Our trip included a wide range of activities starting with an exploration of Havana, moving on to Cienfuegos and Trinidad, a day trip to Guanayara Park for hiking and swimming, a few days at Playa Jibacoa and wrapping up with a final night at the Hotel Nacional back in Havana. From the start to the finish of this trip, everything worked seamlessly. The transportation was always on time and the drivers were all gracious and knowledgeable. The guides were excellent and provided us with more local and national knowledge than we expected. The activities were more than adequate and left us happily tired at the end of each day. There was plenty of time for us to explore on our own as well. The ratio of guided and unguided time was perfect. The accommodations were excellent and exactly what we were looking for. Being able to stay in private homes gave us a flavor for Cuba that we otherwise wouldn't have had. Also, a few days at Playa Jibacoa (all inclusive) worked well as it gave us time to decompress and digest our trip up until then. Overall, this trip was everything we had hoped it would be.
It would have been nice to have had more time to get to other parts of Cuba. We saw only a small part.
We had first thought about traveling to Southeast Asia but did not feel we had enough time. Therefore, we decided on Cuba, which is a mystery to many Americans despite our tangled history with Cuba an...We had first thought about traveling to Southeast Asia but did not feel we had enough time. Therefore, we decided on Cuba, which is a mystery to many Americans despite our tangled history with Cuba and Cuba's close proximity to the US. We were looking for an exploration of the Cuban culture rather than a (vacation) but wanted some down time at at a beach as well. The plan that was proposed to us was good right from the start and working with our Agent in Havana allowed us to make changes and tweak the itinerary when and as needed. There was nothing about this trip that did not work the way it was planned, which made the trip as successful as it could be.