CUBA

CUBA

Feb 21 - March 1, 2015

Mar 14 - 18 | 22, 2015

April 11 - 15 | 19, 2015

May 2 - 10, 2015

Nov 14 - 22, 2015

Jan 9 - 17, 2016

PRIVATE

Available upon request

Travel, Landscape, Architecture, Street and People Photography

Includes

  1. -9 Days or 5 Days

  2. -Legal US Visa

  3. -Charter Flight from Miami

  4. -Photographer | Guide

  5. -Small Group Size

  6. -5-Star Hotels

  7. -Breakfasts, 4 Meals

  8. -Local Transportation

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CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURES

Cuba

Havana, Pinar del Rio, Vinales, Cienfuegos and Trinidad

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Discover Cuba’s warm people and it’s unique and colorful culture.

Cuba Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.

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. Cienfuegos is a port city on the southern coast with architecture that reflects it’s French colonial roots. And quaint and tranquil Trinidad is Cuba’s best preserved colonial city.

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. Our travels outside Havana allow us a close view of the island’s beautiful countryside and offers us the unique opportunity to discover rural Cuba through photography. And all three cities on our itinerary are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

RECIPE FOR SUCCESS: It’s been said that we really know how to do Cuba. First, we start with a small group of no more than 10 guests. We stay in only internationally recognized luxury 5-star hotels (there are only a handful in Cuba). We use only the most beautifully restored vintage American automobiles from the 40’s and 50’s. We dine in world renowned restaurants and hidden gem paladars. And lastly, we expose you to not only the real 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. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, 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 week together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. Cuba offers more photographic opportunities than any other workshop we offer. Cuba is not to be missed!

This is a 100% legal Cuba trip using a US Treasury Departments People-to-People Visa License No. CT-2012-294261-1 (Cuba Educational Travel). This allows US Citizens and US green card holders to legally travel to Cuba.


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Group Size



4-10 Guests


Experience | Difficulty



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

Busy schedule

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

9 Day Itinerary: 2 Hotels in 8 nights

5 Day Itinerary: 1 Hotel in 4 nights

Minimal elevation changes and lots of walking

(*non-photographers also welcome)


Photographer | Guides



Michael Chinnici  |  January 3-7/11, 2015

Seymour Templar  |  February 21 - March 01, 2015

John Walker  |  March 14-18/22, 2015

Michael Chinnici  |  April 11-15/19, 2015

Seymour Templar  |  May 2-10, 2015

John Walker  |  November 14-22, 2015

Michael Chinnici  |  January 9-17, 2016


Weather | Sun



January - Temps 78/63 F  Sunrise 7:12 | Sunset 5:57

February - Temps 79/63 F  Sunrise 7:10 | Sunset 6:17

March - Temps 82/66 F  Sunrise 7:29 | Sunset 7:42

April - Temps 84/69 F  Sunrise 7:15 | Sunset 7:48

November - Temps 82/69 F  Sunrise 6:50 | Sunset 5:43


Includes



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

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

Professional photographer | guide

Photo walks & discussions

Small group (4-10 guests)

9 days | 8 nights or 5 days | 4 nights

5-star hotels

Breakfasts

2 Dinners and 2 Lunches

People-to-People Visa - Cuba Educational Travel (CET) License No. CT-2012-294261-1

Local transportation in vintage American cars and air conditioned minibus


Accommodations



Saratoga Hotel or Parque Central Hotel - Old Havana

Palacio Del Marques De San Felipe Y Santiago de Bejucal - Old Havana

Iberostar Grand Trinidad - Trinidad

Casa Verde, Perla del Mar or Palacio Azul - Cienfuegos (only if Cienfuegos is scheduled)


Travel Information



Arrival Airport: Book your arrival fights in and out of Miami International Airport (MIA). Arrive the day before because our departure from Miami is at 8 AM and book your departure from Miami after 7 PM.

