One to Three Day Workshops

Stewart's one to three day workshops are on the art of photographic composition. Each workshop takes place in a unique location that adds to the power and enjoyment of the experience.

Weeklong (or longer) Workshops

Stewart's destination workshops take place at even more exotic locales around the planet – New Zealand, Venice, and more!

 

"My goal is to help each group member to develop their own unique style and vision - no matter what level they bring to either the tours or workshops. Because all tour and workshops have limited enrollment everyone is assured of personal attention"

 

 
 

CUBA Trip

Now taking sign-ups for April 2015 travel!

Stewart Halperin Photography
In cooperation with Cuba Education Travel

April 25 – May 3, 2015

LIMITED TO 10 PARTICIPANTS


$3,800 per person

***Single occupancy carries a $275 supplement
***Based on a minimum of 8 paying participants
***Price subject to increase based on fewer than 8 participants


INCLUDED

  • 8 night hotel accommodations
    • Pre-­-trip night stay in Miami hotel (Crowne Plaza Hotel)
    • 5 night stay in Hotel Telegrafo, Havana
    • 2 night stay in Hotel Iberostar, Trinidad
  • Round-­-trip Airfare Miami – Cuba – Miami
  • Daily breakfast
  • Lunches and dinners (as specified on the itinerary)
  • Full time escort from Cuba Educational Travel as well as local guides
  • All local ground transportation
  • Pre-­-trip departure information
  • Cuban Insurance (health and evacuation)
  • Cuban Visa
  • Compliance with U.S. Treasury Department regulations
  • Travel on the Cuba Educational Travel license
  • Speaker fees
  • Workshop fees
  • Professional Photo Shoot fees – models, props, etc.
  • Admission to all museums and public buildings listed in itinerary
  • Coordination of all listed activities

NOT INCLUDED

  • Airline baggage fees
  • Airfare to/from Miami
  • Hotels in Miami (other than pre-­-trip stay as noted in the itinerary)
  • Tips for local guides
  • Meals other than listed on itinerary
  • Individual house/hotel expenses (mini bar, room service, laundry fees, etc.)
  • Cuban Airport Departure tax (25 CUC)

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

PAYMENT:

  • A deposit of $1000 is due no later than 93 days prior to trip: January 22, 2015. Early deposits are encouraged to reserve your spot on the trip.
  • The deposit is refundable up until 75 days (February 10, 2015) prior to trip, at which time it becomes non-­-refundable.
  • Full payment will be due 60 days prior to trip: (February 25, 2015).
  • Please inquire if you are interested in purchasing trip insurance from a certified, third party.
  • A rooming list with all passenger names should accompany the deposit. Passenger information forms should be turned in at this time.
  • A signed copy of the Memorandum of Understanding should be turned in with the deposit.

Payment can be made with a check, cashier’s check, or money order. Credit cards are not accepted. Checks should be made out to Cuba Educational Travel and mailed to:

Cuba Educational Travel
Attn. Halperin Photography
95 Norman Ave. Amityville, NY 11701

CANCELLATION and REPLACEMENT POLICIES:

  • The sale is final.
  • Cancellations made more than 75 days before trip are fully refundable, but could result in a price shift for other paying passenger for groups of less than 8 people.
  • Cancellations made within 74-­-60 days of trip departure are eligible for a 50 percent refund.
  • Cancellations made within 59 days prior to drip departure will forfeit the full cost of the trip.
  • In some instances, time permitting; a different traveler can take the place of a scheduled participant for a processing fee of $350.

UNUSED SERVICES & REFUNDS:
No refund or adjustment can be made for any portion of the services not used such as voluntary non-­-usage of hotel accommodations, scheduled meals or any planned activity described in your itinerary.

PASSPORT AND VISA:
All travelers are required to carry a valid passport and a Cuban visa. The visa will be completed by a Cuba Educational Travel representative and given to participants at check-­-in in Miami OR sent to the trip leader beforehand.

IMPORTANT: Those without a valid passport will not be allowed to enter. Passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after departure date. Passports must be U.S. issued. Foreign passports allowed only in conjunction with a valid U.S. Resident Alien card (Green Card). Cuba Educational Travel is not responsible for lost or stolen passports in Cuba.

 


TRIP ITINERARY

Saturday, April 25

Arrive Miami – lodging at the Crowne Plaza MIA hotel. Rooms will be ready at 3:30 pm. Arrive individually and meet the group in the morning for shuttle to the airport. 950 NW Lejeune Rd., Miami, FL, 33126.

