Frozen in time for 59 years, Cuba is a small but resilient multi-ethnic country with a storied past. It's complex history is reflected in a vibrant blend of gracious people, stunning architecture, classic automobiles, and cultural arts. Cuba remains an unspoiled treasure but the winds of change are moving swiftly across this tropical island.

Our Classic Cuba adventure is an immersive cultural experience that requires extensive time exploring on foot rather than sight-seeing by bus. Cuba travel expert and award-winning photographer Scott Fishman has been to Cuba 18 times since March 2015. He will lead you away from the over-crowded tourist areas and into the nearby streets, surrounding neighborhoods, and rural farmlands where the locals carry-on with their daily lives. You will gain privileged access to people and places virtually unseen by tourists and therefore experience authentic Cuba.

*Classic Cuba has been designed to appeal to both photographers and non-photographers alike.



 

Cities

Havana
Viñales
Trinidad

 

Duration

10 Nights
(Fri.-Sun.)

 

Group Size

5-6 People

 

Cost

$3,795

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the National School of Ballet
  • Tour an Organic Farm
  • Enjoy a Farm-to-Table Meal
  • Explore Tobacco Farms & Homes
  • Learn to Roll Cigars from a Cowboy
  • Partake in a Family Pig Roast
  • And Much More!
  • Dine in Top Rated Restaurants
  • Partake in Daily Cultural Immersion Walks
  • Ride in 1950's Classic Convertibles
  • Meet with a Famous Cuban Photographer
  • See Artist Studios, Galleries, Workshops
  • Experience Afro-Cuban Music & Dance
  • Interact with Boxers at a Legendary Gym
  • Spend time with a Santeria Priestess

 

UPCOMING DATES

Feb. 08 - 18, 2019
Mar. 08 - 18, 2019
Mar. 30 - Apr. 08, 2019

 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE

Oct. 07, 2019
Nov. 07, 2019
Nov. 29, 2019

 

TRIP STATUS

Space Available
Space Available
Space Available

 
 

* Preferred dates and customized itineraries can be arranged for private groups. Prices may vary.

 

 
 

INCLUDED

All accommodations in Cuba (double occupancy). Daily breakfast. All lunches and dinners. Individual airport transfers in Havana. Group airport transfer to Santa Clara. Ground transportation. Professional guides and local photographers. Admissions and activity fees. 2 WiFi access cards. Cuban Tourist/Visa Card. Mandatory Cuban Insurance. Fully sanctioned and legal travel under the General License provision for People-to-People Educational activities as set forth by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC).

 
 
 

Not Included

Airfare to and from Cuba. Airline baggage fees. Accommodations not in Cuba. Single occupancy supplement. Meals not included on the itinerary. Fees for admissions, excursions, and other events not listed on the itinerary. Guides, translators, or transportation outside of group activities. Model fees for optional photo shoots. Tips for Capturing Cuba staff, local guides and drivers, Personal expenses such as but not limited to all beverages, WiFi access exceeding 2 hours, telephone calls, laundry service, and mini-bars. Travel insurance and trip cancellation insurance.

 
 

 
 

GENERAL INFO

 

TRAVEL

Plan to arrive at José Martí International Airport (HAV) in Havana before 5:30pm on Friday (Day 0). A member of the Capturing Cuba team will greet you at the airport and transfer you to our accommodations. Your adventure will end in Trinidad on Monday (Day 10). Airlines currently offering service between the U.S. and Havana are: Southwest, JetBlue, American, Delta, and United. Return flights should be scheduled to depart from Abel Santamaría Airport (SNU) in Santa Clara on JetBlue or American Airlines. The group transfer to Santa Clara will be provided in the morning only. As is the case with any international trip, we suggest that you consider the purchase of travel insurance and/or trip cancellation insurance.

NOTE: Participants may elect to depart on Sunday (Day 9) if necessary.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

All accommodations are in licensed casa particulares (bed and breakfasts) with air-conditioned bedrooms, and in-suite private bathrooms with hot water showers. Accommodations are based upon a per person double occupancy rate. If you are traveling alone we will make our best effort to match you with a suitable roommate. If we are unable to do so for any reason, or if you prefer the privacy of your own room, a minimum single occupancy supplement of $295 will be applied to the cost of your trip. Single occupancy is based upon room availability and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

 

ACTIVITY LEVEL

You will encounter poorly maintained roads, steep staircases, dirt trails, cobblestone streets, and slight elevation changes on this adventure. All participants are expected to be in reasonably good health, steady on their feet, and able to walk several hours daily without slowing down the group.

 

CULTURAL ADJUSTMENT

The Cuban pace is slow and very few people speak English. You will find that poverty is abundant, goods are extremely limited, and services are sporadic. Life in Cuba can be unpredictable and unforeseen circumstances may arise. Therefore, last-minute changes to the itinerary may be unavoidable and are to be expected. Patience and flexibility are necessary to enjoy your Cuban experience.

 

PERSONAL SAFETY

Cuba is one of the safest countries in the world for tourists to visit. It has the lowest crime rate in the Western Hemisphere and violent crime is virtually non-existent. The majority of crime is classified as non-confrontational (pick-pockets, scams, and petty theft). During the 38th Annual International Tourism Fair (FITUR) held in Madrid during January 2018, Cuba was bestowed the Excellence Award and received the honour of being declared "Safest Country" for travel.

 

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

 

General License

All Cuba travel adventures offered by Capturing Cuba, LLC are operated under a General License authorized by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). This license permits U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba with an organization that sponsors exchanges to promote people-to-people contact. Travelers are required to maintain a full-time schedule of activities intended to support civil society in Cuba, promote the Cuban people’s independence from Cuban authorities, and result in meaningful interaction with individuals in Cuba. Travelers should maintain all records from their travels for a period of 5 years.

 
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PASSPORT

All participants are required to carry a valid U.S. issued passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after the trip departure date. Foreign passports are allowed only in conjunction with a valid U.S. Resident Alien Card (Green Card).

 

Cuban Visa

All participants are required to carry a Cuban Tourist Card (Visa) which will be provided by Capturing Cuba. The cost of the Tourist Card is included in the price of your adventure. Please note that additional processing and shipping fees may apply. Procedures and costs are subject to change prior to or after registration.

 

DUAL CITIZENS

The Cuban government requires U.S.-Cuban dual citizens who departed Cuba on or after January 1, 1971 to enter and depart Cuba using a Cuban passport. Using a Cuban passport for this purpose does not jeopardize one’s U.S. citizenship. However, such persons must use their U.S. passports to enter and depart the United States. Cuban-Americans who departed Cuba before January 1, 1971 may travel to Cuba on their U.S. passport but must apply for an HE-11 visa from the Cuban Embassy.


 
 

ISLAND OF CUBA

 
 

HAVANA - 5 Nights

 

VIÑALES - 2 Nights

 

TRINIDAD - 3 Nights