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: Dinner


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.