Visit Historic Landmarks in Havana | Visit the museum of Rum | Walking Tour of Old Havana | 1 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Join us in Havana, the elusive Caribbean capital city that has caught the eye and captured the hearts of travelers for decades. The sights and sounds of the city are lively and inviting, just like the people who inhabit it. Stroll along the famous Malecón, Havana’s legendary seaside boulevard, experience the cobblestone streets of Old Havana, and let us show you the way to the city’s best-kept secrets.
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.
Visit Fusterlandia (mosaic artist Jose Fuster, internationally known as Picasso of the Caribbean), created this artistic colorful park.
Lunch at El Laurel Restaurant (not included)
Visit the Old Presidential Palace, today’s Museum of the Revolution to see the ballroom room where Americans and Cuban were celebrating the New Year’s when the revolution reached Havana. Also, you can view Batista’s office and the secret passage he used to escape capture. Outside you will see the original a Granma Boat, which Fidel used to travel from Mexico to Cuba.
Visit Almacenes San Jose for art and souvenirs (If time allows)
Back to lodging 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.