Cuba Travel Services vs Discover Corps - Tour Companies Compared
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Overall — 3.5
Value — 3.3
Guide — 3.3
Activities — 3.3
Lodging — 3.3
Transportation — 3.3
Meals — 3.3
Overall — 4.5
Value — 4.5
Guide — 4.5
Activities — 4.5
Lodging — 4.5
Transportation — 4.5
Meals — 4.5
5.0 August 2015
Exceptional service from beginning to end! I'm from L.A. and for the longest time, have always dreamt about traveling to Cuba.Read more
However, when originally researching how to get there from the U.S. (despite the progress between the two countries), I was met with many conflicting and confusing "resources" that did not provide any solutions. But that all changed when I found Cuba Travel Services.
Last month, I was finally able to travel to Cuba and experience it before the floodgates open up. It was the most spectacular trip thus far (Coincidently, I was even there for the U.S. Embassy reopening!)
Andrea Calderon from CTS, provided and setup everything I'd need to go. This included informative and up-to-date knowledge of travel to Cuba (she answered all my 28628100 questions), necessary documents, my visa, and the round trip chartered flight from Miami to La Habana, Holguin to Miami (they have multiple departing locations in Cuba.)
Cuba Travel Services is awesome and it could not have been a more seamless process.
Gracias por todo!
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4.0 August 2015
Very good travel services, except they get more expensive every year and no flights from LA!
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1.0 August 2015
Does Not Recommend
This is my first time traveling with this travel agency and airline.*suncountry* My flight was supposed to leave at 11:35 am from tampa to cuba on 3/5/15. It is 3/6/15 and it is 2:28am. Guess where I am. Miami!!! I checked my bags at 7:30 this morning. Anticipating my flight to Havana where we have a car rented also through Cuba travel. To make this long story short we did not board the plane until shortly after 6pm because the airport kept saying the plane had some part they had to fix. Then every hour the info was that they were waiting for the part. Then part arrived and wasn't fixed, and wasn't fixed. During the whole time we waited we were only offered a $10 food voucher which everyone knows in the airport does not buy you a full meal, not even 1/2 a meal.Read more
At last minute, before boarding we were all happy plane was ready to go. But then, we were told flight crews time expired and we had to fly to Miami first to swap out the crew and then fly to cuba. We didn't like it but the thought of movement was nice. Flight crew could've flown us to Cuba and waited there instead of making us wait here. So we arrive in miami and are informed crew would be on in about 20 min. We start seeing crew, we're happy, and then there it is again. We are delayed because the plane 'still' has electrical problems. Still? We were informed later by a plane mechanic that the plane flew to miami with problems . So all 100 plus of us lives were put in danger. Our lives were risked. Why did they do this. I would've rather stayed in Tampa where my bed is and come back the next day. While on the plane we were not aloud to get off for about a good hour or so. Customs would nor let us. All we were offered was a cup of room temp water. No snack, nada. When we finally exit into Miami terminal we were given a boarding pass. Supposedly to get back on plane. Well guess what , around 1:00 am flight cancelled. You can only imagine people's reactions. Cubans reactions!! We got a nutrigrain bar now and a soda. That's it.
No straight answers from anyone this whole flight and what people want to hear is the TRUTH! !!!!! My car rental in Cuba probably will not be refunded. May not even have a car when we get there. I spent a whole day of my vacation like a prisoner in an airport! ! Come on . It is 4:15 am now. In one hour I will have been awake a full 24 hours. No offering of blankets or anything from airport and it is freezing. There are mothers who have infants that need their formula which was packed under the plane. OMG......this was the most horrible experience.
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5.0 November 2018
Japan Cultural Odyssey
We really enjoyed our Discover Corps tour and can't wait to return to Japan. My wife and I took the Discover Corps cultural trip to Japan (Started in Tokyo-then a bullet train to Kyoto & more local trains to Osaka). The transportation system works well and no cars were ever needed. We were completely taken care of from booking and then thru the process. Adrienne did a great job of informing us of all the details-no planning required. Our guides in Japan, Aki and Miwa, were very knowledgeable local people & made sure we were having a unforgettable time! The cultural experience in Japan was terrific. Great mix of excitement; watching Sumo and participating in Kendo. The food was wonderful plus we were able to participate in sushi making!Read more
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5.0 July 2018
We lived in the African bush for 10 days. Accommodations were wonderful - tents with nice furniture and attached bathrooms. Plenty of hot water! Food was delicious and quite sophisticated. But the best were the wildlife experiences led by an extremely knowledgeable and personable guide. All the staff were kind and professional.Read more
5.0 July 2017
This trip was really superb, starting with the folks like Alex in the San Diego office to our tour guide in Havana, Orelvis (a perfect gentleman if there ever was one--and he seemed to know absolutely EVERYTHING about Havana), and our driver, Boris (who was an extremely safe driver, and the SUV that was our transportation was a practically new Honda), and our friendly hostess at the casa particular (B&B).Read more
But at breakfast at the casa particular, keep in mind the CDC guidelines for healthy travel: cook it, boil it, peel it (yourself) or FORGET IT. So the bowl of fruit and the fruit juices? Pass them up in favor of coffee and toast. I know that sounds boring, but after I got home, I ended up in the hospital emergency room for dehydration due to e-coli--my fault for not following the CDC guidelines.
