Highlights of Cuba By Bicycle

Capitol Building, Havana
Bay of Pigs
Cycling the route
Old car in Cuba
Cigar making
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Cycling on quiet roads we explore Cuba's verdant countryside, colonial towns and revolutionary history. From Havana we cycle past the historic Bay of Pigs and inviting tropical beaches to charming Trinidad where we experience Cuban hospitality in Casas Particulares. Along the way we learn about modern day Cuba and excellent live music is never far away. Finally we visit Che Guevara's Mausoleum in Santa Clara.

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. 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.

Highlights
Cycle Cuba - With relatively little traffic this is the ideal way to see the island
Tropical Island - Cycling with a backdrop of lush vegetation, pristine beaches and mountains
Havana Vieja (Havana Old Town) - Explore this atmospheric UNESCO Heritage Site
Spanish Colonial Towns - Including the beautiful original founding towns of Remedios and Trinidad
Casas Particulares - Stay in locally-owned and run private homestays in the heart of colonial Trinidad
Historical Sites - Cycle beside the infamous 'Bay of Pigs'; visit Che Guevara's mausoleum in Santa Clara
Why Book this Tour
Unlike many other operators, we include the hire of your bike in the overall cost of the holiday: you don't need to bring your own or pay extra to hire one locally. We also provide a support vehicle, spare parts and take care of day to day bike maintenance. All you need bring is your own helmet.
Destinations
  • Trinidad
  • Remedios
  • Cayo Santa Maria
  • Sancti Spiritus
  • North America
  • Central America
  • Cuba
  • Havana
  • Santa Clara
Tour Types
  • Cycling
  • Music
  • Active
  • Small Group
  • Cultural
  • Scenic
  • History
  • Discovery
  • Adventure
Day 1: Join tour in Havana
Our tour begins in Havana. Built around a deep natural harbour, Havana is one of the most impressive colonial cities surviving in the Americas today. Crumbling tenement buildings and 1950s American Cadillacs rub shoulders with white marble grandeur and the still audible echoes of the Cuban Revolution. The largest city in the Caribbean and Cuba's political and cultural heart, it is the perfect place to start this remarkable 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: Cycle the Bay of Pigs. Drive to Yaguanabo via Cienfuegos
This morning we depart the city and drive (3 hours) to the Zapata Peninsula and the Bay of Pigs - the infamous site of a failed US-backed invasion by Cuban exiles in 1961. We then enjoy a relatively easy warm-up ride along the flat, following the Caribbean coast from Boca de Guama our route ends at the Cueva de los Peces - a flooded tectonic fault (or cenote) with resident tropical fish which provides a great swimming opportunity. There is time for an optional visit the museum dedicated to the failed invasion before we resume our journey by road, travelling on to the colonial city of Cienfuegos. We have a chance to take in some of its impressive 19th century architecture on a short walking tour of the centre, before continuing by bus (45 mins) to our hotel at Yaguanabo beach.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 28 kilometres

Day 3: Coastal ride to Trinidad. Afternoon walking tour and cocktail making
Continuing south-east this morning we cycle along the Caribbean coast to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trinidad, one of the best preserved colonial towns in the country. Founded in 1514, the town was a haven for pirates and slavers before the arrival of the French in the early years of the 19th century and today remains one of Cuba's cultural gems. This afternoon we enjoy a walking tour around the town, taking in the lovely setting of the central square and the cathedral. For the next two nights we will enjoy local hospitality staying in casas particulares - private houses.

Later this afternoon, we will enjoy a cocktail making class where we can learn to make some of Cuba's famous drinks such as mojitos and daiquiris.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 30 kilometres (Total ascent and descent 150 metres)

Day 4: Free day in Trinidad for additional rides or relaxation
We have a chance to enjoy Cuba's beautiful Caribbean coastline today. Options include a day relaxing on the beach, or perhaps a trip on a catamaran out into the azure waters that lie off the coast. For those still wanting to stretch their legs we also have the option to cycle out to the Ancon Peninsula (30 kilometres return). Alternatively, you can simply relax on the white sands of nearby Playa Ancon, or perhaps return to wander through Trinidad's charming colonial streets.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 30 kilometres (optional, unescorted)

Day 5: Ride through the 'valley of the sugar mills' to Mayajigua
Leaving Trinidad after breakfast this morning we cycle through the historic landscapes of the Valle de los Ingenios (valley of the sugar mills), with its ruined mills and infamous slave watchtower. By the middle years of the 19th century the valley was responsible for a third of all Cuba's sugar production, before the wars of independence saw the mills destroyed. We cycle to the watchtower of Manaca Iznaga, before continuing through the valley. Re-joining our bus we drive a short distance to the colonial town of Sancti Spiritus where we stop to pay a short visit to the old town, before continuing by bus for about two and a half hours on to our night stop in Mayajigua.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 60 kilometres (Total ascent 150 metres, total descent 250 metres)

Day 6: Cuban countryside cycle. Visit Cayo Santa Maria. Visit Remedios
We cycle directly from the hotel on a relatively flat route through Cuban countryside. Rejoining our bus, we drive to the islands of Cayo Santa Maria along the interesting causeway road that picks its way across the shallow waters some 50 kilometres before reaching the first island. The superb beaches and turquoise waters have attracted a number of hotels and we spend a couple of hours to have lunch, swim and relax before returning across the causeway and continuing on to the colonial town of Remedios (one hour journey time). Founded in 1524 and considered by many to be one of Cuba's most picturesque towns, Remedios still retains something of the flavour of its 17th century heritage when it served as the regional capital. We have some freetime to explore this town before continuing by bus to our hotel in Santa Clara, a short 40 minute drive away.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 50 kilometres (Total ascent 100 metres, total descent 100 metres)

Day 7: Visit Che Guevara Mausoleum. Afternoon tour of Havana
With no cycling planned for our final day the first stop this morning in Santa Clara is to visit the Che Guevara Monument - final resting place of one of the world's most iconic figures and one of the country's most emotive shrines to its revolutionary heritage. Continuing on to Havana (three hours), we then spend this afternoon wandering through the heart of the old capital, exploring the neo-classical architecture of the Vieja district and taking in the baroque grandeur of the 18th century Catedral de San Cristobal de la Habana among other fine buildings from another age.

Day 8: Tour ends in Havana
The tour ends in Havana this morning after breakfast.

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

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