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Klaus "The tour was amazing. Our guide Daniel told us everything we wanted to know about politics, historical, architectural sights. Cuban Salsa lessons, smoking a cigar at a tobacco farm with a local farmer. Staying at a casa where you can feel the tropical rain nearly tearing down the roof of the casa makes it even more authentic. All in all I can suggest everybody to make this tour if you want to have..."
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14 reviews
Starts
Havana
Destinations
+6
Ends
Havana
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Highlights

  • Pay tribute to the Che monument
  • Get to know locals during a homestay
  • Go horseback riding in Viñales
  • Enjoy quality beach time in Cayo Jutias
Age range
18 to 39 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel, Home-stay
Max Group Size
18
Transportation
Private Vehicle
Start and end in Havana! With the in-depth cultural tour Cuban Rhythms, you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Havana, Cuba and 5 other destinations in Cuba. Cuban Rhythms is a small group tour that includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

14 Reviews

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  • VP
    Written on November 30, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    Loved it. Exactly what I expected which is to not expect anything and to take and love Cuba for what it is. Our local tour guide Lucy was really excellent. She could answer all our questions and gave us great insight on the people, culture, country. She went above and beyond to help everyone on their sometimes unusual and demanding requests even at 2am in the morning (thank you for your patience and good humour!) she’s also great fun and a friend who I hope can visit one day. The group was diverse and good fun. The tour provided a good balance of culture, history, nature and relaxing beach time. The add’ons made it easy for us to customize what we wanted to do. The home stays were comfortable and added to the authentic experience. Travellers should know that Cuba is beautiful and unique, but does not have the luxury comforts of home. Some tour members were frustrated by things beyond our control (shops and money exchanges not being open when they say they are, internet not working where it should, electricity outages, petrol shortages for the bus, no snacks at stopovers, lack of food diversity, etc.) travelers should understand this and be come with an open mind when visiting this beautiful country. Overall I recommend this tour - great value, flexible, great guidance for Lucy. Thank you!
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  • BE
    Written on October 12, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    Had a great time
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  • SJ
    Written on February 11, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    I once again had a fantastic trip with G and completely fell in love with Cuba! This country with its warm-hearted people is truly inspiring - so different than anything else I had seen before. I was impressed by the beauty of the island, but also by its warm-hearted people with their incredible creativity and will - Cuba can be really challenging sometimes, but they never seem to give up. The itinerary was great, especially for the short amount of time we had and the activities were very well-balanced. I loved Trinidad and Viñales, but also Havana with its charming old town and the beautiful Playas del Este (we added for extra nights in Havana after the trip, as you don't have much time to discover the city on the tour). Our tour guide Carlos Ramón was fantastic - a very nice, knowledgeable, caring and involved guy. He really did everything for us to have an amazing stay, told us a lot about the Cuban culture and history as well as about his own life in Cuba. I felt like being part of a small family - and this was primarily due to him and his commitment for the group. Carlos Ramón always spent also the evenings with us and organized awesome localities for us to have dinner together (not easy to organize for the whole group and especially around New Year's Eve) and showed us the best bars and discos in the different places. I would highly recommend this trip to everybody as it gives you a great insight into this beautiful island and its culture in a short amount of time. Just be aware of the fact that you are going to Cuba - an extremely beautiful but totally different country where a lot doesn't work (or at least not in the same way you are used to from your home countries). If you're not afraid of long waiting times (no matter whether you are going tp the restaurant, want to change money or grab your lugagge at the airport), shops with nearly nothing to buy (sometimes not even bottled water) and very basic accommodations (the homestays were the best way to experience the real Cuba!!), you will have an amazing experience!
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  • IK
    Written on January 8, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    Amazing experience! Great tour guide
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  • A
    Written on January 7, 2017
    2.5 - Average

