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Trish "Our guide, Roger (? sp.), was knowledgeable, had a lovely sense of humour, and was also generous. He went to a lot of trouble to make palatable, the changes to the itinerary made necessary because of the devastation wrought by Cyclone Sandy. As an introvert who usually travels alone, I found the small group of fellow travellers - all lovely people, and good fun - just right :-). I knew beforehan..."
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Starts
Havana
Destinations
+5
Ends
Havana
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Highlights

  • Enjoy famous Coppelia ice cream
  • Salsa dance with locals in Trinidad
  • Tour Camaguey by bicycle taxi
  • Visit Santiago’s El Morro Castle
Age range
15 to 70 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel, Guesthouse
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Coach / Bus, Local Transport, Private Vehicle, Plane
Start and end in Havana! With the in-depth cultural tour Best of Cuba, you have a 15 day tour package taking you through Havana, Cuba and 5 other destinations in Cuba. Best of Cuba is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.

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  • AK
    Written on January 10, 2017
    3.0 - Average

    Overall the tour was ok. Cuba is definitely a country to visit. Our guide, Margarita, was very friendly and helpful, although her knowledge and information she provided were rather succinct and superficial. There were some issues with accommodation (incl. broken beds, rooms without windows, moist, etc...) and a bit too much of touristy group activities (stopping at tourist shopping places etc.). What was disappointing was the fact that our group never happened to be in the right place at the right moment (where special event like New Year Eve concert would take place). Last but not least, it would have been good to be warned about how badly Baracoa was struck by hurricane Matthew to be psychologically prepared for the destroyed landscapes, nature. and infrastructure...
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  • CW
    Written on May 29, 2016
    3.5 - Good

    We took the 15 day,beginning May 5th 2016, "Best of Cuba" Tour, and had Yanet Cabrera Martin as our Tour Guide. We found him very helpful and with our group of 15 people, he coped quite well. Our group aged from early 20ties to one lady of 83 years of age. While he did struggle with the language a bit, he managed to fill in all the gaps of knowledge with respect to where to go, what to do and where to keep away from. We all found the local Cubans to be freindly, and extremely honest. While it was like stepping back some 50-60 years in respect to amenties, accommendation, and local transportation, it was extremely enjoyable. We did find that the suggested budget of 500 + cuc per person was far too low;, and if followed, people would miss out on many things, My wife and I spent more than double that, and still could have done more if time permitted. The accommendation in the houses was on the whole, quite clean and safe, however most places lacked water flow and hot showers. Only one Casa was fully equiped out of the 8 places we stayed in. There is no reticulated water in Cuba, only tanks on top of the houses to reticulate the water. Also while most of the houses had rooms upgraded to meet western standards somewhat, maintenance is not a thing they follow up on. Quite a few of the facilities either only worked in a fashion, and some not at all. only there for show. However, we did survive this and had an excellant tour .
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  • M
    Written on May 6, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    Fantastic trip! Spent just the right amount of time in each of the places we visited. Excellent tour leader Natalia, easily one of the best tour leaders I've ever encountered - full of knowledge, funny, knew where all the best, secret food spots were in each city/town (which is important in Cuba, where the food can be pretty ordinary). I can highly recommend this trip with Intrepid to anyone interested in Cuba
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  • KH
    Written on April 23, 2016
    4.5 - Excellent

    The tour was excellent. The local guide Inti Napoles and the driver Lazarito were extremely good. They speak English well, are very knowledgeable, experienced, pleasant and they took good care of us. We couldn't have asked for anyone better. Our accommodations during the tour were very good and interesting. However our pre and post accommodations were disappointing. First, I felt they were a ripped off. We were charged USD69 a night for a CUC20-25 rotting stinking room in a rotting house in Central Havana when we arrived. the post accommodation was in slightly better condition but we were charged USD69 for a CUC35 room. I expect, of course, Intrepid to make a profit for arranging our accommodations but this is a bit too much, particularly when there were better accommodations in the neighborhood and, as far as our little research shows, just cost around CUC10 more per night. to make matters worse, when we arrived at our pre accommodation,the lady at the casa was not expecting us. it took us a nerve wrecking and frustrating hour to smooth matters out (she had her record wrong). but I expect an experienced tour operator should be able to clean up such logistic arrangement instead of leaving it to the guests. anyway, apart from the pre and post accommodations, everything was very good and we had a lot of fun during the tour. would recommend it to our friends
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  • Best of Cuba reviewer 5
    Written on January 19, 2016
    3.5 - Good

