Join five-times ‘Travel Photographer of the Year’ Robert Holmes, acclaimed photographer Andrea Johnson, plus National Geographic photographer and Cuba expert Christopher P. Baker on a one-of-a-kind photo tour of Cuba, limited to 12 people… with 3 instructors!

ROBERT HOLMES
Robert Holmes career as one of the world’s most successful and prolific travel photographers has extended over 35 years. He was the first photographer to be honored twice by the Society of American Travel Writers with their ‘Travel Photographer of the Year’ Award and he is the only photographer to be given the award five times, most recently for 2017. He has worked for National Geographic, Geo, Saveur, Wine Spectator, Life, Time and hundreds of other major magazines, and his stock catalog of over half-a-million images is represented  by Getty. His assignments have taken him from coverage of the 1975 British Everest Expedition for Paris Match to searching for snow leopards in the remote valleys of western Nepal for National Geographic. Bob has illustrated over 45 books and he has regularly been one of the elite group of the world’s 100 best photojournalists invited to participate in the acclaimed “Day in the Life” series.

ANDRÉA JOHNSON
After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in communication with a concentration in film, art, and journalism from Northwestern University, Andréa began her career as a photography producer for Nike, and in-house at several adventure sports and travel magazines, including Oregon Outdoors. She has since established herself as one of the world’s leading photographers and directors specializing in the wine, agriculture, and adventure travel industries. Andréa has photographed four books, and regularly works on assignment for Wine Spectator, among other leading publications. She has received the prestigious Gold Award by the Society of American Travel Writers (2008, 2014, 2017) three times for photo essays in Vietnam, Canada, and Cuba, judged by National Geographic editors and based on her storytelling ability in a photo essay.

CHRISTOPHER P. BAKER
No-one knows Cuba as well as renowned travel journalist, National Geographic photographer, and Cuba expert Christopher P. Baker–the Lowell Thomas Award 2008 ‘Travel Journalist of the Year.’ Chris has authored and illustrated eight travel books on Cuba (including the National Geographic Traveler Cuba and Moon Cuba guidebooks, plus a coffee-table book Cuba Classics: A Celebration of Vintage American Automobiles), and has written about and photographed Cuba on behalf of entities from the BBC and CNN to National Geographic, New York Magazine, and Playboy during three decades of travel to Cuba. He is a walking Who’s Who of fascinating contacts! Chris has designed this itinerary to include the most photogenic individuals and venues in Cuba. He has also led photo tours of Cuba for Jim Cline Photo Tours, National Geographic Expeditions, and Santa Fe Photo Workshops.

You will have the undivided attention of not just one but three award-winning photographers – an unprecedented ratio for such a small group.  We have partnered with Christopher Baker, a longtime colleague and friend, and recommended by National Geographic as “One of the world’s leading authorities on Cuba travel and culture.” Chris has traveled to Cuba on more than 200 trips writing magazine articles and books, and as a tour leader for National Geographic Expeditions, in addition to our Lumaria Workshops tours in 2016 and 2017. Chris knows the very best hotels, private accommodations, and paladares (private restaurants). Plus, during more than two decades traveling Cuba end to end, Chris has developed a Rolodex of contacts that make traveling to the island with him an amazing experience.” – ROBERT HOLMES / LUMARIA WORKSHOPS

NOTE: On June 4, 2019, the Trump administration rescinded the “people to people” educational exchange license. However, every U.S. citizen can still legally travel to Cuba and group travel is still possible, pre-approved, under the “support for the Cuban people” license. Lumaria Workshops’ Cuba program is designed to maximize “support for the Cuban people” through stays at private B&Bs, meals at private restaurants, and interactions with independent artists, Cuban photographers, private tobacco farmers, etc.

TOUR DATES:
December 12-21, 2020

PRICE:
TBD

ITINERARY (SUBJECT TO CHANGE):

Day 1: Saturday / Arrive Havana
Clients arrive on separate flights. Our tour begins this evening for an orientation meeting and welcome reception. We’ll then ride in 1950s convertible cars to dinner at La Guarida, Havana’s most sensational (and photogenic) restaurant.
Overnight: Casas particulares (private B&Bs), Havana