Sunday, April 26

12:45pm - Depart Miami on American Airlines flight 9410, arriving to Havana, Cuba at 1:45 pm

03:00pm - Check-in at the Hotel Telegrafo, a nicely restored hotel, located along the beautiful Parque Central. You’re at the foot of all the action here; two blocks from the Old Town, one block to the capitol building and three blocks from the malecon, Havana’s seawall.

06:00pm - Welcome Dinner at Paladar San Cristobal. Located in the heart of Central Havana, this paladar has a reputation of excellence in both atmosphere and local cuisine. Enjoy great food while the local takes you back to the 1940s and 50s.

Free Evening

Monday, April 27

08:30am - Walking tour of the Old City. Wander through the Plaza Vieja, the oldest plaza in Havana, dating from the 16th century. See the Plaza de San Francisco, a cobbled plaza surrounded by buildings dating from the 18th century, dominated by the baroque Iglesia and Convento de San Francisco dating from 1719. Visit Plaza de la Catedral and the Catedral de San Cristóbal de La Habana. Visit the Plaza de Armas, a scenic tree-lined plaza formerly at the center of influence in Cuba. It is surrounded by many of the most historic structures in Havana as well as important monuments.

Along with other stops, we’ll stop for Café Cubano – a tasty Cuban coffee – along the way.

12:00pm - Lunch Discussion with journalist Marc Frank. Author of “Cuba Revelations” and the longest serving foreign correspondent in Cuba, Frank writes for Reuters, the Financial Times and the Economist, and is an authority on the Cuban economy. His will offer insight into important economic, political and social issues on the island and share colorful stories about being a reporter in Cuba.

01:30pm - Visit a centuries-old home in the Vedado Neighborhood, where we’ll have the opportunity to photograph the interior of the home, including the kitchen, dining room, bedrooms and study, all with their original artifacts

04:00pm - Visit to Judo training center, where we’ll learn about this important community project and have an opportunity to photograph the children training. It’s a great opportunity to get off the beaten path and venture into the rough neighborhood, 10th of October.

Return to the hotel for rest and relaxation and dinner on your own

08:00pm - Sunset/night walk on along the Malecon, the 5km seawall where Cubans congregate to drink, talk and listen to music

Tuesday, April 28

06:30am - Depart for Pinar del Rio, the western-most province, famous for its rich soil, tobacco production and spectacular scenery. Upon arrival – roughly a 3 hour ride – we will enjoy the lookout at Los Jazmines hotel, which oversees the beautiful valley

10:00am - Our first visit will be to a private farm in the valley owned by the large family of Concha and Paco Hernandez. The descendants of Concha and Paco have farmed the same plot of land for many generations and their land is involved in the production of a multitude of fruits, vegetables, grain and tobacco. Members of the family will give us a tour of this beautiful 40 acre farm before bringing us back to the farmhouse.

11:00am - Enjoy a hearty lunch on the grounds of another local farm, Finca Paraiso Agroecologica (the agro-ecological Paradise Farm), where we will learn about Cuban agriculture and tobacco production, preceded and followed by time to wander the grounds.

12:30pm - Visit to Vinales town center, where it’s recommended that you walk the side streets, visit a local home and take in the pace of this country town

03:00pm - On the way back to Havana, we’ll visit a small country town where Mario Pelegrin, a community activist, has created a charming neighborhood project dedicated to local children. In this tranquil setting, a collection of rustic cabins provide a home for amateur art programs. This wonderful program gives local kids the opportunity to have fun while learning new skills in the areas of music, dance, theatre and art.

06:00pm - Spend the evening at Café Madrigal with Frank Delgado, renowned singer and songwriter, for a discussion about the nueva trova movement in Cuba, followed by a musical performance. Café Madrigal, owned and run by film director Rafael Rosales, is housed in a beautiful colonial mansion with the walls lined with captivating art work. Enjoy tasty tapas and cocktails.

Wednesday, April 29

10:00am - Visit to local boxing gym, where we will meet with trainers and boxers. Boxing is one of Cuba’s passions, having won numerous Olympic medals and international competitions. The boxing gym gives you a sense of Cuban’s nationalism and economic struggles, with top boxers training in tough conditions. Incredible photographic opportunity.

12:00pm - Quick lunch – sandwiches and salad at La Chucheria diner along the Havana seawall

01:00pm - Driving tour of Havana, with a focus on modern architecture in the western part of the city. Few people realize the important place Havana holds as a treasure trove of 20th Century architecture. We will highlight some of the best examples to be found in this incredibly diverse area of the city, including the Christopher Colon Cemetery & the University of Havana.

04:00pm - Visit to the Lizt Alfonso Academy, a women-led dance company and school for local youth, specializing in various types of dance. We will watch a private performance by the adolescent dance group, and sit with the dancers afterward to discuss how they came to join the school and the impact it has had on them. The talent and work ethic at this school is impressive. Stay behind following the performance and photograph the students and teachers hard at work in their daily routines.

