Havana City Tour Half Day

Havana City Tour Half Day

Contemporary Havana can essentially be described as three cities in one: Old Havana, Vedado, and the newer suburban districts. Old Havana, with its narrow streets and overhanging balconies, is the traditional centre of part of Havana's commerce, industry, and entertainment, as well as being a residential area. 

To the north and west a newer section, centred on the uptown area known as Vedado, has become the rival of Old Havana for commercial activity and nightlife. Centro Habana, sometimes described as part of Vedado, is mainly a shopping district that lies between Vedado and Old Havana. The Capitolio Nacional marks the beginning of Centro Habana, a working class neighborhood. Chinatown and the Real Fabrica de Tabacos Partagás, one of Cuba's oldest cigar factories is located in the area.


A third Havana is that of the more affluent residential and industrial districts that spread out mostly to the west. Among these is Marianao, one of the newer parts of the city, dating mainly from the 1920s. Some of the suburban exclusivity was lost after the revolution, many of the suburban homes having been nationalized by the Cuban government to serve as schools, hospitals, and government offices. Several private country clubs were converted to public recreational centres. Miramar located west of Vedado along the coast, remains Havana's exclusive area; mansions, foreign embassies, diplomatic residences, upscale shops, and facilities for wealthy foreigners are common in the area. The International School of Havana is located in the Miramar neighborhood.

 

Program 

  • Pick up at the hotel. ( air-conditioned bus and bilingual tour guide service)
  • Visit to the “Parque Historico Militar Morro-Cabaña” with photo stop at “Los Tres Reyes del Morro” Castle .On the way, views of the Malecon (The Seafront promenade), and the tunnel under the bay.
  • Walking tour at the Historical Centre, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. You will see the Plaza de Armas, the Castillo de la Real fuerza, the Templete, the Palacio del Segundo Cabo and the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales. Stroll around Obispo Street, see the Ambos Mundos hotel, Havana’s first University San Gerónimo de la Habana, the Plaza de la Catedral and the Bodeguita del Medio.
  • Photo stop at the Capitol building. On the way to the Capitol, panoramic views of the Revolution Museum, The Fine Arts Museum, the Parque Central (Central Park) and the Gran Teatro de la Habana.
  • Guided visit to the Bocoy Rum factory with free tasting. On the way, you will have the chance to approach the urban life, cars, shops and the houses.
  • Stop at the Revolution Square. Free time for taking pictures of the surroundings including the Jose Marti Memorial, the National Library and the Revolution Palace.
  • On the return to the hotels you will see the University of Havana, the escalinata (stairway) and the Alma Mater statue, La Rampa, the Coppelia ice cream parlor, the Yara movie theater and the Habana Libre hotel.

 

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