Trip Type : Group Tour
Cuba Photography Tour tour
Havana Topes de Collantes Cuba Photography Tour Trip

Cuba Photography Tour

Authentic Cuba Travel
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
7 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Travel to Havana, Vinales, Cienfuegos, Trinidad
  • Explore Havana Historical Centre, a UNESCO Heritage Site
  • Travel to UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vinales Valley
  • Guided tour of Cienfuegos city, UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Guided tour of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Trinidad
  • Discover the natural beauty of Topes de Collantes National Park
  • Photograph the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sugar Mill Valley
  • Private visit to the studios of renowned Cuban photographers
  • Review Cuba's Photographic Patrimony at Fototeca de Cuba
  • Tour of the Cuba's National Art Schools (Photography Workshop)
  • Guided tour of the Museum of Fine Arts' Cuban Collection
  • Explore Cuba's famous tobacco farms in Pinar del Rio
  • Visit to Hamel alleyway, a picturesque street in Centro Habana
  • Meet Cuban young artists at the Experimental Printing Workshop
  • Visit most prestigious Cuban photography institutions

Short Description

If you’re involved with photography on any level, Authentic Cuba Travel has Cuba photography tours that are sure to spark your interest! It’s perfect for anyone with an academic interest in Latin American, Cuban, or contemporary photography, as well as those who enjoy one on one exchange with another culture—not to mention the opportunity to take photographs in an incredible variety of authentic Cuba settings. 

Cuba cultural tours are designed to accommodate photographers with various levels of experience. Whether you are a professional photojournalist, a fine art photographer, or just someone who enjoys making personal snapshots, the authentic Cuba we’ll share with you is one that you’re not likely to forget—with or without the photos you’ll take home! 

During your Cuba travel, you’ll be exposed to many facets of authentic Cuban culture: from historic locations to unspoiled rural areas to picturesque communities.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Havana
End City Havana

Trip Includes

Unless otherwise detailed, your tour or Cuba-side costs include ground transportation and accommodations on the island, all breakfasts, lunches and dinners as noted in your itinerary (unless noted as not included), admissions and entrance fees (unless noted as not included), an expert bilingual guide/translator. Tour prices are based on double room (shared) occupancy. Specific inclusions and exclusions in the itinerary you have purchased will govern in all matters above. 

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Itinerary

Day 1: “Hello Cuba!”

After your arrival at Jose Marti International Airport, you’ll begin your Cuba Photography Adventure with a brief bus ride to Hotel Nacional.

Your Authentic Cuba Travel guide will facilitate the group check-in at this lovely national landmark hotel in the heart of the vibrant, Vedado Neighborhood.

Day 2: UNESCO World Heritage Site, Viñales Valley

Morning: Your photographic Cuba travel experience will begin right away with a day trip to Vinales Valley. Visually striking, the valley contains a number of unusual geological features including caverns and magotes—rocky hills with cliff-like sides and domed tops.

After meeting with traditional tobacco farmers in the valley, your Cuba travel will make a stop at the “Mural de la Prehistoria.” Leovigildo Morillos painted this giant mural on the side of a magote in the early 1960s.

Lunch: Have lunch upon arrival at Cueva del Indio.

After lunch, your Cuba journey will continue with a fascinating boat ride through Cueva del Indio on its underground stream. Part of a massive system of caverns, the caves were used by early Amerindians—as evidenced by cave painting—and as a hiding place for African slaves escaping their Spanish masters.

During the afternoon you’ll have time to wander Viñales town and to photograph its quaint small houses and local church, take-in the handicraft market or Viñales’ famous cigar shop, or just enjoy snapping the world as it strolls by your lens.

Return to hotel.

Evening: After refreshing yourself at the hotel, Authentic Cuba Travel suggests visiting Club La Zorra y El Cuervo. It’s a must-do for jazz enthusiasts and a great way for anyone who enjoys music to experience the jazz stylings of authentic Cuba. (Not included.)

Day 3: Experience Old and New Havana- Real Cuba

Morning: Day three of your Cuba tour begins with an introduction by Dr. Miguel Coyula, a leading urban planner responsible for overseeing Havana’s development. Dr. Coyula, a thoughtful and informative tour guide, will explain Havana’s architectural history and the efforts underway to preserve its heritage while meeting modern needs. A Scale Model of Old Havana will help you visualize how the city has expanded and transformed.

