Cuba cycling tour
Travel right across this eclectic Caribbean island on two wheels - seeing Cuban culture and gorgeous landscapes up close from your saddle rather than through a bus window.
Havana Matanzas Playa Larga Bay of Pigs Cienfuegos Cycling in countryside and along coast Trinidad Sancti Spiritus Camaguey Bayamo Cycling into Sierra Maestra mountains Santiago Santa Clara Optional catamaran tour
US $4349ToUS $4649excluding flights
Optional single supplement from £528 - £560.
Minimum age 16.
Minimum age 16.
Late availability on these dates: 15 Apr
Description of Cuba cycling tour
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Cuba may be famous for its classic cars, yet one of the best things about cycling here is the absence of vehicles once you pedal beyond Havana. Along ...
Stepping into Havana for the first time is a world of classic cars, crackling transistor radios and clacking dominoes. As you meander into the country...
Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
Our top tip:
Gel seat covers are recommended, as are padded shorts. It's hot - but your backside will be grateful.
Small group. 5-18 people (average 12). Min. age 16.
Moderate. 10 days cycling, 25-87km/day (av. 70km).
12 nights hotels, 2 homestays.
Solo travelers welcome. Single rooms available (except over Christmas) with surcharge.
Accom., guide, support vehicle, listed activities, transfers. Flights if booked. Cycle hire extra.
14 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 4 dinners.
4 Reviews of Cuba cycling tour
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 13 Nov 2017 by Anne MograbyThe most memorable was the countryside, being off the beaten track. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Mar 2017 by Yumiko HirakiAlthough I cannot pick just one, the guide (leader) has played a huge role. It would have been a totally different trip had the guide been of somehow lower quality professional, even if we went through all the same activities and places. Eye and mind opening, six stars out of five! Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Apr 2017 by Debbie ChewThe most memorable was enjoying a walk in Sierra Maestra meeting the local farmer who welcomed us into his house. Fantastic, well organised and a great way to meet like minded people. Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Aug 2015 by Kirstin CarmoucheI thought it was excellent, really well organised with the right balance of culture, history, cycling and relaxing. Read full review
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
Few vacations have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a cycling trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We operate on a strict ‘leave no trace’ policy and local guides enforce this through responsible tourism briefings. These should help clients better understand the living situation for many and the environmental issues in the area. We also aim to benefit Cuban communities as much as possible by frequently stopping to use local restaurants, cafes and services.
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
PeopleAccommodation and Meals:
We spend 11 nights in hotels and 3 nights in ‘Casas Particulares.’ These are privately-owned Bed and Breakfast properties which enable you to have a rewarding insight into the local lifestyle by staying in a family home. Where meals are provided, fresh and local ingredients are always used. Although this is largely out of necessity, we can ensure that local farmers and vendors benefit. We visit a number of local, family-run restaurants called ‘Paladares’ throughout the trip. These sell a variety of authentic Cuban dishes like fresh lobster, black beans and rice, roast pork and chickpea stew.
Local Craft and Culture:
We visit several important cultural and historical sites on this tour, where our entrance fees contribute towards the preservation of artefacts and monuments that commemorate events integral to Cuban heritage. These include the Bay of Pigs museum and Guevara’s Mausoleum in Santa Clara. We encounter small handicraft stalls in most towns, so guests are able to purchase local crafts. Trinidad is famous for ceramic and lacework, and Havana’s Almacenes de San Juan is a great place to buy art, crafts, shoes, clothes, hats, instruments and food. A huge part of Cuban culture is music and dance so there will also be ample opportunity to experience this in some local bars and clubs.
Our local operator sponsors two schools in the Matanzas Province. The first is the local Primary School in Playa Giron, where they have repainted the school and provided educational supplies such as notepads, pens and sporting equipment. The second school is the Special Needs School in Matanzas City. Here, they have made a number of donations- from school materials and clothes to fans and sheets. We discourage giving to beggars on the trip as we don’t want to encourage this behaviour. Instead, our guides will help visitors to donate presents and supplies where the goods can really be utilised.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.
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