Panoramic Havana & Habana Compas Dance Company

  • Port

    Havana (La Habana), Cuba

  • Activity Level

    Moderate

  • Excursion Type

    All

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Cost

    USD USD USD

    Price between $101-$150
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 7 Hours

  • Meals Included

    Yes

Set out from the ship and visit El Cristo -- an impressive 55-foot-tall statue of Christ sculpted from Italian marble. This location provides beautiful photo opportunities of the statue and the Havana skyline.

Travel along the seaside by way of the famous El Malecon -- Havana's waterfront promenade. A short panoramic drive through modern Havana takes you to the Plaza de la Revolucion, where you'll hear stories of the many large-scale political rallies held here, and learn more about Cuba's national hero, Jose Marti. Take photos of the iron murals of Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos in Plaza de la Revolucion.

Next, get to know the locals who call the community art project of Fusterlandia their home. Fusterlandia is a uniquely colorful cultural arts complex created by Jose Fuster. Nicknamed the 'Picasso of the Caribbean', Fuster has turned his entire neighborhood into a mosaic playground in a style that is clearly influenced by Picasso, Gaudí, and his own Cuban culture. You'll feel like you're in a children's book, surrounded by fanciful ceramic creatures everywhere you look.

After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant, travel to the Habana Compas modern dance studios. This nearly all-female ensemble uses their hands, drumsticks, heels, wood slippers, claves, chairs and other items as instruments of percussion. Focused on blending the spirit of Spanish flamenco dance with Afro-Cuban rhythms and modern techniques, Habana Compas reflects the heart and soul of Cuban music and dance. Discover the history of African influenced instruments that have become integral to the Cuban sound before hearing about the life of a musician in Cuba from members of the performance group.

Drive through the Colon Cemetery, one of the largest cemeteries in the Caribbean, followed by a 45-minute stop at the church with free time to explore.

Notes:

Guests must negotiate a few steps to access Habana Compas. Guests who choose to visit the upstairs levels at Fusterlandia must negotiate numerous steps to access these areas.

Tour times are estimates and may be subject to change. Tours may run in different order to provide the best experience.

Regulation Notes Regarding Tours:Pursuant to November 8, 2017 changes in U.S. regulations with respect to People to People travel authorization to Cuba, guests who wish to disembark in Cuba and do not qualify for other categories of authorized travel must participate in either a full-time group People to People program sponsored by either Holland America Line or a third-party U.S. sponsoring organization.

After guests have completed their required full-time schedule of People to People activities, they are welcome to explore Cuba on their own or participate in evening HAL excursions (not designed to be People to People programs).

This tour is designed to be in compliance with People to People guidelines.