Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Havana-Cuba by Tour Guide Ela V. (Guide #21595)

Daniele Barach

United States

Tour: #511826, Daniele Barach Private Tour, Havana, Cuba    view tour
Date: Oct 24/18

Our guide Ella was great. She planned a customized tour base on our requests, and adapted to changing circumstances. She was very well informed and informative, and was able to answer all our questions. She is extremely charming and patient, and her English is excellent. We enjoyed the day spent with her and our driver to the fullest.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Daniele!! Thank you guys! I had such a wonderful time with you and I deeply appreciate your words and love!! I couldn't ask for a more receptive open smart and inquisitive clients, I'm really thankful for you choosing me for this tour and for visiting my beloved home; all my love! Ela

Robert Nowotny

United States

Tour: Robert and Linda's Following the Cobblestone Streets of Havana Private Tour, Havana, Cuba
Date: Oct 3/18

My wife and I have traveled extensively -- over 79 countries and still counting. We have been on dozens and dozens of tours, from those booked through cruise lines, large travel companies, and other Tours By Locals as well. We can honestly say this tour by Ela V was the BEST tour ever. She is extremely professional and does a tremendous job of providing lots of historic and cultural information. Let me add she is a ton fun also! Highly recommended...

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Robert! You literally just brought me to tears... you have no idea how much fun was for me to hang with Linda and you. I had huge expectations for this tour and I wasn't mistaken at all, all the waiting and the time was so worth it because you are, by far, the most wonderful amazing interesting couple I have never met. I cannot consider our day together work because it wasn't and I truly believe I learned more from you than you guys from me. Really love you guys, keep up smashing it! Cheers Ela

Luiza Guimaraes

United Kingdom

Tour: #511826, Colonial Walking Tour around the 4 Main Squares, Havana, Cuba    view tour
Date: Sep 17/18

Myself and my husband (young couple) had a great time in our tour with Ela. She explained everything really well, and tailored it to out interests. She not only explained things about the tour, but of Cuban tradition and culture, which made it much better than your average tour, pointing out places and giving us great tips. Highly recommended.

Jeanne Allen

United States

Tour: Recreational Havana, Havana, Cuba
Date: Aug 22/18

Ela was brilliant, vibrant, fun, and made our tour unforgettable! We learned so much about the rich history and culture of beautiful Havana. As a native of Havana, there was nothing she could not answer or accommodate for us on the spur of a moment. She is Havana! We were a large group of eight and everything from the bicitaxis, Classic cars, cocos, ice cream, lunch, rum and cigar tours, shopping and more - went smooth. Everything included in a low price too. Ela made our Havana experience real. Thank U

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You guys!! Jeanne you are literally bringing tears to my eyes! You were so amazing and fun to hang out too and just lovely and kind and curious... I couldn't have asked for a better crew to spend the day with. I am so impressed with the love you irradiated; you have the most wonderful family and I feel blessed of having meeting you. All my love Cheers Ela

Theresa Kuczynski

United States

Tour: #357108, Rolling Havana, Havana, Cuba    view tour
Date: Aug 8/18

Ela was just awesome and amazing! She is energetic, fun, full of information and insights! I learned some much from her about Cuba's history, culture, the people and architecture. Best tour ever. Also did a bike tour with her husband, Ernesto, (site is missing that tour so I can't make any comments on his page) who was just as awesome! Can't thank you enough for everything!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thes!! Hi!!! ������ thanks so much for this wonderful review and thanks for the great time you chose to share with me; you are such a great strong lovely person I cannot be more happy to have met you! All my love! Ela

Joann Gunby

United States

Tour: #360012, Tasting La Habana Private Tour, Havana, Cuba    view tour
Date: Jul 4/18

My husband & I did the "Tasting la Habana" on July 4th with Ela. From start to finish it was an amazing experience. We only had one day in Cuba & wanted to get as hands on as possible with the culture, what better way to do that than through food! Every part of the tour was fun & delicious! The highlight of the tour however was Ela herself. She was energetic, friendly, fun & gave us a lot of thoughtful insights into the culture and daily life of this incredible country. Thank you for an unforgettable day!

