Bicycling Western Cuba

Bicycling Western Cuba

Bicycle off the tourist track and experience the rich culture of western Cuba. We’ll explore some of Cuba’s vibrant towns adorned with neoclassical architecture, see Cuban cigars rolled, savor some of the finest food this country has to offer, and spend time with locals to learn about the rich history of this charming country. The stunning route shows-off the best of Cuba's crystal blue waters and lush forests.

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. Road surfaces can be rough with potholes. 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 countries. However, a trip to Cuba could be one of the most fulfilling travel experiences you've ever had - are you ready for an amazing adventure?

Tour Dates & Prices

Date
Price
Private Room Fee
Note
Dec 2-9, 2018
USD$4695
USD$560
Book by June 1st and Save $200 per person.
Dec 30, 2018-Jan 6, 2019
USD$4695
USD$560
Book by June 1st and Save $200 per person.
Feb 17-24, 2019
USD$4695
USD$560
Book by June 1st and Save $200 per person.
Mar 10-17, 2019
USD$4695
USD$560
Book by June 1st and Save $200 per person.

* 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 / 9 Days
  • Avg. Distance / 62 km (39 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty / 301
  • Countries / Cuba
  • Price / From USD$4695
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Daily Ride Summary

Distance

1 No cycling today.
2 43 mi / 69 km
3 36 mi / 58 km
4 33-38 mi / 53-60 km
5 No cycling today.
6 28 mi / 45 km
7 34 mi / 55 km
8 No cycling today.
  • Highlights
    Cycle To The “Rainbow of Cuba”, Tobacco Plantation/Cuban Cigars , San Carlos Valley, Limestone caves of Vinales, Organic farm visit, La Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve

    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; 7 dinners, most lunches, all breakfasts; full van support; bilingual tour leaders, all People to People activities to comply with the OFAC regulations of group travel.

    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
    Havana/Havana
  • Arrive / Depart
    Havana
  • Total Distance
    308 km (191 miles)
  • Avg. Distance
    62 km (39 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty
    301
    Some days may shuttles or options to ride the full day will make it a 301 tour. Roads can be bumpy on a few days.
  • Terms
Daily Itinerary

DAY 1: Welcome to Havana

Highlights: Explore Havana, guided Tour of Old Havana, fit Bikes

Bienvenidos a Cuba! Gather this afternoon at our Havana hotel for an orientation and bike fitting. Once you have satisfied your appetite with a welcome dinner together, you can head back to the hotel, or stay out and take in the sights and music of Old Town Havana.

Lodging: Hotel Presidente (or similar*)

* Lodging for trips in Cuba are assigned by the state run travel agency and may be subject to change up to 1 week prior to the departure.

  • Meals: Dinner

DAY 2: Transfer and bike to Soroa

Highlights: Bicycle Carretera Central, cycle to the Rainbow of Cuba

An hour long shuttle takes us out of Havana today before we begin our ride through western Cuba. The bustle of the city fades away as you bicycle quiet roads into Las Terrazas. Aptly named the Rainbow of Cuba, as rainbows frequently shimmer over the rivers, waterfalls, and orchid-laden trees. Located in the Cordillera de Guaniguanico, our hotel is nestled in a lush and tropical garden filled with orchids. Have a cool drink by the pool before dinner.

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

DAY 3: Soroa to San Diego de los Banos and Pinar del Rio

Highlights: Learn about Cuban Cigars

Follow Cuba's Carretera Central as you pedal deeper into the heart of tobacco country. Coast down to the plains and wind your way through small towns to San Diego de Los Banos, an old thermal hot springs vacation town brimming with colonial architecture. We'll have lunch after our ride and then shuttle to Pinar del Rio. This evening we'll visit a local arts organization that works with adults and kids who would otherwise not have anything to do. Dinner is on your own tonight.

  • Distance: 36 mi / 58 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4: Pinar to Viñales

Highlights: Cycle through the San Carlos Valley, Mogotes and limestone caves.

Today we continue West from Pinar del Río, named after its river banks adorned with pines. After a shuttle out of town you'll cycle one of the prettiest valleys in the area, the San Carlos Valley boasting incredible views of limestone bluffs blanketed in lush forests overlooking isolated huts and rust-colored tobacco fields. The stocky limestone mogotes abruptly rising from flat plains give it a fantastical appearance. Lunch is along the way before shuttling into Viñales. Tonight we have dinner at our hotel.

  • Distance: 33-38 mi / 53-60 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: Viñales - Rest day

Highlights: Explore the limestone caves of Vinales, visit an organic farm

Take the day to stretch out your legs and explore the wonderful town of Viñales. There is plenty of hiking to be done in the valley just behind this charming town. We'll organize a group hike to walk in the Mogote National park before heading to lunch where we'll learn about the small farms working to create a sustainable way of farming as we visit a local organic farm.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6: Viñales to Soroa/Las Terrazas

Highlights: Pedal the Carretera del Norte

We pedal North away from the tourist track today as you leave the Vinales Valley. Your route takes you through small rural farming villages on your way to Palma Rubia where we'll regroup, have lunch and then shuttle back to the hills for a tour of the beautiful botanic gardens in Soroa or a relaxing stay at Las Terrazas.

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

DAY 7: Soroa/Las Terrazas to Havana

Highlights: Pedal ridgeline roads

Our ride today takes us through a variety of routes with varying terrains and views. Enjoy some of Cuba's lushest landscapes as we head out of La Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve where stretches of forests and grasslands, rounded hills and waving royal palm trees surround you. The beautiful lush hills then give way to cultivated farmland and small rural towns as we pedal our final kilometers outside Havana. We'll regroup for a picnic lunch before shuttling into Havana. We'll celebrate the end of our tour in style tonight at a local restaurant in Havana for dinner.

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

DAY 8: Adios Havana!

Highlights: Explore Havana or head home

We'll have breakfast early before sending you on your way to explore Cuba or head home!

If this sounds great but you're short on time check out our Bicycling Central Cuba or Bicycling Western Cuba

  • Meals: Breakfast
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  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? Truly an "Experience +". A journey back in time (75 to 125 years).

    Larrie R., Shoreview, MN - January 2018
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? Unique. Beautiful. Dynamic. Surprising. Welcoming. Complex. A must do lifetime bucket list experience.

    Kristen L., Cambridge, MA - December 2017
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