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Michelle "We are a married and young at heart over 50's couple, that joined this group in Havana.I was pleasantly surprised with this tour it gave us lots of options to explore away from the group if needed.Our tour guide Tony was AMAZING, he went far beyond the call of duty, by arranging a bbq on the beach with a 3pc band, we watched the sunset while being serenaded, this was such a highlight for my husban..."
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10 reviews
Starts
Havana
Destinations
+4
Ends
Havana
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Highlights

  • Walk through Old City Havana
  • Visit the colonial city of Trinidad
  • See the Che Guevara mausoleum
  • Catch a local baseball game
Age range
15 to 70 year olds
Accommodation
Guesthouse
Max Group Size
12
Transportation
Private Vehicle
Physical Rating
Easy
Start and end in Havana! With the in-depth cultural tour Beautiful Cuba, you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Havana, Cuba and 4 other destinations in Cuba. Beautiful Cuba is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.

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  • KJ
    Written on July 16, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    This is the best. We were fortunate to have an awesome tour leader in Valeri who along the journey taught us more than we’ve ever known about Fidel and his struggle, the Revolution and the day to day living of the Cuban people. The whole experience staying in Casa’s was invaluable; our mistake was not learning a little Spanish to enhance this experience. The food was plentiful and tasty. We wouldn’t have been able to find such restaurants, cafes if it wasn’t for our guide as they are “tucked away” in unassuming facades. We would highly recommend this tour and Valeri in particular.
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  • RW
    Written on January 31, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    Poor advice on currency, and communications, distracted from the trip
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  • H
    Written on June 1, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    I’d been to Cuba twice before this tour and did the all-inclusive thing. Going back with Intrepid felt like I was visiting a completely different country. We got to go to places and see things you would never get to do from a resort and having a local guide gave us insider insights. Outside of visiting and eating at an organic farm and getting private group salsa lessons, my group and our tour leader were also huge highlights for me. I would absolutely recommend travelling to Cuba with Intrepid Travel.
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  • MN
    Written on April 26, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    AMAZING COUNTRY! Get here before all the cruise ships start flooding in drones. This NEEDS to be the top of your travel list. The food/culture/people/dancing was second to none. Dancing in the streets was a daily occurrence. Our guide Val was so so good! he was knowledgeable, funny, fun, and really well organized. I don't know how he did it!?! This is the ONLY way to see Cuba. Skip the all inclusive and EXPERIENCE Cuba! VIVA LA CUBA!
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  • M
    Written on January 24, 2016
    2.0 - Rather poor

    We travelled with Intrepid in early December 2015. The tour was generally well organised, the bus driver was good, however there were a few flies in the ointment that slightly undermined our impressions. On a couple of nights when we supposed to stay with families, in 'casas' we were put in rental homes operated by locals. If the idea was to meet the local people and to find out a bit about their way of life, it was totally lost on us as they did not live there. So instead of home stay we ended up staying in a cheap B&B. It was very disappointing. Another thing, the tour included some lunches and dinners but on some days we had to pay for eating out. On one of the days when the lunch was covered by Intrepid, we were brought to a place for lunch that literally swarmed with flies. Everybody felt disgusted and could not eat most of the food (as everybody is so polite, nobody made a scene about it). Still a few people felt seriously sick after that and one person was taken to hospital for two days. The guide Tony Mas should have made a decision and refused to feed us there. But he did not and he got a lot of angry feedback from the group. Another thing, the tour included salsa lesson. I understand the tour guide wanted to save some money and instead of organising a lesson at one of many available salsa clubs, arranged a makeshift 'salsa' hour at one of the casas. He also mentioned that Cubans think of tourists as 'walking dollars'. I guess there is some truth in it but it is not something that I would necessarily want to hear from a tour guide. After this we felt that money was saved and corners cut on our particular group. I personally did not enjoy the practice of 'contributions' or tips that everybody sort of expected literally everywhere in the country (we certainly have been mostly around touristy places) although tourists do pay a lot for basic stuff in there. It is not cheap if you don't speak Spanish. In conclusion, my husband and I left with mixed feelings: lovely country, great climate but hated being treated like 'walking dollars'.
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  • K
    Written on January 12, 2016
    4.0 - Good

    The tour was fantastic, an awesome group helps, but a phenomenal guide certainly makes the tour!! Our guide Natalia was organized, dedicated, went above and beyond, was fun loving, friendly and made sure that we got the full experience of Cuba!
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  • Beautiful Cuba reviewer 7
    Written on January 12, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    Great experience with Natalia, it was a fantastic tour, she is professional and good fun. The families very welcoming and driver excellent
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  • C
    Written on December 31, 2015
    4.5 - Excellent

    A great primer on Cuba. The trip covers alot of ground in a short amount of time. Fellow travelers were mostly Aussies and New Zealanders of mixed ages. Included hotels and home stays were comfortable and good (by Cuban standards). Our tour leader - Natalia - was really incredible, she had the whole trip completely under control and was delightful to get to know. Recommended!
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  • MB
    Written on September 10, 2015
    4.5 - Excellent

    We are a married and young at heart over 50's couple, that joined this group in Havana.I was pleasantly surprised with this tour it gave us lots of options to explore away from the group if needed.Our tour guide Tony was AMAZING, he went far beyond the call of duty, by arranging a bbq on the beach with a 3pc band, we watched the sunset while being serenaded, this was such a highlight for my husband and I celebrating our 30 yrs of marriage,,it was so awesome
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  • Beautiful Cuba reviewer 10
    Written on April 23, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Amazing and fantastic tour. The people are sooo proud of their country even tho it is a poor one. Makes me appreciate what I have. So vibrant, colorful and full of music. The guide was terrific in every way. The homestays were very clean and a delight to stay in. The people took very good care of us and treated us like we were family and it was our home.
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Itinerary

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  1. Day 1: Havana
  2. Day 2: Soroa – Vinales
  3. Day 3: Vinales
  4. Day 4: Bay of Pigs - Cienfuegos
  5. Day 5: Trinidad
  6. Day 6: Trinidad
  7. Day 7: Santa Clara - Havana
  8. Day 8: Havana

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Questions & Answers

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

    • December 1, 2016

      Why is there a 70 year old limitation?

      The age ranges that you are seeing is just a suggested age range. As long as you are willing and wanting to go on this tour Intrepid would love to have you.

    • November 1, 2016

      Any issues with Americans going on this tour?

      There is no issue with Americans travelling on this tour as long as they can arrange your visa independently.

    • November 1, 2016

      When is the best time to go on this tour?

      The best time to visit Cuba is in March and April - when the climate is as its most pleasant, before the summer rains and heat but after the cooler winter temperatures.

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    Vaccinations

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    Recommended for Cuba. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
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    Recommended for Cuba. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Cholera
    Recommended for Cuba. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Hepatitis B
    Recommended for Cuba. Ideally 2 months before travel.

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    Location
    Start and end in Havana.
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    Deposit
    TourRadar only requires a deposit of $400 to confirm this Intrepid Travel booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 26 April 2018 the full payment of $1,710 is necessary.
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    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 $1710 for Beautiful Cuba, but the deposit of $400 is non-refundable.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 834 km.
    • Havana (Cuba)
    • 74 km
    • Soroa (Cuba)
    • 76 km
    • Vinales (Cuba)
    • 396 km
    • Trinidad (Cuba)
    • 62 km
    • Cienfuegos (Cuba)
    • 226 km
    • Havana (Cuba)

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