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Essential Havana, Cuba

ESSENTIAL, NOV. 22 - NOV. 26, 2019  2950 US$DEPARTURE DATES

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This is a 100% legal tour for US citizens. Certain categories of travel to Cuba are permitted, such as educational and people-to-people trips to the island.

A six days intensive People to People experience in Havana. An immersion in the local life of the people of Cuba and a close personal interchange. With private and staged photo sessions as well as spontaneous work with Harry Fisch. Hidden locations, hard to find and reach photographic opportunities .

For photographers of all levels. The special atmosphere of Cuba in an unique and unforgettable experience

Whatever your country of origin is you can now  join this very special Havana Photo Tour.


Visit the Post INCREDIBLE CUBA and get an idea on how is a typical day like.

VIDEO CUBA PHOTO TOUR

HIGHLIGHTS

  • -  People to People legal trip 
  • -  An opportunity to really meet and connect with the Cuban people
  • -  With an expert Spanish/English  bilingual award winning photographer
  • -  Private staged photo sessions with ballerinas posing in exceptional locations
  • -  Document an authentic new business activity
  • -  A real Havana photographic  tour with a subtle workshop approach
  • -  Compelling photographic and educational visits to dance and artist's studios, local produce markets, boxing arenas, music venues
  • -  We will work on storytelling with our photographs, starring the characters of Havana. Musicians, painters, dancers, santeras all await our lenses, set against the backdrop of the passionate atmosphere of the Cuban world.
  • - Architecture: Former colonial architecture and Art Deco. El Malecon. The suspended time through architecture.
  • - Locations: Alleys and streets, the extraordinary cemetery of Havana. The outskirts.
  • - Landscapes: Cityscapes The Malecon, Havana Vieja. 
  • - Experiences: Some transfers in  the classic American car from the 50s. 
  • -  The special people of Cuba and Havana, photographed at the winding alleys, the neo-gothic churches, 20’s style theaters.  We will find a veritable cornucopia of stages for our photography here. Everything from former colonial style buildings to the Art Deco movement, which is represented in Havana.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

This is a 100% legal tour for US citizens. Certain categories of travel to Cuba are permitted, such as educational and people-to-people trips to the island.

All payment, travel arrangements and services will be made to and  by a licensed travel agent.

Intense discussions with very interesting local people and several photo sessions and photographic encounters have carefully been planed and  created . We will have access to A Vodoo session (Santeria).  We will meet Cuba National ballet dancers while training and the small entrepreneurs as the  shoe makers .

This is not a tourist visit.  We will enjoy the city, and see some sights, of course, but it isn’t a tour with camera included: we’ll be there to photograph first, sightsee second.

It is an opportunity to really meet and connect with the Cuban people, and experience the quickly-shifting cultural landscape they live in. Cuba is one of the spots on the map that is alive; ever changing, ever evolving, but ever beautiful. So come along with Nomad and capture this face, this angle of this enchanting country before it sweeps into its next era.

I will offer  you  many photographic opportunities related to people and cultural diversity: unique locations, spontaneous street photography, planed  private photo sessions in very special surroundings.

The Cuba  Photo Tour can be, depending on what you make of it, an intense photo tour or a light workshop.

It's one to one instruction, where I personally address all questions and concerns.

Being a professional travel photographer, totally fluent in Spanish and having visited Cuba for the last 8 years I lead small groups.

We will rarely be taking pictures as a whole as, in people photography, it is preferable to have a maximum of two photographers working together with their subjects.  It's a one to one instruction, where I personally address all questions and concerns of the photographer and concentrate on supporting the photographic opportunities we have found and planed for you and also discover together.

We are mainly oriented toward people photography and buildings: short lenses, close distance, atmospheric places. Dancers, shoemakers, barbers, old art nouveau buildings, decadent structures.  We will have access to spontaneous street photography, portraits, Vodoo session (Santeria).  Also, private photo sessions with dancers while training and  shoe makers working and a few surprises along the way.

A Real-Life Cuba Photo Tour and a photographic adventure.

This photo tour  is geared above all towards personal skill development, but also personal interest. Ultimately, it’s about our experience with Cuban people, so we try to also keep it flexible.

