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FRIDAY (DAY 1) - Yangon

Arrive at Yangon international Airport (RGN) where you will be greeted by your Trip Leader and Professional Guide for transfer to the hotel. Meet your fellow travelers for Orientation in the hotel at 3:30pm, after which we will head to the downtown area , Maha Bandula Park , Sule pagoda ,City hall , High court and Immanuel Baptist Church and old building . Proceed to Sin Oo Dan Jetty and photograph the long tail boats in the river  people working by the river big ferry boats and sunset from there. Back to the Hotel. Over night at Hotel.


 

                                               

 

 

 

 

 

 


SATURDAY (DAY 1) - Yangon

Day (2) 14 December Yangon - photography (B,L,D)                                      Merchant Hotel/Similar Hotel

Early morning photography: Thirimingalar Sanpya fish market photograph the people carrying fish, selling fish, unloading fish from the boat, steaming ice machines and local market. Back to the Hotel for breakfast. Proceed to Kalaywatawya Nagahlainggu monastery and nunnery for photo shoot , Chaukhtetgyi Reclining Buddha and photograph the lady praying , monk meditating by Buddha .Lunch at Padonmar restaurant .Back to hotel and take a rest. Afternoon proceed to 2500 years old great Shwedagon Pagoda with 60 tons of gold .The Shwedagon  Pagoda is Yangon's most famous landmark. And you can see the pilgrim praying to Buddha ,water , Flower , candle light and incent stick are offering to the Buddha. We will stay at Shwedagon Pagoda until sunset. Dinner at the restaurant . Back to the Hotel and Overnight at Hotel.

 

Hotel: Merchant Hotel or similar

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

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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


Day (3)15 December Yangon -Bagan (Y5-104,06:30-07:50) (B,L,D)   Bagan Boutique Hotel / Floral Breeze Hotel

Early morning check out from the hotel and transfer to the airport for the flight to Bagan. Arrived Bagan stop at Nan Mying Tower .Visit a small temple , Nyaung U market and Shwezigon Pagoda . Lunch at restaurant .After lunch check in hotel and have a break. Afternoon went to get the monks and photograph the monks with Umbrellas by Shwezigon entrance . By Sulamani temple photograph the cows coming for water ,proceed to Phaya thonezu area for goat hurters .Went to the tower for sunset. Dinner at the restaurant . Back to the hotel and over night at the Hotel.  

 

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


Day (4) 16 December  Bagan- photography (B,L,D)        Bagan Boutique Hotel / The Floral Breeze Hotel

Early morning  05 :15 Am pick up by balloon ride. After tea and coffee by the balloon field, enjoy the most amazing flight. Back to the hotel. Enjoy breakfast. Morning photography : Nattaung teak monastery , Ananda Temple know as the temple with the most beautiful Buddha Images . Lunch at restaurant. After lunch : Photography : Bagan traditional lacquerware making families . Dhammayangi temple with reclining Buddha and twin Buddhas and proceed to photograph the best sunset area . Dinner at the restaurant . Back to the hotel and over night at the Hotel.  

 

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


Day (5) 17 December Bagan -Mandalay (K7-262,08:35-09:05 )(B,L,D)   Yadanar Theingi Hotel/ SimilarHotel

After breakfast and prepare for the flight to Mandalay. Check put and fly to Mandalay. Arrived Mandalay Airport and on the road to Mandalay , we'll visit to farmers , Palaik monastery in Palaik . Proceed to Mandalay and lunch at restaurant . Check in Hotel. After a break, drive to gold leaf making families workshop and wood carvings . Afternoon photography drive to Amarapura and photograph the U Bein Bridge area. We'll also have a chance to shoot the models with decorative Thanaka on the faces of young girls there. Walk through the bridge and from the ground level halfway, we'll photograph the sunset over U Bein Bridge . Dinner at the restaurant . Back to the Hotel .Overnight at Hotel.         

 

WEDNESDAY (DAY 5) - HAVANA & VIÑALES

Transfer - In the morning we depart for Viñales, a small rural town in the Pinar del Rio province of Western Cuba where brightly colored houses with front porches and rocking chairs line every street. The town sits on the edge of Viñales Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and settlement dating back to the Spanish colonial era. Life here revolves around agriculture and offers the perfect combination of natural beauty and the country's traditional culture.

