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Cuban travel

Dear Rick,
When can we expect you'll have a Cuba trip for us? Don't wait too long, let's see it before it changes.
Camille

Posted by
27720 posts

Camille, have you noticed that Rick Steves tours are all in Europe - the name of the company even gives a clue - "Rick Steves' Europe".

Cuba is more sort of in the Americas.

Posted by
8293 posts

You don't need a tour for Cuba. As soon as your government allows it, go there on your own.

Posted by
3620 posts

I believe Road Scholar (formerly Elder Hostel) is offering them already.

Posted by
4535 posts

You don't need a tour for Cuba. As soon as your government allows it, go there on your own.

Easier said than done. The problem will be that once the US allows unrestricted travel to Cuba, there simply won't be enough hotel rooms and transportation access to accommodate the expected flood. Group travel will probably still be the best way to go for a few more years. But yeah, RS is unlikely to be one of them as his focus is on Europe.

Posted by
8293 posts

Well, even 10 or 15 years ago there were legal B&Bs as well as illegal ones. We stayed in a legal one just a short walk to the old and most interesting part of Havana. No doubt there will be Cuban-run tours to take from Havana ..... no need to depend on foreign operators.

Posted by
2329 posts

When the pounding white caps of the Atlantic cease to pound, and isles of Sardinia and Cuba merge into one, then no doubt Rick Steves will be there to announce the first "Cuba - Sardinia in 11 days" Tour, which I expect will be quickly "Filling Fast." But, as they say, don't, you know, hold your breath.

Posted by
2788 posts

I see your post is addressed to Rick. This site is staffed by volunteers who profess different degrees of knowledge about Europe.
Rick Steves does not admit to reading this web site with any frequency as he is way too busy with tours, guide books and running a big organization. However, occasionally you will see one of his employees answer a question posted on this web site. I visit this web site almost every day for many years and often see posts from people asking/wishing that the RS folks would add another part of the world to his tour list. Given the number of European specific tours that they offer, I doubt that they will be offering any tours other than to Europe any time in the future. I, too, am anxious to visit Cuban before it gets too overrun with tourists. Lets hope.

Posted by
11288 posts

"I doubt that they will be offering any tours other than to Europe any time in the future."

Yes. When asked about any other part of the world (particularly Israel and Iran, after he did travel shows on these countries), his answer is always that his business focuses exclusively on Europe, and he will not be writing guidebooks or offering tours to other places. Come to think of it, even his Istanbul book focuses almost totally on the European side; he does dip a toe in Africa with his Tangiers chapter in his Spain book.

He always says that his favorite country is India, but that he has no intention of writing a guidebook about it or offering tours to there.

However, his radio shows cast a wide net; here's one on Cuba: http://www.ricksteves.com/watch-read-listen/audio/radio/programs/program-399