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Tour Information

Tour Information

Join our tour group The Slanted Lens on this photographic exploration to Cuba capturing colour, cultures, faces, traditions and the raw essence and aesthetic beauty of the Cuban people.

In addition to being guided to prime locations at the best times, our photographer will teach you how to shoot great images with nothing held back.

Plan on bringing a laptop computer for critique and post-processing sessions where you will be shown how to process photographs to ready them for print or display on the internet.

The small group (maximum of 10 participants per tour) allows our lead photographer to focus on each person throughout the duration of the tour.

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our week together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun.

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The Slanted Lens / Jay P. Morgan

Jay P. Morgan is a Commercial Photographer/Director in Los Angeles California. His unique style has developed an impressive list of clients from Paramount to McDonald’s. Jay P.'s experience with elaborate set design and extensive lighting are key to the success of his illustrative work.

Jay P. describes his style as a cross between Norman Rockwell and "The Far Side". But however you label it, the originality of Jay P.'s imagery and film work lies in his ability to turn normal and familiar situations into something bizarre and humorous. This point of view inspired his first book “The Slanted Lens”. From his style came the highly successful You Tube Channel “The Slanted Lens”. His BTS Videos are mentoring photographers worldwide and giving them tools to perfect their trade. Jay P. loves to shoot, research and teach about Photography and Video Production.

www.theslantedlens.com

Travel Insurance

The Government of Cuba decided last February 16, that all travelers, foreign and Cuban living abroad, coming to the island from May 1, 2010 and thereafter shall take out a medical insurance policy.

To meet such requirement, travelers shall have a travel insurance which covers medical expenses or a policy for medical expenses with coverage in Cuba.

The insurance policy should be taken out at the home country of departure. Travelers, who, exceptionally, do not have insurance at arrival, could take out a policy of insurance and assistance from Cuban insurance companies at the airport, port or marina. Havana Tours is an authorised distributor of SureSave travel insurance. Click on the insurers logo to purchase travel insurance.

Upon demand after their arrival, travelers shall present a policy, insurance certificate or traveling assistance card valid for the time span they will stay in Cuba.

Cuba Vaccinations
It is recommended that travellers should have the following vaccinations for Hepatitis A / Tetanus - Refer to your local GP

Visa
All visa's can be arranged at the Cancun Airport prior to arriving into Havana visa for USD$100.00 or it can be obtained from the Cuban Embassy in Canberra. The visa allows you to stay 30 days in Cuba and can be extended for another 30 days from within Cuba.

How to apply for a tourist visa to visit Cuba
Please contact the Cuban Consulate in Canberra
Ph: 02 6290 2151
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Web: http://cubadiplomatica.cu/australia
Opening hours: Tue- Fri from 9-12

Australians, New Zealanders and most European citizens require a visa to visit Cuba. A Cuban visa is granted as a loose leaf document. The loose leaf document is not attached to the passport nor is the passport stamped. The visa does not have an expiry date but once you enter the country you will be allowed to stay for 30 days. For more than 30 days an extension may be granted by applying to the immigration authorities in Cuba.

Language
Spanish is the Cuban language. There is enough English in Cuba for you to get by, but for more complex communication you might need an interpreter.

Airport
The main international airport is Jose Marti in Havana. It is about 35 mins drive from the city centre. There are also international airports at Varadero and Camaguey and quite a number of domestic airports.

Money
Australian and U.S dollars can be converted to the local Cuban currency at the Airport or at most Cuban banks. The Cuban government charges a tax of about 10% for converting foreign currencies into Convertible Peso. The best cash currency to bring to Cuba is Euros.

Credit Cards
No U.S Visa and MasterCard are accepted in Cuba however all international credit cards and can be used at many retail outlets. There are ATMs in major cities and towns and you can withdraw up to 400 convertible pesos at a time. At international banks and some of the larger hotels you can withdraw larger sums, but you need your passport for identification.

Food and Beverage
The Cuban national dish is pork, black beans and rice; and it is delicious. Most Cuban dishes are spicy but not hot – they don’t use chilis. Other specials are Tamales (Processed corn with pork), Congri (Rice and black beans), Ropa Vieja (Spicy Stringed beef), and Yuca (Cassava).

The national drink is rum and they are experts at making many varieties. Many rum connoisseurs believe Cuban rums are the worlds best. Try a Mojito!

