Cycle Western and Central Cuba - 12-day cycle round trip
Eventful 12-day cycle roundtrip ex Havana through Western Cuba and to Central Cuba with the level of difficulty 2: simple.
Almost 2 weeks with the bicycle through the paradise...
"Cycle Western and Central Cuba"
Cycling holidays in Cuba give you a unique opportunity to actively and energetically enjoy the marvellous landscape of the country. You don't need to be a professional sports person to take part in one of our cycling tours, our tours can be customised to suit any level of skill and training condition. Our bike tours of Cuba will take you to the most beautiful places on this Caribbean Island. Over 2 weeks discover the fascinating Central and Western regions of Cuba and how much fun you can have exploring the various towns, cities and landscape of Cuba on two wheels!
Day 1: Arrival in Havana
Arrival at the International Airport in Havana. Optional transfer to the Hotel, 4* level in Havana where we will spend the first two nights of our trip.
Day 2: Havana
After breakfast we will have a meet-and-greet session with our tour guide. Afterwards we will start exploring Havana through a guided city walk. We will visit all the major sights of Havana's 'Old Town', or Habana Vieja. We will then enjoy a Cuban lunch in a typical, local restaurant. In the afternoon we will visit the community dance and music centre, 'Casa del Tango'. Back at the hotel, you are free to plan the evening as you wish. Accommodation tonight is at the Hotel in Havana, 4* level. (incl. breakfast, lunch)
Day 3: Havana – Viñales (ca. 20km)
This morning we'll take you to the spectacular city of Vinales by bus. We'll stop for a quick rest before a bicycle tour of the city. At the end of the tour you'll have lunch at a typical Cuban restaurant before checking in to your evening accommodation. This Hotel is nestled in the verdant Vinales Valley, surrounded by fragrant plantations and the unique Mogote rock formations!
Accommodation: Hotel in Vinales, 3* level (incl. breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 4: Cayo Jutias (ca. 55km)
Today you'll ride your bike through the Vinales Valley, to Cayo Jutias. After spending some time on Cayo Jutias, exploring or relaxing on the sandy beaches, we'll return to the city of Vinales for another relaxing evening at the same accommodation. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 5: Viñales (ca. 50km)
In the morning, we will hop back on our bikes and follow a little path which leads us through beautiful landscapes to some comunidades (communes) which were developed after the Cuban Revolution. After this, we head to the fascinating area of 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 at a local restaurant. Tonight is your last night in Vinales. Approx. 50km. (incl. breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 6: Viñales – Cienfuegos (ca. 10km)
On the Cuba itinerary today is a trip to Cienfuegos, also known as the 'Perla del Sur' (Pearl of the South). On the way, we will visit Parque Guama, a natural place of singular attraction that is located in the Cienaga de Zapatas. We will take a boat through the Laguna del Tesoro that lies in a picturesque landscape with many water canals, mangrove forests and palm trees. You may visit a crocodile farm nearby. You will have the opportunity to have lunch in any local restaurant. We will then continue on to Cienfuegos, located at the Central South Coast of the island. We will explore this charming town by bicycle. Cienfuegos is a clean and peaceful place with unique architecture influenced by the French. Accommodation at a Casa Particular in Cienfuegos. Daily distance: approx. 10km. (incl. breakfast)
Day 7: Cienfuegos – Trinidad (ca. 25km)
On the way to Trinidad today we will cycle by the foot of the mountains of the Sierra del Escambray. There are several inclines on the way but these are easily managed by any cyclist. You will be rewarded by stunning views of fantastic stretches of lush green landscape. After the day’s tour we can admire the beauty of the buildings surrounding the Plaza Major in Trinidad. Later, we will check in at our Casa Particular in Trinidad (no board). You can spend the evening exploring Trinidad independently. Approx. daily distance: 25 km.
Day 8: Trinidad
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. Tonight we will stay in a Casa Particular in Trinidad (no board).
