Beyond Ordinary
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Beyond Ordinary

Journey to a once unreachable world of unmatched beauty with a rich culture that combines old and new – the island of Cuba.
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Group Tour
A tour with set departure dates offering a chance to meet other travelers. Choose the itinerary and dates that work for you and relax as we take care of everything.
Private Tour
A private tour for your group only with dates of your choice. Select one of our handmade private itineraries and tell us when you want to travel.
Custom Tour
A completely custom tour where our team of experienced designers work with you to create a one-of-a kind itinerary. Our specialty since inception.
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Relax, indulge and connect as we take care of everything for you, from visas and transportation to unique experiences and handpicked accommodation. Safety first, always.
Why Candela
THE way to see Cuba ! I had booked this trip in 2019, Covid happened and I finally was able to go to Cuba in June 2023. The trip and itinerary had evolved a few times due to life and it was the most amazing trip. My teenage daughter and I were able to see life in Cuba up close and personal. Our guide Martha was outstanding ! She introduced us to Cuban culture, food, lifestyles, etc. She made our trip go from an A to an A++!! If you are fortunate enough to visit Cuba, this is the way to go !
Leigh H.
I just came back from a Cuba Candela Social Impact tour. I can't say enough what a great trip this is. If you are someone that loves to learn about the culture, art and life of wherever you travel to, this is a trip for you! From the moment you step foot on Cuban ground until you end, you are immersed in all things Cuban. I felt safe during the entire trip. I learned so much about how Cubans live, and their struggles for basic needs.The restaurant choices were excellent. The guides were knowledgeable, great translators, open to all questions, interesting and (lol) patient getting 5 chatty, socially conscientious ladies through each scheduled stop on the itinerary. Really great trip that I highly recommend!!!!
Ann B.
Cuba Candela provided wonderful interactions with the Cuban people and we truly felt like we had a total immersion. From the profoundly moving dance performance to learning about their way of living and visiting new young artists we were constantly learning and amazed with their resiliency.Our guide Rainses was ready to answer and discuss all of our many questions. The water falls near Trinidad and him spotting the Cuban Trogan for us were special highlights!I highly recommend Cuba Candela!
Lynette H.
Cuba Candela planned a custom tour for me, and it was fabulous; one of the best trips I’ve ever taken. Once I told them what I was interested in doing, they took care of everything. It was seamless! All of their local partners in Cuba were wonderful: knowledgeable, friendly, professional, and exuding a passion for what they do. Highly recommend!
Lauren F.
If you are an American who is thinking about going to Cuba and you are looking for *authentic interaction with Cuban people and culture*, you would be well advised to book your tour through Cuba Candela.We just returned from a ~4 day trip to Cuba and it was exceptional. From 5-star accommodations at Elvira Mi Amor in Old Havana to well-planned excursions and activities, Cuba Candela delivered for us!Highlights included: visits to artists' homes/studios; carefully curated meals and restaurant experiences, a trip to Vinales to learn about tobacco and cigars; a cooking class, and walking tours of Havana with expert guides who explained the culture and history of Cuba in a personalized and intimate way. The staff couldn't have been more accommodating -- they even arranged a last-minute trip to an antique store that I wanted to visit.I was extremely impressed by the flawless logistical execution in destination. When we arrived in Havana, the woman who was waiting for us when we deplaned whisked us through immigration/customs and delivered us to our driver, who took us to the hotel. For the next four days, if we had a transfer scheduled, the driver was there at the appointed time - on the dot. All of this was facilitated by excellent communication from the team at Cuba Candela. You always feel like you have a point of contact.A word of caution: If you are a Type A person (like me), who likes to have every detail of a trip scheduled, planned and communicated in advance, I would say two things. 1) This is Cuba, so you have to be a little adaptable. 2) Trust the process. Cuba Candela are pros who know what they are doing. And finally...this is a full-service travel booker, so if you are a budget traveler, they may not be the best option for you. But we found the service and expertise to be well worth the price.I highly recommend the services of Cuba Candela and would enthusiastically use them again!
Renee S.
Our visit to Cuba was EPIC! It was a most memorable, impactful, eye-opening, amazing adventure for our family, including our two teen-age sons! We have deep gratitude to the Cuba Candela team for making it awesome. We especially loved and appreciated all of the guides, accommodation staff and those behind the scenes who worked magic to make our time in Cuba so special. It was clear that the team knew about us and was there to make sure we were comfortable. We felt very well cared for!The accommodations were lovely, we were very well-fed, the activities were thought-provoking, educational, and interesting, best of all, we met amazing people! We were able to use our minds, our bodies and our hearts to explore, learn and connect.Club Candela was great to work with from my e-mail inquary through our send-off from Havana.
Lisa L.
Incredible! What an amazing fully immersed experience our family had in Cuba! Every experience was one to remember, from the cooking classes, drumming lessons, snorkeling trips to just experiencing the history and culture of Havana everything was planned perfectly by Cuba Candela. Have to mention our guide Luis, he was truly part of our family for the week, he understood our needs and wants before we did, can't say enough about him and the quality of guiding he offered. Fantastic experience, we thank Molly at Cuba Candela and their folks on the ground in Cuba for making it happen for family we will not soon forget it. Muy Rico!
Michael D.
I traveled recently to Cuba with Cuba Candela and had an amazing experience. The team at Cuba Candela is passionate about what they do and the service they provide is seamless. I loved all the activities they planned which were educational, authentic, experiential, and hands on. They are experts on creating custom itineraries as well as small group set departure itineraries. Just let them know when you can go and trust that they will take care of the rest!
Grace S.
