It’s time to think about what to do once you arrive in the colorful port of Havana, Cuba. Many cruise lines offer what they call "guided tours". But here at Azamara Club Cruises®, we call them Cruise Global, Connect Local(SM) shore excursions because that's exactly what they are: onshore experiences that deliver authentic people to people connections.
Fortunately, we've made your decision-making process easy with these exciting on shore excursion experiences. Follow in Hemingway’s footsteps, or forge your own path as you wander the historic cobblestone streets of the city’s old quarter. Discover the sights, sounds and tastes of Havana aboard your choice of panoramic bus tour, laid-back motor coach or from the driver’s seat of a classic American car. No matter your choice, our Cuba shore excursions are guaranteed to provide you with a truly immersive experience.
Best of Havana
Come along for a full-day, all-encompassing trip through Havana, as you spend eight hours exploring the city’s, sprawling cemetery, notable square, artsy neighborhoods, artisan market, literary connections and authentic cuisine. You’ll first make a stop at Colon Cemetery, where more than 500 famous Cuban filmmakers, politicians and baseball players rest in peace under marble gravestones. Admire local artist Jose Rodriguez Fuster’s brightly hued sculptures in the Fusterlandia neighborhood and then indulge in a delicious Cuban lunch.
Your panoramic bus tour leads you to Finca Vigia, the former “lookout house” of American novelist Ernest Hemingway, as well as Revolution Square, where you’ll hear about the country’s large-scale political rallies. Travel past the National Capitol Building and through the center of Old Havana in route to the Almacenes San José, a craft market built in 1885 where you can shop for leather goods, ceramic pieces, ornamental items, guayaberas, paintings and Afro-Cuban instruments. This daylong adventure delivers a comprehensive overview of Cuba’s capital city — and is a must-do for all travelers coming to Cuba for the first time.
Easy Panoramic Havana
Sit back, relax and get ready to see Havana in the comfort of an air-conditioned motor coach on a trip that includes photo stops at a religious sculpture, political building, sprawling Plaza de la Revolución, stately fortresses and more. Your three-hour bus tour begins with a cruise along El Malecón, Havana’s 8-kilometerlong seaside esplanade, which has long served as a popular gathering place for locals. While standing in Plaza de la Revolución, you’ll hear stories of the many large-scale political rallies held here.
Moving on, you’ll pass by Fusterlandia, a vibrant arts complex bedecked with colorful mosaics hand-made by Jose Fuster, one of Cuba’s iconic artists. You’ll then embark on a tour of El Capitolio, the National Capitol Building that served as seat of the Cuban Congress until 1959, before stopping by El Morro Castle. Built in 1589, this hilltop fortress guards the entrance to the bay in Havana. Finally, marvel El Cristo del la Habana, a large marble sculpture representing Jesus of Nazareth created by Cuban sculptor Jilma Madera.
Havana By Classic American Car
Venture back to 1950’s Cuba as you hop in a vintage, bubble-gum-colored American automobile for a panoramic ride to a historic luxury Havana hotel and along the quintessential Malecón waterfront, before enjoying a photo stop at sprawling Plaza de la Revolución. Kick off this three-hour road trip by hopping in a classic Yank tank the likes of Pontiac, Chevrolet and Cadillac for an exciting journey through Havana’s bustling Vedado district. Your dedicated driver will first make a stop at the historic Hotel Nacional de Cuba, where you can stroll, enjoy views of the bay, glimpse photos of the hotel’s famous guests — Frank Sinatra, Ernest Hemingway, and Winston Churchill included — and sip an authentic Cuban cocktail.
Then it’s on to cruise in classic style along the famous Malecón strip, one of Havana’s most legendary thoroughfares that winds through the upscale Miramar neighborhood along the bay. Your final stopover lands you at Plaza de la Revolución, one of the world’s largest squares where Cuba’s most important political rallies have occurred. On the ride back to your ship, enjoy passing glimpses of more notable Havana landmarks: the tranquil green spaces of El Bosque de la Habana and Paseo del Prado, named after the famous street in Spain; El Capitolio, where the Cuban Congress convened until 1959; and Plaza San Francisco, home to a 16th-century basilica and monastery.
Explore the literary connections between Cuba and the late American novelist Ernest Hemingway on a dynamic four-hour tour that offers the chance to see where he lived, fished, dined and sipped his favorite cocktails. Your day begins with a short coach ride south of Havana to the small, working-class town of San Francisco de Paula to see the Finca Vigía. From the exterior of this fully restored “lookout house,” where Hemingway lived and worked for 20 years, a specialized guide will offer background on the residence where the celebrated author penned some of his famous works, including For Whom the Bell Tolls and Old Man and the Sea.
You’ll then delight in a panoramic bus tour through the old fishing village of Cojimar, where you’ll see a monument dedicated to Hemingway shortly after his death in 1961 — listen along as a special guest delivers a bit of history on Hemingway and the Cuban connection in front of the monument. Stop by the nearby La Terraza de Cojimar, a favorite dining establishment of Hemingway’s, to enjoy their sweet Don Gregorio cocktail, before venturing past Havana’s popular Malecón waterfront esplanade and into the older part of the city. At La Floridita, a former hangout of the writer, you can peruse literary memorabilia and see the life-size bronze statue of Hemingway. A walk by Obispo Street to Hotel Ambos Mundos, where Hemingway lived for seven years in the 1930s, will be included before returning by foot to the ship — for an additional fee, you can opt to view his hotel room before independently returning to port.
Old Havana City Sightseeing
The city-center of Havana is jam-packed with timeworn fortresses, grandiose government buildings, historic squares, notable cemeteries and a vibrant local arts and handicrafts scene. On this four-hour bus ride you’ll see them all and more with an exciting exploration of Cuba’s capital city. You’ll begin at Morro Castle, a stately fortress named after three Biblical magi, before admiring Cuban sculptor Jilma Madera’s Cristo de la Habana statue, which keeps watch over the bay. At the 18th-century La Cabaña, you’ll see the third largest citadel in the Americas. Enjoy a passing glimpse of El Capitolio, an imposing building that served as the seat of Cuban government until 1959, and then stop for photos in Plaza de la Revolución, site of many Cuban political rallies and Fidel Castro speeches.
During your walking portion through the Colon Cemetery, You’ll hear of the country’s famous filmmakers, politicians and baseball players in their final resting place. After a drive down the seaside esplanade of El Malecón, you’ll arrive at Almacenes San José, a market where you can shop for leather goods, ceramics, ornamental items, art, and other handicrafts.
Old Havana Heritage Walking Tour
Discover Havana’s captivating history and cultural charms on a half-day adventure that includes a guided walking tour through the city’s old quarter. Alongside your informative guide, head out on foot along the cobblestone streets of Old Havana, where you’ll explore four of the district’s iconic squares: Plaza San Francisco de Asis is known for its white marble lion-featured fountain; Plaza de Armas is Havana’s oldest square, dating back to the late 1700s; Plaza Vieja vaunts eclectic architecture; and Plaza de la Catedral is home to one of the oldest cathedrals in the Americas.
To add some flavor to the day, you’ll stop by the Havana Club Museum, a renowned rum producer whose facilities are housed in a renovated 18th-century Colonial townhouse. Take a fully guided tour of the cooper shop, fermentation and distillery rooms while learning how the team of Maestros Roneros (master rum-makers) transforms fresh sugarcane into their premium rums. Savor a sample of their finest products before heading back to your ship to cast away from this captivating “Isle of Rum”.