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Cuba Photo Tour – 12 day tour of this Caribbean island

Cost per person coming soon (November 2021) – Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Vinales and more

Cuba is an island to overload your senses, from the exotic rhythms of salsa and rumba emanating from every corner to the incredible architecture or the street life, this country seems lost in the 1950’s. So what better place to want to go take photographs?

Cuba Photo Tour

From the beauty and striking street life of Havana to historic Trinidad, on this Cuba photo tour you’ll experience one of the Caribbean’s and the world’s best travel photography locations. By the time our journey ends, you will have seen and fallen in love with this Caribbean island. 


Why you should come on our Cuba photo tour

This Cuba photo tour will offer you unparalleled opportunities to capture amazing images of a country trapped in time. But time will not be standing still for long. As new opportunities for tourism and business take hold in the next few years the qualities that make Cuba unique will diminish and therefore the images we are able to capture will change with it.  Now is the time to seize this opportunity to capture this amazing country before it surges forward in time.

On this Cuba photo tour you will go to the best locations at the best possible time. You will learn how to approach and photograph people even in small villages and how to capture story-telling photos. Not only will you take home an amazing set of images, but you will continue to put your new skills to use. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, amazing food, and even a few local drinks.

Cuba Photo Tour

Cuba Photography Tour Itinerary

Day 1 – Havana (D)

Built around a deep natural harbour, Havana is one of the best surviving colonial cities in the Americas.  Modern-day Havana is a mixture of restored and crumbling architectural marvels. Art Deco-style buildings are the backdrop for 1950s American Cadillacs cruising past. The old district (Habana Vieja) has beautiful neoclassical and baroque buildings.

On arrival at Havana Airport, you will be met by a local representative who will assist you with the transfer to your hotel in Old Havana, only minutes from the Plaza Vieja, Plaza San Francisco, Plaza de Armas and Plaza dela Cathedral.  A beautiful location!


Day 2 – Havana (B, L, D)

Street photography is the order of the day with so many opportunities to capture classic Cuban images you won’t know which way to look. We’ll depart our hotel this morning to explore Old Havana, walking among its World Heritage’s colonial architecture, tread the cobblestone streets and see some of this city’s fascinating historical and cultural value. Visit Plaza Vieja, Plaza de Armas, Cathedral Square, and Plaza de San Francisco de Asis.

Afterwards, we visit Rafel Trejo Boxing Gym before enjoying lunch at an authentic Cuban Paladar.  In the afternoon we enjoy a convertible classic car tour before settling down with a drink whilst watching the sunset over the Malecon.


Day 3 – Havana => Cienfuegos (B, L, D)

This morning we depart Havana early for our long day of travel and photography.  We travel south-east down the highway before departing the main road at a small town called Australia where we will have some time to explore and photograph a local workshop where they restore and maintain old steam trains from the sugarcane period.

We continue to the Bay of Pigs region where we enjoy a very special photo shoot with the local Hummingbirds before continuing to Cienfuegos. On arrival in Cienfuegos, we visit the town centre and enjoy an afternoon of street, architecture and portrait photography, with colour being the order of the day.  Late afternoon we walk the outskirts of town, ending watching sunset over the bay.


Day 4 – Cienfuegos => Trinidad (B, L, D)

We rise early to explore the town as it commences the new day.  From Cienfuegos we head to Trinidad, stopping at Laguna Guanaroca where flamingos, pelicans and Tocororo are regular visitors.

Trinidad is a ’museum town’ and reminiscent of the Spanish colonial era, with Baroque church towers, wrought iron gates, cobbled streets and tiled rooftops. Many of the buildings retain their traditional character and are painted in lovely pastel shades.  The surrounding area was one of the main centres of both sugar production and slavery and was frequented by smugglers until the late 1700s.

After lunch, we wander through the historical centre of Trinidad, a beautiful city full of stunning colonial architecture and street photography options aplenty. We visit Palacio Cantero, Canchanchara, Palacio Brunet, Plaza Mayor, Museo Romantico, and a pottery workshop among other sights.  Our day ends with an enjoyable evening at Casa de la Musica where we enjoy a refreshing drink or two whilst being entertained by Cuban dance and music.


Day 5 & 6 – Trinidad (B, L, D)

Over the course of two full days there will be ample opportunity to continue exploring and photographing this amazing town at our leisure, making the most of the cobblestone lanes, colourful buildings, the dynamic residents and the local cowboys with their horses.

In addition to the activities within the town, we will also head out of town to explore Valle de los Ingenios, the valley of the Sugar Mills, the local art scene and also head down to Playa Ancon for a relaxing afternoon at one of the most beloved beaches in Cuba.

Our evenings no doubt will be filled with fine dining, refreshing cocktails and Cuban music and dance that will seem to follow us no matter where we are.


