CULINARY TOUR REVIEWS & TESTIMONIALS
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It felt like an Anthony Bourdain experience. The right amount of history, culture, food and politics. Cuba is a fascinating place and we were able to see and experience it through a native - the best way to travel.
In short, the trip was amazing in every respect! [Our guide] was perfect… exceedingly knowledgeable, helpful, and professional. The food was spectacular, the venues fascinating, and the itinerary varied and full without being overwhelming.
The trip was arranged so that we were exposed to the highlights of the country as well as its cuisine. Our guide was superb. She exposed us to so much and was very attuned to what each guest was interested in doing. The experience exceeded expectations. We were exposed to many facets of the cuisine and came away with ideas for how we can incorporate more Japanese elements into what we eat at home.
I've been an international traveler for 40 years. This was the best tour ever.
Our experience on the South Africa trip was amazing. Our guide and our driver were both extremely knowledgeable and fun. The itinerary was perfect, and provided a wonderful culinary and cultural experience across this beautiful, diverse country. We’re only sad it is over. Thank you.
We loved the tour! It was very well orchestrated. Every day was a diverse and deep immersion into Cuban culture and cuisine from morning till night! Having only 10 or less guests makes the tour group easily able to access many intimate services and locations that larger buses full tours cannot feasibly do so.
From the large Paladars to the small roadside pork sandwiches, we loved every bite. We were thrilled with the diversity of the trip, each activity was perfect! We learned so much about the people, the countryside, and the food was delicious and abundant! Our housing was lovely in both Havana and Trinidad. Julia in the office was very helpful with all of my questions.
This trip exceeded my expectations in every way. It included a great variety of experiences and I appreciate how well the schedule helped us avoid the large tour group/cruise ships and hot weather. Couldn't have asked for better.
The food and cooking classes were outstanding, the riads were beautiful and very pleasant, and Kasbah Omar was a completely unexpected experience. Julia was also very helpful and stayed in constant communication.
We had a fabulous time - felt like we got a great mix of culture, education and fun. And just enough free time. We had great meals and learned a lot about the culture through these meals, and each experience was unique and fun and nothing felt too touristy.
Our guide Yen and Leo our driver made this trip incredible. Yen gave us a lot of historical information along with a lot of fun stuff. It was very balanced. As my husband said, "she got me to do things that I never would have done on my own. She made me feel young." She did make the trip fun and we laughed a lot with her. We loved her and will stay in contact. Julia Houghton was also terrific. She answered all questions the same day and was very responsive and knowledgeable in her answers. Great service from her.
Our Cuba trip was just great. From locations visited to accommodations, everything was more than expected. We really got to know the Cuban people and how excited they were to see us and show us their country...they are very warm and happy no matter the conditions! We really got to know your representatives/guides and both did an exceptionable job in showing us Cuba and every day was a joy to spend with them. I can not thank them enough for the hospitality and I will not hesitate to recommend Access Trips.
We loved everything about Cuba, all of it was amazing. Our guide was so good, informative and gentle.
I normally don't travel on group tours, but this one was different. Access Trips' small group sizes meant that I didn't get lost in the crowd, and we were able to have unique activities that only would have happened with a group that size!
I loved the tour, loved the country, and loved the other people in the group!
I loved traveling with Access Trips! I got to experience many things I would not have otherwise and I appreciated their attention to detail.
We had many worthwhile experiences with Access Trips! They were well-thought out and there was a good variety of experiences.
I had a great experience! Cuba is beautiful, and I thought our itinerary did a great job of showing us different parts of the country. The other people in our group were awesome, which made the whole experience even better.
What I liked about the trip is we got access to a lot of unique experiences that would have been impossible or very difficult to replicate. Also, since Cuba is still developing, the amount of planning I would have needed to do would have been very challenging. This is the first US-based tour we have ever done and it was worth it, I am normally a DIY vacationer.
Judi & Edina
We couldn’t have asked for a better trip. The tour itself was filled with special places which allowed us to get a more complete sense of the country and its people. There was lots to see, but there was also plenty of time for us to “do our own thing”, allowing us to go off on our own to investigate and find our way. Even though several people warned us about the mediocre food they experienced in Cuba, we found the places we were taken and the places which were recommended were extraordinary.
We had an amazing time! The country was beautiful, fun, lively. The guides were very helpful, skilled, engaging and wonderful. Our tour group were a bunch of lovely people that we enjoyed getting to know and share this great experience with.
The tour was scheduled well to enjoy the many highlights of the trip without feeling rushed. The restaurants were fantastic, the farm to table experiences were excellent, and historic stops along the way were interesting.
