February 21-26, 2019
The workshop in Havana, Cuba will be led by Mary Buck, owner of Lightscapes Portrait Studio and Photography Immersion Workshops. She has been a professional photographer for 22 years and has been teaching photography for 9 years. Mary made two trips to Cuba within 3 months in 2016/2017. The Spanish architecture is a perfect backdrop for photographing the people and cars. The photo opts are endless with the variety of textures and hues. It is truly a photographer’s paradise in a total out-of-the-box experience. She is eager to teach others how to improve their photography skills on this tropical island. All skill levels are invited to the workshop. A digital SLR camera or a mirrorless camera is recommended. Cell phone cameras are not the best choice in Cuba.
- Hotel dbl $2730; sgl $3365 – Hotel Nacional is the most famous hotel in Havana.
- Round trip airfare Atl to Havana – $481 + $35 ticketing fee + Visa ($50-$75) Airfare is subject to change.
- Photography Workshop – $550 – optional
TOTAL FEE WITH PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP – DBL – $3871 SGL – $4506
TOTAL FEE W/O PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP – DBL – $3321 SGL – $3956
Register for Cuba Tour, Hotel and Airfare Here.
Fees will be paid separately to Condor Tours and Travel for the hotel and airfare.
For more information contact Mary Buck at (770) 623-1040 or Condor Tours and Travel (770) 339-9961.
Trip insurance is optional but highly recommended.
Condor Tours and Travel is the licensed travel agent and is authorized to provide “People to People” group tours in Cuba.
The Optional Photography Workshop includes:
- “Getting ready” 1 hour workshop in Duluth, Georgia 1 month prior. (or by Skype)
- 3- 2 hour sessions in Havana, working on different skill levels and a 2 hour session one afteroon. Times will be announced before the trip.
- One-on-one mentorship throughout the entire 5 days.
- Wrap-up session in Duluth, Georgia to share photos and receive critiques. (or by Skype.)
Arrive at the US airport about 3 hours prior to flight time.
VISA: We will secure your VISA in advance- You will also receive an affidavit to complete; check the box for General License for People-to-People 525-565 (it may combine educational in the same box)
Exchange some money at the airport exchange booth into the CUBA currency CUC (enough for your first day before you get to hotel, recommended amount $200 per person). You should be able to exchange additional money at the hotel. US Credit cards will not work in CUBA
Upon arrival in Cuba clear customs and immigration, gather your luggage and then meet your Cuba representative at SALON D, PUERTA/GATE 7-8. Your Cuban Tour Guide will accompany you throughout your journey. Unless noted, all pick up/transfer/tour times will be determined on site with your guide. After collecting your bags and exiting customs, you will enjoy a Walking Havana City Tour. You will also learn about the different neighborhoods in Havana.
Following the tour, check in at the hotel and the afternoon at your leisure.
Visit “Fusterlandia”, home a neighborhood of Jose Fuster, known as the “Picasso of the Caribbean” for his amazing and world famous ceramic artistry. You will have an opportunity to have your person tile placed in this neighborhood to mark your spot for perpetuity. This will be unforgettable.
Lunch provided at El Rejoneo, a true Cuban neighborhood “paladar”
Visit Revolution Square and Revolution Museum, the Cuban government’s military museum of past wars and conflicts
Stop by San Jose market to purchase Cuban arts, clothing and paintings.
Later that evening, you will experience Havana’s famous traditional Cannon Firing Ceremony. The ceremony is held each night at the La Cabaña fortress. The Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña was built around 1774 by the Spaniards to control the access of the Havana Port. In the fortress is a museum about Che Guevara. In 1959 Che Guevara took possession of the fortress on his triumphant conquer of Havana during the fall of the dictator Batista. Soldiers dressed in 18th century uniforms fire cannon over Havana Bay at precisely 9 p.m. o’clock. It is a historical reconstruction dating back to the colonial era. Back then, the cannon fire announced the official end of the day and the time to close the city gates for the night. Dinner provided at Paladar El Canonazo, walking distance from the Canon Ceremony
This morning trip to Matanzas and Varadero for a nice day in the beach. On the way, we will have a panoramic tour. We will make a stop on the way at the Bacunayagua Bridge linking the coastal resort region of Varadero with Havana. Located on a small hill, “El Mirador” (The Lookout) gives visitors the chance to enjoy, in all its magnitude, the Bacunayagua Bridge, which marks the traditional border between the provinces of Matanzas and Havana, both in western Cuba. According to experts, the bridge, which is listed among Cuba’s seven wonders of civil engineering of all times, is 110 meters high and was built between 1956 and 1960.
