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Classic Cuba DCL

Visiting: Cuba
Trip Duration 15 Days

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Classic CubaScores 8.6 out of 10 based on 44 reviews
(7 out of 10)


If you want to see midst of Cuba thus is a good trip, however most town do not have much to offer in terms of history or cultural landmarks. It is worth seeing Havana and Trinidad, the other towns you can safely miss as you will not see anything different or new. The countryside is lovely, very similar to south east Asia (tropical) but you don't get enough of a chance to see it, after all the driving to get to your destination you only have one or two hours there which felt a bit rushed. The beach resort was lovely, excellent facilities but bad food (not unusual in Cuba). Overall a good trip if you are determined to see everything but a lot of driving broken up with stops to see each town square.
Confirmed traveller: 01 October 2016
Published on: 06 October 2016
(7 out of 10)


This tour was full on. No standout moments for me on the trip but some lovely memories. The highlights for me were Vinales (couldn't do this place justice in the half day allowed though), Trinidad and Las Terrezas.

I loved the classic cars and architecture. The trip to Che's mausoleum was humbling and had made me want to come back and read up more on his life. I loved all the toe tapping music as we toured around Cuba. I don't think there was a single band that we didn't enjoy.

The mojitos at the Havana Club are potent and must be sampled. The music is great here too so make sure you pay it a visit...

Make sure you drink plenty of water during this trip. Bottled water is widely available but varies in price. Dehydration sachets are advisable. The humidity is high and I got ill a couple of times in this trip as did a fellow traveller because of heat and humidity.

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Ensanachos and our own private stretch of beach provided peace and tranquility. make sure you get out on the bus that takes in the whole peninsula when you are here. It only costs 2 CUC per trip and is a good way of looking around the peninsula. We also went to a local craft market as part of this trip out of Ensanachos - a great way of picking up some quality souvenirs...

The walk up to Commandancia de la Plata is more challenging than the tour notes suggest especially after it has rained. Make sure you take plenty of water with you as well as a snack as it makes for a long day! We were part of a large group here which meant that some of us were left to get back down by ourselves as out tour leader had gone on ahead!

Sadly our tour leader did not meet my Expectations on this trip. He certainly wasn't up to the standard that I have come to expect with Explore and other similar companies. Our Tour Guide used the itinerary as a rule book, and rarely added extra information compared to other excellent Explore guides that I have experienced. Sometimes he was unable to answer even the its basic question such as 'what is that bird in the sky' I ended up referring to a guide book I had taken along to gain extra details and information that our guide failed to provide at times.

Tipping is a huge part of life in Cuba, and expected for pretty much everything including the use of toilets so try and ensure that you keep hold of some change.
Confirmed traveller: 21 August 2016
Published on: 17 September 2016
(9 out of 10)


Richmond (N. Yorks)
Very thorough tour, the highlights being Trinidad and the Iberostar Hotel, and the Hotel del Rijo in Sancti Spiritus
Our Tour Leader Ernesto Calderon was so obviously proud of his country, and very knowledgeable about it's history and also the birds, animals and flora. He has a wicked sense of humour and made the tour so very enjoyable.
Tips: avoid the Italian restaurant at the Iberostar Ensenachos; poor service and even poorer food. Otherwise the food on the tour was acceptable, but do not expect exceptional food.
Take pounds sterling or Euros; do not rely on ATMs. Cash is easy to change at the hotels. Credit cards can be used at most of the hotels, but otherwise not generally.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 05 June 2016
Published on: 13 June 2016
(10 out of 10)


Great tour leader. Lots to see and do and a great insight into the culture of the various parts of cuba. Xx
Confirmed traveller: 22 May 2016
Published on: 30 May 2016
(8 out of 10)


I thoroughly enjoyed this trip and , although it was quite full on and included some long road journeys, I rarely got fed-up with the travelling. It provided a good variety of cultural, urban and rural environments and we felt that we understood the country and the people a little better. This was fascinating. No stand-out moments but many very enjoyable ones. I had read a history book on Cuba before I went which I never normally do. This was useful since I knew very little beforehand. The information provided on the trip (lots of it) slotted in nicely.
Criticisms - The airline! Why were we not put on a better airline when some of the group came via KLM and we were on a budget airline from Spain! I had looked Air Europa up and therefore came prepared with food, drink and entertainment. It was still awful on the flight out - Madrid flight offered nothing worth buying and no entertainment; on the Havana flight we were ignored for two hours (9pm - 11pm except it was late) and there were only 3 monitors in our section of the plane which we could not see. They showed 2 films, one for children and one comedy which I would not have wanted to see anyway. The route back was marginally better since the long flight had individual monitors.
Changed accommodation - the Trinidad alteration we knew about and we really enjoyed being in a Cuban home, despite the fact that we had no window to the outside world and the aircon didn't work properly. However, we were not alerted about the change at Bayamo and the Sierra Maestra was like some great holding pen! Very busy, rather basic and the dining room could only just cope in the evening. If our guide hadn't tried very hard, we would not have got any breakfast for our early start in the morning. I still think that the digestive problems that I had in the second week started here. I assume that we have not been compensated for this change.
Confirmed traveller: 24 April 2016
Published on: 16 May 2016

Hi Elizabeth, it’s great to hear that you got so much out of your stay. I would definitely recommend to any traveller to read something about Cuba’s history before they go, as you did, because it can really enhance your stay. Regarding your Air Europa flight, it’s quite normal for London-Madrid sectors of major airlines not to have entertainment, but I’m sorry that the service on your long-haul sector was poor. At the time of booking we offer flights that fit in with the budget for the trip, so the most likely reason that you weren’t booked on KLM is because the fares were higher, whereas there may have been a sale or other promotion when your fellow travellers booked. Alternatively they may have paid a supplement to travel on KLM. As for the change in accommodation, this has been a common theme in Cuba recently. We’re finding that hotels are bumping clients at short notice, sometimes even on tour itself, despite us having booked the right number of rooms there. I believe you were compensated for the on tour change at Bayamo, which was sent to you on 5th May.

