Cuba – a country where you can travel back in time and observe the social changes happening in the last few years. From the old cobbled streets of Havana, where American cars from the 1950s are just one of the attractions, to the sugar cane mills and cigar factories – Cuba is as colourful and rich in contrasts as it gets. Locals do not mind being photographed on the streets, during samba dancing or afternoon siestas. Colonial style old villas stand next to monuments of the Cuban revolution, youngsters are playing alongside the elderly, who enjoy their evening rum.
Nikon Ambassador Arne Hodalič is the photo editor of National Geographic Magazine Slovenia. Originally studying biology in Ljubljana, his first trip to India in 1989 changed his professional career when his photos were published in a prestigious Swiss magazine, Animan. Since then he has travelled the world on photo-assignments. He is also a passionate adventurer and cave diver, participating in numerous sailing, mountaineering and caving expeditions. In 2008 he received an honorary doctorate at the University of Ljubljana, becoming a lecturer in photography and photojournalism. His photos and photo stories have appeared in books, exhibitions and many of the world’s most prestigious magazines, among others National Geographic Magazine, Life (USA), Time, Figaro Magazine, GEO, Paris Match, Marie Claire, Die Zeit, Cosmopolitan and Stern.
Upon arrival to Havana you will be picked up at the airport and taken to our hotel.
After dinner Arne Hodalič will introduce the workshop, and present his magnificent and inspiring work from Cuba.
Participants (those who want to) submit seven of their photos for review by Arne.
We will start the day with an orientation walk through old Havana – from San Francisco de Asisi square to Plaza de Armes, followed by a visit to modern day Havana.
Street photography will be the focus of our stay here, as the motifs are abundant: locals going about their everyday business, historical buildings with their amazing staircases and balconies…
We will visit one of the famous boxing schools and cigar factories in Havana.
Evenings will be dedicated to blue light photography, followed by classroom workshops.
In the morning, we drive to Cienfuegos and stop there for the main attractions: Jose Marti park, Terry theatre.
After lunch, we continue our drive along the seaside towards Trinidad.
We are spending two days in this colourful old town, bustling with American cars and local houses facing the streets, offering us a view inside through the famous grilled windows. Climb atop a city tower for a unique perspective.
In the afternoon of day 6, we are driving to Sugar Mills Valley, photographing the sugar cane plantations and refineries. Colonial houses that used to belong to rich plantation owners are a must see as well.
After breakfast, we will take the bus to the town of Santa Clara, where the past communist era is more present than anywhere else. We spend the night here.
After the morning street photography tour, we hop on the bus again and drive back to Havana’s capital city.
Participants have all day to themselves, wandering around Havana and capturing those moments that they might have missed at the beginning of our tour.
Evening dinner will be accompanied by the selection of the best photos from the trip, submitted by the participants.
Transfer to the airport will be provided.
Thanks for choosing Better Moments for your workshop.
17-25 November 2019
Number of guests: 8-12
Local transport: Bus is included
Exertion level: Moderate
Accommodation: Hotels are included
Meals: All meals is included
Travel to and from the workshop destination: Not included
Visa and taxes: Not included
Alcoholic beverages: Not included
Travel insurance: Not included
€ 4,595 in shared double room.
€ 4,995 in single room.
Groups sign-up a group of 4+ participants and receive a group discount.
All prices are per person.
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Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport is the largest and busiest airport in Cuba handling flights for more than 25 international airlines.
All visitors are required to have a passport valid for at least six months beyond the intended stay. All travellers must apply for a visa to Cuba at the nearest consulate of Cuba. It is the responsibility of each traveller to obtain all valid travel documents and visas before arrival at this destination.
This is the dry season and the most popular time to visit Cuba. It rains much less and because of this the temperature and humidity drop make conditions much more comfortable. Average temperature is 23 °C, with a high of 27 °C (day) and a low of 18 °C (night).
Cuban convertible peso, Cuban peso
The official language is Spanish.
Check with your doctor which vaccinations or medications are recommended for this destination. Remember to plan well ahead with vaccinations. Allow up to six weeks to receive the full course, as some vaccinations require more than one dose, and some should not be given together.