Day 2: Sunday / Havana
This morning we’ll explore the back streets of Habana Vieja, the colonial quarter, with its non-stop and über-intriguing and colorful street-life. We’ll also visit Fototeca (the Cuban photographers’ association) to meet director Nelson Ramirez de Arellano and several young Cuban photographers. In the afternoon, we’ll shoot boxers at Gimnasio Rafael Trejo (or a similarly funky boxing ring) before strolling to Parque Central to photograph classic American autos and the fantastical Gran Teatro at dusk. 
Overnight: Casas particulares (private B&Bs), Havana

Day 3: Monday / Havana
An early morning visit to Mercado Agropecuario Egido farmers’ market is followed by a private photo shoot with the National Ballet and/or Raices Profundas Afro-Cuban dance company. After lunch at the bohemian Bellevue Café (owned by ace photographer Sven Creutzman), models and/or ballet dancers will join us for a one-of-a-kind afternoon photo shoot in a stupendously aged 1920s mansion. Chris will also introduce us to his close friend and raconteur Luis Enrique, an ace mechanic–a chance to photograph him working on his collection of antique Harleys. This we’ll enjoy cigars and cocktails at Hotel Nacional, and/or you may choose an optional visit to the Tropicana cabaret.
Overnight: Casas particulares (private B&Bs), Havana

Day 4: Tuesday / Viñales
A highlight this morning as we venture beyond Havana, stopping first to photograph at Fusterlandia, a spectacular community art project inspired by Gaudi, Picasso and Brâncuși. We’ll continue to the mountain community of Las Terrazas to photograph this exquisite village and savor lunch at Fondita de Mercedes. Continue to Viñales, arriving in time to settle into our private B&Bs before a sunset photo shoot.
Overnight: Casas particulares (private B&Bs), Viñales

Day 5: Wednesday / Viñales
Up early for a sunrise shoot in the tobacco fields. We’ll spend time photographing the farmers and magnificent landscapes of this unique region, renowned for its mogotes (sheer-faced, freestanding limestone formations) and tobacco fields studded by Royal palms.
Overnight: Casas particulares (private B&Bs), Viñales

Day 6: Thursday / Viñales – Cienfuegos – Trinidad
We depart this morning Cienfuegos, arriving in this lovely Caribbean bay city in time for lunch at Chris’ favorite paladar (private restaraunt), Finca del Mar. Our options this afternoon include a private shoot with a local kid’s baseball team (we may also be lucky enough to photograph an adult game at the stadium)in Cienfuegos; and/or photographing the funky/ fishing boats at Laguna del Cura. We then journey via a former sugarcane processing community, where’ll photograph locals in the ration store, surround by incredible revolutionary murals. We’ll arrive Trinidad in late afternoon. Tonight enjoy dinner alfresco at the city’s only true gourmet restaurant, boasting views over the colonial core.
Overnight: Casas particulares (private B&Bs), Trinidad

Day 7: Friday / Trinidad
We’ll explore Trinidad with Chris’ close friend, local photographer Julio Muñoz, reveling in the colonial setting, yesterday lifestyle, and gorgeous early morning sunlight. We’ll also photograph bas-relief artist Lazaro Neibla at work in his studio. The afternoon is at leisure to pursue your own photographic interests (and/or siesta) before we journey to the nearby Río Guarabo for a special photo shoot. Tonight we’ll dine with Julio at his restaurant: Muñoz Tapas.
Overnight: Casas particulares (private B&Bs), Trinidad

Day 8: Saturday / Trinidad
This morning we’ll journey into the Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills), a UNESCO World Heritage Site where we’ll shoot a quinceañera–a girl celebrating her fifteenth birthday–at Chris’s favorite 18th-century hacienda. We’ll also photograph the farm, and lunch here before returning to Trinidad. In late afternoon we’ll venture to the nearby beach community of La Boca to photograph locals enjoying their weekend at leisure.
Overnight: Casas particulares (private B&Bs), Trinidad

Day 9: Sunday / Santa Clara 
Today we’ll journey over the Sierra Escambray (enjoying fabulous mountain landscapes en route) to Santa Clara. Our afternoon is dedicated to street photography, including really cool private nail salons (recalling Chris’ recent photo shoot for Thomas Cook Travel magazine; see page 38). In the early evening, we’ll head to La Loma for the flag-raising and sunset vistas before our farewell dinner. 
Overnight: Hotel E Central, Santa Clara

Day 9: Monday / Depart 
This morning we’ll visit the Complejo Histórico Che Guevara, in Plaza de la Revolución, with its museum and mausoleum to the revolutionary hero. Following lunch we’ll head to the airport for our departure from Santa Clara to Miami.