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Journey to Cuba

Spring 2016

People to People Cultural Exchange

Cuba

with John Greengo

Kenna Klosterman & Emily Wilson

For our third year in a row, John Greengo Photography Tours invites you to visit Cuba with us in Spring 2016!

Our unique journey will take us to Havana and beyond. Havana is the capital of the country and its commercial and cultural center since colonial times. As you stroll the streets being passed by classic cars, you will experience the wonderful rustic charm of a city that has remained largely unchanged for over 50 years. We've created itineraries where we'll meet and interact with warm, diverse, and spirited Cubans and a variety of artists, musicians, and community groups. These encounters will undoubtedly make for special memories and intimate photographic moments.

 

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The best time is now

As the door to Cuba has now squeaked open just a little bit, it's the perfect time to see and experience its distinctive culture, history, music, dance, art, architecture and cuisine. With the recent improvement in relations between Cuba and US changes are in store for the small island nation. Cuba's traditional culture and mystique may disappear as the modern tourism industry invades this tiny island. Get there now as it won't be the same in 5 years!

This trip is open to all, no matter where you hail from and no matter what your interest in photography is. We will be focusing on meeting people and experiencing the culture, good times and learning experiences are sure to be had by all.

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Important Trip Details

  • Two separate trips for Spring 2016
  • March 24 to April 1 with John Greengo & Emily Wilson
  • April 1 to 9 with John Greengo & Kenna Klosterman
  • Depart and return to Miami FL, USA
  • Small group size of max 12 travelers + guides
  • Airfare from Miami to Havana + lodging + many meals included
  • Trip organized by Cuba Cultural Travel
  • 100% legal for US citizens
  • Deposit secures your spot, first come first serve
  • $5,375 Double occupancy
  • $5,875 Single occupancy

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2016 Itineraries

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March 24 - April 1

Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad & Viñales

Led by John Greengo & Emily Wilson

Trip full, inquire about a waitlist option

Day 0 - Wednesday March 23

Fly independently to Miami and congregate at the Crowne Plaza Miami International Airport Hotel for an evening meet and greet with John, Emily and fellow travelers. MIAMI

Day 1 - Thursday March 24

Early morning departure, fly Miami to Havana. Tour of the Vedado neighborhood visiting the most iconic buildings of Havana’s modernist movement. In the afternoon we take a photo walk to photograph “Old Taxi” central; here you will find all makes and models of American cars from the 50’s. Evening driving tour through the city, see the Plaza de la Revolucion, sunset walk on the Malécon. HAVANA B, L, D**.

Day 2 - Friday March 25

Our Havana photo walking tour today includes Paseo de Marti, Capitolio, Rafael Trejo Boxing Gym, Fototeca and Escuela de Taller to learn about the Restoration Project underway in Havana Vieja. Following lunch, rest of afternoon free to explore the south section of Havana Vieja, until time to prepare for dinner. HAVANA B, L, D.

Day 3 - Saturday March 26

Havana ferry to historic and colorful municipality of Regla for photo walking tour. Possible afternoon visits to: Callejon de Hamel known its lively murals and Rumba gatherings, village of Bacuranao in Alamar, and a rodeo in the Guanabacoa neighborhood. HAVANA B.

Day 4 - Sunday March 27

Early morning departure to Viñales Valley, for the day. Explore the magestic Viñales Valley, including tobacco fields, traditional farming practices, the Despalillo where tobacco leaves are prepared, organic farm Finca Confianza. Possible walk on foot through fields to visit with local farmers. Afternoon visit to rural community project dedicated to the creative growth of children. Return to Havana for Dinner own your own. HAVANA B, L

Day 5 - Monday March 28

Depart for Cienfuegos, "The Pearl of the Caribbean". Explore Plaza José Martí, Paseo del Prado, the Terry Thomas Theatre completed in 1895. Tour the Palaxio Del Valle, the former home of trader Celestino Caceres. This architectural jewel originated as a private residence and later passed into the Valle family who added to it in a Mughal style with carved floral motifs, a stunning Carrara marble staircase, arches, domes and delicate arabesques. CIENFUEGOS B, L, D.

