Countries visited : Cuba
TOTAL DAYS : 14 Days
STARTS IN : Havana
ENDS IN : Havana
Highlights : Havana , Cienfuegos , Matanzas , Old Havana , Santa clara , varadero , Vinales , Trinidad
TRANSPORT : Cycling
This 14-day cycling group tour starts off in the charming city of Havana. You will get to admire the unique landscape on the way to Viñales and explore Puerto Esperanza, an authentic Cuban town situated by the sea.
The tour also enables you to visit Cienfuegos, with its interesting architecture, and also Trinidad. Later, you will visit Santa Clara, following a cycle route through beautiful mountainous landscape, and the stunning beach at Varadero. This memorable tour is completed with a visit to the important city of Matanzas, before returning to Havana.
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Day 1: Arrival in Havana
We will welcome you at the airport of Cuba’s capital, Havana. Together we will arrive at our hotel in the old part of Havana, where you will spend the first two nights. Accommodation: Hotel Plaza or similar.
Day 2: Explore Havana (B,L)
This morning we start exploring the hotel’s surroundings during a guided walk. We will visit the Malecon and many other interesting sights in the Habana Vieja quarter and we will have lunch together. In the afternoon we shall visit a cultural project inside the Casa del Tango and will participate in a little fiesta. Overnight – Hotel Plaza
Day 3: Havana – Viñales (B,L)
During our tour, we will take a straight route to Puente del Mariel (25 km). After lunch the trip will continue towards Viñales. Driving on narrow roads through the valley one can admire the uniqueness of the surrounding landscape. After an approximately 10 km drive, we arrive at our hotel which is situated in a picturesque Mogote valley. Accommodation: Hotel Rancho San Vicente or similar.
Biking distance ca. 35 km
Day 4: Viñales – Puerto Esperanza (B,L)
Today’s tour heads for Puerto Esperanza. We will set off by taking the same route to Viñales. It is a narrow road and can be steep at times, but all cyclists manage to pass it. During the whole tour, plenty of greenery and the beauty of Cuban nature will surround us. From time to time we pass little villages.
Continuing our journey, at noon we arrive at Puerto Esperanza, situated directly by the sea. The town seems to be frozen in another time since it has not been affected by tourism, so we have the chance to get an insight into a real Cuban village with many colonial houses. The city bridge had a very important function in the 1800’s because it was used to transport all the gold that was mined in this region. Gold digging and trading boomed and it is because of this that Cuba’s second train line leads to Puerto Esperanza.
Nowadays production of tobacco and fishing are the main industries of the village. Here we shall lunch together at a cosy restaurant. Your afternoon is free. Either you can relax after the first stage of your trip, or you can discover the town on foot or even explore the unique countryside on a horse back. Accommodation: Hotel Rancho San Vicente or similar.
Biking distance ca. 38 km
Day 5: Vinales (B,L)
In the morning we get back on our bikes and follow a little path which leads us through beautiful landscapes and to Comunidades (communes) which developed after the revolution (approx. 10-15 km). It is a must to stop at Fincas where some of the best tobacco in the world is produced. We get to know locals who plough the tobacco as well as women who select tobacco leaves according to their quality. En route we will refuel ourselves at a selected restaurant. Accommodation: Hotel Rancho San Vicente or similar.
Biking distance ca. 50 km
Day 6: Vinales – Cienfuegos (B,L)
Today’s ride takes us to Cienfuegos, where we should arrive at our hotel by noon. After lunch we explore the charming town by bike. It is a clean and peaceful place that has unique and interesting architecture influenced by the Louisianans. Accommodation: Hotel Jagua or similar.
Biking distance ca. 10 km
Day 7: Cienfuegos – Trinidad (B,D)
On the way to Trinidad we cycle at the foot of the mountains of the Sierra del Escambray. There are several inclinations that can be managed well by every cyclist and you are rewarded by fantastic views. After the day’s ride we can admire the beauty of the buildings surrounding the Plaza Major in Trinidad. Later, we shall return to our hotel where you can spend the evening at your own leisure. Accommodation: Hotel Las Cuevas or similar.
Biking distance ca. 25 km
Day 8: Trinidad (B,D)
During a walk through Trinidad we will hear many interesting stories about the “Golden Age” of the sugar boom and its benefits for the city. Spend the rest of the day as you wish. It is worthwhile to take a coco or bici taxi to Playa Ancón, where you can relax, swim or go snorkelling. Accommodation: Hotel Las
Cuevas or similar.
Day 9: Trinidad (B,D)
Day 9 of our tour is free of activities so you can plan it as you wish. We recommend an excursion to Valle de los Ingenios. The fertile plateau with its surrounding hills of the Sierra del Escambray owes its name to the sugar mills (ingenios) built at the beginning of the 19th century. There is a little railway leading to Manaca Iznaga, originally used to watch the slaves while working in the sugarcane fields. Also, you will be able to notice the social structures built during the boom of the sugar industry. Accommodation: Hotel Las Cuevas or similar.
Day 10: Trinidad – Santa Clara (B,D)
Today’s destination is Santa Clara. But first our ride takes us through a charming mountain landscape with woods of pines, eucalyptus and broad leafed trees. The cycling paths are a bit stony and steep at times but are manageable by all. We take a break in the town of Topes de Collantes (800m above sea level) which is renowned for its extra clean air and its sanatorium. In the afternoon the tour continues to Santa Clara through a fascinating landscape. Accommodation: Hotel Granjita or similar.
Biking distance ca. 30 km
Day 11: Santa Clara – Varadero (B)
Our cycling trip continues to Varadero situated on the peninsula of Hicacos. Here you can find Cuba’s longest and heavenly looking beach with crystal clear waters. It is no surprise that it is called “Playa Azul”. Accommodation: Hotel Villa Tortuga.
Biking distance ca. 30 km
Day 12: Free Day (All Inclusive)
Today there is no bike tour on our itinerary. You can either choose a quiet beach area to relax, or you can go for a walk to explore Varadero and its varied restaurants, bars, clubs and shopping malls. Accommodation: Hotel Villa Tortuga.
Villa Tortuga, all inclusive
Day 13: Varadero – Matanzas – Havana (B,D)
Our first destination is Matanzas, the capital of the province of the same name. There you will find the fourth largest port for sugar export in the world and Matanzas is considered to be the most important industrial city in Cuba. After a break we ride along the Yumurí river and continue our trip to Havana through amazing countryside. Farewell dinner in Havana. Accommodation: Hotel Plaza.
Biking distance ca. 45 km
Day 14: Departure e Adiós Cuba!
Day 14 is at your disposal. In the evening a transfer will be waiting for you and will take you to the airport.
Low Season - 13Apr, 26Apr, 10May, 1Jun, 14Jun, 13Sep, 28Sep, 4Oct & 19Oct 2015
High Season - 4Jan, 12Jan, 18Jan, 26Jan, 1Feb, 9Feb, 15Feb, 22Feb, 2Mar, 8Mar, 15Mar, 23Mar, 29Mar, 20Jul, 2Aug, 17Aug 2015
Prices per person in AU$. Not valid during local public holidays and special events.
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Tour name :
Cuba Cross Over Cycling Tour
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