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November 11 - 15, 2017

January 6 - 10, 2018

February 17 - 21, 2018

April 7 - 11, 2018

May 12 - 16, 2018

October 13 - 17, 2017

Travel, Street, People, Architecture and Landscape Photography

Includes

  1. -5 Days

  2. -Small Group Size

  3. -Photographer | Guide

  4. -Cuban Guide & Driver

  5. -People-to-People

  6. -5-Star Hotel

  7. -Casa Particulars

  8. -Breakfasts & 4 Meals

  9. -Local Transportation

  10. -Visa (U.S. Citizens)

  11. -OFAC Approved

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PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE VACATIONS

Havana

Old Havana, Havana, Vedado, Miramar (plus Vinales)

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Experience the people, excitement, music and color of Havana.

Havana Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.

Our 5-day Havana Photo Adventure includes Old Havana, Central Havana, Vedado and Miramar (including an optional day trip to Pinar del Rio and Vinales).

A tropical paradise with a storied past, Cuba offers us a unique view of a world few have been able to see. Photographing Cuba offers us the rare opportunity to capture it’s warm people alongside it’s natural beauty and stunning architecture. Laid back Caribbean Island culture mixed with the big-city life of Havana, where vintage American cars from the 40’s and 50’s roll by you on Havana’s Malecon.

Like all our adventures, we take you behind the scenes of Cuba’s tourist veil and expose you to the inner city culture that is the real Cuba. By working with locals, we are able to achieve this on an unprecedented level. Besides photography, we’ll be speaking with Cubans about daily life on the island, learning about the country’s unique political and economic system and working side-by-side with Cuban photographers. Old Havana and Vinales Valley are both UNESCO World Heritage sites.

OUR CUBAN RECIPE FOR SUCCESS: It’s been said that we really know how to do Cuba. First, we start with a small group of 6-10 guests. We stay in internationally recognized 5-star hotels and beautiful and authentic Casa Particulars (Cuban bed & breakfasts). We travel by air conditioned buses and beautifully restored vintage American automobiles. We dine in world renowned restaurants and hidden gem paladars. And lastly, we expose you to not only a truly amazing and authentic Cuba, but the most photogenic Cuba.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. You will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. Cuba offers more photographic opportunities than any other adventure we offer. Cuba is not to be missed!

IMPORTANT:  U.S. CITIZENS CAN STILL TRAVEL TO CUBA LEGALLY USING LICENSED GROUP TRAVEL SUCH AS PHOTO WORKSHOP ADVENTURES.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT TRAVEL REGULATIONS FOR U.S. CITIZENS.

Photo Workshop Adventures provides 100% legal Cuba trip under US Treasury Department’s OFAC People-to-People Travel Program. CT-2016-327909 / C.F.R. 515.567. This allows individuals to travel to Cuba for educational and cultural purposes.


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Group Size



8-10 Guests


Experience | Difficulty



Beginner, amateur, enthusiast, semi-pro and pro photographers

DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras

Busy schedule

Travel by vintage American cars, bicycle taxis and air-conditioned mini-bus

Minimal elevation changes and lots of walking

(non-photographers also welcome)


Photographer | Guides



Michael Cohen  |  November 11-15, 2017

Seymour Templar  |  January 6-10, 2018

Seymour Templar  |  February 17-21, 2018

Michael Cohen  |  April 7-11, 2018

Seymour Templar  |  May 12-16, 2018

Seymour Templar  |  October 13-17, 2018


Weather | Sun



October to November -  Temps 85/71 F  29/21 C  Approx. Sunrise 7:26 | Sunset 7:04 (19:04)

December to March -  Temps 80/63 F  26/17 C  Approx. Sunrise 7:10 | Sunset 6:17 (18:17)

April to May -  Temps 88/69 F  30/20 C  Approx. Sunrise 6:56 | Sunset 8:00 (20:00)


Includes



Travel, landscape, seascape, architecture, urban and people photography

Meet with Cuban photographers, students, musicians, artists and entrepreneurs

Professional photographer | guide

Cuban guide and driver

Photo walks & discussions

Small group (8-10 guests)

5-star hotel

Breakfasts

2 lunches and 2 dinners

Local transportation

People-to-People activities

Visa (U.S. Citizens)

OFAC travel documents


What To Expect



Cuba is not just unique, but one of the most rewarding photographic and cultural experiences you will ever encounter. Because Cuba is so different it requires a open-minded and rewarding sense of adventure. As is often said in Cuba, “It’s not what you want, it’s what we have”. Prepare yourself to be completely wowed. 


