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CUBA

Nov 14 - 18/22, 2015

Jan 9 - 13/17, 2016

Feb 13 - 17/21, 2016

April 9 - 13/17, 2016

May 7 - 11/15, 2016

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Available upon request

Travel, Landscape, Architecture, Street and People Photography

Includes

  1. -9 Days or 5 Days

  2. -Visa & Documents

  3. -Photographer | Guide

  4. -Small Group Size

  5. -The Finest Hotels

  6. -Breakfasts and 6 Meals

  7. -Local Transportation

  8. -Charter Flight from Miami (for US departures only)

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PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE VACATIONS

Classic 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 6-10 guests. We stay in only internationally recognized 5-star hotels (in rural areas, only the finest Bed & Breakfasts). We sometimes travel in 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. 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!

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Photo Workshop Adventures provides 100% legal Cuba trip under US Treasury Department’s People-to-People Travel Program, offered in conjunction with Cuba Educational Travel. This allows individuals to travel to Cuba for educational and cultural purposes.


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Group Size



6-10 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 Chinnici  |  November 14-18/22, 2015

Michael Chinnici  |  January 9-13/17, 2016

Seymour Templar  |  February 13-17/21, 2016

Michael Chinnici  |  April 9-13/17, 2016

Michael Chinnici  |  May 7-11/15, 2016


Weather | Sun



January - Temps 78/63 F  25/17 C  Sunrise 7:12 | Sunset 5:57

February - Temps 79/63 F  26/17 C  Sunrise 7:10 | Sunset 6:17

March - Temps 82/66 F  27/18 C  Sunrise 7:29 | Sunset 7:42

April - Temps 84/69 F  28/20 C  Sunrise 7:15 | Sunset 7:48

May - Temps 87/71 F  30/21 C  Sunrise 6:56 | Sunset 8:00

June - Temps 88/74 F  31/23 C  Sunrise 6:43 | Sunset 8:16

November - Temps 82/69 F  27/20 C  Sunrise 6:50 | Sunset 5:43


Includes



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

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

Professional photographer | guide

Photo walks & discussions

Small group (6-10 guests)

9 days or 5 days

The finest hotel accommodations and B&B’s in rural locations

Breakfasts

4 lunches and 4 dinners (9 day)

People-to-People Visa

Local transportation in vintage American cars and air conditioned minibus

Medical Insurance as required by our People-to-People visa


Accommodations



Saratoga Hotel, Parque Central Hotel, San Felipe, Hotel Nacional or similar - Havana

Iberostar Grand Trinidad, Bed & Breakfasts or similar - Trinidad

Casa Verde, Perla del Mar, Palacio Azul or similar - Cienfuegos


Travel Information



If you are traveling from outside the United States, please book your travel to and from Havana International Airport (HAV). We will provide you with more flight details and options once you register. 

For U.S. Citizens: Book your fights to arrive and depart from 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.


Excursions



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



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Price (9-Day)



CUBA 9-DAY PHOTO ADVENTURE - HAVANA, CIENFUEGOS & TRINIDAD

Photo Adventure Vacation | November 14-22, 2015:  $5,995 

Photo Adventure Vacation | January 9-17, 2016:  $6,195

Photo Adventure Vacation | February 13-21, 2016:  $6,195

Photo Adventure Vacation | April 9-17, 2016:  $5,995

Photo Adventure Vacation | May 7-15, 2016:  $5,995


Single Supplement:  $900

Round-trip charter airfare Miami to Havana (only for U.S. citizens): $550


Deposit:  $1500


Price (5-Day)



HAVANA 5-DAY PHOTO ADVENTURE - HAVANA

Photo Adventure Vacation | November 14-18, 2015:  $4,895 

Photo Adventure Vacation | January 9-13, 2016:  $4,995

Photo Adventure Vacation | February 13-17, 2016:  $4,995

Photo Adventure Vacation | April 9-13, 2016:  $4,895

Photo Adventure Vacation | May 7-11, 2016:  $4,895


Single Supplement:  $600

Round-trip charter airfare Miami to Havana (only for U.S. citizens): $550


Deposit:  $1000


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*All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. All payments are made directly to our licensed Cuba People-to-People Visa partner.



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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 meet at our hotel in Havana on Saturday morning (Note: U.S. citizens will depart from Miami at 8 AM on an American Airlines Charter Flight to Havana). Upon our arrival in Havana we will check into our hotel and enjoy our “Welcome Lunch” at one of our favorite paladars. Located in the heart of Central Havana, this paladar has a reputation of excellence in both atmosphere and local cuisine. Enjoy great food while you get transported back to the 1940s and 50s.

