Discover the remarkable history of Havana, Cuba, through its massive sculpted buildings and notable structures dating back to the 15th century. Tour along the Malecón and view the city from the Tres Reyes del Morro Castle. Stand at the feet of the Cristo de la Habana and walk along the regal Cementerio de la Habana. Make memories in Fusterlandia and its colorful mosaics. Celebrate and sip on a Cuban cocktail at the famous Hotel Nacional. Take in the best Havana has to offer!
Michel Mirabal is a renowned Cuban artist known for his interpretations of patriotic symbols like the Cuban flag. His pieces come in the shape of drawings, painting, photography, and mixed media pieces. He uses elements such as rice, beans, petals, and barbed wire as metaphors in his art. His talent goes beyond the canvas and into many expressions of art such as music, cooking, and storytelling. The only way to experience this multi-talented artist is stepping into his world.
The City of Havana, founded in 1519 by the Spanish crown, became one of the Caribbean’s main shipbuilding centers by the 17th century. Today, it is a city with approximately 2.1 million residents that invites guests to discover a complex mosaic of colors and rhythms with an exciting mix of baroque, neoclassical, and renaissance architecture, and a wonderful assortment of cuisine to delight the senses. An art and history expert lead this excursion for insightful commentary as you discover every site.
Imagine driving down the 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. You will ride through Old Havana in a classic American car where you will have the opportunity to see some of the city’s most iconic sites and the history of this charming municipality.
Discover colonial Havana under the evening lights. Walk through the historical Plaza de San Francisco de Asís and have your picture taken with the Caballero de París. Wander across the eclectic Plaza Vieja, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, view the architecture and enjoy a locally brewed beer. Visit Plaza de la Catedral and explore the beautifully preserved Havana Cathedral. Celebrate the evening with a Mojito, Hemingway style at the Bodeguita del Medio and close at a place where some say the original Sloppy Joe came from, Sloppy Joe’s Bar.
Cuba’s art has been compared to that created in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, London, and other world art capitals. It has been placed amongst the best in the world for its cultural diversity. This tour will allow you to experience the island’s talent with the opportunity to meet some of the artists behind Cuba’s contemporary art scene.
Farm-to-table is a social movement that promotes serving local food at restaurants and school cafeterias, usually through purchasing directly from the producer. The Mediterráneo Habana was the first farm-to-table restaurant in Havana. On this excursion, you will learn about this food movement and enjoy a truly decadent and locally sourced fusion lunch.
Tropicana Cabaret is known as one of the most famous cabarets in the heart of Havana, Cuba. It has seen performances by the likes of Nat King Cole, Josephine Baker, Libertad Lamarque, Cheo Feliciano, Rita Montaner, Elena Burke, and Bola de Nieve amongst others. Personalities of the likes of Marlon Brando and Rita Hayworth were rumored to have been guests at the Tropicana. Get ready for a spectacular performance under the stars with over 200 dancers on stage on this historic venue.
Enjoy a panoramic tour of Modern and Old Havana. Discover the main historical landmarks, such as the Plaza de la Revolución, the Iglesia de San Francisco de Asís, The Hotel Nacional, the Cristobal Colón Cemetery, and the Alicia Alonso Grand Theatre of Havana. Sip on a Cuban cocktail and enjoy a performance by the Habana Compás Dance Company.
Enjoy a morning taking in the fresh air of the Cuban outskirts in the seaside town of Cojímar. Learn how local food is grown and sourced. Then, prepare to take an immersive Cuban Cuisine cooking class at the rustic Café Ajiaco lead by a local chef. Enjoy a lunch feast with wholesome ingredients in a typical setting and close with an authentic Mojito Ajiaco!
Famous writer Ernest Hemingway once said, “I live in Cuba because I love Cuba.” Follow in his footsteps through Finca Vijía, the place he called home for many years in the town of San Francisco de Paula. Peek inside his living space, artifacts, and personal items. Visit the places made notorious by Hemingway and his enjoyment of libations – La Bodeguita del Medio for a Mojito and the Floridita for an original Daiquirí. Experience the Terraza de Cojímar, one of his favorite local eateries in the fishing town of Cojímar. Close the afternoon is a rustic setting at Café Ajiaco with a delicious traditional Cuban banquet.
Start a dazzling evening with a panoramic night tour around Modern Havana. Arrive at the award-winning Hotel Nacional and experience authentic Cuban history, culture, and music. Then prepare for a colorful extravaganza of Vegas-style music and dance performance at the Cabaret Parisien in this exciting evening excursion.
With some of the best online reviews, you can’t go wrong with a visit to the Meliá Cohiba Hotel, one of the most famous hotels in Havana. Get ready for an evening with live music and dance performances by the legendary Buena Vista Social Club Show and dazzling dance group at Habana Café. You may be surprised with performances by the original members of the original Band and perhaps even join in on the fun for some singing and dancing on stage!
Cuba is known as the birthplace of the Mojito and the Daiquirí. Why? Cuba has some of the best rum in the world. Learn about its history touring the Rum Museum, home of Havana Club Rum. You may have also heard that Cuba produces the most exceptional quality of cigars, which are masterfully assembled by expert cigar rollers at every stage of production. Take the backstage tour at the Corona Cigar Factory to see the masters at work. Cuba’s art scene is also exploding with its vibrant fusion and expression. At the Kcho Gallery, you will get a taste of Afro Cuban art and the inspiration behind it. Then, dance the afternoon away at the Callejón de Hamel, an explosion of art, music, and culture. Come a little closer. Get the insider’s scoop and experience the best-kept secrets of the Cuban Essence in Havana.
Cuba’s art has been likened to that created in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, London and other world art capitals for being one of the best in the world. Cuban art blends diverse cultures, and this tour will allow you to experience the island’s talent and perhaps even meet some of the artists behind it.
There are many reasons why OnCuba Travel is proud to make history with its groundbreaking beginnings, art collection, print publication, meeting point, and privileged location in Havana, Cuba. We are proud to invite you to tour our local office. See where the magic happens!