Monday, December 9, 2013

SIUE offers photographers opportunity to tour Cuba

By   /   December 8, 2013  /   
The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Photographers Tour of Cuba is scheduled for March 9-15, 2014. It is the first tour to Cuba available to people in the greater St. Louis area since travel restrictions were loosened.
Catedral de la Habana in Havana, Cuba / Photo courtesy of SIUE
Catedral de la Habana in Havana, Cuba / Photo courtesy of SIUE
Travelers will experience a rare opportunity to explore Cuba from a photographer’s perspective. The tour is designed for amateurs, professionals and anyone interested in photographing the sites of the country. The group of 24 individuals also will meet with professional Cuban photographers.
A tour guide and translator will lead the group, who will be among the first Americans to travel to Cuba legally under the new licensing program established by the U.S. government.
Some of the highlights of the six-day excursion will be:
  • Staying at the historical Hotel Plaza in Old Havana and touring the city
  • Exploring the sites of modern Havana and the ancient Morro-Cabañas complex
  • Traveling to Ernest Hemingway’s picturesque fishing town of Cojimar
  • Traveling to the town of Regla and visiting the Church of the Black Virgin
  • Visiting the Fototeca, the Cuban photo archives
  • Meeting Cuban artists and historians
More information is available at
Prices are based on a Miami departure. It is the individual traveler’s responsibility to purchase and make flight arrangements to Miami in time for the scheduled flight to Havana on March 9 at 1 p.m.
Recommended arrival in Miami is the night before the flight to Havana. Recommended lodging is the Miami International Airport Hotel.
All prices are based on double occupancy: $3,000 for general community members; $2,800 for SIUE alumni basic members or SIUE faculty/staff; and $2,600 for SIUE alumni premium members or SIUE students.
A $500 nonrefundable deposit is due Jan. 9, 2014 to reserve a spot. Final payment is due Feb. 7. Payment should be made to SIUE Office of Educational Outreach. The trip is restricted to those 18 years old and older.
The trip is offered through a partnership between the SIUE Alumni Association and the SIUE Office of Educational Outreach.
For more information contact Cathy McNeese ( at 618-650-3208 in the SIUE Office of Educational Outreach or Photographers Tour of Cuba Coordinator C. Otis Sweezey ( at 618-650-2360.
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