Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean, and its capital, Havana, is a vibrant and colorful destination. La Habana Vieja (Havana Old City) was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982.
It is known for its bright colors and rich cultural heritage. “My mojito in La Bodeguita, My daiquiri in El Floridita,” reads a handwritten sign, seemingly autographed by Ernest Hemingway, which hangs at La Bodeguita Del Medio in Havana’s Old Town.
In general, Havana is a great place for book lovers – and not just because of Hemingway’s legacy. The city has an abundance of secondhand book markets, especially the one at Plaza de Armas.
Havana is known for its rum and tobacco. In fact, the Bacardi family used to run operations here before leaving the country after the Cuban Revolution. But rum production persisted, and now the biggest producer, Havana Club, is the thing to order while in Havana, a city trapped in time, where you can hop in a vintage Buick or Chevy and cruise down the Malecón (eight km oceanfront stretch of road) for a quintessential Cuban experience.
Transfer to the airport in Cancun and flight to Havana. Transfer to hotel. Circle the Arms Square, where Havana was founded in 1519. Pass through the antiques books market. Make your camera ready for the colonial jewels like: Palacio de Los Capitanes Generales, the Castles of Real Fuerza, La Punta and El Morro and the La Cabana Fortress. Walk antique Oficios Street full of the colonial buildings to the St. Francis Square. Visit the Old Square and follow Mercaderes Street to the Cathedral Square. Enjoy world famous Cuban coffee in the restaurant El Patio. Stay overnight in colonial Hotel. Optional – visit Casa de la Musica for the live Cuban salsa concert with an opportunity to dance.
Breakfast. Inthe footsteps of Ernest Hemingway: Visit famous Ambos Mundos Hotel, where the writer used to live. Enjoy the panoramic view of Havana from the top floor terrace. Walk the Obispo Street to El Floridita and taste the famous drink, Daiquiri. Discover the fine architecture of the Grand Theater and the beaux-arte of Capitol. Unravel the mysteries of manufacture of cigars in the colonial Partagas factory. From the Central Park walk Prado Avenue and visit to the Sevilla Coralia Hotel, inspired by the Lions Patio of the Alhambra in Granada. Ride along the famous Malecón seaside boulevard and visit Hotel Nacional. Continue through lively Rampa and full of the monuments Los Presidentes Avenues. Feel the history on the Revolution Square guarded by the colossal Jose Marti Monument and the mural sculpture of Che Guevara. Stay overnight in colonial Hotel.
Optional – visit the Tropicana cabaret.
Breakfast. Time for shopping and transfer to Havana airport. Arrival to Cancun and transfer to hotel.
Price includes: airport transfers in Cancun and Havana, air ticket on the route Cancun – Havana – Cancun, 2 breakfasts, 2 nights in the hotel, transfers during the tour, guide.
Price does not include: Cuban Visa, Havana airport charges, Tips