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Number of Reviews: 114 Overall score: *****
Making local friends, Trinidad, Cuba
***** Written
Cuba: La Isla Grande

Great trip - get here soon !

4
Excellent trip. Great guide ( Jorge) and driver ( Orlando) So much seen....a real full immersive experience. Only thing that wasn't quite 5 stars were the long coach journeys: otherwise top marks all round.
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Making local friends, Trinidad, Cuba
***** Written
Cuba: La Isla Grande

La Isla Grande

5
This was a fabulous holiday. We really enjoyed the variety of the island and were impressed by the variety of experiences there were from the dancing and music to the historical events that have shaped modern Cuba. It was worth all the traveling that enabled us to see so much.
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Making local friends, Trinidad, Cuba
***** Written
Cuba: La Isla Grande

La Isla Grande

5
This trip was well organized, with some very early starts and late finishes. Most evening meals were taken after 8.00 o’clock in the evening. Accommodation varied for very good to poor. This trip mostly concentrates on the Cuba revolution.
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Making local friends, Trinidad, Cuba
***** Written
Cuba: La Isla Grande

Vas bien, Cuba.

5
Excellent tour around Cuba, bringing together history with every day life. The long drive times are worth every minute for the scenery, the people, the music and the rum!
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Making local friends, Trinidad, Cuba
***** Written
Cuba: La Isla Grande

A journey seared forever in my memory

5
You want to see the real Cuba before things change? Well this trip is for you. For the memories it has burned into my memory it is worth every single one of the five stars, I have given it. That is though not to say there are not challenges, but memories far outweigh them. Challenges * As the guide says there is a lot of travel. It didn't bother me, but if you don't like travel it might bother you. * Hotel standards were average at best to western standards, but this is Cuba. * Hotel food was poor. So head out to the private restaurants that are cropping up everywhere. The seafood can be great at times. * Wifi availability was better than expected, but I was still without for a week. But when I had it, it was rapid. Brilliant moments * Beautiful Baracoa, worth every mile of the journey. * Visiting a desert island off Trinidad, and just floating in the sea. * Music, music everywhere. * Walking the Sierra Maestra mountains. * Rickahaw in Camaguey. Last but not least the people. The Cubans were brilliant, you can't help but finish the trip wishing the future is kind to them and helps them prosper. So to conclude yes there will be challenges, but that is part of the fun just go you will have a brilliant time.
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Making local friends, Trinidad, Cuba
***** Written
Cuba: La Isla Grande

Cuba, Rum and Music

3
This tour is a great way to see the majority of the island. From observation and conversations with other travellers it would be very difficult to do what we did on your own and within a comparable time frame. Public transport in Cuba is not easy or reliable. There are a lot of very long travel days and although it is wonderful seeing the daily life of the Cuban people, it is not the same as actually walking around and interacting. The food is a lot better and more interesting than expected. It was at times frustrating that the evening meal was always a group option, however alternate options for those who wanted something light or different had to find a restaurant themselves. It would be good if the group leader provided a few dining options for people to consider. Sometimes after spending all day in the bus all you wanted was a sandwich or a snack. The towns we visited and the hotels we stayed were interesting and varied. The staff in all the hotels we stayed in were helpful and friendly. The standard of the accommodation varied however was always in safe areas and comfortable. The local guides were really informative and their insight added to the our understanding of the history of where we were. Old Havana is just fantastic and some of the charm is that some of the streets have not been renovated, and that the local people work and live in the area as they have for decades. Staying A few days before or after the tour is really recommended. Just being in Havana is a highlight. At the moment it is clear that Cuba is on the brink of change. In some ways this is exciting however it would be very sad if the essence of Cuba was lost.
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Exodus Response

We would like to thank Jennifer for her review. We were, however, sorry to learn that there was some confusion with regards to her Cuban Tourist Card; until recently our agreement with the Cuban consulate in London was to distribute the tourist cards to UK residents only, but we now have a supplier in Australia and can also provide cards to clients who book through agents. We regret that Jennifer was left disappointed at not being able to book an arrival transfer with us. Exodus can provide transfers to hotels other than the starting hotel, sometimes at an extra charge, but only to hotels booked through Exodus rather than independently.

Adam Roberts - Trip Manager for Cuba
Making local friends, Trinidad, Cuba
***** Written
Cuba: La Isla Grande

Isla Grande

5
This was a great trip that enabled us to see so much of the island of Cuba, its landscapes and its history. There is a lot of travelling involved, but we booked the holiday knowing this was the case. The bus was comfortable, we had a great driver and the roads were better than expected - so the journeys were fine. We stayed in a hugh variety of hotels, which were usually the best available in the towns and cities we went to. In Trinidad we stayed in a great Casa, with the best Pena Coladas in town. The history was fascinating, not just the recent 1959 revolution, but the fight for independence from the Spanish too. This really came to life in the various towns and cities that we visited. The food was much better than we expected it to be. The growth of private restaurants has really had a positive impact. We had some great meals, especially in the East - lots of good fish and lobster. Our guide was brilliant at finding good restaurants for us wherever we went. The scenery was good in the East - especially around Baracoa and the Sierra Meastra, and we enjoyed the trip to Vinales which is different again. We had a great group, which does make the holiday special, and a really good group leader. I would happily recommend the trip as long as you like travelling as part of the holiday.
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