Cuba Cycling Tour

$2280 AUD Per Person
$2280 AUD
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Itinerary Summary

Day 1 Havana
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Day 2,3 Varadero
Day 4 Santa Clara
Day 5 Trinidad
Day 6 Cienfuegos
Day 7 Havana
Day 8 Departure

The Guide

maurice meet

On this cycling excursion through Western Cuba, tour leader Maurice combines two of his greatest passions: cycling and sharing his country with visitors.

“I’ve spent my whole life riding bikes. When I’m on two wheels I feel like a fish in water. I simply love this physical activity and it is always my preference to be out in the fresh air. When I combine guiding with one of my favorite hobbies I feel as though I’m not even working. The extra benefit is that I get to show you places we couldn’t see in a bus, showing you another side of Cuba that is hidden from most.”

The Bikes

Click the pictures below for information about each bike type.

Hybird Bike Option
eBike Option

Tour description

Pedal through the narrow alleys, cobbled lanes, and vast landscapes of Central Cuba on this tour that starts and ends in Havana. You’ll experience up close and personal the diversity in nature and architecture and that this jewel of and island has to offer with visits to five different provinces. You won’t just see Cuba, you’ll immerse yourself in its streets and its culture, accompanied by your English-speaking tour leader, bike mechanic, and support vehicle driver.

Our accommodation is in privately owned guesthouses that are typically run by local families. In Cuba this form of accommodation is the best way to get an insight into how the locals live – their food, culture, and it provides opportunities to interact with the family members. Recently comfort levels of this type of accommodation in Cuba have increased considerably and are highly rated by our travellers.

The tour starts and ends in Havana, so if you are interested you can add a few days before or after the tour to experience this unique city. Take our Havana Short Stay package or just add a couple of extra nights of accommodation and choose from our selection of Havana day tours with specialist guides.

Tour Summary

Style
A Active.
S Special Interest.
O Original. Small groups. Standard guesthouses
Fitness level medium to high experience cyclist who is able to cycle at least 20 - 40 km everyday in a humid climate (bus support provided)
Duration 8 days / 7 nights
Group size Minimum 2 / Maximum 12
Accommodation

Guesthouses throughout. Twinshare.

Single Supplement Single Room for the tour - $325 AUD AUD extra (read more)
Transport Bicycle (you are required to bring your own helmet), support vehicle (bus or mini-bus depending on group size). Upgrade to an e-Bike for an additional US$338, limited availability. See FAQ for e-bike option.
Activities Included

2-hour old Havana walking tour, orientation walking tours in Trinidad and Cienfuegos. Cycling routes as noted.

Other Inclusions All breakfasts, all lunches, 1 dinner. Cold filtered water to refill bottles. Airport arrival transfer. English-speaking tour leader Maurice or one of our other excellent and expert biking tour leaders, bike mechanic
Suggested Combinations Combine with a Havana Short Stay package, or a Beach stay package!
Can Americans join this tour? Yes! This tour forms a great base for a legal trip to Cuba. Read more about how to make your trip to Cuba legal.

Itineray Details

Welcome to Havana! Home of the most fascinating architecture and the famous seawall, el Malecón. Your included airport arrival transfer will take you to your guesthouse in Havana. The tour leader will conduct a welcome meeting at 6:00pm in the main guesthouse. Your optional snack kitty of US$20 will be collected. This money will be used to buy additional water, sodas, crackers, fruits, vegetables, nuts, etc for the road because it is difficult to buy food in remote areas. It is a good opportunity to learn about how the locals like to fuel themselves between meals and to try new foods. We offer this as a convenience, it is optional but those who don’t contribute will not have access. Due to the scarcity of snacks in Cuba, we also recommend you bring your own packaged snacks from home.

Row of blue Giant Brand bikes
These are an example of the types of bikes you will ride on this tour, don’t forget to bring a helmet!

In the morning we meet the crew for bike fitting and mechanical check, then it’s off we go on our first riding adventure as we tour the modern part of Havana on two wheels. You’ll cycle through the neighborhoods Vedado, Nuevo Vedado, Havana Forest, and Miramar. We’ll stop for a photo op at the Revolution Square where the state buildings are adorned with metal sculptures of some of Cuba’s most important historical figures. We’ll have a delicious lunch at a paladar (private restaurant) in Old Havana before we stretch our legs on a two-hour walking tour of Old Havana four main plazas after which we will hop on our support vehicle and head to one of the top-rated beach destinations in the world, Varadero!