    I have mixed feelings about this tour. There were aspects of it that were great, such as being in Havana and Trinidad (beautiful cities) and having the opportunity to see Cuban culture. Cuba is a beautiful country with a beautiful culture! My concerns relate mostly to the accommodation and with the tour guide, Di. Firstly, with respect to two places I stayed. Somewhere on the trip I believe I was bit by bed bugs, as I had huge welts in clusters of three, that were insanely itchy. I suspect it was at the homestay in Vinales. That being said, my host family was amazing. Secondly, the accommodation where I spent my last night was terrible. My room was dusty and as someone who has allergies I could not breathe or sleep the whole night. The room also had a terrible musty smell. Now to the tour guide Di. While she was fun, she was very rigid in enforcing where we would eat dinner. I believe she had side deals with the restaurants. The food was overpriced. I also am not a fan of Cuban food so being your own spices if you go. I would have thought if we were paying extra the food would be a bit better. What really upset me the most was I was trying to figure out transport back to veradero from Havana. The tour guide contacted her son who quoted 120cuc.. when I said that is too expensive she seemed to dismiss any other ways of getting transport and she said the piece was high because it was 2.5 hours away. That did not end up being true. Di also said it was because I was leaving at 6am which raises the rate. That is bullshit. I tried to explain that the trip cost more money than I thought and spending 120cuc (which would be more money in Canadian dollars) is difficult for me. She couldn't care less and I could see she was leaving it open so that I would desperately book with her friend! I have booked trips in the past with G Adventures and the CEO's always helped with transport. I ended up networking and I found a taxi to veradero for 80 CUC. Also, Di would always talk to the bus driver and go off with him leaving the group on their own many times. The last thing is that Di was not so open to suggestions because she was rigid and just wanted to stick to her plan. Lastly, I forgot to mention my transfer did not show up to the airport
    G Adventures commented on this review
    Thanks for letting us know. It seems like we got some things right, and have some other things to get better at. I am sorry if there were elements that detracted from your travels with us. Bed bugs are no ones idea of fun,and we will work to ensure other travellers are not impacted in the same way - thanks for letting us know.
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  • J
    Written on December 12, 2016
    1.0 - Bad

    One of the worst tours I've ever been on. Just rice and beans. Not enough food. People hassling you to buy things. Tour guides were bad. Definitely do not book through STA travel.
    G Adventures commented on this review
    Oh boy - we are sorry this was your experience Jimmy. That does not sound good at all.
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  • TN
    Written on December 7, 2016
    4.5 - Excellent

    The trip was fantastic. It was the perfect balance of history, culture, relaxation and partying. Highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a short tour of Cuba.
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  • Cuban Rhythms reviewer 8
    Written on November 17, 2016
    4.0 - Good

    Our Jorge Luis was a knowledgeable, easy going and calm guide. He made our experience of Cuba much better. The highlights for me was going to a nightclub in a cave (beware there is no ventilation and people do smoke) and going horse riding
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  • Cuban Rhythms reviewer 9
    Written on September 12, 2016
    4.5 - Excellent

    The tour was amazing. Our guide Daniel told us everything we wanted to know about politics, historical, architectural sights. Cuban Salsa lessons, smoking a cigar at a tobacco farm with a local farmer. Staying at a casa where you can feel the tropical rain nearly tearing down the roof of the casa makes it even more authentic. All in all I can suggest everybody to make this tour if you want to have a broad overview of Cuba and how the Cuban people live.
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  • TF
    Written on July 15, 2016
    4.5 - Excellent

    Excellent tour experience
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Itinerary

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  1. Day 1 Havana
  2. Day 2 Havana/Viñales (1B)
  3. Day 3 Viñales (1B, 1L)
  4. Day 4 Viñales/Trinidad (1B)
  5. Day 5 Trinidad (1B)
  6. Day 6 Trinidad (1B, 1D)
  7. Day 7 Trinidad/Havana (1B)
  8. Day 8 Havana (1B)

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    • March 1, 2017

      What currency is used in Cuba?

      The currency used in Cuba is USB and the local Cuban peso.

    • October 1, 2016

      Does the tour price include the airfare?

      With regards to flights, the tours we offer do not include airfare and we do not book or advise on airfare. You will be responsible for booking your flights to meet with the group at the starting city. We do not recommend booking airfare before confirming your tour. A good website to search for great prices would be kayak.com and/or skyscanner.com

    • May 1, 2016

      How big are the groups?

      The maximum group size is 18 people and they see an average of about 14 travellers.

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    Recommended for Cuba. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
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    Recommended for Cuba. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
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    Location
    Start and end in Havana.
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    Deposit
    TourRadar only requires a deposit of $250 to confirm this G Adventures booking. The remaining balance is then payable 65 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 24 June 2018 the full payment of $906 is necessary.
    Cancellation policy
    No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 65 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $906 for Cuban Rhythms, but the deposit of $250 is non-refundable. But, the deposit is fully transferable to future bookings with G Adventures.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 944 km.
    • Havana (Cuba)
    • 260 km
    • Santa Clara (Cuba)
    • 68 km
    • Trinidad (Cuba)
    • 396 km
    • Vinales (Cuba)
    • 36 km
    • Cayo Levisa (Cuba)
    • 36 km
    • Vinales (Cuba)
    • 83 km
    • Las Terrazas (Cuba)
    • 65 km
    • Havana (Cuba)

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