February 15th - 23rd, 2018
A small caribbean island 90 miles off the coast of Florida. Never has there been an island that divides more opinions and people. An explosion of exotic cultures, opulent history, and colonial architecture.
On this photographic journey we take a step back in time with a peppering of modern thrown in at just the right moments. From the vibrant downtown of El Vedado to the historic old-town, Havana offers visitors a look into its past and present with signs of renewal for the future. Despite the wide-spread poverty there is an undeniable energy amongst Cuba’s people that fills the air. Laughter, dancing, and a bottomless glass of rum will accompany you throughout your Cuban experience. Direct flights from Miami included!
Meet Daniel and Tanya Cox
2018 Cuba Photography Tour Travel Plans
Thursday, February 15
Arrive Miami before 5:00pm. Welcome drinks and group meeting this evening. We’ll go over tour information with our representative and receive our travel packets and luggage tags.
Friday, February 16 – Thursday, February 22 (6B, 5L, 5D)
Our photography tour starts in Cuba’s capital city, Havana, which lies along the sparkling crystalline waters of the Caribbean Ocean. We’ll be immersed in the local culture—mingling with the locals, taking in the mesmerizing historical sights, and photographing Havana’s earthy authenticity.
We’ll visit the Spanish colonial settlement, Trinidad. A UNESCO world heritage site since 1988, Trinidad is a photographic paradise featuring cobblestone streets lined with leather-faced country folk, snorting donkeys and guitar-wielding troubadours—one of the precious cities in the world that has maintained its historic core—a virtual outside museum!
Please email our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a note through the purple Book this trip online tab above for a more detailed itinerary.
Friday, February 23 (B)
Transfer to airport for Havana to Miami flight, with possible photography stop along the way.
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2014 CUBA PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR GUEST GALLERIES
14 Guests Maximum
EARLY BOOKING RATE
Book before TBA:
$TBA per person based on double occupancy
Add $TBA after TBA
Single Supplement: $TBA
$500 Per person due at time of booking
Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, Discover, or check accepted
Deposits are non-refundable. If cancellations are necessary, we require this request in writing. We will do our best to resell your space. Only if we can resell your space, we will refund (minus deposit and discounts given to sell your space). No partial refunds are possible for unused services.
July 15, 2017: $2500 First Installment
November 1, 2017: Final Payment
Check only for first installment and final payment. Please make check payable to Natural Exposures and mail to:
810 N. Wallace, Suite E
Bozeman, MT 59715
- Private tour with professional photographer Daniel J. Cox
- International airfare MIA/HAV/MIA (will not have times of flights until a couple months prior to departure)
- Deluxe motor coach transportation
- Bilingual guides
- Water daily on the bus
- Medical insurance for Cuba (U.S.-issued medical insurance not accepted in Cuba)
- Miami and Cuba airport taxes
- Accommodations at hotel near MIA airport – 1 night
- Accommodations in Havana for 6 nights
- Accommodations in Trinidad for 1 night
- 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
- Visit to Colon Cemetery
- Entrance fee to Ernest Hemingway’s house
- Guest speaker fees
- Tour of all four plazas of historic Old Havana with personal guide from the city Historian’s office
- Airfare to/from Miami (MIA)
- Excess luggage fees
- Some meals
- Miscellaneous personal expenses – laundry, drinks, etc.
- Non-itinerary activities
Flights to Book
February 15, 2018
Arrive Miami (MIA) before 5:00pm.
Group meeting and welcome drinks this evening
February 23, 2018
Depart Miami (MIA)
Havana-Miami flight times will not be confirmed until two months prior to trip. Our goal is to arrive in Miami by 3:00pm, so we suggest an evening flight home if you wish to book before flight times are confirmed.
Terms & Conditions
Natural Exposures cannot control nor is responsible for abnormal weather, natural disasters, or any other disaster that might affect the trip. Travel insurance should be purchased to cover any missed flights or medical problems that may affect/delay your travel. National Parks have the right to change our itinerary.
By booking a trip with Natural Exposures, you agree to the following CANCELLATION AND LIABILITY POLICY
Accommodations for 2018 Cuba Photography Tour
February 15, 1 Night
Hotel near Miami airport, TBA
February 16-17 and 19-22
Hotel Parque Central or Hotel Sevilla, Havana
February 18, 1 Night
Hotel Iberostar or similar, Trinidad
Helpful Information for 2018 Cuba Photography Tour
US TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS APPLY
Due to United States restrictions, travel to Cuba is limited. OFAC has issued a general license that incorporates prior specific licensing policy and authorizes, subject to conditions, travel-related transactions, and other transactions that are directly incident to people-to-people educational activities in Cuba. Among other things, this general license authorizes, subject to conditions, persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction to engage in certain educational exchanges in Cuba under the auspices of an organization that is a person subject to U.S. jurisdiction and sponsors such exchanges to promote people-to-people contact. Additionally, an employee, paid consultant, or agent of the sponsoring organization must accompany each group traveling to Cuba to ensure the full-time schedule of educational exchange activities. New U.S. restrictions went into effect January 2016. Please see the website of the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control for frequently asked questions.