You’ll continue our Cuba journey overview with a motor coach tour through various sections of Havana City. You’ll see modern construction and public art in places like the Square of Revolution and the University of Havana, as well as contrasting, traditional, buildings and monuments like the Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón.

This tour is followed with an authentic Cuba luncheon at La Mina restaurant.

Afternoon: Get your cameras ready as your authentic Cuba tour continues with a walk through Old Havana. This UNESCO World Heritage Site provides ample opportunity to take some great photos as you stroll through ‘Habana Vieja’s’ historic squares.

From the Square of Arms where the Spanish colonial forces conducted their drills, to the monumental, baroque Cathedral that gives Cathedral Square its name, you’ll be treated to people watching, colonial architecture, and a pace of life that can only be described as authentic Cuba.

You’ll have the chance to see the magnificent restoration work that has been done on buildings like the 16th century, Castillo de la Real Fuerza, a Spanish fortress complete with a water-filled moat.

Another visual treat will be a stop in to observe the young lithographers making prints at the Taller Experimental de Gráfica.

Your Cuba cultural tour of Old Havana will continue past rambling little side streets into the Square of San Francisco and then to Plaza Vieja, the crossroads of Old Havana featuring a mix of architecture varying from art nouveau to baroque.

The final stop of the day includes a chance to both shop and take photographs in Old Havana’s delightful handicraft market. You’ll find handmade pottery, jewelry and leather goods, authentic Cuba clothing, and fanciful paper maché.

Return to hotel.

Tonight there will be the chance to shoot photographs while soldiers in 18th century costumes shoot cannons! Making the short journey across the harbor with your Authentic Cuba Tours guide, you’ll get a taste of a popular tradition, as well as a stellar view of Havana, at the “Fire of the Cannon of 9 O'Clock.”

Day 4: Art and Photography in the Cuban Capital

Morning: Returning to Plaza Vieja, you’ll be immersed in Cuban photography at the Fototeca de Cuba, a preeminent archive, museum, and exhibition space.

During your visit, you’ll have a chance to view the permanent and rotating photographic exhibitions, as well as talk to the staff about their ongoing projects to study, preserve and exhibit the photographic legacy of the authentic Cuba.

On our way to lunch, there will be a wonderful photographic opportunity at Callejon de Hamel, an innovative and imaginative community art installation. Using entire buildings as canvases, Salvador Gonzales grounds his fantastic paintings and mesmerizing sculptures in themes taken from Afro-Cuban legend. Mr. Gonzales will also be present to meet with the Authentic Cuba photo tour to discuss the impact of community art.

Lunch: Our midday meal today will include a little food for the soul as we visit the residence and workplace of one of Cuba’s most original and well-known artists. Our luncheon host, Jose Fuster, works in a variety of mediums and is a wonderful ambassador for Cuban culture.

Afternoon: Our Cuba cultural agenda this afternoon offers an intimate look into the world of some established photographers as well as a glimpse of Cuba’s photographic future.

With studio visits to well-known contemporary photographers like Juan Carlos Alom and Rene Pena as well as up and coming artists, you’ll have a rare chance to interact photographer to photographer.

Return to hotel.

Evening: Tonight the Cuba photography trip will attend a reception at the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba, a non-governmental, non-profit organization devoted to the promotion of Cuban art. Working to create Cuba cultural bridges to other countries, LFC encourages international dialogue.

Day 5: En Route to Trinidad

Morning: Cuba explorer tours Cienfuegos City en route to Trinidad. Cienfuegos is not a large city, but it is home to one of the busiest harbors on the island.

You’ll have an excellent view of the bay from Palacio de Valle, an opulent, early 20th century home. Originally built for a wealthy sugar merchant, it presents a strikingly eclectic blend of European and Moorish architectural features and has three towers in three distinct architectural styles.

Lunch: The midday meal comes with exquisite scenery at Palacio de Valle.

Afternoon: After lunch, it’s time for a walking tour and a chance to photograph this stunning World Heritage Site. Your Authentic Cuba odyssey continues with a stroll through the old city, a fabulous example of early urban planning.

