Your introduction to the city is a guided walking tour of Old Havana. The streets of La Habana Vieja were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982, and the subsequent restoration of this part of town has transformed it into arguably Latin America's finest colonial quarter, in marked contrast to the rambling, potholed streets and crumbling façades around it.
Stroll along the cobbles, between grand, pastel-hued mansions and bustling street life; music seeps out of every doorway and the narrow streets are clogged with gargantuan, crumbling 1950s American cars, which you will have the option of hopping into and cruising down the Malecón. You'll have trouble keeping your camera by your side as iconic images flash before you round each and every corner.
Enjoy a home-cooked dinner in a typical Cuban home (paladar). Afterwards, if you like, you might choose to visit vibrant Café Taberna in Old Havana for music and dance epitomising the nostalgia and lively Caribbean spirit of Cuba. On arrival, enjoy a welcome cocktail to kick start your night as the music gets underway, calling to mind the 1950s and featuring one-time resident mambo king Beny Moré. Talented dancers exuding charisma and flair will accompany the band to complete a quintessentially Cuban scene.