“Just a quick email to let you guys know what a truly sensational time my friends and I had during our recent tour of Cuba!!!
We spent 9 days in Cuba with Daniel Cervantes as our guide. I cannot commend him highly enough, you guys should be incredibly proud of the job that he did! He was passionate about Cuba, super informative, respectful and heaps of fun! : )
The trip was well organised, jam packed, met our needs (as in, what we requested re: places, accommodation, air conditioning etc) and so much fun. I’ve been telling everyone what a brilliant time we had and recommending your organisation and Daniel to everyone!
I’ve done a number of private tours with guides elsewhere in the world and this was easily the best one I’ve ever done.”
Katina Velkou, Private Cuba Tour, August 2016
“Our guide was Dayana and you could not have picked a more perfect tour guide for us. Along with the driver Jhoan they really made our holiday special.
All the restaurants that Dayana took us to were excellent and some we would never have found without inside knowledge
All the accomodation was more then adequate and the hosts very friendly. My preference would have been the Casa in Cienfuegos and Havana but they all had unique attractions.
All in all, our holiday was made most special by Dayana, please thank her.
I have not stopped recommending your tour company since I got back. I hope you can keep up the great standard as the business grows. The energy from the team is palpable.”
Lesley McEwan, Private Cuba Tour, July 2016
“Manolo was just not our Tour Guide by the end of our tour, but our friend. Someone we will be in contact with for a very long time to come. Brilliant can’t wait to return to Cuba in 2018, where we hope to experience more cities and culture. LOVE LOVE LOVE”
Angie And Shaun Cole, Private Cuba Tour, June 2016
“Really grateful for the professional staff! Carlos is a very knowledgeable young man who was able to equally explain everything in Spanish and English. It felt like it was more than just a job for him, but more a passion and the whole experience with him came across as very sincere. I would recommend anyone coming to Cuba to have such a guide as one can feel a little venerable being in a foreign country, but with such friendly and professional staff accompanying you, all worries are gone. Great organisation and really top service. Important was also that the guide was able to communicate with all our group, from my grandma to the youngest who was 20.
The overall tour experience was 10/10. Had a wonderful experience and have already recommended it to my close friends wanting to visit. Truly an adventure not to be missed!”
Catalina Mukherjee, Private Cuba Tour, July 2016
“Oscar did a fabulous job! His people skills are outstanding and he was always looking out for us. His enthusiasm and passion for his work, as well as his knowledge of his country, made the tour delightful!”
Lynn Shreve, 10 Day Group Tour, July 2016
“Just wanted to drop you a note thanking you and the team for a great holiday.
We had a brilliant time in Cuba, and I especially wanted to provide some feedback on what a great tour guide Pedro was. He was very personable, informative and flexible to all our needs, adjusting tour schedules and site visits to meet our requirements. He was there when we needed him, and left us alone when appropriate. We could not have asked for a better guide and ambassador for both locally Sourced Tours, or Cuba.”
Glenn Keys, Private Cuba Tour, July 2016
“Just got back from a trip with Daniel to Havana, Cienfuegos & Trinidad. Had the best time. Each city was so uniquely different & Daniel was very knowledgeable not only about the history but fun facts & great at selecting excellent restaurants plus some really fun bars also. Highly recommended. Miss it already.”
Carlyn Kessler, Private Cuba Tour, June 2016
“We can honestly say that Yohandro (Joe) was the BEST guide that we have ever had and we have had a life-time of international travel with a fair amount of private tours. He was always on time, and made our trip super fun. His knowledge of the history and country were invigorating and insightful. He went above and beyond our highest expectations. His humor was infectious. You could tell he cared deeply about his clients and was clearly evident. Can highly recommend him as a incredible tour guide and person! He is a great and proud representative of the Cuban people.”
Barbara Nelson, Private Cuba Tour, June 2016
“Was a pleasure to have ‘Danny Boy’ as my guide and also must include Renair our driver… both top class!!!
Danny made me feel relaxed from the minute we met. He was always informative, and able to answer any questions put to him.
Also, on my last day when I lost my phone he dealt with the situation professionally. I will return to Cuba, for sure, and If i do a tour, will use your company, and ask for Daniel.”
Charles Ellis, 8 Day Group Tour, June 2016
“Carlos made our tour the success that it was. He is passionate about his country and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of its history. He has a sophistication beyond his years that enabled him to bond with two couples in their 60s. A great guy and a great guide.”
Simon Marks, Private Cuba Tour, June 2016
“Daniel was absolutely wonderful as a guide. He was very quick to pick up on our relaxed travel attitude and sense of humour which is a rare and great quality for those who don’t understand the Aussie sense of humour. We had the most wonderful experience travelling Cuba and thank you Daniel and Locally sourced tours for making it possible.”
Wendy Ward, Private Cuba Tour, May 2016
“Unfortunately for Sara and I, we have returned back to work. Fortunately, we had one of the absolute best trips thanks to you and especially Yunier! Sara and I have been very fortunate to travel the world. You name it, we’ve been there. For both of us, Cuba is one of our top three locations. Your company made it extremely easy to plan the entire trip.
We consider Yunier a friend for life. His English is perfect, he’s easy going, and he knows the Cuban history very well. It was especially helpful that Yunier was friends with so many locals. Additionally, part of what we loved about the trip was our interactions with local people.
In my professional line of work at home, we find it of utmost importance to provide recognition to those who deserve it. Yunier deserves recognition for the value he provides to your company.
Again, thank you very much. I’ve already recommended Locally Sourced Cuba to five of my friends!”
Shane & Sara Gorski, Private Cuba Tour, May 2016
“We were very fortunate to have had “Baby” as our guide for eight days while we explored Cuba. We were travelling with our five children, two sons & three daughters, ranging in ages from 20 to 10yrs old. Baby connected very well with our daughters & sons. She provided very interesting commentary with her wealth of knowledge & her brilliant command of English. She was equally comfortable having an in depth conversation with my husband over historical information as she was over teaching us Salsa moves. Baby was great at picking out the best places to eat, drink and dance. Baby certainly made our trip to Cuba. We are extremely grateful to her.”
Jane Kent, Private Family Cuba Tour, April 2016
“My husband Alan booked a holiday for us as a birthday present. We were on an 8 day tour with Yoelys and I have to comment on what a fantastic tour guide he is. He made sure we were all comfortable as a group of 11 people from different demographic. We were lucky that the tour group all gelled with together and we were all open to an adventure. He also kept us informed on the itinerary and program and explained the Cuban history and culture very clearly. By the end of the tour, there was such a strong camaraderie among the group that we all went for drinks and dinner in Havana even when the tour was officially over.”
Michelle Teng, 8 Day Group Tour, May 2016
“Oscar is fantastic, Cuba is fantastic. This is the best holiday I have ever had. It is beyond expectations.
Seriously I am very impressed with Oscar. Smart as a button, thirsty for knowledge, empathetic and warm.”
Andrea Steinberg, Private Cuba Tour, April 2016
“I wanted to tell you we had a fantastic stay in Cuba.
We fell in love with Pedro and are sure he will be our friend for life.
From my very first email, you have met or exceeded my expectations of response time, patience, and getting me what I wanted.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Our family had a real family experience that we will never forget. You made it all easy, reliable, comfortable, interesting, flexible, cultural, adventurous and expanded our family with Pedro.”
Steve Klemme, Private Cuba Tour, March 2016
“We are back home now and I just wanted to give you some feedback on the tour.
We had a great time thanks in large part to our guide, Dayana. I think we were extremely lucky to have her as our guide, she was exceptional, and made the trip both highly enjoyable and memorable. Whatever you are paying her, she is worth every cent (and more), and is an outstanding representative for your company. I was concerned that the professionalism that you had demonstrated may not be reflected in the local Cuban operation but I need not have worried given Dayana was organising things. Our bus driver, Asciel, was also excellent.
The salsa lesson (something I would never have personally chosen to do) and the classic car tour were fantastic inclusions and extremely enjoyable. Overall I think you supply an excellent product that provides good value for money. We have already recommended your company to one person we were speaking to on the way home, and will certainly do the same with any of our friends who may go to Cuba in the future.
Congratulations and best wishes for the future. I’m sure it is looking bright and can only continue to grow.”
“We have just returned home after an amazing holiday and I just want to write to say thank you for making our Cuban experience unique, fun and above all memorable. Yosva, our guide, met us promptly on our arrival at the hotel, and for the next 6 days couldn’t do enough for us. Always checking in to make sure we were happy and comfortable and constantly guiding us through our trip with sincerity and care. He is very knowledgable re Cuban history, something both my husband and I are interested in and he gave us great insight into the real Cuba, including the people, and her past and present. He really is a gem and genuinely loves his job. We are excited for his future prospects in a new era for this beautiful country. All our hotels and casas were clean and comfortable as well as perfectly located.
So, thanks again and we will recommend you and your company to our friends for sure.”
Anthony and Rosemary Scognamiglio
“THANK YOU FOR MAKING OUR CUBA TRIP UNFORGETTABLE!!!
We really appreciate all your help and your patience during our decision process.
Our trip was fantastic! We enjoyed Cuba every minute we were there, and we really miss it now. Our tour guide, Jorge, was a very nice man and he gave us a lot of nice memories.”
Gry Vebenstad Rybråten, Private Cuba tour, March 2016
“We have just arrived back in Australia after our trip to Cuba and elsewhere.
