Havana's Architecture and Arts

Educational People to People travel

5 days /4 nights

A educational people program which allow visitors to interact with the families and cuban people lodging at their guesthouses. Experience how cuban entrepreneurs start to change the cuban life, meet them.

Itinerary

Arrival at Havana International Airport.

Meet and Greeting at the Airport.

Accommodation at Hotel 4* Standard Room, like the Hotels boutique in Old and Central Havana such at Hotel Telégrafo, Hotel Florida, Armadores de Santandar, Terral, O´Farril or similar, or other Hotels 4* like Mercure Sevilla or Hotel Roc Presidente, Hotel H-10 Panorama between others of the same 4* category in Havana (also if clients are interested in experiencing direct contact with the Cuban people lodging could be organized at Guesthouse).

Welcoming Dinner at Private/family Restaurant San Cristobal, including transporting and assistance.

D (dinner included)

08:30 Breakfast

09:15 Full City Tour of Old Havana guided by a specialist of the Office of the Historian of Havana. Starting the walking tour of Old Havana from the Templete, where Havana villa was founded in 1519. Walking through the Plaza de Armas and all other Squares of Old Havana: San Francisco de Asís Square, then to Old Square, visit the Cathedral Square. Seeing the monuments and buildings more relevant from the different centuries all well preserved, the Palacio del Segundo Cabo, the Cathedral; entrance to the Museum of Capitanes Generales & the Old Havana Small Scale Museum.

Visit the Wilfredo Lam Contemporary Art Center in Old Havana; visit the Cerography Center at the Cathedral Square.

14:00 Luncheon at Family/Private Restaurant "Doña Eutimia" or "El Figaro".

After lunch visit the Aisle of the Barbers in Old Havana, a project which is changing the life in the area of Central Havana, thanks to the private initiative of “Papito the Barber”.

16:00 Visit the Prado Avenue, the Grand Theater of Havana, the School of Ballet, and the Capitol Building.

Back to the hotel around 17:30.

Optional Dinner.

Accommodation in B & B at Hotel 4* Standard in Havana like the ones mentioned previously or at Guesthouse.

B( breakfast included)

08:30 Breakfast.

09:30 Entrance to the Cuba Fine Arts Museum, particular to the Art Cuban collection Hall, explanation by a specialist. Continue to Colon Cemetery, one of the most historical cemetery of the world and the most significant in Latin American with more of 500 mausoleums, chapels and family vaults; visit some of the most relevant mansions of the Vedado on Paseo Avenue, President Avenue, 17 Street between others, visit the University of Havana, the Coppelia building, the Rampa, the first Hilton built outside USA in the fifties, the Museum of Decorative Arts and the Napoleonic Museum.

14:00 Optional Luncheon.

15:00 Then go to nearby Miramar and Siboney counties, visit the National School of Fine Arts considered the building more representative of the architecture trend in the sixties in Cuba, visit the Jaimanita and the art project known as Fusterlandia created by the painter Jose Fuster in Jaimanita.

19:00 Back to the Hotel.

Free evening.

Accommodation in B & B at Hotel 4* Standard in Havana like the ones mentioned previously or at Guesthouse.

B ( breakfast included)

08:00 Breakfast.

09:00 Visit the Private Art Galleries of famous contemporary painters in Cuba like Zaida del Rio and others (depending on the ones available at the time).

10:00 Visit the Yoruba Association of Cuba, learn about the influence of the African culture into the Cuban pictorial art.

11:00 Visit el Callejon de Hamel (Hamel Alley), the epicenter to the Cuban Afro-Culture, to be in contact with a very original street art gallery and Rumba dance (recommended for Sundays when performance is available).

13:00 Luncheon at La California.

After lunch visit Marianao and Cerro neighborhood, appreciate the architecture and Houses from the late XIX and early XX Century.

Back to the hotel.

20:00 Dinner at Family Restaurant El Cocinero.

After dinner going to the Art Factory Art X Alfonso, a factory which was abandoned since at least 30 years by now, and recently by the private initiative of artist like X Alfonso and other famous artist in Cuba has been converted into a popular artist project, probably the center of culture activity in Havana at this time, where films are exhibited, arts showing, conferences being offered.

Accommodation in B & B at Hotel 4* Standard in Havana like the ones mentioned previously or at Guesthouse.

