Cycling holidays in Cuba

Our moderate level cycling holidays in Cuba takes you round some of the country’s most important UNESCO World Heritage sites in the central and western provinces.  These include colonial Havana; the charming colonial town of Trinidad with an excellent beach close by; Vinales, an area of outstanding natural beauty where the world’s finest tobacco is grown; the eco-community of Las Terrazas.

You can also visit the Bay of Pigs and Santa Clara for an insight into some of the most important events that have taken place in Cuba’s recent history and cycle through some spectacular landscapes, from stunning coastlines to majestic mountain ranges. Finally, you can visit the coastal town of Matanzas, where Afro-Cuban rumba originated.

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  • From 7-15 days, depending on itinerary
  • Start dates 2019: 03 Feb; 03 Mar; 13 Oct; 03 Nov; 17 Nov; 15 Dec
  • Cost: £1,900 -£1,999 in shared room (14 days tour)

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“We had a fantastic time in Cuba and really appreciated all the effort made on our behalf. We were really lucky to find Caledonia and to benefit from your extensive knowledge of the country.”

EM, Dec 2013

This two week cycling holiday in Cuba takes you round the highlights of the central and western regions, starting and finishing in Havana.  The itinerary takes you through incredible natural landscapes, from the rich red earth and tobacco fields of the Vinales Valley, where impressive limestone cliffs tower out of the ground; colonial and charming Trinidad with former sugar plantations lands; Cienfuegos, with its large bay and picturesque peninsula; the historic Bay of Pigs where the  US backed invasion failed in the 60s; Santa Clara, home to the Che Guevara mausoleum. A fully supported ride available on scheduled departure dates.  You will be cycling on 10 days for an average daily distance of around 55 kms.  In total you will be cycling 537kms around some of the most scenic areas of western and central Cuba.

Please note that we do not offer any self-guided cycling tours in Cuba for logistical reasons.

Minimum age 16 years.

Each trip requires at least 4 people to guarantee the scheduled departure dates.

This itinerary is guaranteed for at least 4 persons on any of scheduled departure dates.

B = breakfast
L = lunch
D = dinner

  • Day 1 - Arrival Day

    Arrival / overnight Old Havana.
    Transfer from Havana airport to Memories Havana hotel. Dinner not included tonight

  • Day 2 - Bike fitting and Havana City tour (approx 35 Km cycling)

    Bike fitting followed by panoramic sightseeing of  Havana including Miramar, Revolution Square, Vedado passing by the Hotel Nacional de Cuba and the Capitolio building in central Havana. Continue down El Prado boulevard next to the Museum of the Revolution and on to the Plaza de Armas square. From here we continue on foot visiting the four most important colonial squares in Old Havana. Lunch in the area. After lunch, we cycle back to our hotel at a leisurely pace along the seafront malecon promenade.   B, L

  • Day 3 - Havana to Las Terrazas (40km cycling)

    Today we leave Havana and start riding once we are outside the main city limits.  The route takes us into the El Rosario biosphere reserve and the luscious vegetation of the region. On arrival we have lunch and then time to relax, or do the  tree top zip ride, swim in the San Juan river rock pools or explore the resident artists community.  Evening free.

  • Day 4 - Soroa - San Diego de los Banos (77km cycling)

    Today we drive to Soroa, home to Cuba’s best known wine, and where there is also a small orchid garden.  Onto the bikes and cycle on the old carriageway from Havana to Pinar del Rio, through fertile farmland and small rural communities until we reach San Diego de los Banos, a pretty town with attractive colonial architecture and civic squares. From here we drive to Pinar del Rio for the night.

  • Day 5 - PInar del Rio - Vinales (48km cycling)

    Leaving from Pinar del Rio, today we will be cycling along small country roads  and visiting a local tobacco farm where the owner will explain the tobacco growing process.  We then continue to a lakeside cattle ranch which also has a family run restaurant where we have lunch.  Continue by bike or on the bus to the very picturesque Vinales valley where we are staying tonight.

  • Day 6 - Vinales - Las Jutias (56km cycling)

    We head from Vinales towards the coast  along rural roads to spend the day on Cayo Jutias, an idyllic island connected by a short causeway to the mainland.  Enjoy the rest of the day swimming in the crystal clear sea, snorkelling or relaxing on the 3km long white sandy beach. Lunch provided. Return transfer by minibus to Vinales.

  • Day 7 - Vinales - Santa Clara (travel day by bus)

    Today we will be driving in the group bus for up to 6 hours, with plenty of stops on the way and snacks provided.  Arrive Santa Clara and check into accommodation.

