Cigar Tours now available in Cuba with Tobacco Trail

Posted: 15-Aug-15 14:52

Cuba is well known for its cigar history and heritage and now visitors to Cuba will be able to enjoy Tobacco Trail tours, offering a glimpse into the history of the country's cigar-making heritage.

Cigar Tours now available in Cuba with Tobacco Trail

Those who are passionate about cigars know that Cuba produces some of the best in the world. Now tourists can take a cigar tour in Cuba to learn more about how this iconic product is produced.

The Caribbean nation of Cuba, long isolated from the USA due to a trade embargo, is known for its high-quality cigars. The cigars are rolled by hand and are much higher quality than the cigars that are sold in packs at gas stations or drugstores. All cigar production is controlled by the Cuban government and each brand may be rolled in several different factories in Cuba.

Cuba will now be launching a new programme that aims to showcase its world famous cigar-making heritage to visitors from the USA. The Tourism Ministry recently announced plans to create a "Tobacco Trail" tour, which is due to begin in September. The tour will take place on the western province of Pinar del Rio, which is home to many tobacco plantations.

The tour will begin in Consolacion del Sur and will travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Vinales Valley, where the leaves that are used to make the famous Habanos cigars are grown.

The tour is designed to show all of the steps that are involved in growing tobacco and producing the cigars – an industry that has been iconic to the nation for many years. Visitors will get a glimpse into the entire production cycle, from the seeds as they are first planted into the ground to the final smoke.

On the tour, visitors will also get a chance to visit a tobacco factory where some of the finest hand-rolled cigars in Cuba are produced. This is a perfect travel opportunity for anyone who is passionate about cigars and wants to learn about how Cuba produces this important export.

Even with the American trade sanctions against Cuban products, cigars are one of the leading exports in the country. Now that the trade embargo has been loosened in January of 2015, there is a provision that allows the importation into the US of $100 worth of alcohol and tobacco products per traveller. This is the first time since the 1950s that importation has been allowed since the ban on Cuban trade with the USA.


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