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!
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.
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?
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.
Malgorzata Modrzejewska Kortowska, Clifton, New Jersey
Such a beautiful country, and people very friendly. We liked the Cuban culture, especially music.
Everything was perfect, tour very well organized. Everything was on time. Our guide Arlene was very helpful.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Jarrett Bailess, Durham, North Carolina
My first impressions of Cuba was warm and welcoming. I was able to learn so much about the culture and it’s people during my trip. Throughout my trip I felt safe and comfortable to explore and inquire about anything that I saw. The food was AMAZING and there was always more than I could eat.
The trip overall was wonderful so saying I like one thing more than another is hard to do. I will say that venturing outside of Havana was a highlight to my trip. We were able to escape the city to the countryside to see how rural Cuba lives life. During our excursion to the countryside we visited a cave and boat tour that was beautiful.
I can’t say that I had any problems with our tour. Both my guide and driver were always on time (even if I wasn’t), genuinely nice down to earth people, and had so much knowledge to share with me. If improvement could be made it would only be that a lot of information is given to you in each area visited. Taking it all in sometimes became hard because all of your senses are on overload.
Susan Lanier, Kathleen, Florida
Our group was very small and we had plenty of time to tour the sights. The talk with the professor was very informative. The people we met were so friendly and helpful. The culture is very interesting.
Kathryn Cullen-Huebschen, Plymouth, Minnesota
Everything was perfect. The people were some of the kindest, hardest working, gracious and respectful people I have ever met. Claudia, our guide, and Mario, our driver, were the best. They were professional, knowledgeable and funny! For tours, the cigar factory was really interesting and the dining locations were fantastic! The hotel was amazing as well! I can’t think of any improvements.
Jack Margossian, Ramsey, New Jersey
We had a very good time. The people were very friendly and hospitable. The the trip was very informative and the guide was extremely knowledgeable. I would have liked a little more free time to explore a few of the places we visited. I felt we had to move on to other things before we had time to see the surroundings.