(10 out of 10)


Provides a comprehensive insight into Cuba past and present - history and culture, town and country. We had a first class guide who was very organised, knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. She really made the trip for us. The itinerary was very busy - but that is made clear in the tour notes. A lot of time is spent travelling by coach but this enabled us to get a very good overview of the countryside and towns. We did feel a little rushed at times, wanting more time to wander at will, but appreciated that this would have meant limitations on what we saw.
We would recommend only one change - more time in Las Terrazas towards the end of the holiday. An overnight stay would be welcome there so that there would be more time for walking in the beautiful countryside/exploring on foot. A night here could replace one of the nights in the all-inclusive resort or one of the final two nights in Havana.
Confirmed traveller: 03 April 2016
Published on: 07 April 2016
(8 out of 10)


Chaldon Herring
Overall we enjoyed the tour very much. Some of the hotels were way below standard and there was a couple of very long days on the coach. For some reason the whole group was bumped from three hotels including the National in Havana at the beginning of the trip.

A good way to get an introduction to this interesting country.
Confirmed traveller: 21 March 2016
Published on: 04 April 2016

Hi John, my name is Carmel and I am the Product Manager for our Cuba tours. I’m very glad to hear that you enjoyed your overall experience in Cuba, and I’m sorry that this was marred by the hotel changes that you experienced while on tour. At the moment, tour operators all over the UK are experiencing difficulties with Cuban accommodation, as their administrative systems are not coping with the increased demand. We’re finding that hotels are bumping clients at short notice, sometimes even on tour itself, despite us having booked the right number of rooms there. I have put as much information about this as possible on our trip notes, which I hope helps to manage expectations and to encourage people to visit Cuba for it’s fascinating history, culture and scenery rather than for its tourist services – which can sometimes be hit and miss!

(9 out of 10)


What an exciting time to visit Cuba before it changes.
The trip gave a very good insight into Cuba's recent past and the economic problems it's currently having - and to me this was one of the highlights of the holiday and something I'll probably remember long after the memories of buildings and monuments have faded.

Other highlights were the classic cars (I'm female and not into cars - but I couldn't help be amused at the sight of baby pink large 1950s US cars roaming the streets), the walk to Castro's mountain hideaway Comandancia de La Plata, the colonial city of Trinidad, and the 3 night stay at the all inclusive beach hotel (trying different cocktails for free was great fun!).

There's a lot of travel on the trip but most hotel stops are for more than one night which helps a lot. Only one early morning departure - for the Commandancia de La Plata walk. Hotel breakfasts were very good.

Tips: Cuba is a very poor country with a lot of state control - so don't expect things to run as smoothly as back home - hotels get changed without much notice and you'll find there's very little to buy in the shops - we for instance never saw a food shop only ration shops (yes the Cuban's are rationed). If you're used to buying fruit or snacks 'on the go' you might have problems. So just go with the flow - it's all part of the Cuban experience.

In Santiago - go on the optional trip to the fort.

You wont experience any 'see before you die sights' on this trip - but you will get the experience of a country in a time warp - where the internet isn't universally available, where oxen still plough the fields and where horses provide a lot of the public transport. Where there are no advertisement boards (only political statements), and no McDonalds and no Starbucks Where the American dollar isn't king. How many other countries still have no McDonalds or Starbucks - but for how much longer? Just go and enjoy.

We went in March and the weather was hot and sunny - the rain waited until Obama arrived a day after we had left!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 20 March 2016
Published on: 31 March 2016
(8 out of 10)


Excellent overview of cuba. Leader was ok but could have had bit more advanced knowledge - he was surprised to get to bay of pigs museum to find it was under refurbishment - and obviously had been for some time. Also getting to trek site for walk up to castros hideout to find it had been closed 2 days earlier due to bad weather. Which was fair enough but we'd travelled over an hour by coach and had a packed lunch breakfast when we could have had proper breakfast and delayed start. If you do this trip you really get a feel for the country but be prepared for long days on the coach on some poor roads. Accommadation varied hotels excellent the casas are bit hit and miss we had one superb one, one grotty one. I suspect no one has checked them out prior to us staying in them. Flight with air europa left bit to be desired - obviously a cheap airline - new plane but no entertainment package - unless you count watching a film on a tiny screen from 10 rows back entertainment! BUT despite all this cuba is an amazing place the birdlife is amazing the towns great - especially trinidad and santiago. I would recommend this trip just be aware Cuba is not ready for the flood of tourists already hitting this amazing country.
Confirmed traveller: 06 March 2016
Published on: 23 March 2016