You will be met at Havana Harbor port by your Ya’lla Tours private Cuban guide to begin your tour.
Start the day at Guarderia Padre Usera, a day care center for children ages 2 to 5, mostly of single mothers, many teenagers. We will meet the director Sister Theresa, as well as some of the teachers and kids. This will be a perfect place to leave some of the donations you have brought for children.
Take a walking tour around the historic center of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit Plaza Vieja and its surrounding art galleries. Continue to Plaza de San Francisco de Asis and the 16th-century Convento de San Francisco de Asis. one of the finest buildings from the colonial period. Visit the gallery on Plaza de Armas, featuring some of Cuba’s most prominent artists: Fabelo, Pedro Angel Martinez, Zaida del Rio, Pedro Pablo Oliva, Rancaño and more.
Lunch will be served at Cafe Oriente restaurant in Old Havana.
Learn about Cuban cigars at Palacio de la Artesania. Observe the traditional rolling technique and see a wide variety of premium Habanos. Tasting of cigars, as well as rum or espresso is available.
Walk on to Plaza de la Cathedral, where the most prominent building is the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception, seat of the Cardinal Archbishop of Havana. The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Christopher (San Cristóbal) and is also known as Cathedral of Saint Christopher. The construction of the cathedral was started by Jesuits in 1748 on the site of an earlier church and finished by Havana City in 1777. Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier famously described the cathedral as "music set in stone."
Visit the Experimental Graphic Workshop (El Taller) at Cathedral Square, where we will be welcomed by artists such as Julio Cesar Pena and Yamilis Brito. El Taller is more than Havana’s printmaking workshop. It is a school and most of all, an artistic institution that preserves and develops the sophisticated art of print making.
Stop for pictures outside El Capitolio Nacional (Capitol building). Built in 1929 as the Senate and House of Representatives, the colossal building is recognizable by its dome, which dominates the city's skyline.
End the Old Havana visit at the outdoor handicraft market.
Drive through the once fashionable residential area of Miramar, which retains its pre-revolution air of exclusivity. The beautiful houses are now used for embassies, commercial offices, and tourist development.
Drive on through Revolution Square, the administrative and political center of Cuba.
Return to Havana Port to rejoin your cruise.
This trip is conducted under a General License – Humanitarian project (section 515.575)
PLEASE NOTE: U.S. dollars, traveler's checks and credit cards are not accepted in Cuba.
If possible, exchange USD to CUC (Convertable Cuban Peso) on your cruise ship before arrival, in order to save time in port.