We very much enjoyed Cuba and would like to thank you for arranging our trip.
I particularly want to put in a good word for Yoellis, our guide.
He was an excellent guide who really looked after us. He was well informed, organised and had a good sense of humour.
I would think that he is a distinct asset to your organisation.
Thanks again for a great trip!”
Patrick Butler, Private Cuba Tour, February 2016
“Our Cuban tour guide, Yaniet Curro Cabrera was simply outstanding and someone worth recommending to other potential clients looking to head there. She is a University graduate, majoring in English and prior to working in the travel industry she taught English within the local school system. She is well connected, knowledgeable, has a good read of what is relevant today…a fantastic tour guide and genuine individual.”
Walter Taulelei, Christopher Teo and Maum Moananu, Private Cuba Tour, March 2016
“Just wanted to let you know that we all had an absolutely wonderful time there, Cuba threw up all sorts of surprises and we are all the better educated and wiser thanks to Danny’s knowledge and willingness to share all aspects of his country. He is a very nice guy and an excellent ambassador for Cuba and your company.”
Paul McLaughlin, 15 Day Group Tour, March 2016
“Yohandro is a tremendous guide and a wonderful person. He is knowledgeable beyond any expectation, and taught us so much about history and culture that we are still absorbing everything we learned. He has a fantastic sense of humor and was easy and comfortable to talk to and spend time with. Because there were only the two of us and Yohandro, we definitely got to know and understand each other. He quickly learned our interests and choose activities we would enjoy. He made great restaurant recommendations for us. We really enjoyed spending time hiking and in nature, and so does Yohandro, so we had beautiful experiences of hiking and seeing birds and the incredible landscape of Cuba.
This journey to Cuba will be with us for a lifetime. It was a rich and in-depth experience that would not have been possible without Yohandro. Muchas gracias.”
Rick Johnson & Roberta Crockett, Private Cuba Tour, March 2016
“Manolo was a fab tour guide, he made sure the tour was really good fun. He looked after us all so well, took us to great places and it was great having such an informative local guide too. I’ve travelled a lot and have never had so much fun on a tour, thanks so much!”
Fiona Stevenson, 8 Day Group Tour, March 2016
“Manny was an absolutely fantastic tour guide. He was incredibly knowledgeable and always happy to answer our questions, however ridiculous they may have seemed. Always smiling and helpful, a pleasure to be around.
Locally Sourced was recommended by a friend who had previously toured with Dany and really enjoyed her experience. I’m glad of that because I’ve had a fabulous time.”
Helen Browne, 8 Day Group Tour, March 2016
“Just wanted to thank you and your great team a big THANK YOU for a wonderful and memorable trip in March to Cuba with your Company. Special big hug and thanks to Yaniet (what a gem) and Ariel our driver. Also to the staff at Casa Alta Habana. Couldn’t have wished for a better memory or experience. I have written something up on Trip Advisor about your Company, Yaniet, Ariel, Casa Alta and the two restaurants we were taken to as part of our 5 day private tour – all glowing reports.”
Julie & Peter Kennedy, Private Cuba Tour, March 2016
“I have no doubt you hear this all the time, but thank you thank you THANK YOU for what was the most wonderful tour of Cuba that we could have imagined!!!! This was due in large part to having Manolo as our guide, he was absolutely terrific. Answering our endless questions about the history and current climate, showing us some secret spots in the cities we visited, adjusting the trip as needed and just generally making sure that we got to fit in all the experiences that showed us beautiful, interesting, unique and special Cuba. Your company as a whole is so professionally organised and is excellent value for money, and we thank you for that. We can’t wait to come back one day and have already been telling all our friends to contact you if they visit Cuba.”
Liz Constable, Private Cuba Tour, March 2016
“We can only describe our trip to Cuba as a truly wonderful experience from start to finish. The recent visit to Cuba by President Obama only served to bring back some of those great memories. I have to commend both you and your people in Cuba for a job well done.
I had a good feeling about your Company from the very start. Your responses to my inquiries were always very timely; they contained valuable information for what we needed to do in advance of arriving in Cuba; you had great recommendations for places to visit; and you were very flexible with the last minute changes that I requested.
Also, we can’t say enough good things about our tour guide, Jorge Hidalgo. He possesses all those great qualities and attributes that insured our trip was memorable. By the end of our trip, he was almost like family. Jorge was always on time, he had a great sense of humour, insured that we saw a broad cross section of Cuba’s historical sites, and gave us an insight into Cuba’s history, its people and culture that we could never have gained on our own. He’s very proud to be a Cuban and we believe represents your Company extremely well.”
John and Marilyn Seely, Private Cuba Tour, February 2016
“Our fantastic vacation in Havana is already in the past. But we would like to let you know, that we truly enjoyed our stay. Our tour guide Yailin was fantastic, with a great knowledge and lovely to talk to. The days just past too fast…
And thank you for the recommendation of Casa Alta Habana! What a place, in the centre of Havana! But not only the location was fantastic, we loved talking to all people there, who made our stay so unforgettable and made us feel so welcome. Breakfast was a great time, we are already missing the interesting conversations and the fresh fruits and the good coffee.
Traveling to Cuba was on our wish list for many, many years and we are glad, we visited (definitely not the last time) now.
We are wishing you and your whole team all the best and will definitely recommend you!”
Birka and Jaron Wiedmaier, Charming Havana Tour, March 2016
“Carlos was friendly, caring, and sensitive to our needs and wishes, interesting, very knowledgeable about Cuba & the world and worked hard to please and enjoy our stay in Cuba. Within a week, we felt like Carlos was a part of the family.
His love of Cuba clearly radiated throughout the trip, and his attention to details was exemplary.
We loved Cuba, enjoyed the trip very much and we have no doubt that Carlos was one of the main causes!”
Emil Hogen, Private Cuba Tour, March 2016
“I would like to let you know that we are safely back home from the wonderful time in Cuba. It was one of the best trips we had and we thank you and your staff.
We had Oscar as our guide and Isdrael as our driver. They are truly the best. We learned a lot about people, culture, and history of Cuba because of them and Cuba became our favorite country. We are hoping to go back in the near future.”
Yuki and Roger, Private Cuba Tour, February 2016
“Back from our visit to Cuba, Betty (my wife) and I would like to express to you and to all the personnel of your organisation our complete satisfaction for the good work all your team has done in order to make us feel at home during our visit.
As you know Mirjana, her husband Vito and our friend Spomenka are still on tour with Javier and I can anticipate to you that they were also very pleased until we split in santa Clara and I hope the last part of their tour was as good as the first one.
Many thanks to our very talkative, charming, expert and experienced guide Javier, the “torero”de Cienfuegos y Trinidad. Thanks for his attempt to teach me few steps of salsa without considering that I am a free style, not obidient guy. Of course thanks also to the people at your office, whom I did not meet, but who demonstrated a great skill in their job.”
Emil Pozza, Private Cuba Tour, February 2016
“It was a wonderful experience, and I particularly wanted to let you know that our guide Aniorland was absolutely superb. I have undertaken many tours across the world, but have never encountered a guide so committed to ensure that everyone’s needs were met, which with a group of people from different backgrounds and with different demands and expectations can be very challenging.” He is a very valuable asset to your company, and a tremendous ambassador for his country. Finally, I will be delighted to recommend Locally Sourced Cuba Tours, and I wish you every success in the future.”
Ann Nolan, 8 Day Group Tour, February 2016
“Yaniet absolutely made the trip! Intelligent, charming, well informed, resourceful. Could not have been better.
We adored our driver, Aniel. Like Yaniet, he was a magnificent ambassador to Cuba — gracious and charming and a fine driver, too!”
Nancy Berezin, Private Cuba Tour, February 2016
Aniorland was the perfect guide for us. His English was brilliant & the wide range of his knowledge incredible; ranging from the flora & fauna to art, culture & history.
He added a great deal to our enjoyment & we wouldn’t have had such a good trip without him.
Michael Charvonia, Private Cuba Tour, February 2016
“Oscar was unbelievable, he made our trip! We were a family of 4, he got on so well with the kids but also with Rob and myself. We travelled around Cuba and Sth America for a month and our highlight was definitely Cuba, but the main reason for that was because of Oscar. We were so sad to leave him!”
Helen Bird, Private Cuba Tour, January 2016
“Just to let you know the Cuban trip was absolutely fantastic – thank you!!! The itinerary had so many highlights that every aspect exceeded my expectations as per the great feedback I’ve given to Responsible Travel.
Yunier, our guide and Frank, the driver were both fabulous – professional, friendly and helpful. Yunier was able to obtain tickets for the Grand Theatre for me plus 3 of my other travel companions who expressed an interest and loved the experience. Tickets were 30 CUC .
Our accommodation on the Malecon in Havanna was a superb location – it was on the beachfront 6th floor with spectacular views and a short stroll into Havanna old city with a 5 CUC coco-tax ride home late evening.
Once again – thank you for a superb trip.”
Merlene NIeuwoudt, 8 day Group Tour, January 2016
“Yailin was my tour guide and she was fantastic!! She was very knowledgeable and informative. She looked after me very well, listened to my interests and made sure we hit everything on my request. She even helped me capture some cool photos and videos I wouldn’t have done since I love to take lots of pictures. We ended up walking on the streets like old friends.
I cannot thank Yailin enough, not only did she deliver the best experience I could have had for such a short time. She was also absolutely lovely!! In fact this was one of the highlights of my entire Central America trip!”
