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9 Day This Cuban Life Tour

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Paula "What a great way to end 2016! Cuba is both beautiful and confounding. I appreciated how this tour took the hassle out of figuring out a complicated and developing country. Rainer was an attentive and knowledgeable guide. He went out of his way to make certain that we had excellent guides in the local venues. He also went the extra mile to take good care of each tour member. I wholeheartedly recomm..."
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Starts
Havana
Destinations
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Highlights

  • Learn about local Cuban life
  • Explore Trinidad's colourful streets
  • Taste traditional Cuban cuisine
  • Visit the Viñales Valley
Age range
8 to 75 year olds
Accommodation
Home-stay
Max Group Size
12
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Start and end in Havana! With the local living tour 9 Day This Cuban Life Tour, you have a 9 day tour package taking you through Havana, Cuba and 4 other destinations in Cuba. 9 Day This Cuban Life Tour is a small group tour that includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • 9 Day This Cuban Life Tour reviewer 1
    Written on September 7, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    This was an amazing tour. I got everything I expected: exposure to culture, getting to know people and observing a country that looks like a time capsule. If you are looking for a high-end travel, this won't be your thing. However, if you are into experiencing Cuba, go for it!!!
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  • TT
    Written on September 1, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    Spent 9 days on the Cuba people to people tour. It was one of the best vacations I have had to date. Our tour guide Maggie was just excellent, and her sidekick (our driver) Mario was awesome!! They really do incorporate the best of Cuba. Great meal choices. The local guides were very knowledgeable. The hosts at the casitas were just fantastic! We had some great food. Learned some in-depth history of the island of Cuba and had lots of fun doing it all. Cuban Adventures Rock!!
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  • DD
    Written on July 18, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    We returned a week ago from the 9 day people to people tour. It was a truly excellent experience. The value for the money is excellent, compared to other tours we looked at for American travelers to Cuba. The accomodations were very good and comfortable with very friendly hosts, the food was excellent and plentiful (portions are crazy big), the bus we traveled around in was very comfortable with a great driver, the activities we did were all very enjoyable (though strenuous at times) and our tour leader was excellent. I really can't imagine what could be better on tours that cost 3 times what this did!
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  • TA
    Written on June 24, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    Tour: This Cuban Life, tour from 5/29/17 through 6/6/17 Very high marks for the staff and for most of the tour guides (with one huge exception, see below); and very high marks for Cuba itself. But i give the tour overall a passing grade only because it isn’t expensive. If i’d had it to do over again, i’d have spent more money to have a better tour. Now the details: Staff: The customer serviceperson Sarah in Australia and Cuban Adventures' onsite manager Roger were both superb. I was impressed — awed, even — by Sarah’s willingness to give 24-hour turnaround on her answers to my many questions; i mean, she’s on the other side of the world from me. Roger did the same from Cuba. I can honestly say that when i went to the airport in the USA, not a single question was left unanswered, not a single concern was left unaddressed. So, highest marks to those two. David, our onsite tour guide, and Toni the bus driver, were also superb. David was friendly, approachable, energetic, and knowledgeable. Toni handled the bus breakdown with a cool head and a sunny attitude; a real professional, that dude. Speaking of attitude — I’ve been on tours in Italy, China, and Brazil before this; and i remember that the best tour guides keep control of the group (never an easy task with Americans) without treating us like children (as, some would say, we deserve). The best ones also left me with the feeling, “you’ve got a friend in [country].” David and Toni accomplished this. They both spoke excellent English; i wish my Spanish was as good as their English. So highest marks for those two also. I recall only two local guides: Rafael in Viñales and Otis in Las Terrazas. Rafael gave the tour of the tobacco farm. His tour was fascinating, in no small measure because Rafael knew his topic and knew how to communicate it. Otis — terrible enough to deserve his own paragraph; i’ll get to him later. Itinerary: The itinerary was the #1 reason i chose this tour over others; it also turned out to be the #1 disappointment. The tour skipped no less than 3 sites i had wanted very much to see, and almost skipped a fourth. On 2nd June our tour bus broke down; and the resulting loss of time caused us to miss the Playa Giron and spend less time at the Bay of Pigs swimming sinkhole. I’m not faulting the tour for that; accidents happen. But