Classic Cycle

Classic Cycle

15 days/14 nights, Cuba tour from/to Havana

Destinations

  • Havana
  • Las Terrazas
  • Viñales
  • Santa Clara
  • Topes de Collantes
  • Trinidad
  • Playa Ancon
  • Cienfuegos
  • Playa Larga
  • Matanzas
  • Jibacoa


Main attractions:

  • Discover Havana.
  • Tobacco growing countryside.
  • Stunning tropical beaches.
  • Cuba’s Revolutionary history.
  • Picturesque Trinidad.

A two week cycling holiday discovering the culture, natural beauty and Revolutionary history of Western & Central Cuba. On this two week cycling holiday you will discover the classic sights of Cuba: the exciting and picturesque capital city Havana, the dramatic and beautiful Viñales Valley, the city of Che Santa Clara, as well as World Heritage Site Trinidad. Enjoy the rare opportunity to interact with rural Cuba while cycling on almost untraveled streets and also discover less touristic places such as Playa Larga, Matanzas and the eco-village Las Terrazas.

Day 1: Arrival in Havana 

Welcome at Havana airport. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner at own expense.

Accommodation: Hotel Memories Miramar**** or similar in Havana.


Day 2: Havana

After the bike fitting we set off on a panoramic sightseeing of the City covering the following areas; Miramar, Parque Metropolitano de la Habana, Nuevo Vedado, stop at the Revolution Square. Continue through Vedado passing by the Hotel Nacional de Cuba down to the Capitolio via Centro Habana.

Stop at the Capitolio building, continue biking down Prado promenade, near the former Presidential Palace, then on to the train station, the remains of the wall and to the Arms square. From here we continue on foot visiting the four most important colonial squares in Old Havana. Lunch in the area. After lunch, return to the hotel along the Malecon promenade. Evening free to relax.

Included services:

  • city cycling tour in modern Havana
  • city walking tour in Old Havana

Included meals: breakfast, lunch

Cycling distance: 34 km, elevation: +210m / -209m

Accommodation: Hotel Memories Miramar**** or similar in Havana

Day 3: Las Terrazas

We leave the city and head west to Pinar del Río Province. Once outside Havana we get on our bikes and then head for Las Terrazas Biosphere Reserve on a ride of about 50km. Upon arrival we have lunch then explore this fascinating eco-resort and take a swim in the natural pools of the Río San Juan. Overnight in the Biosphere Reserve.

Included meals: breakfast, lunch

Cycling distance: 50 km, elevation: +445m / -280m

Accommodation: Hotel Moka***(*) or similar in Las Terrazas


Day 4: San Diego de los Baños

After breakfast, we set off with transfer to Soroa then down the hill and into the valley. We spend most of the day cycling along the plain and through pretty colonial farm towns dotted along the old Havana - Pinar del Río road. We continue to cycle to the Spa town of San Diego de los Baños.

Once famous for its medicinal waters the town is now a sleepy backwater of pretty squares and colonial buildings. Time for late lunch then transfer to Pinar del Río for dinner and overnight.

Included meals: breakfast, lunch

Cycling distance: 77 km, elevation: +1334m / -1445m

Accommodation: Hotel Vueltabajo** or similar in Pinar del Río


Day 5: San Juan y Martínez

A day exploring the best tobacco country in the world. Depart from Pinar del Río towards San Luis, then turn towards San Juan and visit the world famous tobacco vega of Alejandro Robaina - the only tobacco grower whose name appears on cigar boxes. From here cycle along country roads and on to La Guabina, a stud ranch which has a small hotel on the banks of a lake.

Lunch in La Guabina, then short transfer to Viñales for dinner and overnight. Dinner this evening in your casas. After dinner, you have the chance to explore the charming town of Viñales and maybe catch some live music.

Included services:

  • visit to tobacco farm Robaina
  • visit to the stud ranch La Guabina

Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Cycling distance: 48 km, elevation: +307 / -298

Accommodation: Casa Particular in Viñales.


Day 6: Viñales - Cayo Jutía - Viñales

Cycle from Viñales to Cayo Jutías (56 km) or cycle from Pons to Cayo Jutías. There is a dive shop, which organizes scuba or snorkelling trips daily. Enjoy the stunning virgin beach for really relax. Lunch is included on Cayo Jutías.

Included services:

  • excursion to Cayo Jutías

Included meals: breakfast, lunch

Cycling distance: 56 km, elevation: +530 / -669

Accommodation: Casa Particular in Viñales


Day 7: Viñales - Santa Clara

Leaving Viñales town in the morning we have a long travel day today as we head eastwards to Central Cuba. Todays journey could take 6 hours in total. Well have a packed lunch and make some stops along the way, with our guide keeping us entertained with Cuba themed videos and a question session! Arrival in the historic city of Santa Clara where well check in to our hotel for the night.

