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Activities in Havana

Free Tour of Colonial Havana

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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.

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.
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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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Covid-19 Measures

All of our providers comply with recommendations to avoid the spread of Covid-19. Please check local restrictions before traveling. Show more

Tours or activities will not consist of more than 20 people per group.

A safe distance of one metre between clients will be maintained whenever possible.

The use of masks is obligatory. Masks will be given to those clients who do not have their own.

Alcohol gel will be available before, during, and after the service.

All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear a mask throughout its duration.

All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear gloves throughout its duration.

Handing out of printed material such as maps or brochures will be avoided.

It is mandatory to present a complete vaccination certificate. The vaccine must be accepted in the country of activity.

The transport used will be disinfected before and after each service and deep-cleaned every 24 hours.

The capacity of all means of transport will be reduced to 50% of their maximum capacity.

At monuments, museums and attractions, the maximum permitted capacity will be a 50% of the total maximum capacity.

Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.

Alcoholic drinks are not available.

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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.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.

Accessibility

Wheelchair accessible. This must be indicated in the reservation.

Sustainability

All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code. Specifically, this activity applies the following practices: Show more

Printed material is avoided.

No single-use plastics are used.

The activity helps the dissemination of local cultural heritage.

The activity helps vulnerable groups.

The activity helps to promote peace.

The activity promotes local production.

No printing of documentation required.

Promotes local employment.

Has a gender equality policy.

Has a carbon footprint offset policy.

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Pet-friendly?

Not permitted.

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

Where does the activity end?

Fuente de la India.

Plaza de Armas

Where does the activity end?

Plaza de Armas