DOCUMENTS – Passport and Visa
You must bring your US passport, valid for at least six months from your date of entry into Cuba. You should make a copy of it to carry around in Cuba and leave the original in the hotel’s safe. Cuban visas are issued by the charter company and you will receive them at the MIA airport. It is basically a tourist card, which has two parts. It will be with your airline ticket, which you will also receive at the airport. The first part of the visa will be retained by an immigration officer upon arrival in Cuba. You will need the second part to present immigration officers upon your departure from Cuba. We suggest that you store this inside your passport for safekeeping.
Your trip package costs include medical insurance which will guarantee you access to physicians and hospitals in case of an emergency in Cuba. It covers 100% of medical expenses up to $25,000 and repatriation or transportation due to illness, accident, or death (up to $7,000). Limitations apply for pre-existing conditions. There is a doctor on call at the hotel. Prescriptions from a Cuban doctor can be bought at a pharmacy in Cuban convertible pesos. However, Cuba suffers from a shortage of medicines and medical supplies, so you MUST bring a full supply of whatever medicines you require. Please do not pack any of your prescription medicines in your luggage.
There is a limit of 44 lb on luggage—this includes carry-on and donation parcels. There is a charge of $2 per pound for any overweight luggage. We recommend using soft-sided luggage or duffel bags to reduce weight. American Airlines charges $20 USD per checked bag.
The current currency in Cuba is the convertible peso or CUC. As you change your USD into CUC they charge a 13% commission ($100 USD = $87 CUC). Cuban stores, hotels, taxi drivers, etc., can only accept the convertible pesos which can be obtained at banks, cadecas, and at your hotel. No US credit cards or traveler checks are accepted. There are no ATM machines for US citizens to use. But if you do have a credit card issued by a non-American bank it will more than likely work in Cuba. Most of the expenses throughout the trip are already covered, but we suggest you bring between $500 and $1,000 for incidentals, alcoholic drinks, and whatever art, books, or music you decide to buy. You will be surprised at how fast cash disappears. DO NOT EXCHANGE MONEY EXCEPT AT THE HOTEL. Only exchange what you may need for the day. Our local guide will advise on this.
No cell phone service compatible with ours. If you have an international cell phone you might want to check with the carrier to see if it works in Cuba. If you really need a cell phone, you can rent one from one of Cuba’s telephone company stores. Our leader will have a cell phone at all times for emergencies. UPDATE: There is roaming available with some carriers now at very high costs.
US restrictions only allow you to bring back informational material, such as books, periodicals, paintings, sculpture, records, tapes, CDs, films, videocassettes, photographs, posters, etchings, lithographs, microfilm, microfiche, serigraphs, and other informational material.
There is no specific dollar limit on authorized expenses. Authorized travelers may engage in transactions ordinarily incident to travel within Cuba, including payment of living expenses and the acquisition in Cuba of goods for personal consumption there. In addition, travelers are authorized to acquire in Cuba and import as accompanied baggage into the United States merchandise with a value not to exceed $400 per person, provided that no more than $100 of the merchandise consists of alcohol or tobacco products and the merchandise is imported for personal use only. Art is usually not included in these limits.
It is NOT safe to drink tap water. You are advised to drink bottled water only. We will provide water for you every day on the bus.
WHAT TO WEAR
Be prepared for weather similar to south Florida. There is always the possibility of rain, so bring an umbrella. A light jacket, shawl or sweater for cool evenings and sometimes for cool restaurants. A men’s sports jacket is recommended if you plan to visit Tropicana. Please bring comfortable shoes as we’ll be doing quite a bit of walking. Also, bring a hat to protect you from the sun during the day.
Please bring sunblock and mosquito repellent.
November through April is the dry season but be prepared for brief short showers periodically. Average temps will be 75-80 degrees. Evenings can be breezy.
Internet service is available at the hotel. It is expensive and not always reliable. iPads, iPhones, smart phones, and laptops can be used at the hotel lobby. They have Internet cards at the hotel business office or sometimes at the front desk.
In general, your electric razor, hairdryer or other small appliances will operate on the standard electrical current in Cuba (110 volts). However, some hotels have European outlets. A converter is sometimes available at the concierge’s desk.
Testimonials from Natural Exposures' Explorers
"I loved this trip. It is a destination that you need to access via a tour and this photography trip was perfect. I think photography helped me to connect to the Cuban people."
Beth Jones, Pennsylvania
"Fantastic experience. The architect and historian added so much. Having all meals included was a great plan. Jorge and Vicki gave us lots of good information. One does not "go" to Cuba, one experiences Cuba. This trip provided a wonderful Cuban experience."
Carol Parker, Hawaii
"Perfecto! I do not rank my trips as all are unique. However, Cuba is at the very top if I did rank them. I enjoyed every second of this trip. Dan and Tanya are the best!"
Fred Kurtz, Indiana
"Excellent! Thanks - I learned a lot about Cuban culture and about photography. Great trip!"
John Lindow, California
"Fantastic attention to small details that made the trip memorable - the note in the old cars, side trip to Trinidad, etc. Expect the unexpected! A tremendously positive experience."
Kitty Lindow, California
"Wonderful. You guys are awesome and it's a real pleasure traveling with you!"
Omar Hikal, Dubai
"Excellent trip - better than I expected. Went to Cuba for the architecture, cars, and music but found that the people and their attitude toward life is the real treasure. Fell in love with Cuba."
Ray Hirsch, Arizona
"Great trip. Good mixture of things to see and do."
Sarah Street, New York
"This visit to Cuba opened my eyes, my camera lens, and my heart! What a wonderful experience!"
Sunnie Hellman, Ohio