Air Travel: Request a quote if you would like us to help book your air travel to and from Miami.


Excursions



Pinar del Rio, Ernest Hemingway’s Home and Old Havana Fashion Shoot



CUBA TRAVEL AVAILABLE TO US CITIZENS

US Treasury issued People-to-People Cuba Visa - License No. CT-2012-294261-1




Price (9-Day)



CUBA 9-DAY PHOTO & CULTURAL ADVENTURE

Photo Adventure Vacation | February 21 - March 01, 2015:  $5,495

Photo Adventure Vacation | March 14-22, 2015:  $5,495

Photo Adventure Vacation | April 11-19, 2015:  $5,495   LIMITED AVAILABILITY

Photo Adventure Vacation | May 2-10, 2015:  $5,495

Photo Adventure Vacation | November 14-22, 2015:  $5,795

Photo Adventure Vacation | January 9-17, 2016:  $5,795


(Optional) Private Room Supplement:  $900

(Required) Round-trip charter airfare Miami to Havana:  $550


Deposit:  $1500


Price (5-Day)



HAVANA 5-DAY PHOTO & CULTURAL ADVENTURE

Photo Adventure Vacation | March 14-18, 2015:  $4,395

Photo Adventure Vacation | April 11-15, 2015:  $4,395   LIMITED AVAILABILITY

Photo Adventure Vacation | November 14-18, 2015:  $4,695

Photo Adventure Vacation | January 9-13, 2016:  $4,695


Optional) Private Room Supplement:  $600

(Required) Round-trip charter airfare Miami to Havana: $550


Deposit:  $1000




NOTE: All payments are made directly to Cuba Educational Travel (CET), the license holder for approved People-to-People Visas to Cuba. License No. CT-2012-294261-1

*Hotel accommodations are based on double occupancy. Hotels selections are based on availability. Breakfast is included if it’s included in our room rates. 5-Day Havana only option not always available and subject to change.


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CUBA 9 DAYS (5-Day Itinerary includes days 1-5 listed below)

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Saturday (1)  Miami - Old Havana

We depart Miami at 8 AM on an American Airlines Charter Flight. Upon our arrival in Havana we will check-in to our hotel and walk to Cathedral Square, where we will be having lunch will be at Doña Eutimia paladar. Famous for its ropa vieja and frozen mojitos, this recently opened paladar made Newsweek Magazine’s top 100 restaurants in the world in 2012.

After lunch 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 begin our evening with a sunset photo walk along Prado Boulevard and the Malecón’s seawall. Followed by an amazing “Welcome Dinner” at the famous La Guarida Paladar, the set to the movie “Strawberry and Chocolate,” and known for its delicious desserts. (D)

Sunday (2)  Central Havana - Old Havana

On Sunday morning we focus on low light photography with an early morning Bicycle Taxi Photo Tour through Central Havana, including a stop at the colorful and fun Rumba Party at Callejon de Hamel. Here you will experience amazing graffiti and wonderful Cuban music. In the late 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 afternoon we meet to discuss PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles to Great Photography” as well as our “THE ART OF SEEING” photographic technique. In the late afternoon you have you option to experience a fun and exciting photo shoot with Cuban models on the streets of Old Havana. Complete with stylist, wardrobe and makeup artist.

Our dinner will be at one of our favorite finds in Havana. Located in the heart of Central Havana, this paladar has a reputation of excellence in both atmosphere and local cuisine. Enjoy great food while the local takes you back to the 1940s and 50s. (B)

Monday (3)  Miramar - Havana - Hemingway’s - Playas del este

A breakfast review of everyone’s favorite photos from the first 2 days. After take a city tour in Vintage American Classic Cars from the 1950s. Coast 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. Visit to the home and studio of Plastic Artist Fuster, who has converted his neighborhood into an art project featuring murals, plastic art and other designs. Here we will enjoy the view overlooking the Straits of Florida at the Hotel Nacional. The setting brings many back to the 1950s, when the mafia held its annual meetings at this historic hotel.