Included meals: breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Hotel La Granjita**(*) or similar in Santa Clara


Day 8: Santa Clara - Sierra del Escambray - Trinidad

This morning we visit the Che Mausoleum and train in Santa Clara, and then transfer by bus to the beautiful natural park of Topes de Collantes where we enjoy a walk along the La Codina trail. After lunch at the hacienda Codina we transfer to the town of Trinidad for a quick orientation tour, then check into our accommodation for the night. Tonight well be enjoying Cuban hospitality, staying in a Cuban style bed and breakfast (casa particular). Accommodation is simple but rooms are clean, with air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. Youll enjoy tasty home cooked food in your casa this evening before you head out into Trinidad to explore this charming World Heritage Site by night.

Please note: The mausoleum of Che Guevara is closed on Mondays and can be closed on other days without prior notice. Caribbean Tours assumes no guarantee for the opening times. However, the monumental memorial itself with an imposing statue of Che alone is worth a visit.

Included services:

  • visit of the memorial of Che
  • visit of the Tren Blindado
  • hiking trail La Codina
  • city tour in Trinidad

Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Casa Particular in Trinidad


Day 9: Trinidad & Playa Ancón

This morning well have a short and easy ride to the nearby beach at Playa Ancon. After time for a dip in the sea well return back via a different route to Trinidad for midday. This afternoon at leisure in beautiful Trinidad. Have a stroll around the cobbled streets, visit some of the towns many museums and discover the special ambiance of this perfectly-preserved colonial market town. Ask your guide for tips and advice, or for help booking any activities.

Included services:

  • visit to Playa Ancon

Included meals: breakfast

Cycling distance: 26km, elevation: +130 / -130

Accommodation: Casa Particular in Trinidad


Day 10: Trinidad - Cienfiegos

Today we set off from Trinidad to cycle to the botanical gardens near Cienfuegos. We have lunch at the gardens and then transfer to Cienfuegos for a quick orientation tour and check in to our hotel. This evening you can dine at the hotel or walk into town for dinner at a local restaurant.

Included services:

  • visit to the botanical garden
  • city tour in Cienfuegos

Included meals: breakfast, lunch

Cycling distance: 66 km, elevation: +455 / -438

Accommodation: Casa Particular in Cienfuegos


Day 11: Cienfuegos - Playa Larga

This morning we depart by bus to the village of Navarra where well start our ride. The route today covers a variety of landscapes and we ride through the biggest marshland in Cuba (Zapata's Peninsula), stopping at Playa Girón for a chance to learn about the CIA backed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961. From here we have a short ride to lunch in Caleta Buena, a natural sea pool teeming with tropical fish. Afterwards we continue by bus to Playa Larga where well again stay in casas particulares.

Included services:

  • entrance to Caleta Buena

Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Cycling distance: 71 km, elevation: +167 / -205           

Accommodation: Casa Particular in Playa Larga


Day 12: Playa Larga - Matanzas

A short transfer to Jagüey Grande just beyond the National Motorway takes us to our starting point. Today we ride alongside citrus plantations, arriving in time for a country lunch at Finca Coincidencia, an organic farm in the centre of Matanzas province. In the afternoon, we transfer north to the city of Matanzas where well spend the night.

Included services:

  • visit to an organic farm

Included meals: breakfast, lunch

Cycling distance: 57 km, elevation: +184 / -122

Accommodation: Hotel Velasco*** or similar in Matanzas


Day 13: Matanzas - Jibacoa - Havana

We depart by bike direct from outside of the hotel in Matanzas. Climbing out of the city the first section of the route may involve encountering some road traffic, however after we turn near to the town of Ceiba Mocha and begin the climb to Picadura Valley, where we can enjoy valley views and the occasional small village. We end the ride at the beach, arriving in time to have a lunch at the hotel, and of course, we can swim. From Playa Jibacoa we transfer to Havana.

Included meals: breakfast, lunch

Cycling distance: 62 km, elevation: +537 / -533

Accommodation: Casa Particular in Havana


Day 14: Havana

Enjoy a day at leisure and discover this beautiful city.

Included meals: breakfast

Accommodation: Casa Particular in Havana


Day 15: Departure

And so its Adios, or, as we prefer to think of it hasta luego, see you later! Have a safe onward journey and we very much hope to see you in Cuba again soon. In the morning there our tour guide will take us around Old Havana to see a few last sights and in the afternoon an airport transfer is provided (30-40 minutes approx.) to Havana airport.

Included services:

  • city walking tour in Old Havana
  • transfer

Included meals: breakfast

Services Included:

  • Roundtrip in air-conditioned vehicle (micro bus/bus).
  • Roundtrip vehicle acts also as support vehicle.
  • Excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees.
  • Modern bike Trek 4300 or 4900.
  • During the days 1 - 8 English speaking Cuban guide.
  • 3 liters mineral water per person on cycling days.
  • 14 overnight stays.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner according to program.


Services not included

  • All meals and drinks not mentioned in the program.
  • Optional excursions.
  • Extending nights.
  • Transfer to Havana airport after the extending nights.
  • Personal expenses and tips.
Havana ⇢ Viñales ⇢ Playa Larga ⇢ Cienfuegos ⇢ Trinidad ⇢ Santa Clara