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Havana City Historian’s Office Excursions

This offer only available when booked in advance in conjunction with WoWCuba’s minimum booking requirement (1 hotel night, 3 car rental days, or other multi-day WoWCuba tour package)

ARCHITECTURE, OUTER WALLS AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

Specialized tour permitting you to appreciate the architectural richness of the city and the adaptation of different styles to Cuban conditions. Tour of Old Havana to locate and appreciate the main buildings for residential/public/religious/military use located in the Historic Center:

  • El Templete (founding site of the city)
  • Palace of the General Captains
  • Palace of the Second Cape
  • Castle of the Royal Forces
  • Former Stock Exchange Building
  • Minor Basilica of San Francisco de Asís among others

Tour Paseo del Prado, Cárdenas, Reina & Carlos III streets, with important examples of eclecticism, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Neoclassic, & Neo-gothic architecture. Tour Vedado (University of Havana, Revolution Square, La Rampa, Avenida de los Presidentes & Paseo, the Focsa & López Serrano buildings among others. Visit the House of Friendship, the former residence of Doña Catalina Laza and fine example of residential Art Deco architecture from the beginning of the 20th century. Tour the Seawall and Miramar Neighborhood (Fountain of the Americas, residences from the 1940’s and 1950’s, as well as examples of contemporary architecture with a stop at La Maison.


Duration:
4 hours

Departures: Monday to Saturday (client specifies preferred start time from 09:00-14:00)

ART AND COLOR

A tour that permits an insider’s view into the world of Cuban Art and the most significant projects within the Historic Center. Contemplate Cuban art at the Museum of Fine Arts. Includes:

  • Visit to the galleries on Obispo Street.
  • Visit to the Grabado Workshop of the Chorro Alley
  • Visit the Diago de Arte Naif room at the La Casona gallery
  • Visual Arts Development Center in Old Square
  • Visit the Manufactured Paper workshop

You may visit (according to availability) the galleries/studios of: Ernesto Rancaño, Roberto Fabelo, Zaida del Río, Pedro Pablo Oliva, Ángel Ramírez & Nelson Domínguez, Carmen Montilla & Eduardo Roca.

Duration: 3 hours

Departures: Monday to Saturday (client specifies preferred start time from 09:00-15:00)

Transportation: not included for Old Havana departures (walking tour)

THE ART OF RUM

Discover part of Cuban history, getting closer to the origins and development of rum production in Cuba. Includes:

  • Visit to the Havana Club Rum Museum
  • Rum tasting
  • Cocktail classes (bartender-instructed Cuban cocktail preparation).

Tour of the most famous bars of Old Havana including Floridita & the Bodeguita del Medio with cocktail tasting at Ambos Mundos or Beltrán de Santa Cruz hotels.

Duration: 3 hours

Departures: Monday to Saturday (client specifies preferred start time from 09:00-15:00)

COLONIAL HAVANA

Specialized tour of Havana’s Historic Center. Visit the Scaled Model of the Historic Center to familiarize yourself with the areas to be visited. Walking tour of the main streets & squares of the Historic Center.

  • Arms Square

  • San Francisco de Asís Plaza
  • Old Square
  • Cathedral Square

Visit the Diana of Gales Garden. Tour the Curtain of Valdés as far as the Maestranza Artillery. Coffee tasting at El Escorial cafeteria in Old Square.

Duration: 3 hours

Departures: Monday to Saturday (client specifies preferred start time from 09:00-15:00)

Transportation: not included for Old Havana departures (walking tour)

OUR HEMINGWAY

A tour that invites you to visit the places the famous American writer Ernest Hemingway lived in Cuba as well as the sites he most frequented and later converted into the scenes of some of his most-known stories. Includes:

  • The former Havana Nautical Club
  • Visit to Vigía Farm, the former residence of the writer and today the Hemingway Museum
  • Stop at La Terraza restaurant in the fishing village of Cojimar
  • Walking tour of Cojímar, the place that inspired his work “The Old Man and the Sea”
  • Visit to the Hemingway monument
  • Visit to Hotel Ambos

Duration: 4 hours

Departures: Monday to Saturday (client specifies preferred start time from 09:00-14:00)

HAVANA CITY TOUR

Panoramic tour of the capital’s modern section and walking tour of the main streets and squares of the Historic Center (Arms Square, San Francisco de Asis Plaza, Old Square & Cathedral Square). Visit the Garden of Mother Teresa of Calcutta and the Greek Orthodox Church. Tour of the Valdés Curtain as far as the Maestranza Artillery. The panoramic tour of modern Havana (Central Havana, Vedado & Miramar) includes stops at:

  • National Capitol building
  • Revolution Square

Duration: 3 hours.

Departures: Monday to Saturday (client specifies preferred start time from 09:00-15:00)

THE HAVANA LEGEND

The best way to discover the secrets of a centuries-old tradition in the land of the world’s best tobacco. Includes:

  • Visit to a cigar factory
  • Visit the Cigar Museum
  • Visit to the Fumador Hostal, meet with a cigar roller and enjoyment of a “habano” cigar.

Purchases available in specialized stores.

Duration: 3 hours

Departures: Monday to Saturday (client specifies preferred start time from 09:00-15:00)

PATRIMONY RESCUE & SOCIAL WORK

A close-up of the different stages of the Old Havana conservation, restoration and patrimony rescue processes via a specialized tour, allowing you to learn more about the work of the Havana City Historian’s Office. Includes:

  • Visit the Old Havana Scaled Model to familiarize yourself with the areas to be visited
  • Explanation of the Historian’s Office projects (at its center)
  • Presentation of the Master Plan and the Local Human Development Program
  • Visit the “Leonor Pérez” Maternity Home
  • Visit the “Ramón & Cajal” Senior Citizen Attention Center
  • Visit the Protected Homes of Plaza Vieja
  • Visit the “Senen Casas Regueiro” Rehabilitation Center
  • Visit the Belén Sisterhood of Needleworkers
  • Visit the “Melchor Gaspar de Jovellanos” School/Restoration Workshop
  • Visit the inter-generational community Project based at the Belén Convent
  • Enjoy a coffee at El Escorial cafetería in Plaza Vieja

Duration: 4 hours

Departures: Monday to Saturday (client specifies preferred start time from 09:00-15:00)

Transportation: not included for Old Havana departures (walking tour)

POPULAR RELIGION

A tour permitting you to get closer to the Cuban religious panorama and the surge of sects that identifies it. Includes:

  • Visit the Regla Museum
  • Visit the Sanctuary of the Regla Virgin
  • Visit Hammel Alley
  • Visit the Mercedes Church
  • Visit the Greek Orthodox Church
  • Visit the Museum of Religious Art at the Minor Basilica of San Francisco de Asís
  • Stop at the Adath Israel Synagogue
  • Stop at a protestant church

Duration: 4 hours

Departures: Monday to Saturday (client specifies preferred start time from 09:00-14:00)

CLASSIC HAVANA TOUR

Enjoy a panoramic tour via Antique car along Havana’s coastline. Includes:

  • Visit to the Car Museum.
  • Technical explanation of the vehicle by its driver, with photo ops.
  • Enjoyment of a cocktail in one of Havana’s classic clubs.

Duration: 4 hours

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