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Photography Trip to Havana Cuba

***June 24th Update!***

We received confirmation on the additional rooms, and everyone on the wait list should be processed and confirmed by tomorrow. I have closed the RSVP to any new people at this time. We have already become a large group of about 30 people, and any larger might be difficult to manage. For those of you who come across this too late to join, I am sorry that you will not be able to join us, but if all goes well with this trip, then perhaps we will be brave enough to organize another trip somewhere else next spring.

We should have our final attendee list in a couple days with everyone confirmed up. We can start working on itineraries then. I hope to organize a social for our group in early August.


It's Official!!! We are going to Havana, Cuba!!!!

The pre-booked rooms are now all sold out. There is now a waiting list being created as we request more rooms from the hotel. We have 13 people confirmed and 9 people waiting currently. The rooms will be available first to the top of the waiting list so it is important to get on the list if you are still interested.

There is no reason to be discouraged yet. While the rooms are not a guarantee, there is still a very good chance you can be accommodated. We have put in a request for more rooms and are waiting to hear back. So if you want to go, do not delay, contact me please by email or call me and I will put you in touch with our agent to get you on that list.

Here are the details.

When: October 25th to November 1st (Friday to Friday, 7 days)

Where: Havana, Cuba

Hotel: Mecure Sevilla, Right in the heart of Old Havana, the most picturesque place!

Price: Single occupancy: $708 + $290 tax / $998pp (price per person)

Double occupancy: $558 + $290tax / $848pp (price per person)

250 deposit is needed right away to confirm a spot. Balance is due 60 days before we leave. (late August)

 

What's included in that price?

Round trip airfare, all taxes and fees, transfer to and from airport, 7 days accommodation and breakfast daily.

What's not included in that price?

25 dollar departure fee from Cuba. Lunch, Dinner, and any other personal costs, Travel Medical Insurance etc.

What will we do for the 7 days?

This trip is suitable for adults who want the experience of traveling with other photographers for 7 day photographic intensive trip. Everyday we will have an itinerary centered around photography. You can opt in and join us, or go off and do your own thing. It will be your choice. Otherwise plan for 7 days of exploring and photographing Havana, as well as day trips to places just outside of Havana, and enjoying the nightlife and live music come evening.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me. Otherwise again, if you are interested in joining this trip, please act quickly, space on your trip is very limited.

 

 

 

 

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  • Neel

    Finally got through my photos - check 'em out

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152145955330272.1073741834.723805271&type=1&l=f289ee1666

    Fantastic trip and great planning, Lilly! I'm sure I will never forget it!

    January 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great photos! I like the ones taken from above. I see you guys went to the cemetery- didn't get to go there myself.

      1 · January 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      You've got some wonderful images. Fun to look back at our adventure!

      January 20, 2014

  • susi

    all great pictures. so interesting to look at! more please!

    November 25, 2013

  • Kevin B.

    Awesome

    November 7, 2013

  • Vinny C

    Where are the pictures? I want to see...

    November 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good trip. INformation dissemination was a challenge but that is to be expected with a group of this size. Kudos to the organizer for staying sane.

    November 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great!

    November 4, 2013

  • arthur

    Was it the destination? My photo-mates? Lilly?
    Yes.......all things wonderful.

    November 4, 2013

  • Tony

    Great trip - thanks

    November 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lilly ...Gracias for organizing this trip..it was the last push I needed...

    November 4, 2013

  • Karim

    Amazing trip Lilly - Muchas Gracias!

    November 2, 2013

  • Marley A.

    Terrific place to photograph!

    November 2, 2013

  • Cheryl S.

    Best Trip Ever!!!

    November 1, 2013

  • Cheryl S.

    Truly a memorable trip with a Great Group of Photographers! Thank You Lilly for organizing this.

    November 1, 2013

  • Judy P.

    Fantastic........Thanks Lilly for a wonderful experience. Great meeting everyone and so looking forward to seeing some of your images.

    1 · November 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hola~ What a great time! It was a pleasure meeting everyone on the trip to Havana, and I can't wait to see everyone's images. Lilly, a special thank you for your hard work on our behalf!

    November 1, 2013

  • Marley A.

    Omg...we just arrived back from a fabulous trip to Cuba. Many thanks to Lily for facilitating a successful holiday!

    November 1, 2013

  • Helen

    Looking forward to the pics!

