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From Havanna to Vinales

Beautiful beaches, coffee plantations & Caribbean rhythms

From Havanna to Vinales

Beautiful beaches, coffee plantations & Caribbean rhythms

From USD 2655

Discover the cycling paradise that is Cuba! Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of this remarkable nation as you pedal through lush landscapes, encounter its welcoming people, and groove to the spirited rhythms that define Cuban life. From captivating nature to pristine, chalk-white beaches, this adventure offers it all. For the active adventurer on two wheels, this is the dream trip you've been waiting for!

Highlights

  • Havana
  • Coffee tasting in Las Terrazas
  • Viñales
  • Local life in Casa Particulares
  • Beautiful nature and chalk-white sandy beaches

Prepare to be swept away on a vibrant journey through the kaleidoscope of Cuba! This island nation is a unique masterpiece, distinguished by its history, politics, revolution, geography, and most notably, its people. It's the pulsating rhythms, boundless joy, and heartwarming hospitality that beckon travelers back time and again.

Our adventure commences in Havana, the epicenter of Cuban allure, where an extraordinary atmosphere electrifies the air. From there, we venture into the idyllic countryside, pedaling through a Caribbean landscape adorned with tobacco, sugarcane, and coffee plantations. We'll find respite in the warm embrace of Cuban families at casas particulares, savoring delectable meals at intimate, privately-owned restaurants known as paladars.

As our final day of cycling unfolds, we conclude our odyssey on the shores of one of Cuba's stunning beaches, basking in the sun and sea. Returning to Havana, we explore the historic old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the echoes of centuries past enchant every corner. This is your ticket to an unforgettable Cuban adventure!

 

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On this tour we only use local guides.

Dates and booking

Fri 21. Mars - Sat 29. Mars 2025

USD 2655

Flight not included

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Sat-Sun : 14-17
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Sat : 10-18
Sun : 13-21
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Safety & Grading

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  • 24 hour emergency response
  • Guides trained in wilderness first aid
  • Basic medication and first aid kits available

Physical level

2/6 Physical

We need to exert some effort to reach our destination. With a good level of fitness and determination, these journeys are manageable for the majority of participants. Being active in daily life is a beneficial preparation.

Comfort level

4/6 Comfort

Simple to good quality inns, such as small family hotels, B&Bs and agrotourism (farmhouses), usually with private bathrooms.

Risk level

3/6 Risk

Activities/trips with some risk. Certain incidents may occur, and they may be of such a nature that they may require professional help.

Training and Preparations

This is a moderately physically demanding trip with day stages of up to 60 kilometers by bike in a hot and humid climate. However, we have an accompanying bus all the way, so there is no danger if for some reason you want to take it easy; but we assume that you are there to cycle as much as possible.

It is both important and necessary that you have done some cycling before the trip. This is to avoid injuries to the back or wrists! It's relatively flat in the areas where we cycle, but one of the days you'll also be cycling through some uphill terrain. 

Visas, Vaccinations and Health

Before embarking on our journey together, we kindly remind all tour participants to check their respective country's visa status and vaccination requirements. Ensuring your travel documents are in order is a crucial step in guaranteeing a smooth and hassle-free adventure. You must have a valid passport, with an expiry date more than 6 months after departure. 

If you are over 67, you should have a thorough medical check-up before the trip. Make the doctor aware that it is a trip with physical exertion and where we move off the beaten track.

It is important that you fill in all parts of the registration form (especially where we ask for information about health and allergies), and let us know if there is anything we need to be aware of before and during the trip. Relevant health information that may have an impact on the tour must also be communicated to the guide at the start of the tour.

Note - If you are on regular medication, have known allergies or the like, you must always have your personal medication with you.

Additional Information

We stay in hotels, as well as two nights in so-called casa particulares; at home with Cuban families.

It is not all places where it is easy to get hold of gluten-free wholemeal bread, lactose-free alternatives or to accommodate other dietary requirements. Enter it in the registration form if you have allergies and we will try to accommodate as best we can. We would still recommend that those who have special dietary needs bring some alternatives in the form of, for example, a packet of crackers, energy bars or something similar that you know you can eat.

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Cuba-2007@AnnElinNordal-7

Day 1:Arrival

Airfare is not included in this tour, so you are responsible for arranging your own transportation to and from Cuba. The first day is unscheduled, allowing you to arrive in Havana at your convenience. Upon arrival at José Martí international Airport (HAV), one of our representatives will greet you in the arrivals hall and accompany you to our charming hotel for the night. Here, you will meet the guide and the rest of the group. We have dinner together at the hotel and go over the program for the coming week.