Yinni Fung, Group Tour, January 2016
Oscar was the best part of our trip to Cuba. He was enthusiastic and informed, and clearly highly motivated to understand and support our needs.
Cuba is a fascinating and beautiful country with a history and culture that can provide much more for the discriminating traveller than just a beach holiday. Go now before it changes!
Michael Fitch, Private Cuba Tour, October 2015
“We have been back a week now from our exceptional trip to Cuba. Everything went very well and I loved being there. The music, the culture, our activities, all was first rate. The staff at the Havana Casa were outstanding. We really appreciated each and every one of them.
I want to especially commend Dayana Chavez, our guide during our 2 1/2 week visit. She is an exceptional young woman, with tremendous knowledge and enthusiasm. We thoroughly enjoyed her company and felt lucky to have her.
Again, thank you for your excellent service.”
Leonard Berlin, Private Cuba Tour, January 2016
“Carlos was fantastic. His ability to adapt and educate to a group of Australians ranging from 16-65 was unbelievable. We all loved him and he brought an enthusiastic and cheeky atmosphere to the group, helping all members of the group in different ways whether that be educating on the history, caring for them when they were unwell, or helping them to understand the Cuban culture. He was very knowledgeable, always on time, and went above and beyond to make sure we had a great time. I was particularly impressed with his organisation of a special birthday celebration.”
Michael Davis, Private Cuba Tour, January 2016
“I arrived back in Ak on Saturday and thought I’d drop you an email to let you know how much I enjoyed my trip. The group I was part of got along famously, strange really because we were all very different. The sample of Cuba we had was so beguiling and seductive. I hope I go back one day albeit with a bit more Spanish and with my family.
I would like you to give a special thank you to Yunier our tour guide supreme. All the ladies and at least one of the guys were smitten with his patience, charm and grace and of course good looks!”
Anna Holland, 8 Day Group Tour, January 2016
“Just taking a moment to thank you for your assistance with our travel plans. I also wanted to share how much we enjoyed our guide Yuneisy; not only was she knowledgeable and professional but she was also a true pleasure to be around. I think that you can be very proud to have her represent Locally Sourced Cuba Tours!”
Stella Benarroch, Private Cuba Tour, January 2016
“Manolo was an energetic, dedicated and organized guide. He went above and beyond for the group – finding ways to make the tour even more fun and meet everyone’s varied expectations. Manolo did well working with the new driver for the first time to ensure everything was organized and timely. Thanks Manolo for all your hard work, especially over the holiday break!
The casas were wonderful and the best way to experience Cuba. The standouts for me were Casa Viejo in Havana, Trinidad and Vinales, however all casas were great. The casa owners were caring, attentive and friendly.”
Fayina Lelekov, Cuba New Years Tour, 2016
“We had a fabulous trip in Dec. Aniorland was a great guide and we want to reserve him for this year’s trip. Only good things to say about him.
Aniorland was great at looking at my list and deciding what was too much to do and what we should skip and suggesting things that are not in the guide books.”
Richard Hyman, Private Cuba Tour, December 2016
“However I could only join the first 5 days of the 8 day Cuba Group tour with Locally Sourced Cuba Tours it will remain a remarkable, unforgettable lifetime experience that makes me consider of returning once more and take the 15 days tour to discover more of Cuba and express how grateful I am for that. I met lovely people along the tour to travel and have good laughs with and thanks to Yuri, our brilliant Tour Guide we had such great adventures, talks, tastes of Cuban cuisine and cultural insight of Cuba I wouldn’t have had any other way in such a short period of time. Thank you sooo much again for this great experience!!”
Gerda Katona, 8 Day Group Tour, December 2015
“Thank you for organising our tour of Cuba. We had a great time, loved the country and her people. Everything went pretty smoothly especially given the numbers of tourists and the infrastructure limitations. Danny, our guide was great as were our drivers, all very careful and reliable.”
Helen Weekes, Private Cuba Tour, December 2015
“Just want to compliment you on your Cuban tours. I have done a lot of travel mostly free travel (my preference) and a couple of tours but the Cuban trip was amazing.
Our guide Pedro Foster was absolutely amazing and went out of his way to ensure we had the best time possible. He was knowledgable, highly intelligent and very genuine which made for a great travel companion and travel experience.
All the people – drivers, cycle taxis etc – he chose were equally considerate, attentive and helpful. I have to particularly commend Jesus who took us to Baracoa.
All in all this was the perfect trip, best trip ever for me and I have travelled extensively and a lot of that was down to Pedro and the amazing people he introduced us to.
I am hoping to go again later in the year with other friends and hope we can get Pedro as our guide again.
Helen Pickering, 15 Day Group Tour, December 2016
“Thanks for the arrangements, all worked out perfectly and logistics was never a problem, your response time on email was also quick which gave me lots of confidence in the company, compared to the other companies responses.
In short, one of our better holidays and very informative, and Yunier our guide as well as the other guides where we interacted with other groups were great, we had a fabulous time and will recommend your company in the future – well done and congratulations.”
Werner Burger, Private Cuba Tour, December 2015
“Danny was an incredible guide in every way. He has a lovely ability to convey his enthusiasm about Cuba and its culture and history, all in beautiful English and with a lovely sense of humour. I honestly believe that it was down to him that we all enjoyed our tour as much as we did. He was so attentive and kind, managing to adapt aspects of the tour to meet the requests of different members of the group, whilst keeping everyone well-informed and happy along the way. There were times when his local knowledge made all the difference, and the arrangements he made for Christmas in Vinales created some of the most memorable holiday moments I have ever had.”
Bethan James, 8 Day Group Tour, December 2016
“Our group would all agree that we hit the jackpot with Dany being our guide for two weeks. The trip ran so smoothly that we were all able to relax completely. Dany was on it. He went above and beyond in making sure we all had a great time in Cuba. When one person thought they lost their passport, he instantly came up with a plan to deal with it. When someone was sick, he arranged to get them into a doctor ASAP and acted as a translator during the appointment. He was able to provide a great insight to Cuban history and everyday life and he is super fun to be around. We won’t forget Dany or his dancing!”
Bridget O'Grady, Private Cuba Tour, December 2016
“Yaniel was the consummate tour guide. He was fun, knowledgeable, helpful, flexible and caring. Nothing was too much trouble, we could ask him anything, and he was constantly providing advice on how we could make the most of our regrettably short time in Cuba. Could not have asked for more!
I would recommend this tour for anyone visiting Cuba – in fact I already have.”
Tracy Smart, 8 Day Group Tour, October 2015
“What an amazing tour and an amazing country. The 15 day tour was a perfect trip to see all the contrasts that Cuba has to offer. I fell in love with Cuba and the local people and what an amazing group we had to share it with. None of this would have been made possible without our amazing tour Guide and driver. Oscar was passionate, friendly, with a smile on his face and always doing something to help someone on the tour. He was always willing to answer our endless questions or to ensure we all got to see or do everything on our lists.
I would recommend Locally sourced to everyone heading to Cuba!”
Rachelle Vanderlight, 15 Day Group Tour, November 2016
“Oscar was extremely friendly and really helped the group as a whole gel and get into the spirit of things in Cuba. I particularly enjoyed his regular history lessons on the bus as he talked us through the history and politics of Cuba.
I felt that the Casa’s selected were all of a very good quality, the hosts were extremely friendly and attentive and it was certainly much better than my expectations
I would highly recommend this to anyone on the basis that the tour was very well organised, the guide was superb and I felt it did really give a good insight into life in Cuba as well as the history and current situation on the island.
Thanks Oscar for an incredible trip!”
John Theis, 8 Day Group Tour, November 2015
“I just wanted to let you know that we had a great trip and we are so glad that we booked with Locally Sourced Cuba. Yilian was great, we loved her! She really made our trip great. We appreciated her tips and restaurant recommendations throughout. And it was nice to have a Cuban to ask questions during the trip.
We are really glad we decided to include Vinales in our trip, it was a highlight. We also stopped at the canopy tour in Vinales which was really fun for our whole family.
Thanks again for your help in planning our trip and all the great information provided. We really loved Cuba and can’t wait to go back.”
Gloria, Private Cuba Tour, November 2015
“It’s taken us a while, but we wanted to comment on the Cuba tour we took with your company last month.
We had a SUPER time. The tour itinerary was fantastic, the group size was perfect, the bus was great, very careful driver and best of all was our tour guide. His name was Ocsar Alvarez. His command of the English language is suburb which greatly helped all of us, but his most important attribute is his personality and the way he can “read” individuals and interact with them. I really can’t say enough good things about Oscar!
In our opinion, you need to do anything in your power to insure that he stays with your company. Seriously, you have a perfect guide in Oscar. Hang on to him!”
Bill & Leta Bishell, 15 Day Group Tour, November 2015
We all arrived very happy after our wonderful voyage through Cuba with you as our trusted and hard working guide. It truly was a once in a lifetime trip and we thank you for coordinating a really interesting itinerary and making our time in each location very special.
You are a very charismatic and professional person and we all agreed that Locally Sourced Cuba is very lucky to have you on their team as you represented the company very well. We would highly recommend you and Locally Sourced to our friends.”
Maggie, David, Gregg, Barbara, Rick and Aven | Private Cuba Tour, November 2015
“I just want to send a note to express how deeply pleased we were with this trip and the entire experience with Locally Sourced Cuba. We had an amazing vacation! I especially want to thank you for Yailin, our tour guide, who made this trip extra special for us. She was fantastic and we credit much of our wonderful experience to her. We instantly fell in love with her personality and optimism.
