Bicycling Central Cuba

Bicycling Central Cuba

Cycle inland through the dynamic cities of Remedios, Trinidad, and Sancti Spiritus with their cobbled streets and tranquil countryside energy. You'll visit local farms, entrepreneurs and artists, pedal through national parks, snorkel in the Bay of Pigs, and taste some of the finest Cuban cuisine. Finally, you’ll have a chance to take in Havana’s colorful rhythm as you explore the city’s culture, architecture, and history.

All of our itineraries meet the United States requirements for a People-to-People licensed trip and we will provide all licensing documents necessary for our American travelers. Recent loosening of regulations has allowed airlines to schedule direct flights from Miami and Houston into a variety of Cuban cities making this fascinating country more accessible than ever before.

If this sounds great but you'd like to explore more of Cuba, join us on the Grand Cycling Tour of Cuba: Central and Western.

Please Remember: With over 50 years of a trade embargo by the United States (and sanctions if other countries trade with them) and an economy that has boomed, busted and never truly found its way, Cuba is like no other place you have traveled. We choose to travel by bicycle because we know that getting off the buses and into the heart of a country on two wheels is one of the best ways to truly experience a place. With that said, you will notice that buildings are in need of repair, sometimes including portions of the hotels we use. Air conditioning, though present in 100% of your hotel rooms, may break down. Hot water and water pressure can vary. Internet access is sporadic and hard to find. But, the people in Cuba are some of the warmest and friendliest people on earth. They genuinely want to share and talk about their lives with travelers from all over the world - especially Americans.

We recommend you bring an attitude of flexibility and an understanding that you may not find the amenities that exist in other destinations. But, a trip to Cuba could be one of the most fulfilling travel experiences you can have.

Tour Dates & Prices

Date
Price
Private Room Fee
Note
Nov 25-Dec 2, 2018
USD$4795
USD$560
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Dec 23-30, 2018
USD$4795
USD$560
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Feb 10-17, 2019
USD$4795
USD$560
 
Mar 3-10, 2019
USD$4795
USD$560
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* We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 8 Days
  • Avg. Distance / 47 km (29 miles) - 61 km (38 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty / 201
  • Countries / Cuba
  • Price / From USD$4795
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Tour Summary

Daily Ride Summary

Distance

1 No cycling today.
2 38-49 mi / 61-79 km
3 34-43 mi / 55-69 km
4 22 mi / 35 km
5 25 mi / 40 km
6 28 mi / 45 km
7 No cycling today.
8 No cycling today.
  • Highlights
    Colonial cities and architecture of Cuba, Historic Trinidad, Bay of Pigs museum, Snorkel the Bay of Pigs, Take a swim in Playa Larga, Havana

    Keep in Mind: We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

    Please remember, Cuba is in a Zika prone area so be aware it is not recommended to travel there if you are pregnant.
  • Includes
    7 nights' accommodation; full van support; bilingual tour leaders; 6 dinners, most lunches, all breakfasts

    The Usual (Included with every ExperiencePlus! tour)

    • Superb tour leaders who are fun, bilingual and avid cyclists.
    • Help with flights, trains and pre/post tour hotels.
    • Comfortable lodging in 3-4 star hotels. 
    • All breakfasts and at least half of your dinners.
    • Use of a high quality 27-30 speed bike.
    • Full van support to carry luggage – and tired cyclists, too! 
    • Special events like wine tastings, cultural visits and chocolatiers.
    • All tips and gratuities at tour hotels and group meals.
    • Unique routes, marked with our famous chalk dust arrows.
    • Daily mileage options.
    • Detailed route map and free use of our traveling resource library.

    What's not included:

    • Transportation to and from the bicycling tour including airfare, or train travel
    • Helmets - we ask that you bring your own to ensure the best fit
    • Meals not listed in the itinerary
    • Tour Leader gratuity

    See the complete list of what's included with every ExperiencePlus! Tour.

