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A Taste of Cuba

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Trip code: 
AUW
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Culture
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–18

Soak up Cuba's intoxicating salsa beats

Experience the best of Cuba’s beaches, cigars and ‘50s cars! Savour every taste of Cuba, from the expertly mixed mojitos to the traditional cuisine. In Vinales Valley, with its picturesque limestone karsts, the smell of cigars hangs in the air as we learn how Cuba's finest exports are carefully rolled by hand. Latin rhythms permeate the streets leaving our feet tapping - the perfect introduction to Cuban salsa. Practice all week and then perfect your moves in a salsa lesson with a local dance partner, a farewell night out to remember in vibrant Havana!

Highlights

  • One-to-one Salsa lesson with a talented local dance partner
  • Learn how to make the perfect Cuban mojito!
  • Visit to a traditional cigar factory and walk through tobacco plantations in the UNESCO Vinales Valley
  • Spend four nights in traditional Cuban guesthouses
  • Two nights staying in a hotel in Old Havana
  • Cuban Tourist Cards included for all UK residents

Key information

  • 4 nights Casas Particulares and 3 nights hotels (including 2 nights in Old Havana)
  • Travel by comfortable air-conditioned private coach
  • Some long journeys

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 2 lunch, 2 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Tourist card visa for UK residents

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
015 407 558
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Responsible Travel

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

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  • Day 1

    Start Havana.

    The group flight arrives in the afternoon and we transfer to our hotel in the Miramar district of Havana. Land only clients will meet the group at the start hotel.

    Standard Hotel

  • Day 2

    To Vinales Valley; walk through tobacco plantations.

    Today we travel to Vinales Valley, in the west of Cuba. Famous for its rolling tobacco plantations and collection of limestone karsts dotted along the valley, it's not hard to see why Vinales was awarded UNESCO World Heritage site status. We'll visit a cigar factory to learn about one of the island's most famous exports (when this is closed we instead visit an alternative cigar factory in Cienfuegos on the morning of day 4). After lunch, a local guide will take us for a light walk through the 'Valley of Silence' where we will be able to soak up rural Cuban life as farmers tend to their crops using traditional farming methods. After checking into our overnight accommodation in Casa Particulares, we will visit an organic farm in the hills of Vinales for a sunset dinner overlooking the valley.

    Casa

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    To Cienfuegos via the Bay of Pigs.

    This morning we set off on a long drive eastwards to Cienfuegos. We will make a stop for a picnic lunch on the Bay of Pigs where, time permitting, we may also have a dip. In Cienfuegos we have time to admire the main square and restored municipal buildings before checking into our casa for the night. Casas may be located in the town centre or close to the coastal road. There are some great paladares in the town and the coastal road 'malecon' is usually a lively place to soak up the atmosphere with locals.

    Today's travel time is approx. 7 hours.

    Casa

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 4

    To Trinidad UNESCO World Heritage Site; evening salsa class.

    This morning we'll depart Cienfuegos and continue by taking a short drive down the coast to Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1988 and perhaps the best-preserved colonial town on the island. Exploring Trinidad can feel like entering a time warp, its colourful, cobbled streets and horse drawn transportation whisking us back. There are many interesting museums housed in old colonial buildings and music drifts through the streets and plazas, bringing the town to life. We'll stay overnight in charming Casa Particulares, private Bed and Breakfast accommodation in local Cuban houses. We'll enjoy an introductory salsa class with local teachers in a nearby Cuban home, and later on in the evening we recommend a visit to Trinidad's Casa de la Trova (the famous 'House of Music') for traditional Cuban music and dancing.

    Casa

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    Free day in Trinidad.

    Today is free to soak up the atmosphere of Trinidad, simply relax, or join an optional excursion to explore the surrounding areas. For example you can walk the 'El Cubano' trail in the nearby national park.
    Casa

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    To Che Guevara's Mausoleum in Santa Clara; to Havana.

