Jeff Hirsch LLC
In cooperation with
Cuba Education Travel

CUBA PHOTOGRAPHY TRIP

January 21-28, 2018

Limited to 12 participants.

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We are GO for a Cuba trip in January of 2018! Thanks to our amazing travel partners at CET, we have managed to work out all of the logistics so that we will not be impacted by the recent changes to US/Cuba foreign policy. This is a very special trip in that Cuba is in the middle of great transition and that we have no idea how long it will be possible to take people there and what the future is of US Cuban policy.

 

For now, we will be able to run the trip at the same high standards we have maintained on previous excursions. Hotels, restaurants, transportation, guides, etc. should not be affected by those recent policy changes.

 

We are so excited to offer this very special photo travel experience. We are limiting the group size to 12 people and these trips ALWAYS fill up quickly. So if you are seriously interested in joining us, please contact me immediately.

Deposit amount and deadlines are listed below the itinerary.

 

-Jeff Hirsch

 

CUBA TRIP ITINERARY

 

Sunday, Jan 21

 

TBD          Arrival to Havana (pending flight information). Meet your CET guide at the exit of the terminal and transfer to hotel.

 

4 pm         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 Malecón, Havana’s seawall.

 

5:30 pm    Orientation meeting with your photography leader and Cuban guide in the hotel lobby.

 

6 pm         Sunset photo walk along the Malecon, Havana’s famous seawall, featuring a great view of the Havana

city landscape.

 

7:30 pm    Welcome 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.

 

Monday, Jan 22

 

Sunrise photo shoot.

 

9 am         Visit the eastern side of the Bay of Havana, explore the surrounding areas of El Morro Castle, La Cabana fortress, and the statue of El Cristo.

 

10:30 am   Walking tour of the Old City. Wander through 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. 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 the Plaza Vieja, surrounded by sumptuous houses of the Havana aristocracy from the

18th and 19th centuries. Visit Plaza de la Catedral and the Catedral de San Cristóbal de La Habana.

 

12:30 pm   Lunch at Doña Eutimia paladar. Famous for its ropa vieja and frozen mojitos, this cozy paladar made Newsweek Magazine’s top 100 restaurants in the world in 2012. The restaurant’s location in the beautiful cathedral square is unbeatable.

 

2 pm         Visit to Judo training center, where we’ll learn about this important community project and have an

opportunity to photograph the children training.


 

4 pm         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.

 

5 pm         Socio-economic discussion with urban planner Pedro Vazquez, whose 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.

 

Evening free – dinner on your own

 

Tuesday, Jan 23

 

 

8:30 am    Check-out and depart for Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its cobble stoned streets, pastel colored homes and small-town feel.

 

1 pm         Enjoy lunch at Los Conspiradores paladar, located at the foot of the main plaza and the lively Casa de la

Música.

 

2:30 pm    Visit to the home of Carlos Mata, “the painter of the night,” who collects and restores antiques. Mr.

Mata will discuss his passion for antiques and show you part of his collection, as well as his superb artwork.

 

3 pm         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. Photo walk through the town center.

 

5:30 pm    Check-in at bed and breakfasts, known as “casas particulares,” or “private homes.” Since the 1990s Cuban families have been permitted to rent rooms out of their family homes to foreigners. Featuring comfortable accommodations and ample privacy, it’s a great way to interact with everyday Cubans.

7 pm         Enjoy a tasty meal cooked by local families at your private homestay.

Wednesday, Jan 24

 

9 am         Visit the local Afro-Cuban village “Manaca Iznaga”, that still demonstrates cultural traits of the first groups of freed slaves. This will be a unique opportunity for photo shooting and learning about the Afro- Cuban religion and history.

 

On the way, we will stop at the viewpoint of the Valle de los Ingenios (Sugar Mill Valley) for breathtaking photos of the valley and the South Coast of Trinidad.

 

12:30 pm   Enjoy lunch at the Bar Restaurant Esquerra, located in the very heart of the historic center, it offers a very good food and a nice ambiance.

 

Afternoon walk and photo shooting.

 

Evening free


Thursday, Jan 25 

 

Early morning free

 

10:30 am   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.

 

12 pm       Lunch at las Mamparas, a family run paladar. Quick and simple, the food is extraordinary and the family that runs it even better.

 

2 pm         Photo tour of Cienfuegos by motorcycle taxi, including the main square, and the boulevard. See the outlying areas of the city, the local bodegas, train station, markets, etc.

