Complete Cuba Image of the Week...November 9, 2017

Our second Image of the Week is from Gordon Smith, Florida.  Gordon stated he wants to, " the warm, resilient and "enjoying life" spirit that I felt from the Cuban people." 

You can see a more of Gordon's photos from his 2017 Complete Cuba trip (including eastern Cuba and Havana) at

Shot with a Leica Q, 1/2000  f2.8  28mm lens  ISO200

Shot with a Leica Q, 1/2000  f2.8  28mm lens  ISO200

The Photo Exhibit.

We are beginning a new project on the Complete Cuba Blog.  It will showcase our clients' favorite photos and show how talented they are.   These posts will also feature not only how much fun an adventure to Cuba can be…but also the real “Complete Cuba” interactions we have on our trips.

We asked alumni to submit their favorite photographs from their trip(s) with Complete Cuba.  We will be selecting these randomly to show on this blog, along with information about our upcoming trips.
Once the blog project is completed, we are planning a gallery exhibit of Complete Cuba travelers and their photos, at The Rangefinder Gallery at Tamarkin Camera, here in Chicago Illinois.  We hope this exhibit will incorporate photos from our January and March 2018 as well, and will likely be in the second quarter of 2018.

We are excited to showcase highlights from Complete Cuba trips.
We hope you enjoy seeing some of the favorite photographs of our past travelers.

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We’ve found that even Americans with no personal interest in cigars want to buy and bring back authentic cigars from Cuba.  It can be an overwhelming prospect, and one we’re glad to help our travelers navigate.  We were asked to share with the readers of the Famous Smoke Shop Cigar Hub some tips for buying authentic Cuban cigars.  You can read the post (accompanied by Keith’s photos) here:

November 2017 Trip is Full and Closed.

The November 2017 Havana trip is full and closed to new participants.  Please check your calendars and save dates for our currently announced trips:

Winter 2018: Save the Dates
Depart – January 13, 2018
Return – January 20, 2018

Spring 2018: Save the Dates
Depart – March 17, 2018
Return – March 25, 2018

Additionally, we are planning a November 2018 trip as well. These dates will be announced soon!

Thank you for all of your interest in Compete Cuba.

How do you keep up with the latest information on Cuba?

One of the questions we often get is how we keep up on the developments in Cuba. A new resource we've found helpful was recently launched by Famous Smoke Shop, the nation’s #1 discount retailer of premium cigars online. Cuban Cigar Hub is a new resource for those who are interested in the ongoing politics related to Cuba and the United States, and cigar enthusiasts who want to discover how our two countries’ histories and current policies may impact cigar smokers. 

You of course won't find Cuban cigars for sale on the site, but you will find descriptions of the leading Cuban heritage cigars — Cuban brands that are also made outside of their native country — such as Cohiba, Montecristo, Partagas and Romeo y Julieta, among others.

Even those not interested in cigars will find interesting information, such as a timeline on the history of U.S.-Cuba relations from 1898 to present day, a news section with informative articles on the relationship between the United States and Cuba, President Trump's stance on the status of the Embargo, a Resources section, and a feature on how to spot fake Cuban cigars

Check it out visit the Famous Smoke Shop Cuban Cigar Hub, and let us know what you think. And, of course, if you want to smoke real Cuban cigars, check out the details page for information on our upcoming trips!  


Mi casa es su casa...Casas Particulares in Cuba!

Mi casa es su casa...Casas Particulares in Cuba!

When you stay in a casa particular, in addition to a place to stay, you have the opportunity to meet and get to know your hosts. Here, we say good bye to our Havana hosts from our Winter 2017 group trip.

Amy M. Gardner recently did an interview about casas particulares with Shoulders of Giants.  The transcript is below.

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2017 Offerings and the Complete Cuba Private Tour

Details about 2017 trips and new private tour offerings will be announced after we return from our fall trip in early September.  Be sure to join our mailing list to receive more info.  And, if you join by the end of September, you’ll be entered into a random drawing for Complete Cuba hats and other prizes from Cuba!

If your group of 2-6 people would like a carefully planned and personalized schedule with a Cuban guide, all of your arrangements handled for you, and the total flexibility to choose your own dates, let us know.  We and our partners in the US and in Cuba look forward to helping you experience the Complete Cuba on your own time schedule.

Big news from Complete Cuba!

Registration for our August 27-September 6 trip is closing Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. eastern time! We have had many inquiries and strong interest in this trip. While we will be setting future trip dates, being able to do a 11 days, 10 night trip at this price is something we don’t expect to be able to repeat.

If you’re on the fence, now is the time to go, and this is a great trip to experience the Complete Cuba! We literally only have a few spots left. Visit and click sign up to join us!

If you can't join us on this trip visit and sign up for our email list to get information on future opportunities.

Late Summer Trip Just Announced...

We have been able to secure dates for a final 2016 Complete Cuba Trip!  This is a great opportunity to have one last taste of Cuba as it has been for decades before daily commercial flights from the U.S. begin later this year.

All of the details for this trip can be found at

This is a People-to-People fully licensed trip that will fill up quickly.  We are limiting this trip to 8 travelers, offering a "boutique travel experience."

If you have been thinking you really want to see what all the Cuban excitement is all about, this is your opportunity to have a great travel experience.