Perfect programming, great guide, and driver, just enough scheduled events, with a bit of downtime in the late afternoon, villa was absolutely perfect for our group.
This trip exceeded my expectations. All the food was outstanding, the accommodations were lovely and the history lessons informative. The company accommodated my food allergy without hesitation. (I have a seafood allergy and much of the food was primarily seafood). The others on the tour were easy to travel with and I hope to see them again in future.
Arthur & Susan
Culinary activities were authentic, interesting and delicious. Pacing of the trip was comfortable, with enough free time to balance scheduled activities. Small group size was good. Accommodations were better than our previous trip to Cuba. We enjoyed the activities and learned a lot. Our guide Yen was genuinely committed to meeting the needs and interests of each person in the group. She was knowledgeable, interesting and personable - we even had fun traveling along the highway! She shared so much about language, government, layout of the city, Cuban lifestyles, etc. beyond the official program information. We travel frequently, and Yen is truly one of the best guides we have ever had on a tour.
This trip was all around wonderful. I'll recommend it to anyone who can manage it. It was probably the most fun my wife and I have had on a vacation.
Our trip was fantastic. We had 7 opportunities to cook. The chefs were great. Our guide was unbelievably helpful, provided lots of background, sensitive to the needs of each individual on the trip, and was just down right remarkable.
We were fascinated with the people of Cuba and their culture. The history was gripping, the art and music was fantastic. We enjoyed the food and every location we went to. Pototo and Yen are so knowledgeable and friendly. We felt like we were with family. They made sure we were safe, well fed, informed and happy. Our drivers, Leo and Oswald did exemplary jobs ferrying us from place to place.
Paul & Shirley
We normally don’t take tours, and travel on our own, but it did not feel like a tour. It felt like travelling with family. We loved it all, but especially the salsa dancing, the mojito lesson, the walking tours, the party at Pototo's, and the visit to the organic farm.
It was an experience of a lifetime! Our group was wonderful; our guides warm and knowledgeable; and our experiences unforgettable.
The country is beautiful, the people are welcoming, and our guides and drivers were great.
Everything was well organized. Access and visit to local farm great experience, as were the other visits and demonstrations.
Guides were excellent. Itinerary was great. Food and drink were amazing!
Jonathan & Tracy
The food was unbelievably good. This trip introduced us to cuisine we had not tried before and we ate like kings in some great places.
Laura & Eric
The trip was simply incredible. Cuba is everything: fascinating, confusing, captivating, depressing, alluring, maddening, heartwarming, bewildering. Our guides, Pototo and Yen, were like our parents for those eight days (in a good way—ha!) and made sure we had what we needed or any special requests were taken care of.
Damon & Lori
From the moment we landed, it was a fantastic trip. GREAT food, great drinks. Can't wait to go back!
Esme & Bart
Really one of the best trips we’ve been on. The guides were wonderful, the people wonderful, both fun and educational. Cuba is a beautiful, complex country.
Eric & Carolyn
Fascinating trip. Colorful and friendly people. Helpful, knowledgeable guides and drivers who did indeed become our friends. Interesting history, culture and food. Excellent and informative excursions. Congenial group. Quite a memorable experience. We feel fortunate to have been able to be part of it.
I wish I could give Pototo higher than a 10. He's a gem. Very warm, knowledgeable, and professional. He and his wife Pilar sponsored a happy hour at their home which was a highlight of our time in Havana.
Been dreaming of going to Cuba for 15 years. This exceeded our expectations.
Best trip ever! Incredibly interesting country. Would never have seen what we saw without the group. Well planned. Very organized. Got a really good feel for Cuban life.
This was one of my favorite trips ever. I found Cuba surprising (way better than my expectations). I loved our guides, our group of 8 completely bonded and had a great time together, and we didn't hit a sour note the whole time. Just wonderful!
We had an exceptional experience. Delicious meals in authentic environments.
Our guide Azaris was incredible! She went above and beyond to make our trip special. I mentioned that I am studying biomedical engineering in college and she made sure to point out all the hospitals and scientific laboratories along our route. She was kind and so knowledgeable about Cuban history. She made the trip so memorable and I truly appreciate what she did for us. And I LOVED the food! Every meal was amazing. Nothing could really improve the trip, it was awesome!
As I look back at the pictures that were taken it's something I won't forget and want everyone to experience. Cuba is a lovely country.
The guides, Pototo and Azaris, were excellent guides, knowledgeable, enjoyable, and just wonderful people! I felt like they were friends. You have put together a great team in Cuba!
