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Testimonials & Traveler Reviews

“We had a wonderful time in Cuba!

Our guide was so friendly, knowledgeable, and engaging. We really appreciated how she motivated our kids to participate in the Cuban experience.
The itinerary was thoughtful and well-organized. The local hosts provided additional perspectives on the culture and history of Cuba — be it music, dance, art, or education. Of course, we also loved the drive around Havana in the ’56 Chevy Bel Air convertible, the bicycle tour to the Plaza de la Revolucion, and the ziplines at the Las Terrazas biosphere.
I highly recommend Cultural Cuba to any couple or family interested in a genuine, first-hand experience in Cuba. We returned to the U.S. with a much greater appreciation of Cuba’s history and people.”
B. Toolan
Travel Clients of Danielle Dybiec, President

Traveler: “We just wanted to send you a belated but huge thanks for everything you did to organize the Cuba trip. We had a great time, and the trip far surpassed our expectations. Really felt like we got off the beaten path without having to fly 15 hours, while having an awesome hotel to come home to each night. And we loved our guide – she is the best.”

Travel Advisor: “Thanks, Cultural Cuba for making me look like a star!”
Victoria Dalena, Luxury Travel Advisor, SmartFlyer, a Virtuoso Member Agency

“Thank you for a marvelous trip. ALL aspects of the trip; hotel, meals, guide, driver and selected itinerary components were perfect. I can summarize by saying we all had an amazing time.” 

Abe Zelkin

“Just got back from Cuba. It was even better than expected. Accommodations were lovely and as portrayed, the guide was incredible, the food was superb and the experiences/tours were all wonderful. Thank you for helping us plan a Cuban vacation that was fabulous!”

Dr. Lydia Pinney

“We had a fabulous 4 days in Havana.  The Manzana Kempinski Hotel was amazing and definitely the perfect place to stay. We loved the location, the rooms and especially the rooftop bar! Our guide and driver were also fantastic.  He was so knowledgeable about the city, the history of Cuba and gave us a very personal look into the people and the culture.  He was a pleasure to work with and went out of his way to make sure that we had a rich and enjoyable experience.   The art and history museum tours gave us a great overview of the history from different perspectives, and the special meetings with Camilo, at Amos and at the dance workshop made the experience so much more personal.  The restaurant choices were also varied and all delicious.  There is not really anything that we would have changed. You definitely exceeded expectations and we would recommend Cultural Cuba enthusiastically!” 

A. Dunn

“Cuba is such an amazing destination and largely unspoiled. The people are genuine in their desire to serve and give a great experience. The guide and driver were priceless and truly gave us the experience we weren’t sure was possible.  The Kempinski Hotel was beautiful and offered a superior experience. The guide was available to us all day into the night and she was able to make schedule adjustments because she was our private guide for the entire 5 days. We spent more time at certain places and less time at others all at our schedule. That’s the beauty of private travel. David has a tremendous knowledge base which made our experience very special.”  

Sharon Hupprich

“Our trip to Cuba was AMAZING – exceeded our expectations, which were already high!  Have already started to spread the word to friends (would be such a shame if the Trump administration shuts down travel).  But I must say that our guide was outstanding- we are so grateful he took on our challenging assignment.  We’ve had many tour guides in the past who were very good, but the Cultural Cuba guide tops all of them. I can’t rave about the guide enough, as well as the many activities you planned for us, and the other people who we met that made our trip so special.  Such a unique and special vacation for each of our family members, from youngest to oldest.” 

Laura Ching

Thank you so much for organizing a flawless experience for us! Cuba is a fascinating culture and we learned so much from our guide, whom we absolutely loved! We loved our driver, too. They were both professional, FUN, and knowledgeable. I wouldn’t change a single thing about our itinerary. Dador was incredible for any traveler, like me, interested in art/fashion/design. Not only did I love seeing what they do and how they do it, but I inquired about a certain dress in a certain fabric and cut. They didn’t have the exact combo and made it for me and delivered it to the hotel in about 36 hours! It’s such a special souvenir from our trip. I’m still trying to process all we learned and saw. It was by far the most educational and fascinating culture we’ve experienced … and it’s a photographer’s dream! I received several inquiries about our trip and have recommended Cultural Cuba with my highest regard. Thank you – we are so grateful for your expertise!”

Korena Sinnett

Associate Art Director, Virtuoso Life Magazine

Terrific trip! Great experience for people that have traveled all over the world. The hotel was really deluxe and unexpected for a third world country. We would highly recommend Cultural Cuba. The expert guide made the impossible happen. Thanks for a great birthday celebration!”

David Fox

Where do I begin?! We had an amazing trip! You could not have picked a better tour guide – she got our personalities, was extremely informative and educational, and made us feel welcome and comfortable. By the end of the trip, it felt like she was a family member! I have already referred various people to Cultural Cuba.

Your company built an itinerary that checked off all our boxes and then some!

The hotels were top-notch, accommodating, and friendly, and the service was great.”

