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Family Viva Cuba! FCLT

Visiting: Cuba
Trip Duration 15 Days

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Family Viva Cuba!Scores 8.7 out of 10 based on 18 reviews
(9 out of 10)


Give option of direct flight!
salsa lesson - basement with no ventilation, please provide air con/fans
Waterfall at Saroa - not beautiful, area full of litter and drunk locals
Tents at haciendas - need replacing, zips don't work, holes in canvas, too small
Go straight to les Brisas as tired and smelly and go to Trinidad sometime during next two days
Tour leader - needed to speak louder and explain days activities in much more detail, and what equipment is needed(especially ATM and monetary requirements)
Meals - dinner cost between £13-£16 including drink (different from website)
Highlights -
Truck ride to haciendas
Waterfall at saltoderocio
Havana car tour (please make longer!)
Colonial architecture
Friendly tour guide
Best explore holiday yet!
Confirmed traveller: 26 August 2016
Published on: 16 September 2016
(8 out of 10)


The tour was very well put together for adults and teenagers alike. Given the unpredictability of life in Cuba, the hotels were well chosen - clean, comfortable and spacious, and the pools a great asset for the teens - and adults cooling off in very hot and humid temps. We saw a lot of different aspects of Cuba, our guide, Rudi, was well informed about the country and excelled when put on the spot by unforeseen changes. Hard to pick highlights but they included Cienfuegos and the Union Hotel, the hike to Hacienda Gallega, the swim in the waterfall nearby and camping out. Also the beautiful beaches and various snorkelling opportunities. Top tip would be not to be afraid to explore a little yourself in the evenings if possible - highlights for us were the music and bars in nighttime Havana and Trinidad, which we found independently. And the hikes are less arduous than they sound. One niggle was that our 50s car ride around Havana was actually in a VW Beetle with a fibreglass Jeep chassy, and that our guide could have been better informed about poss museum and gallery visits - eg in Trinidad, and about where to buy water/drinks and snacks in local shops for hungry teens on long journeys.
Confirmed traveller: 19 August 2016
Published on: 06 October 2016
(9 out of 10)


We all loved this tour; myself, my new wife (this was our honeymoon!) and my step-son. We saw Cuba, and found out so much about the island. Highlights for us were, Havana, Trinidad and Cienfuegos. If you get the chance in Havana, go the Buena Vista Social Club Show, another definite highlight.

Some more tips, take plenty of sterling, all the hotels change this. Use ATMs when they are working because they don't always (they run out quite often). Also, avoid the standard flight sold by Explore and pay a bit extra if you can for the direct one. Air Europa were just 'okay', but all their flights were delayed and information for this was sparse.

The group was brilliant, some lifelong friends made there I hope, including between the teenagers. Our tour leader Rudy was marvelous and the local guides provided were also brilliant. My one regret is not learning more spanish before going.

Everyone needs to go to Cuba at least once in their lives, we certainly want to go back.
Confirmed traveller: 19 August 2016
Published on: 08 September 2016
(9 out of 10)


Fantastic trip to a lovely country. Only real critiscm is the camping which was scheduled for two nights. We did camp the first night, the tents were extremely poor, holes, zips didn't work etc, the first campsite had metal roofs over the tents so there was some protection from the weather, however no protection from the wildlife including mosquitos. The second night had no protection, equally poor tents that had been flooded the day before therefor the camping had to be cancelled. If better tents can't be secured then I would suggest hotel accomodation should be secured which would be a shame as the camp sites were idylic.
Confirmed traveller: 18 August 2016
Published on: 05 October 2016
(9 out of 10)


The tour was very good giving us a really good view of Cuban life - from the cities to the countryside, against the backdrop of the history of Revolution, the development of Cuba under the Castro and the recent thawing of relations with the USA. Cuba is a wonderful country in so many ways and its people are very friendly; all the images you imagine are real. An additional 'holiday benefit' is that you are 'stepping off the world' because of the lack of good internet and 4G/3G services which makes you feel that you really are in an alternative world.

