Havana, the capital of Cuba, marks its 500th anniversary in 2019. It was founded in 1519 after its colonization by Spain. Today it is an eclectic hub of culture and history that attracts tourists from around the world. The LATA (The Latin American Travel Association) shortlists some of the best tours to Havana.
HAVANA TO HAVANA WITH TUCAN TRAVEL
Tucan Travel has launched a new Cuban Highlights tour that allows visitors to experience Cuba like a local. This is one of the more popular tours to Havana. It begins with a walking tour of the city’s highlights. Guests can enjoy lunch at a traditional Paladar (family-run restaurant) before riding through the streets in a classic vintage convertible.
Guests will also visit one of Havana’s most authentic jazz clubs that grants access via a red telephone box. They will also stay in a ‘casa particular,’ which is a private establishment that allows visitors to experience authentic Cuban family life.
UNIQUE CUBA TOUR FEATURING VALERIE HEMINGWAY WITH STEPPES TRAVEL
Steppes Travel, a member of LATA, is offering a unique Western and Central Cuba tour accompanied by travel journalist Lydia Bell. This trip, one of the most popular tours to Havana, features highlights such as a meeting with Valerie Hemingway. She will share her experiences as Hemingway’s PA while he lived in Finca Vigia just outside the capital.
They will also discover Havana’s historical buildings including the Havana Cathedral, Gran Teatro de la Habana and Hotel Inglaterra with renowned architect Hermes Mallea. Guests will also travel outside the capital to visit the tobacco plants in Viñales and discover the historic city of Trinidad.
FAMILY VIVA CUBA! WITH EXPLORE
Explore Travel, another member of LATA, offers the ultimate itinerary for adventurous families. Family Viva Cuba! includes a one-day stopover in the capital. Guests will experience the undiscovered side by cruising around the city in a 1950s vintage American car.
Then they will visit some of Havana’s most important tourist sites such as El Cristo de La Habana, El Capitolio and the Paseo del Prado. Guests will also witness traditional Cuban culture and traditions. They will even experience an exclusive salsa lesson.
HAVANA FIRST HAND WITH LATA MEMBER CHIMU ADVENTURES
Chimu Adventures offers one of the most extensive tours to Havana. Guests will visit the four main squares: Plaza Vieja, Plaza de San Francisco, Plaza de Armas and Plaza de la Catedral. Then they’ll explore the narrow winding streets of ‘Habana Vieja’ (The Old City) with a mojito or Cuba Libre in hand.
Guests will also visit Los Jazmines mirador area overlooking the Viñales valley as well as a tobacco plantation and a curing barn.
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