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Plaza de la Revolucion

Square where mass rallies supporting the government occur beneath the watchful gaze of Che and Camilo

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Malecón
Esplanade along Havana’s northern coast which is very popular with local fishermen
Necrópolis de Colón
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Memorial José Marti
Impressive, and accessible, monument to the greatest of Cuba’s independence heroes
Capitolio
Immense Neo-Classical marble structure with a 92m dome
Monumento al Maine
Memorial to the American sailors who died when their ship, the USS Maine, exploded off Havana
Cigars
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Related Tours

Half-day Introduction to Castro's Havana
·        Drive across the Caribbean’s communist city in an open-top car
·        Walk on the site of anti-capitalist rallies in the Plaza de la Revolucion
·        Hear about Cuba’s version of the neighbourhood watch at the Museo 28 Septiembre
·        View the official portrayal of the fight against Fulgencio Batista in the Museo de la Revolucion
·        Visit Che’s old office at the Museo de Comandancia del Che

The history of Cuba during the second half of the twentieth century is one which is marked on the global political consciousness. The anomaly of a staunchly Communist country, with a revolution which had a distinctly Cuban flavour, in the Western Hemisphere attracted the world’s attention. Join your expert guide on a private tour around Havana in an open-top car to see the city’s most evocative sights.

Base of the Presidente

Arriving at the Plaza de la Revolucion, your guide will walk you around Cuba’s political hub pointing out the large images of revolutionaries on different ministries. The venue for mass rallies supporting the ruling Communist Party, the former Plaza Civica holds a special place for the Castros. There will also be a chance to walk around the 139m high Memorial José Marti which overlooks the Plaza. 

Standing Guard

Driving along the Avienda Carlos III to the Museo 28 Septiembre, you will see the official portrayal of the Comites de la Defensa de la Revolución. One of the odder features of Cuban life, this museum promotes this system where citizens report on their neighbours to the state as a cornerstone of Cuba. From there it is only a short drive to the Museo de la Revolucion. There is a great deal here to attract the curious history aficionados, both in Cuba’s story over the last half-century and how it is presented. Particular highlights of the museum include the actual Granma (which ferried revolutionaries from Mexico to Cuba), bullet-marks from a failed attempt to kill Batista and life-size waxworks of the Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos.

Over the Water

Passing under the Canal de Entrada, you will find yourself within the Spanish colonial bastion of San Carlos de la Cabaña. It was where Che set up his offices after taking Havana, and where he dealt with Batista’s captured officers. Going around the site, you will be able to see these offices in person as well as some personal items of Che in the museum dedicated to the Commandante.   

Half-day Introduction to the City of Revolutions
·        Be driven around Havana in an open-top car
·        Imagine past rallies at the Plaza de la Revolucion
·        Meet a Cuban founding father at the Memorial José Marti
·        See how American sailors are remembered at the Monumento al Maine
·        Walk around the characterful Museo de la Revolucion
·        Go inside the home of José Marti
·        Gaze on the stupendous scale of the Capitolio

While the Revolution of the 1950’s occupies a special place in the world’s perception of Cuba, the tale of the fight for independence from Spain is also worth telling. Go with your guide on a panoramic tour – in an open-top car – to learn about both struggles. 

Monuments and Rallies

Seeing the Plaza de la Revolucion brings Cuba’s unique political history to life. The setting for rallies, the heritage of the Communist Party is forcibly shown in the huge images of Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos gazing down from their respective government buildings. Your guide will also take you around the Memorial José Marti. Standing high above the city, and with an iconic white marble statue of Cuba’s national hero, the memorial actually predates Castro’s entry into Havana in 1959. Hear the curious tale of its construction before stepping back in the car for a drive around the Palacio de la Revolucion.

Memorials on the Malecón

Driving up the coast on the Malecón, your guide will be able to tell you the story of the decisive American intervention in the 3rd Cuban War of Independence at the Monumento al Maine. Erected to honor the memory of the American sailors who died when their ship exploded in Havana harbour, it has undergone many unplanned (by its designer) changes since its inauguration in 1925. Continuing the journey along the seafront, your guide will point out the Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta, where 8 medical students were executed by the Spanish in 1871.

Birthplaces and Palaces

Going into the heart of the Old City, you will visit the Museo de la Revolucion. A must-see for those who want to see how Communism is presented in one of the world’s few remaining Communist states, this former presidential palace has much to keep the curious occupied. Be sure to see the exhibits outside the Museum as well, especially the Granma – used by Fidel Castro to carry his supporters across from Mexico – which is now kept in its own pavilion. Then go with your guide to the Museo Casa Natal de José Marti, passing the Coche Mambi (a former presidential railway car) along the way. This small museum tells the story of the greatest of Cuba’s independence heroes in his birthplace; a thrilling tale that includes a youthful imprisonment, stirring prose and death in battle. From there your guide will take you to see the Capitolio; the grand neoclassical former site of Cuba’s Congress which could again be used for its lawmakers in the future.   
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