• The Capitolio in Havana, Cuba
  • Castillo de la Real Fuerza at Old Havana
  • Cool 1951 convertible Chevrolet parked next to a street mural in Old Havana, Cuba
  • Small Greco-Roman temple -El Templete- at Old Havana
  • San Francisco de Asís Square at Old Havana
  • Viñales Valley

FIND THE PERFECT ITINERARY FOR YOU

  • Tourists having a tour in vintage cars in the Malecon Avenue. In the background Castillo de la Real Fuerza

- Overview -

List of Activities

Day 1
Arrive at Havana's International Airport José Martí. Transfer to Hotel Capri, check-in and welcome cocktail. Orientation talk in the evening with photographer-guide. Vedado city walk from Hotel Capri to Hotel Nacional.

Day 2
Breakfast at hotel. All-day city walk and photo shoot in the streets of Old Havana.

Day 3
Vedado city tour and photo shoot. Visit to the Plaza de la Revolución and the main streets. Transfer from Vedado to fishermen's village, Cojímar. Transfer to San Francisco de Paula and visit to Hemingway's estate Finca Vigía. Transfer back to hotel. Evening at Fábrica de Arte Cubano, club and gallery.

Day 4
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer from Vedado to the Valle de Viñales, crossing Pinar del Río province. Viñales valley tobaco plantations tour. Transfer back to Hotel Capri.

Day 5
Transfer from Hotel Capri to Jibacoa. Photo shoot at the town and beach area, where locals like to spend their weekends. Camera roll review with your photographer-guide in the evening.

Day 6
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer from Hotel Capri to Havana's International Airport José Martí.
Duration
6 days

Group Size
Small group of 6-8 people

Type of Photography:
Street, Travel, People, Cityscape, Architecture and Landscape photography

Highlights:
People-to-people, cultural and educational trip. Photography and travel advice.

Photographer-guide:
Marcel Fernández

Accommodations:
Hotel Capri, Hotel Memories Jibacoa

Featured in this Tour:
Old Havana, Central Havana, Pinar del Río, Viñales

Activity Level:
Easy/Moderate

Difficulty Level:
Everybody: Beginners to professionals alike

- Dates & Pricing -

Costs are per person and based on a double occupancy. For requesting a single occupancy please specify "single occupancy" in the bookings form. Please note that prices may vary depending on your selection of dates and type of occupancy.
Minimum number of participants is 5. Once you have submitted your request, one of our team members will contact you confirming the number of participants already enrolled.
You may also request additional Cuba travel services using the bookings form below.
A 20% deposit is required to secure your booking.


Date
Photographer Guide
Cost
Availability
Sep 18 - 23, 2017
Marcel Hernandez
On Request
Nov 13 - 18, 2017
Marcel Hernandez
$1699.20
Jan 18 - 23, 2018
Marcel Hernandez
$1699.20
Mar 19 - 24, 2018
Marcel Hernandez
$1699.20
May 7 - 13, 2018
Marcel Hernandez
$1424.40
Jun 25 - 30, 2018
Marcel Hernandez
$1424.40
Aug 14 - 19, 2018
Marcel Hernandez
$1424.40
Oct 1 - 6, 2018
Marcel Hernandez
$1424.40

- Full Itinerary -

  • camera_enhanceDay 1
    Following your arrival in Havana's José Martí Airport you will be taken to renowned Hotel Capri. On the way to the hotel you will get your first impressions of Cuba while motoring across several principal avenues. You can always ask the driver to pull over for a short moment if you see a good shot on the way. Check in at the hotel and meet us a while later for a welcome cocktail and orientation talk. During this time, your tour leader(s) will provide essential information on the activities scheduled and the country itself, and will also answer all of your questions. We then leave you some spare time for accommodation and refreshment.

    Next we take you to world-famous Hotel Nacional de Cuba, where your first photo gig will take place. The hotel was the preferred venue for Mafia leaders in the 1940's and 50's. This is where organised crime conventions took place, attending Charles "Lucky" Luciano, Al Capone and Meyer Lansky, amongst many other capos. The hotel takes pride on being Cuba's most-visited by celebrities from all over the world. There is a large garden and terrace overlooking the sea, which has an outstanding vantage point view of the Malecón and colonial fortresses on the other side of the bay. Excellent dusk and nighttime photos of the Malecón are guaranteed!
  • camera_enhanceDay 2
    Right after buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will be shooting in the streets of Havana's historic district. Be sure to pack your best architecture and street photography gear and don't forget to bring some spare batteries along, as the day will be jampacked with stopovers, landmarks and awesome spots. It is in the streets where you can truly become aware of ordinary life in Havana and Cuba overall. There will be a great many of opportunities to capture extraordinary happenings in Cubans' ordinary life. The city and the country itself are full of awe-inspiring moments that make great environmental shots.