This evening we will meet with a faculty member of the University of Havana to discuss the economic history of Cuba from the perspective of the past, present and future. One hour lecture will also include historical facts about how the Mafia affected Cuban culture. This will include a 1 hour tour of Mafia “hot spots” in Havana. Very, very interesting
Remainder of day devoted to creating art via photography with local Cubans
Optional after lunch, wonder around La Havana and have a cocktail at El Floridita or maybe Ambos Mundos Hotel
Optional night for Tropicana and/or Jazz at The Zorra Azul (additional fee)
Visit an elementary school to visit a classroom. See how a student spends a normal day. We ask that everyone bring at least one lined notebook with pencils for the kids
Finca Vigia, Hemingway’s Cuba house.
In the evening, we will visit the world famous nightclub, the Tropicana Cabaret. You will enjoy watching the glittering spectacle at this beautiful outdoor theater known as “Paradise under the Stars.
Breakfast included at the hotel as fight time allows. Check out
Pick up by your guide for a transfer to the Havana airport for your departure flight.
- 5 nights at Hotel Nacional
- Private Bus or Van with Drivers for 10 hours per day
- All ground transportation and transfers for daily itinerary
- English Speaking Cuba Professional Guide
- All entry fees for daily itinerary listed activities including Antique Cars tour
- One Hour Mafia spots tour
- Lunch at EL Torre with spectacular views
- One hour lecture from University professor in Cuba economics
- Visit to Matanzas and Varadero
- Visit to elementary School
- Hemingway House
- Breakfast every day
- Photography instruction for those who paid for the workshop.
- Mandatory 7.00 CUC daily driver/guide tip per person for the entire stay
- Tropicana show (Can be added)
- Early check in, late check out
- Services and food not listed in the itinerary
- Alcoholic beverages
- Rates are per person, based on number of passengers indicated on the rates
- Based on 6 Passengers
- Accommodations are per person in double room
- Prices are subject to change until paid in full.
- Remember your Passport and VISAs
- Upon arrival in CUBA locate your Representative for transfer service to your hotel if applicable.
- Work with your local guide for $ to CUC exchange
- CREDIT AND DEBIT CARDS ARE NOT ACCEPTED IN CUBA. Make sure to take cash for purchases and for currency exchange.
- When in a foreign country your mobile phone may or may not receive coverage and when in use you may be charged a roaming fee. Prior to departure check with your service company for your plan information.
- We recommend that you do not use the mini bars inasmuch as their prices are very high. However, if you do choose to use the mini bars or make personal, local, or long distance phone calls, or charge any other incidentals to your room, we ask that you settle those charges upon your check-out.
- Tipping: We are frequently asked about tipping. Tips for the driver and local guide(s) are not included and are up to each individual as to what they want to tip. We recommend $3 per person per day for driver and $5 per day per person for guide services. Porter tips are $2 per bag, Maid service at $2 per room night, 10% in restaurants.
- Services are contracted and paid for in advance and there will be no refunds if not used.
- Confirm excursion times with tour representative if applicable
- Limited Internet services may be available.
- Please use in room safes for items of value. We recommend leaving passports, IPods, hand held games, etc. in the safe. Condor Tours & Travel and Condor Outfitters are not responsible for lost or stolen valuables.
Your itinerary, to include tours and accommodations, is approved by the Cuban government. Not noted in your itinerary is a daily “People-to-People” encounter that is assigned on site at the discretion of the government that may affect your itinerary. Although it is uncommon, the Cuban government reserves the right to change your itinerary (tours and/or accommodations) onsite without notice. Your final documents include what we are required to send to all clients visiting Cuba.
Requirements for U.S. Citizens to enter Cuba – Tourist Travel
- U.S. Passport must be valid 6 months beyond intended stay
- Required to hold travel insurance to cover medical expenses while in Cuba and must be purchased at point of origin – we have included their insurance but recommend additional US company
- Tickets and Documents for return or onward travel
- Cuban Departure Tax $28 payable at airport prior to departure
Each client is responsible for obtaining the proper documentation and vaccinations to enter the country (ies) they are planning to visit prior to travel. It is important to remember to contact the airline directly at least 24 hours prior to departure to verify you have the most up-to-date details incase of a schedule change or flight delays and luggage restrictions.
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