Tour of Modern Havana
Some imagine that Havana only boasts buildings of beautifully faded grandeur, but modern Havana provides a wider and fascinating contrast
Many visitors instantly recognise Old Havana's unique architecture as something to explore and cherish. But Havana is a city of two intriguing and distinctive halves: the old and the new. By new we refer the more modern architecture that followed colonial times, built in a time period spanning between the 1900s and the 1960s. With this excursion visitors can also enjoy getting to know Havana's more modern facade - a bright city of impressive Art Deco, Neoclassical, Eclectic and Modernist buildings.
While many cities ended up demolishing architecture built in the modernist era, in Cuba they remain, peacefully coexisting with other eclectic building styles. In fact Cuba is home to some of the finest examples of Art Deco palaces and mansions, marking outstanding architectural milestones of this art movement. This excursion presents the best opportunity to see Havana's exquisite modernist heritage in all its splendour.
Discover New Districts
The tour of the modern part of the city takes in all the key areas of Havana, including the neighbourhoods of Centro Habana, Cerro, Vedado. These districts offer a wide range of interesting sights and are simply the best places in which to come to appreciate the daily lives of the residents of modern Havana.
A Revolutionary Capital
Architecture is an art and sometimes art is revolutionary. Visits on this tour include stops at some historic landmark constructions of revolutionary appeal. One of these is the Capitol Building, or El Capitolio, which housed the Cuban Congress until the Revolution in 1959 which made it home to the Cuban Academy of Sciences and the National Library of Science and Technology. After a thorough refurbishment processes it is expected to become the new house of the Cuban Parliament. The superb columns and domed tower make it an architecturally impressive building that is certainly much grander and richer in detail than its slightly smaller version in Washington DC,. You will also visit the famous Revolution Square while the buildings that house The University of Havana and the vast Hotel Nacional also make memorable stops of the tour.
Magnificent Museums and Sights
To finish off the excursion you'll be visiting one of the following to round up your experience: Museo Napoleonico (Napoleon's Museum), Museo de la Danza (Dance Museum), Museo de las Artes Decorativas (Decorative Arts Museum), Memorial Jose Marti or Cementerio de Colon (Christopher Columbus Cemetery).
Napoleon's Museum, founded in 1961, houses over 8,000 important artefacts from the time of the French Revolution to the Second Empire. It is magnet for admirers of military memorabilia from around the world. The Dance Museum is home to the personal collection of the word famous ballet dancer Alicia Alonso, who founded the National Ballet of Cuba and brought her artistry to an admiring world. The Decorative Arts Museum is yet another fascinating museum set in a former private residence and packed with delights, from Chippendale antiques to Art Deco objets d'art.
The Jose Marti Memorial comprises a series of monuments located on the northern side of the Revolution Square, all of which are dedicated to the national hero and fighter, Jose Marti. There is a huge statue of Jose Marti surrounded by six columns and a magnificent star-shaped tower. Built in 1939 the exterior architecture is worthy of admiration and once inside the main tower you can visit the memorial on the ground floor or climb up to one of the highest floors to get a bird's eye view of Havana.
The Christopher Columbus Cemetery is one of the great historical cemeteries of the world with over 500 major mausoleums, chapels, and vaults. One uniquely wonderful attraction is the Scale Model of the City. The model is truly a work of art which took nine designers, model makers and architects 11 years to build.
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Enjoy a colourful blend of exceptional Cuban entertainment with a visit to the Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana (more commonly referred to as La Cabana) where you will witness a ceremony dating back to colonial times and which signalled the official curfew and closure of the gates in the city wall. After that you will be taken to enjoy delicious mojitos in La Bodeguita del Medio and you will finish off your tour with the best Cuban-Latin jazz musicians in the emblematic La Zorra y el Cuervo jazz club. This tour combines some of the most fantastic aspects of Cuba in one. The Jazz and Tradition excursion is memorable in every way and a must-do, particularly for true jazz lovers. Dig the roots of Cuban culture by exploring authentic venues hosting events that you will not want to miss.
There is no place on earth quite like the Tropicana Cabaret. It is a haven of dancing beauties, dazzling lights and enthralled guests, all set in an enticing six acres of tropical grounds. Legends have sung and danced here, visitors have flocked here from all over the world since the cabaret's creation in1939 and still the Tropicana continues to attract fun-loving guests, thanks to its dynamic shows, beautiful dancers, and unparalleled reputation.
Take an alternative look at the wonderful, historic city of Havana with this fascinating day tour, combining the highlights of the capital with the tranquillity and serene natural beauty of Cuba's National Botanical Gardens. Contrasting with the busy metropolis, the gardens offer visitors a fantastic opportunity to discover a wealth of natural treasures and the green side of Havana.
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