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Fabrica de Tabacos Francisco Donatien

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Address: Calle Antonio Maceo 157, Pinar del Rio, Cuba
Phone Number: +53 48 773069

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Interesting visit !

Definitely worth the 5CUC to understand and appreciate how to roll a cigar and all the process end to end even if it is quite weird walking around them and starring. Special... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely worth the 5CUC to understand and appreciate how to roll a cigar and all the process end to end even if it is quite weird walking around them and starring. Special mention to the quality men who answered all our questions!

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Wellington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

It is really something to watch the skill involved in hand rolling cigars. The rolling is done in a large room by mostly women at individual work desks. It's a bit Dickensian with rows of desks in a hot room and the rollers working to meet their 120 per day quota but there's a fair bit of banter flying around... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016

These did seem a bit set up as the story was that no photos were allowed because a worker had brought their child into work and someone had taken a picture of them making cigars. Thus giving the rumour of child labaour being used. Factory seemed to have a happy atmosphere and the different skill levels were explained to us... More 

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Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

It's impossible to institutionalize the tobacco industry: it's a tradition that gets transferred down generations after generations, it requires care, love, dedication... a Cigar factory summarizes this process when tobacco leaves are rolled into cigars. Fabrica Donatien will give a deep insight of how this endearing delivery gets finalized.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

Really interesting to visit and see the process of how cigars are made. Make sure you ask a lot of questions as you get more out of it.

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Thank PJ_Jain
Leuven, Belgium
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016

If you're looking to buy good cigars at a very reasonable price, this is the place to go! On the other hand if you want to get a good or interesting explanation about the making of cigars, you're barking up the wrong tree. It costs 5 CUC to get an explanation, not longer than 2 minutes, where afterwards you can... More 

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Kenilworth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016

It is amazing to see how the Cuban cigars are made. So much effort had gone in to making them if you are coming to Cuba I recommend coming.

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London
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

We visited here, didn't get a tour (don't know if we missed out on that?!) but it was still interesting to see. You can't take bags in so be warned!

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2016

We visited this tabacco factory as part of a day tour to the beautiful Vinales valley. When we arrived just our luck there was a busload of visitors that were in there, and another busload of visitors ahead of us. Obviously the place cannot accomodate all of us at the same time so we had to wait outside for probably... More 

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Buderim, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2015

You must come here and see how the famous Cuban cigars are made. You don't need a guide as you can see what is happening but a guide is good to explain the finer details of cigar making. It is amazing watching the cigars being made so simply. If you are coming back to Australia there is a chart about... More 

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