MONDAY APRIL 15TH - THURSDAY APRIL 25TH 2019
Hosted by US-legal CubanAdventures (established since 2005) with Erin Hill International Sketch Tutor
Cuba is one of those marvellous places which you’ll hear people say ‘Ive always wanted to go there’.
When you ask people why, they’ll say "‘Oh it’s the music, the rhythm, the colour, the creative and artistic presence everywhere and it hasn’t been spoiled by tourism.
They love the rustic side of it, the peeling paint, it’s fascinating history, the beautiful architecture, and the secrets behind big old doors. See what James Richards says below.
James Richards one of the world’s leading travel sketchers, sent me a link to his Cuban Tour sketches and writings for you to be encouraged and inspired by.
‘Recognizing the mind-boggling extent of the "elegant decay" that envelops the colonial Spanish city, what I'm left with after days of exploring Havana on foot is the exuberant spirit of the people and their joy of living, and how that spirit and pride is embodied in the architecture, city design, visual arts, history, addictive music and dance, celebratory street life and memorable food.’ Quote James Richards.
Our tours are US-legal, fully escorted with everything, from the moment you land at Jose Marti Airport in Havana, to the moment you are transported back again after the tour, taken care of - including assistance with visas declarations, etc. Our accommodation is in the wonderful Casa private homes run by local families. All have a private bathroom.
Everybody can enjoy Cuba. If you love wandering and seeing what’s around every corner, or just like to sit and contemplate, we can make it happen for you.
We sketch everyday after breakfast till lunchtime, when you can take a siesta for a while, or quietly carry on. I am there to work with you at whatever level of sketching you are at, and you’ll still have plenty of time to relax.
Everyday is carefully planned so that we have time to discover, to enjoy and to sketch all at a pace that suits us.
If you are already a sketcher, we will find new ways for you to record your impressions into your sketch journal. For those keen to learn, come along and see how with my simple and progressive steps to sketching, you’ll soon find you can’t hold back!
Erin Hill has been creative all her life. She is a graphic designer who has morphed through being a childhood art award winner, studio head in advertising to fine art then becoming an unstoppable sketcher and urban sketcher with her own unique teaching system and Sketch Schools.
Today Erin is an International Sketch tutor with courses and workshops in Australia, New Zealand and Southern France. Workshops also take place in Boston and New York and by invitation.
If you are unable to bring the exact kit, do look for similar colours. The brand doesn’t matter, but keep your kit minimal so that you travel light.
Tour and Land Cost. Australian Dollars
AU$3,500 Twin or Double
AU$2,900 Partner/Non sketcher if sharing with sketcher.
AU$930 Plus for Single supplement
Deposit: 25% of your tour cost. See below.
AU$725 Partner/Non sketcher if sharing with sketcher.
If you are unsure what your payment should be in a different currency, email me on the day of payment and I’ll give you the daily exchange on US dollars, NZ dollars, British pounds, Euro etc. to Australian dollars.
Additional Services. These are included in price for the tour dates, but costs below are if you are arriving earlier /later.
Extra Pre/Post accommodation in Havana
AU$166 Twin share per room
AU$173 Single per room
Extra Airport Transfer costs Havana.
AU$90 Arrival transfer
AU$72 Departure transfer
Balance of payment: March 10th 2019
Limited places: Minimum number of 6
What’s included: Daily sketch tutorials, all accommodation, 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners (not drinks) all airport transfers; our own vehicle with guide and driver, all programmed activities and entries. Group size, minimum 6.
International flights:( If you don’t have your own, I can recommend a Travel specialist, who will arrange everything for you to arrive in Havana with ease)
Travel Insurance: We ask that you check you have adequate cover.( Better safe than sorry) We can help here too!
If you’d like to organise extra days of accommodation before or after the tour, plus pickup from the airport, check the costs above and let me know.
Havana 2 nights
Vinales 2 nights
Cienfuegos 2 nights
Trinidad 3 nights
Havana 1 night.
Day 1. Havana. Arrival transfer and Welcome dinner 6.30pm
Day 2. Havana. Walking tour of Old Havana and visit to Community Art Projects Half day tour with our local tour leader.
Day 3. Vinales. Half day cultural scenic walk and LasTerrazas entry
Day 4. Vinales. Tobacco farm tour and Organic farm visit with meal.
Day 5. Cienfuegos. Via Bay of Pigs. Snorkling if time permitting. Sunset visit to Castillo del Valle
Day 6. Cienfuegos.Taller de la gráfica - grahic arts workshop - hand blocked designs, paper and coverings
Day 7. Trinidad. Orientation Walking tour. Salsa lesson and farm visit with time for sketching.
Day 8.Trinidad. Walk to Topes de Collantes waterfall inc transport & entrance
Day 9.Trinidad. Free day or sketch and walk together.
Day 10. Havana. Via Santa Clara and visit Che Guevara Mauseleum & Museum. Farewell Dinner.
Day 11. Havana. Depart at any time. Transfer included.