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: Thaddeus Russell
The Old Havana Walking Tour led by our guide Diana was one of the most memorable experiences we have ever had while on a travel vacation. Our walk through history gave us an opportunity to see the once fantastic architecture and the resilience of the Cuban people trying to resurrect the grandeur, while at the same time trying to scratch out an existence in very difficult circumstances. Diana was very personable, knowledgeable and did not hesitate to answer our questions. The lunch provided on the tour was at a great local establishment we might not otherwise have found. Meeting and talking with Cuban people while on the tour was so rewarding.
Reviewer: Joe Foster
Our tour guide was awesome, she knew all the history of old Havana and was just a pleasant person to be our tour guide.
Reviewer: Tim Hodgin
Our walking tour of Havana was quite enjoyable. Dayana was our guide and was AMAZING!! She is a wealth of knowledge, speaks English very well and is obviously proud of her country. We saw the architecture of Havana over the past 500 years and the four main plazas while Dayana told us the history of each. Lunch was also quite good as were the drinks. I highly recommend this tour and Dayana as your guide.
Reviewer: Valentina Bjelajac
I would recommend this activity to anyone who does not mind walking. Tour was at the leisurely pace and our tour guide was wonderful and patient in explaining everything. Spoke perfect English. Lunch was delicious, and all we can say; we are in love with beautiful Old Havana.
Reviewer: Valerie Sciamonte
This was a great walking tour of old Havana. We were fortunate enough to have the same tour guide from the day before. Luis was great & his knowledge and English were excellent. Luis was personable & helpful. We got to see several squares in Old Havana, the square where the Cathedral was, the "Old" new square & enjoyed a great lunch at the Art Pub which was included in the tour. Book with this company you will not be disappointed. Ask for Luis.