Cuba & Havana Jazz Festival

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 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 steers clear of modern tourism and we are here to help you take away magical & colourful photos of warm, endearing people in a beautiful country.

Day 1. (2 Feb) – Travel to Havana

Travel to Havana. You will be collected in arrivals for transfer to the hotel to settle in.

Day 2. (3 Feb) – Havana

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

We then set off for the first shoot with Ballet dancers at an outdoor location in the back streets of Havana.

In the afternoon, 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 to photograph the day to day streetlife, with Havana on the horizon, at sunset.

Day 3. (4 Feb) – Havana

We leave the hotel at 08h30 for a private meeting with one of Castro’s fascinating photographers, who has a story or two to tell!

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

In the afternoon we go on a vintage American car tour. 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.

Day 4. (5 Feb) – Havana

In the morning we visit a Cuban Cigar factory – no trip to Cuba is complete without one!

In the afternoon we set off 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.

Day 5. (6 Feb) – Havana

After breakfast, we set off for a photo shoot in a beautiful old colonial/art-deco house. We spend the first hour taking photos of the fascinating interior and contents of the house and then we capture portraits of ballet dancers in the different rooms.

In the afternoon we leave for a shoot with ballet dancers in a different beautiful old building. We also photograph a game of street chess – a typical sight in Havana.

Day 6. (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 to unpack and settle into the hotel.

Day 7. (8 Feb) – Trinidad

We set off early morning for a walking guided tour of the backstreets of Trinidad as the city wakes up.

Return to the hotel for breakfast and then we leave in the car to capture the horse and carts coming in to town with their hay bales and wares and then we head back into town for street life photography.

In the afternoon we visit the rural outskirts of Trinidad including farm life and street life in a small town.

Day 8. (9 Feb) – Trinidad

In the morning we photograph children training in an old gym.

In the afternoon we capture typical Cuban portraits at an old colonial house and in different locations in the old town.

Day 9. (10 Feb) – Trinidad

Early morning we photograph a musician with a Double Bass in and around Trinidad in different locations.

We return to the hotel for breakfast, after which 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.

Day 10. (11 Feb) – Return to Havana

09h30 Depart for Havana.

Flights home from 19h00 (an extra night at the hotel can be arranged if necessary)

Create Away has tried and tested all the locations and shoots and we are partnered by local Cubans, to accompany us throughout.
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
  • Cuban life at the Malecon
  • Ballet dancers in different locations including a beautiful old Art deco house
  • 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
Single occupant (en-suite): £4980 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.


Please note we sometimes run this workshop back to front. Also, there is a minimum number of people required, so please do not book your flights until you have checked with us.

What is included in the price:
  •  9 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
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.
  • 26 January – 4 February 2025
  • 2 – 11 February 2026
  • 26 January - 4 February 2025
  • 2 – 11 February 2026

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Cuba & Havana Jazz Festival


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