    1 · November 1, 2013

  • Neel

    Gearing up for what's to be an amazing trip, I'm sure! Is anyone in the west end (High Park, Junction, Etobicoke) willing to share a cab to the airport on Friday?

    October 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am going to be leaving from the St Clair West and Bathurst area. Not sure if that works in terms of sharing a cab.. Depending on your address, would it make sense to pick you up enroute?

      October 23, 2013

  • arthur

    October 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just booked my tickets!!!!! see you all there...

    1 · September 4, 2013

  • Judy P.

    so excited......

    1 · June 24, 2013

  • Judy P.

    I can do it and hope to share a room if possible.

    June 21, 2013

  • Judy P.

    Looking into it now.... Hoping I can make the trip.

    1 · June 19, 2013

  • rene c.

    hi Lily how to place the deposit? thanks

    June 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for all the groundwork you've done so far, Lilly! Much appreciated!

    2 · June 13, 2013

    • Lilly L.

      Thanks Laurie! I am so excited to go with you!

      June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have decided not to go...hope everyone has a great time.....

    June 18, 2013

    • Lilly L.

      Sorry you can't join us this time Patricia.

      June 18, 2013

  • Neel

    Well done, Lilly! So excited for this!

    1 · June 18, 2013

    • Lilly L.

      Thanks! I am super excited too!

      June 18, 2013

  • Marley A.

    You are 5 star yourself. Definitely going!

    1 · June 18, 2013

    • Lilly L.

      Yay! Call the agent ASAP Marley! There is only one room left last I spoke to her. She is working late processing all our confirmations.

      June 18, 2013

  • Lilly L.

    I have closed the survey. We have made our decision! Havana here we come! Sending results out now!

    1 · June 18, 2013

  • Lilly L.

    Hi Guys...just a reminder to please vote. We have enough people who have voted and enough consensus though that we are going to go ahead and book the trip without you. You can still book if there is room left, but you will lose out on having a say...Please check your emails for the link. If you have not received it, email me and I will email you the link again.

    June 18, 2013

  • Lilly L.

    Updated email was sent out tonight. If you did not receive it. Please let me know. Cheers, Lilly

    June 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will come Friday as well....

    May 24, 2013

  • Lilly L.

    Hi Guys, sending out the update on prices that I have so far. Sorry, I haven't dropped the ball for this, but I have had a few issues with logistics which I will out in my email. Once everyone gets the email information, we can go from there. Cheers,
    Lilly

    May 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Best bet may be to go with a package deal (air, hotel, possibly meals) and then break out on yr own. that's what we found when we went in march

      May 23, 2013

    • Lilly L.

      The prices I have are package, with breakfast, but my issue is no one flies directly into Havana, except Air Canada, which only offers the most expensive option. Did you fly to Vardero? Would be interested in learning about your experiences.

      May 23, 2013

  • Lilly L.

    Where shall we meet? I am thinking Cuban? :) I know of two cuban places in Toronto. http://www.juliescuban.com/

    or http://mambocubano.ca/

    What day is good? I am thinking maybe Friday night next week? Whose up for some Tapas and Mojitos? (that was for you Levin)

    May 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please, more repect for our best known drink MOJITO...no mohito. :-)

    May 21, 2013

    • Lilly L.

      lol. I will be sure to spell it correctly in the future Levin.

      May 23, 2013

  • Lilly L.

    Hello Everyone, I have sent out an email with prices and details of what I have found so far. Anyone that did not receive it, let me know and I will send it to you again. I love the idea of doing another location like Trinidad or Santiago de Cuba, but I think it would be tight to do it on a 7 day schedule, we would have to extend our trip to 10 or 14 days. I'm game! Not sure how many other people can afford the time to do it though. So for now, the plan is 7 days. I have included prices for 10 days and 14 days however for those who want to consider the options. Cheers,
    Lilly

    May 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What about spending 3 days in Havana, then going to Trinidad for a few days, I also heard that Trinidad is fanastic for photographers. Just a suggestion!

    March 28, 2013

    • Marley A.

      It is approx 6 hour drive from Habana to Trinidad.

      April 12, 2013

    • Helen

      By car it's 4 hours, by bus it's 6 hours between Habana & Trinidad. Trinidad is a gem (so is Santiago de Cuba) and is much less expensive than Habana & beautiful to photograph. There is a reason it is a World Heritage Unesco site. But I agree that it is very tight to try and do both within 7 days, especially since you lose 1 day in and 1 day out with int'l travel. I've travelled extensively throughout that country over many, many trips and it is easy to get lost in many of the towns throughout.