the fact is, as an American i believed that it would have been beneficial for me to see the Cuban side of the Bay of Pigs battle; in the event, i never had the chance. There was less reason to skip the waterfall hike and the battlefield at Santa Clara. Yes, i realize there were only two volunteers (my wife and i) for the waterfall hike, and the Santa Clara museum is closed Mondays. But couldn’t you at least have taken us to the the battlefield in Santa Clara, where Che Guevara won the decisive victory in 1958? That’s outdoors, so i’m sure it doesn’t close even if the museum does. We all liked the organic farm and tobacco farm in Viñales; those were winners. But there’s so much of Cuba’s history, especially of the Revolution and its aftermath, that i never got to see. And i could’ve done without the visit to the studio of the so-called artist Lester Campa in Las Terrazas: John Lennon as Che? Really? Are you kidding me? That’s not even amusing camp; that’s just garbage. Please purge Lester from the itinerary. Accommodations at Casas Particulares: On the whole, i think you did a fine job with this. All of the hosts were friendly, all of the beds were comfortable, all of the breakfasts were delicious, and all of them were conveniently-located near the sites we wanted to see. One of the casas did run out of water while i was taking a shower: i was literally soaped-up when it went dry. I don’t know; is that something that could have been prevented by preventative measures such as: laying in an extra reserve of water for mornings, when tourists shower, urinate, defecate, drink tea and coffee, and brush their teeth? I apologize if i sound sarcastic on this point; i don’t mean to be. But if it’s possible to make some improvements or compensations, this would be the area in which to do it. Also, re Casa Alexander (in Havana): its stairs were very steep and had no handrail. This wasn’t a problem for us; but for older travelers, or travelers with disabilities, this would be a serious drawback, bordering on a deal-killer. See if you can help the management of that place with installing handrails. The Restaurant Ripoff, a/k/a the Food Ripoff: We have restaurants in the USA, of course; and a lot of us already know, that restaurants make more money on pasta, rice, and chicken than they do on beef or seafood. Still, it was annoying to always be steered toward those items on the menu (“it’s the speciality of the house today!”) instead of others. On the last two nights of the tour, we were given freer range in choosing our dinners from the menu; and what do you know — almost all of us Yanquis chose lobster! It probably looked like greed on our part; but honestly, i think it was because we were tired of being pushed in the direction of The Cheap Food at every restaurant on every menu. It was mostly passive-aggressive revenge at that point. Look, i realize you have to economize to some degree; and if haute cuisine had been a priority for us, we would’ve gone to Paris or Rome. But please be more up-front in how you economize: maybe forget the restaurant meals completely, and maybe just give us more information on where to find cheap eats (or expensive, as the tourist may choose) on our own? The Drink Ripoff: Another well-known fact about restaurants in the USA is that they derive much of their profit (all of it, in some cases) from drinks rather than food. So along with the Food Ripoff, we were subjected to the Drink Ripoff. “Rum shots for everybody!” was the announcement at our first dinner as a tour. Not included that announcement: “… and it’ll cost you extra, just like the cocktails!” They made it sound as if the drinks were included in the cost of the meal. It took two rounds of that scam before my wife and i realized that it’s never included; it’s always extra. Because it’s bonus revenue for the restaurant. Also, it was a little too obvious that those cocktails were watered down. What — you think we’ve never tasted a full-strength mojito before, with real lime juice and more than a half-shot of rum? You even stiffed us on the mint in them; mint grows like a weed, for crying out loud. To further confuse matters: at our lunch in Las Terrazas, soft drinks WERE included in the meal. And after that, soft drinks were NOT included. It may not have been an intentional bluffing-game, but it sure looked like one. The Tip Ripoff: We Americans tip waitstaff and barkeeps all the time. And we know it’s important to be generous. But if the service charge is included in the tab, in a restaurant where the Tour is picking up the tab, please tell us that so we save our tip money for another day. Or, if the Tour is paying for the meal but not the service charge, please tell us that as well; we’ll leave a tip if it’s expected. But we never knew when to tip in the restaurants. To this day, i still think we tipped some waitstaff who’d already been paid through the service charge, and we stiffed some waitstaff who should’ve been tipped. Las Terrazas and Otis: I realize the bus ride to Viñales was a long one; so the idea of one mini-tour on the way was a good one. And really, Las Terrazas was a good choice. It isn’t a typical Cuban small town; rather, it’s a model small town. But that has its educational value: the town educated us about some of the Communist Party’s aspirations for the future, and it was a good choice in that sense. All right, then, Party Committee of Las Terrazas: if you want to sell your aspirations to the