CUBA Trip - April 2015
is SOLD OUT!
Another trip will be offered in late
September.. "Photography and the Arts in Cuba"
Stewart Halperin Photography
cooperation with Cuba Education Travel
April 25 – May
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 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
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
- Cuban Insurance (health and evacuation)
- Cuban Visa
- Compliance with U.S. Treasury Department
- Travel on the Cuba Educational Travel
- Speaker fees
- Workshop fees
- Professional Photo Shoot fees – models,
- Admission to all museums and public buildings
listed in itinerary
- Coordination of all listed
- Airline baggage fees
- Airfare to/from Miami
- Hotels in Miami (other than
as noted in the itinerary)
- Tips for local guides
- Meals other than listed on
- Individual house/hotel expenses (mini
bar, room service, laundry fees, etc.)
- Cuban Airport
Departure tax (25 CUC)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
- 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
payment will be due 60 days prior to trip: (February
- Please inquire if you are interested
in purchasing trip insurance from a certified,
- 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.
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.
Saturday, April 25
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,
Sunday, April 26
12:45pm - Depart
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,
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.
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
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
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
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
Wednesday, April 29
10:00am - Visit to local boxing
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
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.
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
10:30am - Visit Callejón de Hamel,
a neighborhood that has been converted into a cultural
center rich in Afro-Cuba religion, art and dance.
Elias Assef will provide an
overview of Santeria and
other Cuban religions with African routes.
This will be followed by a folkloric
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.
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
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
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
10:30am - City Tour with Nancy
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
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
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:
314-652-0330/ 314 277-1376