ESCORTED, ALL-INCLUSIVE  EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL EXCHANGES TO CUBA

Smooth Draws Radio Show co-host Nick Syris (see image at left) has been traveling to Cuba for more than 10 years, logging more than 50 trips over that period. Few have his perspective on the "behind the scenes" Cuba. He has arranged an unbelievable, five-day (including travel) hosted tour and we'd love for you to be a part of it! This tour will far surpass anything commercially available from any agency or tour group. We'll have acess to people and certain places that commercial tour groups cannot.

If you would like to participate in our personally escorted visits to Cuba, please complete the trip reservation form by clicking on the PDF icon below and then printing and scan and attach as a file back to us or mail it to us. Please be sure to download and read the terms and conditions. 

 

If you have a friend, or friends, who might be interested in this trip, please have them contact us. These trips are open to men and women over 18. We will be with you on these trips, every cigar along the way.  For general inqueries, complete the form below.  We look forward to having you join us. Smooth draws, always!

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THE PEOPLE, CULTURE & CIGARS OF CUBA

THE HAVANATHAT FEW GET TO EXPERIENCE
PUROS HABANOS: THE FINEST IN THE WORLD!
CIGAR MAKING: A BEHIND THE SCENES GLIMPSE 

We'll have Nick's perspective of the sites, sounds and people of Havana on this personalized, hosted tour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We'll enjoy fantastic Cuban cigars throughout the trip at some of the best locales in the country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We'll be visiting places and meeting cigar industry legends that you won't find on your average Cuba tour itinerary!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A GENUINE GLOBAL CIGAR AMBASSADOR

Nick Syris has developed many lasting relationships throughout Cuba, especially with those in the cigar industry. One of these deep relationships exists with Hector Luis Prieto (see Hector in image at right sandwiched between Doc and Nick), the youngest to have won Habanos "Man of the Year" for his prowess at growing and cultivating cigar tobacco. He'll be personally showing us how it's done when we visit his plantation in the famed Pinar Del Rio region of Cuba!

MEET YOUR HOST - NICK SYRIS

For more than 50 years, American cigar enthusiasts have coveted the unattainable treasures that were available on the island nation of Cuba. These treasures do not sparkle or shine, but are meticulously created by hand, using the finest tobaccos from the fertile soil of Pinar del Rio. With the recent easing of regulations regarding travel to Cuba, it is now possible to experience Cuba's tobacco-laden treasures, along with its resilient people, culture and history.  You'll get a glimpse of Cuba that few will experience, at a price much more palatable than you'd find at traditional agencies catering to large tour groups. This is a highly personalized experience, catering to cigar enthusiasts who share their passion and appreciation for the cigar lifestyle. We welcome you to experience Cuba with us!

EXPERIENCE THE PEOPLE, CULTURE AND CIGARS OF CUBA

■ Accommodations in private villas

■ Touring in vintage American "classic"

   automobiles 

■ Visits to a famous tobacco plantation 

   in the famed Pinar del Rio region and      cigar factory in Havana  

■ Dining on local delicasies at a variety      of unique restaurants 

■ Viewing important historical and              cultural landmarks in Havana

■ Enjoy fantastic Cuban cigars

■ The Fabulous Tropicana Review

■ Meet the legends and the characters

   of the Cuban cigar industry 

■ We arrange all of the legal documents

■ Medical insurance included*  

CUBA TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • Domestic flight to Miami (Traveler's should consider an overnight stay in Miami on Saturday)

  • Expedited VIP check-in for flight to Havana

  • International Flight to Havana, Cuba (Departure at 1 PM Eastern) – Arrival Jose Marti International Airport

  • Transfer from the airport

  • Transfer to private villa. Check-in. Relax with a welcome cigar and drink. Orientation

  • Dinner at the famous El Aljibe Restaurant (known throughout the globe as the "chicken restaurant")

  • Cigars and cocktails on the famous patio at Hotel Nacional

  • Breakfast at private villa

  • Shopping at Crafts Market - Walking  

  • Guided tour of Old Havana - Walking (cars are available if required)

  • Lunch in Old Havana

  • Enjoy a cigar at Conde Villanueva / Casa del Habanos: Meet Reinaldo Jimenez – Master Roller

  • Visit to the capital and central Havana - with private gude

  • Visit the old Partagas factory - enjoy a cigar at Casa del Habanos with La China – Master Roller

  • Dinner in Havana: Casa Abel - as featured on Guy Fieri's Food Network program (click here to view segment)

  • Breakfast at private villa

  • Transfer to Pinar del Rio for plantation private tour – La Finca Robaina

  • Private lunch at La Finca Robaina

  • Transfer back to Havana

  • Freshen up and relax at villa

  • Dinner in Havana at restarant affiliated with Casa del Habanos Miramar

 

 

 

  • Breakfast at private villa

  • Guided visit to Morro Castle (Fortress) at Havana Bay - with private guide

  • Visit to Jose Casteler Cairo Puerto "Cueto" - Home of the Guiness Book of World Records "longest" hand rolled cigar at 262 feet!