Day 9: Trinidad
The Cuba itinerary is left free today so you can plan the day 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 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. Overnight at the Casa Particular. (no board)
Day 10: Trinidad – Santa Clara (ca. 30km)
Today’s destination is Santa Clara. Your ride takes you through a charming mountain landscape of woods filled with pine, eucalyptus and broad leafed trees. The cycling paths are a bit stony and steep at times but are manageable by all. You will take a break in the town of Topes de Collantes - 800 m above sea level - which is renowned for its extra clean air and its sanatorium. In the afternoon the cycle tour continues to Santa Clara through a fascinating landscape. Accommodation in a Hotel, 3* level in Santa Clara. (incl. dinner)
Day 11: Santa Clara – Havana
Our cycling trip continues to Varadero (approx. 30 km), located at the Peninsula de Today you will travel to your final destination - bright and spirited Havana via Matanzas. You will cycle through the Yumuri Valley approximately 45 km and drive the rest of the journey to Havana. Cuba's capital city is the cultural centre of the island and fascinates visitors with its numerous Museums, Palaces and colonial style public squares. Accommodation at the Hotel in Havana, 4* level. (breakfast)
Day 12: Havana
Today is the final day of your tour. Depending on your flight time home, you may be able to use the morning to do some last minute exploring and souvenir shopping. We can drive you to the airport if you would like (optional) or you can arrange your own transportation.
End of the round trip
Dates and prices per person:
29.01.2018 12 days €1690
05.02.2018 12 days €1690 (fully booked)
12.02.2018 12 days €1690
19.02.2018 12 days €1690
26.02.2018 12 days €1690
05.03.2018 12 days €1690
12.03.2018 12 days €1690
19.03.2018 12 days €1690
26.03.2018 12 days €1690
02.04.2018 12 days €1690
23.04.2018 12 days €1690
07.05.2018 12 days €1390
21.05.2018 12 days €1390
11.06.2018 12 days €1390
09.07.2018 12 days €1390
23.07.2018 12 days €1455
13.08.2018 12 days €1455
10.09.2018 12 days €1390
08.10.2018 12 days €1390
Extra charge single room: 300 €
Included in the price:
- Accommodation as written in the description (11 nights)
- Meals as described
- Rental bike
- Qualified English speaking guide
- All described transfers in an air-conditioned bus
- Bike transport
- Luggage transport
Not included in the price:
- Flight to Cuba
- Additional meals and drinks
- Bicycle helmets and gloves
- Travel insurance
- Costs for services not mentioned in the program
- Optional excursions
- Tourist Tax Cuba and Handing Fee (p.P. 40 EUR)
- Visum: 25 Euro - available from us
- Airport Departure Tax (p.P. 25 CUC)
- Extension in Guardalavaca
- Transfer to the airport by extension
Transfer IN/OUT optional:
• Aiport Havana – Hotel Havana
• Hotel Havana – Airport Havana
ONE WAY price per person in combination with the roundtrip: 15 Euro
Level of Difficulty Guide
- 1. Very simple: Anyone can join this trip. Short distances, comfortable hotels, a slow pace.
- 2. Simple: Light preparation is necessary. Any reasonably healthy individual should be able to complete the journey. Partial long distances, good standard hotels/ camp sites, some over-night journeys, a moderate pace.
- 3. Medium: Good preparation and a flexible attitude are essential. Some challenging and difficult sections, occasional basic accommodation. (Some of our camping trips fall into this category)
- 4. Medium to Difficult: Good preparation and a flexible attitude are essential. Mostly long distances, often very basic accommodation and/or overnight camping, long backpacking hikes.
"Cycle Western and Central Cuba" has the difficulty level 2. Mostly flat ground. Short routes (all in all max. 55km) go through hilly ground.
Our standard accomodations are 2-4 star hotels - rating is country specific. The hotels are normally situated in the centre, but it´s dependent on the city of accomodation. All rooms have a seperate toilet and bath room. Normally the rooms are double bed rooms, but single travelers can always book a single room on extra charge. Otherwise, single travelers are accomodated together with another same-gender traveler in a double room. Breakfast is included, but differences are possible. Please see our information about "included" and "not included in the price".
All nights and accomodations like mentioned in the trip details. Please notice that you might be booked into other but equivalent hotels during high season!
1./2./11. day: Hotel in Havana, 4* level. Standard room with air condition, shower/toilet, TV
3./4./5. day: Hotel in Vinales, 3* level. Standard room with air condition, shower/toilet, TV.
6. day: Casa Particular in Cienfuegos- private accommodation.
7./8./9. day: Casa Particular in Trinidad - private accommodation.
10. day: Hotel in Santa Clara, 3* level. Standard room with air condition, shower/toilet, TV.
Booking of your flight:
We recommend to search for flights via flight search machines of your country.
But if you need help, we will assist you at any time.
- Please bring swimwear for excursions.
- We recommend good sports- and cycling wear.
There is the possibility to go diving during or in connection with your trip. Please let us know in advance, if you would like to go snorkeling or diving and we will be pleased to assist you in finding the right choice.