What Our Customers Say About Cultural Island Travel

Maria Cristina Marrero - Editorial VP at Hola!

I want to thank you so much for making one of our dreams came true. Traveling with you to Cuba wasn’t just amazing it was a life changing experience. Your expertise and the way you mesh like a real local made our trip so meaningful. We are already looking forward to our next adventure with Cultural Island Travel and even making excuses up so we can go back to Cuba soon.We highly recommend you as a tour guide/director. Rest assured that all of our friends will know about your company. So get ready for some more clients! Gracias!

Maria Cristina Marrero - Editorial VP at Hola!,New York, NY
Mitch Glazer - Movie Producer, Writer & Actor

I have always consciously avoided any kind of organized tour — but Cultural Island Travel literally handed me the country of Cuba. Our guide, Patricia, designed an intimate week just for us that absolutely dazzled my family. I have been gushing about Cultural Island Travel’s tour of Havana since we returned two months ago. They showed me the Cuba I had only dreamt existed.

Mitch Glazer - Movie Producer, Writer & Actor,Los Angeles, CA
Michael Anthony DiMauro

Kristen, I am still mentally not home yet. Very difficult to come right back to work after a 24 year old dream is realized. I have been to 15 countries for pleasure, business and cultural exploration, but Cuba has far surpassed them all. Our guide(s) were excellent. Our drivers were excellent. I have new friends and brothers for life. Every turn of the corner is rich with history and it would be so foolish to walk those streets without guidance. Cuba’s history is a story truly told through its artists. I felt like I was experiencing every decade. Your service is flawless!

Michael Anthony DiMauro,Staten Island, NY

Dear Ari,

We are home safe and sound with wonderful memories of one of our greatest trips ever! There are not enough words to thank you for sharing your knowledge of your country, its people, music and food! Thank you for making sure that we enjoyed ourselves and were so comfortable all the time. You have made this trip!

The care you put into making sure that Dan had the happiest Birthday goes beyond words. To see the smile on his face with each surprise of the day just made my heart happy. He has the greatest memories of that day. (Please say Thank You again to Gerrardo for learning Happy Birthday in English!)

And I know that you and Donna and Teresa made sure that Dan’s Birth Day was celebrated. It started the night before when Ari and Robert (another traveler) paid for dinner and wine for Dan. On his Birthday Day when we finished lunch – a Birthday Dessert was served and Ari and Gerrardo and wait staff sang to him in Spanish! Dinner again had a birthday dessert for him and then when we returned to our room at the Saratoga there was a Birthday Cake on his nightstand! And all who wished him Happy Birthday. Boy his Irish eyes smiled! Thank You.

Ari made sure that we had restaurants to go to at night that were just the greatest! Music always happening. He made sure we had safe transportation to and from the restaurants. Not a concern, but stress free knowing who the driver was. We can not say enough about him. What a representative of Cultural Island Travel!

And not but not least to you Kristen – you were so extremely helpful and supportive of (especially me) preparing for this trip. You were right, the passport expiration date was not an issue. I only got nervous at check in with Southwest when the woman said this expires before six months. And then she said not a problem but we are advised that we must advise you the 6 months. You Rock!

What a trip. It was a blast! Please fell fee to share any and all of this email with anyone that should see it and you want to see it.

Fondly and with appreciation, Christine

Christine, May 7th 2017

Dear Teresa

Our trip was great. Laura was fantastic and so was our driver. The ladies of the B&B were lovely. It was very clean. I am sharing our trip with several friends that are thinking of a trip to Cuba. We are thinking in the future to return however with an entirely different itinerary and different lodging. We were extremely happy with our trip


Hanne, April 28th 2017

Dear Teresa

We had a wonderful experience from the minute we arrived until the minute we departed. We weren’t involved in any of the planning, but thanks to Barbara and Teresa this trip exceeded all of our expectations.

A special thank you goes to Irma who was an amazing guide. She readily adapted the itinerary to meet our needs and took care of any unexpected happenings with ease and grace. Her English was great and she enthusiastically educated us on the people, places and politics of Cuba.

We appreciated experiencing the spirit of the people, quality music and art, as well as the country’s beauty.

Stephanie Matkov and Howard Dichter, April 27th 2017


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Hi Kristen,

Thank you for your note; we’ve actually been meaning to email you to tell you what a fantastic trip we had. Everyone we met from Cultural Island were amazing and made us feel so welcome.

All of the guides we met were great. Santiago and Ari were both terrific hosts; they were so open and easy to talk to and we truly enjoyed spending time with them. It was nice to get to know Havana through their personal stories. Patricia and Camilla were both extremely knowledgeable and it was great to meet them and have an opportunity to learn from their expertise.

The Hotel was nice and clean and we enjoyed being on the Malecon. We really enjoyed the next night at La Zorra y El Cuervo jazz club and would definitely go back.

Overall the entire weekend was a great experience and we would definitely recommend going to Cuba with Cultural Island Tours!

Thank you to you and Donna for all of your help in putting the trip together. If you have any questions, we’re happy to provide additional feedback.

Have a great day.thank you,

Jackie , Mar 14, 2017

Dear Kristen,

We had such a wonderful time in Cuba! We loved the guides!! All of them. The first day we had Laura who was just magical. We so hit it off. She was incredibly knowledgeable as well as just basically fun. We had her to ourselves the first day which we loved. She took us to a great mediterrain restrauant with wonderful food. We were going to museums, the Nationale hotel, the catacombs under the hotel until 5pm then off for a convertible ride in a 56 Chevy and then to the Hotel Capri. The hotel was great with wonderful gigantic breakfasts.

We loved the San Cristobol and the La Guardia. The atmosphere was lovely as well as great food. The second day our main guide was Irma. She was very warm & friendly & knowledgeable. Camilla, the art museum guide, was so good ; she really brought the Cuban art, religion, & politics together in a way that was extremely meaningful. The second , third , & fourth days we were in a group of 9 people. They were all very likable & made the experience doubly fun. Patricia & her fiancé were the guides on the walking tour of old town.

The fiance was helpful in keeping up the rear & keeping Woody from wandering too far away. Woody restores old cars so was in heaven looking at all the old vehicles & talking to the drivers. Kristen, you and Donna were very helpful and organized. I would love to go back to Cuba and take a longer trip. Four days was too short. I will include some of our pictures but I am not very savy with Facebook & not sure how to tag Cultural Island Travel but will try. Thanks again for a great trip. I have already recommended you to several people.

Sue & Warren (Woody) Woodmansee , March 13th 2017

HURRICANE UPDATE: We are pleased to announce that Cuba did not suffer a severe level of damage from Irma. Hurricane Maria is not projected to hit Cuba. Travel to Cuba is fully restored!
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