Private American Classic Car
Experience Havana, an old city that time seems to have forgotten, where almost 80 percent of the city remains original from the Colonial period until the Communist Revolution in 1959. Every detail seems to be surrealist for people who visit for the first time and there is no better way to discover her secrets than from a ride in an old American Classic car.
Your private tour begins when you walk from the cruise ship pier area with your local, English speaking guide and travel through the main squares of the historic center of old Havana. Your short walk ends when you arrive at Cathedral Square where your local driver will be waiting for you and your guide to climb aboard.
Begin your drive with a view of the Malecon, a broad esplanade that is the road along the seawall which stretches for 5 miles along the coast in Havana from the mouth of the harbor to the north side of Centro Habana, ending in the Vedado neighborhood. Make your way to the Hotel Nacional where you will tour this historic site and be provided with a taste of a typical Cuban cocktail. This historic hotel with art deco details dates from 1930, with its privileged location in the middle of Vedado, the center of Havana, it stands on a hill just a few meters from the sea and offers a great view of the Harbor, seawall and the city.
Your panoramic tour begins when you leave the cruise ship pier area with your driver and local, English speaking guide and cruise down Alameda de Paula Avenue. View the San Jose Souvenir Market, the Train Station, Jose Marti's House, El Arsenal, Palace of Las Insulinas, Fraternity Park, the National Capitol Building, Alicia Alonso Theater and Central Park.
Ride down Paseo del Prado, the dividing line between Centro Habana and Old Havana. View the Malecon, a broad esplanade that is the road along the seawall which stretches for 5 miles along the coast in Havana from the mouth of the harbor to the north side of Centro Habana, ending in the Vedado neighborhood. New businesses are appearing on the esplanade due to economic reforms in Cuba that now allow Cubans to own private businesses. Also, view the La Chorrera Fort, Fifth Avenue Tunnel and the Green House.
Stop at Emilio Zapata Park and then drive back to Malecon, looking for 12th and 23rd streets, Christopher Columbus Cemetery, 26th street, Ho Chi Minh Park and the Forest of Havana with a stop for pictures. Continue along the banks of the Rio Almendares, below the bridge on Calle 23 is a welcome oasis of greenery and fresh air in the heart of the chaotic city. Make a photo stop at Revolution Square, see the National Theater, National Library, and Havana University.
Drive to the area known as Los Molinos, or the Mills, the park takes its name from a tobacco mill that operated on the site. Travel along Carlos III Avenue, Reina Street and view Fraternity Park. Make a stop at the Floridita Bar for an authentic Daiquiri, and then continue to view the Bacardi Building, Art Museum, former Presidential Palace, Havana Amphitheater, Cathedral Square, Arms Squares and end this amazing trip at San Francisco de Asis Square, where you began next to your ship.
Please Note: The tour price is for the entire car. Each car will hold up to 4 guests in total along with a driver and separate English speaking guide. Cars may be hard top or convertible.
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: Ann Ohlenkamp
We were so happy we booked the Shore Excursion Private American Classic Car. Because it was a shore excursion not booked through the cruise line we were allowed to leave the ship a hour earlier. Which was great because we only had a day in Havana. Abel the tour guide was informative, friendly and helpful. This tour was less expensive than booking through the cruise line and so much better. It was easy to meet up with the guide. Next time I will book all my shore excursions with the Shore Excursion Group.
Reviewer: Susan Forrest
What a tremendous time! The car was perfect...thank you...meant a lot to for all you did for our anniversary! The driver was great and the interpreter was awesome! Thank you, thank you, thank you! The best!
Reviewer: Alison K Dedrick
this is a must see. Lester, our guide was knowlegeable and made the whole trip interesting. I have been on a similar tour, but this one was much more extensive. Thank you to Lester and our driver for a wonderful and memorablke tour of Havana!
Reviewer: Julie Brook
We booked through Costco because it was 1/2 the price of the Royal Caribbean Excursion. Through Costco you pay for the car, the guide and the driver, the tour includes 4 people. Through RC you pay by the person, and though the RC excursion was maybe 1 hour longer, if you had two people it was twice the amount of money. If you had 4, which is what the car holds, you'd be charged 4 times the amount. After exiting the ship we followed the directions to meet our tour. Waiting there was a woman with excellent English. She told us where to find the restrooms and how to convert our USD to Cuban Dollars. Our guide had excellent English and knew the area well. She took us to see all the sites and the driver also spoke some English but we polite to keep to his job as our guide educated us. The driver was a good driver and we felt safe. We highly recommend this excursion company.
Reviewer: Mary Anne Turnbull
Our car was a 1956 Buick and while it was comfortable it was not as well restored outside as many we saw. But, our driver Carlos was great and Virginia, our guide was so sweet. I did feel like we had to ask questions more than be instructed about sites we were seeing. But, she was very good at explaining things. We saw so much of Havana and loved the "lungs of Havana" green area. It was wonderful being just the 2 of us in a car, with no crowds and our own schedule. We traveled with one other car (probably for safety in case of mechanical issues), but private is the way to go on this one. We were able to tip in American dollars, which made it nice also. And taking pictures from a convertible is so much easier than from a bus or sedan!