I will also note that our Casa experiences were both really fantastic. The friend that was slightly nervous about that concept, ended up admitting that they were better than the hotels. Both Casas were great and the families warm and welcoming.
I will definitely be recommending Locally Sourced Tours to my many friends who are asking me to send them info about traveling to Cuba. ”
Christina Rust, Private Cuba Tour, November 2015
“Yuneisi was an excellent guide – she was energetic, informative, funny and fun, and she went above and beyond her role as a tour guide. She handled the large and diverse group well (12 people, all from different places), catering to the different interests of the group and being attentive to each person. She was well-planned in terms of logistics and activities, but was also spontaneous and innovative. The group had trust in Yuneisi and that trust was well founded and well rewarded – it was an excellent tour.”
David, 8 Day Group Tour, November 2015
“I just wanted to give you some feedback about the tour that I completed a couple of weeks ago. I just got back from Cuba today and can honestly say that everything was exceptional.
Javier, our guide was a wealth of information. He made the entire tour fun, light, and at the say time was immensely informed about every place we visited. He went out of his way to make us feel really included and taken care of. I got very sick at one point and he was so kind to accompany me to the hospital and waited with me. He’s a sweetheart !
I really hope that you guys retain this type of tourism- small, responsible, interesting and FUN!”
Marlysse Medina, 15 Day Group Tour, November 2015
“Well, my 40 member expedition team is back home now and some people are still recovering from a whirlwind time in Cuba.
Thank you Anilka and your team for spending much time in working with me for making this expedition a huge success. Everyone is elated with only positive reports.
Yaniel & Javier were excellent! Everyone enjoyed their guiding and company.
Take care, I know your business will be booming in Cuba so always keep a high quality standard. Good Luck!”
Ivan Charles, Ieri Nature Adventures, Private Cuba Tour, November 2015
“Al and I are back in Canada after thoroughly enjoying our wonderful, 8-Day Lively Tour (LS151115A) with the fabulous Yuneisi!
Our experiences on our tour were even better than we had hoped. Yuneisi was an outstanding trip leader! Her warm personality, good humour, kindness and generosity, and her willingness to go above and beyond expectations helped all 12 of us in the group to learn about Cuba, to feel safe and in good hands, and to have so much fun!
Yuni is very responsible, very intuitive and very sensitive. She was attuned to each one of us, and was able to sense any needs,, and to make each of us feel recognized and cared for.
We will always remember our trip to Cuba, and will treasure the memories of our tour. In fact, part of our minds are still in Cuba, and we’re constantly talking about the great experiences we had.
We have appreciated the professionalism of Locally Sourced Cuba tours, from our initial queries, through the booking stage, and throughout the trip.
You are very lucky to have Yuni on your team!”
Laurie and Al Collins, 8 Day Group Tour, November 2015
“Well we are back from Cuba and had a great time!
Yuni was a great tour guide! She kept us laughing and kept smiling even though there were times I am sure she wanted to strangle us! This was such a great group – a good mix of older and younger and loved that it was multi-national as well as multi-generational.
She made suggestions for things we could do on our free time and arranged tours and lunches. It was Lauren’s birthday and she arranged a fantastic barbeque on the beach with fresh fruits and fresh fish. It was wonderful! The salsa lesson was loads of fun and she showed us how it was done. We have it on video!
You have a wonderful guide in Yuni and she made the whole trip come alive for us!”
Pam Isabell, 8 Day Group Tour, November 2015
“Over and Above” is what we think of when it comes to you and the passion and effort that you put into your work.
Only 24 years old and the best tour guide we have ever had on our extensive travels.
You were of great support when I was ill and you made Deborah’s birthday one of the most memorable she has ever had. You are an inspiration to us and we feel your enthusiasm and knowledge of Cuba is really what made everyday special.
Your rapport with Peachy the driver was brilliant and we feel you were a terrific team. He was always a delight and truly a gentleman and most important a well skilled professional driver.
The highlight has been the warmth and generosity of the Cuban people which will never be forgotten by us.
This isn’t goodbye as know we will be back.
Change for Cuba is in good hands with people like yourself.”
Deb & Lisa, 15 Day Majestic Cuba Group Tour, November 2015
“I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful tour with Deborah and Yuri earlier this year. They were both excellent tour guides and great company.
I had a fantastic time in Cuba – loved every minute of the trip – and have been recommending visits with your company to everyone I speak with about travel in general and Cuba in particular.
What did I like the best? – undoubtedly the music and dance.”
Jan Watson, 15 Day Cuba Group Tour, April 2015
“Manolo our guide was fantastic, charming and incredibly charismatic and knowledgeable. As with all tours, it is the tour guide that ultimately offers the experience, so it was great to have him on board. The casas were all chosen really well, and were a nice blend of authentic and comfortable, and home owners were all very friendly.
The combination of included activities and available additional options worked really well I think. All included activities were great, and we were happy to add several others without the whole group having to remain together. Manolo did a good job at making all arrangements.
I really appreciate your help and support, the great team of Locally Sourced, wonderful Manolo, and all the great experiences we had!”
Denise Lassar, 8 Day Group Tour, November 2015
“In October 2015 we toured Cuba accompanied under the guidance of Yunier . He presented himself to us immediately as we arrived and made sure of everything for the tour. We spent long hours with him every day and he chose for us the best restaurants, instructed and explained everything we needed to know, while showing great knowledge in all areas.
We have travelled around the world a lot but the experience with Yunier was exceptional. We are convinced that his actions will guarantee him success in his future endeavours and wish him to continue in this way with great success.”
Rafi Baruch, Private Cuba Tour, October 2015
“Danny was a fantastic guide, knowledgeable, friendly, respectful, outgoing, and a joy to be with. His knowledge of Cuba and its history was a revelation and he really made our tour through Cuba most enjoyable. We bonded well with him from the moment we met him, and we enjoyed a lot of banter between us because of his outgoing, although sometimes, reserved personality.
His willingness to go out of his way to assist you, even when it is not his responsibility, is amazing and he is so positive and enthusiastic about Cuba and its people.”
Nigel Burn, Private Cuba Tour, September 2015
“Our tour guide Patricia was wonderful and took us after hours to live salsa music/dancing in Trinidad. She truly custom tailored our experience. It was a week I’ll never forget. Absolutely wonderful. Visiting Cuba is like visiting a time capsule: it has so much charm. Simply the best holiday I have ever been on!”
Carrie Whiting, 15 Day Majestic Cuba Group Tour, October 2015
“Our trip to Cuba was one of the best trips that my husband, Jim and I have experienced. Hands down, it was Oscar that made the experience so much fun. Seeing and getting the history of a country is traveling; having fun and getting the nuances of the country tops that experience. Oscar was spot on in giving us that experience. We had so much fun with him. What drives me when I travel is the food and current ‘zeitgeist’ of the country. He took us to the local best, fine dining and local new, hip restaurants; local salsa dancing to the best hair salon in Havana. We feel we ‘drilled’ into the city in the 5 days we were there. We can’t wait to go back.”
Val Haley, Charming Cuba Tour, October 2015
“Have got back to Melbourne and just wanted to drop you a note to say what a great time Tessa and I had on our 8 day tour.
Yaniel could not have been a better guide; Passion for his job and his country, patience (group of 10 different people), great fun and always making sure client accommodation etc is to their satisfaction. Alex driver was very safe and made sure you had a good ride and joined in some of the fun.
Your web site had prepared us for the experience – the Casa were generally better than I had expected – having been through countries like Vietnam and Cambodia.”
Richard and Tessa Parke, 8 Day Lively Cuba Group Tour, September 2015
“Yuneisi was brilliant, she knew everything we needed to know about Cuba and was more than willing to have a laugh with us. She was also able to help all the party to learn some salsa when we went to the local clubs which made the experience unforgettable.”
Ben Abram, Private Cuba Tour, September 2015
“It was our first time on a tour and we were a little hesitant. But we like the relaxed structure of the tour. Transport and accommodation were taken care of and we had the freedom to largely do as we wished. Manolo was a friendly, professional and flexible guide. He soon realised our passions were food, history and walking and made great suggestions for activities, including a cooking class.
Cuba is one of the safest, happiest, friendliest places we have ever visited. Cuba lived up to the classic images of old cars, faded architecture, excellent rum and lively music. She also surprised with the smiling people, lush scenery, worlds best mangoes and the cultural diversity across the island.
Locally Sourced were extremely professional and helpful. We have and will continue to recommend you.
Bring on the mojitos and salsa!”
Leanne McGregor & Tim Smith, 15 Day Group Tour, May 2015
“I just wanted to thank you for arranging what was an amazing holiday for us. From start to finish you made everything so easy with suggestions and ideas for the itinerary.
Everybody involved with the tour company in Cuba were fantastic, from Raphael waiting for us in the airport to lucky Pedri getting to drive us around! It was great to stay in the Casas and see the real side of Cuba. Every family we stayed with were so accommodating and friendly and amazing cooks!
And what can we say about Oscar!!! You probably couldnt have picked a better guide for us ‘Crazy girls’. With him we felt safe travelling around and got to see places we never would have gone to on our own. He answered anything we asked him (there was lots of questions!) and any suggestions he made turned out to be ‘amasing’
Cuba is a beautiful country made even better by the people there. I cant thank you enough for the experience that was laid out for us and would recommend your tour company in a heartbeat!”