Catherine Wood

United States

Tour: Catherine Wood's Following the Cobblestone Streets of Havana Private Tour, Havana, Cuba
Date: Jun 11/18

I traveled to Cuba under an art grant. As I don't speak Spanish, I knew I had to have a translator and guide. I emailed with Ela V. for several weeks before the trip. Very good communicator. 1. Very good English 2. Watched out for us- our safety, happiness, etc Asked us what we wanted. Flexible. 3. Proactively worked to find what we needed. She got us into several places with her contacts I would not have been able to get. 4. Kind, sweet, always felt safe wherever. 5. Punctual 6. Knowledgeable

James Huntington

United States

Tour: #360012, Learning About Havana, Havana, Cuba    view tour
Date: May 26/18

Ela and Ernesto were fabulous; all 16 of us agree. Weather was dicey, but they did a great job. I would highly recommend both of them to friends. Jim Huntington

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much Jim! You guys were even better, such good sports! We will never forget you, best of Kansas in Havana ������ Go Jayhawks!! Cheers Ela and Ernesto ( and drivers Pablito and Jose with all Ajiaco team and Havana Compas Dance dancers)

Roy Carlson

United States

Tour: Checking the Highlights of Havana, Havana, Cuba
Date: May 6/18

I've used TBL for the past three years [we travel a lot]. All of the guides we outstanding. However, Ela was head and shoulders above any guide ever. She was 5 stars PLUS. Our tour of Havana was not only a step in time but we experienced the daily lives of the cubans, ride in the cars [a blast from the past] and enjoyed the best food that exceeded our expectations.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much Roy!! I loved my time with you, I would only have wished to be longer ���� all my love for you and Jane and thanks so much ��‍♀️�� Cheers Ela

Rupert Martin


Tour: Cafe and Colonial Havana Private Tour, Havana, Cuba
Date: Mar 23/18

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Rupert!! And it was so great to meet you, honestly a pleasure! So happy you enjoyed your time in my beautiful country �� you are more than welcome back anytime you want to! Cheers Ela

Amos Halevy

Ramla, ISRAEL, Israel

Tour: Around Cuba Private Tour, Havana, Cuba
Date: Jan 16/18

The trip was very enjoyable with the wonderful guide "Ela" who took care of every detail and managed the trip in a professional and sympathetic way. Many thanks Amos

Wade Myall


Tour: #357108, Wade Myall Havana Private Tour, Havana, Cuba    view tour
Date: Dec 27/17

Ela was a fantastic guide. I highly recommend her.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks man!! You are very cool ( for a nerd ����) thanks for a wonderful day. Cheers! Ela

Roger Berkley

United States

Tour: Jewish Heritage Tour: A Window to Judaism in Cuba, Havana, Cuba
Date: Dec 3/17

Ela is a brilliant and well informed person. While we had a specific agenda to cover, and which we did cover, the real joy of our time with Ela was the discussions and exchanges we had as we proceeded and when we stopped for a refreshment and those spectacular chocolates. I really feel that we have a knew and intensely personal, intimate understanding of Cuban and its people. If you can spend time with Ela, you should. She is wise beyond her years and very thought provoking.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: My dear friends; thank you so much for the kind words, you guys are amazing!! I honestly have no way to describe how much I enjoyed our day together and how I appreciate all the wisdom and knowledge you shared with me (at certain point I felt like you guys were my guides and professors) such an incredible experience. I'm the one thankful for the opportunity to meet such great human beings ��. All my love, Ela

Maria Torres

United States

Tour: Cuba Fiesta Program Havana Private Tour, Havana, Cuba
Date: Sep 26/17

I had the distinct pleasure of traveling with a group of 21, touring Havana with Ela and Ernesto as our guides. Our diverse group connected with Havana on a deeper level than anyone had anticipated. Everyone felt that our guides were the reason why. They accepted the challenge of crafting an ambitious 2 day itinerary. Then executing it in a way that exceeded our expectations. Ela did such a wonderful job of following up on all emails in advance of our trip. We could not have wished for better. Thank you.