Free Evening

Thursday, April 30

08:00am - Take pedestrian ferry across Havana Bay to the community of Regla, a working-class, Afro-Cuban community with a thriving local culture. Regla is especially known for its strong ties to Santería and other Afro-Cuban religions. We will have a discussion with Magia López and Alexey Rodriguez of the hip-hop/jazz duo Obsesión about their experiences and views on race and gender equality in Cuba.

10:30am - Visit Callejón de Hamel, a neighborhood that has been converted into a cultural center rich in Afro-Cuba religion, art and dance. Scholar Elias Assef will provide an overview of Santeria and other Cuban religions with African routes. This will be followed by a folkloric dance performance.

12:00pm - Lunch Socio-economic discussion with urban planner Miguel Coyula, who’s presentation will touch on housing, infrastructure, investment and restoration programs. It’s bound to leave you with a better understanding of why Havana looks the way it does today and possibilities moving forward. Discussion to take place at La Casa de La Amistad, a 19th century mansion in the Vedado neighborhood.

02:30pm - Visit to agricultural market, 19 y B, Vedado, to see where Cubans buy fruit, vegetables and produce.

Free Afternoon

07:00pm - Farewell Havana Dinner at Paladar Atelier. This restaurant is equally known for its atmosphere and exquisite cuisine. The lighting and textures of the house, which was home to a pre-revolutionary senator, coupled with walls adorned in modern art, create a cozy, but modern setting.

Friday, May 1

10:00am - Depart for Cienfuegos. Referred to as the “Pearl of the South,” Cienfuegos is one of Cuba’s only cities to display French and Spanish architecture. Housed on one of the country’s largest Bays, the city offers beautiful ocean front landscapes, and is deeply rich in culture.

01:00pm - Lunch at Dinner at las Mamparas, a family run paladar. Quick and simple, the food is extraordinary and the family that runs it even better.

03:00pm - Enjoy a private performance by the local Cienfuegos choir, which will perform classics like Shenandoah and contemporary Cuban hits. This hard-working choir makes evident its passion for performing.

04:00pm - Photo walk through downtown area with local photographer Omar Valenti, including a stop at the fishing docks. Visit Omar’s studio and lab following the walk.

06:30pm - Check-in at the Hotel Iberostar, Trinidad’s finest hotel, followed by free evening

Saturday, May 2

06:30am - Early morning photo walk in Trinidad, a UNESCO world heritage site, known for its cobble stoned streets, pastel colored homes and small-town feel

10:30am - City Tour with Nancy Benítez, a local architect, historian and restoration specialist. Ms. Benitez will provide an overview of the city’s history from an architectural, economic and infrastructural point of view.

12:00pm - Conversation with artist Yami Martínez at her gallery, La Casa de los Conspiradores. Yami has achieved international recognition for her art depicting the strains of life on Cuban women.

01:00pm - Enjoy a hearty meal at Paladar San Jose, a recently opened restaurant with a diverse menu featuring everything from lobster to pizza

Free Afternoon

07:30pm - Farewell dinner at Los Conspiradores paladar, located at the foot of the main plaza and the lively Casa de la Musica, featuring live music all night.

Sunday, May 3

09:00am - Hotel check-out and depart for Cienfuegos – optional stop at cemetery

01:20 - Depart Cienfuegos on American Eagle 9537, arriving in Miami, FL at 2:30 pm



For more information contact:

Stewart Halperin Photography

314-652-0330/ 314 277-1376

Venetian Tour Guide – Luisella Romeo

We have been privileged to have Luisella Romeo (pictured, center) as our Venitian tour guide each year we have gone. Her unparalleled knowledge of the art, architecture, history, and culture of this storied city has been priceless and she is a vital part of our Venice experience.

Click here or on the image below for more information on her tour services and to see a gallery of Stewart's photos taken during previous Venice trips.


Digital Imaging Specialist - Jeff Hirsch


photo by Valerie J. Snyder

We are also fortunate to have photographer, tech guru, and photo-educator Jeff Hirsch along on our Venice trip this year to provide "after-the-click" expertise in managing the entire digital photography workflow — everything from capture to storage to print. His knowledge and skill in the field of digital imaging will be of great benefit to each and every member of the trip, no matter what their level of experience.

An expert photo-educator, Jeff will show us how Adobe's Lightroom and Photoshop combine to give the shooter an unprecedented amount of control over both the organization and reproduction of photographic images.

 
STEWART D HALPERIN   •   sdhphoto@swbell.net   •   Voice: (314) 652-0330   •   Fax: (314) 652-7668