Emma Burke, Private Cuba Tour, September 2015
“I cannot recommend Aniorland highly enough. He was very friendly and welcoming and his knowledge was extensive. He was able to meet all our last minute requests and nothing was too much trouble for him. He was the perfect mix of a professional tour guide and a friend.”
Katie Mogridge, Private Cuba Tour, September 2015
“I just wanted to let you know that I returned from my holiday in Cuba last week and had a wonderful time – thanks in part to the five-day tour I arranged through your company.
Everything ran as planned (accommodation, drivers, etc.) and it was really great seeing the “real” Cuba, as opposed to being taken to the usual touristy spots/sites. In addition, Dayana was a fantastic tour guide, very friendly and welcoming from the outset, and was more than happy to adapt the itinerary on a couple of occasions to meet my requirements. Her enthusiasm and professionalism throughout the tour was really appreciated and I very much enjoyed her company.
Congratulations – and I wish you continued success for the future!”
Caroline Thomas, Private Cuba Tour, September 2015
“Baby was great! She was attentive and thoughtful, and we felt like we were with a real friend. She gave us some great recommendations for the Cienfuegos portion of our trip as well, which we appreciated.
Everything was very easy. We booked only days in advance, so we really appreciated the timely response and the way our last-minute request was accommodated.
Overall Our 2-day private tour was a great experience, and Baby helped us get oriented to Cuba, how to get around, etc., but I think what we appreciated most was the opportunity to get to know her over our lunches and hear about her own experience firsthand. This offered us a window into life in Cuba.”
Michelle Markey, Private Cuba Tour, September 2015
“We cannot speak highly enough about how Danny prepared, presented, undertook and managed our tour. He is a delightful young man. He explained what we where going to do everyday prior to departure, we made sure that we were comfortable with everything and he followed up with everything that needed to be done.
He took us to some wonderful places and we enjoyed every minute of our tour. He introduced us to his family and we had a fabulous dinner with them. No where else on an overseas trip / tour had we enjoyed such genuine hospitality and friendship. Thank you very much to Danny, LSCT are very lucky to have such a great ambassador for Cuba and it’s people
From the outset of my first contact with your company I have felt that your interest was always with me the customer. We asked for changes, you provided them and recommended variations. Everything that you said you would do was done. The processes to complete everything were very good. Not one hiccup.
Viva Cuba indeed, Helen and I hope to return to Cuba in 1-2 Years. It WAS an adventure of a lifetime. Thank you again LSCT, Danny, Frank, the other tour guides (Diana and a couple others), the Casa people, thank you Cuba, we had a fabulous time.”
Alan and Helen Elms, Private Cuba Tour, June 2015
“I just returned from an extended trip to Europe. However, the highlight of my holidays really was the “detour” to Cuba! First, I would like to thank you for stitching together our short, but very exciting arrangement.
Next, I have to congratulate Locally Sourced Cuba Tours for having such wonderful people/guides on ground!
Manuel (Manulo), our omni-present guide was just wonderful. His care, contacts and knowledge of the places we visited is difficult to beat! Lorane and Diana complimented our group in Havana whenever they were available, and made us feel so much at home.
I am very much looking forward to my next adventure to Cuba!
Meantime, with my best regards & again many thanks”
Robert Rosenberger, Private Cuba Tour, July 2015
“We are writing to thank you for providing an amazing trip to Cuba despite the short notice.
The whole trip went so smoothly & gave the whole family exactly what we wanted. Not that easy with such a large age range. The collection from the airport went smoothly despite the plane being late & no bags!! This was quickly resolved the following day. Oscar was fantastic the whole way through keeping us fully entertained. Leonel drove safely & didn’t get lost!! Oscars knowledge of Havana & Trinidad was great & Claudia who did our trip to Vinales helped provide an insight into Cuban country life.
All the accommodation was clean & the owners happy & helpful
We would like to thank you all, especially Oscar for making our trip such a success
We will recommend your company to all who ask!!”
Tim Gibbs, Private Family Cuba Tour, August 2015
“We wanted to say thank you to both Dan and Yaniet for an absolutely amazing experience in Cuba. We have just arrived home from our 14 day private tour and were amazed by the tour you guys booked for us. We were hesitant prior to arriving in Havana since I was unsure of some of the locations we would be staying, but each of them turned out flawless!
Yaniet turned out to be the best guide we could have gotten, and since she was very close to our age, I think we all got along much better and were able to have fun with Yaniet, my boyfriend, and myself during all of our tours. She was so informative and helpful.
Yaniet made everything so simple and she was interested in our culture at home too which made the discussions very interesting. All in all, we wanted to thank Yaniet in any way we could for such a great job. We highly recommend her and Locally Sourced to all of our friends looking to visit Cuba!! Isdrael Brito was our driver too and he made everything hilariously fun! Fantastic company, service, employees, and tours!”
Jaime Daigle, US, Private Cuba Tour - July 2015
“Above and Beyond… I just returned from the 8-Day Lively Cuba tour and had an excellent time. Our guide was Yunesi, and she was amazing. She had several skills and attributes that made her a great guide. First of all her English is very good and she’s easy to understand. Secondly she’s a great negotiator. She was always able to get us good prices on taxis and other add-on activities that weren’t included in the tour. She had high expectations and was able to facilitate the activities and accommodation providers to provide excellent service.”
Gwendolyn Holden, 8 Day Lively Cuba Group Tour - June 2015
“I just wanted to drop you a line to tell you how amazing our holiday and tour was a few weeks back. Manolo was the man!
My boyfriend and I travelled to Cuba 25th June – 6th July this year (we flew with Virgin). We did the 8 day lively tour with Locally Sourced Cuba, and I would highly recommend this. We arrived on Thursday, but didn’t start the tour until a few days later. The next week flew by, it was packed full of activities and there is a fair bit of travelling. We had our own driver, who was very safe, and a minivan for the group of 6 of us. This was a great sized group for us. Manolo is a lot of fun, and very good at organising the group and providing you with your choice of activities, all organised by him. You have the option in each place to do what you want, but our group was quite small and we found ourselves doing everything as a group which we really enjoyed, including a few dinners, drinks and the occasional nightclub in the evening!
This was the first tour my boyfriend and I have ever done, and I couldn’t recommend it enough. If you want to travel Cuba properly and have limited Spanish, a tour is definitely the way to go in Cuba.”
David Tovey and Claire Ribbins, UK - 8 Day Group Tour, June 2015
“I just wanted to say a muchas gracias.
Our 7 day tour in June 2015 was a memory of a lifetime. As we had not personally met anyone who had booked with your Company all 4 of us were somewhat apprehensive and concerned the whole Company may be a well organised internet scam.
How wrong we were. The lovely Janiet organised everything so well for us on the ground. She made contact during our airport transit taxi ride to our first Casa and came out of her way on the first day to meet us and work out the finer points based on our characters.
Only after questioning did we find out this meant a 40 minute taxi ride each way for her at days end rather than wait till the planned meet and greet next morning.
Janiet’ s commitment her punctuality her lively charming spirit were what made the tour so enjoyable. I wish you and the Company all the best
Thanks Dan and all your team”
Elinor Boyd, Private Cuba Tour - June 2015
“We want to start by telling you how beyond satisfied our entire group was with Locally Sourced. You should see positive reviews showing up on Trip Advisor with many more great things to say. We were very impressed with Javier, Joaquin, and Chino in addition to the entire Casa Alta staff. Everyone was wonderful and our entire group was amazed and enamoured with all the special touches you all included in the trip. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
Jennifer and Sara, Dance Cuba Tour, June 2015
“My wife Kathy and I recently returned from at week with you in Cuba. What a great experience,:Excellently planned by you and executed by our private guide Javier Alejandro Pérez Pineda! He went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable, show us around, and contribute to our understanding.
Glad we went. Saw a lot. Learned a lot. Expanded our horizons. Met a lot of great people. Heard some great music. Ate some very tasty meals. Very happy. A trip to remember!”
Dag Sandbakken, Private Cuba Tour, May 2015
“Manolo was just amazing. He was always attentive to all our group. If there were any issues he quickly found solutions for those concerned to ensure they remained happy. His knowledge and communication skills were exceptional. He is a very special young man. Anyone taking a tour with him is guaranteed to have the best time ever.
We loved all the Casa’s we stayed in, they were all in good locations for us to just go out and explore on our own.
The food was much better than I had anticipated having read up before I came to Cuba I was expecting al lot more basic food than we got. The food really was great.
I think you guys are doing an awesome job here, not really anything to fault. Just keep up the good work.”
Karen Woodhouse, 15 Day Majestic Cuba Group Tour, April 2015, New Zealand
“I just wanted to email, having returned from my trip to Cuba over a week ago, to say thank you. It was one of the best tours I have been on, Baby was an excellent tour guide and really accommodated us and made sure we did everything we wanted to. Majority of the group were vegetarian and T-total which can be a little hard to understand but Baby made sure that our needs were catered for.
I loved everything about the trip and will definitely be recommending Locally Sourced Cuba Tours and Baby as a tour guide. Great value for money too.”
Zainab Rashid, 8 Day Lively Cuba Tour, May 2015
“We feel it was one of the most different countries (to our own) we have ever travelled to: I said to Javier, the guide you assigned, that it was a mystery inside an enigma covered in all sorts of contradictions!
