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Hello! My name is Jacqui Birchall. I am a retired Surrey (BC) high school teacher. My students and I travelled to Cuba with this wonderful people. It was an amazing experience for my students, students who cried as we left Cuba. I am happy to answer any questions you may have about how to organize your trip and any other questions you may have about Cuba. I have been lucky enough to have spent time teaching in Cuba and I have travelled extensively throughout the island. I invite you to take your classroom to Cuba with us!
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"The International Jazz Festival was amazing and we got to listen and see artist that we would never have encountered. We had heard about the music in Cuba from friends that have attended the Jazz festival in the past. Your organization of this tour made it so easy for us as we did not have to worry about planning our day. The trip was first class and our thanks again for putting together an amazing package." George & June Kawaguchi
"I want to thank you for organizing the perfect trip to Cuba! Dana and I had a wonderful time and we will definitely go back there with your company-hopefully sooner than later. Merilyis (I apologize for the botched spelling!!) was perfect.-warm, very informative, organized, timely--everything you would want a guide to be. We were very happy with the way everything went." Diane Nothnagel
"Thank you, I had an amazing trip with Authentic Cuba Travel. I am getting ready for a show in a few weeks, so I will send more feedback and images once that has passed. The trip itself, the studio visits and the range and quality of the art and artists we met exceeded my expectations. David, our guide, was patient, helpful, and knowledgeable. He was a good bridge between having a "tourist" view of Cuba and a facilitated, "real" view." Lynn Tomaszewski
"I just wanted to say thank you for arranging our trip to Cuba. I just got back yesterday and the trip was incredible. I LOVE Cuba and can't wait to go back. The trip was very organized, informative, and I learned so much. Alexis, our local guide, was the best-- so much knowledge!! And our driver, Ramon was so much fun. I also loved the music we had with the new group Autotiempo...it was a private show! So good!!! We had a lovely, memorable experience." Nahyon Lee
"We found Authentic Cuba Travel to be wonderfully helpful, not only with the arrangements for the Film Festival tour, but for extra add-on arrangements. As for the tour itself, a week in the Hotel Nacional and a pass to the film festival add up to pure happiness. Everything else was icing on the cake. Can’t wait until next year’s film festival!" Kathy Kahn
"The trip went absolutely wonderful. Tatiana, our tour guide, was superb and dealt with the different situations in the most professional and kind way. None of the students were in sociology, politics, economics etc. so many concepts might have been irrelevant or over their head to them or over emphasized, but this is the reason I wanted to take them to Cuba. In that perspective it was great and Tatiana was great, the many people we met were great, and the driver was outstanding." Jessica D. Cassleman, Washington State University, USA
"We were welcomed by Deacon Juan Rios in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We distributed rosaries, holy cards, medicine and financial aid to the Deacon. During our second day, we visited the "Santovenia Senior Center," a Catholic nursing home for the elderly run by Sister Consuelo Pena..." Rev. Thaddeus Dzieszko
"We all had a really good trip to Cuba. It's a fascinating country with a lot of potential for the future. The people were warm and welcoming. Mirelys was as good a guide. She couldn't have been more cooperative. Efrin, our driver was also very capable. We appreciated all that you and Authentic Cuba Travel did to make our trip so rewarding." Arthur Selkowitz
"Thanks you for providing a lovely and educational experience. The guide service was superb. We had Ileana and she was very open, knowledgeable, efficient, and just a lovely lady. You have a gem. The hotels were pleasantly comfortable. The itinerary with visits to several legal entities mixed with local history, architecture and culture was perfect." Marianne Kanning
"I think it was very well planned as a birding trip- I just wish it could have been bigger in scope, but that would have meant more time. I would have liked more music, more art, more theatre, and a chance to sit and watch and take more pictures of real people. But you can't have it all. Thanks so much for all the planning and help in getting us to this wonderful place! " Ralph Van Dusseldorp
"I must say that Mario was an excellent guide as well as Joaquin, the driver. My presentation and Al's went very well at the Jose Marti Nacional Library. I was very moved by ASCUBI (Cuban Association of Librarians) who honored me and Al for our work with Cuban librarians." Herbert Rogers, Librarian and Author
"This trip met all expectations plus so much more. Wonderful opportunity, architecture, sights and experiences. Thank you! Alex is the best –intelligent and knowledgeable. He opened Cuba for us." Linda and Jim Tonn

Cuba Photography Tours Reviews



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Read Reviews and Testimonials about Cuba Photography Tours by Authentic Cuba Travel. Please do contact Authentic Cuba Travel if you would like to hear directly from those who have so generously traveled and published their experiences in our websites

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Photo Courtesy of tour participant Lawrence Sherwin. Do not miss his excellent article Cuba Beckons for more photos and reviews.
The trip to Cuba was wonderful and very rewarding. Authentic Cuba Travel excellent guidance has made the difference between a good trip and a great one. The steps you provided for Americans was exactly what was needed to get into Cuba and return safely. For Americans, a trip to Cuba requires more documentation than for traveling to most other countries. The amount of information you provide on your website is just what is needed to understand and satisfy the U.S. Customs/Treasury departments requirements. Upon my return, I provided the required documentation and cleared U.S. customs without any issues.