Yanquis, could you please send out a spokesperson who’s a little less contemptuous of Americans? Otis’s tone in talking to us was not so much lecturing as sneering at our ignorance. And then, after not telling us that soft drinks were included in the lunch (see The Drink Ripoff, above), he proceeded to not tell us that coffee was NOT included in the tour of the community center. With the result that, we almost didn’t pay. Which, of course, fit right into Otis’s mental narrative that All Yanquis Are Self-Serving Leeches. Social psychologists call this a “self-fulfilling prophecy.” Non-social-psychologists — the American ones, anyway — call this “being a shithead.” And I firmly believe it was Otis’s idea to include the visit to the Campa studio. Look, Otis: nobody put a gun to your head and ordered you to talk to the Yanquis. You don’t like us? Stay home. We don’t like you either. I had a good time, yes. And your people (with that one exception, no need to repeat myself) were excellent. But would i recommend this tour to others? I guess i would, if my listener’s top priority was cost alone. “You get what you pay for” is a well-known saying in the USA. And since we paid much less than other tours, i guess i can’t complain that we received less. But i’d tell my listener that he or she should spend more money on another tour if they have it.
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  • 9 Day This Cuban Life Tour reviewer 5
    Written on May 10, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    I did the 9 day people to people tour. Initially they told me that there would be people my age on the trip (47) but that was not really the case. Most of the group was 60 and above. That wasn't an issue because everyone was really nice and laid back. The tour guide, Yaima, was very friendly, informative and fun. The accommodations were comfortable over all and the people we stayed with were quite nice as well. I felt that we saw a wide variety of the country in our trip and I learned a lot about Cuba. Leave your expectations at home. Cuba is a country of contrasts. It helps a lot if you know Spanish. It will enrich your experience.
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  • 9 Day This Cuban Life Tour reviewer 6
    Written on April 16, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    I just returned a week and a half ago from the 9 day People to People "This Cuban Life" tour. I had some concerns when booking: Why is it so much cheaper? What will their accommodations be like? Will there be people in the group who are challenging personalities? In fact, none of my concerns materialized. Quite the contrary. The tour exceeded my expectations. Yes, there were a variety of accommodations. But, all were clean, had A/C in the bedrooms, had their own bathrooms, and I slept soundly each night. Our guide Omar was a great personality, was very informative, and truly was concerned about anyone who had issues in their trip. I have found myself reviewing their other tours and am contemplating returning to Cuba. I would highly recommend them to those people who want to get out of luxury class travel and be a more grass roots educational, yet comfortable, mode of travel.
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  • A
    Written on March 25, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    Excellent guide and transport. Nearly all destinations were heavily touristed. Would have liked more interaction with local entitities such as school, hospital, dance studio, daycare center, baseball/sports, etc. Food generally ok though repetitive. 500 km on one day in bus was too long.
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  • A
    Written on February 11, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    The trip was exactly as described. The tour guide couldn't have been more perfect: fun and informative! Each town and accomodation/casa was an adventure and an experience. I would absolutely do it again, or even better, go back for one of the longer tours!
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  • PS
    Written on January 8, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    What a great way to end 2016! Cuba is both beautiful and confounding. I appreciated how this tour took the hassle out of figuring out a complicated and developing country. Rainer was an attentive and knowledgeable guide. He went out of his way to make certain that we had excellent guides in the local venues. He also went the extra mile to take good care of each tour member. I wholeheartedly recommend this tour of Cuba.
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  • AC
    Written on December 19, 2016
    3.5 - Good

    Very pleasant and interesting tour.
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Itinerary

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  • Day 1: Arrival in Havana
  • Day 2: Havana
  • Day 3: Viñales
  • Day 4: Viñales
  • Day 5: Cienfuegos (via Bay of Pigs)
  • Day 6: Trinidad
  • Day 7: Trinidad
  • Day 8: Havana (via Santa Clara)
  • Day 9: Departure Day

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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 878 km.
    • Havana (Cuba)
    • 148 km
    • Vinales (Cuba)
    • 340 km
    • Cienfuegos (Cuba)
    • 62 km
    • Trinidad (Cuba)
    • 68 km
    • Santa Clara (Cuba)
    • 260 km
    • Havana (Cuba)

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