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Your cycling holiday in Cuba

Cycle Cuba | Guided Group

Total Distance 200 miles (320km) | Average Daily Distance 21 miles (35km)

You’ll cover 200 miles on this two-week cycling tour. It’s a brilliant way to discover the very best of the island of Cuba. You will have the chance to spend time in the vibrant capital of Havana, discover tropical forests, admire beautiful scenery and visit the iconic sights. This tour also includes a stay in two Casas Particulares (homestays) in Trinidad and Viñales whereby you will be immersed in local life.

If you haven’t been to Cuba before we urge you to do so in the next few years. Inevitably the classic 1950s and 1960s feel and vibe is going to change. Embark on this classic cycling journey and experience this unique country before it changes.

What not to miss

  • Fantastic cycling around the island
  • Local life in Casas Particulares
  • The Bay of Pigs
  • Spectacular scenery
  • Colonial Trinidad

What’s included

  • Hybrid touring bike
  • Meals (as indicated)
  • Transfers
  • 9 night Casas Particulares and 5 nights hotel
  • Support vehicle

Map

Your cycling holiday in Cuba

Cycle Cuba | Guided Group

Flight Inclusive Prices 2018

2018 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price  
25 October - 09 November 14 £2455 Enquire Now
08 November - 23 November  14 £2499 Enquire Now
20 December - 04 January 2019  14 £3025 Enquire Now

Tour Only Prices 2018

2018 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price  
25 October - 08 November 14 £1819 Enquire Now
08 November - 22 November 14 £1879 Enquire Now
20 December - 03 January 2019 14 £1879 Enquire Now

Flight Inclusive Prices 2019

2019 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price  
02 February - 17 February  14 £2585 Enquire Now
16 February - 03 March  14 £2615 Enquire Now
06 April - 21 April  14 £2695 Enquire Now
17 August - 01 September 14 £2819 Enquire Now
09 November - 24 November  14 £2649 Enquire Now
21 December - 05 January  14 £2870 Enquire Now

Tour Only Prices 2019

2019 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price  
02 February - 16 February  14 £1845 Enquire Now
16 February - 02 March  14 £1845 Enquire Now
06 April - 20 April  14 £1845 Enquire Now
17 August - 31 August 14 £1845 Enquire Now
09 November - 23 November  14 £1835 Enquire Now
21 December - 04 January  14 £1899 Enquire Now

Extras

Single room supplement: £345

Solo travellers

On this tour we do not require you to pay a surcharge for travelling alone. We will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveller of the same gender and if we cannot match you up we will provide a single room at no extra charge. If you prefer not to share a single supplement is payable to guarantee your own room. The cost of the single supplement is listed above.

Your cycling holiday in Cuba

Cycle Cuba | Guided Group

14 nights / 15 days

Day 1

Arrival in Havana

The tour begins in wonderful Havana, the capital city of the island. This faded charm of Havana seems to be frozen in the 1950s and it is one of the most stunning colonial American cities. The largest city in the Caribbean and Cuba's political and cultural heart, it is the perfect place to start our cycling journey. In Havana we stay in 'casas particulares' - family-run guesthouses. On arrival to the main joining point casa in the old centre of Havana (as detailed in your Joining Instructions) you will be met by your host and shown to your room in one of the local guesthouses in the surrounding area.

Day 2

From Havana to Soroa

After breakfast, you will have a walking tour around the city’s old town. You will get to see just how beautiful this city is. Once the tour finished and after lunch, you will get on a bus to Soroa at about an hour’s drive from Havana. If time allows, you will be able to stretch your legs on a walk to the top of a nearby hill with fantastic surrounding views.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 3

Round Tour Las Terrazas | Distance 13 miles (21km)

Today starts off with your first bike ride. The ride will take you through tropical forests with a wide range of types of flowers and plants to admire along the way. You will then reach the UNESCO reserve of Sierra de Rosario before heading to Las Terrazas. You will be surrounded by beautiful scenery: mountains, pine forests and coffee plantations. You will also have the chance to go for a swim here. After lunch you have the option to cycle some more or take the bus back to Soroa.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 4

From Saroa to San Diego de los Baños | Distance 36 miles (58km)

Today is a longer bike ride with will take you through Cuba’s stunning rural landscapes. You will begin on a fun downhill section and then cycle through quiet hamlets, through forests and over rolling hills. You will eventually arrive in the spa town of San Diego de los Baños.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 5

From San Diego de los Baños to Viñales | Distance 27 miles (43km)

