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Free Tour of Colonial Havana
Activities in Havana

Free Tour of Colonial Havana

  • Free
  • English English
  • 3 hours

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.

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.

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.

More Information

Duration

3 hours.

Language English

The tour includes an English speaking guide, but the tour can sometimes be carried out in two languages.

Included

English and Spanish speaking guide.

When to book?

Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.

If there are still places available, you can book until the previous day (local time in Havana).

Ticket

Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.

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.

If you still have more questions, check out our section on frequently asked questions. If you need help to book an activity or have any enquiries, please contact us.

Accessibility

Yes

Free!

Meeting point

Fuente de la India.

Cancellations

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

When the minimum number of participants (2) is not reached, we will contact you to offer you other alternatives.