Colours of Cuba

Cuba / Worldwide

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  • Cuba / Worldwide
  • 9 days – 8 nights
£3.466,00
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Colours of Cuba

This is a ‘bucket-list’ destination for photographers and non-photographers alike. On this 9-day Tour, we take you to the most photogenic locations, uncovering the wonders of authentic Cuban life.

The itinerary is a mixture of raw street photography and scheduled photo shoots (pre-arranged locations, models & musicians) to ensure you go home with that selection of shots you had dreamt of!

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 & doing sport in the back streets; Classic 1950s American cars; the beauty & warmth of the lovely singing, dancing, smiling Cubans whether in town or in the seldom-visited rural countryside.

We stay in a colonial 5-star hotel in Old Havana and in a beautifully renovated luxury Cuban ‘Casa’ in Trinidad. We have tried and tested the best Cuban restaurants (Paladar) to immerse you in the atmosphere with locals who are contagiously heart-warming and endearing.

Create Away has partnered with local people (not a tourist organisation) 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 and whilst this tour is not physically challenging, the street photography requires a certain amount of walking in the old towns.

Cuba is still unique and we are here to help you take away magical & colourful photos of a bygone era, before it’s too late.

Key facts at a glance:

Create Away has tried and tested all the locations to ensure you get an authentic experience.

  • We are partnered by local Cubans, fluent in English, to accompany us throughout
  • Led by expert photographer, Serge Krouglikoff
  • Photo shoots include:
    • Back streets of Central Havana & Trinidad, away from the tourist spots, including musicians and a model
    • The beautifully restored Old Havana
    • The old boxing ring with Cuba’s elite boxers in training
    • Cuban dancers (shoots include Ballet, Rumba, Salsa)
    • Cuban life at the Malecon
    • Cuban cigar factory
    • Art deco hotels/houses with typical Cuban people
    • Rural Cuba and life in the countryside
    • Sunset city views
    • American Classic Cars & restoration garage
    • Private meeting with one of Castro’s closest photographers
Create Away What’s included in the price: Create Away What’s excluded:
  • Airport transfers*
  • B&B Hotel accommodation in Old Havana & Trinidad
  • Expert guidance throughout
  • All transportation
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Meals, snacks & drinks (except breakfast)
  • Tips

*airport transfers are guaranteed on workshops days only

Day 1

Travel to Havana

On arrival, airport pick up and transfer to your hotel in Old Havana.

Day 2

Havana

After breakfast, we meet for a briefing meeting to go through the itinerary and what to expect in the days to come.

After the meeting, we set off on foot for our first shoot in the back streets of Havana. Here you can photograph the wonders of day-to-day life including a beautiful old Perfumery, a traditional Pharmacy, a typical bar, an old barber shop and a 50s-style factory with ladies at their sewing machines.

Return to the hotel. Optional group lunch. Free time to browse the old city/lunch/rest/ downloading your photos.

Mid-late afternoon we have an outdoor shoot with two Ballet dancers in front of graffiti murals.

We then photograph the cars and a musician at the Malecon as the sun sets.

Dinner in typical Cuban restaurant.

Day 3

Havana

Early morning, we set off to capture Plaza de la Revolucion, before the tourists arrive. We return to the hotel for breakfast.

After breakfast, we head for the old Boxing Ring during the morning training session, and hopefully the famous ex-boxer & trainer ‘The Black Prince’ will grace us with his presence! This is a fabulous opportunity for stunning portraits.

Return to the hotel. Free time for lunch/rest/downloading your photos.

In the afternoon we go on a vintage American open top car tour including a shoot at the American Classic Car restoration garage, visiting the main sights of Havana on the way. On the way back, we stop for a rooftop sunset shoot of Havana from the top of the tallest building in Cuba.

We go straight to dinner at a nearby sea view restaurant.

Day 4

Havana

After an early breakfast, we set off for a photo shoot of ballet dancers in a beautiful atmospheric old building.

Afterwards we photograph some men playing chess by a graffiti wall.

We then have the privilege of a private meeting with one of Castro’s fascinating photographers.

Return to the hotel. Free time to browse the old city/lunch/rest/downloading your photos.

Mid-afternoon, we set off to photograph some art deco houses and hotels with a Cuban model in tow. On the way back, we have our final street walk to capture afternoon city life including kids playing basketball and an old gymnasium.

On the way back, we stop for a cocktail on the roof terrace of a hotel to capture sunset rooftop views over the city.

Dinner in typical Cuban restaurant.

Day 5

Havana

Morning shoot of the cars at the Malecon including a view looking down from a 1st floor building. We then capture the wall graffiti of Havana and an old petrol station. We conclude our morning with a visit to a Cuban Cigar factory.

Return to the hotel. Free time to browse the old city/lunch/rest/ downloading your photos.

In the afternoon, we have a session with Rumba dancers and musicians in a typical house in the ‘Rumba quarter’ of town.

Dinner in typical Cuban restaurant.

Day 6

Havana to Trinidad

Depart for Trinidad, stopping for lunch in Cienfuegos on the way.

Check in and settle at the hotel before walking to dinner at local Cuban restaurant.

Day 7

Trinidad

At sunrise, photograph street life in the historical centre & back streets of Trinidad.

Back to the hotel for breakfast.

After breakfast we have a sexy photo shoot with 2 Salsa dancers.

Return to the hotel. Free time to browse the old town/lunch/rest/ downloading your photos.

In the afternoon we visit the rural outskirts of Trinidad – to capture the back-street life of a typical village and a local farm.

Dinner in local restaurant.

Day 8

Trinidad

We return to the historical centre & back streets at sunrise where we photograph musicians and their instruments.

After breakfast, we have a portraits shoot in a typical colonial home.

Return to the hotel. Free time to browse the old town/lunch/rest/ downloading your photos.

In the afternoon, we have our last shoot of local street life, including a musician and a model.

Day 9

Return to Havana via Santa Clara

Depart for Santa Clara stopping to photograph the farmers and local people in the small towns on the way.

We stop for a light lunch before departing back to Havana for evening flights home (an overnight can be arranged for those who prefer to travel home the next day).

We can also offer an optional 3 extra nights at a Caribbean beach resort to relax & enjoy some R&R with white sand & clear warm sea water (price & availability on request).

£3466 per person (no single supplement)
A deposit of 25% is payable at the time of booking

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
  • 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)

Bookings & Payment:
Payment by bank transfer (please request our banking details) or by PayPal online.

 

 

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Why not treat someone with one of our Gift Vouchers? – available for full or partial workshop prices

 

 

For non-photography partners or friends, we can organise a variety of activities to keep them busy whilst you are out shooting – click here for more details

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