Viñales - Upon arrival we'll check in to our casa and then explore the tranquil town on foot. We'll meet many of the locals as we visit the main square, outdoor market, and outdoor stadium where school kids hone their baseball and soccer skills.

Organic Farm & Dinner - At day's end we will learn about the necessity for sustainable agriculture in Cuba on a guided walk of an organic 'finca' in the Pinar del Rio province. After the walk we'll watch the sun as it sets in the Valley of Silence before we sit down to enjoy a fresh, unforgettable farm-to-table meal and imbibe the owner's legendary "anti-stress" cocktail.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day (6) 18 December  Mandalay- Mingun –Amarapura (B,L,D)      Yadanar Theingi Hotel /Similar Hotel

Early morning drive again to Amarapura and sunrise from U Bein Bridge. Back to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast photography to Marble Buddha making street and Sandamuni Pagoda with many small pagodas. Lunch at restaurant. Drive to harbor and take a boat ride to Mingun . Arrived  at Mingun Myatehindan Pagoda good light and photograph the monks / nuns/ villagers by the Myatheindan Pagoda. We'll also walk to the famous world's biggest Pagoda with the big crack with monks and nuns with umbrellas. We'll also have a chance to photograph the world's biggest ringing bell too. Back to Mandalay across by Ayeyarwaddy river . Sunset from Ayeyarwaddy river .Dinner at the restaurant . Back to the Hotel .Overnight at Hotel.

 

 

THURSDAY (DAY 6) - VIÑALES VALLEY

Sunrise - We start our day before dawn by photographing the Valley as the sun rises to reveal a jaw-dropping vista of the stunning landscape below. If we're lucky, we might just catch the thin layer of fog that occasionally blankets the Valley floor.

Fields & Homes - In the early light of the morning we head down deep into the fields to photograph the campesinos (farmers) as they tend to the crops. We'll stop at many of their homes along the way to drink fresh roasted coffee and converse with family members as we learn about rural life in Cuba. Throughout the morning the campesinos and their families will gladly pose for portraits and allow us to photograph their modest dwellings.

Tobacco Farm - As the morning light begins to turn harsh, we visit a farm that produces tobacco used in Cuba's world-renown cigars. Inside a secadero (drying house) the process of cultivating, harvesting, and curing the tobacco will be explained. 

Cigar Rolling - At the tobacco farm we'll watch and photograph a private demonstration of the the cigar hand-rolling process from start to finish. Each member of the group will receive a complimentary cigar and have the opportunity to purchase additional ones.

Pig Roast - In Cuba, pig roasts are usually reserved for special occasions and holidays such as Christmas Eve. At lunch time we'll take a short drive to partake in this tradition on a farm with a family that we have very become close with since our first meeting. The warmth and hospitality with which they embrace us, along with the serenity of the surrounding landscape, always makes this a favorite activity.

Tobacco Sorting - After lunch we return to Viñales to visit a small despalillo (tobacco sorting facility) to learn about tobacco processing from field to factory for use in Cuba's legendary Cohiba, Monte Cristo, and Romeo y Julieta cigars. While there, watch and photograph the all-female workforce sort and grade plant leaves by quality and color before sending them on to the next stage of production.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day (7) 19 December Mandalay-Heho-Inle (Y5-108, 08:40-09:10) (B,L,D)  Hupin Khaung DaingHotel/ Similar

After breakfast check out from the Hotel and transfer to the airport for the flight to Heho (30 minutes flight) . Arrived Heho proceed to Nyaung Shwe round about 1 hour drive . On the way to Naung shwe you can take to photograph Shwe Yan Pye Pagoda & Shwe Yan Pye monastery. Arrived Nyaung Shwe proceed to Jetty and transfer into long tail boat. All the transportation in Inle lake by boat. Check in Hotel. All day photography in Inle lake. Visit Nampam village to photograph the long neck tribe Pa daung family and photograph them weaving and portraits. We'll also have a chance to visit the Jumping cat monastery , Paungdawoo Oo pagoda too.  Sunset with fisher men. Back to the hotel .Dinner at the hotel and overnight at Hotel.

 

 

FRIDAY (DAY 7) - VIÑALES & TRINIDAD

Transfer - We depart Viñales before sunrise and travel to the Sancti Spiritus province located in the center of the island. Our destination is Trinidad, a town that quickly grew from the wealth of the sugar cane industry and is now considered Cuba's best preserved colonial town, with its brightly colored buildings and original cobblestoned streets. Upon a late afternoon arrival we'll check into our casa particular located near the center of the town's historic district which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988.

