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Havana: Small Group Full-Day Urban Adventure

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Enjoy a full day tour in Cuba and take the chance to explore old and new Havana. Learn about Afro Cuban religion, art and traditions and cruise the streets in an iconic, classic car. Sample some of the island's best cocktails along the way.
About this activity
Duration 9 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Cancellation policy
Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy an action-packed day exploring the best that Cuba has to offer
  • Stroll around Havana with a local guide and marvel at the iconic sites
  • Learn about the fascinating history of the city from plundering Pirates to the Revolution
  • Enjoy a delicious, traditional lunch in a local Paladar
  • Cruise the capital in a classic convertible and enjoy one of Cuba’s quintessential experiences
Full description
This combination tour includes 3 of the local operator's most popular Havana tours, showing you the best of the city in 1 epic full-day urban adventure. Start off by learning about the various Afro-Cuban religions practiced widely in Cuba. Your local guide will walk you through parts of central Havana and into the homes of some devotees of the various religions, some of which are similar to voodoo. Explore the spectacular Callejon de Hammel, a small and colorfully decorated alley in central Havana created by the local resident Salvador Gonzáles Escalona. Grab a special cocktail created by Salvador's wife, made from sparkling water, rum, honey, and basil.

Stop into a local religious shop to see what curious art objects are sold within. Grab an almendron - this is the local transport for people of Havana. They take set routes around the city and collect people as they go, and it's a great way to experience true local life. Once you flag a car, pile in and set off for Old Havana, near the old fort that's now the police headquarters. Wander through the labyrinth of streets and discover the enchanting secrets of this living museum. Find out how the original Havana Village was founded by the Spaniards in 1519; today restoration is occurring slowly, so while many of the main buildings are restored to their original glory, others have taken on their own look by being left to age naturally, virtually neglected since the Revolution triumphed more than 50 years ago.

Work your way through the old part of Central Havana and then through to the heart of Old Havana. Along the way, take in some of the city's most iconic sights, such as the Capitolio, Gran Teatro, Parque Central, Bacardi building, Art Museum, Calle Obispo, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza San Francisco de Asis, Plaza Vieja, and Hotel Ambos Mundos. Enjoy a delicious local lunch in a fantastic local paladar, then take a walk around the area of the central park where many locals meet to very enthusiastically (and loudly) discuss baseball, dance, chat, and pass their time.

Then, climb into a classic American convertible car, cruising through the suburbs of Centro Habana, Miramar, and Vedado. Pass by points of interest such as the Malecon, the glamorous 5th Avenue in Miramar, the American "Special Interests" building, the Anti-Imperialist Square, Colon Cemetery, and the Revolution Square. End up at the National Hotel to enjoy a perfect view of the city. Take a short tour of this iconic building before you finish up the adventure with an evening cocktail in the garden.
Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • 1 special Afro-Cuban drink
  • Transfer in local transport
  • Lunch with drink
  • Classic car rental
  • Hotel Nacional entry fee
  • Cocktail
What’s Not Included
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Transportation to and from the meeting/endpoints

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Meeting point

Callejòn Hamel No. 1054, e/ Aramburo y Hospital, Central Havana

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Important information
Know before you go
• This is a child-friendly tour; children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge; please notify the local operator in advance
• You will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people
• Vegetarians and other dietary requirements can be accommodated; please notify the local operator in advance