A great trip! Yen was a marvelous guide...fun, thoughtful, kind, full of information and stories, eager to share her love of her country. Joycel was a lovely partner for Yen; a very good driver, gentle, always smiling. The six of us that were on the tour got along very well, which was a real pleasure... we became friends over our time together.
Lynda & Ronald
The home in Havana was beautiful, staff friendly and helpful. In Trinidad, the owners were doctors and tended to an illness in our group. They even made chicken soup!! The rooms were clean and had a/c. The patio overlooked the street. A great place to have a relaxing drink in the evening.
Cuba was everything promised and more!! It was like being invited to spend an afternoon of culture, tapas, and fun with guides Pototo and Azaris, but it lasted 8 days.They brought the itinerary to life that was safe, comfortable and so much fun!! Bravo to the employees of Access Trips!!!
Youssef has to be one of the best guides in the universe! His knowledge, patience, flexibility, and kindness were exceptional! I would recommend the same itinerary in a heart beat. Funniest thing about Morocco is we actually felt safer there than anywhere in the world (Paris, Belgium, etc)
Pototo and Leo were GREAT. You could not ask for better. I unhesitatingly recommend them both for anyone visiting Cuba. They were thoughtful, accommodating and went out of their way to do things for us.
We couldn't have had a better driver or guide. They were amazing start to finish. They were so accommodating and knowledgeable while still being fun to be around. I really enjoyed both of them.
Our guide was a pleasure! The right sense of humor, easy to talk to, and super responsive to any request. We knew exactly what we were doing every day, and even when plans changed we were always kept up to date.
Loved the salsa lesson. One of the many highlights of my trip!
Overall I loved the trip! I would recommend it to anyone who asks!
Our guide did a great job. He was very personal and accommodating. One of the highlights for me was the salsa dance class. Super fun!
What a trip! I loved the insider-access, especially the visit to our guide's home! I also loved, loved the farm and lunch in the Vinales valley. And, our guide was great - professional, informative and had a good sense of humor.
Our guide was the best guide ever! I loved everything about him!
Trip of a lifetime! I loved it!
I just want to say that our tour was by far the best trip we have ever been on. Our guide was wonderful and so was the driver. We felt like we spent a week with family members. I can’t think of enough superlatives to express our appreciation for being teamed up with these two. Thank you.
Excellent Holiday. Karim and his team were extremely capable and their flexibility was what made the trip stand out from others I have been on. Accomodating, honest, can do attitude.
The trip leaders were always willing to assist you in any way and very proactive. Karim made it his mission to make sure all were happy.
Simon was an excellent host, guide, and friend. The group as a whole interacted extremely well. I look forward to doing it again next year.
Can I just tell you that Steve in the office might be the most helpful person on the planet. Steve is awesome! Every detail was taken care of, and I never had to worry about a thing. THANK YOU! Expertly organized and very accomodating (I had to come in a few days early to accomodate a cheaper flight and everything was made to work perfectly, AWESOME!)
Fabulous villa, wonderful food. I have the most beautiful pictures of the sunset from the balcony, which will sit in my office as a reminder of how lucky I was to stay in such a wonderful country! Perfect setting. I couldn't be happier. One of the nicest places I've ever stayed, perfect atmosphere. I've never been so relaxed and slept so well away from home. AMAZING!
I give my trip leaders and their staff a 10+. Karim was awesome. Marie was also amazing, as were all of their helpers. Quick with a joke and extremely knowledgeable, everything was taken care of at all times. AMAZING all around! I can't praise them enough for being so wonderful. Truly phenomenal.
The trip was everything I needed. I took this trip to get away and experience a new culture. All my expectations were exceeded. An absolutely wonderful experience. I was so sorry to leave because I really felt like I was leaving a bunch of good friends. I want to go back!
All the info/emails I needed were provided in good time before the trip, and Access were great in helping organise my pick-up in Morocco, even with short notice as to my arrival time.
This really was one of the most amazing trips I've ever done. Great food, great people, top location. Had the time of my life! Karim is a great guy - he's lots of fun and really did everything to make sure we were 100% happy from the moment I arrived to the moment I (sadly) had to say goodbye.
The accommodation was way beyond my expectations, Margaret was a wonderful host at the villa, beautiful location, great room, stunning views. I don't think I've eaten that well in a long long time!
Karim went out of his way to look after us, to make sure that we got to do everything that we wanted. He always checked that we were ok and having a good time.
