• Bobby Lee Cuba Photography Workshop

    Discover the nostalgia Cuba on its timeless colonial towns, picturesque villages and vivid local daily lives through the lens with renowned photographer Bobby Lee.
  • Bobby Lee Cuba Photography Workshop

    Discover the nostalgia Cuba on its timeless colonial towns, picturesque villages and vivid local daily lives through the lens with renowned photographer Bobby Lee.
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11 days | 12 - 22 Dec 2017
From HK$78,500/Adult

Itinerary

  • Day 01 - 12 Dec (Wed) - Hong Kong / Havana
    Fly Hong Kong / Toronto AC 16 1630/1820
      Toronto / Havana AC 1876 2015/2350

     

    Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for rest.

    Overnight: Havana
    Meal: -

  • Day 02 - 13 Dec (Thu) - Havana

    In 1982, the UNESCO declared Havana’s historic city center as a world cultural heritage site. There is no city in whole Latin America with a larger colonial center. We spend the full day in the Colonial and Old Havana exploring on foot to photograph the contrast of these interesting areas - from stunning colonial fortifications to magnificent palaces and colorful characters, beauty of Havana Vieja to the backstreet of the city. Highlights include Old Havana: Plaza de Armas, Templete, Palace of the Generals, Cathedral Square, Plaza Vieja, Hemingway’s “Bodeguita".

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    Late afternoon, we will spend time in a local market to capture Cubans on their daily life. (The market is from 4 to 5 pm) Before having dinner shooting of the sunset from the Rooftop. At the end of the day rum and tobacco degustation in a private house.

    Overnight: Havana
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 03 - 14 Dec (Fri) - Havana

    Today we capture the images of Havana by the Atlantic. Start from Malecon, a broad esplanade, roadway and seawall which stretches for 8 km along the coast in Havana. Visit the fortress “Morro-Cabana", built from 1589 – 1630. The largest defensive complex constructed by the Spanish in the new world. You will have a chance to visit one of the tobacco factories in Havana. (factories can be closed without prior notice.)

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    After lunch, visit the Organoponico in Alamar, a Cuban institution for a natural production of vegetables and other herbal products. Nestled between the harsh lines of the Soviet style apartment blocks, it is where Cubans go about their daily lives.

    After dinner short trip to the fortress "Fortaleza San Carlos de la Cabaña", to experience the traditional Cannon Shot Ceremony "El Cañonazo", where gardets march in historic costumes under the drum roll and firing two very loud fire crackers, which can be heard as well in the entire old town. This was formerly used as a sign that the gates of the city and bay of Havana are closed, as a protection against privateers and pirates. The ceremony still takes place every evening at 9 pm. A possibility for a breath-taking view at sunset from "El Morro" - as the fortress is also called - of the old town across the harbor to Vedado.

    Overnight: Havana
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 04 - 15 Dec (Sat) - Havana

    This morning, we visit the market again, this time in the morning between 7 to 8 a.m. Return to hotel for breakfast.

    Today, we will try visit a nearby rail yard to capture the scenes of infrastructure left behind during the better times – another telling aspects of Cuba. Afterwards visit the Humidor Manufactory Jose Ernesto Aguilera. Interesting tour around the rooms of a former laundry house. This team even manufactured a humidor for Arnold Schwarzenegger with the shape of the Terminator. Back on your way to Havana you pass the "Loma de Chaple", where you have another view from Havana then from the Morro. You will see a lot old colonial villas but which are in bad conditions.

    We will catch the action at a local Jazz Club - La Zorra y el Cuervo” club in Vedado.

    Overnight: Havana
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 05 - 16 Dec (Sun) - Havana

    Spend another morning at the market between 7 to 8 a.m. After breakfast, we continue to The Rafael Trejo Boxing Gym. Hopefully on weekend, we can capture people practicing here.

    We devote this afternoon to spend our time back in the Old Town to have more time to photograph the Old vintage cars and convertibles and other street scenes.

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    Afterwards VIP visit to the Fabrica del Arte. X Alfonso says of his project "A meeting place where the best of the island's avant-garde arts can be enjoyed with all the artistic manifestations under the same roof and with prices making it accessible to the majority of Cubans, this is a place where everyone is an artist." Worth it for the varied art installations from some of Cuba's best contemporary artists.

