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**CUBA Photo Trip – THE PEARL OF THE CARIBBEAN**

$500.00$10,598.00

Joins us in beautiful, historic Cuba. This photo trip is a photographer’s dream!

One Hour Private lesson prior to trip included in price..

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CUBA
THE PEARL OF THE CARIBBEAN
OCTOBER 23 – 29, 2018

If you’re interested in joining us, please call 314-567-3456 for late registration.

Join the Creve Coeur Camera School of Imaging instructors as we take an unforgettable adventure with YOU! This is a photographer’s dream. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind opportunity to see this beautiful country. Experience the culture first hand and explore the landscapes and colorful views as we look thru our camera lens. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners will be provided. Taste, touch and feel the something that only Cuba has to offer.

Hotel Sevilla is centrally located next to the Central Park and the Paseo del Prado, on the border of old Havana and the Centro Havana municipalities. This area is notable for containing numerous architecturally and historically significant buildings that exemplify the mid-19th Century urban center. We will begin at Central Park, then walk along the Paseo del Prado, and see the Moorish-style Inglaterra Hotel, one of the oldest in the city. We will also see the Capitolio building, which is modeled on the US Capitol, and the Bacardi building, a beautiful example of tropical Art Deco.
Our hotel is directly in front of the Parque Central and the major landmarks in our neighborhood are: Alicia Alonso Theater, and the two oldest hotels –Inglaterra and Plaza –open since the early 1900s. The El Floridita, Hemingway’s favorite place to drink daiquiris is a block from the hotel. He is immortalized in a bronze sculpture sitting at his favorite stool. Have your picture taken with Hemingway and enjoy a daiquiri at the bar.

Itinerary:

Day 1: 10/23

Welcome dinner at Paladar San Cristobal, made famous as the restaurant at which the Obama’s enjoyed dinner. The owner/chef Carlos has created a unique ambiance in his 1900’s home filled with antiques and with an interesting history to boot.
Optional: Dance and drinks on the rooftop of the Inglaterra Hotel afterwards. The band is superb and the views of the core of Old Havana are a photographer’s dream. The Inglaterra is next to our hotel and always a fun spot to eat, drink, dance and listen to music. Same for every night different venues for music.

Day 2: 10/24

Breakfast buffet at hotel

Feel free to explore and photograph before our walk begins. In five minutes you can be at the Gulf of Mexico facing north to Florida on a beautiful pedestrian and motorway-Malecon- that skirts the coast for seven miles. Or take off through the back streets to see the sights off the beaten path.

On our walking tour of the plazas and Old Jewish quarter, visit two of the oldest churches in Havana, one dated to 1645, the other church is where the Santeria worshipers come for offerings. There are lots of vendors of flowers and basil outside.

Visit the Taller de Grafica, the printmaking studio established in the 1800s for printing newspapers and cigar labels, now the same machines print original works of art. We will meet artists working there, and receive a printmaking demonstration using presses from the 1750s. The Taller is the center for all Cuban artists, and has a gallery and prints for sale.

Lunch at Paladar Galeria Amos, owned by Alex Castro, displays photos of Alex and partner Ramses. Enjoy a presentation of their photo project for the local children.

Next, off to a rehearsal of the Lizt Alfonso Ballet company for a photo shoot with dancers. The school teaches Flamenco and other Spanish dances.

In the afternoon, a visit to the Trejo boxing school for photos. Foreigners and Cuban professionals along with children train here.
NON-PHOTOGRAPHERS WILL GO ON A GUIDED TOUR OF THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS CUBAN COLLECTION.
MEET BACK AT HOTEL

Today we will make a stop in the area near Cathedral Square to shoot photos of old cars and the nearby neighborhood.

Dinner at El Mediterraneo. All food comes from their farm or boat, including the delicious cheeses.
(B,L,D)

Day 3: 10/25

Breakfast buffet at Hotel

TODAY’S ACTIVITIES ARE FOR EVERYONE

BUS AND GUIDE
Tour of Modern Havana and Embassy Row.
Then we head off to Fusterlandia for photos and enjoy an authentic Cuban lunch. Fuster is the ‘Gaudi’ of Cuba and has made a little fishing village into a thriving community with his art.

If time permits after lunch, we stop at the home/studio of artist Kelvin Lopez.
Stop at Plaza de Revolucion for photos. The heart of government, where Fidel made his speeches and 3 Popes have said Mass.