Day 7 – Trinidad => Santa Clara (B, L, D)

This morning we have one final chance to explore the streets of Trinidad before departing for Santa Clara.  Santa Clara is a beautifully maintained city, and while its existence is hardly a secret, it’s not a place that all that many visitors to Cuba get to experience. Its history might be dark, but its present is bright.

Upon our arrival, we enjoy a guided city walk with visits to Che Guevara Memorial, the Armoured Train Museum and Cigar Factory.


Day 8 – Santa Clara => Havana (B, L, D)

We rise early to experience and photograph Santa Clara as it wakes for the new day.  After breakfast, we commence our journey back to Havana where we will enjoy a very special photoshoot with Cuban Ballerinas.

At night we once again take the opportunity to enjoy some fine dining and local entertainment.


Day 9 – Havana => Vinales (B, L, D)

After an early morning of street photography in Havana, it’s now time to travel to Vinales in the western province of Pinar del Rio.  Vinales will seem like a world away from the bustling city of Havana, however, it’s an area of great importance.  This is where some of the world’s finest tobacco is grown and cigars manufactured.  It’s a simple area where country folk reside on their farms, or in simple homes in basic but small villages.  Vinales also offers some beautiful landscapes thanks to mogotes or flat-topped mountains scattered around the countryside.

Our afternoon will involve visiting a cigar manufacturing workshops, local farms and the town with locals going about their daily lives.


Day 10 – Vinales => Havana (B, L, D)

This morning we enjoy some free time in Vinales before commencing our journey back to Havana.  Stops will be provided along the way as photo opportunities arise.

On arrival in Havana, you’re free to do your own thing or continue to explore the streets with me seeking out great photo opportunities.


Day 11 – Havana (B, L, D)

Today we enjoy two very special architectural visits.  First opened in 1915, the Gran Teatro de la Habana is home to Cuba’s National Ballet company and hosts many touring companies and festivals. The building itself is embellished with numerous statues and frescoes and the detail is incredible.  We will also enjoy a tour of the recently opened El Capitolio Nacional (National Capitol of Cuba). This majestic construction, located in the Centro Habana, is similar to that in Washington D.C, but a metre higher, a metre wider, and a metre longer, as well as much richer in detail.


Day 12 – End of Tour (B)

Depending on your flight departure time, you are free to explore Havana for those last-minute images, shopping or just relax the day away with a cool Mojito.

You will then be transferred to the airport for departure.

 

What's included on our Cuba Photo Tour

Includes

– Professional photographer and local English speaking guide

– Accommodation for the duration of the tour

– All tour related ground transport in an air-conditioned vehicle

– Arrival and departure airport transfers

– Meals during the tour as indicated in the itinerary

– Bottled water daily throughout the tour

– All entrance, taxes and camera fees

– Fees for local models

Excludes

– Any meals not included in the itinerary

– Alcoholic drinks

– Personal purchases such as souvenirs

– Additional activities not included in the itinerary 

– Personal travel or medical insurance

– Medical expenses

– Gratuities for hotel porters, local guides or driver

– International air tickets to or from Cuba

– Cuba visa fees

Cuba Photography Tour Dates: November 2021 – COMING SOON

Tailor-Made Tours

Our next Cuba tour dates are yet to be released but if you prefer to go sooner and not to travel with others we can also arrange private photography tours. These are designed bespoke to your needs. To find out more click here.

Add your name to our waiting list for photo tours of Cuba and we will inform you of any future dates.

Additional Information

Tour Leader: Jordan Banks

Your tour leader on this Cuba photo tour is Jordan Banks. Jordan is a travel, landscape and adventure photographer from London with over 20 years experience shooting assignments and hi-end content for the travel, tourism, lifestyle brands and companies. Through the years his work has taken him to over 100 countries and provided him with the opportunity to shoot some of the world’s most interesting and diverse locations and festivals. His clients over the years have included; Lonely planet, British Airways, National Geographic Traveller, The Times, Vogue, Panasonic, Microsoft, Ford and many more.


Group Size

The group size for this photo tour is a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 10 guests.


Experience

This photo tour is ideal for beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers but even non-photographers are welcome on this tour.

Difficulty

There will be some walking involved during this tour including a hike through a forest. If you are in good health and fitness level, you will be fine. This tour is NOT recommended for people with mobility issues.


Equipment

You don’t need expensive or professional equipment for this photo tour. We would recommend DSLR or mirrorless cameras and a tripod for this tour.


Transport

Whilst in Cuba we will be travelling via a private air-conditioned bus. There are no internal flights on this tour.


Visa

Please check if you require a visa for Cuba. Visa costs are not included in the quoted tour price. To find out about visa requirements please click here.

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