    Leaving Trinidad we head inland to Santa Clara, the site of the last battle of the Cuban Revolution in December 1958, just before Fidel Castro took Havana. Che Guevara and his troops ambushed an armoured train carrying arms to Santiago de Cuba and this was a major turning point in the Revolution. We visit the armoured train museum and the Mausoleum of Che Guevara and his comrades who died in Bolivia before driving back to Havana. An optional trip to either the Parisien or Tropicana Cabaret is available this evening.

    Today's travel time is approx. 5 hours.

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Havana city tour; evening salsa and mojito lesson.

    This morning we set off for a city tour of old and new Havana, Cuba's capital and the largest city in the Caribbean. Havana is a busy, bustling, energetic capital. The area of Old Havana is often described as a living museum, with its marvellous monuments, cathedrals and palaces. This is the finest surviving Spanish colonial complex in the Americas. Preserved by a combination of minimal war damage, post-revolution restoration work and the millions of dollars invested since it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982. During our tour we also visit the glitzier Miramar district and the Plaza de la Revolution with its images of the Cuban Revolution. We'll stop for lunch at one of the many great local restaurants in Old Havana. In the early evening we will have a demonstration on how to make the perfect Mojito! With a cocktail to loosen us up, we can put the new salsa moves witnessed during the course of the week into practice during a salsa session with a local Cuban dance partner. Salsa is integral to the Cuban way of life and this evening in Havana will be a dance and music filled ending to an incredible week in Cuba.

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 8

    End Havana.

    This morning is free to relax or do some last minute sightseeing in Havana's old town before those on group flights transfer to the airport in the afternoon.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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Essential Info

Visas

Cuba

British and most Western European passport holders do not require a visa but do require a tourist card. Your Cuban tourist card (valid for 30 days) is included and will be posted to you by Exodus approx. 4 weeks before travel. We will send instructions on how to fill it in but please be careful doing this as any mistakes may result in you having to purchase a new card at a cost of GBP15.00 per person.

We will send a tourist card free of charge as long as you live at a UK or Ireland address and are national of an EU country, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or Japan. If you are not national of one of these countries or are not resident in the UK or Eire you must contact your nearest Cuban Consulate to check what visa is required - Exodus cannot provide a tourist card for you.

The Cuban entry immigration is time consuming and most visitors encounter delays when queuing for entry into the country.

The Cuban Government passed a law stating that all tourists visiting Cuba must have travel insurance to cover medical costs. You are likely to be asked to provide proof of your travel insurance policy when you arrive at Havana airport, so please ensure your documents are easily accessible. Whilst we hope that things will change in the near future, due to present US policy, we cannot take US citizens on our trips to Cuba.

Vaccinations

Cuba

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Hepatitis A. We are advised that there is no risk of malaria. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. For the latest information please visit www.exodus.co.uk/zika‐virus‐q‐a. The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up‐to‐date information.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 2 lunch and 2 dinners included.

Cuba is not renowned for its culinary excellence and some ingredients are just not possible to get hold of (due in no small part to the long trade embargo implemented by the US). As such, flavours tend to be relatively simple, with most mealtimes consisting of meat or fish accompanied by rice and salad/vegetables. Seafood is widely available on the coast, including cheap and abundant lobster! Vegetarians will probably find they have the most limited choice. Snack food is not freely available in Cuba so you may wish to consider taking some with you.

Paladares are likely to be a highlight of any visit to Cuba - they are one of the few types of private enterprise allowed (although still heavily regulated), where families are allowed to set up a restaurant selling authentic, Cuban food. The atmosphere this creates and opportunity to integrate with local Cubans will no doubt enhance your stay! The hotel that we use in Trinidad includes evening meals for all guests, however, Trinidad is a great place to experience a local paladar or state run restaurant. There will be the option to do this (at your own expense) rather than eating at the hotel. We recommend that you allow CUC 30 pp per day for the lunches and evening meals on the days where food is not included. You may also spend money on bottled water, which will normally cost about CUC 1.50 per bottle if bought from the coach (less if you purchase from local shops).

