CUBA PHOTO TOUR: "BACHMANN TOUR OVERDRIVE" (BTO)              18 APR- 02 MAY 2017 


WITH DAVID NOYES, CO-LEADER

15 days/14 nights, jam-packed with excellent shoots, culture and fun. 

Photo Tour #2 w/BILL BACHMANN (Tampa departure)  


Top hotels, best locations and venues, super leadership,  great fun.       

FEATURING SEVEN (7) CITIES OVER 15 DAYS AND 14 NIGHTS  

REGISTRATION PERIOD IS OPEN NOW --- 

THIS ONE IS OVER HALF FULL RIGHT NOW, AND IT WILL FILL UP SOON!


This program is open to photographers and non-photographers alike.











Cuba Photographs © Bill Bachmann, All Rights Reserved






REGISTRATIONS AND PAYMENTS:


Make checks payable to: SCAND-AMERICA INTERNATIONAL, INC. Deposits are due immediately.


Mail payments to:

             YButler Group, LLC

             2442 Enterprise Road, Suite 4

             Clearwater FL 33763


PROGRAM:  PHOTO PROGRAM IN CUBA, WITH FOCUS ON PHOTOGRAPHY & CULTURE. PHOTOGRAPHY COMPONENT IS PERFECT FOR SERIOUS AMATEUR AND PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS, ALTHOUGH ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS AND NON-PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US.

SEVEN (7) CITIES: HAVANA, VIÑALES, CIENFUEGOS, TRINIDAD, SANTA CLARA CITY, MATANZAS CITY


This program will be Bill Bachmann's tenth year of leading photography/mission groups to Cuba. Of course, Bill is one of the top travel photo professionals worldwide and Best Of All, Bill shows you how things are done and works with you "to get it right" in the field. Group comaraderie and intermingling with the locals in every city and location are paramount to your enjoyment. You will return to the US with incredible stories, experiences, and images. Many of Bill's group members return a few times or even every year. It's a great program!


BILL BACHMANN (Short Biography)


​Throughout his career Bill has inspired and enlightened literally millions of people internationally through his seminars, lectures, television talk shows, conferences, commercial assignments, radio shows, numerous magazine articles, and his own fifteen published books.  He has traveled on location to over 190 countries on all seven continents, shot in all 50 U.S. states, worked with four US Presidents and photographed over 1500 magazine covers. He has completed countless assignments where he directed crews of models, assistants, art directors, clients and make-up artists to photograph major, well-known advertising campaigns.  Nationally-acclaimed as a "people" shooter, his clients include many of the world’s major advertising agencies, travel companies, cruise ships, magazines, airlines, and Fortune 500 companies. He is widely acclaimed as one of the top five stock photographers on our planet, with representation in most of the developed countries.  Each week Bill’s images are published in countries all over our planet. 

DAVID NOYES (Short Biography)














David is a perfect Co-Leader with the now iconic Bill Bachmann. David's new  highly-acclaimed and awarded book, THE PHOTOGRAPHING TOURIST, is symbolic of David's lifetime career of excellence in professional photography, world travel and professional writing. Beautifully illustrated with over 300 photographs from around the world, and featuring twelve magazine-style travel narratives, The Photographing Tourist takes you on a journey to remote corners of our fascinating world. Through a blend of tips, techniques, advice, anecdotes, and stories, this book will help you develop the well-trained eye of a travel photographer and inspire you to explore new places and cultures in more depth than a simple snapshot can reveal. The Photographing Tourist is filled with stories about isolated cultures, exploring local life, and challenging personal adventures, this storytellers guide to travel and photography reads like an eight-month collection of your favorite travel magazine. From environmental portraits and local lifestyles, to landmarks and sacred places, the chapters explore different photographic subjects that a tourist photographer will encounter. Sprinkled throughout the book are also technical shorts with valuable information on elements of design, composition, depth of field, exposure, using lines, and developing a point of view. 


David’s most recent project is the 2013 launch of his nonprofit corporation Innocent Eyes Project, Inc. Innocent Eyes Project will support grassroots child education programs working in developing countries by raising and allocating funds for projects where small amounts of money can have the largest impact on under-served children and communities. Learn more about David’s project at: www.InnocentEyesProject.org.


ITINERARY (Summary Details)


DAY 1 – 4/18/17 – tue                 TAMPA-HAVANA
Our journey to Cuba begins with departure from Tampa International Airport, with an early check-in and arrival at Havana’s José Martí International Airport that puts us in Havana in time for a late morning visit to the Capitol area of Havana. We will head to our hotel stay at Hotel Nacional for a private check-in and group meeting at the Millionaire’s Club.

N.B. Hotel beds in Cuba are limited, in high demand and highly cherished. To date, Cuba hotels are fully booked through 2017, into 2018. We cannot guarantee that we will stay in the hotels listed below; however, we will endeavor to stay at these hotels and, if something should change, to provide a comparable hotel class replacement.

DAY 2 – 4/19 – wed       B, L, D    HAVANA
We will start the day with a morning visit to Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, giving you time to observe life, mingle with and meet people, and capture your experiences with your camera. Visit four of the five historic plazas that make Havana unique in the western hemisphere. Lunch at El Templete restaurant, included, visit the famous bar Floridita and dinner at Decameron private restaurant, included.