It was a blast from start to finish, great company, awesome hosts (Karim! Marie, Margaret), great location. I just got back from the airport and I don't want to go to bed because I won't be waking up to another day in Morocco.
The day trip to Essaouira was great. Marie took me to a local restaurant and the couscous there was most excellent. She is passionate about her country, much appreciated.
Eric & Laura
I was blown away with how good the food was in Costa Rica. Everywhere we went used the freshest local produce, meats and dairy and every meal was cooked to perfection. It was a great variety that we got to try as well. I had no problem eating gluten free and every restaurant was very flexible with changing the orders to match my diet. Natu and Julio would always translate for me so that I would get exactly what I wanted.
Eric & Laura
We always felt like our safety and health was priorty, Natu and Julio acted very professional at all times. They were devoted to making sure we were happy at all times.
Michael & Joe
It's a good way to travel in a foreign country with a lot of the hassle taken out.
Michael & Joe
Karim put in a lot of effort to make the trip a success. He tried to give us a Moroccan experience. I think you would have to try hard to find someone with the local knowledge and expertise that he had. His English was excellent and he made everyone feel at ease with his banter and charm.
Our guide was great! Karim really knows his country. He is first class. Great guy who is lots of fun and very educated.
It's a great way to rise above your average vacation and really have some fun.
Karim, the trip leader, is the best. Unbelievably accomodating, knowledgeable, and just plain fun to be around. He bent over backwards for us all week. He was the highlight of the trip. We jokingly called Karim "The Mayor" because he knows everyone in the city and can make anything happen at a moments notice.
Jonathan & Tracy
The food was unbelievably good. This trip introduced us to cuisine we had not tried before and we ate like kings in some great places.
Jonathan & Tracy
Extremely well organized. Great places to stay, especially the sacred house hotel. Thoughtfully constructed days but very flexible to anything we wanted to do. Our guide, Mehmet, was simply fantastic and above all expectations, He went above and beyond on every occasion, he knew his material, had perfect English, was fun to be with and was very focused on our enjoyment of the trip.
Personally I had a great time with everyone. It was one of those once in a lifetime experiences.
If someone wasn't sure where to go in a foreign place and wanted a convenient way to travel an Access Trip would be it.
It was a perfect combination of "off the beaten trail" type trip but with great access to the real Morocco and its towns, both small and large. Karim did everything we asked for. He was a really cool guy and really helped us get a feel for the culture and area from the very beginning.
Steve, Victoria and the gang were prompt in responses and arrangements went smoothly. Great service, minimal planning (airport to airport assistance), excellent choice of sleepy/rustic village locale and tour leader.
Everything that was promised was provided plus an amazing Moroccan fella, Karim, who saw to our every need and want. Karim spoke perfect English, was a young guy like ourselves, knew exactly the type of trip and activities we were looking for from the start and was amusing, funny, genial. If your other leaders approach Karim's level of commitment to clients then I'll trumpet the Access brand from the highest peaks, biggest waves, and most remote locales.
Karim was exactly what the trip required. Everything he suggested and facilitated was right on the mark. I can't imagine you could've found a better guide, the local restaurant he took us too was absolutely perfect. It was a real adventure for a reasonable price.
I would certainly recommend Access Trips to a friend. It was a great experience. Fantastic to go solo on a trip, have a really memorable time and meet new people. I'm sure I'll stay in touch with Karim.
Johanna, 2x returning guest
Karim is the perfect person to represent Access Trips. He is always smiling, has tons of positive energy, and is in general a very laid back, easy going, and likeable guy.
Our trip leader is such a great guy. He loved to tell us about his country and chat about everything and anything. He made us laugh all the time. He was attentive and responsive to all our needs and requests.
I had a great trip. I loved Morocco and would love to go back soon!
I would definitely recommend Access Trips to my friends because I loved the trip.
It was an amazing trip. A good balance- had a good time and some good laughs. It`s probably one of the best trips I went to. I`ll probably register for another trip this summer. I`ll definitely check Access when looking for a vacation
I absolutely loved my trip in Morocco. The people were great and the country is gorgeous. It was one of the best weeks of my life. I met so many great people (both Moroccan and other travelers). I enjoyed learning about the culture. It was so great to have everything planned out ahead of time and not having to worry about anything.
The evening meals were fantastic! Massive feasts to a high standard with plenty of variety and opportunities to try different things.
I had such a great time, it was sooooo much fun and I definitely want to do another trip with Access Trips
My trip leader was brilliant in that he looked after all of us really well and went out of his way to help everyone, as well as being chilled out, friendly and easy going