* ITINERARY IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE DEPENDING ON CONDITIONS

Itinerary

Itinerary

Monday 19th February
Check in at the Red Roof Plus Hotel (Miami Airport) 3401 NW Lejeune Road Miami Florida

Tuesday 20th February
4:00pm - Arrival in Havana
Check in to the Hotel and Orientation meeting in Hotel Tejadillo.
6:00pm - Welcome Dinner at a local Restaurant or Paladar

Wednesday 21st February
7-8:00am - Breakfast at the hotel.
09:00am - PHOTO TOUR: Walking tour of the four major plazas of Old Havana, noting restoration projects completed as well as in progress. Opportunities to talk with artists and vendors in the galleries on Obispo Street about how galleries and the art market function in Cuba today
1:00pm - Lunch on your own in Old Havana
2:00pm - PHOTO TOUR: begin a Bus tour including Revolution Square, and Centro Havana, see the Capital building, Bacardi building, the Gran Teatro opera house and Prado avenue…. Explore and photograph palaces in Old Havana and other sights.
4:00pm - Trip to the Plaza Vieja, including the Fototeca; meet with photographers at the Fototeca to talk about contemporary photography and how it differs from that of the early 60s and 70s.
6:00pm - Return to hotel to freshen up before going out for dinner as group or on your own.
8:00pm - Visit La Cabaña fortress for the cannon blast ceremony that recreates the traditional cannon shot of the colonial period.

Thursday 22nd February
9:30pm - PHOTO TOUR to Vinales a town in western Cuba. Its main street is lined with colorful colonial-era wooden houses, including the Municipal Museum, which explores the region’s history. Orchids and palms fill the sprawling Casa de Caridad Botanical Gardens. Viñales serves as a gateway to the Sierra de los Organos mountains and the Viñales Valley. The valley's tall, steep-sided limestone hills, known as mogotes, draw rock climbers.

4:30pm - Return to Havana remainder of afternoon free to wander around either on your own or as a group.

Friday 23rd February
6am - Leave for Trinidad, Breakfast on the road.
10am - Check into Casa Colonial Hotel.
12:00pm - Lunch at Plaza Mayor
02:00pm - PHOTO TOUR: Walking tour of Trinidad
Free time in Trinidad to walk around and take photos
6:00pm - Dinner.

Saturday 24th February
7-8:00am - Breakfast at the hotel.
09:00am - Depart for CIENFUEGOS
PHOTO TOUR: Walking tour of Cienfuegos
FREE time to wander around Cienfuegos before doing your own thing for lunch.
Check in to Hotel La Union
PHOTO TOUR: Walking/Bus Tour of Cienfuegos With city historian
Free evening to explore as a group or by yourself - Optional Casa de Cultura

Sunday 25th February
7-8:00am - Breakfast at the hotel.
8:30am - Leave for Havana - Check into Hotel Boutique Seuno Cubano.
Free Afternoon to explore the sites in and around Topes de Collantes
7:30pm - Dinner

Monday 26th February
Time for exploration and photography
2pm - Meet Rene Pena / Cuban Photographer
8:30pm - Dinner at Café Del Oriente

Tuesday 27th February
7-8:00am - Breakfast at the hotel
9:30pm - PHOTO TOUR.
6pm - Farewell dinner

Wednesday 28th February
7-8:00am - Breakfast at the hotel
Mid-day - Check out of hotel and transfer to airport.
Afternoon - Depart Cuba.

TOUR ENDS.

(*PLEASE NOTE ITINERARY IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTIFICATION)

*Note: Tour operator reserves the right to change accommodations and schedule as local conditions prescribe. We ask you to remain flexible as your hosts in Cuba do their best to ensure your comfort and that the goals of your visit are realized. Please keep in mind that you are traveling to an embargoed country that shares its scarce resources with its citizens as well as with its visitors.

Accommodation

Accommodation

*Single Supplement Available Upon Request

Photography Locations and Inclusions

Seasonality and Weather

FEBRUARY:
Havana is famous for its tropical climate (and cigars), however February is the driest month of the year. The Cuban capital receives an average 10 mm of precipitation throughout the month over an average of 5 wet days. ... The average temperature in February in Havana is 22°C (72°F).

Transport and Travel Conditions
Private land transport is provided in addition to many walking tours on uneven surfaces.

Accommodation
Mid-range (3.5 star), well-located, heated, simple hotels and inns throughout. Many are smaller properties (2-3 story) and may not have elevators. All hotels have en suite toilet and bath, though some will have shower only (no tub). Porters may be available, though you must be prepared to manage your own luggage to and from your hotel room.

- Hotel Tejadillo / Old Havana
- Hotel Brisas / Trinidad
- Hotel Palacio Azul / Cienfuegos

Staff and Support

JP Morgan/Photography tour leader, tour guide and 2-Udesign support staff.

Group Size
10 Guests

* Prices and Inclusions are correct at time of issue and are subject to change without notification

Details & Inclusions Cuba

"See Cuba's Spectacular Beauty"

Total Price USD$2,990
*USD$1,000.00 non-refundable deposit Balance due 60-Day's from Tour Start Date

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Tour Dates
19th - 28th February
10 days / 9 nights

Itinerary Includes
Tour Photographer 
Local Cuban Guide
Lodging Throughout (twin share)
Meals as specified in Itinerary
All transfers to / from airport and hotels
 Professional driver / private transportation
Photo hikes & discussions
Photo Workshops

Itinerary Does Not Include
Airfare to / from Havana
Airport departure tax / fees
Alcoholic drinks
Gratuities
Non-meal time snacks / soft drinks

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