      May 22, 2013

  • Marley A.

    I cannot wait! November it is? Sooner the better for me

    May 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just curious what is happening with this trip? Any updates?

    1 · May 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I meant respect....

    May 21, 2013

  • Vahid E.

    Hi, I am new here...
    How long will your walk take tomorrow?

    May 3, 2013

  • Anne N.

    Was in Cuba [Varaderos] for this new year's, but also went to Havana for three days, wish I stayed there for the whole week. Definitely a place to go and see, shot lots of photos and find I still didn't capture enough. If you stay out of tourist attractions you won't run into "beggers", the people there are very nice and happy. Was out alone at night, the small streets are not well lit but I didn't find it dangerous at all, I might say I felt safer there at night than sometimes in Toronto. Went to see Hemingway's house, which is a few km's from Havana, but it was all locked up due to an American filming being done at the time. I will definitely try to make it for this trip.

    April 22, 2013

  • Fred M.

    I have no preference. Either option is fine with me.

    April 12, 2013

  • Lilly L.

    Hi Everyone, I have a bit of news regarding this trip. I am still hunting for the best price possible for 7 days. We also have the option of extending our trip to 10 days. Once we get a location and price we all agree on. We have I think 60 days to make a deposit. The deposit is usually 250 dollars. After that the full amount will be due 90 days before departure (sometime around August) We need 10 people to secure the group rate. Maximum of 30 people can attend. We need to have a meeting about this. My question is, would you like to have a web conference about this as our initial meeting? Or would you prefer to meetup for drinks/coffee/dinner etc? I just thought a web conference might be more convenient for all. Let me know! Pricing coming soon!

    April 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I would prefer a meeting, like a meet and greet....either drinks or dinner would be fine. If you are thinking of extending the trip would that mean other towns other than Havana?

      April 12, 2013

    • Newman M.

      Webinar.

      April 12, 2013

  • Tony

    Hi, My preference is to stay in Havana for the complete during of the trip. I feel to truly capture the an area we will need to spend as much time as possible in order to capture the nuances of the city. Otherwise, we risk becoming snappers just passing through.

    March 28, 2013

    • Lilly L.

      Hi Tony, we would definitely being staying in Havana.

      April 12, 2013

  • Marley A.

    On my past trip we spent 3 days in Havana, 4 incl travel to Trinidad, and stops on the way back to Havana for 3more. It was a nice sized group of a total of 11. More than that is like herding cats.
    Trinidad is cobblestone old streets, one story houses and cowboys on donkeys. Loved every bit of this trip!

    March 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was told by a local that Trinada is gorgeous! days in Havana would probably be enough- it's not a huge city & only the old part is nice, in my opinion.

    March 28, 2013

  • Newman M.

    Definitely interested. Just a note that 5 stars doesn't necessarily mean high security. Staff anywhere there wouldn't dare steal but if others have access, there may be a problem.

    February 19, 2013

    • Lilly L.

      Is it in the old part of Havana? I will add it to my list of places to research as possibilities.

      February 20, 2013

    • Marley A.

      Yes..old town on Obispo street

      March 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Jreturned from a week in Cuba- Veradero as we wanted the gorgeous beach. Spent a day in La Habana (Havana). LOVED old Havana. Only downside was the intense amount of begging, every stop we made. MANY kids begging too. Just learned to say no.
    In new Havana the only place I thought worthwhile was the cemetary but didn't have a chance to go there. Wish I could go again but will probably be heading down under to visit my son who will do a semester abroad in Sidney.
    If I got the chance to go again I would try to go to Carribean side as we were told by a local that it is gorgeous near Trinidad area.

    1 · March 27, 2013

    • Lilly L.

      So excited that you enjoyed yourself! I would love to see your photos but I assume you cannot load the here because this is not a past event yet. Can you throw them up on flickr and then share the link?

      March 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      If you email me an address I will send you a link to Dropbox & you can see them there.

      March 27, 2013

  • Marley A.

    I had a photo trip to Cuba in November otherwise I would definitely go with you! Cuba is a street photographers paradise. Put me down for a maybe....having like minded photographers makes this a fabulous opportunity!

    February 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I have photos to share but don't see that option here....

      1 · March 27, 2013

    • Lilly L.

      I would love to see your photos as well Marley, do you have a link for them?

      March 27, 2013

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