Cuba – Havana/Viñales/Trinidad

Experience Cuba!

February 3 – 11, 2018

Join Road Runner Photography Tours for a once in a lifetime adventure. We will spend 8 days in this culturally-rich country. Experience the Latin rhythms, as the sound of Salsa music fills the air. Known for its eclectic collection of vintage car and majestic waterfront, the Malecon, Havana delights any photographer’s senses! We will also visit Viñales and Trinidad. For a full itinerary, see below. 

 

Cost $6599/participant – Double Occupancy, $1000 deposit to register

$700 Single Supplement

Maximum # of Participants: 8

To register, click here: 

Itinerary:

Day 1 – Saturday – Welcome to Cuba!

  • Land in Havana, Cuba
  • Meet at the Havana airport by your guide & transfer to accommodations.
  • Check into your privately owned accommodations
  • Orientation
  • Sunset: We go to El Capitolio, a replica of the US Capitol building where the Cuban Parliament will assemble once renovations are complete, to get sunset photos of the old cars passing before the capitol building and the famed Gran Teatro, seat of the Cuba National Ballet.

Meals included: L, D

Day 2 – Sunday – Exploring Havana

  • Sunrise: We will visit the Malecon for sunrise view.
  • Early morning: We depart by boat to Regla, a small neighborhood known for practicing AfroCuban religions/Santeria.
  • Lunch: We eat lunch in Cojimar, a small fishing village that was the inspiration for Old Man & the Sea.
  • Afternoon: We tour Habana Vieja (Old Havana), an UNESCO World Heritage site, and take in its incredible Spanish architecture.
  • Sunset: Explore the Malecon with your camera. Wander the famous seawall along with locals as they come out to relax by the sea.

Meals included: B, L, D

Day 3 – Monday – Trip to Viñales

  • Early morning: After breakfast we pack & depart for Viñales, another UNESCO World Heritage site in Pinar del Rio Province. Along the way we are going to visit Las Terrazas a rural experiment of sustainable development.
  • Lunch: in Soroa, where we will explore the Orchid farm for some macro photography and their natural waterfalls. Also explore the Lookout del Castillo en las Nubes.
  • Dinner/Sunset: We dine overlooking the majestic Viñales Valley, but only after we capture the stunning sunset!

Meals included: B, L, D

Day 4 – Tuesday – Viñales/Havana

  • Sunrise: We take in a sunrise view of Viñales Valley from a different perspective.
  • Early Morning: We head over to the Mural de la Prehistoria, one of largest Murals in the world for a second sunrise.
  • Morning: We walk into the Valley, visit a Tobacco house to learn the methods for growing and preparing the tobacco to make the world famous Cuban cigars, including a rolling demonstration.
  • Lunch: We head to a farm in Viñales and enjoy a traditional Cuban pork roast at a local farmer’s home.
  • Afternoon/Sunset: We head back to Havana in time for a tour of the famous Hotel Nacional and watch/photograph the sunset on their terrace.

Meals included: B, L, D

Day 5 – Wednesday – Exploring Havana

  • Sunrise: Revolution Square to capture the monuments to Jose Marti, Che, and Camillo.
  • Late Morning: We’ll tour Colon Cemetery (El Cementerio de Colon). With an estimated 500 major mausoleums, chapels, and family vaults, el Cementerio de Colon is one of the great historical cemeteries of the world.
  • Afternoon: We join in and photography a dance company while they rehearse.
  • Sunset: We arrive at El Morro for a sunset view of Havana.

Meals included: B, L, D

Day 6 – Thursday – Playa Larga / Playa Giron(Bay of Pigs)/ Trinidad

  • Early Morning: We say goodbye to Havana and head out to Trinidad.
  • Sunrise: We pass by Playa Larga and Playa Giron, where the Bay of Pig invasion took place, for some photo opportunities.
  • Afternoon/Evening: We arrive to Trinidad and check into our rooms. Then we capture sunset overlooking the town.

Meals included: B, L, D                                                  

Day 7 – Friday – Trinidad/ UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Sunrise: We get a sunrise view of Trinidad.
  • Morning: We’ll spend the day in and around Trinidad, meeting the local people and visiting El Valle de los Ingenios & La Torre de los Iznagas. We will visit the homes of some rural framers.
  • Afternoon: We walk the town and visit local artists Cubans. We’ll have some free time to wander the streets and photograph in the afternoon.
  • Evening: After dinner, we’ll head to the local Casa de la Musica.

 Meals included: B, L, D

Day 8 – Saturday – Cienfuegos. The Pearl of the South

  • Morning: After breakfast, we will head to Cienfuegos, a colonial French-built city and home to one of the most famous Cuban singers Benny More. Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
  • Afternoon: We will wander the streets of Cienfuegos capturing the unique French architecture and have lunch at a local paladar. 
  • Evening: Prepare to return to the States. 

Meals included: B, L, D

Day 9 – Sunday – Return Flights Home 

  • Morning: One last photo tour of Trinidad with a local guide. 
  • Afternoon: We check out and begin transfers to the airport in Cienfuegos. 

Meals included: B, L

Subject to Change

Itinerary subject to change. Please understand that in Cuba, sometimes things do not go as previously planned. Changes, sometimes significant, are likely to occur to the itinerary, often with very little notice. The order of activities, the time of events, scheduled appointments, and even the activities themselves, may change.

Inclusions:

  • Flights & Visas
  • Accommodation
  • Expert private guides
  • Airport transfers in Cuba
  • Transportation in Cuba by private minivans
  • Driver(s)
  • Entrance fees to any museums, private homes, galleries, etc
  • All meals, noted in the itinerary (B,L,D): breakfasts, lunches,   dinners
  • 2 drinks per each lunch and dinner (local beer, bottled water, soft drinks, house wine if offered by the restaurant)
  • Water for guests
  • Gratuities for meals & for guides & drivers

Exclusions:

  • Any baggage fees not included in the flight
  • Activities not included in the itinerary (i.e. Jazz club, etc)
  • Drinks in excess of what is allotted in the meals.
  • Other expenses of a personal nature: (i.e. Souvenirs)

Participant Cancellation Policy and Refund Policy:

RRPT requires written notice of your cancellation (email will be adequate), at which time the following fees are non-refundable:

  • 60 days or less before the start of the trip – 100% of the fees paid are non-refundable
  • 61-100 days – RRPT will refund your payment if we can fill your spot. If your spot is not filled, the deposit is non-refundable.
  • 101-145 days – $500 non-refundable fee will be retained.
  • 146+ days $100 non-refundable fee will be retained.

We recommend you purchase travel insurance!

RRPT Cancellation of Photo Tour:

RRPT reserves the right to cancel any workshop if our minimum participant enrollment is not met or other unforeseen event. In the event we cancel a workshop, participants will be given the option to reschedule to a later date or receive a full refund. We are not however liable for any expenses incurred including (but not limited to) costs such as airfare or accommodations. We recommend you purchase travel insurance!

Trip Insurance:

We highly recommend our travelers take out travel insurance at the time of booking. Travel insurance can benefit you in several ways. Primarily, it will cover you for the cost of your trip in the case of any unforeseen events prior to your trip, including, but not limited to work or family emergencies, airline delays or cancelations, or cancelation prior to departure. Travel insurance can also cover you in case of accident or emergency in Cuba when you need medical transport back to the US. While your plane ticket includes Cuban health insurance, it will not cover you for medical evacuation. Travelinsurance.com offers different options from various vendors and allows for product comparison.

 

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