Cycling in Cuba, with lodging in small hotels and unique Cuban guesthouses

    • 12 days /11 night(s)
    • Cienfuegos City
    • Trinidad
    • Havana
    • Santa Clara
    • Matanzas City
    • Viñales
    • Active
This tour starts in Cuba's vibrant capital, Havana. You will explore the country's unique landscape and culture on the way to Viñales. The journey then continues to Cienfuegos, which boasts amazing neoclassical architecture, before going on to Trinidad, the most beautiful colonial city in Cuba. After that, you visit the city of ‘Che’, Santa Clara, before returning to Havana. Travel with an international group (maximum of 16 participants) with a multilingual guide. A support bus travels alongside the group for the bicycles and luggage, which you can climb aboard anytime. A rental bike (24 gears) is included in the price.

Departure time
In 2018: 15 November and 6 December. In 2019: 10 January, 14 February, 14 March, 11 April, 16 May, 18 July, 15 August, 12 September and 17 October.
Start/finish
Starts in Havana, ends in Havana
Character
Shared/Group
Languages
English
Activity level
Average (hiking, biking and more)
Insider's tip
It’s a great idea to combine the active journey with a relaxing beach holiday after the tour. If you want to hang out among the locals, head for Playas del Este, the beaches east of Havana. You can take a local bus from the city center, or book a Cuban guesthouse and stay at the beach for a couple of days. This is where the Habaneros strut their stuff!

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Havana

Meet and greet at Havana International Airport on arrival day, including use of our VIP services, including: 

  • Our airport representative will meet you at the gate and direct you to Preferential Immigration, the customs booth for VIP lounge clients, diplomats and airline crew. 
  • You will have use of the VIP lounge at Havana airport while your luggage is taken care of. 
  • Luggage assistance.
  • Private transfer to Havana City. 

In Havana, lodging in a 4* hotel.

    • Havana
    • No meals included today

Welcome meeting at 8.30am in the hotel lobby. The tour guide will then take you to explore Old Havana on foot. Havana, founded in the 16th century, is an incredible living open-air museum of architecture, art and culture. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant serving up authentic Cuban cuisine and afterwards visit the Casa del Tango community project. Spend the rest of the day at your own leisure.

In Havana, lodging in a 4* hotel.

    • Havana
    • Meals included: breakfast and lunch

Head to Viñales Valley. This area is famous for its fertile landscape – endless expanses of tobacco, crops, pine, palm trees and endemic flora and fauna of unequaled beauty. 

  • Hop on your bike for the first bicycle tour in the Viñales area.
  • After lunch and an approx. 20 km ride, you will arrive at your accommodation.
  • Spend the night in the picturesque valley which features limestone formations and pin cushion hills known as mogotes.

In Viñales, lodging in a 3* hotel. 

    • Viñales
    • Meals included: breakfast and lunch and dinner

Cayo Jutías is a small island connected to the mainland by a man-made causeway and has a spectacular beach.

  • The bike ride will take you past crop fields where farmers grow some of the best tobacco in the world.
  • At noon you will arrive at Cayo Jutias where you can enjoy a picnic lunch at the beach.
  • Spend the rest of the afternoon on the lovely Cayo Jutias key as you wish; you can hire a boat or have a swim in the beautiful sea. 
  • Return to Viñales for the night.

In Viñales, lodging in a 3* hotel. 

    • Viñales
    • Meals included: breakfast and lunch and dinner

Sightseeing by bike in the picturesque Viñales region continues.

  • Follow a path that leads through beautiful landscapes to comunidades, rural communities established after the Revolution.
  • Bike through tobacco plantations and past typical drying sheds, where the precious tobacco leaves are left to dry before being manufactured into the famous Cuban cigars, or Habanos. The tobacco harvesting process takes place during the winter; in the summer months, other crops are planted and harvested. 
  • Take a break and enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Return to Viñales for the night.

In Viñales, lodging in a 3* hotel. 

    • Viñales
    • Meals included: breakfast and lunch and dinner

Today’s bus ride takes you to Cienfuegos, also known as the ‘Pearl of the South’. This charming port city boasts French-inspired architecture and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • On the way you will visit Guamá on the Zapata peninsula. The picturesque lagoon, Laguna del Tesoro, dominates this landscape, and here you can admire its many canals, mangrove forests and palm trees. You’ll also travel through the aqueous landscape by boat, and visit a nearby crocodile farm.
  • You can have lunch at a local restaurant (please note this isn’t included in the package cost).
  • Explore the elegant town of Cienfuegos on the southern coast of Cuba by bike, and be charmed by its peaceful, hospitable character and wealth of inspiring architecture, influenced by settlers from Louisiana.
  • For dinner, we suggest going out into the city. The centre of Cienfuegos is lively, with a variety of traditional eateries and bars. Try a paladar, a privately owned, in-home restaurant where you can have a taste of authentic Cuban cuisine.

