Day 1
Reception by the English-speaking tour guideat the airport. Transfer to the Hotel Conde de Villanueva or similar in Old Havana area. Welcome Cocktail and check-in.


Hotel Conde de Villanueva
Hotel Conde de Villanueva

Day 2
Get together with your guide who will give you a run through of the days to follow. During the morning a visit of Old Havana and its famous buildings and architecture with explanations by your guide, followed with a lunch in a cozy restaurant amidst colonial Havana. Enjoy a drive in Classic Cars of the 50s which will lead up to the Fortress La Cabana, along the promenade of the Malecón waterfront, through the Diplomats Quarter of Miramar, the Yacht harbor Marina Hemingway, through a prestigious district with grand villas and further along the famous Necropolis cemetery back to the hotel.
During the afternoon meeting in a Smokers Lounge with an expert on tobacco. Explanation of the history of tobacco and cigar manufacturing process including first impressions of a cigar tasting and assortment of Cuban rum. Accommodation at Hotel Conde de Villanueva or similar.
The evening is free and at your disposal. Optional for today or Day 5: Arrangement to visit the famous and exotic Tropicana Show in the original buildings of the 30s where the splendor of those days is being celebrated and transferred to the present.


Habano Cigars
Original box with cigars of the 50s, the brand "Don Joaquín"

Day 4
Visit of the "Casa de Selección"
where tobacco leaves are being sorted and ripened until transport to a tobacco manufactory. Visit of a Botanical garden which displays the lush vegetation and plants of this region. Lunch at a restaurant, nestled close to a mountain cliff amidst the valley.
In the afternoon visit of the "Cueva del Indio". A cave system hosting a small stream on which boats carry the visitors through the cave and back to the outside into the Valley.
Visit of the small rural village of Viñales, where it seems that time stopped sometime during the 19th century. Tasty Cuban cuisine will be served in the Casa Don Tomás, built in 1889 and considered as one of the oldest buildings in the village, truly a witness to the past. Accommodation at the Hotel Los Jazmines / La Ermita or Vueltabajo.

Province of Pinar del Rio
Province of Pinar del Rio


Day 7
Breakfast in hotel. Check-out time about 12:00 am.
Luggage can be stored for later retrieval. Transfer to the airport or proceedings for your connecting travel arrangements.

Havana Club Rum Museum


"CIGAR AFICIONADO"
  Dates 2012 Price in EUR
CA10 20.10. - 26.10. 890
CA11 24.11. - 30.11 965
CA12 15.12. - 21.12. 965
CA12 22.12. - 28.12. 1040
  Dates 2013  
CA01 12.01. - 18.01. 965
CA02 09.02. - 15.02. 965
CA03 09.03.-15.03.; 23.03.-29.03. 965
CA04 13.04. - 19.04. 920
 
Per person in double room, single room suppl.: 132 EUR
Number of participants: 6-10
Price offer for less than minimum number required:
4-5 participants: 1026 EUR
3 participants: 1066 EUR
2 participants: 1140 EUR
Also available at your requested date - please contact us.


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> Included:
> Presence and help of tour guide on arrival
> English speaking, qualified guide of Cuban tobacco
> All transfer in air-conditioned vehicles
> 2 nights in Hotel Conde de Villanueva 4*
> 2 nights in Hotel Presidente 4*
> 2 nights in Hotel Los Jazmines, La Ermita or Vueltabajo 3*
> Hotels according to availabilty, your stay will be in same star category and quality
> Meals as per itinerary
> Visits, excursions and entrance fees as per itinerary
> Tasting of cigars and and rum, as indicated
> Farewell dinner
> Travel information

> Not included:
> Tips for bell boys, hotel maids etc.
> Visa (Tourist Card)
> Flight ticket: Feel free to contact us for your flight booking

> RESERVATION REQUEST "CIGAR AFICIONADO"

Cigar Aficionado

THE MYTH AND CULT SURROUNDING THE HAVANA CIGAR

It is a wordwide phenomenon that draws many fans and is traced back to the exceptional quality of Cuban tobacco. The enjoyment of a "Habano" is something quite special, embodying that feeling of pure harmony in the shape of a cigar.