Day 6 - Tuesday March 29

Morning departure for the historic city of Trinidad with stops at Tres Cruces square followed by a visit to El Cabildo de San Antonio. Visit an open-air market situated in front of the Casa de la Trova to see a wide variety of Cuban popular art. Explore the cobblestone streets of Trinidad, a well preserved UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to Cienfuegos followed by dinner. CIENFUEGOS B, D.

Day 7 - Wednesday March 30

Morning departure from Cienfuegos. There will be several photographic opportunities at notable landmarks along our return trip to Havana. Lunch along route. Upon late afternoon check-in at our Havana hotel, then, prepare for dinner. HAVANA B, L, D.

Day 8 - Thursday March 31

Visit Havana’s Christopher Colon Cemetery, produce market, Centro Pro Danza ballet school, home of artist José Fuster, Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), Vedado neighborhood, Hotel Nacional de Cuba. HAVANA B, L, D

Day 9 - Friday April 1

Early departure for Havana airport, arrive in Miami ~12 noon/ pm; make your connecting flights after getting through immigration and customs. Please allow 3 hours minimum to complete the immigration, customs procedure before departing on your next connecting flight home. B

 

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April 1 - April 9

Havana & Viñales

Led by John Greengo & Kenna Klosterman

Trip full, inquire about a waitlist option

Day 0 - Friday March 31

Fly independently to Miami and congregate at the Crowne Plaza Miami International Airport Hotel for an evening and greet with Kenna and fellow travelers. MIAMI

Day 1 - Friday April 1

Fly Miami to join John in Havana, Check-in to the 5-star Hotel Parque Central after a photo opp outside the US Embassy. Evening driving tour through the city, see the Plaza de la Revolucion, sunset walk on the Malécon. HAVANA B, D**

Day 2 - Saturday April 2

Havana photo walking tour including Paseo de Marti, Capitolio, Parque de la Fraternidad known as “old taxi” central, Rafael Trejo Boxing Gym, Fototeca. HAVANA B, L, D

Day 3 - Sunday April 3

Havana ferry to historic and colorful municipality of Regla for photo walking tour. Possible afternoon visits to: Callejon de Hamel known its lively murals and Rumba gatherings, village of Bacuranao in Alamar, and a rodeo in the Guanabacoa neighborhood. HAVANA B

Day 4 - Monday April 4

Visit Havana’s Christopher Colon Cemetery, produce market, Centro Pro Danza ballet school, home of artist José Fuster, Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), Vedado neighborhood, Hotel Nacional de Cuba. HAVANA B, L, D

Day 5 - Tuesday April 5

Havana. Participate in a one-of-a-kind 1-day photography project with photography students at the Academia de Fotografia Cabrales del Valle. HAVANA B, L

Day 6 - Wednesday April 6

Explore more of Havana Vieja, including Parque Cespedes, Plaza de Armas and Plaza de Catedral. See the Escuela de Taller to learn about the city’s Restoration Projects, Obispo Street’s Art Deco buildings. Optional visits to the Arts & Crafts market, Museum of Cuban Art. HAVANA B, D

Day 7 - Thursday April 7

Hotel check out and depart for the pioneering eco-community of Las Terrazas in Sierra del Rosario, explore the rural town at Rancho Curujey. Visit the ruins of a French Coffee Plantation built in 1801 and the Hotel La Moka. Visit El Patio de Pelegrin, an inspiring community project dedicated to local children. Continue to Viñales Valley, considered by many to be the most beautiful place in Cuba. Check in to Casa Particulares (B&B's). VIÑALES B, L, D

Day 8 - Friday April 8

Explore the magestic Viñales Valley, including tobacco fields, traditional farming practices, the Despalillo where tobacco leaves are prepared, organic farm Finca Confianza. Possible walk on foot through fields to visit with local farmers. VIÑALES B, L, D

Day 9 - Saturday April 9

Depart Viñales for Havana airport. Arrive in Miami ~4:40pm and catch your connecting flights after getting through immigration and customs. A discounted group rate will be provided at the Crowne Plaza Miami for those who request an overnight. B

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*Note: Itineraries are subject to change, as is the nature of travel in Cuba. Flexibility will be the name of the game to best enjoy your time in Cuba.

** B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner included in the cost of the trip. Meals not notated in itinerary are On Your Own. Tasty recommendations will be provided.

 

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