Airfare is not included in this tour, so you are responsible for arranging your own transportation to and from Cuba. The first day is unscheduled, allowing you to arrive in Havana at your convenience. Upon arrival at José Martí international Airport (HAV), one of our representatives will greet you in the arrivals hall and accompany you to our charming hotel for the night. Here, you will meet the guide and the rest of the group. We have dinner together at the hotel and go over the program for the coming week.

Hotel

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Day 2:Havana - Las Terrazas - Soroa

Today we drive to Las Terrazas where we our cycling adventure begins. This is a beautiful eco-tourism area that was listed by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve in 1985. After centuries of deforestation, new trees were planted and conservationists built an ecological community by a small, beautiful lake. Here we take a morning walk, eat lunch and taste the locally produced coffee, and there will also be time for a refreshing dip. In the afternoon, we cycle the last stretch to Soroa, which is known for its beautiful waterfalls, but the area still bears the mark of the powerful hurricanes that have ravaged here in recent years. Here we spend the night and have dinner.

Today we drive to Las Terrazas where we our cycling adventure begins. This is a beautiful eco-tourism area that was listed by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve in 1985. After centuries of deforestation, new trees were planted and conservationists built an ecological community by a small, beautiful lake. Here we take a morning walk, eat lunch and taste the locally produced coffee, and there will also be time for a refreshing dip. In the afternoon, we cycle the last stretch to Soroa, which is known for its beautiful waterfalls, but the area still bears the mark of the powerful hurricanes that have ravaged here in recent years. Here we spend the night and have dinner.

Hotel

B,L,-

20km

Cuba-2007@AnnElinNordal-17

Day 3:Soroa - Sierra del Rosario - San Diego de Los Baños

After breakfast we take the bus out of Soroa before we start cycling down into the valley. The trip takes us through small charming villages and we spend the night at Pinar del Rio which is a sleepy little town at the foot of the Sierra del Rosario mountain range. We cycle through thriving agricultural areas and tobacco plantations, up and down along the almost unused mountain roads, and on a clear day it is possible to see both the north and south coast of Cuba, which here is only about 5 miles wide. Along the way we will have lunch, and when we arrive in San Diego de los Baños, we will check into the hotel and find a place to have dinner.

After breakfast we take the bus out of Soroa before we start cycling down into the valley. The trip takes us through small charming villages and we spend the night at Pinar del Rio which is a sleepy little town at the foot of the Sierra del Rosario mountain range. We cycle through thriving agricultural areas and tobacco plantations, up and down along the almost unused mountain roads, and on a clear day it is possible to see both the north and south coast of Cuba, which here is only about 5 miles wide. Along the way we will have lunch, and when we arrive in San Diego de los Baños, we will check into the hotel and find a place to have dinner.

Hotel

B,L,D

4 hours

45 km

Cuba-2023@EliseKoren (6)

Day 4:San Diego de Los Baños - Aguas Claras

We eat breakfast, bring a packed lunch and visit a cigar factory before leaving San Diego de Los Baños. Soon we catch sight of "Los Mogotes", which are the tree-clad, mushroom-shaped mountains that rise straight up from the lush, green fields. We are now in the middle of the province known for producing Cuba's (some say the world's) best tobacco and its beautiful limestone formations. We visit the cave Cueva de la Portales, where Che Guevara commanded the Cuban army during the crisis of 1962. We spend the night in Aguas Claras, which is located just outside the city of Piñar del Rio. Here you can lie and relax by the pool, well satisfied with the day's cycling.

We eat breakfast, bring a packed lunch and visit a cigar factory before leaving San Diego de Los Baños. Soon we catch sight of "Los Mogotes", which are the tree-clad, mushroom-shaped mountains that rise straight up from the lush, green fields. We are now in the middle of the province known for producing Cuba's (some say the world's) best tobacco and its beautiful limestone formations. We visit the cave Cueva de la Portales, where Che Guevara commanded the Cuban army during the crisis of 1962. We spend the night in Aguas Claras, which is located just outside the city of Piñar del Rio. Here you can lie and relax by the pool, well satisfied with the day's cycling.

Hotel

B,L,D

50 km

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Day 5:Aguas Claras - Viñales

Today we are going on a journey of discovery in the beautiful Viñales Valley. Viñales is known for its tobacco plantations, many valleys and vast networks of limestone caves. We will spend the whole day here and will visit both the Santo Tomás cave, tobacco farmers and the rock paintings "Mural de la Prehistoria". Here we also eat lunch and enjoy Cuba's best and freshest Piña Coladas. The last leg goes to the colorful town of Viñales where we check into casas particulares (private homes). Here we are warmly welcomed by the owner of the house. In the evening we find a local paladar (local privately run restaurant) where we can have dinner.

