Cuba:

The Ultimate People to People Experience

with Vincent Versace

Eight magical and enchanted days.

Dec 5-13, 2014
Feb 14–22, 2015
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, Finca Robaina-cigar plantation, Partagas Cigar factory, Casa del Habano.

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


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

Additional Information

TRIP INCLUDES:

  • Non-stop round trip flights from Miami to Havana
  • Miami airport fees
  • U.S. Treasury Department license and Letters of Authorization
  • Cuba Entry Visa
  • All land transportation and local transfers in Cuba
  • Eight nights in private villas, private rooms each with its own bathroom, daily cleaning service, daily breakfast, swimming pool...A most unique and private “tour” where you will have one-on-one access; it will be like visiting a friend at his or her house.  There, One will have unparalleled and unmatched access to any and all that is available at the particular site.  There is no “tour” that offers this experience; this is a true 0ne-on-One exchange. 
  • All Meals, at “Paladares" and unique private restaurants
  • Comprehensive educational exchange program, including all entrance fees
  • The required emergency insurance at the foreigners hospital. 
  • irport Taxes upon departing Havana
  • The first piece of luggage, up to 44 lbs, is included in the tour fee.  If the first piece is more than 44 lbs then it will be charged at the rate of $2 per lb and will be the responsibility of its owner.  Any additional luggage beyond the first piece will be $20 per piece plus $2 per lb

    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
    Any excess baggage charges.
    Any additional cost(s) not included in the itinerary.



CANCELLATION POLICY

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

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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

Friday - December 5

Depart for Havana from Miami
Arrive at José Martí International Airport, Havana Cuba:

2:30 pm: group to meet at Miami International in the lobby of the airport hotel.  Upon arrival, all group members will give their passports to Marlies and she will take care of all logistics related to the flight.  Marlies will travel with us to Cuba, and will be our guide for the duration of the trip.
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The name of the Charter company is "Viaje Hoy"  The benefits of traveling with "Viaje Hoy" are:

  • group check in--no lines.
  • 1.5 hours prior to flight time check in.
  • first class seats.
  • 4 pm: flight departure

After clearing Customs at Jose Marti airport, all group members will go into VIP room for refreshments, bathroom and general maintenance, while Marlies retrieves the luggage. 
There should be no costs associated with one bag up to 66 lbs. 


6:30 pm depart Jose Marti airport.
On the way to the houses, you will experience a mini tour of the Vedado section of La Habana.  El Vedado was the initial suburb to the city and it remains to this day an integral and elegant part of Cuban life.  Members will see the "Plaza de la Revolucion", travel down the "Avenida de los Presidentes" towards the famous Malecon up "Paseo" avenue after passing both the Melia Cohiba and Riviera hotels as well as the famous night spots "jazz cafe" and "habana cafe".  The houses will be in the "new" Vedado section.

Dinner at "Rio-Mar" paladar in the playa section of La Habana.

Saturday - Dec 6

7:30 am: breakfast will be served at each house.  Normally, all types of fruits, coffee, milk, juice and bread are availalbe.  Any egg-meat dish may also be requested and they will be served.  All included in your tour fee.
Transportation will be ready at the houses.
8:30 am: leave house and travel to "la Habana Vieja" - Old Habana.  Walk "el Prado", "Parque Central", Capitolio.  Photo opportunities will abound and a number of historical monuments will be evident throughout these avenues and parks.  You will also go to the "school of ballet"  on the Prado Ave.
Lunch: Cathedral Plaza
Visit the well-known Habana destinations: La Bodeguita, Calle Obispo, La Catedral de la Habana, el Palacio de los Marqueses de Aguas Claras, Museo de ares coloniales.  Photo opportunities will be everywhere.       
Dinner: Starbien Paladar

Sunday - December 7

7:00 am: Breakfast at the house.
8:00 am Van to "Fabrica Partagas" Partagas factory.  Private tour of the factory in which all the facets of cigar making will be shown.
11:00 am Van to "Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes" La Habana.
Lunch: Casa de Habanos Miramar.  Lunch in a private room with Carlos Robaina, the son of Alejandro Robaina, the most famous cigar maker in the world who recently died.
After lunch, you can walk the famous 5th Avenue where many important and significant houses are now embassies. 
Meet back at Casa de Habanos for transportation to "Arte Puro" studio and private visit with artist Ernesto Milanes.  Ernesto has designed and crafted humidors for some of the world's greatest artists, ambassadors and heads of state.
Dinner at "La Casona" Paladar.

Monday – December 8

7:00 am: Breakfast at the house
8:00 am: Cuban Music with Bobby Carcasses.  Bobby is a legendary Cuban musician who has lived and starred in just about all stages of Cuban Music.  He is widely recognized (world-wide) as a master teacher, vocalist and technician of Afro Cuban rythms.  He is a reinesane man fluent is visual arts and a virtual encyclopedia of Cuban music.
Visit "Marianao" a very important suburb prior to the revolution now quite delapidated.  Known for its deep Afro-Cuban influences, Marianao is an authentic example of Cuban life today.
Lunch at 3-D (Robertico's restaurant)  Robertico is the best know Cuban humorist today.
Visit Museo de la Musica en la Habana.
Visit school of music.
Dinner at La Guarida paladar

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

Tuesday - December 9

6:00 am: Breakfast at the house
7:00 am: Van to Trinidad
Lunch
Photograph the Historic World Heritage Village of Trinidad. Walk the streets paved with cobblestones and engage in discussions with local merchants on their experiences as entrepreneurs in Cuba. Visit and talk with local artisans about the opportunities and challenges they face in creating and selling their works.
Visit Iglesia and convent of San Francisco; Plaza major (open air museum); valle de los ingenios (valley of sugar mills)
Dinner "Sol y Son" Paladar

Wednesday - December 10

7:00 am: Breakfast at the house
Walk Trinidad: local architecture; Iglesia de la Santisima Trinidad, the largest church in Cuba.
Van to La Habana
Lunch on the way to La Habana.
Houses: rest and relaxation
6 pm: Van to "El Morro, La Cabana"  El Morro and La Cabana are the highest point leading into Habana Harbor.  It is the location of the Christ which overlooks La Habana.  Cannons are fired at 9 pm nightly.
Dinner: "El Cocinero" Paladar.

Thursday - December 11

7:00 am: Breakfast at the house
Van to: escuela folklorica: school of traditional Afro-Cuban Yoruba teachings.
Visit with Babalawo: priest of Yoriba Ifa religion
Lunch
Callejon de Hamel: area of practicing Yoruba Ifa worshipers
Dinner: Dona Eutimia paladar

Friday - December 12

7:00 am: Breakfast at the house
8:00 am: Van to Finca Robaina, Pinar del Rio
Meet with Hiroshi Robaina, grandson of Alejandro Robaina and person now in charge of the Robaina farm, production and name. 
Private tour of the Farm, the growth areas, the rollers.
Lunch: private lunch with Hirochi
Visit private Robaina Museum with Hirochi.
Return to Havana for a farewell Dinner.
Dinner and entertainment at a private home.  Traditional Cuban fare: pig, black beans, rice, plantains

Saturday - December 13

7:00 am: Breakfast at the house
Van to La Habana Vieja: Old Habana, Malecon and other spots.  Last opportunity for photos.
Lunch: Dona Eutimia paladar
Van to airport
2:00 pm arrive at airport.  Marlies will be with you to insure seating and access.  Once through Immigration, you will be on your own.

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