- The itinerary was good. It was busy as described, but we got some R & R at the beach near the end, which was very welcome even for those lesser beach bums on the tour. However what makes a good tour great is the tour leader. Osaris was excellent. We were a very diverse group and she managed to pitch each suggestion and all info just right for everyone. We ate together every night which I had not expected, but given how busy the tour was it would have been difficult to find suitable eating places individually. Many of the restaurants were wonderful particularly those she guided us to in Trinidad. Maybe we were lucky, but the weather was always hot, day and night and if it rained it hardly matters at 25 C, its refreshing. I could of used the space in my case for lighter clothes. Also it was more expensive than anticipated (we used almost 450 euros per person excluding gifts and extra excursions) and credit cards were only excepted at the Iberostar at the beach (probably in Trinidad too, but we didn't try)
The Ambos Mundos in Havanna is a fab location, but your experience of the hotel is entirely dependent on which room you get. We were lucky at the beginning, but the swampy inside rooms really are the pits and absolutely everything in your case is damp when you leave (not so bad we were on our way home). In contrast the Iberostar in Trinidad is one of the best hotels I have ever stayed at, anywhere. A lovely small, beautiful, well serviced hotel with great breakfast. You have to ask for expresso specially at any hotel to get reliable coffee, which we didn't cotton on to until Santiago de Cuba !
Published on: 06 January 2016