Weather

The dry season runs from November through to April (with December to March being the peak holiday months for traditional style tourism). It can be humid between May and October, with heavy rains at times and the possibility of hurricanes. July and August are some of the most popular months to visit Cuba by sun-seekers from Europe and Canada but can be hot (average 28ºC) and wet. Cuba has an average of 6 hours sunshine per day with a more or less constant humidity of 62%. Water temperature normally ranges from 24ºto 28ºC.

Havana

Trinidad

Is this trip for you?

This is a relaxed itinerary where we travel in the comfort of a private air-conditioned coach. Journey times are kept to a minimum where possible. The longest journey on this trip is 7 hours on day 3, and there is another long distance to cover on day 6. Travel times can vary depending on traffic and weather.

During our time in Cuba we stay in some of the most characteristic destinations on the island, including Old Havana, Trinidad and Vinales. Along the way we have two salsa classes, learn about Cuba's fascinating revoluntionary history and current communist system, walk in the countryside of Vinales Valley, and have a day at leisure in Trinidad in which to visit Playa Ancon.

Please be aware that mobile networks don’t make or receive calls particularly well in Cuba, and coverage may not be available in many locations. Not all networks work in Cuba, so please check with your service provider. Also please note that few hotels have Wi-Fi. Some will have internet cafés, and you will also find some Wi-Fi spots in the main plazas in towns. Using the internet in Cuba is relatively expensive, up to 5-6 CUC per hour, unless you purchase Wi-Fi cards at official shops, but these will always have long queues. Wi-Fi can be very slow, so it’s best to assume that you won’t be able to find a reliable internet connection whilst travelling.

A limited tourism infrastructure on the island means that some hotels and other service providers are struggling to honour their agreements. Last minute overbookings and price increases are becoming commonplace.

Fortunately, over the years we have built strong working relationships with suppliers and we have managed to prevent any major problems from affecting our groups. Nevertheless, all travellers should be aware that last minute hotel cancellations are a possibility and could affect your trip, especially during the high season in Havana (Oct to March). In the event of any necessary changes we will endeavour to ensure a property of the same standard and similar location is used. On some occasions an overnight hotel stay may be replaced with a night in a casa, or vice versa.

In addition to being prepared for potential last minute hotel changes, it is possible that you will be confronted by other minor frustrations whilst travelling in Cuba. We encourage all travellers to go with an open mind, and with realistic expectations at what a visit to Cuba entails. If your guide announces a change of plans then please be assured that everything possible has been done behind the scenes in order to make satisfactory alternative arrangements.

Call for general departures:
015 407 558
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+44 (0)20 8772 3874
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Accommodation

Casas Particulares and Hotels

You will spend 4 nights Casas Particulares and 3 nights hotels (included 2 nights in Old Havana).

For the majority of the trip we will stay in standard hotels, with en suite bathrooms. We use standard hotels that range from 3 star equivalents to simple guesthouses. Rooms are on a twin-share basis, with air-conditioning and en suite bathrooms. Some of the hotels will have swimming pools. You should be aware that occasional power cuts occur and hot water supplies are not always guaranteed.

Casas Particulares - All of our Cuban itineraries include staying in privately-run 'Casas Particulares' in at least one destination as an alternative to staying in standard hotels. These are traditional Cuban properties that have been renovated into guesthouses. All rooms have en suite bathrooms, hot and cold water, either a fan or air-conditioning, and breakfast is included. Water pressure can be temperamental, and decor is variable! The houses that we use will be in close vicinity whenever possible, and we do our best to ensure that those in single room accommodation are always within a house where other Exodus clients are staying. However this cannot be guaranteed in all cases.

All properties that we use have been inspected and assessed by our local operator in Cuba. Some are large multi-room houses that are home to entire families, others are run by individuals, and in some cases the owners live elsewhere.