Today we are going on a journey of discovery in the beautiful Viñales Valley. Viñales is known for its tobacco plantations, many valleys and vast networks of limestone caves. We will spend the whole day here and will visit both the Santo Tomás cave, tobacco farmers and the rock paintings "Mural de la Prehistoria". Here we also eat lunch and enjoy Cuba's best and freshest Piña Coladas. The last leg goes to the colorful town of Viñales where we check into casas particulares (private homes). Here we are warmly welcomed by the owner of the house. In the evening we find a local paladar (local privately run restaurant) where we can have dinner.

Private home

B,L,-

60 km

Cuba-2023@EliseKoren (9)

Day 6:Exploring the beautiful Viñales Valley

A short walk from our Casa brings us to the trailhead for today's ride among the horse trails and lagoons that characterize the Viñales farms. The rich red soil and moist conditions are perfect for growing fruit, vegetables and tobacco. We visit local farms and learn how farmers live and work, try a coffee or cocktail, then learn more about life in the countryside. Today we will have lunch at a restaurant located on the outskirts of town known as Wilfredo's Organic Farm, a self-sufficient organic farm that uses the produce from their fields in the kitchen. After lunch we head down the hill towards Viñales Village and explore this lovely rural town.

A short walk from our Casa brings us to the trailhead for today's ride among the horse trails and lagoons that characterize the Viñales farms. The rich red soil and moist conditions are perfect for growing fruit, vegetables and tobacco. We visit local farms and learn how farmers live and work, try a coffee or cocktail, then learn more about life in the countryside. Today we will have lunch at a restaurant located on the outskirts of town known as Wilfredo's Organic Farm, a self-sufficient organic farm that uses the produce from their fields in the kitchen. After lunch we head down the hill towards Viñales Village and explore this lovely rural town.

Private home

B,L,-

56 km

Cuba-2007@AnnElinNordal-13

Day 7:To the beaches of Cayo Jutias

We take it easy in the morning and eat breakfast at our casa. Afterwards, we hop on our bikes and hit the road again. We have been given a packed lunch that we will eat along the ride. We will struggle quite a bit on bad roads today, but we promise that Cuban village life will tempt you with many new impressions. The first stage is perhaps the most beautiful of the entire cycling journey! During the day, we can smell the sea, and we arrive at Cayo Jutias. This is one of Cuba's finest beaches, a beautiful white sandy beach of around three kilometers.Here we spend a few hours relaxing, sunbathing and swimming in the Caribbean Sea, before taking our bus back to Havana for the evening. Here there are often opportunities to join a salsa course if you still have some energy left in your legs. In Havana we are accommodated in two different private homes in the old town. This is a great way to get to know the city and its culture even better!

We take it easy in the morning and eat breakfast at our casa. Afterwards, we hop on our bikes and hit the road again. We have been given a packed lunch that we will eat along the ride. We will struggle quite a bit on bad roads today, but we promise that Cuban village life will tempt you with many new impressions. The first stage is perhaps the most beautiful of the entire cycling journey! During the day, we can smell the sea, and we arrive at Cayo Jutias. This is one of Cuba's finest beaches, a beautiful white sandy beach of around three kilometers.Here we spend a few hours relaxing, sunbathing and swimming in the Caribbean Sea, before taking our bus back to Havana for the evening. Here there are often opportunities to join a salsa course if you still have some energy left in your legs. In Havana we are accommodated in two different private homes in the old town. This is a great way to get to know the city and its culture even better!

Hotel/private home

B,L,D

Cuba-2019@JohannaJohansson-8

Day 8:Havana

Today we explore a city that has been lost in time. This is a magical city that bears witness to Spanish cultural heritage: dark rum, sweet cigars, salsa and a legendary joie de vivre. The four main quarters from the colonial era are on the UNESCO World Heritage List and consist of a wonderful jumble of small, narrow alleys and old, elegant buildings. Side by side with pastel colored buildings from the colonial era, we find slogans such as "Viva Cuba Libre" and the unmistakable portrait of Che Guevara painted on white brick walls. We are dropped off in Miramar, and get a sightseeing tour into the old town. Here we eat lunch and In the afternoon there will be a sunset drive through Havana, in old classic American cars, to a great restaurant for a joint farewell dinner.

