Cuban Discovery

Classic subjects for classic images

Cuba has been isolated from the international community, especially the USA, for decades. This has resulted in a land that appears to have been frozen in a TV time-warp, with colonial era buildings and 1960s vintage cars at the forefront. The famous Havana cigars, smoked by both genders, and a Latin penchant for dance, including the mambo, cha cha and salsa, add other dimensions to delight visitors - especially photographers.


  • Colonial architecture
  • port scenes and rural scenes
  • vintage cars, local dance and wonderful people
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This workshop visits Havana and Trinidad allowing you to experience more of the country without wasting too much time on travel. Excursions have been arranged to make the most of the available light with downtime in the middle of the day so you can recharge your batteries and begin to process images.

With Nick and Christian (see the Additional Information tab to the right) on hand to guide your efforts, you will be able to build up a portfolio of classic Cuban images as well as to rapidly develop your technique and personal style both in capture and processing.

These two world-class photographers will be supported supported by a local guide and driver. The team maintain a flexible approach to arrangements in a way that maximizes your opportunities for learning.

Additional Information

Duration 9 nights
Travel dates October 16 - 25, 2017
Travel style Discovery Series, photography workshop
Guest artist Nick Rains
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Guest artist Christian Fletcher
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Small group Maximum 8 photographers
Destination Cuba
Please note

This trip is sold by Nick Rains and Chistian Fletcher. The price on their sites is AUD 10 950. Our prices are stated in USD, and the price quoted here is an approximate equivalent.

Map overview Cuba map
Tour commences
You are responsible for your own international flight. Our services begin with a transfer from José Martí International Airport (code: HAV) to our hotel.
Day-to-day itinerary
  • Day 1: Arrival day You will be met at the airport and transferred to our comfortable hotel in the old city. Later there will be a chance to meet the other photographers at dinner. (D)
  • Day 2: Ol' Habana We make an early start so as to capture some of the delightful architecture around our hotel in the best light. Later we will visit Roberto Salas, Personal photographer of Fidel Castro and local photographer par excellence. We finish the day's shooting with an exploration of Havana Centro, the city of the locals, and a place to discover the Cuban lifestyle in the raw. (BLD)
  • Day 3: Classic Cuba This morning we focus on a specific villa in order to pay attention to the architectural details. We then continue to a private cigar rolling demonstration where Nick and Christian will demonstrate environmental portraiture. We finish with a late afternoon excursion to photograph Morro Castle at sunset. (BLD)
  • Day 4: Coastal explorer We visit the Havana malecón (sea-front) before heading off to the port of Trinidad on the south coast. We will head off to Remedios for evening shots of this delightful coastal, colonial town. (BLD)
  • Day 5: Alternative views We take a short steam train ride before driving across the island to Cienfuegos to catch the street action. In the afternoon we use a vantage point to get a different angle on the architecture of Trinidad. (BLD)
  • Day 6: Sugar Mills We have a full day excursion to Valle de los Ingenios, the first part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and capture the remnants of a once-thriving sugar industry. (BLD)
  • Day 7: Trinidad de Cuba We spend the day exploring the second part of the UNESCO site, the "urban ensemble", including the Plaza Mayor. There will be a review session in the hotel to take stock of progress to date. (BLD)
  • Day 8: Classic train There will be an opportunity for early morning shots around town again before we return to Havana. We drive as far as Matanzas and then take a classic train ride for the rest of the way. (BLD)
  • Day 9: Classic dance and classic cars We have two excursions lined up for this final day. In the morning we will attend dance rehearsals and capture some of the classic moves. In the afternoon we have a session scheduled with classic cars and models. (BLD)
  • Day 10: Departure day You will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight. Check-out is normally 12:00. Please enquire about a later check-out if you have an evening flight. (B)
Rooming basis The price displayed is for a shared room. Single-occupancy rooms are available upon request. A single supplement of AUD 1 000 will apply.
  • comfortable hotel rooms
  • private vehicles for excursions
  • full board (good local food)
  • informative but discrete local guides
  • international airfares
  • visa costs
  • personal travel insurance
  • other items of a personal nature