Call for general departures:
015 407 558
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+44 (0)20 8772 3874
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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed November 2017
    Jenny Sinnott

    Amazing country, but Exodus were a shambles

    Cuba is amazing, fantastic country and people. But Exodus were poor from start to finish. Before we left - most staff were great. One asked us for same info 3 times! On arrival, we had booked an extension in Varadero. We weren't told that Exodus can't guarantee your hotel for this part of trip. We found out at airport we couldn't stay at hotel we booked. Disappointing, but the substitute hotel was lovely too. Havana - hotel so far out of town hotel we couldn't do sightseeing as planned. Took an hour to check in! Room was dirty and badly maintained. On a road so noisy the windows shook as big trucks drove past constantly. I asked to move and was given a quieter room, but with no hot water! Vinales - beautiful place, but more issues with room. It was cramped, grim and noisy. Could have coped with that, but also had swarms of mosquitoes in my room. I killed dozens. Told tour leader, who chided me for not telling her immediately, although I had no way to contact her! My phone wouldn't allow me to make outgoing calls in Cuba. Owners sprayed my room, but I still killed another couple of dozen mosquitoes later that evening. This room is available for $20/night on airbnb. Massive mark up charged by Exodus. Cienfuegos- decent, quiet room, although windowless. Air con broken and leaked all over bed. No one to report this to. Told tour leader in morning and she looked at me blankly and said nothing! Breakfast was bread and jam. Pot of coffee to share that allowed only half a small cup each. If we wanted more coffee we had to pay! In this hotel, my iPad was stolen. It was charging and never left my room. In morning, I checked the room was clear. As soon as i sat on bus (at 7.45am), I realised I hadn't packed ipad. Told tour leader immediately, hoping she would call hotel. She didn't call them until we reached Trinidad and she told me my iPad wasn't in the room. Only explanation, it was stolen by hotel staff, either before or after I left. I told Exodus hoping they could use influence to pressure maid into returning stolen item. Exodus did nothing for THREE DAYS! After a lot of hassling, they called me, but still did nothing to try to get the iPad back. I believe they still use this hotel, so beware! Trinidad - decent room, but didn't get any breakfast one day. We think they mistook the time we requested food, due to language barrier. Girl was barely listening to us when we booked breakfast. Tour leader arranged breakfast for us elsewhere. Havana - finally a decent hotel! And trip home was fine.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Vinales - beautiful place, fantastic way of life for the locals, in my opinion.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I took a while to warm to her. I had a lot of problems on this trip and she made me feel uncomfortable when I told her about them. I only complained when I really felt it necessary. For example, I didn't tell her I got food poisoning from 2 of the restaurants she took us to. She talked too much for my liking. She was interesting and very knowledgeable. But on a 7 hour bus journey, she probably talked for 6.5 hours. I couldn't talk to my friend on the bus or I got a glare from her! Couldn't talk to her privately for most of the trip, she was always talking to the group and didn't like being interrupted, unless it was a question relevant to her lecture. On the plus side, she was fun, very interesting and knowledgeable. Happy and able to give advice on anything I wanted to do or know.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I wouldn't recommend travelling to Cuba with Exodus, sorry! The accommodation was below par. I expected basic, but it was worse than any back packing hostel I've ever stayed in and massively overpriced. You need to get up horribly early every day in order to beat the other crowds of tourists. You're very much on the tourist trail. I would not have chosen to go to the tobacco and rum factory where crowds of tourists stare at the workers, it was weird and an uncomfortable experience. Could have done without the mojito lesson and I found the one on one salsa too intense and awkward. Two Cuban lads baa'd at us and I agreed with them. I felt like a herded sheep! Best times were free time. So much to see, but not enough free time to see it all. Exodus are useful for getting you around the country, but if you can do this another way, I would advise it.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Be careful of your belongings. If anything goes missing I doubt you'll get it back and Exodus won't help.
  • Reviewed April 2017
    Serena Chance

