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PROGRAM RECREATING THE HISTORY OF HAVANA ABOUT 50 YEARS BASED ON A HOTEL
THAT IS AN HISTORICAL JEWEL IN HAVANA, CAPRI. INDICATED FOR SHORT ESCAPES TO HAVANA
Note. Depending on the time of the in/out flightS they would alternate and accommodate the order of activities.
Arrival at the "José Martí" International Airport in Havana. Transfer directly from the airport by bus ,from arrival guests enjoy the city. Arrival at the Hotel Nh Capri. The Hotel Capri was inaugurated on November 27, 1957. The inauguration was attended by the very famous mafia man Santo Trafficante. It was operated by two other known gangsters: Nicolás Di Costanzo and Charles Turin. It was one of the largest casino hotels during the heyday of the Mafia in Havana in the 50s.
The extraordinary location of the hotel in the heart of Vedado and its proximity to the capital's seawall makes it one of the favorites especially because it retains (like few ones) the classic style of the 50s. Upon arrival at the hotel we will transfer back to the time making a tour that we call Capri tour, in this tour we will tell you anecdotes and unique legends related to the gait of the actor and gangster George Raft, hired to be the public image of the hotel club during his gangster days in Cuba. We will visit the ancient casino of Capri place that had two ways to attract players, one was the presence of the famous American actor George Raft and the other was his famous Red Hall (Salon Rojo) cabaret where international stars such as Tony Martin and Liberace came to play. We will also visit the rooftop pool that can be seen in the first scenes of Carol Reed's movie "Our man in Havana" and the Russian film "I am Cuba." Before moving on to the rooms, we will invite you to lunch in what was the Suite of the well-known gangster Mayer Lansky, nowadays converted into the La Florentina Restaurant, specialized in Italian food. Rest time at the hotel. Free night.
Note: According to the time of arrival at the hotel we would do Capri Tour and dinner at the Florentina at night
Breakfast at the hotel
Departure in classic cars for city tour, you will travel to the Miramar area, 5th avenue and boardwalk area to Old Havana, there we stop at the Riviera Hotel, current National Monument which was once the best luxury hotel in the city and where American mobster Mayer Lansky establishes his command in Havana, after a series of alliances in Las Vegas, upon arriving at the hotel lobby we enjoy a cocktail in his bar El Elegante. We continue in classic cars along the boardwalk to Old Havana , we visit a place where rum and tobacco pairing is done, walk through the four squares of Havana and enjoy a tour of the history of the city and its people. Cuban Creole lunch in the famous Bodeguita del Medio will be planed. Return to hotel and leisure
On foot we go to the National hotel, another historical jewel of the city related to the time from whose garden you enjoy the best view of the city
Time to relax in the Gulf View bar where the client will be attracted by the personalities who have visited the place, there are preserved images of when Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra among others frequented the imposing building. Enjoy dinner at the Gourmet Restaurant Aguiar and return to the hotel or organize a tour of the Vedado area where you are staying, considered the bohemian neighborhood of Havana in the 50s.
Breakfast at the hotel
Departure for guided tour of the modern part of the city including 23rd Street, Linea Street, full of stories related to the time, the university area where brave young people of the time faced the government of the island in the decade 50, also the emblematic Revolution Square
Lunch in a modern Havana site that, for its decoration and surroundings, recalls the vintage style of the 50s with a collection of objects from the period
Return to the hotel and free time
Transfer for dinner and show at the Cabaret Tropicana. Since its inauguration in 1939, Cabaret has not stopped working, constantly reaffirming and renewing itself based on Cuban culture. It has become an identifying product of the country and of the Cuban's own sensuality.
Its most significant emblems are two sculptures, made by renowned artists: "Dancer" (Rita Longa, 1950) and "The Fountain of the Muses" (Aldo Gamba, 1952). The shows have taken elements of dance (classical and folk) , of music, circus art and plastic to form an own and subjugating style.
Free morning for last souvenir purchases and choice of the best photos of the trip
Cocktail and farewell tapas with animation of the time at Hotel Capri
Transfer to Havana airport or to continue a program in another tourist area in Cuba.