Free tour

"The birth of a nation."

Duration: 2h and 45min
Languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian
Registered on March 17, 2021

Hello Walkers, my name is Luis Manuel, guide with more than 20 years of experience. I speak English, French and Italian. Trained in tourism and Cuban travel agencies I invite you to be part of an adventure with my Tour: the birth of a nation a return to old Havana that will bring you back to the present of a country with many difficulties and many dreams yet to be realized . A country that strives to show that a better world is possible. I invite you to get to know old Havana, walk its old streets, learn about its best children and also its misfortunes. Very important!!! The Tours are organized by languages: Monday and Tuesday English. Wednesday and Thursday French Friday and Saturday Italian. This is not an impediment to personalizing the Tours to suit your time and enjoyment. Don't hesitate to contact me.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Come with me and I'll show you the city like no one has before

I will tell you about the birth of a nation , how Havana became the capital of Cuba , besieged by famous and ruthless pirates. I will tell you about the conquistadors and how Havana became the key to the New World.

I will show you how its history and its present intertwine indefinitely .
Land of sugar cane, tobacco and rum. Land of mambo, cha cha cha and salsa, but also land of betrayals and revolutions.
We start in the parade ground. We are right in front of the old La Real Fuerza fortress, now a maritime museum that shows treasures found on the seabed: silver coins. Galleons, sailboats that sailed the Atlantic in search of a new world full of riches.
On the dome of the fortress the statuette of the Giraldilla has become a symbol of the city.

We continue with the Templete, an ancient Greco-Roman temple with samples of old canvases by Jean Baptiste Vermay, French artist, creator of the San Alejandro Painting Academy, showing the first founding mass of the city. Hotel Santa Isabel, former Palace of the Counts of Santovenia, testimony of the first aerostatic flights on the island. The city museum, the former Palace of the Captains General and the beautiful main square. We continue along Oficios Street to the Plaza de San Francisco de Asís near the old port of Havana. We will stop to admire old palaces converted into hostels. Old square and its 18th century mansions; its most illustrious inhabitants. Bars, cafes and private restaurants with excellent traditional and international dishes. Cathedral Square and Bodeguita del Medio. Pass along Obispo Street to conclude in the Central Park.

The squares and their surroundings tell old anecdotes. Lies and Truths about Cuba . Cuba Real and Cuba Mediatica.

  • Main Square.
  • San Francisco Square
  • old square
  • Cathedral Square
  • Central Park

You can also see the National Capitol and the Great Theater of Havana.

You can also ask whatever you want, I will help you.

Meet me just outside the entrance to the La Real Fuerza fortress today the Maritime Museum.
I will be dressed in blue and a red shirt.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    4MR2+C4R, O'Reilly, La Habana, Cuba
    4MR2+C4R, O'Reilly, La Habana, Cuba
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    I will be at the entrance to the Royal Force Fortress. blue pants dress, red t-shirt.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Plaza Vieja
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Catedral de San Cristóbal de La Habana
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Templo de San Francisco
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Malecón de Habana
  • 5
    Outside visit
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Calle Obispo
  • 7
    Outside visit

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Yvette 08 Feb 2024

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Travelled in couple - Feb 2024
Un grand moment d'échange de qualité Très à l'écoute et professionel Nous recommandons fortement
Martino 27 Mar 2023
Busto Arsizio

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2023
Luis Manuel è un ottima guida per Havana! Ci ha spiegato tutta la storia della città e della nazione in modo completo e divertente. È molto appassionato e lo trasmette in questo giro interessante dei luoghi più importanti della città vecchia
Rosalba 09 Mar 2023

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2023
Luis è molto preparato, ci ha riferito tantissime informazioni facendoci comprendere meglio la storia e le radici della nazione! Utilissimo per chi vuole approfondire l’evoluzione storica di Cuba dai primi anni ad oggi!
Giulia 13 Feb 2023

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Travelled in couple - Feb 2023
Luis Manuel is a GREAT guide, and an amazing person. Firstly, he speaks fluently Italian, French and English (beside Spanish), he is professional but super friendly and nice at the same time. He's super expert on the history of Cuba, he answered all our questions and curiosities, and we had some very deep and interesting discussions. We roughly had a 3 hours guide, but would have kept walking and chatting with him the whole day! He's number one, super recommended!!
ilaria 28 Jan 2023

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Travelled in couple - Jan 2023
Ottima guida
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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