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Private Tour

Eclectic Old Havana

A journey into the eccentric underbelly of Havana's cultural treasures
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Things to know

Duration:

4 hrs

Suitable for:

Couples, Family, Friends

Private Tour:

You and our own professional guide. 100% exclusive

Tickets included:

Tickets for the Casa de AfricaMuseo 28 SeptiembreMuseo de NaipesMuseo del Automóvil and Museo Numismático are included

Type of tour:

Walking tour – no transport costs are included. Your guide will help you get around on the day.

Other inclusions:

Free concierge service if you need any advice

Meeting points: The middle of the Plaza de la Catedral

What makes this tour special

·        Appreciate the undervalued cultural nooks of Havana
·        Imagine yourself a Cuban in the Museo 28 Septiembre
·        Learn about the religion of Santeria at the Casa de Africa
·        Enjoy coins and cards at the Museo Numismático and the Museo de Naipes
·        Appreciate classic cars at the Museo del Automóvil

The Old City of Havana has much to offer the curious traveller but, even though Cuba is becoming increasingly popular as a destination each year, the city retains a staunchly independent soul. Go with your personal tour seeing everything from cars to cards on a brief trip to some of these cultural spots.

Coins and Committees

Cuba might have followed its own economic path since the 1950’s but Havana’s banking past remains evident in the Museo Numismático. Built in the late 19th century, the building hosts a selection of artefacts – from lottery tickets 1000 American gold coins– that show Cuba’s financial history over the centuries. Formerly occupied by the Monte de Piedad Bank, it now reportedly has the ghostly presence of a white-clothed woman wearing colonial dress.

Going across the street with take you to the Museo 28 Septiembre. Celebrating the Comites de la Defensa de la Revolución, it highlights the role which these neighbourhood-based groups play in modern Cuba. 

Cars, Cards and Orishas

Stepping inside the Casa de Africa brings you into touch with Cuba’s own Afro-Cuban religion: Santeria. With roots going back to the island’s slave plantations, this religion based on the beliefs of Africans before they were taken across the ocean. Escaping persecution by synchronising its divinities – who mediated between humans and the creator-god Olofi – with Christian saints, it now has a strong presence on the ostensibly atheist island most of its practitioners call home. 

Although Havana is now well-known for the classic cars imported before the 1950’s Revolution, the Museo del Automóvil shows the best of the best. Displaying 50 vehicles, dating from 1905 to the fall of the Berlin Wall, there is also an impressive collection of Harley Davidsons for motorcycle lovers. 

A short walk with your guide takes you to the Museo de Naipes, your guide will help you pore through a stupendous collection holding over 2000 sets of playing cards, as well as some printing machines used to make them.   

What you'll see

Museo 28 Septiembre
Devoted to the nationwide local committees which safeguard Cuba’s revolutionary development
Museo Numismático
Much-loved establishment where items from Cuba’s financial past abound
Museo de Naipes
Museum where you can see a diverse range of playing cards, as well as the machines used to make them
Museo del Automóvil
A collection of historic cars that emphasises the special Cuban relationship with vehicles
Casa de Africa
Small museum devoted to Afro-Cuban and African culture

FAQ

QWill there be other people on the tour or is it just us?
AAll of our tours are 100% private and exclusive, which means that it will just be you, your group and your guide on the tour.

Your tour will be completely tailored to your needs and we will make sure to find a guide that best suits your group.
QAre entrance tickets and transport included in the cost of the tour?
AIn the ‘Things to Know’ section at the top of this page you will find details of whatever entrance tickets and transport are included in the tour. If you have any questions about this, then you can either use the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, send an email to <hello@touriocity.com> or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QWhat is your cancellation policy?
AOn tours cancelled more than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are happy to offer our customers a full refund - minus a 5% credit card fee and the cost of any tickets that have been purchased.

For tours cancelled less than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are unfortunately unable to offer refunds. If you would like to reschedule a tour, this is usually possible if we are given enough notice, but we cannot guarantee the same guide.

Changes made to bookings may be subject to rebooking fees to cover the cost of tickets purchased, transport, guide rescheduling and administration.

To cancel or change your booking, please contact us at <hello@touriocity.com> or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QWho do I contact if I have any questions about this tour or if I want to make changes to my tour?
AAt Touriocity, we provide a free concierge service to help you plan your time abroad and they will be able to answer any questions you may have about this tour or any other tours. We are normally able to customise or personalise tours to suit your needs.

Please do get in touch by either using the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, sending an email to <hello@tourioicity.com> or calling 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QAm I able to book more than one tour?
AAbsolutely, you can book as many tours as you like! You can add them to your cart by clicking the ‘Book Now’ button or you can get in touch and we can put together an itinerary for you. To get in touch, you can either use the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, send an email to <hello@touriocity.com> or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).

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