There is nobody I would trust more with planning a trip to Cuba than Cuba Candela. Every single thing was seamless from start to finish, the experiences were all authentic and incredible, their contacts on the ground are invaluable, and they know how to manage every little detail flawlessly. I will definitely be returning to Cuba as it is truly a special destination and the perfect place for travelers who are looking for unique places, amazing people, fascinating culture, and endless opportunities for connecting with locals and really experiencing something authentic. Most of my American friends back home were surprised to learn that we CAN travel to Cuba. Not only can we travel there, but we SHOULD!
John S.
WOW! What an amazing experience we had in Cuba! From the moment we arrived to the day we had to leave, Cuba Candela created the best immersive experience for my first visit to this beautiful island. Loved experiencing the live music, salsa dancing, visit to a tobacco farm, art galleries, food, drinks and most importantly the people! I can't wait for my next trip with Cuba Candela.
Andrea B.
Cuba Candela made our trip absolutely incredible! I was blown away by the level of service and attention to detail the team had. I will definitely be going to Cuba again and will be using Cuba Candela another time! Thank you thank you for a wonderful trip!!!
Melissa N.
Cuba Candela for this trip was great. The tours we had we so informative and our tour guide, Alex was wonderful. He answered all of our questions and accommodated our special requests. The restaurants he chose for us we local, fun and varied. The day we went out to the local farm was worth the long drive as the couple that hosted us were so sweet and the food so-o-o good. At our hotel, Paseo 206, the staff were so courteous and friendly and always smiling and asking what they could do to make our visit wonderful. I couldn't have done this without the help and guidance provided though my professional travel advisor and would - have - recommended Cuba Candela to my friends.
Loyal C.
I never thought I'd go to Cuba in my lifetime, but Cuba Candela provided a fantastic programming schedule where I was immersed in cultural excursions!
If you want to truly experience Cuba, these guys are the absolute BEST!! Highly recommend.
Tyler L.
Cuba Candela - Thank you so much for our incredible trip to Cuba. Our host Rita was terrific, focusing on our interests and offering fun and exciting adventures, especially art, music and culinary destinations, and connecting us to the people of Cuba. Our guide Richard and driver Irais were attentive, friendly and extremely knowledgeable, ensuring that every day was great. We also appreciate the terrific advice and itinerary from Molly. Thanks too to our travel agent Deborah from Protravel International. A truly spectacular and unforgettable trip!
Sonia E.
Cuba Candela was incredible at planning an immersive and educational trip for our group of friends. The boutique hotel they selected was stunning and every meal and activity they arranged was incredible.
Other than the wonderful people of Cuba, our tour leaders were the best part of our trip. They really went above and beyond for us in every way. Candela tailored our trip to meet our specific interests and delivered in Spades. The accommodations they chose for us also met our needs perfectly - an antique Cuban house with lush gardens, excellent food, and outstanding service by the entire staff. They also provided an agenda that really let us absorb the culture, and meet so many amazing Cubans that shared their lives with us. Thank you Club Candela for making our experience so remarkable!
The trip came close to being a bucket-list trip, and it really wasn’t a top priority before we went. When you look at the itineraries of Cuba trip, the focus is on Havana. This wasn’t what we wanted. Instead, we wanted an introductory grand tour. We wanted to get beyond just One place. Our trip’s itinerary was built by a series of conversations. In other words, they didn’t just give us something off-the-shelf. In essence, we went from Havana to the western edge, and then from Havana to the the east, ending in Santiago de Cuba.Our guide and a driver met us at the airport and drove us to our hotel. This was an intense relief as the airport was crazy and we had custom issues. The guide was with us the entire trip. Our first driver was with us for eight days, and a second driver was with us for the remainder. The driver’s were wonderful. The vehicles were good. (I remember my parent’s cars from the fifties—modern are much nicer.)At all times, we felt welcome no matter what we did: drinks and song at someone’s home in Havana (a highlight), walking through the artist’s area and into homes in Havana, to a samba lesson, taking a standing tour in an ox-cart, to drinking just roasted and ground coffee on a farm, to visiting the Che museum/monument…well, you can see the scope of our activities.In the middle of the trip, my partner did not feel well. Our guide took her to a doctor and then to a lab for testing. They wrote down her diagnosis. It was three weeks of doctor’s visits at a prestige Boston hospital to make the same diagnosis.Finally, while we had an itinerary, we were able to make changes as needed or desired.A great trip.P.S. Our guide Kathy made the trip wonderful.
Barry K.
Cuba Candela provided outstanding advice about in-country sites and what to look out for while touring Havana. They provide onsite protection during tourist trips and excellent knowledge about Cuba’s history/culture.
Billy M.
Wonderful experience!
Rachel M.
My husband and I chose Cuba Candela for our trip to Cuba and we could not have been more pleased with the experience. Every one from Cuba Candela was so professional, attentive and nice. It made for a flawless vacation. I would recommend them to anyone who is traveling to Cuba.
Anna S.
Havana is an true treasure and our guide at Cuba Candela did a fantastic job at showing us the city. They did a great job at customizing the tour to see specific sites of interest to our group.
gary S.
Cuba Candela made my experience traveling to Cuba for the first time smooth and seamless. I felt much more comfortable having a professional company to advise me on travel and answer any questions I had. I really loved visiting different parts of Cuba with Mhai Yoga while getting such an educational experience meeting so many different, lovely Cubans! Thank you so much!
Amanda F.
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Your tour provides uplifting opportunities in the local communities of Cuba. Every tour directly supports over 30 Cuban entrepreneurs. Additionally, we donate a portion of every tour cost to humanitarian organizations like Caritas Cuba.
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