Certainly, it was a critical part of our experience that we had a bilingual guide available to us for all of the journey. Overall, we rate it as an extraordinary holiday in an extraordinary country and we have not stopped talking about it to friends.
Overall, we were very pleased with the organisation of the tour and all arrangements were in place as we proceeded.
We would especially like you to note that Javier was knowledgeable but, as importantly, he was personable and went out of his way to run each day so that it suited our time frames and energies.
We would happily recommend him as a guide for others.”
Rob and Jill Cameron, Private Tailor-made tour, April 2015
“Cuba is a fabulous place to visit – history, music, dance and wonderful people. The 15 day Majestic tour gets the mix right in terms of cities visited and days spent. If time permits an extension to Vinales is highly recommended. Communications with the company were excellent both pre-departure and right through to farewell SMS at Havana airport. All questions were promptly responded to even though some, in hindsight, may now seem trivial – Cuba is a bit of an unknown. Trip notes etc were also really useful. High praise for Yuri who competently and expediently dealt with minor issues that arose. He skilfully juggled the competing requirements of s small but very diverse group.”
Ewa & Wojtek Wasylkowski, 15 Day Majestic Cuba Tour - April 2015
“We’re back home, settled, and things almost back to normal.
Just want to let you know that Javier was the absolute best! We all felt well taken care of. Everything ran smoothly, all our requests/questions met and answered (there were a lot!). The whole family just loved Javier.
We loved Ivan (our driver) too! He drove very well and felt safe in his very capable hands.
Anyways, thank you for a memorable vacation! 🙂
Claudette Lim, Private Cuba Tour - April 2015
“I have just completed your online survey but wanted to thank you for one of the best trips we have ever had (Majestic Cuba).
The admin at your end was always great. The tour was really well organised with some fantastic extras – we never felt part of a package! Manolo was a superb guide involving us in everything and ensuring smooth travel arrangements.
Stuart Durrant, UK - 15 Day Group Tour (April 2015)
“On behalf of our whole group I would like to say ‘Thank you’ for a great experience! We went on the Veradero to Havana day tour on April 30th with Yuneisi and we had so much fun. Everything went smoothly from the drive from Veradero til our return. She was very informative, quickly understood our interests and accommodated these making it not only a really good cultural experience but we also has lots of laughs. We took our time going through Havana and finished later than the planned time but we never felt rushed. We learned so much- tasted cuban street food, drank traditional drinks and had a quick salsa lesson on the street. Despite some rain we can’t say enough how great the day was. You guys keep up the great job!”
Karina Quiaoit, Varadero - Havana Tour, April 2015
“We were on your 15 day Cuba trip a few weeks ago and I just wanted you to know how great Yaniel is. Besides his excellent language skills and local knowledge, he clearly cares deeply about his guests, their comfort and enjoyment. He is a real gem and a true asset to your organization!”
David Reetz, 15 Day Majestic Cuba Group Tour, March 2015
“Im emailing to say thank you so much for your time, advice and patience (with all the questions etc) when planning our trip. I (we) had a great time. Your team in Cuba – Romey, Anilka and everyone else made my stay so much fun in spite of my limited Spanish. Nothing was a problem, ask for dinner and you get a whole bbqd snapper the same evening – doesn’t get much better than that!! Im spreading the news to anyone I know who wants to travel to Cuba.
Thank you to Yaniel, he was an excellent tour guide. I cant speak more highly of him and his skills ‘guiding’ a disparate group of tourists! All my family stays were wonderful, friendly and very accommodating.”
Rosaline Fuata’i, 15 Day Group Tour, (March 2015)
“We did a 10 day private tour with our family (2 adults, 3 yr old, 6 yr old, and Grandma). A great way to see Cuba at your own pace and with a knowledgeable expert! We worked with Locally Sourced Cuba to organize and they tailor made our vacation for us with the places we wanted to visit and the days we wanted to spend in each city. We stayed in 5 different cities in the western half of Cuba (Trinidad, Cienfuegos, Vinales, Havana, Santa Clara). Our guide was Patricia, and she did a great job explaining history in every area (and also as a translator when needed). She went above and beyond to make sure that the Casa Particulares we were staying at were comfortable and met our expectations; she also helped us do and see the things we wanted to that were not pre-planned and to make our trip an unforgettable experience. We really felt like we had an authentic and genuine experience with the people we met, the food/drinks/music we enjoyed, the places we visited, and the history/culture we learned.
Thanks Patricia for the great tour! Highly recommended!”
Nigel D'Souza, UK, Private Cuba Tour (March 2015)
“We just arrived back from our trip to Cuba of which one week we spent with our amazing guide, Olexis with Locally Sourced Cuba! We were in the 6 day private tour to Havana, Santa Clara and Trinidad and It was an experience that we will never forgot. From our first contact with the company we found them professional, knowledgable and so helpful. Everything they promote and promise was exactly what they delivered. The cities, the transportation, the accommodations, the experiences, the people, the history, everything…was perfect! Olexis took us to the most amazing establishments and I won’t soon forget some of our meals. One final note, Cuba is a very complex country and Olexis was tireless in helping us understand the intricacies and answering our endless questions. When we return, it will be with Locally Sourced Cuba!”
Linette and Steve Baker, Canada, Private Tour (March 2015)
“We can not thank you enough for all your hard work and planning of our last minute trip to Cuba. We had a fantastic time and were charmed, delighted and highly impressed with all services and accommodations, especially the spectacular job done by our guide Olexis. He went above and beyond dealing with our last minute itinerary changes and made all our request happen with a smile on his face. He truly made our trip a one of a kind experience.
We have told many other friends and fellow boaters of your incredible company and hopefully some of them will be planning a trip with you soon.
Thank you again for everything and we hope to return to magically Cuba someday soon to see even more.”
Mary & Peter, Private Cuba Tour (March 2015)
“Katherine and I had a fantastic time in Cuba. It wildly exceeded our expectations. The tour, the excursions, the accommodations were all great. We cannot say enough good things about Yuri. He was a delight; extremely patient, accommodating and flexible.
We look forward to returning soon and reaching out to you again for the logistics.
Thank you and your team for a great experience.
All the best
Grieg Coppe, Private Cuba Tour, March 2015
“We had a fantastic tour and fell in love with the county and the people. We had a great guide, Alexei, and he did everything to make things as pleasant as possible, 24/7. We loved the flexibility in the schedule and the diversity of the trip. Relaxing in Varadero, including sailing & swimming with the dolphin’s, the big-city life in Havana, the French influences in Cienfuegos, the relaxed atmosphere in Trinidad, perfect for horse riding and beautiful beaches .. and the valley of the cigars-makers in Vinales.
We all loved it and will come back many times!
Thank you all and best wishes, Monique, Wendeline, Wessel & Ron”
Ron Westdorp, Family Tour, December 2014 (Gibraltar)
“Hi Dan, and all at Locally Sourced Tours,
My family and I had a week in Cuba back in January 2015.
Just like to thank all of you and especially our guide Alec who was with us for the whole week. He was fantastic , showed us around, very knowledgeable and a lot of fun and our driver as well. Our whole tour was well organised and the accomdation was fantastic.
Cuba was an amazing place and will need to visit again soon and for longer this time.”
Tracey Brockhurst,Cuba Family Tour, Australia, Jan 2015
“Thank you very much for taking care of us while being in Cuba, and making our trip a beautiful and memorable journey!
In spite of all the troubles created by delay of Cubana Airlines, we were able to catch up and enjoy the trip. Thank you so much for your great efforts in making all re-arrangements and providing us with the private tour director. We’ve had a very interesting journey. It was a real pleasure to meet Anilka and Barby! We are looking forward to a new encounters in the future and going to refer our friends to you for traveling in Cuba.”
Irina Frumes, Russia, 8 Day Tour, February 2015
“Just had to write and let you know how much we enjoyed the two tours that you organised for us. Yaniet was an excellent tour host, very good knowledge and English language, but her real skill is making us feel that we were being shown around by a knowledgeable friend.
I have just reviewed your company on trip adviser, probably the best review I have ever written. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending you to anyone wanting to see your beautiful city.”
John Turner, UK, Havana Day Tours, February 2015
“Manolo is a great guide, knowledgeable and personable. He exceeded all our expectations by finding dance classes for us and introducing us to his friends and favorite places. He found excellent city guides to show us each destination. He was an all around fun guy who felt like a friend from the start. We loved Manolo! We miss him!!!
WE really, really, really liked not having to figure out how to get places and were very pleased with the private transportation. We flew to Santiago and drove to Vinales and our guide took care of it all.
Since we were a two person tour, all the activities were what we requested and they were a blast.”
Lyn, Dance Cuba Tour - December 2015
“I just wanted to write you a quick email to let you know how wonderful my trip was in Havana. To be honest, a large reason of why the trip was so wonderful was due to my tour guide Barbara/Baby. I didn’t understand the difficulties of traveling in Cuba until I was there and she ensured from the beginning that everything was smooth sailing.
Her English was perfect, she was energetic, she was available to help me 24/7 even on my free day, she was a great story teller and could retell the history and magic of Havana, she also made sure that the tour was tailored to see extra things I was personally interested in and she also made a really big effort to show me the local side of Havana which she didn’t need to do at all. I also really enjoyed her company and never felt that she was simply a guide, but I felt like I could relate to her and ask her any question I thought of – which is also really important when you are traveling in Cuba! She was wonderful and is such an asset to your team – and as a result I would recommend your company to all of my friends interested in traveling to Cuba.”
