- Highlights were the Vinales valley, visit to the island and beaches and the last few days of cycling. The varied itinerary of the trip to include beaches, swimming and cultural tours and places of interest was great. The relaxed laid back pace was good, although it would have been good to be more efficient about getting ready to set off sometimes. It often seemed that that we ended up starting off late and cycling during the hottest part of the day. It would have been good to be a bit more organised to make better use of time while it was cooler. The bikes were good and the team leading the tour were excellent. My advice to other passengers would be to take plenty of cash - working ATMs were few and far between. And don't fly with Iberia! We were without our luggage for 5 days after the airline failed to load our bags onto our connecting flight to Havana. Sorting this out took up a lot of time and expense. Our tour leader did his best to help with this but of course it wasn't a priority for him. In the end we had to miss out on a day of the tour to travel halfway across the country to Havana airport to collect the bags ourselves as the airline kept failing to deliver them. Although the lost luggage was nothing to do with Explore, this situation caused an inconvenience for everyone, and rather spoiled our enjoyment of the first half of the trip.
Published on: 19 January 2016