Las Terrazas is the weekend retreat for overheated habaneros, especially in the summer. Why go to the beach when the sea’s the temperature of soup and the sand’s too hot to walk on? Only an hour out of Havana, it feels a million miles away from the city. It’s a UNESCO biosphere, so great care is taken sensitively to develop the area and a reasonably steep entry fee is charged, to prevent the place becoming too overrun with day trippers.
Pick up at Jose Marti Airport
Meet Letty’s Cuba Tour Leader, Cuban guide, and driver, who would guide you throughout your visit.
Panoramic view of Plaza de la Revolucion, Bosque de la Habana, Vedado, Malecon.
Walking tour at Parque Central (take the opportunity to interact with locals), Capitolio (experts considers it one of the six palaces of major world relevance), Gran Teatro de la Habana (Alicia Alonso), a place for significant concerts and ballets. Continue along Paseo Prado, visit with street artist and musicians. Interact with property traders. Then continue towards the Habana Malecon to San Salvador de la Punta Castle.
Welcome Lunch at La Moneda Cubana “Paladar” (included)
Museum of Rum – learn all the steps in the manufacture of the original Cuban rum.
Check-in for lodging.
Panoramic tour around Morro and Cabaña in the early evening and then attend the Cannon Fire Ceremony at the Fort 9:00 pm – be there at 8:00 pm (included)
Drop off at lodging or place of your choice.
Start at Plaza de San Francisco de Asis. Immediately inland of Havana harbor, Plaza de San Francisco (on Avenida del Puerto at Amargura) is one of the four leading plazas laid out in the 17th century. The spacious cobbled square, which was fully restored in the 1990s, takes its current name from the Franciscan convent built there. One of the plaza’s architecture beauty is the domed Lonja del Comercio Building, and the boutique hotel Palacio del Marques de San Felipe y Santiago de Bejucal.
Continue to Plaza Vieja. In the 1980s, when Old Havana was listed by UNESCO as a Cultural Heritage site, architects and restorers began to work to save the Plaza Vieja. The 16th-century Plaza Vieja has always been a residential rather than a military, religious or administrative space, and is surrounded by elegant colonial residences, combined with a few very striking early 20th-century art nouveau buildings. Restoration is gradually re-establishing Plaza Vieja’s original atmosphere; the Carrara showpiece fountain at the center of the square is a replica of the original 18th-century one by Italian sculptor Giorgio Massari that was destroyed by the construction of the car park; and many of the 18th-century residences around the square are now restored with housing on the top floors and commercial establishments, including several small museums and art/photo galleries, on the ground floor.
Lunch at Casa De la Cerveza or Casa Eutemia (not included)
Next is Plaza La Catedral. The last of the main squares to be created, this is one of Old Havana’s most beautiful spots. After the plaza was paved in colonial times, wealthy families moved into the area and began building their mansions there. It finally became Plaza de la Catedral after the old Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús was consecrated as a cathedral. Today the plaza is the home of art galleries, museums, and restaurants.
Stop by La Bodeguita del Medio (one of Hemingway’s favorite).
Last, walk Plaza de Armas to Obispo Blvd, a lively place where tourists and locals enjoy music, dance and shopping. Stop at La Lluvia de Oro and visit with musician Jorge Vigo Duarte and his Havana Souls band. Suggest eating dinner at Sevillas in Obispo (not included). Back to lodging.
Travel 90 minutes to a green paradise for lovers of ecotourism, in the Sierra del Rosario mountain chain which is Biosphere Reserve in Cuba. It brings together several sites of interest among the lodge, as a rural community of sustainable development.
The ruins and installations of ancient 19th-century French coffee plantations, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, tropical forests and all surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and wonderful views.
Stop by Las Terrazas Community for an explanation of this ecological site.
Get to know Polo Montañez’ music with a visit to his country cabin. Play his instruments and listen to some of his famous country music.
Enjoy a swim in the San Juan River and refresh in its waterfalls, paddle boat at the lake, or if you are brave enough zip line the community!
Typical Cuban cuisine at the site.
Stop at Cafetal Café de María for the best Cuban coffee.
Take a drive to San Francisco de Paula for a tour of Finca Vigia, Hemingway’s country home in the 1940’s and where he wrote some of his famous work including “The Old Man and the Sea.”
Visit the fishing town of Cojimar, the idyllic location where his famous novel “The Old Man and the Sea” takes place.
Lunch at El Ajiaco Paladar (not included)
Back to Hemingway’s city experience at Obispo Blvd. Start your walk to Hotel Ambos Mundos, his first home in the 1930’s and where he wrote part of As the Bell Tolls. Pass various lively bars and shops to one of Hemingway’s favorite hangouts “El Floridita,” and take a photo with his bronze, life-size statue by the bar. Don’t miss the tasty “Daiquiri!”
Visit Almacenes San Jose Fair for art, crafts and souvenirs.
Return to accommodation to freshen up and get ready for showtime.
Relax at iconic Hotel Nacional’s terrace. Don’t miss the Hall of Fame Bar!!
It is Showtime! Enjoy the Cabaret Parisien’s dinner and show at Hotel Nacional (included). Be at the door by 9:30 pm. Take taxi back to lodging.
Transfer to Jose Marti airport. (Be there 2 and ½ hours prior to your flight time).
The itinerary is subject to change.