  • Guided tour of Museum of the Revolution 

  • Lunch in Havana

  • Tour of La Corona Cigar Factory – Manufacturer of all of the major Cuban brands

  • Visit to Melia Cohiba Hotel and Casa del Habanos: Meet Juanita – Master Roller

  • Relax and shop

  • Dinner and Fabulous Tropicana Show at the Tropicana Club

 

 

 

  • Breakfast at private villa

  • Morning shopping and touring

  • Transfer to Jose Marti International Airport 

  • Arrival in Miami

  • Domestic flight to home city

CUBA TRIP ITINERARY:

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

We offer personally escorted, all-inclusive packages to Cuba. Unlike tour operators hosting large group "commercial" tours, we only escort intimate groups and include flight, hotel, tours, Cuban visas, departure taxes and meals. All fees are based on double ccupancy at the selected villas. Final trip details will be sent upon receipt of deposits.

INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PACKAGE:

  • Small escorted group size 

  • Round trip international flight from Miami to Havana, Cuba

  • Expedited check-in for flight to Havana in Miami

  • Trip cancellation* for flight to Cuba (may use ticket in future) 

  • Travel medical insurance* and medical care in Cuba 

  • Accommodations at a private villa

  • Personally escorted by Nick Syris and Gary "Doc" Laden

  • Full schedule of guided people-to-people activities

  • All meals while in Cuba

  • Bottled water while touring

  • Cuban Visa

  • Departure tax from Cuba

  • All entrance fees to scheduled activities and events

  • All in-country ground transportation

  • Entry into Tropicana Show

  • Private guided tour to cigar plantation in Pinar del Rio with lunch

  • Housekeeping at the villa

  • Special Smooth Draws Travel cigars

  *This applies to those purchasing the air arrangements to Cuba through this package

NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PACKAGE:

  • Airfare to Miami

  • Overnight hotel accommodations (if necessary) in Miami

  • Gratuities for tour guides, drivers, housekeeping

  • Any items purchases made during your trip

  • Fees for obtaining your passport

  • Beverages: **Please note the drinks are not included during lunch and dinner, with exception of welcome drink. Price for water is 1CUC, beers, mojitos, sodas, juices range from 1.5 to 3CUC.

 

TOUR PACKAGE PRICING*:

  • $2,700US 

  • 50% deposit is due at the time of booking

  • Final payments are due 60 days prior to departure

       *Per person, double occupancy  

Trip Reservation Form
Complete the Form Online
(click below) 
Terms & Conditions Form
(To download, click below) 
Watch this Fantastic Video About the Passion of the Cuban
People Involved in the Cigar Industry by James Suckling
TESTIMONIALS
Option: 1 - Pay by Check
 
For those desiring to pay by check - Please make checks payable to: Smooth Draws and mail trip reservation form (you can either fill it out online or print and complete it) along with your deposit of $1350 or our full payment of $2700 (if less than 60 days prior to departure), per passenger, to: Smooth Draws, 9858 Clint Moore Road, Suite C-111-230, Boca Raton, FL 33496
Option: 2 - Pay Using PayPal
 
For those desiring to pay with Credit Card via PayPal, click on the link(s) below and make your payment. Please complete the trip reservation form below, per passenger, and email back to Gary@Smoothdraws. (3% convenience fee will apply)

CURRENT AVAILABLE TRIP DEPARTURE DATES

TRIP #1 - AUGUST 14-18, 2016 - FULL
TRIP #2 - SEPTEMBER 19-22, 2016 - FULL
TRIP #3 - OCTOBER 16 - 20, 2016 - 4 SPACES REMAIN 
TRIP #4 - NOVEMBER 14 - 18, 2016 (Special Partagas Festival Trip) - 8 SPACES REMAIN
TRIP #5 - JANUARY 8-12, 2017 - 8 SPACES REMAIN
TRIP #6 - FEBRUARY 12-16, 2017 - 8 SPACES REMAIN

TRIP #7 - MARCH 5-9, 2017 - JUST OPENED

 

TRIP #6 - APRIL 23-27, 2017 - RESERVED FOR SPEAKEASY GROUP

Mike Adams (Illinois): "I really enjoyed the plantation and learning about the tobacco growing process, from start to finish. It was so interesting to see just how many hands are involved in the tobacco growning and cigar making process."

 

William Cooper (Of Cigar-Coop and Stogie Geek fame): "The trip exceeded my expectations! Nick and Doc have connections inside the cigar industry that introduced me to cigars that very few could have access to."

 

Stan Weaver (Owner Prohibition SpeakEasy Atlanta, GA): "The culture, the history, the people, the informative guides, the cigars, this trip was everything Nick and Doc said it would be... and more!"

 

Tom Maughn (Florida): "I have never had a better trip to Latin America, be it a cigar tour or vacation. Every day revealed interesting people, great cigars, culture and those American classic cars!"

 

Monty Crown (Maryland): "Each brought something new and something to learn. The accommodations, food and cigars were wonderful! Doc and Nick made sure the group thoroughly enjoyed themselves."

 

Gregg Johnson (California): "Nick and Doc were great about special, personal touches, from reserving the patio in advance at the Hotel Nacional for our group to enjoy a cigar and cocktail, to the special treatment at the Casa del Habanos."

 

Damon Raque (Georgia): "The trip was absolutely fantastic! With Nick's deep connections in the Cuban cigar industry, we had special access to the cigar scene like few others!"

 

Janett Dugan (Virginia): "Although I was a non cigar enthusiast along on the trip with my husband Dennis, I found the culture, history and the cigar making process extremely informative and we enjoyed the trip immensley."

 

Carr Scott (Georgia): "Nick and Gary, What a great time! It was money very well spend from my perspective and was a total success. I can't wait for my return trip in a few months!"

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