Havana's Secret Sounds and Sights
Classic car, Havana
Your private tour guide will show you all the sights and sounds of Havana, it’s marvelous colonial architecture, romantic squares, dining places, where the best cigars and rum can be found, and the vibrant nightlife.
On arrival you will be met and assisted by VIP staff at the end of the aircraft ramp and escorted through the fast track VIP Immigration Channel and onto the VIP lounge, bypassing Customs. Relax and refresh in the lounge including complimentary drinks. While our staff member is orientating you a valet will collect and clear your checked-in luggage through Customs and bring to you. A classic private 50’s American car will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel in Old Havana. Check-in and enjoy a welcome cocktail. Overnight at Parque Central Hotel 5* (standard room). Romantic plaza, dinner at a palace and Hemingway’s bar. In the evening your tour guide will give you a short briefing about the programme of the following days followed by a walking tour to the romantic illumated heart of colonial Habana Vieja, where you will have dinner at the restaurant El Patio overlooking the Cathedral Plaza. On the way back take a digestif at Hemingway’s favourite haunt La Floridita, where you can try the 'Papa' his very own version of the DaiquirÃ cocktail*. Overnight at Parque Central Hotel 5 star (standard room). (D)
Habanos Cigars & Cuban Rum. After breakfast at your hotel your tour guide will collect you from your hotel and go by private taxi for a guided tour to visit a famous brand name cigar factory such as Partagas, La Corona or Romeo & Julieta where you will see all the processes involved in the production of high quality hand rolled Habanos cigars. Visit one of the most important rum factories La Bocoy, where you will learn all about the processes involved in producing famous Cuban Rum.
Colonial Havana. A horse carriage will then take you via the Capitolio with its huge cupola, onto Prado and Monserrate Street and along the Malecon to Plaza San Francisco, passing the Gran Teatro, the Art Deco Bacardi Building. Later explore the old colonial town by foot. Your guide will show you the most important squares and sites: Plaza de Armas, Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, 'Hemingway’s Bodeguita', Castillo de la Real Fuerza, El Templete and Plaza Vieja.
Lunch at an aristocratic palace. Special cigar lunch 'Romeo & Julieta' at restaurant Vuelta Abajo in the small colonial hostal and former aristocratic palace Conde de Villanueva, dedicated to the tobacco theme. Followed by a visit at the cozy humidor bar, where you can try one of the special handmade cigars with a glass of rum or a Cuban coffee. Return to your hotel to relax and refresh before this evenings activities.
Chicken feast Creole style. In the evening picked up by your guide and transfer in private taxi for dinner at a rancho restaurant with a unique open air ambience and typical Cuban Creole cuisine at La Ajibe with endless servings of their specialty chicken.
American cars and a night under the stars. Your tour guide and a private classic 1950's American car will collect you from your hotel to enjoy a nostalgic journey at the world famous Tropicana Cabaret through Cuban Music and Dance from Cha-Cha-Cha to Mambo from Son to Salsa and Afro-Cuba. More than 150 artists, dancers and musicians, including a big 1950s style live orchestra will entertain you in a beautiful garden atmosphere with a big open air stage. Return to your hotel by private taxi. Overnight at Parque Central Hotel 5 star (standard room). (B, L, D)
Revolutionary Tour. Collected from your hotel after breakfast by your guide and private taxi for a tour into the world of pre and post 1950’s: Revolution Square where Fidel Castro made his famous speeches, the seafront Malecon also known as the ‘sala’, by Cubans, pass the legendary Hotel Nacional with anecdotes about the Mafia and further on to the famous 5th Avenue at the former upper class residential area of Miramar, where beautiful mansions still remind the flair of bygone times. On the way back through the Vedado district you will notice the variety of architecture from Jugendstil to Art Nouveau and visit the legendary Cemetery Colon one of the biggest in Latin America. Finally your guide shows you the Calle Hamel Street with paintings referring to the Afro Cuban Santeria Cult. Panoramic lunch date. Transfer by private taxi for lunch at restaurant La Torre, upper floor of the Focsa Building with the most spectacular views over Havana. Return to your hotel by private taxi to relax and refresh before this evenings activities.
Free to explore Havana’s dining options and vibrant nightlife**. Free evening and optional dining and activities which you can arrange with your tour guide. Suggestions might include Cuban National Ballet performance, a night with the Buena Vista Social Club or Havana’s night spots for salsa and other traditional music, jazz clubs and discos. Overnight at Parque Central Hotel 5 star (standard room). (B, L)
Day at Havana Bay. After breakfast and check-out of hotel your guide will take you by private taxi where he/she will drop you off to enjoy a relaxing day at the only private beach club overlooking Havana Bay with swimming pools and a beach. Your guide will arrange for your luggage to be safely stored until you are ready to leave. The former 1950’s Biltmore Yacht & Country Club has again become a meeting point for expats, business men, diplomats and the Cuban elite. A beautiful mansion house with restaurant, bar, terrace, pool cafeteria, gym, changing rooms with showers, lockers and towel service. The club has one of the best cigar lounges of Havana offering the necessary comfort for club members and guests. Your guide will collect you from the club in a private taxi and will take you to the airport of Havana to check-in for your outbound flight. Alternatively extend your stay in Cuba. (B)
3 night’s hotel accommodation at 5 star Parque Central in a standard room. VIP airport meet and assistance upon arrival at Havana International Airport. Tour Guide Service as specified. Transfers in specified transport. Welcome Cocktail Day 1. Food and beverages included where indicated (See legend: B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner). Entrance fees Day 2 at Cigar Factory and Rum Factory. Entrance fee Day 4 at Beach Club. Cover charge at Tropicana Cabaret including best seat category, a quarter bottle of rum, mixers, glass of Cava, mini snack). 24 hr assistance from our Havana office.
International flights. Tourist Visa Card (obtainable from Cuban Consulate, travel agent or airline). Travel and Medical Insurance (medical insurance compulsory to enter Cuba). Cuba Airport Departure Tax (25 CUC per person payable in cash after check-in for outbound international flight). **Day 3 free evening - transfers, tickets for any performances, any food and beverages, cover charges at night venues. Any other food and beverages not mentioned as included. Personal expenses. Staff gratuities.