    Your local photographer-guide will also point out buildings of interest you may want to photograph and guide you through a vast array of Old Havana's landmarks. They include the Castillo de la Real Fuerza, the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, the Plaza de Armas and Plaza Vieja, the Convento de San Francisco de Asís, Old Havana's Malecón portion, the Avenida del Puerto and the Parque Central and surroundings, where the Capitolio and magnificent Gran Teatro Alicia Alonso are located.

    After this first expedition to the inwards of the city, the group will be heading back to the hotel for a pool-side lunch,* where a networking event will be taking place. This event offers a great opportunity for you to meet local photographers and enquire about their body of work and lives as professional photographers in Cuba. As part of this networking event we have scheduled a fashion and portraits photo shoot with models from the Idilio Tropical show. Dinner is at VIP Havana Restaurant, one of today's finests in La Habana.

    *This day's lunch is not included in the tour price.
  • camera_enhanceDay 3
    Day three focuses on iconic, modern Havana locations, like the Plaza de la Revolución, Vedado's Malecón portion, 23rd Street and Paseo Avenue. This is where you'll find an ensemble of Republican Havana's architecture, featuring some magnificent and well-preserved Art-Deco landmarks. Vedado was the preferred district by the wealthy to build their luxurious homes -in some cases high-end mansions-, from the 1920s and up to 1959, the year a new world order was established on the island, following the triumph of the Revolution led by Fidel Castro. Over time, the whole of the Republican mansions in the Vedado area were turned into schools, or estate-run cultural institutions, or given to multiple lower-class families to split and inhabitate in bulks, which they have now been doing for generations. Contrast between two completely different historic moments will most-likely amaze you.

    Coming up next we have arranged a city-cruise experience on American vintage cars from Vedado to poetic Cojimar, a fishermens' village in the outskirts of the city, where Ernest Hemingway found inspiration to write his Pulitzer-winning novel The Old Man and the Sea. You will also have the opportunity to visit Hemingway's estate and country house at Finca Vigía, located in San Francisco de Paula town. Later on, we will head to Guanabacoa, where popular religiousness has some deep roots, for a sneak peek into daily life in this charming barrio.

    Lastly, day three finalises with a night out at the Fábrica de Arte Cubano (FAC), Havana's largest and hippest nightclub and art venue, where all forms of art come together in a bohemian ambiance. At FAC you'll witness some of the best emerging talent in Cuban visual arts. The venue hosts a great many of art events and exhibitions throughout the year, including dedicated photography exhibitions. Plus, there are two stages for musicians and performers overall to milk crowds of young, energetic Cubans, several bars and hang-out areas and a fully equipped cinema, all of which makes an excellent setting to discuss art amidst artists and friends.
  • camera_enhanceDay 4
    The Viñales Valley is one of Cuba's most photographed landscapes and the place we've chosen for you to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse yourself into the Cuban countryside, which is no less full of wonders. Nature and landscape photographers will thrive on their way through day four's schedule. Lush fields growing tobacco and a very unique set of towering mogotes add to the pristine charm of this area.

    A peasant's village, several tobacco-drying houses and the very special nature of the valley itself and its people are to be regarded as the highlights of the day. A shuttle departs from the hotel early in the morning, takes you across Artemisa province -full of green plantations contrasting with the bright red soil- into Pinar del Río province, where the valley is located. Pinar del Río is Cuba's westernmost province and has a character and reputation of its own, as the land where world-class Habanos cigars are produced.

    We will take you to several, rustic tobacco plantations, where you can linger and photograph the making and makers of Cuban cigars in the very core of it. You will also have the opportunity to buy your quota of the real thing at rock bottom prices, directly from producers. There's a myriad of great photo ops in small towns like Guanajay and Bejucal on the way back to the hotel. As was the case in previous days, a local photographer-guide will join you during this excursion out of the city and ensure you enjoy your experience.
  • camera_enhanceDay 5
    On day 5 we'll set flag in Jibacoa, a coastal town and resort. During the daytime, we'll mingle with locals while at their own favorite getaway: the beach, one that's somewhat off-the-beaten track for tourists. Fried chicken, tamales, dominoes and coconuts cracked open and filled with Havana Club spirits are enjoyed by the typical Cuban families while on their beach time. This is a great moment to meet joyful, charismatic Cubans and make some new, local friends.
    During the evening there will be a camera roll review with your photographer-guide and a dinner all together.
  • camera_enhanceDay 6
    It's been nearly a week full of amazing, new experiences in the Caribbean's hippest destination. By now, your time in both eclectic Havana and pristine Viñales has made you a sharp image on what daily life consists of in Cuba. You would have probably captured some of your best photos yet. Sadly, it's time for a farewell.