The photo tour will alternate between active photo sessions on the streets and central neighborhoods of the city. We will be sharing moments of real life with the city and subjects, seeking opportunities in the most interesting spots and encounters in Havana; from the budding business of markets, barbershops to working with professional models who will pose for us.   We will have free, daily personal photographic contact with the denizens of a vibrant city that offers continuous photographic opportunities.  Getting around the music filled streets in classic cars, browsing the Art deco buildings of the harbor area, and capturing the city waking up each morning are among the fantastic photo opportunities we’ll have, and this is just the beginning.

This is not a tourist visit.  We will enjoy the city, and see some sights, of course, but it isn’t a tour with camera included: we’ll be there to photograph first, sightsee second.

It is an opportunity to really meet and connect with the Cuban people, and experience the quickly-shifting cultural landscape they live in. Cuba is one of the spots on the map that is alive; ever changing, ever evolving, but ever beautiful. So come along with Nomad and capture this face, this angle of this enchanting country before it sweeps into its next era.

Harry is an international award winning, bilingual Spanish-English photographer, and a seasoned traveler of Cuba who knows all the out of the way spots where followers of Santeria (a variation  of Voodoo) practice, Cuba’s best boxers take to the canvas, and where to hang out with Havana’s rising small-business entrepreneurs.  This is a once in a lifetime chance to see the real Cuba and it’s day to day life, beyond the razzle dazzle put out for tourists.

Harry,  will also advise you on how to approach the subjects, the preparation, the photographic vision, analysis of the situation.  He has traveled enough in Cuba to know the best way to approach people on their own cultural ground, which is invaluable to any traveling photographer.

What To Expect in this photo tour

- We will have the chance to photograph spontaneous and also formal portraits with proper preparation in photo sessions.

- We’ll have time to work on capturing the atmosphere, because let’s face it, it’s all about atmosphere. Even the most perfectly crafted shot means nothing if it doesn’t evoke feeling, transmit the ambiance, or carry the magic of the moment.

- Harry will be with you interacting with locals, and guiding you through the whole process.

- Every day will have its own special photographic itinerary to take the best advantage of the plethora of photographic opportunities and adventures that await. New options will be presented to us every day.

 

My recent trip to Cuba was with Harry Fisch a Spanish photographer. I picked his tour on a whim even though I don't do people or street photography. My only reason was to go to Cuba. Not knowing much about him or his photography was a blessing in disguise as there would be no disappointment without much expectation.It was a wonderful trip seeing Cuba through his eyes who has been there many times. My initiation into street photography began under Harry's expert guidance. I have had the privilege of being on many photo tours with some exceptionally talented photographers. Harry also belongs there in this genre of photography. His patience,interest and knowledge helped me develop respect and fascination for this genre. I would recommend his tour highly if one wants to go to Cuba and do people photography.

Amy Hill and Chris Riess (www.riesshill.com Santa Monica, California)



ITINERARY

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  This itinerary describes the typical activities that are organized in this program. This itinerary is subject to changes that will always be under the People to People  requirements, meet the same level of quality and service  and provide unique and exciting photographic opportunities.  You should receive the final itinerary, together with a detailed documentation once your booking done. 

 

DAY 1 – HAVANNA.-

Hola, bienvenido a Cuba! We will arrive in the morning.

After clearing immigration and customs we will meet our guide and driver. Meeting with  Harry Fisch who will give a briefing of  the program and opportunities for the trip. The day will be dedicated to a general  explanation of the different areas of the  city and their cultural importance. 

DAY 2 – HAVANNA.-

After breakfast at the hotel we will meet self employed taxi drivers who run their businesses in old cars such as Chevy, Chrysler, Oldsmobile, all of them built in U.S. before the 1959 Cuban Revolution.They will explain us the dual currency system in Cuba as well as the opportunities they have with the changes to the self-employment regulations by the Cuban government.

Photographic session with the drivers and the cars at different strategic locations of Havana (Facing Capitolio, Next to locomotive repair station, from the car wondering around the Malecon). Street photography in a very special location with the cars. Street photography in a very unique and authentic area.

Back to the center of the city to continue with our photography at strategic places. We will visit a private home at San Ignacio street and debate about the present life conditions in Cuba.

Photo walk Cuba’s famed seawall, the Malecón, to capture a beautiful sunset while we create photo opportunities with locals in a very Cuban atmosphere

Before return to the hotel we can stop by Nacional Hotel to enjoy the sea breeze in the patio. Return to the hotel for rest and leisure.

Dinner at a very interesting restaurant

DAY 3 - HAVANNA.-

Walk through Old Havana in a guided tour for appreciation of the colonial buildings and techniques to take the best pictures in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Central Park, Obispo Street, Cathedral Square, the Old and Saint Francis Abbey and a book market are among the spots we will visit. After a short walk through cobblestone streets in Old Havana.

