Shore Excursion Details

Modern Havana in an American Classic

Havana, Cuba

Modern Havana in an American Classic

DETAILS

  • 31/2
    hrs Estimate Duration

Imagine driving down a street in a vintage Chevrolet, Ford, Buick, Cadillac, Mercury, Dodge, Oldsmobile or Pontiac. Usually, you only see these types of cars in museums, not in Cuba though. In Havana, the island’s capital, these are everyday cars and they have been for decades.


Transfer from the pier to Revolution Square to get your car and stop at some of the most iconic sites in Havana like the former seat of the Cuban Congress, the Capitol, which has housed the Cuban Academy of Sciences and the National Library of Science and Technology since 1959. The building’s work, which cost $17 million began in 1926, and took 5,000 workers three years, two months and 20 days to build. Many say that the structure is similar to Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Building.


You will also have a chance to visit the well-known Carlos III Street, built in 1836. The road connects the intersection of Reina and Belascoaín streets to the Castillo del Príncipe. Even though the street’s current name is Salvador Allende Avenue, the island’s residents keep referring to it as Carlos III, because of the statue of the Spanish king placed here in his honor. Here, you will also see the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Havana and the Plaza Carlos III shopping center, among others notable buildings.


Not many people think about visiting a cemetery , but according to recent reviews this is a must see stop. Founded in 1876 in the Vedado neighborhood of Havana, and the burial site of Ibrahim Ferrer Planas, one of the most famous Cuban musicians from the original Buena Vista Social Club, the cemetery has been very well maintained and the tombstones and memorials are so impressive, some even call them a works of art.


You will have the opportunity to enjoy the view of the Revolution Square, famous among Cubans for being the venue of the most important historical and political events on the island.


A visit to the National Hotel or Delirio Habanero Piano Bar for a refreshing beverage is included.


Finally, you will return to the pier.


Need to Know:

Note: This tour is priced per vehicle based on 2 guests. There is a $99 supplement for a 3rd guest in the same vehicle which will be charged onboard. Only one person needs to book the tour for 2 people.


This tour involves minimal walking, mostly in asphalt but there is a generous amount of stairs at the Delirio Habanero piano bar. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Guests are advised to bring a camera and a hat for sunny days. Foldable wheelchairs and walkers are ok. Vehicles can be convertible or hard-top. This tour is OFAC compliant. Guests do not drive the car.


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ACTIVITY ATTRIBUTES

Excursion Type:

Scenic & City Tours

Activity Level:

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Tours with this activity level involve walking over relatively level terrain, possibly some cobblestone, gravel, or a few steps. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
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