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Fabrica de Tabacos Francisco Donatien

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Address: Calle Antonio Maceo 157, Pinar del Rio, Cuba
Phone Number: 48/773-069

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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2016
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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Wellington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 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 stars Reviewed May 26, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 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 stars Reviewed May 18, 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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Leuven, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 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 stars Reviewed April 10, 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 stars Reviewed February 18, 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 stars Reviewed February 1, 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 stars Reviewed March 21, 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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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

It's a very interesting place to visit. It is the only place where cigars are made in the Pinar del Rio tobacco growing area. (Most cigars are made in and around Havana.) You can watch the whole, hand made, cigar manufacturing process inside the factory. It is very interesting and well worth the visit. There is also a shop where... More 

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