Colours of Cuba

Tour Leader: Serge Krouglikoff

This is a ‘bucket-list’ destination for photographers and non-photographers alike. On this 10-day Tour, we take you to hidden locations, uncovering the wonders of real Cuban life, away from the bustle of the newly renovated tourist areas.

The itinerary is a mixture of raw street photography and scheduled photo shoots (pre-arranged locations, models & musicians) to ensure you go home with a wide variety of authentic and iconic shots. This workshop is particularly rich in portraits photography where you will be spoilt for choice.

Stepping back in time, we experience the simplicity of life the way ‘it used to be’; beautiful colonial architecture, from restored palaces to crumbling former mansions; Cubans selling their wares and children playing in the streets or practicing sport in the outdoor gyms in the back streets; Classic 1950s American cars; singers, musicians and dancers (ballet, salsa, rumba) and the seldom-visited rural countryside, farms and life on horse-back.

We stay in a 5-star hotel in Havana and a charming, recently renovated, traditional Cuban Hotel in Trinidad, ensuring your comfort.

Create Away has partnered with local people to make this a genuine immersion of Cuban culture, never to forget. In a small group, you will be guided by Serge every step of the way. With his career as a fashion photographer, he will explain how to photograph people and obtain a great portrait. Whilst this tour is not physically challenging, the street photography requires a certain amount of walking around the old towns.

Don’t believe what people say about it being too late to visit Cuba – Create Away’s Cuba is still authentic and we are here to help you take away magical & colourful photos of warm, endearing people in a beautiful country.

You can choose to arrive a day early if you would like to rest after travel or if you would like us to arrange a guided historical tour of the City of Havana, prior to the start of the workshop (please ask Ros for further details)

Day 1. (Sunday 2 Feb) – Travel to Havana

Travel to Havana. You will be collected in arrivals for transfer to the hotel to settle in.
Optional group dinner in the evening (depending on your flight arrival time).

Day 2. (Monday 3 Feb) – Havana

09h30, after breakfast, we meet in the hotel lobby for a welcome briefing meeting.

10h45 we set off for the first shoot with Ballet dancers at an outdoor location in the back streets of Havana.

After the shoot, we stay in old Havana for lunch.

After lunch, we have the first walking tour of the old part of the city, which includes some iconic Cuban street life for you to capture.

At the end of the day, we head to the famous Malecon (sea front) to photograph old American cars whizzing by and we finish with a shoot of a musician playing on the sea wall, with Havana on the horizon, at sunset.

We return to the hotel and those wishing to join the group will meet for dinner in the hotel at 19h30.

Day 3. (Tuesday 4 Feb) – Havana

We leave the hotel at 08h30 for a private meeting with one of Castro’s fascinating photographers.

After the meeting we go directly to the old Boxing Ring to capture the elite boxers in training.

Return to the hotel. Free time.

14h30 In the afternoon we go on a vintage American car tour with a Cuban model and a musician, who we photograph at various locations. We finish the tour with a shoot at the American car restoration garage before heading for a final shoot at Revolution Square on the way back to the hotel.

19h20 we meet in the lobby to walk to a nearby restaurant for dinner (optional).

Day 4. (Wednesday 5 Feb) – Havana

06h45 meet in the hotel lobby to photograph a saxophonist in and around the art deco hotel and pool with its iconic 50s diving board.

Free time.

10h30 We depart to visit a Cuban Cigar factory.

Return to the hotel. Free time.

14h00 we set off in the car for another walking tour of Old Havana for a mixture of street life and organised shoots. We finish with a rooftop shoot and cocktail at sunset.

Walk to a local restaurant for dinner (optional) or return to the hotel.

Day 5. (Thursday 6 Feb) – Havana

09h30 after breakfast, we set off for a photo shoot in a beautiful old colonial house. We spend the first hour taking photos of the house and then we capture portraits of ballet dancers in the different rooms.

13h00 return to the hotel for lunch & free time.

15h30-18h00 depart for a shoot of rumba and contemporary dancers in a beautiful old building.

Return to the hotel.