Also, to get up to my room at the casa particular, I had to climb a narrow, curved marble staircase--I took extra care not to fall either on the way up or on the way down.
The activities and attractions were first rate (but you must keep in mind that you're on "Cuban time," and not everything runs like a Swiss train). From the Hemingway house to the canon ceremony (which I loved even though it was a substitution for another event that was unexpectedly closed) to the jazz club (again, we went to one jazz club that for some reason didn't work out, but no problem--Orelvis took us to another jazz club recommended by his supervisor in Havana) to the art museum to the Malecon to the outdoor terrace at the Hotel Nacional and more, it was amazing how much we saw of Havana in about 72 hours.
There were only four people on the trip, and that was both a good thing and a bad thing--good because each of us received a great deal of attention from Orelvis and bad because two of the four didn't want to follow the itinerary and often went off on their own and then kept the rest of us waiting for them to return (highly frustrating--finally Boris said, "the schedule is the schedule," and we stopped catering to them). One of them spoke fluent Spanish--good for her--but I did wish that Orelvis had curtailed the lengthy conversations that she initiated with him, which the rest of us could not understand.
Two of my favorite activities were ones that I arranged myself: attending the world-class ballet at the gorgeously restored el Gran Teatro and then taking a yellow 1950 Chevrolet convertible with an Italian driver, who was an absolute hoot, back to the casa particular.
And the food at the private restaurants known as paladars was first rate. We even had lunch at one that Anthony Bourdain recently featured on his CNN travel show "Parts Unknown."
Just a small word of caution: sometimes there wasn't enough bottled water in the SUV in which we were riding, especially when we were dropped off at the casa particular at night. Make sure that you have plenty of bottled water with you at all times. (The CDC even recommends that you brush your teeth with bottled water.)
I also wish I had brought another pair of shoes with me because with all of the walking in the heat of the Cuban sun, my feet swelled. Fortunately, I had brought some Band-Aids with me, which helped cushion the sore spots.
I highly recommend this trip--to my way of thinking, it's much better than taking a cruise ship that only docks in Havana for one or two nights--and the "Havana Weekend Getaway" is the most popular trip to Cuba that is offered by Discover Corps, as I learned from Orelvis.
|Tours||0 Trip||28 Trips|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 0||$ 399|
|Operator Type||Group Tour Operator||Group Tour Operator|
|Size||Local Specialist||Global Operator|
|Headquarters||Cypress, California, USA||San Diego, California|
|Solo Friendly||N/A||No single supplement|
San Diego based tour company Discover Corps is a leader in the rapidly growing field of volunteer vacations. Operating since 2004, Discovery Corps trips average one to two weeks and focus on volunteering either with children and schools or with animals and wildlife conservation.
What Makes Discover Corps Stand Out?
They are focused on providing travel experiences with a wider humanitarian purpose - and help you put your tourism dollars to good use on the ground. The world of “voluntourism” is a sticky area, and has been met with some criticism over the years, so traveling with a reputable and transparent company has become super important.
With Discover Corps, volunteering, responsible tourism, and giving back to local communities is their entire brand - not just a buzzword on the “about us” page. So for those travelers who truly want to make their vacation about volunteering first and tourism second, Discover Corps is a great choice.
Discover Corps trips are all inclusive, and while volunteering is the primary focus, sightseeing and cultural activities are also included. Their trips are very popular among families, friend groups, and solo travelers.
Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Discover Corps?
These tours are best suited to travelers who want to have a humanitarian focus on their next trip. And if this idea is new to you, but you are interested in getting involved, Discover Corp is a great way to start.
The average age on a Discover Corps trip is 45-65 except in summer, when families with children as young as 10 are welcome on “family friendly” trips.
Wildlife lovers as well will love the opportunities available on Discover Corps Nature & Wildlife conservation tours. You’ll have a chance to get up close to some amazing species, learn about their habitats, and get to participate in various initiatives designed to protect these habitats.
Discover Corp travels around the world, in rural villages, beach locations, and rainforests. Popular destinations are primarily in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
Discover Corps Travel Style
Their all-inclusive trips combine light volunteer projects with sightseeing and cultural immersion. They also offer support while you’re on site – from building classrooms to improving water systems to creating eco-friendly homes. The ideas come from the local communities themselves, and local staff plan everything in advance.
Why Choose a Tour With Discover Corps?
If you’re the kind of person who likes being actionable and getting involved with protecting threatened cultures, wildlife, and contributing to growing communities in need of schools and homes, then Discover Corps would be a great choice.
Volunteer vacations are one of the best ways to get to know the local people on a different level than many tour companies provide. Rather than simply enjoying a meal at a local restaurant, you’re out in the neighborhoods meeting everyday people.
“Traveling with a purpose” might seem like a thrown around phrase these days, but it is the entire philosophy around every Discovery Corps trips. So when you join one of their tours, you’ll be surrounded by guides and other travelers for whom this isn’t a buzzword - it’s an important and meaningful mission.