In the afternoon we offer an optional drive in Vintage American Classic Cars to La Finca Vigía. Formerly the home of Ernest Hemingway, today it still houses his expansive collection of 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 tails from Hemingway’s many years in Cuba are captivating. After we head to Playas del este and the turquoise blue waters and soft sand beaches of the east, where Habaneros escape from the city heat. Free evening. (B)

Tuesday (4)  Pinar del Rio - Vinales - Havana

We leave early on Monday for Pinar del Rio, an optional day-trip 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 return to Havana.

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. Café Madrigal, owned and run by film director Rafael Rosales, is housed in a beautiful colonial mansion with the walls lined with captivating art work. (B) (L)

Wednesday (5)  Old Havana

On Wednesday we have a free morning to relax, shop, review photos or walk the streets of Old Havana for more photographs.

OUR 5-DAY GUESTS WILL CHECK-OUT AT THIS TIME AND BE ESCORTED TO THE AIRPORT FOR DEPARTURE.

After lunch we will visit an amazing centuries old Cuban home for a once-in-a-lifetime photography session. After we stop at the agricultural market; lined with colorful fruits and vegetables and rushed shoppers, it offers great photos. Then on to Callejón de Hamel, a neighborhood that has been converted into a cultural center rich in Afro-Cuba religion, art and dance. Scholar Elias Assef will provide an overview of Santeria and other Cuban religions with African routes. In the late afternoon we visit the famous Rafael Trejo Boxing Gym for a discussion and photo session with the boxers. This is a great opportunity to capture a real tradition in Cuban sports.

In the evening we head out to capture the sunset across the Bay of Havana at Cabanas Fortress and then off to another great Cuban dinner after the sun goes down. (B)

Thursday (6)  Havana - Cienfuegos - Trinidad 

After breakfast we review our latest photos and go over post processing photo techniques. After our hotel checkout we head for Cienfuegos, referred to as the “Pearl of the South”. Cienfuegos is one of Cuba’s only cities to display French and Spanish architecture. Housed on one of the country’s largest Bays, the city offers beautiful ocean front landscapes, and is deeply rich in culture. In Cienfuegos we will meet with an internationally recognized photographer from Cienfuegos, who will show some of his work and then lead a photo shoot in the downtown area.

In the late afternoon we depart for Trinidad, with a stop along the way to photograph the beautiful sunset. After checking-in our hotel we enjoy a late dinner. (B)

Friday (7)  Trinidad

A breathtaking sunrise photo walk through Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is known for its cobble stoned streets, pastel colored homes and small-town feel. Here we will visit the Plaza Mayor and the famous Iglesia Parroquial de la Santisima church, as well as the many other restored architectural gems in this charming village. Early morning discussion and photo walk with Trinidad’s City Historian, who will provide an overview of the history and architecture of the city. Meet with small business owners, average citizens, shop keepers, street musicians and others out and about. In the evening a sunset photo walk through Trinidad, In the evening we enjoy a “Farewell Dinner” at Los Conspiradores Paladar, owned and operated by artist Yami Martinez.

Saturday (8)  Trinidad - Cayo las Iguanas

Optional early morning photo walk through the more remote streets of Trinidad, and before the tourists show up. Followed by discussions about photo techniques and your final opportunity to show your work and ask questions. A free afternoon to visit to the nearby beach by taxi, relax, shop or photograph. In the evening we enjoy a “Farewell Dinner” at Los Conspiradores Paladar, owned and operated by artist Yami Martinez. (B) (D)

Sunday (9)  Trinidad - Cienfuegos - Miami

Our final day includes some early morning photography, breakfast and hotel check-out. We depart for our drive to Cienfuegos (or Havana, depending on our itinerary), for our return flight back to Miami. (B)

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


IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO US CITIZENS:

Many Americans think that it is illegal to travel to Cuba from the United States, but this is no longer true thanks to a special People-to-People Visa Program which the US Treasury Department. It allows US Citizens to travel to Cuba for Cultural, Educational and Humanitarian reasons. Last year hundreds of thousands of Americans traveled to Cuba using these visa’s. Another misconception is that Cuba might be dangerous for tourists. Actually it’s quite the opposite. Cuba is one of the safest countries in the Western Hemisphere. The warm people of Cuba embrace Americans with open arms, and the government of Cuba is very protective of tourists in general.


