The largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba is a fascinating country. With relatively little traffic, friendly and curious locals, an eternal summer, endless unspoiled coastline and a fascinating blend of cultures, it’s an ideal place to explore by bicycle.
Now is undoubtedly a fantastic time to visit Cuba to see and experience the island. Visiting Cuba is like stepping back in time as little has changed over the past 50 years. However, the recent relaxation of US sanctions is making Cuba an ever more popular destination placing increasing demands on the local tourist infrastructure.
To fully enjoy the Cuban experience you should travel with a willingness to expect the unexpected and, above all, an adventurous spirit. In our opinion go now and experience this unique destination before it changes.
In city centres, from Havana to Santiago, ramshackle streets are lined with decaying colonial mansions and art deco towers, while rectangular Soviet apartment blocks dominate the suburbs. 1950s Cadillacs chug alongside horse-drawn carriages, arthritic rickshaws and sleek diplomats’ saloons, swiftly overtaken by bright yellow eggshells on motorbike chassis. Out in the countryside, from the tobacco fields to the Sierra Maestra, the highways are lined with billboards extolling the virtues of the Revolution.
Most visitors spend some time in Havana, and the capital city is always a good place to start and gain insight into the culture of the island. The old town, Habana Vieja, is being painstakingly renovated and many of the colonial palaces have been converted into desirable boutique hotels. Others are museums and art galleries containing unrivalled treasures or Revolutionary memorabilia.
The west end of the island is the major tobacco-growing area, where the rich soil produces crops for some of the best cigars in the world. The beautiful mountain landscape of the Sierra del Rosario, containing a Biosphere Reserve at Las Terrazas, tapers down to the fascinating and evocative limestone mogotes around Viñales.
On the south coast, Trinidad is one of the best-preserved towns in the Americas and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It remains in a time warp from the Spanish colony of the 19th century, with its cobbled streets, tiled roofs, wrought-iron railings, churches, palaces and humble dwellings.
Welcome to Havana
Pick up by your tourist guide and transfer from Havana Airport to Havana Hotel.
During the rest of the day, you will have the opportunity for checking the bikes and get ready for the trip.
Welcome dinner at La Moraleja Paladar with two drinks included.
Tropicana Show during the night (Optional – $125)
- Accommodation at Panorama Hotel with breakfast included.
- 20 km driving from the airport/ 25 minutes by bus.
Havana – Matanzas- 120km
Early in the morning, we´ll start the ride to Matanzas Province. Our first rest stop will be at Santa Maria Beach and the second stop, at Bacunayagua View Point, before continuing to Matanzas City. We will have lunch in a local Paladar.
Optional afternoon tour: Panoramic tour in Matanzas City.
- Accommodation at Velasco Hotel with Dinner and Breakfast included.
Matanzas – Cienaga de Zapata 120km
Today we are cycling from the north to the south. First stop will be at Jovellanos town and the second one at Jagüey Grande. Then, we continue to La Boca Restaurant to have lunch. During the afternoon you can enjoy a refreshing swim at the beach just in front of the small fisherman's town named Caletón. It is located next to Playa Larga Hotel.
- Accommodation at Playa Larga Hotel with breakfast included.
Cienaga de Zapata – Cienfuegos 110km
The panoramic views today will different because we will be cycling through the south shore line. You will have a panoramic view of the Caribbean Sea. Our first stop will at Playa Girón Town where there was the Cuban First Victory against the United States. From here the panorama will change because we will be cycling into central area. We will make a second stop at Yaguaramas. Then we will continue to Cienfuegos for a lunch time in a local Paladar out of the city called Punta Milpa. The dinner will be at Doña Nora Paladar located in the Downtown.
Optional Tour: During the night our Cuban guide and our driver will be available for a walking tour or by bus. There is a famous club called Benny Moré where you can enjoy a nice show with traditional Cuban music (The visit is optional – Not included in the price).
- Accommodation at Jagua Hotel with breakfast included.
Cienfuegos – Trinidad 105km
After a good breakfast we will be cycling on our fourth stretch to Trinidad. In this section our first stop is a little longer than the prior days We will stop at Guajimico Ranch and then we will continue to Trinidad. This road has several nice views because you will be cycling between the mountains and the Caribbean Sea. On many parts of the road, you will see many rivers coming from the mountains. Then our second stop will be at Trinidad City. Have lunch in a local Paladar in Trinidad. Then continue to Playa Ancón. It is located 15 kilometer to the south from Trinidad.
Optional night tour: During the night we can return to Trinidad for night tour and learn about history and music there. There are some Night Clubs where you can go for a visit (The visit is optional – Not included).
- Accommodation at Brisas Trinidad del Mar Hotel in all inclusive plan.
Trinidad – Santa Clara 115km
We are almost ending our great riding because today we will be cycling into our last destination: Santa Clara Province going north from Trinidad. In this last stretch we are going to cross a Natural Park called Topes de Collates. There we will find some hills and a climb into the mountains crossing Topes de Collantes. We will stop on the top of the mountain for a drink in our first stop. Then our second one will be at Manicaragua Town. Finally we will continue to Santa Clara . Have lunch in Santa Clara in local Paladar.
Tonight we will have a farewell dinner and finisher medals will be awarded.
- Accommodation at La Granjita Hotel with dinner and breakfast
Transfer to Santa Clara airport for your return flight to the USA
Transfer from Santa Clara to Havana Airport ( 3.5 hour drive and will be a shuttle going with whichever is the earliest flight of the day so we dont recommend this).
- Package A $2399 full payment at time of booking valid to August 29, $2599 after August 29 if space is available. This tour will sell out early
- Package AN Payments in two parts. Deposit $1299 to hold your place, with balance $1300 due by August 29. This is only possible for bookings made by July 31st.
- Package C $1999 while space available Valid for participants who are not cycling.
Package Rates are per person and include:
- All transportation to and from the airport and between cities
- Transportation of luggage between hotels
- 6 nights hotel accommodation based on twin/double occupancy
- 6 breakfasts
- 6 dinners
- Official tour leaders and cycling guide support: Combination of Cuban & Jamaican National Cyclists
- Technical support ( bike mechanic) along the entire route
- Sag wagon ( support vehicle) with each group of riders.
- Police Escorted ride
- Certified First Aid personnel
- Refreshment stop every 20 miles - included.
- Water, Hydration fluid, Fruits and snacks included
- Official Finishers medal
Optional Single supplement: US$ 495 ( At registration on the Active registration system, this is found under Additional Purchases). If you do not purchase this, and are travelling alone, you will be automatically paired up with another person of the same gender.
Additional nights post tour are not being offered at this time.
Early one day arrival can be booked. Rates will be posted soon.
We highly recommend you plan to arrive early on November 16th or arrive a day earlier on November 15th, and plan for a late afternoon departure on November 22nd.