Cuba Photo Tour
Spring 2017 - April 14-22
People to People Cultural Exchange
with John Greengo & Kenna Klosterman
For our fourth year in a row, John Greengo Photography Tours invites you to visit Cuba with us in Spring 2017!
Our unique journey will take us to Havana and beyond. Havana is the capital of the country and its commercial and cultural center since colonial times. As you stroll the streets being passed by classic cars, you will experience the wonderful rustic charm of a city that has remained largely unchanged for over 50 years. We've created itineraries where we'll meet and interact with warm, diverse, and spirited Cubans and a variety of artists, musicians, and community groups. These encounters will undoubtedly make for special memories and intimate photographic moments.
The best time is now
As the door to Cuba has just squeaked open a bit, it's the perfect time to see and experience its distinctive culture, history, music, dance, art, architecture and cuisine. With the recent improvement in relations between Cuba and US changes are in store for the small island nation. Cuba's mystique may disappear as the modern tourism industry invades this tiny island. Get there now as it won't be the same in 5 years!
Our photo tours are open to all, no matter where you hail from and no matter what your interest in photography is. In addition to providing you with the best photo opps in Cuba, we’ll also focus on meeting people and experiencing the culture. Good times and learning experiences are sure to be had by all.
Important Trip Details
- Apr. 14 - Apr 22
- Tour starts and ends in Havana
- Small group size of max 12 travelers + guides
- Two Cuban photo guides for insider's access to Havana
- Included - all lodging, in-country transportation, and many meals
- 100% legal for US citizens
- Deposit secures your spot, first come first serve
- Recommendations for new commercial flight to Havana provided
- $5,125 Double occupancy (based on 10-12 participants)
- $5,525 Single occupancy (based on 10-12 participants)
April 14 - April 22
Havana & Viñales
Led by John Greengo & Kenna Klosterman
Day 1 - Friday April 14
Participants will fly independently to Havana using the newly established U.S. commercial airfare service to Cuba. Participants are expected to arrive before noon. Upon arriving in Havana, our Cuban guide, professional photographer Alain Gutíerrez, will welcome the group and accompany us for the duration of our trip. Check-in to Casa Particulares, Cuba's newest entrepreneurs, home owners who have opened their house to travelers. Sunset photography on the Malecón. Dinner on the rooftop at Paladar Atelier in Vedado. HAVANA D.
Day 2 - Thursday April 15
Meet your second Photo Guide Néstor Marti. On some occasions the group will split into smaller groups. Daily meeting times can be arranged on a day-to-day basis so as to best suit the program. Walk along Obispo Street, a pedestrian promenade, stopping at some of the most significant buildings such as the Art Deco style La Moderna Poesia, the Ambos Mundos Hotel, and the banks of the former Havana Wall Street. Evening driving tour through the city, see the Plaza de la Revolucion. Dinner at the stylish Paladar Río Mar located at La Puntilla in Miramar. HAVANA B.L.D.
Day 3 - Friday April 16
Ferry to Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Regla: Santeria Church. As important as it is diminutive, the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Regla, which lies just behind the boat dock in the municipality of Regla, has a long and colorful history. HAVANA B. D.
Day 4 - Saturday April 17
Visit Havana’s Christopher Colon Cemetery, produce market, Centro Pro Danza ballet school, home of artist José Fuster. Late afternoon break and image review. Tour of the Vedado neighborhood visiting the most iconic buildings of Havana’s modernist movement. We will stop at the Habana Libre hotel, the Pabellon Cuba and the Riviera Hotel. Tour the iconic Hotel Nacional de Cuba overlooking the Straits of Florida and the Malecón. HAVANA B, D
Day 5 - Sunday April 18
Participate in a one-of-a-kind 1-day photography project with Cuban photography students at the Academia de Fotografia Cabrales del Valle. Photo walk in small groups with Cuban photographers through their home neighborhoods. Group lunch and image sharing. HAVANA B, L
Day 6 - Monday April 19
Hotel check out and depart for the pioneering eco-community of Las Terrazas in Sierra del Rosario, explore the rural town at Rancho Curujey. Visit the ruins of a French Coffee Plantation built in 1801 and the Hotel La Moka. Lunch at Casa del Campesino restaurant. Delicious, plentiful, family style meals in a natural outdoor setting. Local musicians serenade guests with traditional country music. Visit El Patio de Pelegrin, an inspiring community project dedicated to local children. Continue to Viñales Valley, considered by many to be the most beautiful place in Cuba. Check in to Casa Particulares (B&B's). VIÑALES B, L, D
Day 7 - Tuesday April 20
Explore on foot the majestic Viñales Valley, including tobacco fields with traditional farming practices. Visit a Despalillo where tobacco leaves are prepared and then a spectacular lunch at Finca Confianz, an organic farm. VIÑALES B, L, D
Day 8 - Wednesday April 21
Morning photo walk in Viñales followed by a return trip to Havana. Afternoon free time with a final image review before dinner. Farewell dinner at El Cocinero in Vedado
Day 9 - Thursday April 22
Check out of Casas and group transfer to airport for flights leaving Havana in the late morning or early afternoon. HAVANA B
B. Breakfast, L. Lunch, D. Dinner
- $5,500 Double occupancy (based on 6-9 participants)
- $5,950 Single occupancy (based on 6-9 participants)
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