    Overnight: Havana
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 06 - 17 Dec (Mon) - Havana

    This morning, visit the famous Cohiba cigar factories. Then make an excursion to the fisherman´s village Cojimar, one of the favourite haunts of Hemingway with his former residence Finca Vigia.

    Then, we will do a backstage tour of Habana Queen Show, which is a well-known ballet show in town (30 minutes or more). Continue to catch the show.

    After lunch take the local ferry to Regla. Explore the world of the Afro-Cuban religion "Santería" in the former fishing village "Regla". Here the Religion is still strongly lived and practiced with its rituals, which have their origins in Africa. Visit of the church where the "Black Madonna" or "la Virgen de Regla" is located. She is known as the patron saint of Havana, protector of fishermen and African goddess of the sea. Later off to the house of a "Babalao" (Santería priest) who will give an insight of the significant history and culture of "Santaría" in Cuba. This is a relaxed tour with the possibility to get some answers to questions regarding the topic. Afterwards visit a car mechanic.

    Overnight: Havana
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 07 - 18 Dec (Tue) - Havana / Vinales

    Get an early start today. Start a longer day excursion into the province Pinar del Rio. Take the “tobacco route” to the western part of the island, where the best tobacco-growing ground and the imposing limestone towers (Mogotes) can be found. Enjoy a panoramic tour through the Viñales Valley, where time seems to stand still.

    Before arriving Vinales, we will first visit the community "Las Terrazas", with insights to socio cultural structures. Then continue to the “Casa del Veguero" (house of a tobacco farmer). Tour over tobacco fields and through a drying house. Tour includes "Fábrica de Bebidas Guaybita", a liquer factory in the town of Pinar del Rio.

    Overnight: Vinales
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 08 - 19 Dec (Wed) - Trinidad

    Get up early trying to catch a local Cock Fight (to be arranged). Afterwards tour through the wonderful tobacco valley.

    Lunch off the tourist paths at Finca Tungasuk! The organic farm - a familiar run business - is managed by a couple who learnt cooking in Paris and they are now trying to influence the preparation of the local dishes by their knowledge. Naturally using their home-grown ingredients. A place that invites to pause for a while. Continue towards Trinidad (classified as Cultural World Heritage by UNESCO). On the way short stop at "Fiesta Campesina" that offers good Cappuccino and a mini-zoo with cuban species. 

    Overnight: Trinidad
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 09 - 20 Dec (Thu) - Trinidad

    Founded in the year 1514 and today Trinidad is the country`s most perfectly preserved colonial city. We enjoy a walking tour of this UNESCO World Heritage city this morning with lots of opportunity to capture your favorite nooks & corners. Visit the rustic “Canchanchara“ (honey liquor bar). Stop at Casa del Alfarero to meet the Cuba family of pottery makers who has been making ceramics for generations using the traditional potter’s wheel.

    In the evening, experience a more authentic Cuban immersion at Casa de La Trova, a favourite hangout for locals and foreigners alike.

    Overnight: Trinidad
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 10 - 21 Dec (Fri) - Trinidad / Santa Clara

    This morning, drive to Remedios Town. This old town is another colonial gem with a small plaza and beautiful Iglesia. Visit the warehouse where they prepare for the Christmas Eve’s celebration display (spend 45 mins) . Lunch at the local restaurant.

    Travel to Santa Clara. After lunch, visit Che Guavara Memorial and the site of Che’s famous battle on the train. No history of Cuba is complete without the story of this revolutionary hero.

    Overnight: Santa Clara
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 11 - 22 Dec (Sat) - Santa Clara / Hong Kong

    Early in the morning, visit the local market before we Transfer to airport for the flight back to Hong Kong.

    Fly Santa Clara / Montreal AC 1769 2110/0050+1
    Dec 23 Montreal / Vancouver AC 401 0700/0832
    Dec 23 Vancouver / Hong Kong AC 15 1000/1445

     

    Arrive Hong Kong on Dec 23.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

     

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