Accommodations



Gran Manzana Kempinski, Parque Central, Saratoga Hotel, Hotel Capri or similar - Havana


Travel Information



Book your commercial flights to the corresponding airports noted below.

Arrival and Departure Airport: Havana José Martí International Airport (HAV) - Transfer time 45min.

Our adventure begins on the first day at 2 PM at our hotel and ends at checkout on the last day.


Visas



U.S. based airlines will provide visas* using the OFAC People-to-People documents we will provide you with. International travelers who require a Cuban visa can get their visa through the Cuban Embassy or Consulate in their respective countries. *small fee applies


Excursions



Havana Fashion Shoot, Vintage cars to Ernest Hemingway’s and Pinar del Rio (additional fees apply)


Compare Us To NatGeo



Would you prefer PWA’s small group of 8 guests staying in the best and newest 5-star hotel in Havana, or 17-25 guests per group like National Geographic? Would you prefer 9 days vs. 8 days like Nat Geo. A more authentic Cuba vs. a touristic Cuba. Our Classic Cuba Photo Adventure gives you so much more, and all for the same price. Click here to compare!


Cuba Guest Review



I wanted to venture out and photograph a culture and people completely foreign to me. From my perspective, Cuba is both interesting and mysterious. Visiting Cuba is like stepping back in time. The colors, the textures, and the old cars of Havana serve as a living time capsule... Read More



Price



HAVANA 5-DAY PHOTO ADVENTURE

Photo Adventure Vacation | November 11-15, 2017:  $6,295

Photo Adventure Vacation | January 6-10, 2018:  $6,595

Photo Adventure Vacation | February 17-21, 2018:  $6,595

Photo Adventure Vacation | April 7-11, 2018:  $6,595

Photo Adventure Vacation | May 12-16, 2018:  $6,295

Photo Adventure Vacation | October 13-17, 2018:  $6,595


Single Supplement:  $800


Deposit:  $1000




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*All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. In Cuba we typically stay in 5-star hotels in Havana and the best available 4-star hotels in other major cities. In smaller cities and more remote locations, we stay in Casa Particulars (Cuban Bed & Breakfasts). Cuba is unique and requires a open-minded sense of adventure.





CUBA 5 DAYS


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Saturday (1)  Havana

We meet at our hotel in Havana on Saturday afternoon where we will begin our amazing CLASSIC CUBA Photo Adventure. We will first visit the famous Hotel Nacional. The amazing setting will bring many back to the 1950s, when the mafia held its annual meetings at this historic hotel and walk the streets of Central Havana. After we enjoy our “Welcome Dinner” at the award winning Paladar San Cristobal, located in the heart of Central Havana. A taste of colonial Cuba, San Cristobal offers wonderful entrees on 19th century china, surrounded by stacks of books, old antiques and nostalgic black and white photographs. You can ask owner Carlos Cristóbal Márquez Valdés all about it. (D)

Sunday (2)  Central Havana - Old Havana

On Sunday morning we focus on low light photography throughout central Havana, home to many working class Cubans. After breakfast we will visit a home in Central Havana for a discussion with Magia López and Alexey Rodriguez of the hip-hop/jazz duo Obsesión about their experiences and views on race and gender equality in Cuba. Next we visit a “lost in time” centuries old Cuban mansion for a photography session. In the afternoon we will have a socio-economic discussion with urban planner Miguel Coyula, who’s presentation will touch on housing, infrastructure, investment and restoration programs. It’s bound to leave you with a better understanding of why Havana looks the way it does today and possibilities moving forward. In the late afternoon you have the option to experience a fun and exciting photo shoot with Cuban fashion models on the streets of Old Havana, complete with stylist, wardrobe and makeup artist.