  • Included Activities: Cycling tour of Modern Havana (20km, elevation gain 132m), 2-hour walking tour of Old Havana
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Antique blue car outside of the Havana Capitol building
We explore the modern part of Havana on bike, and Old Havana on foot

Rise and shine for an early 30 min drive to Camarioca, just outside of Matanzas, where we start our first cycling route. We ride to Matanzas on a lightly undulating road in good condition. Matanzas is known by many monikers such as the “Athens of Cuba” “Venice of Cuba” or “City of Bridges”, it is rich in art and music heritage and is birthplace of many of Cuba’s most important cultural figures as well as Afro-Cuban history and culture. This hidden gem is often neglected by tourists in favor of the crystalline waters of nearby Varadero, we explore its treasures of everyday life on bike tour though the city.  Afternoon is at your leisure, you can enjoy the sun and sand, bike around on your own, or watch the sunset on the beach.

  • Included Activities: Cycling for 40km (elevation gain: 138m), Bike tour of Matanzas
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
cycling group gathered in front of tour bus
Our first cycling route is Day 3 with a 40km exploration of Matanzas province

We hit the pedals early to our next destination Santa Clara. The cycling route is mostly flat through agricultural fields, small villages, and interesting cities such as Cardenas and Colon. Santa Clara is the city of Che, as here is where the national hero is laid to rest near a gigantic bronze statue of his likeness. Another city overlooked by tourists, Santa Clara is unapologetically edgy, its large student population means that subcultures are well-represented here. It is a city of creativity, and rebellion. Today dinner is included.

  •  Included Activities: Cycling for 50km (elevation gain 156m), entrance to the Che Guevara Museum and Memorial.
  •  Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Large bronze Che Guevara statue
The iconic Che Guevara statue marks his final resting place in revolutionary Santa Clara

Make sure you fuel up with a good breakfast this morning as we will be uphill riding for much of today’s route. We cycle early to the mountains of Guamuaya, with an average incline of 4% during 10km. We’ll meet a farmer family in Jibacoa who will prepare a farm to fork meal while we rest our legs and enjoy the conversation. After lunch we take our support vehicle to colonial jewel Trinidad where we’ll do an orientation walking tour in the historic center. For many visitors to Cuba, Trinidad is their standout favourite destination. No other colonial city in Cuba is so well preserved, and the local residents are extremely friendly and festive. Trinidad is steeped in religiosity, none the least of which is Santeria, which is one of several Afro-Cuban religions. After the tour the rest of the evening is free. If you have some excess energy to burn, we recommend a salsa lesson followed by a night of dancing in arguably one of the best places for nightlife in Cuba.

  • Included Activities: Cycling for 30km (elevation gain 390m), orientation walking tour in Trinidad
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, farm lunch in Jibacoa, Dinner
Colonial plaza in Trinidad Cuba
Trinidad is a traveler favorite for its pastel colonial architecture and thriving nightlife

With the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea at our side, we ride along the coast from Trinidad to Cienfuegos, or “The Pearl of the South”. Expect the terrain to be slightly undulating in the first 5km, then it flattens out with the sea to the left and mountains to the right for about 40km. The last 20k will be hilly. We’ll take the rest of the journey in the support vehicle. French inspired boulevards and architecture await you in the elegant and peaceful city of Cienfuegos. After an orientation tour of the center of the city, around Parque Jose Marti, you are free to explore on your own. Don’t miss some of Cuba’s most beautiful buildings on Punta Gorda. There is nothing like an ice-cold beer at the Yacht Club or the astounding Palacio del Valle while watching the sun set.  

  •  Included Activities: Cycling for 60km (elevation gain 356m). Orientation walking tour of Cienfuegos.
  •  Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Classic car in front of Palacio Ferrer in Cienfuegos
Cienfuegos is a romantic city on the bay with French inspired architecture and boulevards

We start our last day of the tour with a ride in the support vehicle to Bay of Pigs, site of the infamous U.S. invasion during the JFK presidency. We’ll learn the Cuban side to this story with a cycle on flat terrain to the Museum of the Invasion. Afterwards we’ll have an hour to enjoy the beach snorkeling or swimming and lunch on the road. Back in Havana for our bittersweet farewell dinner (not included). Who could say good-bye to Cuba without a final night out for music and mojitos? Perhaps at the Buena Vista Social Club or the Time Magazine honored Fabrica de Arte Cubano, art and nightlife megaplex (optional).

  •  Included Activities: Cycling for 30km (elevation gain 64m), entry to the Museum of the Invasion
  •  Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
A cenote in Bay of Pigs (Playa de Giron)
There will be several opportunities to cool off with a dip in Cuba’s clear waters, like this cenote in the Bay of Pigs

Today you can depart at any time, there are no activities or cycling today. We suggest you stay longer to enjoy the many wonderful restaurants, museums, and galleries that Havana has to offer. Your departure transfer is not included but a taxi can easily be arranged with your casa host.