As for my experience in country, the provided itinerary was right on target with very little deviation other than some availability of venue personnel. The itinerary was spaced out in a manner to give one adequate time to explore Cuba on a deeper level such as meeting the locals in their environment. As with all tours to other countries, you visit the tourist sites, however, we were given the opportunity to see the country as the locals see Cuba. For me, that makes the trip well worth the extra effort it took to make the trip to Cuba. The food in Cuba was better than I had expected, for instance, the buffet breakfast at the Hotel Libre in Havana provided a variety of juices and breakfast items that I don’t normally see in most hotels in the states.

Our Cuban guide, David was excellent. He answered all our questions and provided much more color than was required. David was always punctual and kept us on target with the itinerary. By doing this, David was able to give us the extra time to spend with the locals. There were several extra requests by the tour members for which David went the extra mile to solve, such as taking one person to the local doctors office for a minor issue. David’s’ attention to details was evident and appreciated.

Thanks again for a wonderful trip!!

Michael Nichols

Still recovering from the journey home. Great trip. David is a terrific guide and Enrique got us around safely with a big smile. I will be happy to be a reference person for you and will share photos when they are processed. Thank you for your help and guidance for the trip. We got home without any hassle.

Lawrence Sherwin

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The trip that Authentic Cuba Travel put together for us was fabulous. We all loved David, our Cuban guide. He did an exceptional job. He was there for us at every turn, found quick solutions to the few problems that inevitably came up, was good humored and very informative. He made the trip even better than it would have been without him. Enrique, the bus driver, was an excellent driver, great sense of humor and seemed to know how to avoid every bump in the roads. All in all, the trip was exceptional. I will be happy to give anyone rave reviews. I have not had a chance to go through all my photos yet or process them, however, once I do I will send you a few of the better ones. The trip was a photographer’s dream.

Richard Farnell

Thank you, I had an amazing trip with Authentic Cuba Travel. I do have lots of feedback for you. I am getting ready for a show in a few weeks, so I will send more feedback and images once that has passed.

The trip itself, the studio visits and the range and quality of the art and artists we met exceeded my expectations.

I am confident that it would be great to work with you and David if I'm able to bring students back to Cuba next spring (I have lots of questions for you regarding this). David, our guide, was patient, helpful, and knowledgeable. He was a good bridge between having a "tourist" view of Cuba and a facilitated, "real" view.

Lynn Tomaszewski

Peg Rees and I have just returned from our Cuba photography trip. The trip exceeded our expectations. It is such an amazing country and friendly people. Thank Authentic Cuba Travel again for the great experience!

Sharon K Schafer

Photographing in Cuba is a photographer's paradise. I had an excellent time and very pleased with the tour, hotels, restaurants and the service of our local guide David Camps Rodriguez. Contact between Authentic Cuba Travel worked very well as our communication increased as the tour got closer and all questions and needs were met. Cuba is a fantastic experience and my return through USA customs was very smooth and easy.

Betty Lark Ross

First, Roma and I would like to thank Authentic Cuba Travel for everything you've done to make for a remarkable experience. As artists, we were blown away by the quantity and quality of the art we saw as well as by the professionalism and training of the artists. The Art School was most impressive and easily the best use for a golf course we've ever seen. We did buy some works and are savouring them as we speak. In addition to the art, we did get to interact with the Cuban people and experience the culture, history and get a feel for the current situation. While much was packed into the week we were there, we could have definitely used more time.

By the way, your suggestion that we bring medicines and first aid materials was excellent. We took them to the maternal and infants clinic in old town and gave them to the pharmacist who was genuinely appreciative. Again, than you, Luis, David, Ernesto (our driver) and everyone else involved in making this an experience that delivered more than we expected. We would be glad to offer references so feel free to give my email address to those seeking a referral.

Howard and Roma Kaplan

I had an amazing trip.

The best aspect of the trip was unquestionably our guide Eric who exercised a measure of patience which i considered nothing short of astonishing. He was exceptionally versed on a wide variety of issues, kind beyond necessity, and tolerant of idiotic and insensitive questions from some members of our group. He is an intelligent and valuable asset to your organization and whatever his compensation I'm sure he deserves more.

Your patience, Yane, is to be commended as well. Looking over our email correspondence prior to departure I recognize our failure to acknowledge simple instruction. Thank you for helping us despite this. I will recommend this trip to my colleagues and should you ever need a stateside representative I am more than happy to take that role. I have a mix of fear and hope for the future of Cuba, a beautiful country caught and abandoned in the changing global tides of the superpowers. I wish it and its people well and hope that my wife and I have the opportunity to host Eric here someday.

As a photographer, I'm hoping to prepare an exhibition of my work from the trip. I'm also more than happy to provide any of my snapshots for your use. Let me know the best method for sending these. Best,

Travis Linville, Assistant Professor of Photography

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"I am very late in writing you to thank you for the wonderful, competent way the tour was arranged. and conducted. Lyvan was an extremely professional guide and it all went so well. Thanks again, Yane, I would definitely recommend Authentic Cuba Travel to others. Sincerely,"

Martha Dewell

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