Portrait of Cuba: A Photographic Journey
Alongside a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and a Cuban photography teacher, practice your photography and immerse yourself in the history, culture and vibrant streets of Cuba.
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If you love photography, you will love this trip! Essdras, Joel and Karina are exceptional guides.


Great trip - Many photo opportunities. Great food, activities, transportation, and tour guides. Cuban people were very friendly and welcoming.


The program provided a wonderful mix of the opportunity to improve photographic skills & interact with Cubans in various artistic / community groups. I can not say enough about the skill, knowledge, warmth and charm of all of our instructors, guides & hosts. Would highly recommend the program to anyone wanting to improve their understanding of both photography & Cuba. It was a unique & highly enjoyable time with a great group of people.


The Photography-based programs are awesome and not to be missed. Makes the whole immersion experience so much more meaningful.


Visiting Cuba was a lifetime dream for me, as I lived my childhood in Havana and had not returned in 57 years! The sights and sounds of Cuba were like returning to a beautiful, happy dream. I recommend this trip to anyone who wants to capture the color and beauty of Cuba and its culture on film. The team of leaders worked very well together and delivered an experience that was truly unforgettable.


Road Scholar is outstanding. The people who guide us are the best!


Very easy to navigate.


If photography is your thing or just a blossoming new passion, this program is for you. Going beyond the specifics of learning and executing higher level photography you are experiencing Cuba. Cuba is like a time place left alone (those old 1950's cars for example) as well as architecture that encompasses Colonial, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. So beautiful. Just as important are the Cuban people. Industrious, gentle, passionate and compassionate. They will have you at Cuban mojito.


Not only will you learn much to improve your photography skills and have the opportunity to take great pictures, this tour spends little time at "tourist sites" and takes you "off the beaten path" to see things most tourists do not. It also makes the interaction with the Cuban people more genuine. The professional photographers and tour guide were absolutely the best!


I enjoyed this trip so much I would like to do it again! Cyrus was a wonderful guide and provided great photography tips, as did Joel and the street photography man. Although I was nervous about staying in a house with Cubans (I speak no Spanish), I couldn't have enjoyed the experience more. My hostesses were wonderfully kind. I could have skipped the visit to the fine art photography studio and the photography school, but all the other activities were wonderful. I learned a lot during this trip, and I have put some of the photography techniques into practice since returning home. And being driven around Havana in a hot pink 1951 Chevy convertible was a blast! This was my first Road Scholar trip, and I already have signed up for four more trips!


This was my first trip with Road Scholar and it was wonderful. The local and international guides were fantastic. It was a great first trip with this company.


Our first experience on a tour and it was fantastic. Cuba was on my bucket list and it didn't disappoint! We would certainly consider another RS trip in the future.


What a fabulous trip! The Road Scholar team has certainly got its act together. Everything was perfectly coordinated to maximize our experience in our short time in Cuba. We packed in the sights and the insights. It was a pleasure to work with experts like Rudy, Joel and Julio who have the flexibility to provide the right dose of new information at the right time for photographers and cameras of varying degrees of sophistication. Karina was always cheerful and charming and equally skilled at imparting the right amount of information.


I recently participated in the Road Scholar program: A Photographic Journey of Cuba (March 9 to 17, 2017). It was a nine day people to people excursion that not only taught me about the people of Cuba but offered amazing photographic learning opportunities. The guides made the trip... the tour group leader, Rodolfo was a wealth of information, as was the local Cuban photographer, Joel... but the local Cuban guide, Karina, made the journey one that will always be close to my heart. Her love for her country was inspiring and her smile, comforting. It took me 25 years to get to Cuba, but it will be with me forever.


I was hoping for old cars to photograph and there were more than I dreamed there would be.


My photographic journey of Cuba trip was amazing! I went there to photograph the country, but the interactions and education of their culture stole my heart. I learned so much about Cuba that I feel connected. Our guides were amazing!


I would highly recommend the Cuban Photo Program to anyone. You don't have to be a skilled photographer to join in. Many times having a camera in you hand gave you an "in" to additional opportunities to experience a colorful, vibrant, changing population.


See Cuba before it is too late and do this tour if you like to make pictures, not just take travel photos.


Our photographic journey to Cuba offered not only a close-up and personal view of the country, its economy and its people, but an amazingly comprehensive course in photography. Our two expert instructors, one a Pulitzer-prize winning American and the other a Cuban biologist who teaches photographer, made the intricacies of today's digital cameras understandable. They taught how to frame pictures, to think of them in layers, to shoot in low light, bright light, through windows, into mirrors and to capture scenes of life on the street unobtrusively. All our accommodates were clean and comfortable, including the B&B in Trinidad hosted by a local family. The pace is intense, so choose this trip as long as you want your days full. You will come back with an understanding of Cuba's brand of communism and an appreciation of its resourceful, friendly and beautiful people.

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