22 days, starting from € 1.590,-
Havana: Infamous Carribbean Metropolis
This Cuba bike tour leads through scenically very attractive stages, contains beach stays at atlantic and caribbean shores, city nightlife as well as low mountain range passages. Some of the stages are more than 100 kilometers long, but there are only very few inclines.
|Our bicycle tour at a glance|
|Total duration (days)||22|
|Bike stages / Days off||15 / 7|
|Length of stage (km), Ø||70|
|Total length (km), approx.||1050|
|Cycling time per stage, Ø||5 hrs|
|Participants (min / max)*||4 / 12|
Days 1 and 2: Arrival
Check-In into the hotel in Varadero is in the afternoon. We use the first and second day in Varadero to acclimatize and get a feel for our bikes.
Day 3 (113 km): Peninsula de Zapata National Park
Our first stage guides south, passing through the small villages Jovellanos and Cardenas we approach the Bay of Pigs. In Guamá there is a crocodile farm which can be visited (optional).
Day 4 (51 km): The fateful Bay of Pigs
We are cycling alongside the eastern shore of the Bay of Pigs until we reach Playa Giron. This is where exile Cubans and US mercenaries landed to start the invasion of Cuba in 1961 with the aim to overthrow the revolutionary government. The invasion was stopped within 72 hours. A small museum in Playa Giron documents this dramatic episode in Cuban histroy.
Days 5 and 6 (90 km): Cienfuegos – Pearl of the South
Cycling on the Carretera del Sur, we will be reaching Cienfuegos today, one of the most beautiful cities in Cuba and UNESCO world cultural heritage site.
Day 7 (61 km): Hanabanilla
This stage leads through hilly terrain, in a couple of hours we arrive at the Hanabanilla reservoir, located at the Escambray foothills.
Day 8 (62 km): Topes de Collantes
A short but intense stage guides to the peaks of the Escambray mountain range, called Topes de Collantes. We stay in one of the health resorts there and have enough time to explore the subtropical area, hiking or horseback riding.
Days 9 and 10 (20 km): Trinidad and Playa Ancón
We have about 50 more kilometers to go before reaching the caribbean shore. We pass Trinidad with enough time for a tour through the inner city and continue on to Playa Ancón.
Day 11 (72 km): Sancti Spiritus
After breakfast we move eastwards towards Sancti Spiritus. Shortly after Trinidad we take a break in the sugar mill valley (Valle de los Ingenios). One of the watchtowers can still be visited today.
Days 12 and 13 (80 km): Mayajigua
We stay two nights in Mayajigua.
Days 14 and 15 (110 km): Cayería
Our bike tour brings us to Cayo las Brujas, traversing a dam of 27 kilometers length. The Cayos (offshore isles) are a caribbean beach idyl, typical postcard motive.
Day 16 (70 km): Remedios
Remedios is a lovely and laid-back little town near the coast where we stay in friendly private homes.
Day 17 (48 km): The City of Che Guevara
A must-see in Santa Clara is the memorial site of Guerrillero Che Guevara.
Day 18 (110 km): Cuban hinterland
For a little while we will be cycling on the Carretera Central before turning into the Cuban hinterland. The health resort Banos de Elguea literally seems to be the end of the world.
Day 19 (134 km): Matanzas
Alongside the coastline we will be pedaling for a while today. This stage leads to the old port Matanzas.
Days 20 and 21 (68 km): from Matanzas to Havana
Avoiding the busy freeway along the coast, we pass through the inland towards Havana, where we stay two nights to enjoy the capital.
Day 22: Farewell
We can take a last stroll through the city before departing.
Please note: We usually book the hotels mentioned in our travel information. Unfortunately, it is possible that we have to alter the reservation at short notice because of the current capacity situation. This could occasionally lead to changes in the itinerary.