Cuba: The People & Culture - 2017

Cienfuegos • Trinidad • Bay of Pigs • Havana
  • TOUR THE CITY OF HAVANA IN A VINTAGE AMERICAN CAR
  • TOUR OLD HAVANA TO SEE THE FADED GLORY OF ITS SPANISH-COLONIAL ARCHITECTURE, AND BROWSE THE ARTS AND CRAFTS MARKET
  • ADMIRE TRINIDAD'S WELL-PRESERVED 16TH-CENTURY ARCHITECTURE ON A WALKING TOUR
  • TOUR THE HISTORIC PORT CITY OF CIENFUEGOS AND SEE ITS FRENCH-INFLUENCED PALACES AND MANSIONS
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Cuba: the People & Culture

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Traveler:LONNIE LASTER
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:9
Traveled:May 2017

We loved Cuba. Ruby was one of our best, ever guides. The hotels were great. Loved the views from The Jagua. Loved the old school elegance of National Hotel of Cuba. The food was excellent with a great variety. The small size of 24 was very doable. Our city guide Merilys did a good job and Rolando the bus driver was excellent. Riding in the Yank Tanks around Havana was a highlight. Enjoyed Bay Of Pigs. Liked seeing the Statue of Christ. The ration store was very interesting. We enjoyed the various musical and dance performances. Visiting the nursery school was another highlight. Just a great trip.

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Traveler:EDWARD N ABRAHAM
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:1
Traveled:March 2017

Great fun for my wife and myself on our trip to Cuba. Esmeralda, our leader, was the best we have ever had in traversing the globe..What a personality, and so knowledgeable and often just bursting into spontaneous dancing at functions with her identical twin sister who assisted another group..Food was excellent and lots of lobster and shrimp which my wife and I both love...Accommodations were certainly adequate considering the overall poverty of the country...Air conditioned bus and an excellent driver and local guide made for a wonderful memorable overall trip to what will soon be a rapidly changing country and economy..Thank you Vantage, and thank you, Esmeralda..

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Traveler:JUDY STACEY
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:2
Traveled:March 2017

Words cannot describe the wonderful visit to Cuba!! I loved the people, culture, tour guides, food, people on the tour!! It was even more than I expected. Thank you Vantage for providing me the opportunity to see Cuba...my friends are jealous of me, so I will refer them to Vantage!!!

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Traveler:LUCILE SORRELLS
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:1
Traveled:March 2017

We had a great tour guide, Ruby, and a great local guide, Israel. Couldn't have asked for better!

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Traveler:NANCY MANDL
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:2
Traveled:January 2017

This was a very well designed, action-packed trip. The tour director Emilio and local guide Marielis led our group on a varied and interesting trip, enhanced with their personal knowledge of Cuba's life & culture. The accommodations were as good as could be expected considering Cuba's economic challenges, and the food better than expected, thanks to the choices by Vantage and recommendations of the guides for "private" restaurants. We enjoyed wonderful dance, art and musical performances, and had a lot of fun going for a spin in a vintage American car. A full and fast-paced experience in the brief time spent in Cuba. Cuba has a long way to go economically but has so much to offer the inquisitive traveller…great to see it now before whatever changes the future brings and tourism increases.

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Traveler:LESLIE LOVESTEAD
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:3
Traveled:January 2017

The tour was excellent in every way. The tour director, Ruby Gatins, was the best I have ever had in my travels to 111 countries.

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Traveler:RONALD HELLER
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:2
Traveled:March 2016

Amazing view of a people and culture stuck in the the 1960's. As a requirement for visiting Cuba from the United States: People to People Culture Tour, Vantage exceeded the requirements by 100 percent. On some days it was too much but every aspect was interesting. The Cuban people are very friendly and I never felt unsafe for a moment. Go now before the 'new revolution' takes place from outside influences. Accommodations and food were well above what was expected.

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Traveler:NEILL KLEIN
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:2
Traveled:March 2016

There is a qualifer to this review. The trip was a disaster as we were locked out of Havana because of the Obama visit and what what happened was not in the control of Vanage. Vanage has promised to make things right financially, so now I will talk about what we did do. Our time in Cienfuegos was pleasant and we were gived a nice tour of the city and surronding areas and the side trip that we took to Trinidad was informative. Our tour guide was well informed and explained things well. Our Tour Manager Roberto is the best that I have ever encountered. I would recommend this trip to others so long as they can be assured of the complete tour. For what they had to work with, they did a GREAT job.

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Traveler:JAMES MORROW
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:7
Traveled:March 2016

Educational and outstanding trip. Particularly enjoyed the Orquesta de Guitarras in Cienfuegos as well as the farewell night riding in the 50's
American car convertibles in Havana. Our guide and tour director both executed their jobs very professionally.

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Traveler:ELAINE ST ANNE
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:2
Traveled:March 2016

This was an excellent overview of a wonderful country. Our guide was knowledgable, efficient and warm. I saw everything I wanted to see and more.

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