When you plan to fly into Havana with the idea to discover a bit more about the Cuban culture, a tour across Cuba could be just where you are looking for. more...
When you plan to fly into Havana with the idea to discover a bit more about the Cuban culture, a tour across Cuba could be just where you are looking for.
While independent travelling offers the ultimate sense of freedom, there are definite advantages to taking a tour or excursion while on vacation in Cuba. Participating in a tour allows you to experience various highlights in a short amount of time. Since catching local transport in Cuba often takes a good part of the day, joining a well-organized tour makes lots of sense, especially when you are dealing with time constraints. People who travel alone can appreciate the added sense of security and the fact that taking a tour is a great way to make new friends. In some cases you get to visit places where an individual traveler can’t go, like special trails through national parks or bio reserves.
Tours that depart from Havana are generally designed around a theme or activity, like a tobacco tour, highlights of the revolution tour or trekking tours through nature. All tours have in common that you have a chance to experience some of the most beautiful and exciting places in Cuba, without having to organize anything. Everything from transportations to hotels, entrance fees and most meals are taken care of. Guides often are bi-lingual and very professional. Some tours require a minimum amount of participants while other depart even when there are just one or two people interested.
Cuban highlight and traditional tours take you across the island by bus or private transportation to the most famous of Cuban cities and Cuba’s natural highlights. The tours generally take between the 5 and 9 days. In case you prefer to stay longer in the city where the tour terminates, it is easy to book an extension. Dancing and Salsa tours are also really popular. Isn’t it a great idea that you can tour Cuba while at the same time working on your dance moves under the guidance of professional instructors?
Trekking tours on foot or by bike are designed for nature lovers and those who want to get off the beaten track. Beside walking or bicycling there is plenty of time to swim, relax and enjoy the sun. Accommodations are comfortable and you do not need to haul a tent on your back.
The Discovering Cuba from Sea Tour, which even includes a stopover in Ocho Rios Jamaica, takes passengers from Havana, Isla de Juventud, Casilda (Trinidad) or Cienfuegos, Ocho Rios (Jamaica), Santiago de Cuba, Cayo Saetía (Holguín) and back to Havana.
I recommend that before you go on a tour from Havana, you make sure to inform yourself about the costs of services that are not included in the price of your tour like the odd meal, drinks, transfers etc. Because tours from Havana are easy to book online you can arrange for them at the same time you book your flight, hotel or vacation package.