- The trip was superb, great to see the real Cuba as opposed to the view from a beach resort. Highlights were old Havana, staying with the family in Trinidad for 2 nights and meeting all the incredibly friendly Cuban people. Even Fidel passing on our last full night in Havana did not mar any interaction with them.
Jose, our tour leader was excellent. 1 or 2 slip ups perhaps due to translation but he really went above and beyond when helping one of our group on all the walks; walking alongside her and supporting her throughout every walk.
Rene, our driver, what a guy. So happy and friendly and good at his job. This was the first time abroad that I felt 100% safe all of the time while being driven on a foreign road.
Air Europa was not as bad as its been painted in previous reviews, food ok and all flights on time.
You can get away with taking a liner as opposed to a sleeping bag but you do need something as its too cold if just using the blankets available in the mountains.
Be prepared for some really long coach journeys as roads are slow and some distances are perhaps too long. I'd suggest Explore cosiders using at least 1 internal flight.
Take plenty of insect repellant and try to Santiago de Cuba 12 year old rum, its sublime.
We had a wonderful group and had a fantastic time.
Published on: 30 November 2016