Old Havana Walking Tour
Declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site in 1982, there is no better way to experience the grandeur and history of Old Havana than walking through the many plazas and experiencing up close the many cathedrals, museums and residences.
This glorious island became stuck in time in the 1950s with the rise of Fidel Castro. The smell of sea water, colorful buildings, and old cars give this city a character like no other place in the world. Simply put, Havana is one of the most beautiful cities, with friendly people, and tireless energy.
Havana, or what is considered Old Havana today, was founded in 1519 by the Spanish. By the 17th century, it had become one of the Caribbean's main centers for ship-building. Although it is today a sprawling metropolis of more than 2 million people, its old center retains an interesting mix of Baroque and neoclassical monuments, and a homogenous collection of private houses with arcades, balconies, wrought-iron gates and internal courtyards.
During the tour, you will explore Old Havana, walking down popular streets and checking out the street art and architecture with a local, knowledgeable guide. Restoration is occurring slowly, so while many of the main buildings are excellently restored to their original glory, others have taken on their own look by being left to age naturally. Walk your way through an old part of Central Havana and then to the heart of Old Havana. Along the way you'll get to 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.
You will also enjoy a delicious local Havana lunch in a cafe or restaurant in one of the Old Havana Plazas, and finish the tour with a refreshing cool drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) in one of Old Havana's most famous watering holes.
All guests must complete a mandatory form for the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury (OFAC). A valid passport is required for all guests to travel to Cuba. We recommend guests review the passport requirements of travel to Cuba from their home country and that the expiration of your passport be greater than six months from the date of your voyage. A link will be provided to you with the form upon booking your excursion, and full details will be provided with your electronic ticket.
Reviewer: Tom Quinn
On January 31, 2019 my wife and I took the walking tour of the old portion of Havana, Habana Vieja. Our's was a small group of 10 people. We were led by a charming and well educated woman, a university graduate with a Cuban history major. She spoke clearly, answered questions completely, and possessed a refreshing sense of humor. She was very enthusiastic and highly informative. She is a marvelous employee.
Reviewer: Raymond Pierre
The guide Lady was very instructive with the information.As a matter of fact we intend to come back in the future. 5 stars
Reviewer: Mark Naimy
Our guide was well informed and very pleasant. I would recommend this tour for everyone.
This was our best tour by far in Cuba. Our guide was punctual, spoke perfect English and easily fielded all of our questions. The group size is very small and when 2 didn’t show up we had s wonderful group of 6. Dayana, with UrbanAdventures, took us all over Havana and then to a local restaurant for lunch. The food, drinks and service was amazing. I highly recommend booking this four through Costco vs the excursions offered via the ship if you are cruising.
Reviewer: Sabine McDowell
Dianne was a perfect guide. She had all the answers. Even to questions we didn’t know we had! I’m looking forward to coming back soon. Hopefully we can have her again as our guide.