The trip delivered on almost all its promises, which is why it was disappointing to find that the last three days were not as they were on the itinerary; instead of staying at an all-inclusive beach resort we landed in Trinidad to be told that we were staying in Casa Particulars. This ended up being fine, and very interesting, but the itinerary said different and our guide told us that the itinerary was wrong! Explore fixed part of the problem by enabling us to have day passes to the beach resort - but it still leaves a bad taste in the mouth that we were, in some ways, 'hoodwinked'. S, before booking, I would just confirm, before booking, the exact details of the itinerary before booking.

In summary, my wife, son and I had a fantastic trip with a wide variety of activities from snorkelling in the bay of pigs to an open-top 1950s convertible tour of Havana to trekking in the Escambray mountains to zip-wiring over trees to a paradise island resort with iguanas and pelicans! I recommend this holiday to anyone who wants to get to know Cuba with their family.

I have given the Explore leaders 8/10 because, on the whole they were good, but there was a change in the leader halfway through the tour and the second guide, although lovely, was not a great English speaker and so we couldn't always understand what she said.
Confirmed traveller: 15 April 2016
Published on: 17 May 2017
(9 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

This was a terrific tour of a really interesting country. Highlights were spending time in Havana which is packed with history and culture on every corner; the scenery at Vinales, which is spectacular; snorkelling in the Bay of Pigs; drinking mojitos at the hacienda in Topes de Collantes while watching hummingbirds; and walking round Trinidad. Our group was lovely and everyone got on very well.
Confirmed traveller: 22 December 2015
Published on: 15 April 2016
(9 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

This was an excellent family holiday, which was loved by everyone. Catered perfectly for three children (boys and girls aged 12 - 17). Loads of interesting, varied and very enjoyable activities, fascinating history and beautiful scenery plus lovely travel companions. Hard to pick highlights...probably classic car tour of Havana, zipwire and snorkelling.
Confirmed traveller: 29 September 2015
Published on: 15 April 2016
(9 out of 10)


Classic car tour, zipwire, camping, snorkelling, beautiful scenery & amazing though somewhat shabby buildings.

- you have to be a happy traveller and not worry if things aren't perfect. Just shrug your shoulders and say it is the 'Cuban Way'.
- be very careful booking flights through Explore!
Confirmed traveller: 28 August 2015
Published on: 09 October 2015

We’re sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your flight arrangements, especially as another family on your trip had a direct route. We have looked into this and the family in question booked flights independently – When you come to book we will always offer the best flights that are available at the time, however other flights may become available at different times and at different costs. Unfortunately we do not have the facility or resources to let customers know if other options become available at a later date. However if after booking, you later find alternative flights that would be more suitable then we will be happy to look into them for you.

We can also confirm that the extra legroom was requested with the airline, however when they did get back to us the seats had sold and they failed to honour the booking. We are sorry for this and we have made sure to address this with our Flight Contracts Manager.

(9 out of 10)


We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Cuba, Jenny our tour guide was brilliant, she was extremely knowledgeable,considered the kids and adjusted the schedule to allow breaks and pool time. Jenny also found some great restaurants for us all to eat in the mojitos in Cienfuegos were to die for.

Tour pace is busy and once we got used to the early starts and moving on every couple of days it was great, accommodation is basic, it is Cuban style so 24 hr water and electricity is not always guaranteed, the same can be said for a toilet seat. All rooms were clean though and had air conditioning.

I would take the direct Virgin flight - Gatwick to Havana as opposed to the automatically offered option of Air Europa via Madrid. Virgin flights were at convenient times and with the full Virgin experience with in seat entertainment which was a bonus for the kids.

There are too many highlights to name, pink cadillac in Havana, salsa dancing, views in Vinales, snorkelling, swimming, zip wires we managed to do everything that was listed on the itinerary.

Accessing money was easy, UK debit cards worked easily in the cash machines and the money houses, try not to have too much left when you come to go home as they don't often have sufficient Sterling at the airport to swap back.
Confirmed traveller: 27 August 2015
Published on: 02 October 2015