    A fantastic whistle-stop tour

    A great week - lots of different aspects of Cuba, really enjoyable, very informative and a lot of fun. There is a lot of travel involved however it gave us all a good insight into some of the life in a different and fascinating country. Very hospitable hosts in the Casals Particulares.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The final Salsa class with our Cuban dance partners; realising how hard most Cubans have to work in order to make ends meet; appreciating just how widespread the ability to perform music to a high standard is amongst the Cubans;

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Lenay was a fabulous guide. Kind, helpful, very informative, assertive when needed, always smiley cheerful and positive, realistic about what we should expect, and she made it a great week for us all. She was very concerned that we were happy with the accommodation wherever we were, and that we let her know if anything wasn't as it might be. I don't think we could have had a better guide. A big thank you to Lenay for a great week, and for all her hard work.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Expect some long journeys; don't expect European luxuries or standards of accommodation everywhere; take time to learn some Spanish as the hosts in the cases particulares are extremely kind, and friendly; take things as you find them and with a sense of humour; understand that we are very wealthy/privileged in comparison to most Cubans; enjoy it all!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would love to return.
  • Reviewed March 2017
    rona barton

    Taste of Cuba

    Hugely enjoyed this tour..... truly was an adventure. We were introduced to an extraordinary peoples and culture....our guide was exemplary. I luved every moment and and am extremely keen to return. 'The Taste of Cuba' filled every moment with fascination and surprise. Everywhere very comfortable and safe but with a sense of how challenging it is for the locals...

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Hard to single out one... 'growing insight into the history of past 200years The positivity of the guide..... a 'child' of the post revolution The awesome colonial architecture the enterprise of the peoples...rural and urban snorkelling in the Caribbean The delightful hospitality of the hosts in the casa particulares very little that could be left out!!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    A star plus plus plus. She was so informative and prepared.... always positive and enthusiastic. The whole group thought her fabulous. For the whole week she was completely available and responsive to our needs and foibles.. a huge asset to Exodus and excellent Cuban ambassadress. In addition to the program, she researched material for further research into our family history during her free time... superb young woman!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    'bother' the team online via web chat......! it allays all doubts and instant access to advice or help.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    kindly forward info on your input/ support for local charities (for my information only) As a family, we left small gifts in the casa particulares..... hoping this was sensitive and right action...?
  • Reviewed March 2017
    Kathryn Moore

    More than just cocktails!

    A fantastic introduction to Cuba, its culture, history, music, dancing (and cocktails!)

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Loved it all!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ray is the best leader I've had on any group holiday. Informative, funny and encouraging during our attempts at dancing. I couldn't rate her highly enough. She made it a memorable trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't expect too much of the Casas and then you'll be pleasantly surprised. Take the optional Cadillac ride; it was great fun!
  • Reviewed January 2017
    Helen Power

    A Taste of Cuba

    A fantastic glimpse of Cuba with an excellent mix of sightseeing, music, free-time to further explore, and fun activities.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    A major highlight was exploring the streets and alleyways of Trinidad and enjoying the music and dancing at one of our cocktail stops. I also loved the tour of Havana in the open-topped old American cars. Quite exhilarating.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    She was fantastic. Excellent knowledge, friendly and helpful personality and a great sense of humour.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do it soon.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    You need to keep an open mind. Lifts may not work, the water might be tepid, the infrastructure can't quite keep up with the demands made on it, but if is a sensational (and still unspoilt) travel destination.
  • Reviewed January 2017
    Rachel Jones

    Does exactly what it says on the tin!

