Cuba, Her People & Culture Tour February 28-March 7, 2014 - when this is full, we will use the following:
March 7-14, 2014
Friday at 8:30 a.m. to depart from Miami
through the following Friday at 3:30 p.m. We recommend that you arrive in Miami on the Thursday before
and leave Miami the Saturday after the cultural tour ends.
$4,900 for participants including the Miami/Havana/Miami charter airfare
$3,200 for non-photographing spouses/guests, including charter airfare
Limit 12 participants per tour plus one non-photographing spouse or guest each Click
here for more information about accommodations, nearest airport, etc.
Cuba Cultural Travel is an organization that has specialized in travel to Cuba since 1998. The Obama administration passed an executive order making it easier for Americans to visit Cuba. OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control, a branch of the U.S. Department of the Treasury) has issued licenses to a select number of tour companies to operate what are known as People-to-People trips, and Cuba Cultural Travel is one of them. We have worked with them to tailor our people-to-people, cultural exchanges to the cultural and visual interests of our group.
We will be based in the heart of Old Havana, the capital of the country and its commercial and cultural center since colonial times. Here, we will experience the wonderful, rustic, photogenic charm of a city that has remained largely unchanged for over 50 years. We will meet the Cuban people and learn about daily life both in this amazing, complex city and in nearby towns to which we will travel to see special, cultural treasures. That said, Havana is the main focus of our trip, the center for art, music (jazz), dance (ballet and flamenco), and film, and what many consider to be the most beautiful city in the Caribbean, complete with fading paint, cracking stonework, old cars, and wonderful faces to photograph. This is an ideal trip for your spouse or significant other, as there will plenty for them to do and see.
Setting the Stage
Sign-ups have already started for 2014, so if you want to join us, you will need to fill out your preliminary application right away, as acceptances are on a first-come/first-serve basis. As soon as you hear from us that you have been accepted, you will need to fill out the official, Cuba Cultural Travel application (that we will e-mail to you) and send in your $1,000 deposit/per person (credit cards not accepted because of US sanctions). Check the Click here for more information link at the top of this page for details.
Everyone will meet in Miami the morning of the first Friday and head for Cuba on a charter flight. You will return the following Friday afternoon, so if you are flying in, we recommend you arrive Thursday before your trip and head back home the Saturday after you return to Miami in case of delays.
You will get a detailed itinerary, but please note that there will be plenty of opportunity to photograph. The itinerary, however, must be OKed by both OFAC and the Cuban government, so it will be worded according to certain guidelines. For example, as much as time permits, we will have meetings where we can socialize and share stories and images both amongst ourselves and with our Cuban friends. That said, know that our schedule is pretty full, so you can experience as much as possible of Cuba in our short time there. Also note, this is a people-to-people cultural tour designed for photographers and their guests rather than a regular photo workshop.
Cuba has a rich and varied cultural heritage. Since the revolution (the new government was put in place in January of 1959), there has been an aggressive program of cultural reforms that has promoted artistic talent on the island. The result is a highly respected collection of art, music, and dance institutions and academies that have gained international acclaim. Even in the face of economic difficulties, Cuba continues to place a high value on artistic creativity and maintains its cultural integrity.
During our stay, we will be hosted by a variety of local scholars and artists who will offer in-depth commentary on art, music, dance, photography, architecture, history, and religion. We will meet and be able to photograph many leading artists, musicians, dancers, and fellow photographers in their studios, attend private dance and music performances and enjoy the company of students, professors, and historians. Throughout our tour we will enjoy the type of intimate, personal exchanges that build lifelong relationships.
This trip will not only bring us together with the wonderful, friendly, open people of Cuba, but will enable us to develop friendships and a new understanding of the rich and varied cultural fabric of this unique island nation. A true people-to-people exchange! Our time in Cuba in 2013 was amazing, and we cannot wait to return.
Round trip airfare MIA / HAV / MIA on chartered airline
7 hotel nights of single-occupancy (the hotels charge us per person, not per room)
A Cuban photographer guide
A HavanaTur guide (we have requested the same one we had in 2013)
A HavanaTur driver on a bus dedicated to us for the week
Daily breakfast at the hotel and 3 lunches (tips are NOT included)
One dinner (tips are NOT included)
Sheduled transportation during tour
Airport transfers to Hotel and back
Cuban Insurance (health and evacuation) included in airline ticket
Compliance with US Treasury Department
Cuban tourist visa ($50)
Fees related to 3 cultural exchange events
Transport to/from Miami
Hotel stay in Miami
Airline baggage fees (individuals pay $20 per bag up to 44 lbs., $2.00 for each pound thereafter)
6 dinners & 4 lunches
Tickets for events not listed on the itinerary (we may sometimes have the option to add events outside the regular itinerary)
Individualized hotel expenses (mini bar, room service, laundry fees, etc)
Patio de Pelegrin Donation ($150) or Trejo Boxing Gym (split amongst group)
Fun tour of Havana in 50's-vintage convertibles (≈ 10-12 CUC)
Gratuities for guides and driver. Recommendation $5/day/guide and $3/day/driver
Thank-you donations (≈ 25 CUC, to be updated and detailed later)
Cuban Airport Departure tax (25 CUC)
As of this writing, 1 CUC ≈ $1.13 USD.
We are advised that you should plan on bringing approximately $1,000 in cash. There are safes in the rooms. You will get a suggested budget to plan for your tour.
Please let us know ASAP if you want to go on this tour, and we will let you know if your application was received in time.
Those who sign up for this incredible opportunity will get full details and an itinerary. Note, however, that the itinerary is always subject to change, but the basics will remain the same.