Cuba is a Caribbean island nation under communist rule. From the old cobbled streets of the capital, Havana, where American cars from the 1950s are just one of the attractions, to the sugar cane mills and cigar factories – Cuba is as colourful and rich in contrasts as it gets. Locals do not mind being photographed on the streets, during samba dancing or afternoon siestas. Colonial style old villas stand next to monuments of the Cuban revolution, youngsters are playing alongside the elderly, who enjoy their evening rum. Cuba is a medley of sights and impressions and a paradise for photographers.
Basis of rates:
All prices are quoted in Euro (€). The prices are based on current tariffs and are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. While we will do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, if it is necessary to levy a surcharge, we reserve the right to do so, and notification will be given at the time of final invoicing.
A deposit of €1000 is required at the time of booking. Final payment is due no later than 150 days prior to departure. For reservations made within 150 days of the departure date, full payment is required when the reservation is accepted. In order to participate in a Better Moments workshop the participant must have made full payment prior to the start of the workshop.
The payment terms can be stricter when the workshop includes chartered ships or planes, and any variation will be communicated clearly on the invoice.
Cancellations and refunds:
All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective on the date, which the letter is received by Better Moments. There is no cancellation charge until 150 days before departure, however we will deduct an administration fee of €300 from the repayment of the deposit. The cancellation charge between 150 and 120 days before departure is €1000 (i.e. the deposit). Cancellation charges less than 120 days before departure are expressed as a percentage of the total price, and are as follows: 119 – 90 days before departure 25%; 89 – 60 days before departure 50%; 59 – 30 days before departure 75%; 29 days or less before departure 100%. This policy also applies to pre- and post-trip extensions. Any airline tickets issued are subject to the carrier’s refund policy. Leaving a workshop in progress, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portions of a workshop.
We reserve the right to cancel a workshop because of inadequate enrollment that makes the trip economically infeasible to operate, or because of good-faith concerns with respect to the safety, health, or welfare of the participants. If a workshop is cancelled prior to departure, you will have a choice between a full refund or a credit towards a future Better Moments workshop equivalent to amount paid. If we cancel the trip in progress, you will receive a pro-rata refund based on the number of days. We are not responsible for any refund for airline tickets, hotel accommodation, etc. purchased by the participant. In the event of the specified photo expert being unable to attend due to illness or other circumstances beyond our control, a photo expert of the same standard will be provided. If this is not possible, then the workshop will be cancelled and the provisions above will come into effect.
In order to participate in a workshop you are required to have comprehensive insurance coverage for personal accident and injury, medical and repatriation costs during the workshop. In addition we strongly recommend that you arrange cancellation and travel insurance covering the loss, expenses and damages arising from, including but not limited to, the cancellation of the holiday (whether in whole or in part), loss of baggage and personal money and belongings, as well as flight cancellations and delays.
The itineraries and staff presented in this catalog are subject to modification and change by the Better Moments workshop or its designated tour operator. Every reasonable effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but alterations may still occur after final itineraries are sent.
You must be in good physical and mental health. Any physical condition or treatment requiring special attention must be reported in writing at the time of booking. By registering for a Better Moments workshop, the participant certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical, or other condition or disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other participants. Better Moments and its designated tour operator reserve the right in their sole discretion to accept, decline to accept, or remove any participant on a Better Moments workshop and the tour operator reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of the participants.
If you have special requests, e.g. dietary, cabin number, bedding type, airline seat or other requests, you should inform us of these at the time of booking. We will advise the relevant supplier of your requirements, but we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met, and will have no liability to you if such requests are not met.
We reserve the right to take photographs or videos during the operation of any workshop or part thereof and to use the resulting photography, videos, or recordings for promotional or commercial use. If the participant prefers that his/her likeness not to be used, he/she must notify us in writing prior to departure.
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“This is my first time in Cuba, and it’s my sixth or seventh workshop with Better Moments. Straight to Cuba, it was teaching point of view and learning a perspective which was pretty much focused on classroom one way. There were a lot of good lectures and it was more teaching this time than the other, which I appreciated a lot”.
Catarina Kent, from Sweden, has participated in the Cuba, Bhutan, Tanzania, Steve McCurry, Söderåsen, Il Palio, Indochina and Burma workshops.