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Cuba: La Isla Grande

Cuba - The Isla Grande

5
We had a wonderful trip, covering most of Cuba from Havana through Spiritus Sancti and Bayamo to Baracoa before working back via Santiago de Cuba, Trinidad, Camaguey and Cienfueros to come back to Havana. Travelling by coach, we made many stops along the way to see sights, have coffee, take photos and stretch our legs. Each area of Cuba has its own distinct culture and we experienced them all - salsa dancing, touring in the old cars, swimming in the blue Caribbean sea and walking in the mountains of Sierra Maestre. Even though it was the rainy season, the weather was hot - the rains usually held off until around tea-time and everything was dry again within the hour, so the tropical storms did not detract in any way from our enjoyment - indeed the theatrical thunder and lightening provided us with some spectacular displays. Despite warnings from friends who had previously visited Cuba, I found the food to be of good quality - plenty of sea food and fish as well as chicken and pork, all of which was well cooked and presented. We sampled a few Cuban specialities - a coconut sauce and a coconut sweet treat. As we were in Cuba, we could not resist sampling a few Cuba Libre, Mohito, Pina Colada and Daquari - all of which were delicious. In Havana we found the Cafe Escroil which prepared the most yummy coffee - coffee with cream, ice-cream and chocolate liqueur - any diet was soon forgotten! In Baracoa we also found the Chocolate cafe - refreshing iced chocolate during the day and chocolate daquari in the evening so of course we had to sample a few... I really enjoyed this trip around Cuba and hope someday to make a return visit to an island which has so much to offer.
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Cuba: La Isla Grande

La Isla Grande

3
We ( a group of 17) travelled around Cuba for 2 weeks by coach, at the end of June, begining of July. It was hot & humid. It was the start of the rainy season but the rains came mostly late afternoon, not every day. This made the vegetation very lush. The Spanish influence on the island was evident in all the towns. Away from the large towns, horse drawn vehicles were most abundant - the life style very rural.
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La Isla Grande

5
It's a great trip with lots of diversity & amazing places to enjoy around the island. Our guide Alex did a great job & our driver Yunior was excellent, always on time, drove carefully & we had confidence we would get to our destination safely. Lots of long coach days, but it is necessary so we could see all Cuba has to offer. Excellen itinerary.
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Cuba is a must visit!

5
I had a great trip and definitely recommend visiting Cuba sooner rather than later. The country is warm, friendly and inspiring. The itinerary is well planned and although there is a lot of travelling, it is broken up well and doesn't feel too bad.
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Cuba: La Isla Grande

Coach tour of Cuba

5
A fifteen day tour of Cuba was wonderful, so much to see & learn. Our guide Jorge was knowledgeable, had a great personality & was very funny. Our driver Vincente did a great job, & I always felt safe with him at the wheel. Cuba is quite a large island & we spent quite a lot of time on the coach. This did'nt matter as there is so much to see & take in.Our hotels were fine, some better than others, but all did the job. Cuban food is somewhat bland but they really fill you up & the Pina Coladas were great. Some walking on this tour but nothing too strenuous. I felt Cuba was like nowhere I had been before, wonderful music, colourful, & lovely people. Two things they need to sort out: Banks! only one person allowed in at a time so changing money takes ages, use an ATM if possible. Coffee! they grow it in Cuba but the coffee is not good, it tastes like wet cardboard, No, I have not tasted wet cardboard but it tastes like I imagine it tastes. Our group was 17 strong, all lovely people, nobody kept the coach waiting. There were quite a lot of singles in our group but we were all good friends only days into the trip. Exodus do a grand job, there was nothing to complain about & I will use them again. Well done Exodus.
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Cuba: La Isla Grande

A great but tiring trip

4
This was a wonderful trip in that it gave us the opportunity to see a great deal of the island and learn a lot about its history. There was a lot of variety in the places we visited and the activities provided so that it was never dull. The downside was that there was a great deal of coach travel, especially in the first few days, which was tedious at times despite our guide's valiant efforts to break up the journey. Overall, I thought the holiday gave me a sense of the "real" Cuba so that I'd know what to choose to revisit if I were to return.
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Cuba - La Isla Grande

5
"IMAGINE" shouts the heading on a poster of Che Guevara alongside John Lennon, perhaps summing up Cuba as an island of contrasts. Just a few short streets away from the vibrant centre of Havana and you're in a different world of faded colonial glory, crumbling buildings and ruins, but the friendliness and hospitality of the Cuban people is a constant. This is an excellent trip if you want to see as much as possible of the island in a relatively short space of time. Yes, there is a lot of time spent on the coach but the trip notes prepare you for that, and it's necessary as there's so much to pack in, and there are several two-night stays which allow time for relaxation. We visited many towns and cities, met interesting people, learned a lot of fascinating history, and - despite what we'd been led to expect - enjoyed some great food and drink. There was a good mix of people in our group, we all got on well together and even the unseasonably cool and wet weather (we went at the end of Jan) failed to spoil our enjoyment of the trip.
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La Isla Grande

4
The trip was an extremely busy one and we did wonder what we had let ourselves in for as the first 3 days were non stop coach travel, which was pointed out in the itinerary but still a bit of a shock. The whole trip was one of contrast and the guide was excellent, giving us lots of information about the culture and the revolution. The people were delightful and friendly and we felt totally safe in all the towns and cities. Just loved all the 1950's cars and the music. Prices were OK food was cheap and I actually got fed up of Lobster. The only disappointing part of the holiday was a last minute change of the hotel on the first night. We were put in a total dive that was dirty and without aircon. A letter of complaint will be going to Exodus. Don't expect too much from the hotels but generally they were reasonably clean. the home stay being the best.
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We would like to thank Paul for his review. The fragile tourism infrastructure in Cuba means that last minute hotel cancellations are common and we are sorry that Paul’s group was affected by this. Given the short timeframe in which our local operator had to organise an alternative hotel and the very limited accommodation options available, we realise that Paul’s group unfortunately stayed in a hotel that was below our expected standards. We have since contacted all members of Paul’s group with regards to this stay.

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Cuba: La Isla Grande

La Isla Grande = Fantastico!

5
An extremely well organised trip starting and ending in Havana. Covering the entire island by land rather than taking any internal flights gives the opportunity to experience the diversity of Cuba's landscape. A range of accommodation including colonial hotels and casa particulares means a comfortable stay throughout. Knowledgeable tour guide(s) provided a superb education into Cuban history and politics through to the current day with visits to key locations. I recommend this trip to anyone wanting to understand Cuba, it's people, history, culture, creativity and energy.
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