This journey to the source of this phenomenon examines the process of a tobacco farm, the manufacturing and quality control of the product through to the final retail product. We have the opportunity to get to know some of the famous brands and to taste Cuba's other specialty, excellent brands of rum. This tour goes to the Mecca of tobacco farms, the province Pinar del Rio, with its idyllic Vinales village and on to the fields of  Vuelta Abajo - the very heart and soul of the biggest Cuban cigar brands (please note that harvesting season is Nov-Apr). You will enjoy lively Havana, brimming with charm, nostalgia and full of history.

This tour will give in-depth knowledge about the magic of the Habano cigar.
A 7 day / 6 nights stay including day of arrival.

Photo Gallery: Cigar Aficionado


Alejandro Robaina
Deceased tobacco genious Don Alejandro Robaina

Day 3
Excursion to the tobacco province of Pinar del Rio, where the most famous Cuban tobacco is grown. Visit of a tobacco plantation and meeting with the farmer. Lunch at a charming restaurant with tasting of local, freshly rolled cigars. The Viñales Valley, one of the most impressive landscapes of Cuba, delivers its beauty by the contrast of the lush vegetation of the Mogotes (Cone rocks) whose rocky soil is home of many plants, and the red clay of the earth. In the evening you enjoy delicious Cuban cuisine in a "Paladar", a privately owned restaurant. Accommodation at the Hotel Los Jazmines / La Ermita in the Valley of Viñales or the beautiful restored Hotel Vueltabajo in Pinar del Rio.

Vinales Valley
Valley of Vinales


Day 5
When returning to Havana, a detour to Soroa will allow for the visit of Cuba’s largest Botanical Orchid garden. On arrival in Havana visit of the "Casa del Tabaco" and lunch at the onsite restaurant El Ranchón, well known for its delicious Cuban cuisine. A stylish, and above all well-stocked, tobacco shop offers a great opportunity to purchase the, in some cases, hard to find brands and their respective formats.
In the afternoon check-in at the Hotel Presidente, or similar.
By late afternoon transfer to La Cabaña, the fortress of Havana, overlooking the bay and port which offers a magnificent view of Havana by night. In a small shop at the fortress, the longest hand-rolled cigar of the world is being exhibited and Cueto, its producer, is holder of the Guinness Book of records.  You will attend the traditional ceremony of the "Cañonazo", led by a march of the guards in traditional costumes and followed by a cannon shot, fired every night at 21:00 h. Then return to the hotel. For the more adventurous there is still enough time to explore the nightlife of Havana.

Hotel Presidente
Hotel Presidente


Day 6
Visit of the oldest cigar factory in Havana, the "Real Fabrica de Tabacos Partagás” factory, where you see the whole process of how selected and dried tobacco leaves transform to a handmade, world class cigar. In the old quarter and close to the harbor, you will enter the Havana Club Rum Museum, which displays the process of harvesting sugar cane and producing the distilled liquid called rum. You will enjoy a taste of barrel aged Havana Club Rum and a choice cigar.
Evening: A fine dinner will round off this journey beautifully
and will give opportunity to reflect the experience and knowledge having gained about the magic of the “Habano” cigar.
Accommodation at the Hotel Presidente.  

Havana Club Rum Museum
Havana Club Rum Museum


The journey for lovers of Cuban Habanos, recommended both for beginners and true aficionados, reflects, besides the impressive architecture of the old colonial city of Havana and the stunning views of the valleys and tobacco plantations of the province of Pinar del Rio, an in-depth knowledge and insight of the plantation, the harvest (harvest November to April ) until the final product, the hand-rolled, Habano. Tastings of cigars and rum do not come short and will pamper your palate and senses.

De Soto Classic Car Havana Cuba
'De Soto' Classic Car

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