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Highlights
  • Cycle through pincushion hills
  • Sample cuban rum straight from a distillery
  • Hear cuban salsa music float through the streets of havana
  • Walk across one of cuba's famed white-sand beaches
  • Gaze out across the crystal-blue caribbean

Leave the resorts of Varadero behind and discover the real Cuba on this eight-day active adventure. Get your blood pumping cycling the hills of the Guaniguanico and El Rosario mountain ranges and marvel at scenic vistas that will take your breath away. Tour a tobacco plantation for a taste of iconic Cuban culture. With its lush scenery, vibrant culture, and incredible beaches, this active cycling adventure will have you exploring a side of this island few get to know.

Trip Description
Cycle Cuba
 
Travel Theme
Countries
Cities & Attractions
Activities
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

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G Adventures Travel Reviews & Ratings
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4.8 out of 5
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Value
4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
4.8
Biking Cuba

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Recommends

Cuba fantastic, cycling great way to see country, driver and guide brilliant October 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Fabulous, friendly, fun

Operator G Adventures

D

Recommends

Well-designed, well-executed trip. Great group dynamics: our group had people from five different countries and ages ranging from 20s to 70s; the group really clicked, and we learned from each other. September 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Seniors shouldn't hesitate to take this trip. The young folks don't mind if you cycle at your own pace, and you can always take the bus if the hills are too steep.

Operator G Adventures

M

Recommends

This was my tenth trip with GAP/GA, your service is of high quality and consistent and usually exceeds expectations. There is no hesitation in recommending your company to like minded individuals. August 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Excellent crash course in Cuban life, culture, history and geography presented with numerous points of interest and the much enjoyed benefit of daily exercise and greener travel.

Operator G Adventures

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Recommends

This was a well-designed, well-run trip - a good value. August 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Great scenery. Just the right mix of cycling and side trips (e.g., farm visits, beach time, cigar factory).

Operator G Adventures

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Recommends

Escape from the long, brutal Canadian winter. June 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Absolutely loved it. Great group. Also wanted to give a tip of the hat to our patient bus driver, who was very helpful to two of the older and slower bikers.

Operator G Adventures

Itinerary

Day 1 Havana

Arrive in Havana at any time. There are no planned activities, so check into the hotel and enjoy the city. Your CEO will organize a short meeting in the evening. Additional Notes: It is important to note that Cuba tends to be quite different to other areas of the world you may have travelled in. Buildings and infrastructure are generally old and may not have been maintained to the highest standard. Elevators, internet and A/C often break down, things happen very slowly and water pressure and hot water can be minimal. Cuba is an amazing place to visit but to fully enjoy and relax, western expectations should be left at home and your sense of adventure should be your guide. Included Activities: Arrival Day Transport: You will be met at the airport and transferred to the start location to start your adventure. Please note, the included arrival transfer is from Havana's José Martí International Airport (HAV). If you are flying into Varadero (VRA) you will need to pre-pay a supplement (70 USD per person or equivalent in your booking currency) to receive the service. Arrival Airport Transfer

Day 2 Havana/Viñales (1B, 1D)

Leave Havana this morning and drive to the small village of Viñales. This region is one of the most stunning in Cuba, know for its mogotes (large limestone pincushion hills) that make for spectacular views. In the afternoon, get fitted on a bike and hop in the saddle for the first ride in the area. Although we're not covering much distance today, it's a great opportunity to get accustomed to the conditions and prepared for the days ahead. Enjoy some free time in Viñales after lunch and opt to go caving, hiking, or relax and enjoy the beautiful views of the valley. Viñales is the base for the next three days of cycling, so unpack and get comfortable. Have dinner in the hotel and meet with the CEO in the evening to prepare for tomorrow’s adventure. Today's riding distance: approx 20km Additional Notes: This trip is considered a 'Moderate' cycling level and requires good fitness and skill level. Expect daily cycling to be between 20-65 kms on a mixture of paved and rustic roads to experience the true Cuban countryside – you never know when you may end up sharing the road with vintage cars or horse-drawn carriages! Heat and humidity can add unique challenges to cycling in Cuba, but a support vehicle will accompany the group for all biking segments in case you get tired and want to hitch a ride. Included Activities: Viñales Cycling Informal Spanish Lesson Transport: Private Vehicle Private Vehicle

Day 3 Viñales (1B, 1L)

Cayo Levisa is the quintessential white-sand Caribbean beach that has yet to be found by most travellers to Cuba on an island just off the mainland. Enjoy time this afternoon to relax, go for a swim, or snorkel. Later in the afternoon, return to the mainland and hop in the support vehicle for a lift back to Viñales. Today's riding distance: approx 50km Included Activities: Cayo Levisa Cycling Day Trip Cayo Levisa Transport: None None Private Vehicle

Day 4 Viñales (1B, 1D)

Today's ride starts in the Acón Valley, a scenic area with similar landscapes to Viñales that is relatively untouched from tourism. Expect a leisurely ride to begin, before finishing the day on some of the larger hills in the area. This area is primarily rural farmland, giving a unique glimpse into the daily life of Cubans outside of larger towns. Today's riding distance: approx 37km, with the option to cycle back to Viñales (additional 30km) Included Activities: Cycling La Palma to Vinales Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 5 Viñales/Soroa (1B, 1L)