Today we explore a city that has been lost in time. This is a magical city that bears witness to Spanish cultural heritage: dark rum, sweet cigars, salsa and a legendary joie de vivre. The four main quarters from the colonial era are on the UNESCO World Heritage List and consist of a wonderful jumble of small, narrow alleys and old, elegant buildings. Side by side with pastel colored buildings from the colonial era, we find slogans such as "Viva Cuba Libre" and the unmistakable portrait of Che Guevara painted on white brick walls. We are dropped off in Miramar, and get a sightseeing tour into the old town. Here we eat lunch and In the afternoon there will be a sunset drive through Havana, in old classic American cars, to a great restaurant for a joint farewell dinner.

Flight/private home

B,L,D

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Day 9:Departure day

After breakfast we we say goodbye to Cuba and all the new friends we have made along the way. Participants then have the freedom to organize their onward journeys, whether it is on the way to the airport and home or going to yet another exotic destination. You can be sure we have plenty of suggestions to get you inspired!

After breakfast we we say goodbye to Cuba and all the new friends we have made along the way. Participants then have the freedom to organize their onward journeys, whether it is on the way to the airport and home or going to yet another exotic destination. You can be sure we have plenty of suggestions to get you inspired!

B,-,-

Airfare is not included in this tour, so you are responsible for arranging your own transportation to and from Cuba. The first day is unscheduled, allowing you to arrive in Havana at your convenience. Upon arrival at José Martí international Airport (HAV), one of our representatives will greet you in the arrivals hall and accompany you to our charming hotel for the night. Here, you will meet the guide and the rest of the group. We have dinner together at the hotel and go over the program for the coming week.

Hotel

-,-,-

Today we drive to Las Terrazas where we our cycling adventure begins. This is a beautiful eco-tourism area that was listed by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve in 1985. After centuries of deforestation, new trees were planted and conservationists built an ecological community by a small, beautiful lake. Here we take a morning walk, eat lunch and taste the locally produced coffee, and there will also be time for a refreshing dip. In the afternoon, we cycle the last stretch to Soroa, which is known for its beautiful waterfalls, but the area still bears the mark of the powerful hurricanes that have ravaged here in recent years. Here we spend the night and have dinner.

Hotel

B,L,-

20km

After breakfast we take the bus out of Soroa before we start cycling down into the valley. The trip takes us through small charming villages and we spend the night at Pinar del Rio which is a sleepy little town at the foot of the Sierra del Rosario mountain range. We cycle through thriving agricultural areas and tobacco plantations, up and down along the almost unused mountain roads, and on a clear day it is possible to see both the north and south coast of Cuba, which here is only about 5 miles wide. Along the way we will have lunch, and when we arrive in San Diego de los Baños, we will check into the hotel and find a place to have dinner.

Hotel

B,L,D

4 hours

45 km

We eat breakfast, bring a packed lunch and visit a cigar factory before leaving San Diego de Los Baños. Soon we catch sight of "Los Mogotes", which are the tree-clad, mushroom-shaped mountains that rise straight up from the lush, green fields. We are now in the middle of the province known for producing Cuba's (some say the world's) best tobacco and its beautiful limestone formations. We visit the cave Cueva de la Portales, where Che Guevara commanded the Cuban army during the crisis of 1962. We spend the night in Aguas Claras, which is located just outside the city of Piñar del Rio. Here you can lie and relax by the pool, well satisfied with the day's cycling.

Hotel

B,L,D

50 km

Today we are going on a journey of discovery in the beautiful Viñales Valley. Viñales is known for its tobacco plantations, many valleys and vast networks of limestone caves. We will spend the whole day here and will visit both the Santo Tomás cave, tobacco farmers and the rock paintings "Mural de la Prehistoria". Here we also eat lunch and enjoy Cuba's best and freshest Piña Coladas. The last leg goes to the colorful town of Viñales where we check into casas particulares (private homes). Here we are warmly welcomed by the owner of the house. In the evening we find a local paladar (local privately run restaurant) where we can have dinner.

Private home

B,L,-

60 km

A short walk from our Casa brings us to the trailhead for today's ride among the horse trails and lagoons that characterize the Viñales farms. The rich red soil and moist conditions are perfect for growing fruit, vegetables and tobacco. We visit local farms and learn how farmers live and work, try a coffee or cocktail, then learn more about life in the countryside. Today we will have lunch at a restaurant located on the outskirts of town known as Wilfredo's Organic Farm, a self-sufficient organic farm that uses the produce from their fields in the kitchen. After lunch we head down the hill towards Viñales Village and explore this lovely rural town.

