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Overnight: Hotel Presidente, Riviera, Plaza, Havana Libre or similar
Leaving the countryside, we head to Havana and arrive to the old city for an eye-opening walking tour of Havana Vieja, also known as Colonial or Old Habana • We stroll down Obispo Street and visit historic sites of revolution and colonialism such as the Museo de la Cuidad, the Plaza de Armas, and the Catedral de San Cristóbal de La Habana • As we walk, we learn more of Havana’s turbulent past of plundering privates and affluent colonials as well as the Cubans of today, many who have come to the busy city with hopes for the future • After lunch in a scrumptious Paladar, we have more time to explore this fascinating city • There’s the large art and craft market of Mercado San Jose, the Museum of Belles Artes with an impressive collection from around the globe, lively neighborhoods, and the seafront Malecon where lovers wander • In the evening we celebrate our week together with a fine farewell dinner at one of Havana’s best paladars • If you’re worn out from our busy day, feel free to find your way to our evening’s accommodations • If, however, you’re feeling the infectious energy of the city, you might want to visit Fábrica des Artes, where the best of Cuba’s avant-garde art can be experienced, or for a more low-key experience, head to UNEAC (The Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba) for an evening bolero and other signing performances.
Hotel Presidente: The Roc Presidente Hotel is located in the center of Cuba, 200 meters away from its famous pier and built in the once tallest building of the capital, with Cuban colonial inspiration and historical pieces of art in its interiors.
Hotel Riviera: The ‘Riviera’ as it’s known locally, is a veritable 50s museum. Its convenient location on Havana’s emblematic seafront promenade (Malecon), with the Miramar, Vedado and Old Havana neighborhoods within striking distance, speaks for itself.
Hotel Plaza: Surrounded by the Museum of Fine Arts, the Bar Floridita, the Capitolio, Central Park and more of Havana’s top sights, Hotel Plaza offers a wonderful accommodation in a location that can’t be beat. Hotel Havana Libre: The Hotel Habana Libre is one of the biggest hotels in Cuba and one of the more emblematic of Havana City; it’s located in 23 and L streets, Vedado, a few meters from the Malecón. This 4 star hotel is a jewel of the urban design and boasts the best view in Havana City.