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The Havana Tour Company

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Havana Afternoon Delight

4 hours, for groups of 2-12.

US$75

per person

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This tour runs from 02:00 pm until 06:00 pm.

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Our afternoon Havana Tour allows you to unlock the mysteries of Cuba’s capital, quickly allowing you to become beguiled by her charms, and those of the people who are lucky enough to call Havana home.

OUR AFTERNOON HAVANA TOUR DEPARTS EVERY DAY: 2:00pm – 06:00pm
PRIVATE TOURS ARE AVAILABLE – CONTACT US FOR MORE DETAILS
HAVANA TOURS COMMENCE AT A LOCATION VERY CLOSE TO THE PARQUE CENTRAL SQUARE IN OLD HAVANA

You can say what you like about Cuba’s turbulent history – the history that is well in the past, and that which is somewhat more recent. But it has certainly put this island paradise on the map, giving it an air of mystery and intrigue (which is richly deserved). Cuba is more than a generic, sun-drenched paradise, and has a rich and deeply fascinating cultural history. There is no better place to gain a sense of this country than by exploring the nooks and crannies of her majestic capital city.

Our afternoon tour gets underway on the Corner of Paseo de Marti and Boulevard de San Rafael, where you will meet your guide. We chose this location due to the ease with which you’ll find it, and the fact that it’s in a stunning part of town is just a happy coincidence. We’ll meet outside the classically ornate Hotel Inglaterra, which has been in operation since 1875, making it the oldest hotel in the country. We pride ourselves on being able to give you a comprehensive look at Havana within the space of an afternoon. Even if you only have 12 hours in Havana, we’ll be able to show you the best of the best.

●      Your skilled and knowledgeable tour guide will be on hand at all times, so feel free to ask them anything you would like to know – all in English.

●      The inhabitants of Old Havana might make you think that you’re watching an elaborate piece of street theatre, but this is just daily life in Cuba’s capital!

●      The rich and unique revolutionary history of Cuba is proudly on display.

●      The Old Havana portion of the tour will take in a number of sublime plazas, some of the most culturally and historically substantial parts of Cuba.

●      While you will see a lot during the afternoon, there will be plenty of time to stop, reflect, and take as many photos as you like.

All hotels and casa particulares in Old Havana are a relaxed and convenient stroll from the Parque Central Square in Old Havana. Alternatively you can easily take a taxi from your accommodation in other parts of Havana to the Parque Central for approximately between 5 and 10 CUC.

Supporting the Cuban People

All of our tours fulfil the following criteria:

– Patronize privately owned small businesses in Cuba

– The itineraries are designed to expose you to the local Cuban people and steer funds toward its citizens.

– Where meals are included, your tour will eat at a Paladares (privately run restaurants)

– You will have the chance to interact with Cuban’s from all walks of life, having a chance to hear their stories, and share your own.

– Our tours are designed to be educational, with people-to-people interaction  and cultural immersion a priority.

Itinerary

If you’re not an early riser (or are only in Havana for an afternoon), our afternoon tour of Havana couldn’t be more perfect. You’ll meet your friendly and knowledgeable guide at 2pm, which even the latest of sleepers can manage! Whether you have a number of days, or only 24 hours, or even just 12 hours in Havana, this tour will show you the absolute best of the city. There are many valid tips for travel to Cuba, but packing comfortable walking shoes is one of the most important. 

Old Havana Walking Tour: We will take you right into the profound beauty of Havana’s Old Town (La Habana Vieja). This part of Cuba has always been beautiful, although the dishevelled loveliness of the Old Town has been painstakingly restored thanks to the deep pockets of UNESCO (who have officially recognised the significance of this part of the world). Our walk will be exhaustive, though certainly not exhausting, and will take in El Capitolio (the National Capitol Building), the grand former seat of government in Cuba until the Cuban Revolution changed the course of the country’s history. You will also get to see El Floridita, the inviting bar that was the favoured drinking hole for Ernest Hemingway when he was done with writing for the day (or on some days, where he would be instead of writing).

The rustic past of Havana combines with modernity on Calle Obispo, one of the main pedestrian thoroughfares of the old town (and also a great place to eat). Havana’s Old Town is essentially laid out around a number of fabulously beautiful public squares, all interconnected by alleyways and narrow streets. We will take pleasure in showing you the delights of the Plaza San Francisco de Asís, Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza de Armas, before concluding at Plaza Vieja. It’s a lot to take in, but as mentioned, there will be ample time to stop and take photos.

Classic Car Tour in Havana: As soon as you arrive in Cuba, you will see many examples of what you would consider to be the authentic side of Cuba. Yes, there are brightly-dressed folks wandering along the streets, puffing on over-sized cigars. Sure, there is salsa music everywhere. And of course, there are those glorious vintage cars loudly and proudly patrolling the streets. A remnant of the trade embargo against Cuba, some of these vehicles have been on the road since the 1950s.

The next part of your afternoon tour of Havana involves you getting up close and personal with one of these beautiful Classic Cars. You can take in the different sights of Havana more easily on four wheels, and your classic car tour in Havana shows you how the older, more classical parts of the city sit comfortably alongside the newer, sometimes even avant garde socialist architecture of the more modern sections of the city. We’ll drive along the Malecon taking in the sights of Vedado and Miramar, once the most opulent part of Havana. The entrancing old mansions of this district are undergoing a rejuvenation, with many of their crumbling facades being restored with the buildings being opened as restaurants, bars, and clubs. This is the sort of place where you can whet your appetite for the best nightlife in Havana, so be sure to ask your guide for their recommendations.

Mojito Making Lesson in Old Havana:. Our Havana afternoon tour concludes with something infinitely more relaxed and refined. Even if you only have 12 hours in Havana, you will want to linger during the last part of our tour. There is something utterly magical about seeing the city spread out beneath you, shimmering as the sun begins to slip beneath the horizon.

We’ll take you to one of our favourite venues in Havana where you’ll be whisked up to the rooftop to learn how to make a famous Cuban Mojito or non-alcoholic alternative. After the official schedule of your afternoon tour draws to a close, you might wish to get right back out and see more of the city, but nobody is going to blame you if you wish to stay here, perched atop the rooftops of the city, watching as day turns to night…

Inclusions and exclusions

Duration

4+ Hours

Start

Corner of Paseo de Marti and Boulevard de San Rafael

Finish

Plaza Vieja

Group size

2-12

Transport

Walking and Classic Car

Inclusions

Services of an experienced English speaking local Havana tour guide

Mojito Making Class and 2 x mojitos (or non alcoholic alternative)

Chauffeured Classic American Car to tour Havana

Exclusions

International flights, all lunches and dinners (unless specified), travel insurance, accommodation, visa & passport costs, tips, airport taxes

Havana Afternoon Delight

US$75

per person

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