Due to the richness of the soil, Pinar del Río accounts for 59 per cent of Cuba’s tobacco plantation, with the first factory opening in 1760. Visit a tobacco factory to watch cigars being produced before transferring to Cueva de los Portales, a cave where Che Guevara commanded Cuba’s occidental army during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Take time wandering the grounds and check out some of Che's artifacts that were left behind. Enjoy a picnic lunch before an afternoon bike ride to La Güira, the ruins of a former politician's mansion that is now a National Park. Make sure to check out the impressive gates to the park and keep an eye out for the many species of birds that call this area home. Later, transfer to your accommodation in Soroa. Today's riding distance: approx 16km Included Activities: Cigar Factory Tour Cycling to La Güira Transport: Private Vehicle Private Vehicle

Day 6 Soroa (1B, 1D)

In 1968, Fidel Castro started what was known as a green revolution: reforesting the Sierra del Rosario mountains that were logged by Spanish conquistadors, along with nurturing nearby land damaged by hurricanes, to try and improve the lives of citizens living in this remote region. This also marked the birth of Las Terrazas, a small eco-village that is now a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Start the day back in the saddle and cycle from Soroa to Las Terrazas. Throughout the ride, stop at some local communities to see rural Cuban life and learn about the history of the region. Most of the cycling today is moderate, with one steep hill to climb. After arriving in Las Terrazas, enjoy free time to explore the beautiful natural surroundings. Go for a hike, bird-watching, or wander through the open studios and pottery workshops of this vibrant art community. Today's riding distance: approx 35km, with the option to cycle back to Soroa (additional 17km) Included Activities: Cycling Las Terrazas Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 7 Soroa/Havana (1B, 1L)

One of the oldest cities in the western hemisphere, Havana was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. It contains a wealth of colonial architecture, and the old city and streets around the malecon (ocean-side walkway) are best discovered on foot. After arriving back to the city, go on a walking tour of Havana's highlights. Revel in the bustle, history, and rhythms of this fascinating Caribbean capital city. Included Activities: Havana City Walking Tour Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 8 Havana (1B)

Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 1,299

Price Per Day:

$ 162 per person
 
Details
Trip Includes
  • Arrival transfer
  • Guided cycling with support vehicle (6 days)
  • Visit to a traditional cigar factory in Pinar del Río
  • Havana city tour
  • Rum museum visit
  • Informal Spanish lesson
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportPrivate vehicle, bicycle, support vehicle, walking.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 16
Max 16, Avg 10

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Casas particulares (homestays) (7 nts).
Start City
Havana
End City
Havana
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

Cycling Grading – Moderate • Some degree of experience required • Majority of on-road cycling and some rustic roads • Occasional long days in the saddle or multiple ascents and descents • Good fitness and skill level recommended • Cycle between 20-65 km per day • 5 days of cycling Although this is considered to be a straightforward cycling trip, please be aware that in Cuba, the heat and humidity can have an effect while riding in Cuba. Make sure to pack enough water for each day, and be aware that items such as prepared snacks or rehydration drinks are not readily available in Cuba. If you feel that these would be helpful, then remember to pack them for your trip. 1. A support vehicle will accompany the group at all times during biking segments. Travellers may opt to hitch a ride at any time if they get tired and they can store additional drinks, snacks or clothing in the support vehicle. 2. Bikes are suitable for the type of terrain that is cycled in Cuba, all bought within the past two years. The brand is Specialised, the make is a Hardrock, with 29” wheels. Our bicycles can accommodate people of a variety of heights from 1.6m/5’3” up to 2m/6’7”. 3. Helmets are included and they are washed between trips, however you can bring your own helmet if you would prefer. Gloves are not provided, it is recommended that you bring your own. You may choose to bring your own seat or clipless pedals but they are not necessary. 4. The bikes are fitted with a bottle carrier and bottle which is also washed and disinfected between trips. You may wish to bring your own camel back for drinking water. INSURANCE From 01 May 2010 all tourists entering Cuba will require “Medical Travel Insurance” that is on a Government approved list. We urge you to check with your insurance provider to ensure your policy is on the list of approved providers. If it is not, tourists will be forced to purchase a Government approved policy on arrival in Cuba. The cost of buying this insurance in Cuba will be in addition to any insurance already purchased, and it is likely the rates for these polices will be inflated compared to what you may purchase in advance from home. G Adventures issues insurance policies at competitive rates, and our insurance provider has been confirmed as recognized by Cuban officials. If you would like peace-of-mind and to purchase insurance from G Adventures, please contact our reservations team on 1800 465 5600 (from North America), or 08444 101030 (from the UK) or 39413 5820 (from Australia) or travel@gadventures.com Bringing Your Own Bike If you choose to bring your own bike, please be aware that you are responsible for the maintenance and support of the bike. It may be possible to hire some extra equipment as necessary for your cycle. Check with your airline about travelling with your bike, as some will charge you to take a bike on board. We would suggest that you pack your bike in a bike box or bag( usually available from your local bike shop). It's also advisable to make sure your bike has been serviced before you travel.

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. Please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets. Resorts, hotels, and government-run restaurants are notorious for mediocre buffets and subpar food quality, but at casas and locally run restaurants you get the chance to taste real Cuban cuisine. Options may not be as diverse as back home, but you can expect to have simple, good, quality food. Based on Cuba's economic situation, there may be fluctuations in food supply and there are occasionally shortages of certain ingredients – which provides a great opportunity to try something new! Cubans rarely uses spices for cooking, so it's recommended to bring some of your favourite spices or hot sauce for a bit of added punch.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. Please note that all passengers traveling to Antarctica are required to fill out this questionnaire. The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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