Upon arrival this afternoon (flight not included), your local Almaz Journeys representative will meet you outside for your private arrival transfer to your accommodations – either a casa particular or a choice of upscale full-service hotels.
Any trip to Cuba must begin with the majestic faded glory of Havana. Located on the northern coast of Cuba just 105 miles from the U.S., Havana was founded in the 16th century by the Spanish and quickly became a jewel in its New World holdings as a strategic trading stop between Spain and its colonies. The large number of Spanish colonial buildings in Old Havana are just one reason it is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
After check-in, you’ll meet your Cuban guide and driver to begin your exploration with an afternoon overview drive around Havana in a classic convertible car. Your introduction this afternoon will take you along the seafront boulevard (malecón), to Revolution Square, and past important landmarks including the impressive Bacardi building and numerous former Mafia haunts, as well as an essential stop at El Morro, the fortress at the mouth of the harbor.
Tonight begin your stay with a dinner reservation at one of our favorite privately-owned restaurants (paladares). (Cost of dinner not included.) We suggest after dinner heading over to Fabrica de Arte Cubano for a look inside of current Cuban art and culture.