In the evening we enjoy dinner at El Cocinero. This lovely restaurant is housed in a former Power Plant and Factory. Home to Havana’s hip, you might think you are in Soho or Madrid. Following dinner we walk next door for live music, art and photography at La Fabrica de Arte Cubana. Rock star X Alfonso has turned this into a meeting place for young and eclectic Cubans and foreigners. (B, D)

Monday (3)  Miramar - Havana - Hemingway’s

We begin with an early morning visit to the American Classic Car restoration garage. Owners Nidialys Acosta and Julio Alvarez have taken advantage of the recent economic opening and put together a fleet of 20 plus pristine “Clasicos” (as Cuban’s refer to them), to provide professional service to their clientele. Learn first hand how they restore these classic American beauties from the 1950’s. This setting makes for some amazing photography. Afterwards we offer an optional excursion to ride in these beautifully restored 1950‘s American classic cars. This 6 hour excursion will take you along the Malecón (Havana’s seawall), visit the mansions in the Miramar neighborhood and experience the bustle of Neptuno and San Lazaro streets in the city center. Then we’re off to La Finca Vigía, formerly the home of Ernest Hemingway. Today La Finca Vigía still houses his expansive collection of Hemingway’s books. It was here where he wrote two of his most celebrated novels: For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea. The beautiful grounds and bizarre tales from Hemingway’s many years in Cuba are captivating. From here we drive to Playas del este, and the turquoise blue waters and soft sand beaches of Santa Maria Beach for lunch.

In the late afternoon we attend a session at the famous “Rafael Trejo” Boxing Gym in Old Havana. Here we will have the opportunity to photograph trainers and students in session. In the early evening we are treated to a musical performance with Frank Delgado, renowned singer and songwriter, for a discussion about the nueva trova movement in Cuba, followed by a musical performance. Frank is often referred to as the Billy Joel of Cuba.

In the evening you have the option to experience the world famous La Guarida Paladar, the set to the movie “Strawberry and Chocolate,” and known for it’s spectacular ambiance and delicious desserts. (B)

Tuesday (4)  Pinar del Rio - Vinales

We leave early on Monday for Pinar del Rio, an optional day-trip excursion to the western-most province, famous for its rich soil, tobacco production and spectacular scenery Here we will visit the charming little village of Viñales nestled in the Sierra de los Organos mountains. Viñales Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and settlement dating back to the Spanish colonial era.

We start off by visiting one of Cuba’s most renowned tobacco farmers, who produces tobacco used in world famous Cohiba cigars. For lunch we visit a local organic farm to learn about Cuban agriculture and tobacco production, where we will have a tasty meal. Great photo opportunities while exploring local farms. After lunch we explore downtown Viñales, where we will take a short photo walk to meet with small business owners, average citizens and others out and about; taking photos throughout.

After we visit a small country town where Mario Pelegrin, a community activist, has created a charming neighborhood project dedicated to local children. In this tranquil setting, a collection of rustic cabins provide a home for amateur art programs. This wonderful program gives local kids the opportunity to have fun while learning new skills in the areas of music, dance, theatre and art. After, we return to Havana.

After we will enjoy a wonderful “Farewell Dinner” at one of our favorite restaurants in Havana. (B, L, D)

Wednesday (5)  Old Havana

On Wednesday morning we enjoy an early morning Bicycle Taxi Photo Tour through Old and Central Havana. providing us with many photographic opportunities. We will explore Havana’s Old City a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander through the Plaza Vieja, the oldest plaza in Havana, dating from the 16th century. See the Plaza de San Francisco, a cobbled plaza surrounded by buildings dating from the 18th century, dominated by the baroque Iglesia and Convento de San Francisco dating from 1719. Visit Plaza de la Cathedral and the Cathedral de San Cristóbal de La Habana. Visit the Plaza de Armas, a scenic tree-lined plaza formerly at the center of influence in Cuba. It is surrounded by many of the most historic structures in Havana as well as important monuments. We will end our ride at one of the most photogenic produce markets in Havana.

