Cuba:

The Ultimate People to People Experience

with Vincent Versace

Eight magical and enchanted days.

Feb 14–22, 2015 (SOLD OUT)
Mar 21–29, 2015
Dec 5-13, 2015

© Fatima NeJame
© Vincent Versace, 2012, Cuba
Single or Double Occupancy: $5695 per person

Space Limited to 10 participants.

Cuba, Versace:   Double Occupancy $5695.00 
Cuba, Versace:   Single Occupancy $5695.00 
Special Hotel Prices for Workshop Registrants
(C) Fatima NeJame
©© Vincent Versace, 2012, Cuba

Description

In 1492, Christopher Columbus landed on and claimed the island now occupied by Cuba, for the Kingdom of Spain. Amid the warm crystalline waters of the sparkling Caribbean, over 500 years of roller-coaster history have conspired to create one of Latin America’s most electric and culturally unique societies. ‘Habana is very much like a rose,’ said Fico Fellove in the movie The Lost City, ‘it has petals and it has thorns…so it depends on how you grab it. But in the end it always grabs you.’


You will have the opportunity to explore and photograph the neighborhoods of Havana and Trinidad, and to engage in person-to-person activities with Cubans and their everyday life.  Meet with Cuban historians, teachers, artists, musicians, naturalists, and others, and experience this fast-changing island nation through their eyes. Your cameras will record the warm vibrant people of this rapidly changing Caribbean nation. You will bring their lives, occupations and homes into today’s focus. Your experiences will be unique and you will be fascinated by the authenticity of each and every day.

A one-of-a-kind experience, with access to Schools, Artists, Musicians, Ballet figures and dance schools, Sports figures, Artisans, a cigar plantation, rum factory and much more.

Join the Palm Beach Photographic Centre with its Master Photographer Vincent Versace to lead you into modern day Cuba.


Slideshow

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Slideshow video by Vincent Versace from the February 2015 workshop.


(C) Fatima NeJame
© Vincent Versace, 2012, Cuba

Additional Information

TRIP INCLUDES:

  • Non-stop round trip flights from Miami to Havana
  • Compliance with U.S. Treasury Department regulations
  • Travel on people to people license
  • Cuba Entry Visa
  • Pre-trip departure information
  • All land transportation and local transfers in Cuba
  • Eight nights high end apartments in Centro Havana and houses in Trinida. All private rooms, each with its own bathroom, daily cleaning service, daily breakfast.
  • All Meals, at “Paladares" and unique private restaurants
  • Comprehensive educational exchange program, including entrance fees to places listed in itinerary
  • The required Cuban Insurance (health and evacuation
  • Expert Tour Leader

TRIP FEE DOESN’T INCLUDE:

  • Cost of obtaining a passport.
  • Travel/cancellation insurance.
  • Any optional event that requires an admission fees, such as museums, night clubs
  • Beverages
  • All expenses of a personal nature
  • Airline baggage fees (first bag $20 to Havana and 1st bag free returning from Havana)
  • Any excess baggage charges
  • Cuban Airport Departure tax (25 CUC/$29 USD)
  • Any additional cost(s) not included in the itinerary
  • Tips for guides, waiters, chambermaids and drivers

CANCELLATION POLICY

Our cancellation policy is available on our Registration Information page under the Travel Workshops section.

CLICK HERE to read our cancellation policy.


Biography(C) Fatima NeJame

VINCENT VERSACE is a recipient of the Computerworld Smithsonian Award in Media Arts & Entertainment, the Shellenberg fine art award, a six time nominee to the Photoshop Hall of Fame and is the author of the best selling book, Welcome to Oz: A cinematic Approach to Digital Still Photography with Photoshop which was chosen as Shutterbug Magazine's best how to book of the year. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of American History. Vincent is the photographer of Immediate Assistants Medical Rescue Go Team. He is a member of the Epson Stylus Pros, a a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens, an Xrite Colorotti, Lexar Elite Photographer, an American Photo Magazine Mentor Trek and Master Class instructor and a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals Instructor Dream Team teaching regularly at Photoshop World and the Maine Photographic and Palm Beach Photographic Workshops. Vincent was the original host of the Epson Print Academy. Articles about his work in conjunction with digital workflows have appeared in American Photo, Popular Photography, Shutterbug, Outdoor Photographer, Pro Digital Imaging, PDN, What Digital camera, Petersen's Photographic, PC Camera, Studio Design and Photography Professional Photographer and Digital Imaging magazines.