DAY 3 – 4/20 – thu        B, L         HAVANA TO VIÑALES
Thursday takes us to Las Terrazas, including a visit to the school and hospital, for mission activities and brief visit for coffee. Then we continue our western journey to Viñales, with lunch at an organic farm. After visiting a tobacco farm and learning about the cigar making process we will tour the town square of Viñales village.  Rest of day is free time.

DAY 4 – 4/21 – fri          B, L         HAVANA/COJIMAR
No visit to the Havana area is complete without a visit to Ernest Hemingway’s former home, Finca La Vigia, near Cojimar, a quaint fisherman’s village. Entry fee (included) to the museum and visit to El Pilar. In Cojimar, small fishing village one of Hemingway’s favorites places in Cuba, we will enjoy lunch, at Hemingway’s favorite Cojimar. On return to Havana we will explore the Callejon de Hamel (Hamel Alley). Rest of day is free to explore the city.


DAY 5 – 4/22 – sat         B, L, D    HAVANA TO CIENFUEGOS
After breakfast at the hotel, we will check out and depart transfer to Cienfuegos, Cuba’s loveliest city of French colonial architecture on Cuba’s most scenic ocean bay. We will travel overland via the Bay of Pigs, have lunch along the way at a great restaurant, and start a guided walking tour of Cienfuegos on arrival. Bill Bachmann has selected his favorite iconic and mostly unknown spots for the group to enjoy. After a full afternoon of ventures and photography, we will check into the HOTEL JAGUA (or comparable).  Dinner at the hotel is included and the rest of the evening is free to relax and prepare for the next day.

DAY 6 – 4/23 – sun        B, D        CIENFUEGOS
We will spend the day exploring Cienfuegos City. A special treat will be dinner with a family at a private home where Bill knows the host.

DAY 7 – 4/24 – mon       B, D        CIENFUEGOS TO TRINIDAD
After breakfast, we will depart to Trinidad and, on arrival, begin a walking tour. Later we will visit the Valle de los Ingenios where once Sugar Mills stood, and the Iznaga Tower. Your afternoon is free to explore environs. Our hotel in Trinidad is Hotel Brisas Trinidad del Mar, (or Hotel Ancon or comparable.) Dinner at hotel is included.

DAY 8 – 4/25 – tue        B, L, D    TRINIDAD
We will use the entire day to get to know Trinidad and its people. All meals are included at the hotel. Evening is free to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city.

DAY 9 – 4/26 – wed       B, L, D    TRINIDAD
We will use the entire day to get to know Trinidad and its people. All meals are included at the hotel. Evening is free to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city.

DAY 10 – 4/27 – thu     B, L, D    TRINIDAD TO SANTA CLARA CITY
Hotel check out and departure to Santa Clara City:  Visit to the Plaza de la Revolución Ernesto Ché Guevara and a visit to the Ché museum and burial site, followed by visit to the Armored Train Museum (Tren Blindado).  Lunch at Santa Rosalia or comparable (included).  Afternoon check-in at HOTEL LA GRANJITA (or comparable.) Dinner at hotel is included. Use the evening for relaxation – hotel has pool, deck, snack bar, and more.

DAY 11 – 4/28 – fri       B, D        SANTA CLARA-CARDENAS-MATANZAS
After breakfast in hotel, we will have an early departure to Cardenas and a tour of Cardenas City. Bill has planned several interesting stops along the way to Matanzas. A full tour of Matanzas City is provided, including stop at Bookstore of hand-written books in Matanzas and Monument of Ernesto Che Guevara. Our accommodations in Santa Clara will be HOTEL ENCATO VELAZCO (or comparable), where we will dine together. Rest of evening is free to relax.

DAY 12 – 4/29 – sat      B, L         SANTA CLARA TO HAVANA
We will depart early on a journey back to Havana City, with stops for cold drinks, snacks and breaks. We are sure to find some areas of interest along the way. We will arrive in time to have a wonderful lunch at the Melen Club and then check into the Presidente Hotel (or comparable) for the remainder of our stay in Cuba.

DAY 13 – 4/30 – sun      B, L         HAVANA
A Partagas Cigar Factory visit is first on our daily itinerary today, followed by a visit to Museo de la Revolución (entry included). Lunch at Paladar Mercaderes is included. Rest of the afternoon is on your own to explore the city.

DAY 14 –5/1 – mon (NATIONAL HOLIDAY)    B, D
May 1st is a national holiday in Cuba. (Our English-speaking guide will not join us and we will not have access to our coach bus and driver.) Use this wonderful day to explore Havana on foot and using taxis, see the activities in the neighborhoods and along major thoroughfares, and more. We will hail Coco taxis or privately-owned taxis particulares and travel to and from our Farewell Dinner at La Guarida (or comparable) private restaurant, included.

Day 15 – 5/2 - tue
Transfer at 6:00 am to José Martí International Airport for departure.

 







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Coordinated by Yvonne J. Butler/YBUTLER GROUP, LLC, Authorized Cuba Group

Organizer/Manager.


BILL BACHMANN - BTO (Bachmann Tours Overdrive), April 18-May 2, 2017

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