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15 Day Original - Cuban Adventures
15 Day Original - Cuban Adventures
Gerard "This was an experience of a lifetime. Was lucky to have Monica as our tour guide. She's relatively new, so never felt like she was going through a well rehearsed worn out script. Sincere and honest, didn't know everything, and didn't pretend to. Much appreciated. Home stays were fantastic and variations in quality had more to do with local issues than tour organisation - don't forget it's a develo..."
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Highlights

  • Wander Havana's colourful streets
  • Travel along the stunning Bay of Pigs
  • Explore the beaches of Trinidad
  • Experience nightlife in Santiago de Cuba
Start and end in Havana! With the discovery tour 15 Day Original, you have a 15 day tour taking you through Havana, Cuba and 6 other destinations in Cuba. 15 Day Original includes accommodation as well as flights, an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • 15 Day Original reviewer 1
    Written on December 7, 2016
    3.5 - Good

    Fun, fascinating & at times frustrating. Tour guide could have been better at communication, especially regarding booking activities in advance. We often couldn't get a space on trips as he didn't tell us the options until the last minute.
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  • 15 Day Original reviewer 2
    Written on November 26, 2016
    2.0 - Rather poor

    As we had been to Cuba before we knew what to expect. We were really disappointed with our guide Andy and we did not feel we were part of a group travelling to Santiago and returning to Havana. May 2015- We have written already about our experiences - bringing us to expensive restaurants and places. We found Cubantours and met some lovely people and even with language differences would recommend these people in Baracoa and Trinidad. Our driver Jesus was more helpful than Andy and friendlier
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  • 15 Day Original reviewer 3
    Written on October 13, 2016
    4.5 - Excellent

    The 15 day original tour was great! It hits all the main places you want to go to in Cuba. Our guide, Osvaldo, was professional, knowledgeable, and always on time for our morning meetups. Even though the end of our tour got disrupted by a flight cancellation from Baracoa to Havana, Osvaldo still gave us a city tour as planned when we returned. The casa particulares that we stayed at were clean. Sometimes the whole group stayed together in one and sometimes we were separated, depending on the size of the casa. I definitely recommend this tour and this tour company.
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  • 15 Day Original reviewer 4
    Written on July 26, 2016
    4.5 - Excellent

    I wasn't expecting that much great holiday,it was amazing,and our tour guide was great. It was best time of my life
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  • 15 Day Original reviewer 5
    Written on June 15, 2016
    4.5 - Excellent

    I can only say good things about tour,great wonderful exciting.It was a small group of 4 and we became good friends and had adventures together.Our guide Osvalodo provided great information and helped orient us to each new town with recommendations for good restaurants,bars,shopping and activities.As a small group were able to set some of our schedules.Every one was very flexible and fun.The transportation and accommodations was good.It was fun meeting new host and knowing,all were friendly,helpful.It was one of my best trips.
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  • 15 Day Original reviewer 6
    Written on April 12, 2016
    4.5 - Excellent

    Fantastic holiday of a lifetime. Very well run tour, we were looked after exceptionally well by our friendly and intelligent guide Miguel.
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  • 15 Day Original reviewer 7
    Written on March 9, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    I have taken two Cuban Adventures tours and highly recommend the company and their tours. Guides We were impressed by the exceptional quality of the guides on both of our tours. Not only were they knowledgeable, polite and friendly, they frequently went out of their way to ensure the smooth running of the trip and to offer us unique experiences and accommodate special requests. A particularly memorable experience was an impromptu riverside barbecue in Baracoa, with live music, dancing partners and exceptional food arranged by our tour guide Ossie. We would not have been able to fill our trips with such fun, unique experiences on our own. There is something enchanting about Cuban cities but they are truly brought alive by the local guides. I enjoyed the learning of the culture, customs and unique history of each city we visited from a local themselves. Accommodation One of the things I love about Cuban Adventures is that the company truly lives by the ‘responsible tourism’ mantra. All of our accommodation was in homestays, which were often in amazing old homes with grand ceilings and loving families who doted on our every need! We were welcomed as part of each family. In one city I felt quite unwell, and my homestay host absolutely insisted on calling her nephew (a doctor) to ascertain the appropriate medicine for me, and then proceeded to give it to me without cost. All of the rooms we stayed in were spotlessly clean and with private bathrooms, air conditioning, sometimes TVs and fridges too. Breakfasts were included on every day of each tour and included an impressive spread of fresh tropical fruits, breads, eggs and fresh juice. We never went hungry! Food Homestays by far provided the best dining experience. The food was delicious and plentiful, with fresh veg, super creamy avocados, and generally rice and beans, and some form of meat or seafood. Sometimes our tour guides would suggest restaurants - which were always well placed to deal with large groups. We sometimes found that choosing our own restaurants without the recommendation of a guide resulted in a very slow experience - Cuban restaurants are not the same as Western ones. Overall experience We had so much fun on each tour. I felt that we saw much beautiful scenery and cities, learnt so much about the history of Cuba and really had an opportunity to immerse ourselves in the culture. I never felt that I was tied to the group or couldn't do what I wanted to do. We had such a great time salsa-ing our way across the country, sipping on mojitos, swimming in waterfalls, riding horses, making friends... an unforgettable experience. I would highly recommend Cuban adventures for a hassle free, authentic Cuban experience.
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  • 15 Day Original reviewer 8
    Written on February 11, 2016
    3.0 - Average