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. In the evening we set out for a sunset photo walk along Prado Boulevard and the Malecón’s seawall. (L)

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 visit 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. Here we will enjoy a private dance performance. Next we visit a centuries old Cuban mansion for a photography session.

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 the 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.

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 - Playas del este

A breakfast review of everyone’s favorite photos from the first 2 days. After we take a city tour 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 (often called the Gaudi of Cuba), who has converted his neighborhood into an art project featuring murals, plastic art and other designs.

In the afternoon we offer an optional excursion in beautifully restored 1950‘s American classic cars to La Finca Vigía, formerly the home of Ernest Hemingway (no more than 3 guests per car so everyone has a window to photograph from). 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, where Habaneros escape from the city heat. Attend a late afternoon session at the famous Rafael Trejo Boxing Gym in Old Havana. Here we will have the opportunity to photograph trainers and students in session. (B)

Tuesday (4)  Pinar del Rio - Vinales - Havana

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.

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. 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, L)

Wednesday (5)  Old Havana

On Wednesday morning we enjoy an early morning Bicycle Taxi Photo Tour through Central Havana. providing us with many photographic opportunities. Upon return enjoy a free morning.

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

In the afternoon we visit Club Habana, a once exclusive and private club, for a cigar rolling and tasting expedition. This fabulously eclectic mansion in the Flores neighborhood, dating from 1928, once housed the Havana Biltmore Yacht & Country Club. In that afternoon we 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. 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 - Trinidad 

On day six we have an early morning departure for Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for it’s 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.

Upon our arrival we will enjoy a hearty lunch at a favorite paladar, a recently opened restaurant with a diverse menu featuring everything from lobster to pizza. Trinidad will be filled with tourists at this time, so we will spend the mid-day hours away from the crowds. After lunch we will have a discussion and walking tour with the city historian and preservationist, who will provide an overview of the history and architecture of the city.

By mid-afternoon we check into our hotel located in the heart of the old city of Trinidad. After a relaxing break for set out to photograph people and architecture of Trinidad, ending with a sunset photo shoot from the famous bell tower. (B, L)

Friday (7)  Trinidad - Cayo las Iguanas

A not-to-be-missed sunrise photo walk throughout the more rural areas of Trinidad. You are free to spend the afternoon at Playa Ancon, a beautiful beach resort about 10 miles from Trinidad where you can soak up the sun, swim in the pools and enjoy a Cuban lunch (small resort fee applies). In the evening another sunset photo walk through Trinidad. An evening conversation with artist Yami Martínez at her gallery, La Casa de los Conspiradores. Yami has achieved international recognition for her art depicting the strains of life on Cuban women. Followed by dinner at Yami’s Los Conspiradores Paladar (B, D)

Saturday (8)  Trinidad - Cienfuegos

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. After lunch 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. Music and discussion with the local chapter of UNEAC, the National Union of Artists and Writers of Cuba, featuring an opportunity to meet local photographers, musicians and other locals. After we check into our hotel.

In the evening we enjoy a private performance by the local Choir Canticus Novus, which will perform classics like Shenandoah and contemporary Cuban hits. This hard-working choir makes evident its passion for performing. Finally, after a sunset shoot, we enjoy a wonderful “Farewell Dinner” at one of our favorite restaurants in Cienfuegos. (B, D)

Sunday (9)  Trinidad - Cienfuegos (or Havana)

Our final day includes sunrise photography, breakfast and hotel check-out. U.S. Citizens will depart from Cienfuegos airport for their return flight back to Miami. Guests returning to other countries will driven to Havana where you can catch your return flight. (B)

Photo Workshop Adventures provides 100% legal Cuba trip under US Treasury Department’s People-to-People Travel Program, offered in conjunction with Cuba Educational Travel. This allows individuals to travel to Cuba for educational and cultural purposes.

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Options and Benefits



Private Guided Photo Tours



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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.


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Give someone you know a PWA Gift Card or eCard, good toward any of our Photo & Cultural Adventures, Photo Tours, Workshops, Private Guided Tours, Online Courses, Prints or Merchandize. Our beautiful Gift Cards come packaged in an elegant envelope with gift notecard. For those in a rush or living outside North America, we will send you a printable eCard. PWA Gift Cards and eCards are fully transferable and have NO expiration date. They are available in any amount from $100 and above. It makes a great gift for someone who loves photography or travel. Order now, or email us for more information.



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



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



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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NOW AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE

no longer only for U.S. citizens