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Biking Cuba tour
Caribbean Havana Biking Cuba Trip

Biking Cuba

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Cycle through pincushion hills
  • 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

Short Description

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 rhythms, and incredible beaches, this active cycling adventure will have you exploring a side of this island few get to know.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Havana
End City Havana

Destinations

Cuba

Cities & Attractions

Caribbean Havana

Activities

Cycling

Age Requirement

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.

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Trip Includes

  • Your Local Living Moment: Havana Homestay
  • Havana
  • Arrival transfer
  • Guided cycling with support vehicle (6 days)
  • Cayo Levisa day trip
  • Traditional cigar factory visit in Pinar del Río
  • Cueva de los Portales visit
  • Las Terrazas visit
  • Havana city tour
  • Fusterlandia visit
  • Informal Spanish lesson
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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Itinerary

Day 1 Havana

Arrive in Havana at any time. There are no planned activities, so check into the casa 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: Meet Your CEO and Group Havana Homestay 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 to receive a transfer. Please reach out to your G Adventures booking agent for pricing and availability. Arrival Airport Transfer (0.50 hour(s))

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. After the ride, enjoy some free time in Viñales 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 31km, with elevation gains of 340m 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 – Circular Route Informal Spanish Lesson Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 189km)

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 60km, with elevation gains of 535m Included Activities: Cayo Levisa Cycling Day Trip Cayo Levisa Transport: Ferry (0.50 hour(s), 6km) Ferry (0.50 hour(s), 6km) Private Vehicle

Day 4 Viñales (1B, 1L)

Today's ride brings us into the heart of Cuba's tobacco growing region. Start the day in the town on Pons, where we hop in the saddle and begin the day's journey. Cycle through the city of Pinar del Rio before continuing past tobacco vegas to the small town of San Luis. See first hand why this village has a reputation of producing the best tobacco in the world during a tour and lunch at one of the farms. After lunch, get a lift back to Pinar del Rio in the support vehicle. Due to the richness of the soil, Pinar del Rio is home to 59 percent of Cuba's tobacco plantations, with the first factory opening in 1760. Visit a tobacco factory to watch cigars being produced before returning to Vinales for the night. Today's riding distance: approx 60km, with elevation gains of 525m Included Activities: Cycling Viñales to San Luis – Tobacco Route Cigar Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))

Day 5 Viñales/Soroa (1B, 1L)

Today's ride leads 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. Later, transfer to your accommodation in Soroa. Today's riding distance: approx 47km, with elevation gains of 560m Included Activities: Cycling Viñales to Cueva de los Portales Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours)

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 18km, with elevation gains of 300m Included Activities: Cycling Las Terrazas Transport: Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s), 23km)

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 Fusterlandia Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 90km)

Day 8 Havana (1B)

Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport Bicycle, private vehicle, 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).

Accommodation on this trip is mostly, if not entirely, in 'casas particulares', the Cuban equivalent of a bed & breakfast. These local accommodation options allow you to participate in a typical Cuban living experience by staying with a family in their home. The family rents a bedroom or two (twin or single) with private bathroom shared amongst guests. Groups are usually spread across multiple casas with a central meeting point for evening socializing in the towns. Hotel service standards can be fairly low in Cuba and in complete contrast to the price paid for these accommodations. Casas are usually very centrally located and a great base for exploring Cuban towns and cities. Utilizing the local accommodation puts you closer to the Cuban people and lifestyle and often provides a higher standard of service and comfort than in a hotel.

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.

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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 not included on this trip – please bring your own helmet with you. 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. MEDICAL TRAVEL 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 has insurance policies available for travellers from a number of countries at competitive rates, and our insurance provider has been confirmed as recognized by Cuban officials. We can assist with medical travel insurance for residents of the United States, Canada, and Australia. 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 experience@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. DEBIT/CREDIT CARDS Please note that debit and credit cards that are issued by American banks are not accepted in Cuba and will not work at ATMs. In addition, it is recommended to contact your bank to advise you will be travelling in Cuba regardless of your nationality, as local ATMs are likely to block your card unless a travel notification has been set up.

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.

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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.

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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Meals Included:

7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners

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