Hotel check-out in the morning and departure for Havana airport for your return flight back to Miami (U.S. Citizens). Non-U.S. Citizens will depart based on their flight schedules. (B)

Photo Workshop Adventures provides 100% legal Cuba trip under US Treasury Department’s OFAC People-to-People Travel Program. CT-2016-327909 / C.F.R. 515.567. This allows individuals to travel to Cuba for educational and cultural purposes.

May all who come as guests... leave as friends®



  Options and Benefits



Private Guided Tours & Adventures



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We offer amazing private guided photo adventures, cultural tours and vacations for individuals, couples, families and groups. We can customize any of our published adventures, as well as others, to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. This may include the finest 5-star accommodations, business-class travel, and private guides and fixers who are able to make the impossible possible. If you are not interested in a photo-centric vacation, but you love our approach to private travel, we will be happy to design and deliver an amazing adventure focused on travel, culture and cuisine. Click here to request a quote. Feel free to call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.


Travel Insurance



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We offer travel insurance through Travelex. The cost for travel insurance can be as low as 4% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other factors. Knowing you have trip cancellation coverage can make a big difference should you have to cancel for some unforeseen reason. Travelex Insurance Services is a BBB Accredited business with an A+ rating. Click here to get a free quote.


Blog & eNews



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Gift Certificates



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Give someone you know a Gift Certificate, good toward any of our Photo Adventures, Photo Tours, Private Guided Tours, Online Courses, Prints or Merchandize. Our beautifully personalized eGift Certificates are delivered to you electronically. They are fully transferable and have a 2 year expiration date. They are available in any amount from $100 to $5000. It makes a great gift for anyone who loves photography, travel or adventure. Order now, or email for more information.



Private Online Lightroom & Photoshop Tutorials


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We offer private online Lightroom and Photoshop photo editing tutorials for individuals who would like to improve their post-processing skills. Each is customized to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. We provide you with one-on-one discussions using online connectivity. Many of our Photo Adventure guests select our online post-processing as an extension to their trip. Click here for more information.


Combination Tours



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You can SAVE by combining two or more back-to-back photo adventures. Call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.


Loyalty Club**


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All registered guests on 6 day or longer Photo Adventures are automatically enrolled in our Loyalty Club. You will receive a $200 discount on your next Photo Adventure. After attending just 3 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Gold” status and a $300 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. After attending 6 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Elite” status and a $500 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. Elite status guests also receive other benefits such as additional discounts, special offers, room upgrades (when available), and more. Click here to learn more.



**LOYALTY CLUB: Loyalty discounts only apply to 6 day or longer Photo Adventures. The discount is applied to the Photo Adventure fee when booked directly through our website, and cannot be added to or combined with any “pay in full”, “pay in advance” or “discounted specials”. This discount cannot be combined with any other offer. Your discount will be applied to your final payment. Only one discount per person, per adventure. This discount has no cash value. Polar Adventures are excluded from this offer. Loyalty Club status will be eliminated after 3 years of inactivity.  


NOTE: We reserve the right to change hotels based on availability and pricing. Not included in your rate are alcoholic beverages, unscheduled meals, travel to and from our destinations, airport transfers, travel insurance and any optional excursions you may choose to book on your own or as a group. Breakfast is usually included unless it is not offered in our hotel package. As is standard in the travel industry, all accommodations are based on double occupancy. Please choose the private room / single supplement option if you prefer your own room. Double occupancy can only be offered if you are traveling with a guest. We reserve the right to change events and schedules throughout the itinerary due to adverse weather conditions or complications that may arise that are out of our control. Our number one priority is always the safety of our group.






 

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