  •  Included Meals: Breakfast

Summary of Travel Times (in Vehicle)

Havana to Varadero 2.5 hours
Varadero to Matanzas 2.5 hours return
Varadero to Santa Clara 3.5 hours
Santa Clara to Trinidad 2.5 hours
Trinidad to Cienfuegos  2 hours
Cienfuegos to Havana via Bay of Pigs   5 hours

Frequently Asked Questions

This tour is best for medium to highly experienced cyclists who are comfortable cycling 20-40km (12.5-25 miles) every other day. A person who cycles frequently should find this tour enjoyable, rather than overly strenuous. However, you must be prepared for the year round heat, humidity, and hills. The support vehicle is always available.

Cuba is hot year round but in January and February, there are cold fronts and temperatures in some areas have dropped as low as the mid-40s. May starts the rainy season which lasts through November, but downpours happen throughout the year, so you will need to bring rain protection, and sun protection. Summers are very hot and humid, August in particular is very humid although humidity exists year round.

If you are particular about these things you should bring them. The bike mechanic will have no problem installing them for you.

While cycling is a fundamental part of this tour and is central to the experience, travellers who don't want to cycle can ride in the support vehicle. There will still be fun and interesting experiences to enjoy, but with the understanding that they should not expect special arrangements to be made for them.

The itinerary describes the terrain for each ride, you can also see the cycling maps here.

We have E-bikes available upon request. Please be aware that there is a very limited supply of these bikes in Cuba. If you are a moderately experienced cyclist, we encourage you to do the tour with the standard bike, and rest on the support vehicle when needed. 

To secure an e-bike for the tour: You will need to pay the US$338 amount in full when paying your tour deposit. 

Please read the Terms and Conditions clause on damages (number 29). 

See the type of e-bike we use here.

This tour supports small privately owned businesses and aside from cycling, will give you many opportunities to engage with locals. Our accommodations, restaurant choices, and optional activities are all selected to give an authentic Cuban experience and have a positive economic and social impact on the communities we visit. As long as the traveller chooses appropriate cultural activities during their free time (to maintain the required "full schedule" of activities) this tour complies with the rules for the general license under Support for the Cuban People 515.574. Read about the rules here.

Packing List

Required

  •  Bike helmet
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Appropriate shoes
  • Sun protection (sunblock, sunglasses)
  • Rain gear

Optional

  • Padded bike shorts
  • Quick-dry clothing (e.g. socks, jersey)
  • Windbreaker
  • Cycling gloves
  • Cycle water bottle or camelback
  • Snacks (in case they are scarce locally)
  • Day pack
  • Saddle
  • Pedals
  • Do not bring stand-alone GPS units (e.g. Garmin) – these are a restricted in Cuba. However you can bring a GPS watch

This is a list of items specific to this tour. Please also read our general packing list for Cuba tours .

Arrival and Departure Accommodation in Havana

La Gargola Hostal in Havana

The first and last nights of the tour in Cuba will be in Guesthouse Accommodation, centrally located in either Old Havana, Central Havana, or Vedado.

  • We include an arrival transfer from the Havana airport (or from anywhere else in Havana if you are already in Cuba) to the joining Guesthouse Accommodation.
  • On the booking form, you can request extra nights before or after the tour in the same guesthouse you will have for the tour. Click here to see prices.

We also offer other accommodation options in Havana for before or after the tour.

Late arrivals or Early departures

Late Arrival - If you plan to arrive on Day 2 or after, we may be able to arrange for you to catch up to the group. This may involve you paying transport costs to do so.

Early Departure - The group will arrive back in Havana late afternoon of Day 7, so a departure from Cuba in the evening of Day 8 is possible. An earlier departure than this is also possible and may involve you paying transport costs for us to send you back to Havana by yourself.

Spending money

We estimate you will need between €300 and €500 EUR or USD for local expenses during the tour, such as drinks, souvenirs, and optional activities. Click here to see details of expenses you will have while on the tour in Cuba.

Not Included in the Tour

  • International Flights
  • Visa and passport fees
  • Insurance (Travel Medical Insurance is required to participate on the tour)
  • Food: meals before Breakfast on Day 2 and after Breakfast on Day 8, dinners (except on Day 4), additional snacks (snacks included for snack kitty participants)
  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Optional activities
  • Airport departure transfer
Flexible Bookings
Flexible Bookings!
With our flexible bookings' policy, you can book your place on a tour for only 100 USD and change your departure date anytime at no cost. Read more...

Tour Dates & Availability

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Two (2) travellers required to guarantee departure
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One (1) traveller is already booked on the tour
One (1) more traveller is needed to guarantee departure
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These tour groups are guaranteed to depart
Space is still available for more bookings
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Group is full but not all travellers have confirmed
A space may become available
E
Special Event included in this tour.
W
Women's only departure
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