    The places visited were interesting and completed the overview of Cuba and its history. Overall, it was a good experience, mainly due to the good travel companions in the group and the excellent guide - Andi. There were some issues with accommodation (issues with hot water, bedding, cleanliness). We found out each person paid a different price for the tour, with a big difference between the cheapest and most expensive (more than €500 diff) meaning bad value for money for the most expensive.
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  • Best of Cuba reviewer 6
    Written on September 7, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was my first tour with Intrepid but I have previously only ever heard good things about the tours and guides from people who have used Intrepid. The tour totally lived up to my expectations. I had an amazing guide and amazing group. Our guide Tony was very knowledgeable and hands on. Went above and beyond what would be expected.. Tony was always a lot of fun and up for a night out. Excited about showingcand discussing Cuba with everyone, showing us his ration book, etc. He is very professional and wants to have fun. He kept everyone in the group engaged and happy. Even when we had sevaral nights in one place he would make sure he was available throughout the day to answer questions or help us choose and book optional activities. He throws a great picnic on the beach in Trinidad and Pig Roast on the river in Baracoa. 2 highlights of the trip. Transport was clean, spacious and reliable. We ran into other tour groups and Tony was providing them with informations and showing them his ration book - all things that their guide hadn't done. Also ran into several other Intrepid guides along the route. All were friendly and had a chat sharing their knowledge which was great. Cuba as a country - incredible. The colours, sounds, atmosphere, people, culture. You need to experience it for yourself. I can't wait to go back to Cuba.
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  • Best of Cuba reviewer 7
    Written on May 3, 2013
    4.5 - Excellent

    Tony Mas is the best guide I have ever had in my years of travellilng. He was very informative and well organised, but the most important thing is that his personality and charisma shone through to create a really special trip. he felt like one of the group. He went above and beyond when one of the group became ill, and he dealt with all of our numerous questions and special request very calmly. he was the life of the party and still the responsible one. I will miss him!!!Our driver Soto was also fantastic - lots of fun. The itinerary of the trip was really good. Tony organised some great things for us to do - I had a great time and can't fault it.
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  • Best of Cuba reviewer 8
    Written on December 3, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    Our guide, Roger (? sp.), was knowledgeable, had a lovely sense of humour, and was also generous. He went to a lot of trouble to make palatable, the changes to the itinerary made necessary because of the devastation wrought by Cyclone Sandy. As an introvert who usually travels alone, I found the small group of fellow travellers - all lovely people, and good fun - just right :-). I knew beforehand that there might be an issue finding vegetarian food, however got sick of eating "rabbit food" instead of something cooked and hot. Perhaps Intrepid could liaise with the owners of the casa particulares so that they can be prepared for vegetarian guests? The range of food available is far wider than one is led to believe.
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  • A
    Written on May 11, 2009

    This 15 day tour of the main cities in Cuba was one of my all time travel highlights. The tour was a wonderful combination of sightseeing, local culture and great fun. Cuban politics is very different to my experience in Australia and I found that the tour guide was very open to share information and his opinions on all all aspects of Cuban society. Staying in local casas (private homes) was a great feature of this tour and I really felt like I started to understand the Cuban experience from the local's perspective. Cuban's love music and dance and there are so many wonderful bars and music places to enjoy. They also provide a great chance to chat to the local people. For the beach lovers, the amazing beaches at Trinidad can't be missed. A bonfire on the beach watching the sunset and listening to live music will be one of the memories I'll keep for a long time. Our guide met the needs of a diverse group of people (aged from 30's to60's) effortlessly. He made sure we made the most of our time with organised activities during most days and optional outings to bars at night. I also met a number of the other Intrepid guides during my visit and they were all great people who loved to share their Cuba and enjoy life to the fullest. A perfect attitude to help you have a great holiday!

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  • Day 1: Havana
  • Day 2: Havana
  • Day 3: Cienfuegos
  • Day 4: Trinidad
  • Day 5: Trinidad
  • Day 6: Trinidad
  • Day 7: Camaguey
  • Day 8: Camaguey
  • Day 9: Santiago de Cuba
  • Day 10: Santiago de Cuba
  • Day 11: Baracoa
  • Day 12: Baracoa
  • Day 13: Baracoa
  • Day 14: Havana
  • Day 15: Havana

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    • October 1, 2016

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    • July 1, 2016

      Any surcharge for solo traveler wanting single room instead of shared?

      The single supplement is completely optional. You are not required to pay a single supplement to join the tour. The tour price advertised is based on a twin share basis, if you are a single traveller you will be roomed with a passenger of the same gender. The single supplement optional cost is if you would like your own room on the tour.

    • April 7, 2016

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

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      Destinations

      Covering a total distance of approx 1,784 km.
      • Havana (Cuba)
      • 226 km
      • Cienfuegos (Cuba)
      • 62 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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