    Following breakfast at Hotel Capri you will have some spare time to relax by the pool before you are taken to meet your flight back home. You can now get some closure to your trip relaxing by the pool while flickering through your own and exciting Cuba imagery.

- Important Info -

  • hotelAccommodation
    Whilst we have visited all hotels featured in this tour, you need to be advised that sometimes even in top end hotels in Cuba, the standard are of the same as in other counties you might have previously visited.

    Right now Cuba is an exciting destination, with rapidly changing local conditions and legislation. Hence, Cuba has seen a massive increase in tourism lately, which has put a strain on local tourist infrastructure. While we will strive to operate our tours as closely to published, minor tour modifications, such as accommodation changes, may be necessary with no advance notice. In any case, we guarantee that the itinerary and activities will not be affected.
  • restaurantMeals
    Unless differently specified, only breakfast is included. Food in Cuba is very tasty and cheap, locals take their time to eat all together around a table and fast foods restaurants are still not very common, although recently some have opened their doors; allow USD25-30 per meal if not included. In our itinerary, we have included restaurant suggestions, so members can eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. Although recommended, there is no obligation to do so.
  • card_membershipTourist Cards / Visas
    Not included in this package.
    Almost everybody needs a Cuban Tourist Card/Visa to enter in Cuba. You can check our website www.cubavisas.com for more information.
  • local_hospitalMedical Travel Insurance
    Not included in this package.
    From 01 May 2010 all tourists entering Cuba will require "Medical Travel Insurance" that is on a Government approved list. We urge you to check with your insurance provider to ensure your policy is on the list of approved providers. If it is not, tourists will be forced to purchase a Government approved policy on arrival in Cuba. The cost of buying this insurance in Cuba will be in addition to any insurance already purchased, and it is likely the rates for these polices will be inflated compared to what you may purchase in advance from home.
  • monetization_onMoney
    Cuba has 2 different currency: CUC for non-Cuban citizens and CUP for Cuban nationals. The value of CUC is set 1:1 with the USD. However, when exchanging USD in CUC a commission of 10% is applied.

    CUCs are only available in Cuba and they can be purchased at the Cuban airports, banks, some hotels and Cadecas or Casas de Cambio (currency exchange offices). In the main cities ATMs are available. Cards accepted in Cuba are Visa, MasterCard and for Americans Stonegate Bank and Banco Popular de Puerto Rico - you should check with your financial institutions for the latest information. You will be charged a 3% processing fee for a cash advance from the Cuban bank as well as whatever your home bank charges.
  • location_onJoining Instruction
    Our photographer/guide will welcome you at Havana international airport, if you arrive in Cuba on the same day the tours starts. If you cannot find him, please contact the emergency number provided or make your own way to Hotel Capri (or the alternative starting hotel if you have been notified of a modification).

    If you arrive in Cuba before the tour starting date, please meet our photographer/guide directly at Hotel Capri (or the alternative starting hotel if you have been notified of a modification).

    If your arrival to Cuba is for any reason delayed, please contact our Sales and Customer Service Team as soon as possible (sales@cubafotografia.com). We will have to start the tour on the set date anyway, unless you are travelling in a group and this tour is exclusive to your group.
  • assignment_indTour Leader
    While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad knowledge of Cuba, including historical, cultural and religious aspects, aside of the socio-cultural side which they live and experience on their everyday life.

    Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned for that day other than your welcome meeting in the evening, so you can arrive at any time. Similarly the last day is a departure day during which no activities have been planned.
  • local_mallWhat to Take
    Your photography equipment!
    We recommend a practical and easy to carry luggage or backpack - you must be able to carry your own package throughout the whole itinerary - and a good size day pack.
  • playlist_add_checkCheck List
    Documents:
    Flight info and tickets
    Insurance info + photocopies
    Passport + photocopies
    Tourist Card / Visa + photocopies
    Vouchers + photocopies

    Essentials:
    Your photography equipment + extra memory cards and batteries
    Cash, credit and debit cards
    First-aid kit (Aspirin, Ibuprofen, band aids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhoea, rehydration powder, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
    Sunscreen lotion
    Flash light/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
    Sun hat/bandana
    Outlet adapter
    Personal entertainment (cards, music player, reading and writing materials, etc.)
    Sunglasses
    Toiletries
    Watch and alarm clock
  • local_atmTipping
    Not included in this package.
    As in most of South and Central American countries, tipping expected, though not mandatory. The salary of state-owned enterprises is quite low, so although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to some of the people you will meet. Your hotel maid, waitress or taxi driver will value your tips (propinas in Cuba).
  • directions_runOptional Activities
    Our CubaFotografia Expeditions are quite tight, but please feel free to let us know if you would like to participate in any additional activity.

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