B, L, D( breakfast,lunch and dinner included)

Breakfast

At the time needed, Transfer Out to Havana international airport to take flight out of the country.

B( breakfast included)

 

END OF SERVICES


Included:

Accommodation in B & B as indicated in the Program.

Meet and Greeting at the Airport.

Private Transfer In.

Tour Guide in full command of English and/or other foreign language for the whole staying in Cuba.

All the tours as indicate with the Entrances pointed out in the Program, with explanation of Specialist when mention.

Private Transportation for all the tours.

Luncheons and Dinners as indicated.

Transfer Out.

Not included:

Airfare.

Tourist Visa.

Medical Insurance.

Services not mentioned in the Program.


Guesthouses Havana
rent house havana

Our team of travel experts personally review each property. Old Havana is the city-center. it has been one of UNESCOs World Heritage sites, where there are major attractions of the country, a symbol of a culture. Havana is where you can connect with Cubans from every walk of life, is an exhilarating place, but we also have houses all over the country. Our team carefully reviews all our inventory the best houses that fit the program, providing comfort and safety to all our visitors.

Capitanes Generales Museum
Capitanes Generales Museum

Museum located in the old Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, opposite the Plaza de Armas. It is the representative city museum. Its more than thirty rooms exhibit valuable collections of plastic, decorative and utilitarian objects that recreate the historical and cultural evolution habanera arts. The main entrance to City Museum overlooking the street Tacon, between Bishop and orelly. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30 p.m. to 5.00 a.m.

Colon Cemetery
colon cemetery havana

The Colon Cemetery, or more fully in the Spanish language Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón, was founded in 1876 in the Vedado neighbourhood of Havana, Cuba on top of Espada Cemetery. Colon Cemetery is one of the great historical cemeteries of the world, and is generally held to be the most important in Latin America in historical and architectural terms… Wikipedia

Callejón de Hamel
Callejon de hammel habana

Salvador Gonzáles Escalona on April 21, 1990 started with murals and sculptures in the street Callejón de Hamel, near University of Havana. For sculptures he used scrap objects like bathtubs, hand pumps, pin wheels etc., and for the murals he used different kind of available paint, including car enamel; the street was transformed from a slum area to an enthusiastic Afro-Cuban centre. Today there are workshops for young Cuban children to learn painting. Every Sunday there are rumba performances, and every Friday Cuban music in the street.

El Cocinero Bar/restaurant
el cocinero bar restaurant

The open space at El Cocinero is fully integrated with the dynamic activity of contemporary popular cultural center Fábrica de Arte Cubano. El Cocinero is a cool and trendy bar located in Vedado in the building close to the iron bridge with the big chimney. This place has a renovated industrial space look, good music, nice décor and has attracted a mixed crowd of affluent young Cubans.

 

havana highlight

Attractions Havana

  • ✓ Museum National of Bellas Artes
  • ✓ Museum of the Revolucion
  • ✓ Napoleonic museum
  • ✓ Museum of Chocolate
  • ✓ Museum of the Rum Havana Club
  • ✓ Pharmacy Museum
  • ✓ Museum of the City
  • ✓ Hemingway Museum Finca Vigia
  • ✓ Scale model of Havana
  • ✓ Museum of Guanabacoa
  • ✓ National Museum of Decorative Arts
  • ✓ Wilfredo Lam Center

Churches and convents

  • ✓ Havana Cathedral
  • ✓ Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi
  • ✓ Church of Paula
  • ✓ Church of the Merced
  • ✓ Our Lady of Kazan Orthodox Cathedral
  • ✓ Church of Jesus de Miramar
  • ✓ Holy Spirit Church
  • ✓ St. Christ of Good Trip Church

Nightlife

  • ✓ Cañonazo ceremony
  • ✓ Marti Theather(programmed function)
  • ✓ Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso (programmed function)
  • ✓ National Theather(programmed function)
  • ✓ Bertolt Brecht Cultural Center (programmed function)
  • ✓ Tropicana Cabaret
  • ✓ Havana Cafe, Melia Cohiba
  • ✓ Parisien Cabaret National Hotel
  • ✓ Havana Cafe, Melia Cohiba

Restaurants >>>>

  • Art Cafe Aguiar
  • Porto Havana
  • Cafe Espada
  • La Guarida
  • Habana 61
  • Donde Lis
  • San Cristóbal
  • Mediterráneo
  • Café Laurent
  • Los Nardos