Visit and discuss with  a group of shoemakers in Old Havana. Good friends of Harry Fisch’s, the activity allows for an interesting photographic session as well as an opportunity to have a candid discussion where we can exchange ideas and thoughts. This kind of activity has been only recently authorized by the Cuban government. It gives us the opportunity to see an real life example of Cuba’s budding private sector.

Afternoon visit to a privately used old palace where we will discuss the life of a "private" owner in Cuba, later we will have a  photo shoot with professional models and/or ballet dancers at the location, We will have a unique scenario for a great photography.

DAY 4 – HAVANA.-

We will meet a "Santería" (Cuban-African Religion linked to Voodoo)  expert who will provide an overview of Santeria and other Cuban religions with African routes. We will visit the home of a Babalao, (Yoruba Priestess) who will receive the group and explain the religious deities and elaborate alters in her home. We will witness the entire ceremony photographically.  Late afternoon we will be assiting to a real "Santería" ceremony in a private home.

DAY 5 – HAVANA.-

Documenting photographically boxers while traininig in a very authentic the boxing gym. 

We will conduct a series of photo sessions with families at interesting surroundings in the old city while exchanging experiences and information with our new Cuban friends. 

DAY 6 – HAVANA

If our flight schedule allows, we will be documenting San Lazaro Street and a very old building with very interesting homes.

Departure to the airport for our flight back to US.



Prices per person
5-7 Participants 2950 US$


Supplements
Single Room Supplement 730 US$


WHAT'S INCLUDED

IMPORTANT: Price quoted is based on an estimation of the cost. The Hotel costs for 2019 could vary. Should the price eventually raise you can opt for a full refund of your deposit.

 

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. A limited quantity of single-occupancy rooms are available for an additional charge.

 

The maximum number of participants are listed under "Maximum Group" in the Price section of each individual workshop. However, we reserve the right to add by up to one the maximum number of participants per workshop at any time.

 

INCLUDED

 

-Harry Fisch Bilingual Photographer and Tuition

-Breakfast only.

-6 days total 5 nights

-Private, set Photo Sessions

-Excellent Fist Class Casas Particulares in Havana

-All local ground transportation

-Speaker fees

-Admission to all visits and public buildings listed in itinerary

-Coordination of all listed activities

-Pre-trip departure information

-Compliance with U.S. Treasury Department regulations

-Full schedule of guided people-to-people activities

 

NOT  INCLUDED

 

-Flight from USA to Cuba

-Airline baggage fees

-Tips for local guides and drivers

-Meals other than listed on itinerary

-Individual house/hotel expenses (minibar, room service, laundry fees, etc.)

-Medical Insurance ( required by Cuban authorities)

-Cuban Visa Fee 

 

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. A limited quantity of single-occupancy rooms are available for an additional charge.

 

DEPOSIT

 

A deposit of $700 per person is required to guarantee your reservation, which will be applied towards the cost of your tour.

 

Deposits are generally non-refundable, except in rare cases when we cannot confirm all components of a booking at the purchase price.

 

FINAL PAYMENT:  

 

Any pending balance must be paid in full at least 90 days prior to departure.

 

IMPORTANT:

 

The information provided herein is a brief summary, but not a comprehensive description of payment policy  by the Licensed Travel Agency who organises this trip

It is very important that all travelers understand the cancellation policy. If it is not clear, please contact us for clarification and a complete description.

 

All itineraries provide a full time schedule of educational activities that will result in meaningful interactions between you and individuals in Cuba. U.S. law requires that all persons who participate in this program adhere to this full time schedule, and imposes on the Travel Agent  the obligation to keep the records of such adherence.



INSURANCE

We strongly recommend buying a "Cancel for any reason" Trip Cancellation Insurance that can protect you against unforeseen circumstances that might prevent your attendance and trip cancellation should you unexpectedly need to cancel.

It is required to purchase a medical and repatriation travel insurance package to protect oneself in case of an unexpected medical emergency.

BOOKING

On all our trips all travel arrangements and travel services are provided by a licensed Agent .  All Payments you make are sent directly to the same  licensed travel agent.  On the Cuba People to People Photo Tour, all travel arrangements and services for the Cuba People to People trip are provided by a US licensed Agent under the guidelines outlined by the United States Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).