21768
Cuba
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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Program No. 21768RJ
Length
8 days
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8 days
7 nights
17 meals
7 B 5 L 5 D
DAY
1
In Transit, Arrive Havana, Registration, Orientation
Havana
D
Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Transfer from Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, to your hotel. Meet your Road Scholar Group Leader in the hotel lobby for Program Registration and hotel check in. 6:00 p.m. Program Welcome and Orientation. The Road Scholar Group Leader will be in the hotel lobby at 6 p.m. to accompany the group to the Orientation room. This very important meeting will prepare you for your travel in Cuba. We will discuss OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) regulations that govern our program, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, our program schedule, and answer any questions you may have. The Group Leader will also lead introductions. PLEASE NOTE: The day-by-day schedule that follows should be used only as a representative guide. Program elements are subject to change on short notice as availability is controlled by the Cuban government.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Enjoy an introductory lecture on the history of photography in Cuba by instructor Joel Hernández. Throughout your program, Joel will assist the Road Scholar Photography Study Leader and provide photographic insights from the Cuban perspective.

DAY
2
Old Havana and Modern Dance
Havana
B,L
Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Activity note: Most staircases in Cuba do not have railings, so if you use a walking aid, please bring it on the program. All accommodations in Cuba feature clean, comfortable rooms with private baths and standard amenities. Please note that Cuban hotel standards may not equal their American or European counterparts. Improvements are ongoing, and we hope that the potential glitch in service or amenities is a minor tradeoff for the authentic connections and enrichment you’ll experience.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Head out early in the morning to on foot and capture the architecture, daily life in the streets around Cathedral Square and Plaza Vieja, two of Old Havana's four historic squares. Then, enjoy a performance by an emerging dance troupe of renowned dancers from the Danza Combinatoria, and enjoy one-on-one interactions.

Lunch: In a paladar. (Privately owned restaurant.)

Afternoon: Late afternoon, head into back to the streets of Old Havana to capture the city's historic beauty and focus on the oldest part of the city at the Plaza de Armas (Arms Square). People to People Connection: Meet booksellers for one on one conversation to discuss the importance of literature. The square is also popular with locals who dress up in stereotypical costumes and ham it up for photographers. Explore the room at the Ambos Mundos hotel , where, in 1932 a room on the upper (5th) floor became the “first home” in Cuba of writer Ernest Hemingway. Take in the views from the rooftop terrace of the hotel.

Dinner: On your own to explore Old Havana. A list of suggestions is included in your final information packet.

Evening: Take some time to enjoy the ambiance of Old Havana at night before returning to the hotel.

DAY
3
El Morro, Santeria & A Community Arts Project
Havana
B,L,D
Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Activity note: Walking and standing on cobblestones with high curbs for up to 2 miles, 2.5 hours. Please note that this program is designed for photographers, with very early morning and late afternoon activities, in order to make the best use of daylight. Please note that this program is designed for photographers to actively participate in photographing daily life in Cuba.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Set out in the early morning to take in the expansive views of the Havana skyline and visit the fortress of El Morro, built in 1589 to defend Havana harbor. People-to-People Connection: At the San Jose Market, interact with Cubans engaging in private enterprise.

Lunch: People-to-People Connection: Visit a photography studio that teaches local youth various camera skills and techniques and learn about their projects. Enjoy dinner in the studio's restaurant which supports the project.

Afternoon: People-to-People Connection: Explore art-filled Callejon de Hamel and witness an interactive music and dance performance by the Santeria deities. Learn about Santeria, a unique synchronistic religion that evolved as African slaves who were forbidden to practice their native African religion and embraced the outward forms of Christianity without any meaningful change in their beliefs.

Dinner: People to People Connection: Interact with locals at the neighborhood community arts center and learn the story of the center’s unique construction. Enjoy homemade cooking prepared by the members.

DAY
4
Artistic Expression
Havana
B,D
Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Activity note: Walking and standing up to 2 blocks at Fusterlandia.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Explore Colon Cemetery on foot with a local expert and learn the stories of the monumental architecture and of the famous Havana personalities who are buried there. People-to-People Connection: Late morning, visit 2 young photographers to learn about their unique conceptual photography perspectives.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: People to People Connection: Discover the astounding creations of José Rodriguez Fuster, who has redecorated his neighborhood in his own artistic vision.

Dinner: In a paladar.

Evening: Return to the hotel.

DAY
5
Depart to Cienfuegos and Trinidad
Trinidad de Cuba
B,L,D
A Casa Particular (Privately Owned Accommodation)

Activity note: Full day travel by motorcoach, with stops en route. The distance from Havana to Cienfuegos is 150 miles, approximately 3 hours. The distance from Cienfuegos to Trinidad is 50 miles, approximately 1.5 hours. Walking and standing for approximately 1 hour/ 1 mile outdoors along the main boulevard and around the main square; limited shade.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Depart by motorcoach from Havana to Cienfuegos.

Lunch: At a paladar in Cienfuegos.

Afternoon: After lunch, we’ll have a walking field trip to photograph the main square in Cienfuegos. This UNESCO World Heritage listed city which was founded by the French, who came to Cuba after the Haitian revolution. The city offers outstanding architecture and is home to a large artistic community. Step inside the historic Tomas Terry theater, built in 1889 and one of the largest in the Caribbean, seating 1200. The theater is still in use today. Continue the drive to Trinidad, arriving in the late afternoon. Founded in 1514, Trinidad is a gem of colonial Cuban cities, a time capsule of a city with both historical landmarks, set in a region of majestic natural beauty. Check in at your Casas Particulares (Privately owned accommodations).

Dinner: Enjoy typical Cuban fare in your casa particular. Dinner includes first course, main course, dessert, water and coffee. Additional beverages available for purchase.

DAY
6
Photographing Trinidad
Trinidad de Cuba
B,L
A Casa Particular (Privately Owned Accommodation)

Breakfast: In your Casa Particular.

Morning: People to People Connection: Walk through the historical center of Trinidad with Cuban photographer Julio Munoz, who shows you hidden corners and the best perspectives of his town. People to People Connections: Meet the owner of a crochet cooperative to learn how her project supports women in the region. Then visit the gallery and studio of a talented woodcarver whose unique works are created from cast-off building materials.

Lunch: At a paladar in Trinidad.

Afternoon: At leisure to photograph and engage in individual exchange with Cubans.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
The Valley of the Sugar Mills, Afternoon transfer to Havana
Havana
B,L,D
Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Activity note: Depart Trinidad very early to take advantage of the best morning light conditions. Transfer to Havana is approximately four hours and 200 miles.

Breakfast: In your Casa Particular.

Morning: Depart Trinidad before sunrise to head out to the Valley of the Sugar Mills, to discover and photograph in the early morning light, the ruins of a typical 18th century sugar mill and plantation. For generations, sugar was a major factor in the local economy. Learn the plantation's history and the archeological findings from the site's expert. Return to Trinidad. People to People Connection: Visit a pottery workshop run by the same family since the 19th century. Learn their interesting history and photograph artisans at work.

Lunch: In a paladar.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll board our private motorcoach to transfer to Havana. Check in to the hotel upon arrival in late afternoon.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local paladar.

DAY
8
Transfers to Havana airport, Program Concludes
Depart Cuba
B

Activity note: Transfers to Havana airport for return flights.

Breakfast: A full breakfast or boxed breakfast will be included based on the transfer time.

Morning: Transfers will be provided to the Havana airport for those who booked air through Road Scholar. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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