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May Day in Havana tour, Havana tour

May Day in Havana

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Join us for an epic morning in Havana celebrating among locals. This one-day-only tour gives you the opportunity to join the annual May Day parade, celebrated throughout Cuba, but nowhere as passionately as in Havana. Learn about the importance of May 1, see the parade up close, and end the morning with a traditional meal with new friends. 

  • Join the exciting and vibrant May Day parade as it winds its way along the streets of Havana
  • Meet all sorts of local Cubans on one of their most important days of the year
  • See some special cultural and musical events
  • Quench your thirst with a local beverage
  • Enjoy a local meal at one of our favourite Old Havana spots

 Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour:

  • This tour promotes local traditions. It is a day where people go into the streets as groups and display how important their sense of community and unity is to them as a nation where every individual relies on each other to survive. 

Tour style:Sightseeing tour, Responsible tour
Inclusions:Local English-speaking guide, 1 drink (traditional lemonade, cocktail, beer or soft drink), brunch meal (choose from a local menu of Cuban sandwich, Cuban pizza, eggs, rice and beans, etc.), water (please bring your own bottle), transport to and from march, and a small souvenir. 
Exclusions:Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide.
Group size:Maximum 12
Schedule details:
  • Duration:4 hours
  • Meeting point:

    For travellers staying in Old Havana: La Gargola Guesthouse, 82 Cuba St Old Havana. View on Google Maps

    For travellers staying in Vedado/Miramar: Focsa Building, Calle 17, Vedado, Havana. View on Google Maps

  • Start time: 7.00 AM
  • Finish point:

    A Cafe in Old Havana (the guide can direct you on how to get back to your accommodation)

Additional information :
  • Voucher exchange details:Please present this voucher to your guide at the beginning of your tour. Save this email on your phone or tablet, or print a copy, as you will need to show this to join the trip.
  • Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
  • Additional information: This is a very busy and noisy march and we will be walking for some time. Wear comfortable shoes and do not carry too many items. Do not bring valuables with you.
  • Dress standard: People often dress in red or white for this event, so come in those colours if you can!
  • Child policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.
  • Language: English


May Day (1st of May) is celebrated throughout Cuba with workers marching with their colleagues in central areas of every city and town in the country. In Havana, more than a million people walk to Revolution Square during the parade – and this is your chance to experience the annual event for yourself. 

On this one-day-only tour, we’ll join local Cubans and many other people who come to Cuba especially for this exciting day of celebration. You’ll get to experience a sense of unity with the Cuban people, amidst a sea of waving red and white flags, and the sounds of music and singing. On this exclusive Havana tour, you’ll come to understand the love that Cubans have for their country and be a part of a unique event that you’ll never forget!  

Our tour will start early at one of two meeting points in the city, either Vedado or Old Havana. From there, we’ll take transport to the closet drop-off point for the march and meet up with the whole group. On the way you’ll get a little background from your guide about the importance of May 1 in Cuba. 

At about 7am we’ll join the parade as it winds its way along the streets of the city, until it reaches the Plaza of the Revolution. This is where a large statue of Jose Marti stands – he is Cuba’s national poet and known as the Godfather of the Revolution. 

At the plaza we’ll be entertained by some special cultural and musical events, as well as speeches from important leading figures in Cuba. The entire event finishes at about 10am. 

Once we’ve enjoyed some time with the locals, it's time to have something to eat and learn more about May Day and its history in Cuba. We can share our photos and talk about what makes May 1 so special and unique in Cuba while enjoying some traditional food and drink. 

We end the tour here. Your tour guide can assist you in getting back to your accommodation, on how to get to other parts of the city, and what you can do for the rest of the day. 

Note that May Day is a public holiday, so many businesses are closed.

Your trip:

For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.