We continue cycling along Cuba's dramatic western mountain range, passing banana and coffee plantations and tobacco fields in one of the most remote rural areas of this trip. We will stop at the Cueva de los Portales - a famous site in the jungle where Che Guevara set up headquarters during the Cuban Missile crisis in 1962. Soon we will see the first views of Viñales Valley - one of Cuba's natural highlights and an area of outstanding beauty. Vinales is home to some of the most spectacular and colourful scenery in Cuba. Millions of years ago underground rivers cut tunnels through the limestone hills and when the roofs collapsed, strange hills or 'Mogotes' were left sticking up from the otherwise flat valley floor. In between the jungle-clad saw tooth karst mountains the rich, red soil has been worked into a patchwork of fields growing some of the best tobacco in the world - the raw material for the famous Havana cigars.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 6

Round Tour Viñales Valley | Distance 16 miles (25 km)

After breakfast, you will enjoy a cycling tour of this impressive area. You will then have the chance to explore Viñales – a small, charming town. The afternoon is left free. You may wish to cycle some more, visit nearby limestone caves or the botanical gardens in the surrounding area.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 7

Vinales, Free Day

Today you are free to do whatever takes your fancy! You may want to book an excursion trip to Cayo Levisa or hop on your bike again for further exploration. We’ll include a social group dinner in the evening.

Meals included: breakfast, dinner

Day 8

From Viñales to Cienfuegos

We commence the day with a bus ride (approx. 5hrs) across western Cuba to the Bay of Pigs - infamous for the ill-fated invasion attempt by Cuban exiles who landed here in April 1961 with the help of the US government. The result is well known and successful Cuban resistance, together with the missile crisis a year later, led the Americans to conclude that only a total trade embargo against the island could hope to discredit and ultimately oust Castro. We will visit Cueva de Los Peces for a quick swim in this sinkhole or cenote that is connected to the warm Caribbean waters and has resident tropical fish. We continue by bus to the elegant town of Cienfuegos which was founded in 1819 by French farmers who had abandoned their plantations in Haiti after a slave rebellion led to formal independence there. The French brought their classical construction style of houses and quite an entrepreneurial spirit, thus triggering the sugar boom in the area. After a short visit we continue by bus for 15 minutes to our hotel on the outskirts of town in Cienfuegos playa.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 9

From Cienfuegos to Trinidad | Distance 26 miles (41km)

We start our day with a quick exploration of Cienfuegos before driving for about 1 hour to Guajimico where we commence today's cycling with the backdrop of the Sierra Escambray Mountains getting ever more impressive as we get closer to Trinidad. We will have a chance to stop en route for a swim in the Caribbean at Yaguanabo beach before continuing by bike to Trinidad. The town became incredibly wealthy in the 18th and 19th century and almost all the palaces and stately homes of the rich families remain. Their grandeur has been undiminished by time and the cobbled stone streets add extra charm to this colonial gem. In the evening you will have the chance to go out in town to sample the great live music to be found everywhere in Trinidad. One of the best spots is the Casa de la Trova where they play 'Trova' (Cuban Folk Music) and 'Son', the essence of Salsa. Those with some basic knowledge in Latin dancing or at least the willingness to try it will be most welcomed. On arrival we will have a short orientation walk in town exploring the central square and surroundings. In Trinidad we enjoy local hospitality for three nights as we stay in Casas Particulares (local private houses).

Meals included: breakfast

Day 10

Trinidad, Round tour of sugar cane valley | Distance 23 miles (37km)

We have two full days to explore this wonderful town and its surroundings. Today we take a ride into the very scenic Valle de Ingenios (sugar cane valley) towards Santi Spiritus where we can see the old sugar mills. The support bus does not accompany the ride today but is on call in case needed. This afternoon we will visit the colonial heart of Trinidad on foot and have the opportunity to hear some more live music.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 11

Free Day Trinidad.

Today you may choose to take a boat trip to the island of Cayo Las Iguanas or relax on Trinidad’s beaches.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 12

From Trinidad to Santa Clara | Distance 22 miles (35km)

Just a few miles behind Trinidad loom the Sierra Escambray, one of the three main mountain ranges in Cuba. It has peaks up to 1100 metres, an incredible abundance of tropical and semi-tropical vegetation on its slopes, and some of the best Cuban coffee is also produced here. Climbing up into the Sierra on the road from Trinidad is an experience, with slopes as steep as 20% (don't worry, we do this by bus!). If any of the group wan to take on the toughest cycling challenge to be found in Cuba – they will need to leave early in the morning and can be picked up by the group bus later.