Private home

B,L,-

56 km

We take it easy in the morning and eat breakfast at our casa. Afterwards, we hop on our bikes and hit the road again. We have been given a packed lunch that we will eat along the ride. We will struggle quite a bit on bad roads today, but we promise that Cuban village life will tempt you with many new impressions. The first stage is perhaps the most beautiful of the entire cycling journey! During the day, we can smell the sea, and we arrive at Cayo Jutias. This is one of Cuba's finest beaches, a beautiful white sandy beach of around three kilometers.Here we spend a few hours relaxing, sunbathing and swimming in the Caribbean Sea, before taking our bus back to Havana for the evening. Here there are often opportunities to join a salsa course if you still have some energy left in your legs. In Havana we are accommodated in two different private homes in the old town. This is a great way to get to know the city and its culture even better!

Hotel/private home

B,L,D

Today we explore a city that has been lost in time. This is a magical city that bears witness to Spanish cultural heritage: dark rum, sweet cigars, salsa and a legendary joie de vivre. The four main quarters from the colonial era are on the UNESCO World Heritage List and consist of a wonderful jumble of small, narrow alleys and old, elegant buildings. Side by side with pastel colored buildings from the colonial era, we find slogans such as "Viva Cuba Libre" and the unmistakable portrait of Che Guevara painted on white brick walls. We are dropped off in Miramar, and get a sightseeing tour into the old town. Here we eat lunch and In the afternoon there will be a sunset drive through Havana, in old classic American cars, to a great restaurant for a joint farewell dinner.

Flight/private home

B,L,D

After breakfast we we say goodbye to Cuba and all the new friends we have made along the way. Participants then have the freedom to organize their onward journeys, whether it is on the way to the airport and home or going to yet another exotic destination. You can be sure we have plenty of suggestions to get you inspired!

B,-,-

What's included in the price

Included

All transport according to the program

 shared double room

As specified in the day to day program.

Support van for luggage and participants.  With air conditioning, on cycling days.

provided on cycling days

Not included

It is important to check whether the departure is guaranteed or not before you book your flight tickets for the journey. On each departure, we must have a minimum number of confirmed participants before we can guarantee the departure.

For local guides and drivers. Tips are a normal and expected part of being a tourist in many of the destinations we visit. This is given in cash during the tour, and therefore cannot be included in the tour price.

See specifications in the program.

At hotels/lodges, on request.

Terms and Conditions 

We reserve the right to change prices. The day by day program is indicative and changes may occur. It is important to be prepared for the fact that Cuba is not like other countries, for better or for worse. For example, we must be prepared that our hotel suddenly has one room too small, that the cigar factory we are going to visit has suddenly closed, or that there is no water in the shower or toilet. The stores have a significantly poorer selection than we are used to. Such things have become everyday in Cuba, and we must be prepared that not everything goes 100% according to plan. We also refer to our general travel conditions.

Travel insurance

On all our trips, we require you to have full health and accident insurance which will also cover any transport home. Read more about travel insurance.

Equipment list

This list is intended as a guideline, so that we have what we need regardless of the weather we get on the trip. Remember that you can also get used hiking equipment that works perfectly. Get in touch if you have any questions. TIP: We recommend that you have the most important hiking equipment in your hand luggage, for example hiking boots and gore-tex jacket/trousers.

Obligatory

Clothing

Not too thick, bring more layers if necessary. Top and bottom.

We recommend thin wool.

With padding.

Fleece or wool. 

Waterproof jacket and pants.

Full-finger gloves, for protection.

Footwear
Equipment

Avoid bringing a suitcase, they are more difficult to transport between hotels.

Personal medicines and, for example, band-aids, blister plaster, sports tape, throat lozenges, nasal drops, Paracetamol/Ibuprofen, stomach regulators, etc.
We need to know about all medicines you are taking, in case something happens. 

Tooth brush, tooth paste, small towel, ear plugs, wet wipes, biodegradable soap, etc.

Need to fit in a standard bottle holder on the bike.

Passport, tickets, bank card, proof of vaccination andproof of insurance. Remember to have a copy of important documents on your phone and/or somewhere in your bag. 

Recommended

Clothing

Thin, ultra light.

Footwear
Equipment

Remember new/extra batteries.

Useful

Clothing

For evenings and leasure days.

Equipment

If you dont like biking with a backpack. The pack has to fit on the handlebar.

Nuts, chocolate, energy bars, etc.

If you are used to and prefer this. 

Packing Tips

In Cuba, it can be hot during the day with daytime temperatures of between 25 - 35°C (77-95°F) . We plan to start cycling early in the day when the sun is low and the air is coolest.

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