cuba cigar ‘tours’

custom-designed Cuba itineraries for cigar connoisseurs & enthusiasts

Cuba expert and tour leader Christopher P. Baker loves a fine Cuban cigar as much as the next man (or woman) and thrills to designing and leading people-to-people ‘tours’ and itineraries of Cuba for cigar connoisseurs.

 

Christopher has an intimate knowledge of (and key contacts in) the cigar factories, Havana’s cigar stores, and the tobacco plantations of Viñales… ground-zero as the finest tobacco-growing terroir in the world.

 

“Chris, what can I say, the trip was spectacular. We all thoroughly enjoyed your company.”
MICHAEL SMERCONISH, CNN TV anchor & cigar enthusiast (August 2016)

 

Contact Christopher today to request your own pilgrimage to the cradle of the habano

 

SAMPLE FIVE-DAY ITINERARY (can be extended as desired)

DAY 1
Arrive Havana for a delicious chicken-in-orange-and-garlic-sauce lunch at the thatched El Aljibe restaurant.
This afternoon enjoy your first Cuban cigar with mojitos at the acclaimed Hotel Nacional.
Evening sightseeing tour in convertible classic cars en route to dinner at La Guarida–Cuba’s finest private restaurant.

DAY 2
Walk the cobbled streets and plazas of Habana Vieja, including a visit to the Hostal Conde de Villanueva and its Casa del Habano.
Enjoy lunch overlooking Plaza Vieja.
This afternoon visit the Casa de Habanos–the city’s premier cigar shop–on 5ta Avenida, Miramar. Learn about Cuban habanos cigars and select your premium puros to smoke while in CUba and to take home.
Dinner at El Cocinero, followed by a night of entertainment at the Fâbrica de Arte, an avant-garde, multi-dimensional arts venue.

DAY 3
This morning head to the Fábrica H. Upmann cigar factory for a up-close-and-personal guided tour.
Then visit Humidores Habana, a humble workshop known for making among the finest humidors in Cuba.
After lunch and a cigar at Il Divino on Havana’s outskirts, visit Ernest Hemingway’s former home, Finca Vigía, now the Museo Ernest Hemingway.
Rooftop dinner at Atelier, followed by postprandial cigars.

DAY 4
Today set off early for a full-day tour of Viñales, with its sensational scenery, and the prime  tobacco country of San Juan y Martínez.
The highlight will be a visit to the world-renowned finca of the Robaina family to learn about tobacco production and enjoy cigars in the company of Hirochi Robaina.
Return to Havana in mid-afternoon.
Farewell dinner at Versus 1900 followed by cigars on the rooftop lounge.

DAY 5
Return to the USA

 

CUBA_3091 Worker rolling a cigar at Finca Pinar San Luis, Pinar del Rio, Cuba 2000; copyright Christopher P Baker
Massimo Gonález Gómez rolling a cigar at Finca Pinar San Luis, Pinar del Río, Cuba
copyright Christopher P Baker

 

tobacco leaves Vinales Pinar del Rio Cuba
Tobacco leaves in a curing shed, Viñales, Pinar del Río province, Cuba
copyright Christopher P Baker

 

Lector reading book cigar rollers factory Havana Cuba
Lector reading to cigar rollers at Fábrica de Tabaco H. Upmann, Centro Habana, Havana, Cuba
copyright Christopher P Baker

 

Smerconish Trinidad cigars habanos puros Miramar Havana Cuba
CNN TV anchor Michael Smerconish smells Trinidad cigar in Casa del Habanos, Miramar, Havana, Cuba
copyright Christopher P Baker

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