    The title of this trip is exactly what it suggests. It offers a real taste of Cuba and the itinerary, although packed, is perfect. Not rushing from place to place and plenty of free time to explore by yourself.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The walking trip around both Trinidad and Havana was excellent and well guided.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Raysalis was absolutely brilliant. She had a lovely disposition, was very knowledgeable about the island and its history. She also went out of her way to make sure everyone was happy and any issues were resolved quickly (i.e. one lady had a problem with her camera and she helped sort it out). Her English was fantastic and she was very clear about the plan for each day ensuring that the whole group knew what was going on and that everyone's timekeeping was as good as possible.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    There is a lot of construction going in Havana at the moment (i.e. the Capitoli building currently has scaffolding on it), but don't let it put you off, it's amazing to see the development and changes happening. The food is bland but very good - just don't expect anything spicy! Snacks are hard to come by, so take chocolate / crisps / sweets if you can't survive without them. There are various towers to climb in Trinidad, Cienfuegos and Havana - climb them all, the views are worth it!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We drove through the Bay of Pigs and stopped off to enjoy a dip in the sea which was fantastic and a welcome break to the bus journey, however it would have been nice to have the option to visit the Bay of Pigs museum.
  • Reviewed January 2017
    Rebecca Wakefield

    Coach with a window tour......

    After seeing so many great reviews for this trip I decided to book it to travel over Christmas 2016. Basically it is a view of Cuba from a coach! Long, drives - quick stops 2-3 times during the day for a 45mins-1hr max - really no time to appreciate anywhere are you are always on the go! A few pointless places where we stopped were also thrown in. Accomodation was average - first night hotel was below poor quality however the homestays (all be them basic) were clean and adequate, and the families could not do enough to please you. Food is basic - you get the same breakfast, lunch and dinner choices daily. In summary Cuba the island is green and lush with white sandy beaches, fab old cars everywhere and Havana is a great city to mooch around, top that up with the friendly welcoming people then its a great place to visit, however this weeks tour really packs too much in - but saying that I certainly could not do the two week tour either as I am sure it will be much of the same just over a longer time period!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the che guevara museum - an amazing and moving story of his life.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jorge was a friendly leader with good local knowledge however we never had enough time in any area/town to really apprecitate what he was telling us. Ray was a great driver coping well with the long 7-9 hours driving he was doing on most days.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do visit Cuba as its a good place to see, however take toilet roll with you where ever you go, take snacks as there is very little in the way of chocolate, crisps, sweets etc, if you wanted take spices or sauces to pep-up your food, definately book an add-on beach hotel via Exodus at the end of the tour so you can chillout for a few days at the end as you will be exhausted from not doing much! Oh and buy Rum out there as it is really cheap.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I've toured with Exodus before and they are a great company however I do usually travel independently so to be stuck on a coach for a week was not really my idea of fun. The tour does say long days travelling however you will not appreciate it until you get there. Don't not go on the tour -just be aware of this before you go. Enjoy.
  • Reviewed November 2016
    Briony Burns

    A taste of Cuba

    A good week. Being on a tour sliced through the hassle of organisation and was a great queuebuster when visiting museums and events. Great variety of things to see and do in a very colourful varied interesting country

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Salsa dancing

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent . Good English , knowledgeable and keen to give us a good experience

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Extend the trip preferably at the end for a few days either in Havana or to go to the beach
  • Reviewed September 2016
    Sue Ellis

    taste of cuba

    superb tour with what must be the best 'guide' we have ever had Rayselis, her knowledge, sense of commitment and humour made the tour more wonderful than it was.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    the whole trip was made up of wonderful moments - not possible to single out just one.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    as mentioned above Rayselis was a 'complete gem'

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Internet very poor - just be prepared if you think you will need it!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    the stays in the 'casa's' were really enjoyable and comfortable
  • Reviewed May 2016
    Emma Wooldridge

    A Taste of Cuba

    An apt name for the trip, it gave a taster of several parts of Cuba

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing/experiencing Havana. The dinner at the organic farm in Vinales. Watching the locals salsa dance at a bar in Vinales Walking around Trinidad The included dinner at Trinidad Santa Clara (for the history) and Sancti Spiritus (for a less touristy feel to the place)

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Lazaro was knowledgeable and answered all questions honestly

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring a book/mp3 player as some of the journeys are long. The sooner you adapt to 'Cuban Time' the easier it is. Whilst some of the food is a bit bland there are there are some really good meals to be had too

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This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

 

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