  • Day 8 - Santa Clara - Trinidad (travel day by bus)

    Visit Che Guevara mausoleum and then depart for Trinidad via the Topes de Collantes national park. Possible stop en route for a freshwater swim on one of the trails, then arrive into the UNESCO world heritage city of Trinidad.  Dinner at homestay and evening free to explore the historic city centre and its numerous live music venues and bars.

  • Day 9 - Trinidad - Playa Ancon (26km cycling)

    Playa Ancon is a beautiful beach on the coast close to Trinidad, and this morning we will take a route through the saltflats to the sea and cycle along the small main road to have a relaxing morning swimming and snorkelling.  We cycle back to Trinidad by midday and spend the afternoon exploring local street markets, churches and other sites of interest.

  • Day 10 - Trinidad - Cienfuegos (66km cycling)

    Following the picturesque and undulating coastal road, we leave Trinidad and follow the route north until we reach the botanical gardens on the outskirts of Cienfuegos.  Time to walk around, have lunch and explore, then continue by bus to Cienfuegos city itself.  Time to look at the key sites of the city before checking into our accommodation for the night.

  • Day 11 - Cienfuegos - Playa Larga (71km cycling)

    Today we will start with a transfer to Navarra in the interior area behind Cienfuegos. Cycling from here we will be riding through the famous Cienaga de Zapata, an extensive marshland area famous for its migrating birdlife and recognised by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve. We stop at the Bay of Pigs with time to visit the museum telling the story of the foiled attempt by the CIA to overthrow Fidel Castro in 1961. Continue cycling to Caleta Blanca for lunch and then transfer to Playa Larga where we will spend the night.

  • Day 12 Playa Larga - Matanzas (57km cycling)

    We begin today with a transfer to Jaguey Grande and the main road leading across the island to Matanzas. We will be riding through orange and lemon plantations until we arrive at Pedro Betancourt, a small town named after a revolutionary major-general in the Cuban war of independence) where we will have lunch at Finca Coincidencia. This is a charming organic farm and the owner will be hosting our visit and will show us around.  After lunch we continue to Matanzas, home of danzon (Cuba’s national dance) and Afro-Cuban rumba rhythyms and also the birthplace of many Cuban writers and poets.   Overnight accommodation in the city.

  • Day 13 Matanzas - Jibacoa - Havana (62km cycling)

    The most challenging part of todays cycle is the climb out of Matanzas, but once we turn off at Ceiba Mocha we have cleared this part of the route and are back onto smaller roads. We ride up the Picadura valley and have stops for fresh fruit and to admire the wonderful views, before arriving at Jibacoa for lunch on the beach. Transfer by bus into Havana to arrive in time to check into our accommodation and a night out on the town.

  • Day 14 Free day in Havana

    Day free to explore this fascinating and cosmopolitan city.

  • Day 15 Depart Havana

    Morning free or join our group walking tour of Old Havana until group transfer to Havana airport for return flight.

Price includes:

  • Group airport transfers on arrival/departure Havana
  • Accommodation; 6 nights in hotels + 8 nights in homestays, bed and breakfast
  • 11 Lunches and 3 dinners. 1 drink included with lunch each day
  • Support vehicle throughout itinerary. The vehicle will have enough space to carry passengers and to store luggage and bikes
  • Local English speaking guide to accompany the group from start to finish
  • All entrances and tours as described in itinerary
  • Services of professional mechanic for bike fitting and to accompany group on day 2
  • Bike hire (Trek hybrid mountain bike)

Please note that the price does not include:

  • Flights*
  • Cuban tourist card (the required visa)*
  • Personal expenses (laundry, drinks, phone etc.)
  • Bike helmet and water bottle – both are essential items to bring with you
  • Tips to local staff

* These can be arranged by us on request

Prices are quoted in £ sterling and are applicable per person. Please note that a shared room (double or twin) is only available for 2 persons booking together.

03 Feb/03 Mar/03 Nov/17 Nov/15 Dec 2019  £1,999 (single supplement +£294)
13 Oct 2019 £1,902 (single supplement +£225)

Can you supply bikes in Cuba for this trip?

Yes, we can!  Bikes are included in the cost of the tour.

Our bikes are Trek 4300 or Specialised Hardrock Sport models, both with front fork suspension, shimano parts, 21 Gears. Bikes have semi slick tyres fitted and we have 13”, 16”,18”, 19.5” & 21” frames. We will require your height in advance so that we can assign the correct bike size. No helmets are available for rental so it is essential that you bring your  own and also a water bottle. We recommend that you always wear a helmet when riding.

When would be the best time of year for a cycling trip?

The coolest and driest time of year in Cuba is from October to late March, so anytime in these months would be ideal. That is why we have scheduled our group trips for this period.

What happens if I get too tired whilst cycling?

Our support vehicle and driver will be with you all the way so if you get too tired at any point along the route, you can simply jump into the minibus.