  • Countries
    Cuba
  • Begin/End
    Remedios / Havana
  • Arrive / Depart
    Santa Clara / Havana
  • Total Distance
    235 km (146 miles) - 303 km (188 miles)
  • Avg. Distance
    47 km (29 miles) - 61 km (38 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty
    201
    Shuttles are used more frequently than most ExperiencePlus! tours because of lodging logistics.
  • Terms
Daily Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrive in Santa Clara - transfer to Remedios

Highlights: Exploring Remedios, Fit Bikes

Fly into Santa Clara and take a taxi (45 minute transfer) to the city of Remedios. Once in Remedios we will have an orientation talk and bike fitting. If you arrive in Santa Clara a day early, you'll see why the city is fittingly nicknamed Ciudade de Che for the spirit and history of this revolutionary figure.

  • Meals: Dinner

DAY 2: Remedios to Sancti Spíritus

Highlights: Quiet roads, sugar cane fields and colonial Sancti Spíritus

Ride today from Remedios to Sancti Spíritus, pedaling through rolling hills, past small villages, and regal colonial facades worn by time. Lunch is en route before we end our day in quaint Sancti Spíritus. Founded in 1514 by Diego Velázquez and one of the original seven villas, the city is full of historic and colonial charm. Before we enjoy a delicious dinner, take time to explore: Walk across the Puente Yayabo, a quadruple-arched bridge fit for an English countryside, stroll through the plaza and admire the Teatro Principal, Cuba's oldest theater.

  • Distance: 38-49 mi / 61-79 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3: Sancti Spíritus to Trinidad

Highlights: Manaca Iznaga estate, walking tour of Trinidad

Today's ride takes you towards beautiful colonial Trinidad. Enjoy rolling hills as we cycle to 18th century Manaca Iznaga estate northeast of Trinidad. Climb up the town's 44-meter tower for a bird's eye view of Valle de los Ingenios and its stunning surroundings. Climb up the tower for the beautiful view before we shuttle into Trinidad for lunch. We check into our Casa Particulares (B&B) for the night before we hit the cobbled streets of this 16th century town for a walking tour. For those interested in the music scene, we recommend strolling the streets after dinner as there is often live music in the main square. Listen to salsa beats floating on warm Trinidad air turning in for the night.

  • Distance: 34-43 mi / 55-69 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: Trinidad Loop

Highlights: Loop ride or rest and explore Trinidad

Take a rest day and explore Trinidad or join us on a short bike ride to the pristine waters of Playa Ancon and local fishing villages. This visit provides an interesting glimpse into the contrast between sleepy fishing towns and the tourism economy on the beach and in Trinidad.

  • Distance: 22 mi / 35 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5: Trinidad to Cienfuegos

Highlights: Ride along the coast, fresh seafood lunch

We say goodbye to Trinidad and pedal toward the southern coast cycling past Cuba's fields, beaches and estuaries where you might be able to spy flamingos. Take a swim or stop for a snack at a beachside bar. At lunch we'll enjoy lobster and shrimp caught just a few miles away. We'll shuttle to Cienfuegos after lunch. Settle into our centrally located hotel before joining our tour of the colonnaded Paseo del Prado or the Punta Gorda with its grand 20th century palaces.

  • Distance: 25 mi / 40 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: Cienfuegos to Playa Larga

Highlights: Snorkeling the Bay of Pigs, Pedal the Coast

We shuttle out of Cienfuegos and then pedal past rice paddies toward Playa Girón, today's first stop, also known as the landing for the Bay of Pigs invasion. We continue to pedal along the Bay towards Playa Larga. We have a guided visit of the museum and then continue to pedal along the beautiful Bay. For those who want to take a swim, we'll stop at a spot where you can snorkel. From there you can extend the ride all the way to the hotel or jump in the shuttle to reach our final destination for the evening. Tonight's lodging is a fabulous example of how the tourist economy can vitalize a town through private enterprise. A wonderful home-cooked meal awaits us tonight at our hotel.

  • Distance: 28 mi / 45 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: Playa Larga to Havana

Highlights: Korimacao Community Project, tour Havana

We shuttle to Havana today but not without first visiting the Korimacao Community Project and its teachers and young Cubans investing in local performance and musical arts. We'll be in Havana in time for lunch. After lunch we'll take a tour of town before checking into our hotel to unwind. After dinner in a local restaurant take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy some live music.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: Adios Havana!

