Cuba: Bicycling to Havana
9 Day Cuba Bike Tour
When travel restrictions first loosened in 2017, we joined the tens of thousands of other American tourists flocking to Cuba and filled our first bike tour to this island nation. Borders have opened again since the pandemic but the tourists have not yet returned. There has never been a better time to join this Support for the Cuban People bicycle tour across central Cuba. When we’re not cycling, we are visiting small farms, meeting young entrepreneurs, and learning how to salsa from the locals. Viva la Cuba!
The tour still has space. Make your travel arrangements.
Rolling and flat terrain on paved roads. Moderate cycling level.
8 nights lodging, 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners, snacks, van support, rental hybrid bicycle, guided walking tours of Trinidad and Havana, visits to Bay of Pigs Museum and Finca Vigia, and trained bilingual guides. The optional extension at the end of the tour includes one additional night's lodging, breakfast, lunch and dinner, full day guided tour with transportation and activity entrance fees. ($380 additional per person).
Hybrid bicycle is included in the tour price. E-bikes are not available.
Accommodations are subject to change.
Hotel Barcelona Remedios
Fly into Santa Clara, Cuba (SNU) and out of Havana, Cuba (HAV).
"The trip was just the right balance of activities - biking, cultural immersion, recreation, learning opportunities, etc."
"The traffic on the country roads was light, and the drivers were respectful of bicyclists. I had heard that the food in Cuba was not good. WRONG. There was plenty of food and lots of variety. BTW - the mojitos and piña coladas were great!"
Cuba Bike Tour Itinerary
DAY 1: We will meet you at the Santa Clara airport in the afternoon and take you to a nearby hotel. If there's time, you should check out the Che Guevara Mausoleum national monument where the revolutionary is honored and his remains are buried. We’ll meet our guides, have an orientation and our first dinner together in the evening. 0 miles.
DAY 2: After breakfast and a bike fitting, we’ll set out for Remedios, one of Cuba’s oldest cities. Founded by Spanish colonists, it’s steeped in history and full of beautifully painted multi-colored buildings. The historic Church of San Juan Bautista is beautiful and in the central square. 27 miles.
DAY 3: After a short shuttle in the morning, we'll start our bike ride on quiet roads through fields of sugar cane. We’ll stop for lunch along the way and then finish up in the quaint town of Sancti Spiritus. You’ll have time before dinner to walk across the landmark arched bridge, Puente Yayabo. It casts a gorgeous reflection in the river below and seems more fitting for a small village in the English countryside than in the center of Cuba. 37 or 48 miles.
DAY 4: Today’s rolling ride takes us to the colonial town of Trinidad. Along the way, we’ll stop at the 18th century Manaca Iznaga estate. You can climb the tower for a stunning view of the valley surrounding us. We’ll have lunch there and learn about the sugar trade that used to dominate this part of the island.
We’ll finish our ride in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trinidad and have time before dinner for a walking tour on its cobbled streets. Our group will be staying in several charming casas particulares for the next two nights. These family-run homestays are a wonderful way to learn about the Cuban culture in a friendly and personal way. 34 or 42 miles.
DAY 5: Today’s loop ride will take us to the beautiful beach at Playa Ancon. The serene water is a gorgeous shade of aquamarine, and the sand is lined with chairs shaded by thatch umbrellas. On our way there, we’ll visit with some fishermen and learn about their lives. The day is a fascinating glimpse into the contrasts of life in Cuba. 22 miles.
DAY 6: We stay on the southern coast today as we head to the city of Cienfuegos, known as the Pearl of the South and is another UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll pass several estuaries where we should see some of the hundreds of different species of birds that call Cuba home. One-fourth of them are found nowhere else in the world.
After lunch, if time permits, we will shuttle to the Cienfuegos Botanical Gardens for a tour with a local specialist. The gardens have a stunning collection of more than 1400 species of trees and plants from around the world. Dinner is on your own tonight. Afterwards, be sure to take a selfie beside the charming statue of the 1950s Cuban singer Benny More on the pedestrian mall in Cienfuegos. 25 miles.
DAY 7: After a short morning shuttle out of the city, we’ll start bicycling on flat roads past rice paddies to Playa Girón. From there, it’s a short shuttle to Playa Larga and the landing for the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961. You’ll have time to learn all about it in the excellent small museum. You’ll also have the chance to snorkel at one of the largest offshore reefs in the Caribbean before we call it a day. 36 miles.
DAY 8: There is no cycling today as we head to Havana. Along the way, we’ll stop at Finca Vigia, where Ernest Hemmingway lived and wrote the novels For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea. Translated as Lookout Farm, the home is now a museum and has many of Hemmingway’s original furnishings and personal effects.
We’ll arrive in Havana in time for a guided walking tour of this magical place. We’ll head to the Plaza de la Revolución, the large central square where Fidel Castro would address thousands of Cubans. Tonight after dinner will be your last chance to take in some live Cuban music and learn how it has influenced music all over the world. 0 miles.
DAY 9: We’ll say our good-byes and you can take a taxi to the airport at your leisure. However, if you’d like to stay another day to explore Havana further, we’d love to have you. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the old city is an easy one to spend days exploring. Depending upon events happening in the city, we may visit the art neighborhood of Fusterlandia, the 16th century Morro Castle guarding the Havana harbor, or the National Museum of Fine Arts. Let us know if you’re interested. Adiós! 0 miles.