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Fabrica de Tabacos Francisco Donatien

Calle Antonio Maceo 157, Pinar del Rio, Cuba
48/773-069
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Type: Factory Tours
Most recent review
- Jul 29, 2014
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San Mateo, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

For those interested in cigars and the process of making them, this is the place to tour. Sure, the factories in Havana are large and well-known but because of this, there's often overrun with tourists and the guides are too busy to answer questions. That's why this is the place to tour. Francisco Donatien is one of the smaller factories... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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132 reviews 132 reviews
47 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

To visit this traditional factory is a lesson, you can feel in an medieval guild, where fathers teach sons...On the other hand, as in most of the tours in Cuba, nobody explains what is going on, so the only way to interact is to be fluent in Spanish and speak with the workers as I tried to do.

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London
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149 reviews 149 reviews
47 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

How interesting to see these people (mainly women) rolling cigars. How skilful are these people! The tour is really unmissable and I will do it again: pity that no cameras are allowed (this probably come down to the socialist country but...a cigar factory is not a military secret!)

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

I really enjoyed this visit to the cigar factory. The women were so dextrous rolling the cigars. It is a brief tour with no cameras allowed but way better than another cigar making exhibition I saw down the coast. These women were doing this as a livelihood rather than as a one off tourist show which I appreciated more. Lovely... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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48 reviews 48 reviews
22 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

In my opinion this factory is worth the visit. Yes you can not take pictures inside, and you can only see the rolling of the cigars, but this was sufficient for me. It is exciting to see the workers to do this process, from streching the leaves, rolling them, putting them under pressure, make them smooth, see the testing. You... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2012

Traditional cigar factory where you can see all steps of the production process of the famous Cuban cigars. Depending on the time of the arrival a bit crowded. Cameras are not allowed and must be stored at the entrance.

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Lund, Sweden
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2011

The city of Pinar del Rio might not have much to offer but the cigar factory is a must if you are spending some time in Vinales. It is not a huge factory but you do get to stand just a meter or so from the workers and see them rolling those cigars. You'll get to see every step of... More

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