Singled out by UNESCO for its extensive and well-preserved Neo-classical architecture, Cienfuegos boasts 333 structures built in the 19th century or earlier. Cienfuegos is also home to the Paseo de Prado, the longest tree-lined boulevard on the island.

Known as “The Pearl of the South,” Cienfuegos offers much to please the photographer’s eye including gorgeous domed buildings, an asymmetrical Cathedral with stunning stained glass, and the Tomas Terry Theater, a national monument with an excellent ceiling fresco and its original, wooden, theater seats.

Before departing Cienfuegos, you’ll stop at Galleria de Arte Maroya located on the main city park. Featuring a variety of work by local artists and artisans, the gallery is especially known for Fidel Lopez’s handmade replicas of Spanish galleons.

Next up: White sand beaches and ocean waves. Upon arrival in Trinidad, your Authentic Cuba Tours guide will assist you in checking in to the Trinidad del Mar, a full service, beachfront hotel accented with vibrant, tropical colors. Enjoy a swim in either the sea or the pool before a relaxing dinner at the hotel (all meals included in your Trinidad del Mar package).

Day 6: Trinidad & The Valley of Sugar Mills

Morning: You’ll hardly believe you are still in the 21st century as you spend your morning on a guided cultural tour of Trinidad.

You can take plenty of photographs as you walk the streets, visit museums located in historic buildings, and stop at a lookout tower for a breathtaking view of the Sugar Mill Valley.

One unusual stop is the Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra Bandidos, a historical museum housed in a former convent. Dedicated to the struggle against mountain-based counterrevolutionaries, part of an American U2 spy plane brought down over Cuba is also exhibited.

Before lunch you’ll also stop to visit a local family of artisans who have been making handmade pottery for more than 100 years. The Santander Family definitely represents the best of authentic Cuba.

Lunch: Lunch will be served for the Authentic Cuba photographic tour group at Trinidad del Mar.

Afternoon: Enjoy an afternoon and evening on your own to relax, swim, walk the beach, explore the nooks of Trinidad and, of course, take photographs.

For a lively musical outing and a chance to do a little dancing, head over to the Casa de la Música. At 10pm you can join with locals on its sweeping staircase for a salsa show. Full salsa concerts are also held in the rear courtyard for a small cover charge.

Day 7: Topes de Collantes. Cuba Bella!

Morning: Today’s adventure includes a short trip into the Escambray Mountains via Russian army trucks, worthy of their own photographs!

While the south face of the mountains is rather dry, the north facing side of the mountains is home to a wide variety of trees and lush tropical plants.

Lunch: You’ll have an authentic Cuba luncheon at Hacienda Codina. An old Spanish estate, it’s home to numerous species of orchids, medicinal mud baths and gardens, and a cave with a secret passage leading to a spectacular view of Trinidad.

Topes de Collantes offers the chance to take wonderful nature walks during which you may spy—and photograph—the Butterfly Lily, Cuba’ national flower, the Cuban Ivory-Billed Woodpecker, Cuba’s national bird, or some of Cuba’s particular species of hummingbirds.

Afternoon: Return to Havana City and check back into Hotel Nacional.

Day 8: Buen viaje!

Your Cuba photography tour ends with a morning transfer to Jose Marti International Airport.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Accomodations

Hotel Nacional de Cuba-Havana

Hotel Trinidad del Mar, Central Cuba

Cancellation Policy:

If you purchase travel cancellation insurance and are unable to attend for reason of illness or injury, moneys paid can be claimed and refunded to you depending on the conditions outlined in your cancellation and/or travel interruption insurance policy.

Cancellation 60 to 31 days prior to departure | Loss 50% of ground portion of tour.

Cancellation 30 days or less prior to departure | Loss 100% ground costs (all payments).

Air ticket cancellation, changes and air points. Unless otherwise stated all air tickets sold by Authentic Cuba Travel are not refundable. Air Canada tickets can be used for up to one year on the same route. A change fee applies. Date changes to tickets once issued incur a change fee and are subject to availability of new flight dates. Air Canada tickets often do not qualify for AeroPlan points unless upgraded to a higher ticket class and cost. Ticket quotations are valid for 48 hours unless noted otherwise.

Personal responsibility required. Authentic Cuba Travel cannot offer refunds for participants who arrive late or depart early from any program, or for no-shows.

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