Designed for tobacco enthusiasts seeking the most authentic Cuban tobacco experience, this 14 hour Tobacco Country Tour covers everything you need to know about Cuban tobacco, from touring a cigar factory, dining at two of Viñales’ best restaurants, and learning the heart of tobacco and coffee from Cuba’s local farmers. Your professional guide will accompany you in a classic car to one of Cuba’s most pristine and beautiful areas, the tobacco metropolis of Pinar del Río. Full of jaw-dropping natural landscapes that can pull out the adventurer in any traveler, the province of Pinar del Río holds a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Viñales Valley, which is home of the country’s most rich resources and cultural history. On this day tour, you will visit a cigar factory in Pinar del Río, soak up the most incredible view of the Viñales Valley, learn the ins and outs of a Cuban tobacco and coffee farm and enjoy two meals at two of Viñales’ most popular restaurants!
Is the mystery of Cuban tobacco true? Book now to find out on this unforgettable Tobacco Country Tour!
On this Tobacco Country Tour, you can expect your complete itinerary from transportation, ticketing, and meals to be previously arranged and paid for by your guide. You will be accompanied the entire tour by a Gardner Tours professional guide, educated on Cuban culture, history, etc, and all we require of you is to simply enjoy yourself! In the event that something changes or doesn’t go exactly as planned, please be patient and courteous, as it is our guarantee that our guides will handle any challenges with timely grace to ensure that you are taken care of and that you get the authentic Cuban experience you desire.
*Cigar Factories in Cuba are closed on the weekends as well as two longer holidays during the year. If you happen to book during these times, it is our guarantee that you will get to experience the same education and cigar rolling experience.
Gardner Tours is committed to delivering you the most professional, hospitable, and entertaining tours offered in Cuba! If you have questions or would like to adjust this tour in any way, feel free to contact us and we will gladly accommodate your desires.
Based upon the time and convenient location you choose to begin your tour, your professional guide will meet you at the location most convenient for you. After a quick meet and greet and an overview of your tour, you will take off in a classic car towards Pinar del Río.
After a two hour ride to Pinar del Río, you will uncover what makes Cuban tobacco the world’s best, beginning with a visit to the Francisco Donatien Cigar Factory. At the factory, you will learn of the entire process that Cuban tobacco undergoes after being gathered from the farm. You will witness selection, rolling, sorting, labeling, and finally the final product–a fine Cuban cigar.
After visiting the factory, you will be driven to what many claim as the most beautiful view in all of Cuba, the viewpoint at Los Jazmines Hotel to view the Viñales Valley in all of its splendor. You will see farms and mogotes (random mountainous formations in the valley) for miles and dream of what life was like as the natives roamed the land.
Following a time of relaxation and photographs at the viewpoint, you will be taken just a short walk away to enjoy lunch at a restaurant with the best view in all of Viñales. You will taste their exquisite cuisine and relax as you soak in the view and assume the slow-paced lifestyle of the campesino. And if you’re one to enjoy a Cuban cocktail, this restaurant places a bottle of rum on your table and simply explains, “Here is a bottle for your table, in case you would like to add more rum to your cocktail.” Your lunch will include a drink, appetizer, entrée, dessert, and a coffee, and we can guarantee that you’ll walk away from your lunch satisfied and refreshed to finish your tour in the city of Viñales!
After lunch, you will explore a local Cuban Tobacco & Coffee Farm to learn from a local campesino (farmer) the entire process of tobacco from seed to cigar and coffee from bean to espresso. Depending on the season and availability of tobacco and coffee, you might even get to help in the processes of harvest! After the tobacco farm tour, you will receive our exclusive Cuban Coffee Experience, then you will have the opportunity to kick your feet back with the farmers and enjoy an espresso, smoke, a drink, and the view as long as you please.
Following the tobacco farm tour and Cuban Coffee Experience, you will be taken to the city center where you will have the opportunity to purchase Viñales’ best souvenirs and cigars. You might walk away with river pearls, a leather travel humidor, and/or a handful of sticks for your journey home!
To finish your tour in the most immaculate style, your car will take you into the valley to a former tobacco farm that has been converted into an acclaimed restaurant manned by a Cuban chef that can’t be matched (trained by the King’s Chef in Spain). You will dine at what we claim is Cuba’s best restaurant and experience true Cuban hospitality and the fine food that comes with it! Your dinner will include a drink, appetizer, entrée, dessert, and coffee. We can guarantee that this will be the best dining experience that you will have in all of Cuba. The view, the hospitality, the cuisine, and the atmosphere simply can’t be beat.
Following dinner, you will finish your tour as you sit back and enjoy the ride to your chosen location in Old Havana.
Gardner Tours is committed to delivering you the most professional, comprehensive, and entertaining tours offered in Cuba! If you have questions or would like to adjust this tour in any way, feel free to contact us and we will gladly accommodate your desires.
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I went to Cuba in July and from the very beginning of my planning to the very end Gardner Tours was a great help. I did a trip with Colby to Nicaragua a few years ago and knew I had to go to him. His experience in travel is one of a kind and his suggestions made our experience memorable! He had so many suggestions on what we can do. We ended up doing a vinales tour with him and we requested to go in a classic car. Our tour guide, Alain, picked us up right on time and he was so friendly and nice. We did everything Colby suggested and my favorite part of the trip was going to all the caves. We ate a cool restaurant that wasn’t in the main downtown. No idea how Colby knew about it but it had all these fruit trees and hammocks and the owners were nice. I had the best fried chicken and authentic Cuban experience. The people of Cuba are one of the nicest people I have ever met! I’m looking forward to planning another trip with Gardner Tours, maybe even Cuba again since there is so much to see.
Thank you, Ana-Lisa! It was a pleasure to book services for you guys! We are glad y’all had a blast!
Had a great time on our private tour of Viñales! Our tour guide picked us up right on time in an antique car from the 1960s, which was pretty cool. He was very nice and knowledgeable. Gave us some history and answered all of our questions. Took us exactly to all the places where we wanted to go and waited while we saw each place at our own pace. In my opinion, the best way to see Viñales if you don’t have unlimited time to waste. Colby, with Gardner Tours, was very responsive and professional.
Thanks for the review, Ryan! We are glad you guys had a blast!