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: William Hoare
We enjoyed our walk around Old Havana with Unmet. She was well informed and interesting about her life in Cuba. We have great admiration for your resourcefulness and innovation and hope for much better relations between our countries before too long.
This was wonderful and would recommend it to all. Our tour guide was fantastic and helped to make it very enjoyable. His knowledge was excellent and his communication with us was perfect. He was patient and helpful. This tour was very enlightening and helpful in understanding where Cuba is today and how long the road is in front of them. The people were friendly and we look forward to returning. We would definitely use your company again.
Reviewer: Jeanne Jones
Met just across the street from the cruise terminal. Guide spoke good English, was relaxed pace, handled questions well. We saw a lot and heard about life in Cuba. Guide was thoughtful about situating us in the shade. Lunch was delicious - I had a lobster dish and my husband had shrimp. Group of 12 but could hear guide well. We wandered in the area prior to the tour but felt we got a lot more when we had a guide.
Reviewer: robert hauck
Our guide was personable and fully familiar with Old Havana. Her commentary explained the socio-economic condition of today's Cuba as well as describing the neighborhoods we walked through. Our group was a pleasant number of nine while groups around us often numbered 15-20. Included was a typical Cuban lunch at a small cafe --- very good. All in all it was an excellent intro to Havana. rch
Reviewer: Ken Schoenherr
The tour was very interesting. Learned quite a lot about the culture and how businesses operate. Our guide was very informative. Would recommend this tour. Make note of the recommendations of the guide. We tried a few places and were very pleased.