Central Cuba with Support Vehicle
18 days. starting from € 2.390,-
Viñales Valley: Tobacco & Mogotes
|Our bicycle tour at a glance|
|Total duration (days)||18|
|Bike stages / Days off||11 / 7|
|Length of stage (km), Ø||70|
|Total length (km), approx.||470|
|Cycling time per stage, Ø||5 hrs|
|Participants (min / max)*||4 / 12|
Day 1: Arrival
Check-In into the hotel or casa particular in Santa Clara is in the afternoon. We use the first evening to acclimatize.
DDay 2 (20 km): The City of Che Guevara
We take our bikes for a spin in the city. A must-see in Santa Clara is the memorial site of Guerrillero Che Guevara.
Day 3 (50 km): Hanabanilla Dam
Our support vehicle takes us outside the city to the beginning of our first bike stage. We cycle through hilly terrain, in a couple of hours we arrive at the Hanabanilla reservoir, located at the Escambray foothills.
Day 4 (30 km): Topes de Collantes
First we traverse the dam on a ferry and enjoy its beautiful scenery. 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.
Day 5 (40 km): Trinidad
Descenting the serpentines of southern Escambray we can enjoy a spectacular view towards the caribbean ocean. Around noon we arrive in Trinidad and can explore the little alleyways of the colonial city. Later we'll take a peak into the vibrant nightlife, tempted by mojito's and salsa dance.
Day 6 (60 km): Cienfuegos - Pearl of the South
Our bicycle trip takes us to Cienfuegos today, one of the most beautiful cities in Cuba and, like Trinidad, UNESCO world cultural heritage site. We will also visit the botanical garden, one of the species-richest in Cuba.
Day 7 (35 km): The fateful Bay of Pigs
We are cycling alongside the eastern shore of the Bay of Pigs until we reach Playa Larga. 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.
Days 8 and 9: Havana
We use our support vehicle today to reach Havana, where we take a stroll through the historical oldtown. The next day, we will explore the modern parts of Havana by bike.
Days 10 and 11 (50 km): Las Terrazas
Our support vehicle takes us outside the metropolis to the beginning of today's stage. We're cycling westwards to Las Terrazas, nature park and recreational site. The following day will be used to gain more knowledge about the history of this socialistic model project. To refresh, we take a bath in the natural pool of the river San Juan.
Day 12 (50 km): Soroa
We stop by in Soroa, where we visit the orchids garden. We continue our bike tour towards San Diego de los Banos.
Days 13 and 14 (60 km): Valley of Vinales
Shortly after San Diego we reach the national park La Güira. The roads to Vinales are a little tricky, but the scenery is worth it. Before reaching Vinales, we can visit the small cave "Cueva de los Portales", headquarters of a part of Cuba's army commanded by Che Guevara during the missile crises in 1963 (optional). The next day can be used for hikes, exploring one of the caves in the area or for horseback riding.
Days 15 and 16 (75 km): At the beach
After an early breakfast we continue our bike trip towards Maria La Gorda, a beach hotel on the western tip of the island. It is also an excellent diving spot. Optionally, we can go for a snorkel or diving trip.
Day 17: Back to Havana
Our bus takes us back to the city, where we spend our last night of the journey.
Day 18: 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.