FRIDAY (DAY 0) - HAVANA

Arrival & Check-In - Participants shall arrange travel to Jose Marti International Airport (HAV) in Havana. We recommend that you plan to arrive no later than 5:30pm so as to allow enough time to clear Customs & Immigration, transfer to our accommodations, and have some time to relax before the Welcome Dinner. 

Welcome Dinner - In the evening, we kick-off our Classic Cuba adventure with a welcome dinner at one of Old Havana's top-rated paladares (privately owned restaurants). Feast on traditional Cuban cuisine and imbibe mojitos, the country's signature drink, as you become acquainted with your fellow travelers, trip leader, and local guide.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


SATURDAY (DAY 1) - HAVANA

Old Havana Historical Walk - The city referred to as Habana Vieja was founded in 1519 by the Spanish and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982. After lunch, our local guide will provide historical information as we explore and photograph four main plazas: Plaza Vieja, Plaza de San Francisco de Asis, Plaza de la Cathedral, and Plaza de Armas.

Malecon - In the afternoon we'll stroll along parts of Havana's iconic esplanade that stretches for 8 kilometers along the coastline from the mouth of the harbor in Old Havana to the outlying Vedado neighborhood. The Malecon is considered Havana's living room and is where the entire city goes to meet, greet, date, and debate. Fisherman can be found along the seawall from dusk to dawn. It is also the ideal place to view and photograph amazing sunsets. There are few things more electric than nightfall on the Malecón where the city comes to life when the sun goes down.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


SUNDAY (DAY 2) - HAVANA

Cuban Photographer - This friend and famous photographer was part of a small group given privileged access to Fidel Castro throughout the Revolution and after. During that time, he used images to tell the stories of Cuba, the saga of its revolution, and the life of its enigmatic leader. We will meet in his home for an interactive discussion. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to view and purchase prints from his personal collection.

Convertible Tour - Get orientated with the city, it's landmarks, and surrounding neighborhoods as we tour in classic American cars from the 1950's that are the life and soul of Cuba. Each car will follow a customized route with stops along the way to maximize photo opportunities. Our tour concludes at the famous and historic Hotel Nacional where we will have drinks on the patio overlooking Havana.

Dinner - Enjoy a tapas style meal on the rooftop terrace of a multi-level restaurant with four distinct spaces located in a former cooking oil factory. The towering chimney still evokes the building’s industrial past, but the food and the atmosphere are all about modern sophistication. This chic and trendy venue caters to a mix of both affluent young Cubans and international tourists.

Art & Performance Space - After dinner we head next door to the hippest place in Havana. With it's SoHo sensibility, this converted warehouse has been transformed into a huge industrial space meant to support and promote the work of Cuban artists of all branches. It has become an intellectual nexus for art exhibitions, live music, fashion shows, and invigorating debate over coffee and cocktails. This is the definitive place to experience the younger, edgier crowd that represents today's emerging Cuba.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


MONDAY (DAY 3) - HAVANA

Afro-Cuban Music & Dance Troupe - The Spanish imported African slaves to Cuba up until the 1880's, so it's no surprise that Cuban music and dance have deep roots in African ritual and rhythm. We have the privilege to experience and photograph up-close a private performance by a dance group regarded as one of the world's most authentic ensembles in the Yoruba traditions. The abandoned theater they call home is a decrepit yet stunning piece of architecture. Their costumes and choreography will take you on a journey of Cuban dance from the deepest Afro-Cuban roots through the beloved Latin dances of generations past, right up to the hottest salsa of today. Make no mistake about it, this special opportunity forged out of friendship is not one typically available to tourists.

Central Havana Cultural Walk - In the late afternoon we will wander far from the tourist path and go deep into the gritty and dilapidated but safe neighborhoods of Central Havana (Centro Habana) where the majority of unemployed and working-class locals live, eat, and shop. This is where you will truly experience Havana's most impoverished first hand, but also develop an understanding and appreciation of their ingenuity and pride. This is the ideal time and place for doing some street photography as you observe and interact with the neighborhood residents. Don't be surprised or hesitant when these strangers invite us into their homes to show us how they live and introduce us to family members.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


TUESDAY (DAY 4) - HAVANA

Boxing Gym - Boxing is a passion that runs deep in Cuba and is second only to baseball. This small country dominates the world of amateur boxing and has been a consistent force to be reckoned with at the Olympic Games. In the morning we visit the oldest boxing gym in Havana to watch a group of young adults train in this tattered, world-famous open-air facility. The current head coach was a member of the national Cuban boxing team for nine years. This will be a closed session for our group with plenty of opportunities to interact with the boxers as they hone their skills.

Old Havana Cultural Walk - In the early afternoon after lunch, we'll start to explore Old Havana's narrow streets lined with overhanging balconies as we capture images of 1950's classic cars, eclectic architecture, and eccentric characters along the way. In the latter part of the day you can feel the energy in the streets build to a climax as school children play, workers head home, entrepreneurs peddle their merchandise, musicians fill the air with the rhythms of Cuba, and men engage in games of dominoes and chess on sidewalk card tables. We will engage all types of individuals on this walk. The opportunities to capture incredible images are endless and the reason why Old Havana is considered a paradise for photographers.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


WEDNESDAY (DAY 5) - hAVANA & VIÑALES

Check-Out & Departure - The final day includes breakfast and check-out, which concludes your Capturing Cuba adventure. Participants will then transfer to Jose Marti International Airport (HAV) in Havana and depart on a commercial flight to their next destination.

Included Meals: Breakfast


* Please note that the above itinerary is subject to change at anytime prior to or during your adventure due to circumstances beyond our control. In Cuba it is common to experience last minute changes and cancellations. We ask for your patience and flexibility should the situation arise. Thank you.