Cuba Photo Tour May 31-June 8, 2015 with Ron Herman

Immerse yourself in Cuban culture through activities and events that get you up close and personal to all that this country has to offer.  This island nation, with its Spanish colonial architecture and cobblestone streets filled with classic American cars, appears to have been frozen in time.  The relationships I have developed in Cuba over the years will allow you to go beyond the traditional tourist destinations, and  into the homes and studios of Cuba’s leading artists. Experience Cuba through the eyes of a local as you go on photo walks with Cuban photographers.   We will be based in Old Havana (UNESCO World Heritage Site), where the splendors of the city are right outside your doorstep.  We will also travel outside of Havana to Pinar del Rio, the western-most province, famous for its rich soil, tobacco production and spectacular scenery of Viñales Valley (UNESCO World Heritage Site). You will have the unique opportunity to experience the Cuban art scene during the 12th Annual Havana Biennial. This is considered to be one of Latin America’s most important art events, and you will have full access to the exhibitions, installations and performances happening throughout the city.

  • Small group tour 10-13 people
  • All-access passes to Havana Biennial events
  • Private visits to artists’ studios
  • Photo walks with Cuban photographers
  • Excursion to Pinar del Rio and Viñales Valley
  • Visit Finca Vigía, Ernest Hemmingway’s former hilltop estate, where he wrote two of his most celebrated novels: For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea.
  • Roam the streets of the Cojimar fishing village
  • Visit Las Terrazas and its vibrant art community
  • Tour the National Art School
  • Visit to a music recording studio
  • Enjoy some of Cuba’s best music and dance performances
  • Architectural tours
  • Visit an organic farm
  • Guided tour of a Cuban cigar factory
  • Visit to Cuba’s photography museum, the Fototeca de Cuba
  • Enjoy the local cuisine at some of Cuba’s best privately owned restaurants (paladares)
  • Rum tasting at Cuba’s famous Sloppy Joe’s Bar


  • Stay in Havana’s historic center
  • Round trip flight: Miami/Havana/Miami
  • 4 star double room accommodations (single supplement available)
  • 2 meals per day (excluding arrival and departure days)
  • Travel visa and related documents required for legal travel to Cuba
  • Health insurance (mandated by the Cuban government)
  • Cuban airport tax $25 CUCs
  • Preparatory reading and orientation materials
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure days
  • English speaking guide/translator
  • Private air-conditioned motor coach 
  • Luggage transfer
  • Welcome cocktail and one bottle of water daily
  • Admissions, honoraria and fees to all program activities
Not Included
  • Flights to and from Miami
  • Expenses of a purely personal nature.
  • Room service charges.
  • Gratuities to the bellboys and waiters, and your guide and driver
  • Transportation of luggage in excess of weight allowance.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Baggage handling fees of $20 by the Charter company in Miami.
  • Extra Beverages or snacks and one meal a day