Wave after wave of convertible Buicks pass you by as you stroll looking for sunset views over the Malecon. Behind you, the faded, colonial architecture of old Habana, slowly being restored brick-by-brick. Cigar smoke scents the air and all around, the sounds of the Buena Vista Social Club start to hum. Welcome to the amazing, iconic, unparalled Cuba.
Come experience eleven days of turquoise Caribbean seas, lush tropical plantations, step-back-in-time museum towns and the unmissable Havana. We'll snooze in colonial mansions, dine in local paladares and get to the very heart of both rural and urban. This is our photography holiday in Cuba.
We'll meet you right off the plane and transport you directly to the palatial 5* Santa Isabel, overlooking the main square in the very heart of old Havana. From here, we'll hop into the back seat of a 50's convertible Buick and take a drive to the Malecon to take in the sunset. That evening, we'll get our first taste of Cuba, dining at a local paladar - elegant mansion restaurants with mouthwatering menus. The perfect start to our Caribbean photography tour.
After a leisurely tour of Habana Vieja, we'll spend a few days trying our hand at capturing some of the incredible architecture, plus shooting some closeups of the myriad murals that adorn the streets. We'll capture some interiors at the Tiffany-decored Museo de la Revolucion, then take some black-and-whites at a boutique cigar factory (we'll learn how to roll those too!). Later, we'll go meet Castro's personal photographer, Roberto Salas, who will regale you with stories of the revolution over tea and cake. Later, we'll review our pics over a few mojitos, check out the music scene and sample local delicacies that are putting Cuba on the culinary map.
Today we head east to Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage town seemingly still stuck in 1850. With perfectly preserved cobbled streets, red-tiled mansions and breathtaking scenery, this is our base for a few days exploring (plus enjoy 5* comforts!). The following morning, we're up early to board a wooden-carriaged steam train up to the stunning Valle de los Ingenios, to our classroom in the mountains, then catch some open air jazz in the old town square. The following day, we're off on seafari, boarding our forty-foot catamaran for some well deserved R&R on a remote tropical isle, before a paddle in the El Cubano waterfall or a dip in the turquoise seas at Playa D'Ancon. Later, we're on assignment, trying out street photography styles in B&W, learning how to tell stories with your photography. Each day, we'll expand your skills further to ensure great photographs every time.
Across to Vinales - the 'Garden of Cuba' - lush, hilly landscapes that provide panoramic views over tobacco, coffee, sugar cane and oranges in an atmosphere of almost complete serenity. We'll shoot portraits of tobacco farmers, capture the dusk light over the limestone 'mogotes' and document daily life in rural Cuba. Like all of our photography courses, our team of professionals will be constantly on hand to give advice and tips, plus give nightly reviews of your emerging work.
Up early, we venture into the streets Havana from the comforts of the 5* Parque Central to complete our final piece of work, culminating in our 'pop-up' exhibition that evening, before a final party to reflect on this incredible awe-inspiring destination. This is certainly a photography holiday to remember.
Award-winning photography holidays in some of the world's most inspiring destinations
Our award-winning photo holidays and photo workshops will take you from Beginner to Bailey in no time. Recommended by The Sunday Telegraph,The Guardian, Wall Street Journal and many more, our hand-built photography holidays combine boutique accommodation, off-the-beaten track activities and a high level of professional tuition that has made Creative Escapes one of the world's leading photo holiday companies.
We take you behind the scenes of each location so you really experience the inside track to Nepal, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Kerala and Cuba – from meeting Fidel Castro’s personal photographer at his home in Havana, shooting secret locations in Yosemite, to snapping Leopards from the back of your own Land Rover; these are premium photography holidays that have a client return rate of almost 50%.
From the quality of our accommodation, to the innovative hand-picked locations we travel to, our photography holidays are small, tailor-made experiences that will truly inspire the creative in you.
Our custom-built photo holidays include Photography Holidays to Nepal, Photography Holidays to Kerala, Photography Holidays to Sri Lanka, Photography Holidays to Cambodia, Photography Holidays to Morocco, Photography Holidays to California and Photography Holidays to Cuba.
We take no more than 8 people per group on our photo tours, so that you get the individual personal attention on your photo holiday you need – and we personally check every bar, restaurant and hotel beforehand to that you enjoy the pick of the coolest places at each location.
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