Highlights: Havana

We’ll have breakfast together before sending you on your way to explore more of Havana or head home!

If this sounds great, but you'd like more Cuba join us on the Grand Cycling Tour of Cuba: Central and Western.

  • Meals: Breakfast
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Reviews

Reviews

  • The Cuban People are the best. They are warm, patient and inventive. Great trip and I would highly recommend it. What was your favorite experience on this trip? The interaction with the Cuban people. Whether it was listening to an amazing accapella choir, an energenic modern dance group at the artist colony, or watching a smile grow on the face of a child as I handed them a small drawing book with crayons. Awesome trip. Experiencing Cuba from the seat of a bike was amazing. Thanks for making it happen!

    Suzi V., Newport, RI - January 2018
  • Good food, well thought out routes designed to avoid the hottest part of the day, knowledgeable guides, fun activities, like snorkeling.

    Jeff B., Philadelphia, PA - December 2017
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? Cuba is fascinating. It is not like any other county I have visited. It has a unique economic and political system and in some ways feels very third world like traveling in a rural Latin American or south East Asian country. The history is fascinating and just trying to see world through Cuban eyes and their cultural norms is very challenging. I always felt very safe in a group or on our own. Great trip! Thank you.

    Susan C., Fort Collins, CO - December 2017
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? It was amazing. Having the opportunity to see Cuba as it really is, was a gift. I enjoyed the time going from rural to urban.

    Annette P., San Diego, CA - December 2017
  • This is a terrific trip for those interested in learning about Cuban life, culture, music and history and exploring rural Cuba on bike. It''s probably not the best trip for foodies or for those who desire a five-star hotel experience. Biggest surprise: Lots of opportunities to hear Cuban music!

    Deb B., St Paul, MY - December 2017
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? In many ways, " it was like Mexico, without the crime concern". Great people and scenic rides. Love the horses and way of life. Very good trip! Excellent Company. The office people and guides are first rate.

    David V., Newport, RI - January 2018
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? Excellent cultural experience, great chance to see Cuba and its people.

    Sonny L., Aurora, CO - February 2018
  • The trip to Cuba was one of my all time favorite trips. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole week. The rides were well planned, activities were fun and informative, and the leaders were very supportive. Thank you to all for making this a great vacation.

    Dick C., Denver, CO - February 2018
  • What was your favorite experience on this trip? The Havana tour in the class car convertibles was the most thrilling part of the trip. My favorite overall experience was having the opportunity to see different parts of Cuba - big city, small city, small town. I also really liked the cultural/historical discussions and activities.

    Roseanna N., Lafayette, CO - January 2018
  • What was your favorite experience on this trip? 1) biking to the coast from Trinidad and snorkeling...there were only 7-8 of us there! 2) the convertibles on the town in Havana 3) Taking a salsa dancing lesson on the roof in Trinidad 4) Talking politics with our Cuban tour guide Alex. Good cultural experience, learning politics and history from a different perspective. Relatively easy riding, but infrastructure was a little daunting (lack of cell phone, credit cards & internet).

    Tim C., Fort Collins, CO - December 2017
  • The rare opportunity to experience the "real" Cuba, seeing the country from the vantage point of a bicycle seat and meeting people one-on-one. This trip is unlike any other Cuba tour. The best experience was riding along the sea coast with no traffic and a beautiful view of the Caribbean. The second best experience was riding in a restored 1952 Ford Victoria convertible through downtown Havana. This was a great trip and I am so pleased that I was there. I''m interested in returning some day for another Cuba ride.

    Dave G., Denver, CO - February 2018
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? An amazing blend of excellent cycling conditions, interesting and educational cultural experiences, fun activities and plenty of good food and beverages!

    Lauren B., Naples, FL - December 2017
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? An incredible adventure that was beautiful and educational. The landscapes, the snorkeling, the comradary and the educational aspects of this were outstanding. The bikes were terrific and we loved our hosts. Highly recommended.

    Denise G., San Diego, CA - December 2017
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