 

4 pm         Music and discussion with the local chapter of UNEAC, the National Union of Artists and Writers of

Cuba, featuring an opportunity to meet local photographers, musicians and other locals.

 

5 pm         Check-in at casas particulares.

 

6:30 pm     Sunset photo shoot from the beautiful Palacio Del Valle and Punta Gorda.

 

7:30 pm    Enjoy a private performance by the local Cienfuegos choir, Canticus Novus, which will perform classics like Shenandoah and contemporary Cuban hits. This hard-working choir makes evident their passion for performing. Click here to watch a recent concert performance by these angelic young voices as they perform an a capella version of the classic Cuban song "Chan Chan".

8:30 pm    Dinner at Finca del Mar, a small, modern paladar overlooking the calm waters of the Cienfuegos Bay.

Friday, Jan 26

 

8:30 am    Depart for Havana.

 

 

12 pm       Visit to La Finca Vigía. Formerly the home of Ernest Hemingway, today it still houses his expansive collection of books. It was here where he wrote two of his most celebrated novels: For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea. The beautiful grounds and bizarre tales from Hemingway’s many years in Cuba are captivating.

 

1 pm         Lunch at Café Ajiaco, in Cojimar. After lunch, enjoy some time to wander around, explore and shoot.

Ernest Hemingway loved this little town. He kept his boat, El Pilar, in its harbor and he used this village setting for his story The Old Man and the Sea, which won him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954.

 

4 pm         Settle in to the historic Hotel Capri, which was one of the first hotel casinos built by the American mafia in Cuba. Owned by mobster Santo Trafficante, and run by George Raft, the hotel was at a time one of

the largest casinos in Havana. Located blocks from the University of Havana, Coppelia ice cream, and the Havana seawall, the recent remodeling provides first class amenities, while leaving the history and original charm of “The Capri.”

 

 

7 pm         Private musical performance by renowned singer and songwriter Frank Delgado at Café Madrigal. Café Madrigal, owned and run by film director Rafael Rosales, is housed in a beautiful colonial mansion with the walls lined with captivating artwork. Enjoy tasty tapas and cocktails while discussing about the nueva trova movement in Cuba. Enjoy tasty tapas and cocktails.


  Saturday, Jan 27

 

9 am         Visit to the home and studio of plastic artist Fuster, who has converted his neighborhood into an art project featuring murals, plastic art and other designs.

 

10:30 am   Visit to agricultural market, 19 y B, Vedado, to see where Cubans buy fruit, vegetables and produce.

 

 

11:30 am   Visit to Christopher Colon Cemetery, one of the oldest and most prestigious cemeteries in Latin

America, where we will receive a guided tour.

 

1 pm         Lunch at Havana’s 21 Restaurant in Vedado.

 

3 pm         Visit to Rafael Trejo boxing gym, where we will meet with trainers and boxers.

 

5 pm         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.

 

8 pm         Farewell 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.

 

Sunday, Jan 28

 

TBD          Check-out and depart for airport (pending flight information).

 

Trip Pricing and Details:

Ground Package* (provided by CET): $4,850 per person
Round-Trip Airfare (MIA to HAV)** (provided by Jeff Hirsch LLC): $300 per person

*Pricing for ground package is based on double occupancy, single occupancy carries a $500 supplement.
**Miami to Havana airfare based on current market pricing as of July 2017 and is subject to change.

INCLUDED

NOT INCLUDED

PAYMENT:

A deposit of $1,000 per person is due by 120 days prior to departure: September 23, 2017.

Full payment will be due 90 days prior to departure: October 23, 2017.

Please inquire if you are interested in purchasing trip insurance from a certified, third party.

Payment for the ground package 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. Jeff Hirsch LLC
72 Highland Ave.
West Islip, NY 11795

Payment for round-trip Miami to Havana airfare can be made with a check, cashier's check, or money order. Credit cards are not accepted. Checks should be made out to Jeff Hirsch LLC and mailed to:

Jeff Hirsch LC
Attn: Donna Parrone
3448 Manhattan Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63143

CONTACT US:

Adam Linderman: (215) 704 4637 – Cuba Educational Travel
Jeff Hirsch:  (314) 249-5100 - Jeff Hirsch LLC

CANCELLATION and REPLACEMENT POLICIES:

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 at the airport OR sent to the trip leader beforehand.

IMPORTANT:
Those without a valid passport will not be allowed to enter. Passport should 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) or valid U.S. visa. Cuba Educational Travel is not responsible for lost or stolen passports in Cuba.