Website: http://www.versacephotography.com

FATIMA NEJAME is an accomplished photographer with many awards for her color photography and is a contributor to the Focal Encyclopedia of Photography on the subject of color photography. Fatima is a recognized digital imaging expert, who has been teaching digital photography and digital techniques for the last 19 years. She is the executive director of the Palm Beach Photographic Centre where she oversees day-to-day operations, marketing and technical operations for the Museum exhibitions and programming. She is much traveled and has led and taught many travel and classroom workshops and seminars. She is an author and renown lecturer on digital cameras, photography and technical aspects of the digital world.


(C) Fatima NeJame
© Vincent Versace, 2012, Cuba

Itinerary

Day 1-Havana

  • Arrive at Havana Airport at 3pm, get luggage and  head to the apartments for check in and orientation
  • Visit the Palenque for an afro Cuban drumming and dance show 3-5 pm time permitting
  • Sunset photography walk of Centro Habana
Welcome dinner at La Guarida

Day 2-Havana

  • Early Morning visit to Cojimar to photograph fisherman (leave 5:30 am)
  • Visit an authentic Babalawo (Afro Cuban Priest) to putt he afro Cuban religions in Context
  • Visit Callejon de Hamel the rumba alley to see Afro Cuban dancers and dance with them
  • Lunch at Paladar El Cimarron (formerly Juana La Cubana) where you will see an amazing children’s dance group performance
  • Visit Vedado’s bustling Agriculture Market
  • Dinner at Paladar San Cristobal

Day 3–Pinar Del Rio, (leave 7:00 am)

  • Visit a Tobacco field and talk to the farmers and owners
  • Visit a community Project called Patio Pelegrin where there is a farm, a writers café and art
  • Organic Lunch from the farm at Patio Pelegrin
  • Walk around the old town
Dinner at Paladar los Mercaderes

Day 4-Havana

  • Morning jazz concert with young jazz award winner Hector Quintana in his beautiful home in vedado
  • Visit chorus Vocal leo in the directors home led by Corina Campos
  • Lunch at O Reilly 304
Meet fine artists Juan and Alicia Leal in the their homes
(C) Fatima NeJame
© Vincent Versace, 2012, Cuba

Day 5-Trinidad

  • Leave for Trinidad at 7:00 am
  • Welcome lunch Paladar La Ceiba
  • Meet a dancer and graduate of the folkloric dance school in trinidad
  • Sunset photography walk through trindad’s wonderful colonial streets
Housing at various houses close by to each other

Day 6-Trinidad-Havana

  • Take a steam train to indigenous valleys
  • Lunch at an organic Farm
  • Travel back to Havana
  • Dinner at Paladar La Esperanza

Day 7-Havana

  • Visit a dance company and take photos of the dancers
  • Walk around old the train station and Old.
  • Visit the Mercado Cuatro Caminos a bustling market
  • Dinner at Paladar La Guarida

Day 8-Havana

  • Visit Arte Corte alley an alley that started as a hairdresser’s project and then became an art gallery, and senior center.
  • Lunch at Paladar Dona Eutemia
  • Meet artist Sandra Ramos in her home
  • Walk around Centro Havana

Day 9-Havana to Miami

  • Depending on Airport time , we can repeat favorite spots or some that were skipped due to lack of time.

 

This includes:

  • Round trip flights from Miami
  • Visa for Cuba
  • Legal Letter of authorization
  • High end apartments in Centro Havana and houses in Trinidad
  • All Meals
  • Tour leader
  • Cuban Travel Medical Insurance
  • All in country ground transportation, and airport transfers
  • All entrance fees and meals that are listed on the itinerary
  • Full schedule of guided people-to-people activities
  • Casa de la trova or casa de la musica in Trinidad at night

Not included in the price is the following:

  • Tips are not included: Tips for your guides, servers and chambermaids are not included.  For servers it is 1-2 dollars per lunch and dinner and for each room 1 dollar a day for maids. For guides the amount is up to you but we suggest 10 per person per day. For local city guides in Havana and Trinidad 5 dollars is normal. 
  • Airport exit tax of 25 cuc’s (29 US Dollars) is not included
  • Alcoholic and bottled water are not included.
  • Baggage charges for check in or excess baggage fees above 44 lbs
Night time performances

 

Call us for information on private one on one instruction.