Day 1 - Havana
Departure on a daytime flight, direct, non-stop to Havana so you should not sleep on the airplane. On arrival, your body clock will feel like late at night. You will be met and taken to your hotel for a good night sleep and be fresh the next day.
Day 2 - Havana city tour
Private transfer to Old Havana. Havana Vieja is the historic colonial heart of the city. The walking tour covers the four most important squares, each of which has its own character and history.
The Plaza de Armas has a peaceful atmosphere with thick, tropical vegetation sheltering an antique book market. Impressive baroque palaces surround the square such as the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, now the Museo de la Ciudad which houses a statue of Christopher Columbus under towering Royal Palms.
The Plaza de San Francisco has some impressive commercial buildings such as the old Stock Exchange and Customs House however the main attraction is the Basilica de San Francisco which dates back to 1580. Plaza Vieja is surrounded by pastel colouretown houses and is almost completely restored. The Plaza de la Catedral is home to the exceptionally beautiful Catedral de San Cristobal as well as important examples of early colonial architecture. All the squares are linked by historic streets such as Calle Obispo which are like open-air museums containing historic shops, vintage car museums and even a chocolate factory. Old hotels such as the Ambos Mundos can be visited where Hemmingway wrote 'For Whom the Bells Tolls'. Visit to Rum Museum.
After lunch (not included), visit to modern Havana which contrasts strikingly with the attractive colonial heart of the city. The visit is completely flexible and usually involves transportation in a classic American car. Typically it includes a drive along the cities famous Malecon seafront from Havana Vieja to the high rises and crumbling atmospheric streets of Vedado, passing the historic Nacional Hotel. Other sights you can include are the Plaza de la Revolucion, an imposing square dominated by a giant statue of Jose Marti, Cuba's famous independence hero.
Visit to the Museo de la Revolution (ongoing restoration works from June 13th on - instead a visit of the City Museum) on Paseo del Prado is included. Visiting the harbour fortress at the end of the tour is a great way to end the tour with a panoramic view of the city and Havana Bay.
Days 3 - 7 - Free to explore at leisure
Explore and discover the wealth of the local life, music, history, and why not visit the famous Casa de la Musica for a great night of salsa music? Or try one of our many optional excursions.
Excursions available, providing an authentic experience to enhance your visit :
- Walking Tour Historical Old Havana
- Colonial Museums of Old Havana
- Panoramic Tour of Modern Havana
- Cuban African Heritage : Religious Dieties & Tradition
- Havana Architecture & Fine Arts
- Cuban Art
- Dinner at Cuban Family "Paladar" : La Cocina de Lilian
- Rum Museum Visit
- Salsa Dance & Salsa Lessons
- Tropicana and/or Parisien Cabaret Shows
- Vinales Valley Tour & Nature Tour
- Las Terrazas Tour & Nature Tour
- "La Serafina" Trekking
- Jeep Safari & Birdwatching
- Nature Tour at Jibacoa
- Caribbean Day to Matanzas, Coral Reef and the Bay of Pigs
- Day on the Beach at Santa Maria
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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