Rachel Clarke, Vintage Havana Tour (January 2015)
“I have just got back to the UK from Colombia and Cuba
I wanted very much to tell you how wonderful my guide Deborah was. My tour was with two other couples and we all commented how very lucky we felt to have Deborah as a guide.She was professional and also great fun. Ensuring she delivered what everybody was expecting and wanting.
I would appreciate very much you letting her know what fond memories I have of Havana, thanks mainly to her, and to pass her my thanks again.”
Fraser Wilson, UK - Havana Tour (Jan 15)
“Cuba is way cool! What a fabulous destination, well worth a visit. Loved, loved, loved Havana, which is even cooler than Miami. It is a place where time has stood still, but the cobbled streets of old Havana and Trinidad de Cuba, horse drawn carriages and classic cars, give the place a unique rhythm and exciting heartbeat. The guide was amazing, she was a young, with a good command of English who was eager to please, but accommodating and professional at all times. The hotels in Havana were particularly great and the rest of the accommodation, perfectly acceptable. I think we might have enjoyed Cuba the most. Vinales was also fun, with a completely different landscape, where we visited a tobacco farm and enjoyed hand rolled cigars. We had very little time to visit the beaches, which are beautiful, and I suspected as much, but all in all, Cuba is affordable, even by SA standards and we wished we had spent at least 10 days there and extended the trip or cut London short.”
Benatar & Hicks, South Africa - Private Cuba Tour (December 14)
“Dany was beyond fantastic.. not only did he support, educate and manage our trip like a pro .. he was so much fun to hang out with. we had two weeks in Cuba and Dany went out of his way to make sure our trip was as unique and fun. His local knowledge and friendly, outgoing personality made the trip seamless .. it was very sad to say goodbye in Trinidad.
All the Casa’s chosen by the guide were extremely friendly , spotless and comfortable. The owners made you feel so welcome and the home cooked meals were sensational. Our guide Dany would often call ahead and let them know what our favourite food was .. it was always there waiting for us after a long day on the road.
All our drivers were great … we had a two week road trip across Cuba and the drive was as enjoyable as the overnight stays.”
Deborah Cramb, Australia - Private Cuba Tour (Nov 14)
“Our Cuba holiday was fabulous. What we wanted and more. Trinidad was the highlight. Hadrian was fantastic. One year older than Catriona they got like a house on fire. Thanks to you and Yadira for a wonderful life experience.”
Fiona Macky, New Zealand - Private Cuba Tour (Oct 14)
“I know that my wife Lynn wrote to you recently speaking very positively about the tour you organised on our behalf and of course I would wish to echo that.
Although I haven’t as yet had time to chase it down, I think there is a very positive reference to your company on Trip Advisor and I would like to append some positive words that emphasise the quality of that which we received from you.
We were very impressed with our guide Yaniel.”
Lynn and Max Berghouse, Australia - Private Cuba Tour (Oct 14)
“We had two guides on our Locally Sourced Cuba Tour: Lianne in Havana for a day tour, and Manolo for the remainder. Both were very friendly and helped us to understand Cuba and to feel comfortable there.
Most of our main meals were at highly rated restaurants. The food there was much better than expected and excessive at times. We truly enjoyed the flavours and the preparations. The breakfasts at the casas were simple and delightful.
Our driver was great in knowing the road & keeping us on schedule and safe.
The Locally Sourced Tours booking team was excellent in their email assessments and flexibility. The team was clear and always available. Everything occurred on schedule – we enjoyed our time very much.”
Holly D'Souza & Steve Schoenberg, New Zealand - Private Cuba Tour (Sep 14)
“Daryl & I would sincerely like to thank you for a fantastic tour of Cuba.
From the very beginning of organising the tour, your company has been amazing.
Yaniel, our guide, was absolutely wonderful, we couldn’t have asked for a better guide. He went out of his way to ensure everything was perfect for us.
We will recommend your company to everyone we know.
Many thanks again”
Dee and Daryl Pratt, Australia - Private Tour (September 2014)
I recently spent 10 days in Cuba, and would like to say that I am more than happy with my time in Cuba. I was very pleased with the tour and especially our tour guide Alexis Sanitaguito. During our time there he was very patient, caring and showed a great deal of love for his job. He made the whole holiday the experience that it was. Thank you and your team on the hard work and for my great holiday in Cuba.
Vesna Stajic, 8 Day Lively Cuba Group Tour (July 14)
I was on the salsa dance tour in February of 2014 with Raydel, and wanted to share how fantastic this trip was, and how great this company is. I did a lot of research before the trip, and other companies charged far more to see far less (most dance tours just stay in Havana). Raydel was a king among guides. In addition to being an incredible instructor and dancer, he had excellent knowledge of Cuba and was happy to hang out with me as long as I wanted. He even helped out other travelers on several occasions, which I thought was wonderful, and took me to spontaneous outings where I was the only gringo around. I travel a lot, but usually on my own, out of a backpack, on a budget, and usually avoid organized tours. This is one of the best trips I have ever been on, and Locally Sourced Cuba has opened me up for trying other tours (with them, if possible) in the future. Oh, and I got pretty good at Cuban salsa dancing, too!
Donal Solick, 8 Day Dance Cuba (Feb 14)
“We are back home from our fabulous time in Cuba!
I’v been meaning to contact you and tell you how much Geoff and I loved our time in Cuba with Yadira. Thank you so much for organising such a fantastic trip for us with everything we could have possibly wanted. It was so much more than either of us could have imagined and has left a real lasting impression. Even though we’d read up before we went, nothing can quite prepare you for what it would really be like. From the history, to the buildings, to the people, to the music and dancing, to the cars – it was all amazing. There was so much to learn that we left feeling quite tired – but in a good way! Everyday was brilliant with something new and it all went very smoothly. We loved staying in the Casas and the owners where all so lovely and made our stay special.
Thanks again for an amazing experience, I’ve been spreading the word and have passed on your company details to several people already.”
Rose & Geoff Creighton, NZ - Private Cuba Tour, May 2014
“Olexis, our guide, was great, he made our holiday, we were lucky enough to have him all to ourselves and we had a really good time. He took care of Hazel and myself so well, he was diligent and nothing was too much trouble. It wasn’t like travelling with a guide after a couple of days it was like travelling with a friend. We met other guides along the way and whilst they were all lovely, friendly and welcoming, we still think we struck lucky with Olexis.
I for one will be recommending you both to my friends, on tripadvisor and facebook. We had really high expectations of our holiday ( 2 years in the planning and waiting) and we were not let down. Thank you.”
Shireen Alsalti, UK - 15 Day Discover (April 2014)
“We had a fantastic time with Danny, thank you. You’ve set up a really great business and it is making a big difference for guides like Danny and the restaurants and casa’s that he’s chosen to support. He made a real effort to make sure we were as immersed in Cuban culture and food as possible and completely took the stress out of what would have been a lot of admin had we freedom-toured. We can’t thank or recommend Danny enough – he was great. We thought the trip was excellent value for money too.”
Jennifer Tunna, New Zealand - 15 Day Discover (March 2014)
“Absolutely brilliant! My hubby did not want to come home and I am recommending it to everyone I meet. We thought our tour was excellent – a comprehensive itinerary and good value. It was really packed with activities so we did enjoy a beach break at the end.
Our tour guide was great fun, well organised, adaptable and responsive to the group’s needs. We had a wide age range but all got on very well and enjoyed the adventure with laughter and cocktails.
The city-specific guides in Habana and Camaguey were also friendly, full of information and great to chat with.
I would also recommend the Tour Operator’s website and email support at LocallySourcedCubaTours which was really useful helping us prepare to make the most of this trip of a lifetime!”
Karin Barrett, UK - 15 Day Discover (March 2014)
“Yadira our tour guide was fabulous and we are happy to have found a new friend.
The two weeks we spent travelling through Cuba, we found her to be warm, open, knowledgable and accommodating to ensure this tour was what we wanted.
From our first enquiry to the end of our tour we felt looked after and would highly recommend to travellers looking for something different and an experience to remember.
Sara and Dan”
Sara & Dan Agnoletto, Australia - 15 Day Discover (Feb 2014)
Thanks to Dan, Yadira and all the people at this great tour company. We had a very interesting and enjoyable month in Cuba and most of the good stuff was due to the people who operate and work for this tour company. Even though our tour was very small in number, it was rich in experience and we left Cuba feeling we’d made new friends. I hope this message reaches others who are planning to visit Cuba.
Linda L Lang, Canada
“We were in Cuba for 2 weeks, the first week on a guided tour arranged through Local Source and the second week at a 4.5 Star hotel. We enjoyed all of our time in Cuba but the private escorted tour that you arranged was by far the most enjoyable. Top points must be given to Yaniel our guide. His excellent English and pride of his country made the vacation most enjoyable – he is an excellent guide and we will recommend him and your agency to our friends.
We found all of the Casas quite acceptable. Although not as plush as our 5 star hotel in many ways they were more enjoyable. All had comfortable beds, air conditioning an ensuite w/c with shower. All served a hearty breakfast and the dinners that we ate in the Casas were all good, better and less expensive than in local restaurants.
All things considered we found our private escorted tour very good value, for little more to staying in our hotel we had our own private guide, private transportation and suitable accommodation.”