In Cienfuegos, lodging in a Casa Particular, a unique Cuban homestay. 

    • Cienfuegos City
    • Meals included: breakfast

Heading for Trinidad, cycling along the foot of the Sierra del Escambray mountains. There are several rises – easily managed by cyclists of all abilities – providing fantastic views of the area.

  • After the day’s ride, walk around the historic core of Trinidad, including the lovely colonial Plaza Mayor.
  • The evening is at your leisure. The colonial centre of Trinidad is compact and perfect for strolling around. There is live music everywhere on the streets. The Casa de la Trova is a popular venue, where you can listen to traditional Cuban music. You will be right in the heart of the festive atmosphere.

In Trinidad, lodging in a Casa Particular, a unique Cuban homestay

    • Trinidad
    • No meals included today

  • During a walking tour through Trinidad, your guide shares interesting stories about the ‘Golden Age’ of the area’s sugar boom – accountable for Trinidad’s wealth and importance during colonial times.
  • You can spend the remainder of the day as you like. Why not take a coco or bici-taxi that can take you to the gorgeous beach, Playa Ancón. Here you can relax, swim or go snorkelling in the Caribbean Sea. 

In Trinidad, lodging in a Casa Particular, a unique Cuban homestay

    • Trinidad
    • No meals included today

  • On today’s program is a bicycle tour through the Valle de los Ingenios, or Sugar Mill Valley, a stunningly beautiful, verdant valley. Trinidad and this valley are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Cycle through sugarcane plantations to the watchtower Torre Manaca Iznaga, which was formerly used to oversee slaves in the fields.
  • Optionally, climb the stairs of the 44m/144ft high tower to see striking panoramic views of the surrounding area.
  • In the afternoon, cycle back to Trinidad. The rest of the day is at your leisure. 

In Trinidad, lodging in a Casa Particular, a unique Cuban homestay

    • Trinidad
    • No meals included today

  • This morning you cycle through a mountainous landscape featuring pine forests, eucalyptus and broad-leafed trees. The paths are a bit stony and steep at times, but quite manageable. The town of Topes de Collantes, at 800m/2625ft above sea level, awaits at the top. Breathe in the crisp, clean air that the area is renowned for.
  • Hop on the bus for the ride through fascinating landscapes to Santa Clara.
  • After arriving in Santa Clara, you can visit the legendary Che Guevara’s impressive mausoleum.
In Santa Clara, lodging in a 3* hotel. 

    • Santa Clara
    • Meals included: dinner

  • Return to Havana via Matanzas, the capital of the province of the same name. This is the world’s fourth largest port for sugar exports. Matanzas is considered one of the most important industrial cities in Cuba.
  • Enjoy the ride through the amazingly verdant Yumuri Valley, an enchanting landscape with an abundance of majestic Royal Palms, Cuba’s national tree, before arriving back in Havana.
In Havana, lodging in a 4* hotel.

    • Matanzas City
    • Meals included: breakfast

  • Private transfer from your hotel in Havana City to Havana International airport.

    • Meals included: breakfast

More Information

  • Accommodation with meals as per description. Note: no breakfast included in the Casas Particulares, though you can organize this with the hosts locally. Breakfasts cost approx. CUC 5 per person (CUC is equivalent to USD).
  • Transfers: arrival transfer, from Havana International Airport to hotel in Havana and departure transfer, from hotel in Havana to Havana International Airport
  • Bicycle: regular city bicycle with 24 gears
  • Multilingual, English-speaking guide
  • Support bus (also for bicycle and luggage transportation), which you can climb aboard at any time
  • Excursions, including entrance fees as per description.

  • You can opt for a pre-departure stay in Havana.
  • The tour ‘Cuba Crossover’ ends on day 12, but you can add a post-stay in Havana, or a beach stay, including transportation, hotel-stay, excursions or a special program.

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The price for this example tour is an indication of what a travel plan such as this would cost on average. This price is per person, based on room occupancy with 2 people, and is exclusive of international flights. The exact price varies per season and depending on availability.

Indication prices per season:

  • Low season (May-Jun, Sep-Oct): 1395 EUR
  • Mid season (mid-Nov-Dec, Jan): 1445 EUR
  • High season (Feb-Apr, Jul-Aug): 1645 EUR
  • Peak season (mid Dec-early Jan): 1645 EUR
  • Average low/mid/high: 1495 EUR

*Please note: peak season prices may apply during festivals and fairs/events Travelling with children:

Travelling with children:

Suppliers often have different conditions with regard to prices for children. For babies (0-2), take into account 10% -25% of the indicated price per person. For children up to and including 11 years old, a rate of 50% -75% of the indicated price often applies. Most suppliers see children aged 12 and older as adults and charge the regular rate for them.

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