Options and Benefits



Private Guided Photo Tours


100% LEGAL TRAVEL FOR US CITIZENS
with a US Treasury issued People-to-People Cuba Visa

We offer private photo and cultural tours and workshops for individuals, couples, families and groups. We can customize any of our published adventures to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. If photography is not your thing, we can easily adjust and deliver an amazing adventure focused on travel, culture and cuisine. Or use our Corporate Team Building workshops to help you and your staff “think outside the box”.

We also offer private one or two day photo tours and workshops in many of our locations. Please register here, or email us for rates and information. Please email or call for more information.


Gift Cards



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Private Online Tutorials



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We offer private online photo tutorials for individuals who are not able to attend one of our workshops and are interested in improving their photographic skills. We customize our online class to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. One of our Professional Photographers will work with you using online webinar meeting software, We conduct one-on-one discussions using screen sharing to teach. This is also a great follow-up for former guests who would like to extend their learning even after our adventure has ended. Whether you are interested in a particular type of photography, or learning more about metering, exposure or depth of field, learning more about your new camera, or post processing techniques and tricks, we are ready to teach you. Rates are $125 per hour, and $195 for your first 2-hour Starter Session. Register today or email us for more information.


Combination Tours


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You can save up to $1200 by combining two or more back-to-back photo adventures. We now offer over 110 Combination Packages.


Travel Insurance


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We offer travel insurance through Travelex. The cost for travel insurance is typically 4-7% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other factors. Knowing you have 100% 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. Squaremouth.com, a leading comparison site, rates Travelex amongst the highest of those it lists. Click here to get a free quote.


Travel Services



We now offer international travel services to help you plan and book your travel to and from one or more of our adventures. Our travel services partner, who Conde Nast Travel Magazine named as "Top Travel Agent" for 5 consecutive years, handles our backend. They offer you the same great rates you get online while providing you with world class customer service. Click here to learn more.


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PWA Loyalty Club



All returning guests automatically receive $300 off their next adventure. Once you’ve attended one of our 6+ day photo adventures, you’ll receive a $300 Gift Voucher† good toward another 6+ day or longer photo adventure. Attend 3 or more adventures and you’ll receive a $500 Gift Voucher good toward any future 6+ day photo adventure.



†LOYALTY CLUB GIFT VOUCHER: The loyalty discount only applies to the workshop fee when booked directly through our website, and cannot be in addition to any “pay in full”, “pay in advance” or other “discounted specials”. Only one Gift Voucher per person, per workshop. Discount cannot be combined with any other offer. This discount has no cash value. Your discount will be applied to the final payment.


Note: We reserve the right to change hotels based on availability and pricing. Not included in your rate are alcoholic beverages, unscheduled meals, airport travel and transfers, travel insurance and any optional excursions you may choose to book on your own or as a group. Breakfast is usually included unless we are not able to negotiate breakfast when booking the hotel. All accommodations are double occupancy and perfect if you are traveling with a companion or photographer friend. Please choose the private room option if you prefer your own room. Double occupancy can only be offered if we can match you with the same gender and cannot be guaranteed. 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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THE UNITED STATES HAS ANNOUNCED THAT IT WILL BE BEGIN NORMALIZING RELATIONS WITH CUBA AND REOPENING ITS EMBASSY.

NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO EXPERIENCE THE REAL CUBA.


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