Peter Calder, Canada - Private Tour (Jan 14)
“We have been back a few days and just wanted to send you a note of thanks! The Paradisus Varadero was stunningly beautiful and we thoroughly enjoyed the facilities. Best beaches we have been to as compared with Mexico and Hawaii. The 3 days in Havana turned out to be warm and sunny so the trip ended perfectly.
Just thought you should know that Leannet was a terrific guide in Havana and immersed us in the local community and culture (at our request) which was most evoking. The day trips, square visits, and old American Car Havana tour were truly magnificent. We enjoyed other activities as well, including a local lithographic artist from whom we purchased some stunning art pieces.
We have passed on your contact information to a few more friends as your services and flexibility were superb!
Thanks again for everything!”
Laily & Brent Pirbhai, Canada - Private Tour (Jan 14)
“I’ve completed my journey in Cuba and back to my home town. just want to say thank you to you, the tour guides in Cuba and your company for all the arrangements.
Overall the journey was unforgettable and impressive – small group of people, local fresh food, proficient English tour guide and all Casa’s close to the main tourist area. I’m sure i’ll introduce LSC to my friend if they would go to Cuba in the future.
Wish you and LSC all the best.”
Martin Ng, Hong Kong - 15 Day Discover (Jan 14)
“Our guide, Yaniel was especially good and took good care of me . I usually got the best room!! The excursion up river in Baracoa was excellent as was the botanical gardens and chocolate excursion etc The guide in Baracoa was probably the best local guide we experienced.”
Michael Hobbs, Australia -15 Day Discover Cuba Tour (Dec 2013)
“Just wanted to say that I thought the Locally Sourced Tours trip was brilliant – lovely people, a great standard of casas and all so well organised. Romey and his team delivered in spades, going the extra mile when needed. I will certainly pass the word on!
Thank you so much for a memorable holiday.”
Liane Donovan, 8 Day Discover Cuba (Jan 2014)
A big thank you to Raydel for an amazing 8 day ‘rum & rumba’ tour!! Great moments and ever lasting memories! Highly recommend and can’t wait to go back!!!
Ailin Bonilla Alvarado, 8 Day Dance Cuba (Dec 13)
“Back from an amazing 8 day Scuba Tour – had a Great time and met so many great people on this trip and looking to another one very soon! Anilka is an amazing tour guide and highly recommended! THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT TRIP AND SEE YOU SOON!!!”
Samuel Ro, Canada - 8 Day Dive Cuba (Dec 13)
“I had such an amazing time and everyone on the team out there is so much fun and with so much energy and passion for the country! I’m still bopping to the beat of salsa music back at my desk at work whilst it’s cold and raining outside,
Thanks again for such an excellent, personal and well-organised experience and please do pass my thanks on to the team back in Cuba. Particularly to Raydel, Romey, Anilka and Danny with helping us to find our bearings in such a unique and beautiful country.”
Anisa Patel, London - 8 Day Dance Cuba (Dec 13)
“I am back from my trip to Cuba. I just wanted to let you know my friend Sherry and I both had a fabulous time!
My guide, Lianne, went above and beyond to ensure that we were 100% satisfied, and it was such a pleasure to stay at Luis’s casa. Cuba is such an amazing country, and I would not have visited otherwise if it wasn’t for your patience and reassurance in answering all of my questions and concerns.
I can assure you I will go back to Cuba, will tell all my family and friends, and your company will be our first choice.”
Lucy, United States - Havana Experience (Jan 14)
“Just back in Canada now (on my way back to London) after my amazing time in Cuba and wanted to thank you for organizing such a great tour! I think this was the most fun trip I’ve ever taken and I cannot wait to go back! I feel so privileged to have visited Cuba with local guides and to have been able to experience places and people that only the locals would normally see.The LSCT team were absolutely lovely – so warm and friendly and accommodating. I always felt they were trying to ensure that I was having the best time possible and the personal attention is what made the trip so unique. As someone who has never gone on an organized tour (and was slightly hesitant about doing so) this experience has made me see how much fun it can be. I am already recommending LSCT to everyone I know and would be more than happy to help promote it in London.”
Kim Arazi, Canada - 8 Day Dance (Dec 13)
We had an amazing time and Romey went out of his way to please us….. You under sold and over delivered. The drivers and the transport was excellent, and we felt very comfortable.
We absolutely enjoyed Habana (need 3 days here min) , so much to do and see, the place is buzzing, and on the change…a pity as in a few years no doubt it will be different. Romey took us to some wonderful restaurants …and the food was some of the best I have had. The prices were extremely reasonable, service amazing.
We loved Cuba and your tour and I would like to take my wife there some day.
Thank you both for a great time!
With many thanks and best wishes.
Mike & Mac Timmer, New Zealand - Private Cuba Tour (Nov 13)
“Just a note to say thank-you for organising our two day tour of Havana. We had a really good trip made more interesting by having our lovely guide Lianne to show us around and answer our questions. She was very informative with excellent English so I hope she continues to do the tours for you. She was on time and very presentable. I think we covered everything and were fascinated by the buildings, cars and history all around us!!”
Judy Clayton, Portugal - Havana Tour (Dec 13)
“We had a wonderful time and everything went surprisingly smoothly from our airport pick up to departure. We really enjoy meeting Yaniel and spending time with him. He is a delightful, intelligent and thoughtful young man you are lucky to have him working with you. The Havana tour was perfect for orientating us and we loved the trip to Vinales – the Casa as expected was very simple but absolutely spotless!”
Lisa Dance, UK - Private Cuba Tour (Oct 13)
Cuba was a fantastic destination and my Locally Sourced Cuba guide, Romey, made the experience that much more special. Romey went out of his way to make every day unique and full of surprises. Organising live music for dinner, an authentic Cuban bbq at his home and an un-planned visit to Vinales were just some of the highlights in a trip that was my favourite yet!
Millie Orton, New Zealand - 15 Day Discover (June 13)
“Absolutely loved my Cuban adventure and have already told all my friends about it. I wouldn’t change a thing. I had high expectations before arriving in Cuba as it was one of my dreams and you kept surprising and amazing me all along the way. I couldn’t believe how each day of the trip kept been even better than the previous one. More than amazing guides and teachers, the Locally Sourced team has often felt more like having friends that wanted to share the best of their culture and country.”
Marion Chazotier, France - 8 Day Discover (Sep 13)
“Just wanted to touch base to thank you and the team for organising my tour of Havana.
The city was incredible as was my guide Yaniel! Couldn’t have asked for anyone better. His knowledge of the city and his willingness to take me to all the boroughs of Havana was greatly appreciated, definitely gave me a rather different perspective of the city.”
Marrissa Banu-Lawrence, Australia
“Our guide Yaniel was a delightful young man. His English was excellent and he went out of his way to make our vist as good as it could be. I would recommend him to anyone going to Cuba.”
Dana and Allan Roberts, New Zealand
“Personally, it was my second trip to Cuba but this time I believe I really experienced the real Cuba. Romey and Yaniel were excellent! All the requests of the group were met and more! I would recommend Locally Sourced Cuba Tours to anyone interested in a trip to Cuba.”
Richard Lara, Trinidad and Tobago
“We had a wonderful day with Yaniel, we would highly recommend him as a tour guide, his knowledge of Havana, and Cuban history was superb, and he made it a very enjoyable day.We would like to thank your company and in particular Yaniel for making our visit to Havana very enjoyable.”
Andrea & Brian Jones, UK
“With only two days in Havana I barely scratched the surface of such an unforgettable country. However it doesn’t take long to be swept up in the magic… the old cars, watching the sun go down by the Malecon, drinking mojitos to live music & street performers, the smoke of cigars wafting by – the place is just buzzing. Definitely recommend the tour guide, with such a rich history there are so many questions to answer and their vast local knowledge is unbeatable. Hard to capture the experience of Havana in words but my time there was some of the most memorable of my travels.”
A Locally Sourced Cuba Tour is for those who want to get off the beaten track and experience the 'real' Cuba, away from the crowds. On our Cuba tours you will get the opportunity to interact with the locals, immerse yourself in Cuban culture and ultimately gain a unique appreciation for the country by having your own authentic Cuba tour experience.
Our Cuba Travel Guide contains everything you need to know about travel to Cuba. Information about flights, Cuba Visitor Visa's, Climate, Transportation and Insurance can all be found in our Cuba Travel Guide. If you still have questions, just consult one of our Cuba Travel Experts and we will be more than happy to help.
Patricia studied English and French at the Universities of Havana and Las Villas and was an English and French professor at the University of Cienfuegos for 3 years. Patricia loves her current job as a tour guide because she very proud of her country and its people and really enjoys showing the clients the real life in Cuba and the most beautiful places there are to visit. Patricia always wears a large smile, while showing our clients the very best that Cuba has to offer
Making a small side trip or day trip can be a difficult choice when you travel. Is it worth the time and effort? Maybe that quiet little village is so quiet that all there is to do is to watch the paint dry. You might spend your time at this secondary destination regretting your choices […]
Cuba is not regarded as one of the best countries for shopping, and yet there are many wonderful souvenirs from Cuba that you can take home to enjoy. These items will remind you of your glorious time in the country, and you might find yourself staring fondly at something you’ve brought home from Cuba, absent […]
Working out how much money you’ll need each day is an important and sometimes annoying part of planning a holiday. There are some places where you will need to take a fair amount of cash, and you will quickly go through your cash when you’re paying around €8 per beer in Paris. A holiday in […]