teachers and they're often nicer than hotels, with tasty, homecooked food.
Shortlist festivals Cuba:
JAN: Anniversary Revolution Celebrations (1 Jan)
MAR: Caribbean Dance Biennial (March - Biennial)
APR: Old Havana: City in Movement, dance performances (April – Annual), International Corhabana Choir Festival, Havana (April – Annual)
MAY: May Day Celebrations (1 May – Annual)
JUN: Trinidad Carnival / Fiestas San Juaneras (23 June), Camaguey Carnaval / San Juan Camagüeyano (24 June)
JUL: Festival del Caribe / Festival of Fire, Santiago de Cuba (3-9 July), Santiago de Cuba Carnival (21-29 July), 26 July Celebrations (26 July – Annual)
AUG: Festival Internacional de Rap (1 Aug – Annual), Havana Carnival (3-10 August)
SEP: Matamoros Son Festival, Santiago (Sep/Oct)
OCT/NOV: Havana Ballet Festival (28 Oct - 6 Nov), Havana Theatre Festival (Oct/Nov – Annual)
DEC: Parrandas de Remedios (19-24 Dec - Annual)
International Festival De Coros - Santiago De Cuba
We have developed a cultural exchange program for choirs that wish to participate in the International Festival de Coros of Cuba at Santiago de Cuba. The program is suited and quoted for a large world choir of 60 - 80 persons but can be adapted and tailor made for much smaller choirs as well.
Just an example that we can take care of big events with larger travelparties as well with our excellent team in Havana (or elsewhere in Latin America). Feel free to Contact us by Skype / Whatsapp for big events. We and our team in Havana are experienced, we have a degree in Logistical Management and we like to sing.
We are the best performing operator on Responsible Travel concerning Cuba in UK / USA & Canada. Contact us for a chat via Skype / Whatsapp and ask for a tailor made itinery and quote.
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