The Best of Cuba Reviews

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Naomi
My husband and I and our 4 adult children went on the Best of Cuba trip. We had an amazing time. Both the American and the Cuban tour guides were friendly, well organized, and informative. We had the opportunity to meet with and interact with a number of artists, musicians, educators, and theatrical performers. We covered a lot of ground and as a result had long bus rides, but this could not be helped as the roads were not always in good repair. Twice an informative film was shown on the bus with discussion afterwards and I think that we would have benefited from even more of these since there was ample time. Our driver was excellent and we had complete confidence in him. Everyone we met was welcoming and friendly and we were happy with the hospitality and service at the hotels and restaurants that were selected. Our group was just the right size—21 travelers and the 3 staff members. There was vague mention about bringing toys or school supplies to the children that we were to meet one day and I wish that we had been given more specific information on what to bring as I did not bring anything and wished that I had. Overall it was a fascinating experience and we hope to return to Cuba some day.
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Posted 1 year ago
Merton
excellent leader and Cuban guide. It exceeded my expectation.
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Posted 1 year ago
Mary
'People to People' tour of Cuba was excellent. Variety of experiences - art, music, dance, history, architecture, food, culture. Tour guide Randy and Cuban guide Martha were excellent.
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Posted 1 year ago
Anonymous
It was a nice trip. Lots of do's and don't does, according to the tour director. Cuba is a different country to tour as they have strict rules about everything!
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Posted 1 year ago
Anonymous
Well run tour but some of the hotels were less than ideal. Not the tours fault. Don't think there were too many 4 or 5 star hotels in Cuba. The one in Havana could have been more central.
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Posted 1 year ago
Randy
Considering we were in Cuba, I think we went to the best of what was available. A few suggestions; The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Miami by the airport is really starting to look run down--not a great way to start a trip. I would suggest finding a new hotel. On our second day in Cuba, I lost my wallet and had to track down my tour leader late at night--I think we should all have the room numbers of our tour leaders as we arrive in each hotel so finding them is not another burden when you need them. We had salsa lessons scheduled for our stay in Holguin (actually at the all-inclusive resort) but the instructor never showed up and the leader said this was the second time that happened--time for a new salsa instructor. The tour guide in Cuba, Adriana, was exceptional--obviously, I have no way to compare her to your other leaders in Cuba, but we have been on a few of your trips and on others and she was at the very top of the list in terms of tour guides--her knowledge and personality were a perfect combination--don't let her go!
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Posted 1 year ago
Judith/Tim K
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Just returned from our third tour with Smartours and once again it was excellent. Our local guide, Marta, showed us a far different Cuba than we ever were anticipating! So glad we went now and were able to see the real Colonial Cuba, before further development moves it forward.
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Posted 3 years ago
Mg
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this was one terrific tour! a great sampler of what cuba has to offer. the guides elio and randy were superb. i learned so much and my curiosity has continued. i've done much research on the history which was and is quite amazing. hotels were air conditioned and comfortable. i thank smartours for this wonderful opportunity.
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Posted 3 years ago