starts at 1:30 p.m.
ends at 5:30 p.m.
sights to see The Museum Diego Velazquez, the Terrace of Velazquez, the Cathedral of Santiago, Casa Granda,the Museum of Rum, the Museum of Carnival, Plaza Dolores and Enramadas (the Main Street of Santiago)
price 20 Euro (if the group is 7) to 25 Euro (if the group is 3)
price includes All entrance fees, the fees of the musicians, a bottle of mineral water

Santiago Afternoon Tour

The idea of this concise tour is to let you utilize an possibly “empty” afternoon and get acquainted with the Spanish and African roots of the Cuban world flavored with a few drops of luxurious Cuban “spirit”uality.

I. Duration – four hours

  • 1.Starting Hour – 13:30
  • 2. End Hour –17:30

II. Price – 20-25 Euro (depending on the size of the group)

What covers the price?

  • a/ all the entrance fees (not the fees for cameras and photos)
  • b/ a bottle of mineral water

III. Starting point – depending on the location of the passengers: Parke Cespedes, in front of the Port or Hotel Melia Santiago

IV. Places to visit

1. Museum Diego Velazquez

  • 1.1 Distance – at Parke Cespedes
  • 1.2 What is to see?

    It is the original Palace of the Governor of Cuba since the establishment of the Spanish Government of the Isla and the foundation of Santiago (1515). The construction, the architecture and some parts of the Palace are preserved as in the times of Velazquez. Later the Palace was bought and owned by some of the rich and notorious families of Santiago and was refurnished according to the styles of its epochs so that it presents a picture of the historical development of the high life in Cuba

  • 1.3 Duration – 45 minutes
  • 1.4 Photos are allowed but there is a fee of 5 CUC for a camera

2. Balcon de Velazquez (the Terrace of Velazquez)

  • 2.1 Distance – 100 meters from the Museum Diego Velazquez.
  • 2.2 This is the Terrace where the first Governor of Cuba used to come every morning and personally scrutinize the bahia for any activity (trade and especially pirate) going on. Here the portrays and parts of the biographies of Diego Velazquez, Hernan Cortez (the first mayor of Santiago and later the conqueror of Mexico) and de Soto are exhibited and the view over the bahia is magnificent. On the way from the Palace you will pass next to the building where in 1722 fray Geronimo
  • 2.3 Duration – 30 minutes
  • 2.4 Photos – photos are allowed everywhere

3. The Cathedral of Santiago

  • 3.1 Distance –
  • 3.2 What is to see?

    What is to see? The Cathedral of Santiago was built in 1522, just 30 years after Columbus discovered America and just 7 years after the foundation of Santiago and this adds to the impressive presence of the Cathedral on the skyline of Santiago. There is a very interesting Archibishop’s Museum at the side of the Cathedral

  • 3.3 Duration – 45 minutes
  • 3.4 Photos – photos are allowed in the Cathedral
  • 4. The Museum of Rum

    • 4.1 Distance – 150 meters from Parke Cespedes along Calle Herredia (the artistic center of Santiago)
    • 4.2 What is to see?
    • Santiago is the berthing place (la cuna) of the contemporary rum. It is very interesting to know how Facundo Bacardi developed and produced the fine Santiago Ron that later became the matrix of the rums of the Caribbean and Central American most famous drink. In the tour is included tasting of the rum produced in the former Bacardi factory from the Museum of Rum in Santiago.

      In addition in the Museum of Rum usually one of the best a capello feminine groups of Cuba is performing at this time

    • 4.3 Photos – photos are allowed
    • 4.4 Duration – 40 minutes