Plaza Mayor - After check-in we'll walk a few blocks to explore the beautiful Plaza Mayor in the center of the historic district and meet with the town's historian to learn about the grand structures that now serve as museums but once were individual family homes of sugar industry magnates.  

Sunset Cultural Walk - During the golden hour and sunset, we'll explore one of Trinidad's poorest neighborhoods (barrios) just beyond the historic district. Capturing Cuba has developed many friendships in this barrio full of special characters. This walk is an excellent opportunity to interact with the locals and capture some amazing portraits.

Dinner - Get ready for a fun night of dining at this rooftop paladar known for it's live music and beautiful sunset views.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day (8) 20 December  Inle - Inndein (B,L,D)                               Hupin Khaung Daing Hotel/Similar Hotel

Early morning photography : Inle Lake sunrise with fishermen in the early morning most before breakfast. Back to the Hotel for breakfast.  Inle lake photography: take a boat ride to the local five day to photograph the market life with the Pa O, Palaung tribes. Proceed to Inndein to photograph  the Shwe Inndein Pagoda with over 1000 Stupas .We'll have Pa O tribes and monks model for us to be in between the old stupas. Lunch at restaurant.  Inle lake photography:  Head to weaving factory .Visit Cheroot making house floating villages and floating garden . Sunset on the way back to Hotel. Dinner at the hotel .Overnight at Hotel. 

 

 

SATURDAY (DAY 8) - TRINIDAD

Photo Walk - We begin our day wondering through another of Trinidad's barrios and then continue on to areas outside of the historic district including the town's other square, Cespedes Central Park.

Troubadours - We'll return to the historic district for a lunch and a special performance in the home of a husband and wife duo who are world-class musicians.

Photo Walk - Afterwards we will stroll through two smaller plazas that are alive with musicians, art galleries, and the largest of the many tourist markets in town. During the golden hour, you will have the optional opportunity to climb one or both of Trinidad's main towers for gorgeous 360-degree views of the outskirts of town, the surrounding mountains, and the nearby ocean.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

 

SUNDAY (DAY 9) - TRINIDAD

Playa Ancon (Optional) - Located a mere 7.5 miles from Trinidad, this precious ribbon of beach on the Caribbean shoreline is considered to be the finest arc of sand on the Southern coast of Cuba. Spending time here is the perfect way to wind down your 10-day adventure and relax before returning home to the daily grind.

Other Activities (Optional) - If you're not a beach-goer, you might want to consider exploring the abandoned plantations in the Valley of the Sugar Mills, hiking the Topes de Collantes nature reserve park in the Escambray Mountain Range, or swimming under the waterfalls at Parque Cubano or El Nicho.

Farewell Dinner - The "Farewell Dinner" will be at one of Trinidad's most talked about paladars, which offers excellent service and a diverse menu featuring generous portions of everything from lobster to pizza. We'll celebrate our unforgettable adventure together with great food, Cuban drinks, and a look back at our favorite memories.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day (9) 21 December  Inle -Heho-Yangon (Y5-108, 09:25-10:35 ) (B,L,D)   Merchant Hotel/Similar Hotel After breakfast check out from Hotel and boat ride to Nyaung Shwe. Drive to Heho for the flight back  to Yangon.  Arrive Yangon and shopping in Yangon. Lunch at best local restaurant. Check in Hotel and take a rest. Afternoon  proceed to the Kandawgyi Lake it means “Great royal lake” and you can walk around in the garden. The Karaweik hall also known as Karaweik Palace is one of Yangon's many landmarks. From a distance the Karaweik hall looks like a huge golden barge floating on Kandawgyi Lake, glittering in the sun. After dark the Karaweik barge is lit up in spotlights, the golden stupa reflecting in the water of Lake Kandawgyi . Dinner at the restaurant . Back to the Hotel and Overnight at Hotel.


Day (10) 22 December Yangon – Departure (B)

After breakfast check out from Hotel. Transfer to the Yangon International airport for the departure flight home and say good bye to Win.

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

 

MONDAY (DAY 10) - TRINIDAD

Check-Out & Departure - The final day includes breakfast and check-out, which concludes your Capturing Cuba adventure. Participants will then transfer as a group to the airport in Santa Clara (SNU) 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.