Ana M. Natal, Daly City, California
I enjoyed my experience in Cuba. I loved the coffee, historical buildings, countryside and the tour guides were very organized, knowledgeable and friendly.
Theresa Gage, Malibu, California
Loved the culture. Cuba is so vibrant, welcoming, and full of art. The people were super excited to see Americans visiting which made us feel very welcome. We spent most of our time on cultural activities and am so glad we did! We covered a lot of ground but felt like we got to see so many aspects of the country. Money is always a problem for Americans so make sure you bring more than enough so you don’t run out! We cut it very close.
Dianne Lookabaugh, Coronado, California
My favorites were Old Havana, our guide Pavel, and seeing lots of Havana. Loved the culture, music, and architecture. People were friendly, and somewhat in need. Interesting times politically. Very little to improve with this tour.
Michael Roth, Old Tappan, New Jersey
The tour was perfect. Our guide Cynthia was knowledgeable and a delight to be with. Our driver was also very nice. I was sad to see that there was not more prosperity. But it was great to see how another country and its people live.
T Alan Thompson, Tempe, Arizona
Wonderful people and extra friendly and helpful. Cuban attitudes towards tourists is striking. The country is lush, green and beautiful. Yet the people really made the greatest impression on me. The Cuban culture is far more interesting than I had imagined. I loved everything. We had the absolute best tour guide Meylin. She was knowledgeable, easy to understand, kind and thoroughly helpful to every request by all the tour participants. Miral our driver was super pleasant and friendly to all while being a very safe driver. They both made this tour exceptionally comfortable all while learning so much about this beautiful country and its wonderful people!
Claudia Cali, Brooklyn, New York
Cuba was beyond inviting. The culture and people were open, giving, knowledgeable and lovely. Our guide Arianett was superb and made our trip educational, exciting, fun and delicious. There was nothing to dislike. We loved the culture, the cars, the coffee, the food, the cabarets, the people, the beach, the buildings and much more. No disappointments.
T Alan Thompson, Tempe, Arizona
I was very impressed by the whole trip. The country itself is very beautiful, the weather was great, food was excellent. Our guide and bus driver were very friendly and professional. I loved the fact that we were able to deviate a bit from the schedule and go scuba diving. There were different levels of physical ability, in terms of walking, etc.
Carol Partin-Margossian, Ramsey, New Jersey
Exceeded my expectations. I will be back. Havana was beautiful the people were warm friendly courteous every corner of Old Havana was steeped in history and vibrant Cuba has a proud culture and rightly so. Cubans should proud of their accomplishments over the past 60 years despite the many obstacles that have come their way through no fault of their own. Our guide was very informative knowledgeable and helpful so was driver. I loved the art museum, Fusterlandia, the children’s art project, the music, Hemingway’s house, and the organic farm. Wish I could have spent more time in Old Havana.
Arlene Dixon, Aurora, Colorado
Everything was great. This is our second trip with Cuba Explorer. We loved it. Varadero beach is beautiful. Enjoyed the extra time in Havana we didn’t get on our first tour. How about a an adventure tour this includes Varadero?
Khirallah Stephen, Verona, New Jersey
My impression of Cuba was that it was an impoverished nation (as we expected), but very rich in culture, and had a lot to offer. You can see all of the beauty of Havana underneath the decades of decline, but yet, something special still remains. This is the magic that is Cuba. The people were very friendly, and we felt very safe when we walked around by ourselves. We felt very welcome, and truly enjoyed our stay.
We really enjoyed all aspects of our tour. The hotel, restaurants, the shuttle bus, the history, the people – everything was really great. However, if I must say that one thing stood out above all else, it was our tour guide Pavel. He was the one who brought it all together, and we feel that he made the entire weekend very special for us. He answered everyone’s questions, was always prepared, and everything went very smoothly for us. He was fantastic, and I would recommend Cuba Explorer and Pavel to anyone thinking about taking a tour in Cuba. I wouldn’t change a thing. Everything was perfect. We felt the itinerary was planned out to cover a lot of ground in a short period of time, yet we felt that we had the right amount of ‘down time’ as well to relax, enjoy the pool at our hotel, or to just walk around. It was very well planned for us!
Jan Herdemian, Edgewater, New Jersey
Cuba has all of its original beauty untouched. The Cuban people are so nice and their culture has a lot to be desired. I loved the fact that we saw how the Cuban people live and help one another. The people to people part of the tour was very inspiring. The tour kept us moving from 9 am – until 4 pm. All the restaurants, museums, tours, and exhibits were excellent. Our tour guide made the trip super. He was so knowledgeable about every aspect of Cuban history, culture, and life. Tour bus was very comfortable, AC worked great, and everyone was on time. I will highly recommend Cuban Explorer.
Mary Shaw, Petaluma, California
A vibrant, messy (in a good way), modern, yet old-fashioned, make do with what you have place. Cultured with friendly interesting and interested people. A very safe place to visit with a variety of races that all seem to be equal to each other that was very encouraging to see.
We liked that our group was small with a friendly and very knowledgeable guide that was always interested in having us learn and appreciate the country and people. We particularly enjoyed the city of Trinidad and the Topes de Collente tour.
William Dubishar, Seattle, Washington
Beautiful cities and nature, very friendly people, very safe. Very heavy emphasis on the arts (painting and music in particular). Grency our tour guide and Alberto our driver were both top-notch. Friendly, warm, welcoming, fun, and super knowledgeable.
Armen Voskanian, Long Beach, California
Cubans are warm people and greet each other by hugging and kissing, something we don’t have it in the U.S. I felt very secure and safe even walking late at night anywhere in Havana or Trinidad. The food is great. Cuba is a beautiful country. The people are very friendly and have an amazing culture.
Grency Rodriguez, our tour guide was very respectful, pleasant, and professional lady. She was very knowledgeable about the Cuban history and their culture. She didn’t leave any question unanswered. She executed the itinerary to the fullest without any glitch and always on time. She was very helpful for recommendations and guidance during our free time; assisting with directions even making reservations for us. She is responsible for making our tour of Cuba an unforgettable experience. Mr. Alberto Fernandez, our driver was very nice and calm character. His driving skills were excellent even when the rain was pouring and the visibility was very poor. He was made sure everybody got off the van safely, and he was always on time.
Aaron Charbonnet, Irvine, California
What an Awesome experience! Cuban culture is an amazing experience. People are very nice and hospitable. I really like the discussion with the professor talk on Cuban culture – extremely educational.