J. Barnes

We had a fabulous time in Havana! We were able to get a tremendous sense of a great country with lots of history and such potential. We will recommend Cultural Cuba to others. Now you have set the gold standard for long weekends away …I need a cultural Cuba equivalent for Mexico and other Central American countries! Thanks again and I’m sure we will be back. “

David Boulter

Cultural Cuba was terrific, and we loved every minute that we spent with our guide. He was a gem! He was incredibly knowledgeable and interesting- NEVER boring. We let all our fellow travelers on the BACKROADS part of our trip know about Cultural Cuba and they were all sorry that they hadn’t booked with you. Obviously, we wish we had more time in Cuba, but the time spent was just great!
Thanks for all your planning and expertise. Your recommendations were spot on!
We have and will continue to recommend Cultural Cuba to anyone planning to visit.”

Lynn & Doug Borck

“Thank you! Thank you! You couldn’t have planned a more perfect trip! Our guide was not only a wealth of information but an absolute pleasure to be with!! Starting out our first full day with the expert architect was so interesting – we all enjoyed it and it was a great way to kick off the tour.  Outstanding choice of restaurants – loved the different atmospheres and the meals were 5 stars all the way. The hotel was equally as impressive. Great idea about the photographer – pictures are amazing!! Our trip of a lifetime really was so, thanks to you! We’ll be touch with you in the future for sure. Already looking forward to another adventure.”

Elena M. D'Agostino, Real Estate Broker

“David knows Cuba, and he knows his clients. Put them together, and it’s a trip done right.”  

J. Handler, President, MonoSystems

“The art, music and dance scene, as well as the food and hotels all, exceeded our expectations – by far. How you see Cuba is important and Cultural Cuba provided an unbelievably well-orchestrated experience. Everything was beautifully taken care of. David’s own immersion in the country allowed flexibility and provided very special visits to venues and presentations unmatched by tours taken by other friends with other groups. So glad we went with Cultural Cuba and cannot imagine visiting Cuba with anyone else.”

John Cohn

“We can’t thank you enough for all of your help planning such a wonderful trip to Cuba. We were impressed with every stage of the planning process, the information we were given, our being encouraged to ask questions/advice and always receiving a prompt reply. We enjoyed seeing the list of potential activities so well-described; as you know in five days it was impossible to see or do it all. We were very pleased with our choices and feel that we had a pretty well-rounded experience with what we chose. The Kempinski hotel was lovely and in an excellent location, and the restaurants we went to were all absolutely wonderful.

Our guide made the trip the fabulous experience it was. She was charming, intelligent and well-informed, and her command of English was superb. Her willingness to answer our endless questions and to discuss every aspect of life in Cuba made us look forward to seeing her every morning. Best of all, she pushed us just enough to go to two experiences we would have missed had she not done so; Fabrica de Arte (which was amazing) and a jazz bar behind the Capitol. We had a fabulous time at both. She is truly an excellent representative of the high quality of service provided by the staff of Cultural Cuba, and we cannot compliment her highly enough.”


Our trip to Cuba with Cultural Cuba shattered our lofty expectations. It provided a perfect balance of structured itinerary and flexibility making it seem like we were immersed in Cuban culture and history while at the same time feeling like we were on vacation. In addition to the first-class accommodations, every experience felt exclusive and VIP making the trip truly memorable.”  

Bob Davidowitz

“Our five-day trip was completely effortless! We came home feeling very excited about Cuba and rejuvenated as if we’d been on a longer vacation. The perfect balance of activities and downtime. I can’t even think of anything else I’d had wanted to do had we had more time. Go to Cuba with Cultural Cuba. “ 

Kayla Wagner

“Cuba was fascinating and wonderful.  What a different world!  I can see why a guide is so helpful.  There are many places that we would have just walked by without ever seeing the “jewel” inside.  Our guide was fabulous! The Kempinski Manzana was great.  The rooftop pool was refreshing to enjoy each day. The location was fantastic. Meeting the City Planner and Architect and understanding the challenges facing Havana helped put everything in perspective for us.  We have never been to a communist country before.  This made the site- seeing so much more interesting. Compas Dance Project was phenomenal! Overall, it was a very nice vacation.  Thank you for putting it all together for us.” 

Taryn Burr, Senior Managing Director

“I could not be more pleased with your company and its service.  The trip was most exceptional in terms of what I wanted to do, who I wanted to meet, and what I wanted to experience. My guide was – in every way – both incredibly knowledgeable and professional.  I’ll let my images share with you the true feelings I’ve had. Thanks for all you and your associates did to make this a remarkable time in my life!”

Steve Leimberg, Photographer/UnSeenImages.Com

Everything was top notch. The restaurants were all superb. We toured some great sites and gained a newfound education on the Cuban culture and a real sense of understanding for an outsider. She handled every issue with professionalism and no stress. She gets 5 stars !! We left Cuba with a clear mind and a love for the culture, food and people. We would definitely love to visit again!“ 

Robert Gathen, Esq.