    I did not feel that the tour fulfilled my expectations. The Casas we stayed in the majority of the time were very basic. The tour information led me to believe that I would experience Cuban family life, but in most Casas we were treated very business like and were quite separate from the families. Some Casas were more welcoming particularly in Baracoa, which was our guide's home city. We were treated very well there including by our guide 's family. The added excursions were underwhelming and not worth the money.
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  • 15 Day Original reviewer 9
    Written on December 21, 2015
    4.0 - Good

    The 15 day tour had a good itinerary which gave a good oversight of Cuba - each city had a different vibe. The pre-tour package gave a lot of practical information and the maps provided were very useful. The transport was in a air-conditioned bus and the non English speaking bus driver was very helpful with a good sense of humour. The accommodation was in casa particulares which allowed some insight into the housing situation in Cuba. Most casa owners did not speak English. The rooms were comfortable with air-con and ensuites; the shower pressure was sometimes weak and some hot water systems were fiddly but that's life in Cuba. I always had a room with a window but some travellers commented that their room had no window. Breakfasts were good & large - usually juice, fruit, bread & spreads, cheese, eggs and coffee/tea. Our guide, Inti was excellent and gave talks as we travelled; he covered various topics - land ownership, education, health care, housing, economy, history, the revolution and politics. I found these talks to be the most rewarding aspect of the tour. In each city we were able to choose which excursions we wished to do and the tour guide would then help with arranging the necessary transport.

  • 15 Day Original reviewer 10
    Written on February 22, 2015
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was an experience of a lifetime. Was lucky to have Monica as our tour guide. She's relatively new, so never felt like she was going through a well rehearsed worn out script. Sincere and honest, didn't know everything, and didn't pretend to. Much appreciated. Home stays were fantastic and variations in quality had more to do with local issues than tour organisation - don't forget it's a developing country. I learnt so much about the history and culture of Cuba and the beautiful people there. Baracoa and Camaguey were my favourite places, but every town, city or province was unique and has a rich history. Food was excellent and entirely unexpected. Casas serve good food, but venture into restaurants as well. Soe. Of them are superb. Make sure you eat seafood ain Baracoa. It is peerless. Only complaint was stopping for lunch in places outside of a town or city, places designed for tourists only and buzzing with them. Not much choice there. Superb experience and highly recommended. Better do it soon!
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  • Day 1 - Arrive Havana
  • Day 2,3,4 - Baracoa
  • Day 5,6 - Santiago de Cuba
  • Day 7,8 - Camagüey
  • Day 9,10,11 - Trinidad An image of the historical centre of Trinidad, Cuba
  • Day 12 - Cienfuegos via Santa Clara
  • Day 13 - Havana via Bay of Pigs An image of a swimming spot in the Bay of Pigs, Cuba
  • Day 14 - Havana
  • Day 15 - Depart Havana

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    Rated Good by past passengers
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  • Meals

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  • Transport

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
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  • Trinidad
  • Beautiful Havana
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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

  • October 1, 2016

    How many tourists in the group?

    This tour has a maximum of 12 travelers.

  • April 7, 2016

    As a USA citizen can I travel to Cuba legally now?

    US citizens can travel legally for one of 12 reasons or on a people to people designated tour. However this is the responsibility of the passenger to make the appropriate claim for a general license. TourRadar cannot confirm or deny entry to Cuba for US citizens including visa issuance/restrictions or airfare to Cuba.

    As per the USA treasury website, US citizens can travel legally for one of 12 reasons (see below).
    Family visits
    Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations
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    Professional research and professional meetings
    Educational activities
    Religious activities
    Public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions
    Support for the Cuban people
    Humanitarian projects
    Activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes
    Exportation, importation, or transmission of information or information materials
    Certain authorized export transactions

    ***If pax does not fall under one of the 12 regulations, The following tours are listed as people to people tours, eligible for American travelers:
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    Please be advised travelling to Cuba and booking a tour is at your own risk and responsibility. Please refer to the US Treasury website for the most up-to-date information regarding travel sanctions in Cuba: http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Documents/cuba_faqs_new.pdf

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    "Hi, my husband & I are traveling on this tour. We are from the US. We would love to hear from any of our tour mates. Also, are there any US travelers on our trip? If so we would love to talk to you about how you are dealing w/ the fact that our credit cards & our ATM cards don't work in Cuba. "
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    "Nice to know you like the company. We're staying at our homestay on the Thursday night and having a few nights in a hotel at the end. We loved SF when we travelled up the west coast 3 years ago. Kind regards, Joy from Somerset."
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Location
Start and end in Havana.
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TourRadar only requires a deposit of 20% to confirm this Cuban Adventures booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 17 March 2017 the full payment of $902 is necessary.
Cancellation policy
No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $902 for 15 Day Original, but the deposit of 20% is non-refundable. If you cancel via TourRadar the standard cancellation policy applies.
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Some departure dates and prices may vary and Cuban Adventures will contact you with any discrepancies before your booking is confirmed.
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The following cards are accepted for Cuban Adventures tours: Visa - Master Card - American Express

Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 1,846 km.
  • Havana (Cuba)
  • 226 km
  • Cienfuegos (Cuba)
  • 57 km
  • Santa Clara (Cuba)
  • 68 km
  • Trinidad (Cuba)
  • 218 km
  • Camaguey (Cuba)
  • 264 km
  • Santiago de Cuba (Cuba)
  • 143 km
  • Baracoa (Cuba)
  • 870 km
  • Havana (Cuba)

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