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Free Tour of Colonial Havana
Activities in Havana

Free Tour of Colonial Havana

9.40 / 10
301 reviews | 4,557 travellers
It was a very good experience, the guide gave us an insight into daily life in Havana and the history of the colonial part. He was clear, friendly, punctual and very friendly.
10 Monica Gonzalez

Delve into the history of the Cuban capital on this free walking tour of Havana. Discover the city's beautiful colonial architecture with an expert guide.

Discovering Havana's colonial architecture
El Capitolio in Havana
Free tour of colonial Havana

Free Tour of Colonial Havana

Having met up at 10:45 am at the Fuente de la India in front of the Saratoga Hotel, we'll begin our free walking tour of Havana's colonial architecture. Our first stop will be the famous Hotel Inglaterra, the oldest hotel in Cuba and a magnificent example of the city's late 19th century neoclassical architectural style.

From there, we'll head to the Gran Teatro de La Habana theatre and the most important building in the city, the Capitol, seat of the national assembly. We'll then continue to the Ursuline Palace, a Mudejar-style building that was home to one of the largest brothels in the city until the 1959 Revolution!

Our free walking tour will then take us down Calle Obispo, where we'll enter the old Johnson & Johnson Pharmacy to admire its striking historic decor, before stopping in Plaza de la Catedral to appreciate the baroque façade and towers of Havana Cathedral. This square is also home to a large number of elegant houses that belonged to colonial era landowners.

We'll next discover more of Havana's many pretty squares. In Plaza de San Francisco we'll get to see the church of the same name and the majestic Lonja del Comercio, the former stock exchange that dates back to 1909. After taking in the historic architecture of Plaza Vieja, we'll make our way to the Plaza de Armas, home to the Palace of the Captains General and El Templete, the monument to the founding of Havana 500 years ago.

After admiring the view of the La Cabaña and Morro Castle, a hilltop fortress built in the 16th century to guard the entrance to Havana Bay from pirates, our free walking tour will come to an end at 1:45 pm.

Groups

  • This free tour does not allow reservations for more than 6 people. If you are a larger group, please book our private tour of Havana instead.
  • Minors must be accompanied by an adult. The maximum allowed is three children per adult.

Covid-19 Measures

All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations regarding protective material and safety to help avoid the spread of Covid-19.

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Price

Free tours do not have a fixed price, rather each person offers the guide the amount they consider appropriate, depending on their level of satisfaction.

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Duration

3 hours.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in english, although it may occasionally be done in two languages.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in english, although it may occasionally be done in two languages.

Included

English and Spanish speaking guide.

When to book?

You can book up until 10 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Digital voucher

Show the voucher on your phone to take part in the activity.

Accessibility

Yes.

Pet-friendly?

No.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

    Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?

    A - This activity requires a minimum of 2 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.

If you have any other questions please contact us.

Free!

Free cancellation

If you are not able to attend the tour, please cancel your reservation, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.

Meeting point

Fuente de la India.