19h30 we leave for dinner (optional) at a lovely seafront restaurant.

Day 6. (Friday 7 Feb) – Havana to Trinidad

Check out of the hotel.

09h00-15h30 we leave for Trinidad stopping in Cienfuegos for lunch on the way.

Free time.

19h00 For those wishing to join the group, we leave for dinner (optional) just a short walk away.

Day 7. (Saturday 8 Feb) – Trinidad

07h00-08h30 walking guided tour of the backstreets of Trinidad.

Return to the hotel for breakfast.

10h00-12h00 we leave in the car to capture the horse and carts coming in to town with their hay bales and wares and then we continue back into town for street life photography.

Return to the hotel. Free time.

14h30-18h00 we depart to visit the rural outskirts of Trinidad including farm life and street life in a small town.

19h30 We head into the centre of town to a traditional Cuban restaurant for dinner (optional) with live music & salsa dancers.

Day 8. (Sunday 9 Feb) – Trinidad

06h45 we set off for an outdoor shoot with salsa dancers.

08h15 return to the hotel for breakfast.

09h30 we photograph children training in an old gym.

Return to the hotel. Free time.

15h00-17h00 Portrait shoot with a model at an old colonial house and in different locations in the old town.

19h30 Dinner at a local restaurant (optional).

Day 9. (Monday 10 Feb) – Trinidad

07h00 We have a second shoot with different salsa dancers in a new location.

We return to the hotel for breakfast.

After breakfast we meet for a critique/review session.

In the afternoon free time for a final walk to capture street life in the old town and to pack ready to leave in the morning.

19h30 Closing group dinner at a local restaurant (optional).

Day 10. (Tuesday 11 Feb) – Return to Havana

07h00 We photograph a musician with a Double Bass before returning to the hotel for breakfast and check out.

09h30 Depart for Havana.

Flights home from 19h00.

Create Away has tried and tested all the locations and shoots and we are partnered by local Cubans, to accompany us throughout.

Create Away has tried and tested all the locations and shoots and we are partnered by local Cubans, to accompany us throughout

Led by expert photographer, Serge Krouglikoff

Photo shoots include:
  • Street life in the back-streets of Havana & Trinidad, away from the tourist spots
  • Cuba’s elite boxers in training
  • Cuban dancers (shoots include Ballet, Rumba, Salsa)
  • Cuban life at the Malecon
  • Art deco house in all its glory
  • Rural Cuba and life in the countryside & farms
  • Sunset city views
  • American Classic Cars & restoration garage
  • Private meeting with one of Castro’s closest photographers
  • Airport transfers to and from Havana airport, as per the times specified on the itinerary (other transfers are not included but can be arranged by us)
What’s included in the price:
  • Airport transfers*
  • B&B Hotel accommodation in Old Havana & Trinidad
  • Expert guidance throughout
  • All transportation
What’s excluded:
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Meals, snacks & drinks (except breakfast)
  • Tips

*airport transfers are guaranteed on workshops days only

Single occupant (en-suite): £3466 per person
A deposit of 25% is payable at the time of booking

*To join our workshops, you need to have a good understanding of how your own camera works (how to set it up in Manual, Aperture and Shutter priority) and understand about exposure.

What is included in the price:
  • 8 nights B&B – Havana 5-star hotel / Trinidad Luxury B&B (Casa)Airport transfers to and from Havana airport, as per the times specified on the itinerary (other transfers are not included but can be arranged by us)
  • All transportation during your workshop
  • All photo shoots mentioned on the itinerary
  • Guidance throughout by expert professional photographer, Serge Krouglikoff

Check out the optional extra 3 nights in a Caribbean beach resort (ask Ros for details)

Before you book your flights, you might like to consider arriving a day or two earlier or staying a day or two after the workshop to make the most of the beautiful region and sunshine – we also offer an amazing horse riding experience and can recommend other excursions & activities – just ask Ros for further details.

Bookings & Payment:

Payment by bank transfer (please request our banking details) or by PayPal online

Looking for dates?
Our workshops are available throughout the year.
  • 2 – 11 February 2024

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Colours of Cuba


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