After we cross over the bay to photograph the Christo statue and El Morro fortress for photos.
Back to Hotel

Dinner at Decameron Paladar
(B,L,D)

Day 4: 10/26 

Breakfast buffet at hotel

BUS AND GUIDE

We check out of the Hotel and we are off to western Cuba and the province of Vinales.
Viñales is a small town and municipality in the north-central Pinar del Río Province of Cuba. The municipality is dominated by low mountain ranges of the Cordillera de Guaniguanico such as Sierra de los Órganos, and the town consists mostly of one-story wooden houses with porches. Beautiful limestone formations known as Mogotes cover the scenic valley, providing a stunning landscape.  The first settlement in Viñales is documented in 1871, in the form of a ranch belonging to Don Andrés Hernández Ramos. The actual town was established in 1878 as a typical community, with church, school, hospital and recreational park.
Viñales is an agricultural area, where crops of fruit, vegetables, coffee and especially tobacco are grown by traditional methods. Some of the best tobacco in the world is harvested and cultivated in Viñales. Over the last two decades the town has been developed as a premiere tourist destination. The Viñales Valley has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since November 1999, for the outstanding karst landscape and traditional agriculture as well as vernacular architecture, crafts and music.

There is a rest stop on the way that is a great place for photos.
First stop at the cigar plantation of Montesino, tour the farm and watch cigars being rolled.

Lunch at the paladar Balcon de Valle with vistas of the valley.
We can make stops for photos, and we expect there will be time for horseback riding & hiking too.

Check-in to our hotel, Los Jazmines, and you will have time to photograph the beautiful scenery surrounding you.
Dinner tonight is at the hotel.

Day 5: 10/27

Breakfast at the hotel
TODAY’S ACTIVITIES ARE OF INTEREST TO EVERYONE

First stop the Cave of the Indians. The area is riddled with caves and in these caves you walk through many rooms filled with stalactites and stalagmites and take a short boat ride along the river that winds inside.
We will visit the town of Vinales and the Arts and Crafts market.

Lunch at the farm Concha y Paco, lots of time for photos and enjoy the country. We can also walk through the valley back to our hotel.
Free time to photograph here.
Extra hikes in the afternoon in the Valley or new stops for photo shoots

Dinner at our hotel
(B,L,D)

Day 6: 10/28

Breakfast at the hotel
TODAY’S ACTIVITIES ARE OF INTEREST TO EVERYONE

Leave Vinales after breakfast and back to Havana. Lunch in a 1950s house –Elite Paladar.
Time to visit artists’ home studios.
Check into the Hotel in Havana
Final dinner at Casa Miglis Paladar, where we dine listening to a great Cuban band.
(B,L,D)

Day 7:10/29
Breakfast buffet

Transfer to airport for 12:15pm flight

PACKAGES PRICES:

  • Single Photographer: $5,999.00
  • 2 Photographers 1 shared room: $10,598.00 total ($5,299.00 each)
  • 1 Photographer & Guest (non-photographer) / 1 shared room: $8,999.00 total.
  • 1 Guest (non-photographer): $5,299.00
  • 2 Guests (non-photographers) 1 shared room: $8,199.00 total ($4099.50 each)
  • Hotel accommodations, local transportation on the island, and meals are included. Photo instruction for participants booked as “photographers” is included. Airfare to and from Cuba is not included in the cost. 
  • Only those participants travelling on the same flights (listed below) as the group will be provided transportation between our hotel & the airport. If you choose to travel on a different flight or at a different time, you will be responsible for your transportation between the hotel & the airport. 

VERY IMPORTANT:
There is a NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $500 to book your land package per travel participant. Once booked, cancellation for any reason will forfeit your deposit.

RESERVATION CHANGES:
A $100 per participant administrative fee will be charged for any changes made on the land/air package 30 natural days prior to the commencement of the services. Creve Coeur Camera and it’s agents will do it’s best to accommodate to the travel participant’s request subject availability of services, class of services, and price change, if any

DOCUMENTS:
Travel documents are issued 14 days prior to departure. The travel participant is fully responsible to obtain all travel documents including but not limited to, passport, entry visa if applicable, and other necessary documents.

CCC’s TRAVEL ITINERARY: We recommend you try to book this same itinerary.
From: Thurs. October 23, 2018
To: Wed. October 29, 2018
Duration: 6 nights (7 days)

Southwest Airlines Itinerary
Departing: Tues. October 23, 2018 (Flight 2025)
STL (St. Louis Lambert) 6:15am
Arrives:
FLL (Ft. Lauderdale)  9:55am

Departs: (Flight 3922)
FLL (Ft. Lauderdale) 12:10pm
Arrives:
HAV (José Martí International Airport) 1:30pm
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Returning: Mon. October 29, 2018 (Flight 3953)
HAV (José Martí International Airport) 6:10pm
Arrives:
TPA (Tampa International Airport ) 7:30pm

Departs: (Flight 228)
TPA (Tampa International Airport ) 9:30pm
Arrives:
STL (St. Louis Lambert) 10:45pm

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*Creve Coeur Camera and its agents highly recommends to all travel participants to acquire travel insurance. In the event of any emergency, cancellation, or interruption of land/air package the travel participant is responsible to resolve any issue arising from the emergency, cancellation or interruption. Creve Coeur Camera and its agents are not responsible to provide any refund in the event of any emergency, cancellation or interruption of land/air package to the travel participant.