We start cycling on the highest sections of the road, near Topes de Collantes, a village and mountain retreat built in the early 1950s. From here it is one of the most scenic downhills through the jungle to be found anywhere in Cuba. Before leaving the mountains we can stop at a local coffee farmer's home to enjoying a meal and see the process of coffee production. Then heading north, passing through the village of Jibacoa we finally reach the provincial town Manicaragua where we finish the cycling for today. We will take a short bus transfer to the hotel in Santa Clara. This town is one of the most important of the Cuban revolution, as it was here that Che Guevara won the decisive battle in December 1958 which led to the fall of Havana a few days later.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 13

From Santa Clara to Havana | Distance 11 miles (17km)

The town of Santa Clara is less visited and has the authentic feel of a busy Cuban provincial town. Its most remarkable site is the Che Guevara monument and mausoleum which we will visit together with a museum dedicated to the life of this hero of the Cuban revolution. We continue by bus to Matanzas where we get back onto the bikes for an afternoon ride into the Yumuri Valley, surprisingly still unknown to most western visitors. Abundant vegetation, palm trees, crops and plenty of birds are to be enjoyed while cycling through our last stretch of rural Cuba. Once on the coastal road we continue to the stunning Bacunayagua canyon with a great viewpoint and allegedly the best Pina Colada served anywhere in Cuba. The support bus can only accompany short sections at the beginning and end of today's cycle route due to road conditions. Later we continue by bus on to Havana.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 14

Explore Havana | Distance 14 miles (23km)

Today you can choose to explore Havana on an optional cycling tour.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 15

End in Havana

You will have some more time to explore before we say “adios” and “te veo pronto”!

Meals included: breakfast

This tour is operated by our preferred local partner.

Your cycling holiday in Cuba

Cycle Cuba | Guided Group

Note: The accommodation listed below is indicative, it is not guaranteed and is subject to availability. Alternative accommodation of an equal standard may be used.

Accommodation in Cuba

Accommodation and service levels in Cuba have improved in recent years but there is an ongoing trade embargo and lack of investment in infrastructure. Accommodation can be basic, particularly in some rural areas, occasionally with unreliable water and electricity supply. Service levels in government hotels, shops and restaurants are generally poor as this is not a service-oriented western culture. Of course, this is all part of seeing the 'real Cuba' and while we think you'll be pleasantly surprised by most of the hotels we use, you should be prepared for simply furnished rooms, some out-dated furniture and varying levels of service. Most of the hotels do have air conditioning and en-suite facilities. 

Casas Particulares: Havana, Vinales & Trinidad

‘Casas Particulares’ is a Spanish term meaning private accommodation or homestay in Cuba. Staying in a casa offers the visitor a unique opportunity to experience Cuban hospitality in local accommodation adapted for tourism. The number of rooms, quality, facilities and access to other areas of the house such as the living room varies massively but as a general rule the majority of Casas are clean, basic, centrally located and can host only a handful of guests. Casas are generally run by the owner and members of the family that live there and the standard of English spoken will vary from zero to fluent, which is a good opportunity for you to practice your Spanish. Virtually all of the rooms have private facilities, but on rare occasions it may be necessary to share. Your Leader will coordinate accommodation arrangements on tour.

Villa Soroa, Soroa

3-star

The hotel features a garden, restaurant and bar. You will be able to relax in the outdoor swimming pool.

Mirador Hotel, San Diego de los Baños

3-star

The hotel has a nice swimming pool and a good outdoor dining area and bar.

Rancha Luna, Cienfuegos

3-star

The hotel has a restaurant, pool bar, beach bar and a swimming pool.

Hotel Los Caneyes, Santa Clara

3-star

The hotel is situated in pretty gardens and has a distinctive pre-Columbian Cuban architecture.

Your cycling holiday in Cuba

Cycle Cuba | Guided Group

Total Distance

200 miles (320km)

Average Daily Distance

21 miles (35km)

Suitability

Minimum age 18.

On this tour we cycle 277 km over eight days (an average of 35 km per day) with further optional rides available. The terrain is mainly on flat, tarmac roads, although the surface can be in poor condition in places. There are some uphill sections particularly in the Viñales and Soroa area. A support vehicle accompanies the rides throughout the tour except where not possible on days 3, 6, 10 and 13. Road conditions are ideal as Cuba has little traffic, particularly on days 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 when we ride on quieter backroads. We have graded the route as moderate.

Biking Conditions

Your included bike will be a 24 or 27 gear Conor Avenue, Stevens Galant SX or Radon TCS hybrid with front suspension and will be the correct frame size for your height. Female and male frames are allocated accordingly when booking unless you specifically request otherwise. A pannier and water bottle holder are included as well as the facility to fit your own pedals or saddle if you wish to bring them. A support vehicle accompanies the rides throughout the tour. We provide spare parts and take care of the day to day maintenance. All you need to bring is your own helmet. 

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