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Leave the resorts of Varadero behind and discover the real Cuba on this eight-day active adventure. Get your blood pumping cycling the hills of the Guaniguanico and El Rosario mountain ranges and marvel at scenic vistas that will take your breath away. Tour a tobacco plantation for a taste of iconic Cuban culture. With its lush scenery, vibrant culture, and incredible beaches, this active cycling adventure will have you exploring a side of this island few get to know.

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Duration: 8 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 142368
Starts: Havana, Cuba Finishes: Havana, Cuba
You will Visit
  • Havana

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Day 1: Havana

Arrive in Havana at any time. There are no planned activities, so check into the hotel and enjoy the city. Your CEO will organize a short meeting in the evening.

Additional Notes:
It is important to note that Cuba tends to be quite different to other areas of the world you may have travelled in. Buildings and infrastructure are generally old and may not have been maintained to the highest standard. Elevators, internet and A/C often break down, things happen very slowly and water pressure and hot water can be minimal. Cuba is an amazing place to visit but to fully enjoy and relax, western expectations should be left at home and your sense of adventure should be your guide.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day

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Day 2: Havana/Viñales (1B, 1D)

Leave Havana this morning and drive to the small village of Viñales. This region is one of the most stunning in Cuba, know for its mogotes (large limestone pincushion hills) that make for spectacular views. In the afternoon, get fitted on a bike and hop in the saddle for the first ride in the area. Although we're not covering much distance today, it's a great opportunity to get accustomed to the conditions and prepared for the days ahead.

Enjoy some free time in Viñales after lunch and opt to go caving, hiking, or relax and enjoy the beautiful views of the valley. Viñales is the base for the next three days of cycling, so unpack and get comfortable. Have dinner in the hotel and meet with the CEO in the evening to prepare for tomorrow's adventure.

Today's riding distance: approx 20kms

Additional Notes:
This trip is considered a 'Moderate' cycling level and requires good fitness and skill level. Expect daily cycling to be between 20-65 kms on a mixture of paved and rustic roads to experience the true Cuban countryside – you never know when you may end up sharing the road with vintage cars or horse-drawn carriages! Heat and humidity can add unique challenges to cycling in Cuba, but a support vehicle will accompany the group for all biking segments in case you get tired and want to hitch a ride.

Included Activities:
Viñales Cycling

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 189km)
Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s), 14km)

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Day 3: Viñales (1B, 1L)

Cayo Jutias is the quintessential white-sand Caribbean beach that has yet to be found by most travellers to Cuba. The journey today is just as impressive as the destination; prepare for a longer day in the saddle with a variety to ascents and descents along the beautiful, hilly terrain. En route, stop at the Diego Rivera inspired Mural de la Prehistoria – a 120m long mural that took four years to paint.

Once you reach the coast, cycle along a stunning coastal route that leads to the crystal clear water of the Caribbean sea. Enjoy time this afternoon to relax, go for a swim, or snorkel. Later in the afternoon, hop in the support vehicle for a lift back to Viñales.

Today's riding distance: approx 65kms

Included Activities:
Cayo Jutías Cycling

Transport:
Private Vehicle

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Day 4: Viñales (1B, 1D)

Today's ride starts in the Acón Valley, a scenic area with similar landscapes to Viñales that is relatively untouched from tourism. Expect a leisurely ride to begin, before finishing the day on some of the larger hills in the area. This area is primarily rural farmland, giving a unique glimpse into the daily life of Cubans outside of larger towns.

Today's riding distance: approx 30kms

Included Activities:
Cycling La Palma to Vinales

Transport:
Private Vehicle

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Day 5: Viñales/Soroa (1B, 1L)

Due to the richness of the soil, Pinar del Río accounts for 59 per cent of Cuba's tobacco plantation, with the first factory opening in 1760. Visit a tobacco factory to watch cigars being produced before transferring to Cueva de los Portales, a cave where Che Guevara commanded Cuba's occidental army during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Take time wandering the grounds and check out some of Che's artifacts that were left behind.

Enjoy a picnic lunch before an afternoon bike ride to La Güira, the ruins of a former politician's mansion that is now a National Park. Make sure to check out the impressive gates to the park and keep an eye out for the many species of birds that call this area home. Later, transfer to your accommodation in Soroa.

Today's riding distance: approx 17kms

Included Activities:
Cigar Factory Tour
Cycling to La Güira

Transport:
Private Vehicle
Private Vehicle

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Day 6: Soroa (1B, 1D)

In 1968, Fidel Castro started what was known as a green revolution: reforesting the Sierra del Rosario mountains that were logged by Spanish conquistadors, along with nurturing nearby land damaged by hurricanes, to try and improve the lives of citizens living in this remote region. This also marked the birth of Las Terrazas, a small eco-village that is now a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Start the day back in the saddle and cycle from Soroa to Las Terrazas. Throughout the ride, stop at some local communities to see rural Cuban life and learn about the history of the region. Most of the cycling today is moderate, with one steep hill to climb. After arriving in Las Terrazas, enjoy free time to explore the beautiful natural surroundings. Go for a hike, bird-watching, or wander through the open studios and pottery workshops of this vibrant art community.

Today's riding distance: approx 23kms

Included Activities:
Cycling Las Terrazas

Transport:
Private Vehicle (23km)

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Day 7: Soroa/Havana (1B, 1L)

One of the oldest cities in the western hemisphere, Havana was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. It contains a wealth of colonial architecture, and the old city and streets around the malecon (ocean-side walkway) are best discovered on foot. After arriving back to the city, go on a walking tour of Havana's highlights. Revel in the bustle, history, and rhythms of this fascinating Caribbean capital city.

Included Activities:
Havana City Walking Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours, 80km)

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Day 8: Havana (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Guided cycling with support vehicle (6 days)
    • Visit to a traditional cigar factory in Pinar del Río
    • Havana city tour
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/casas particulares (homestays) (7 nts)
    • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, bicycle, support vehicle, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Cycle through pincushion hills
  • Sample Cuban rum straight from distillery
  • Hear Cuban salsa music float through the streets of Havana
  • Walk across one of Cuba's famed white-sand beaches
  • Gaze out across the crystal-blue Caribbean.


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Isabelle C Posted on: 

One of the best ways to see Cuba! With a very generous local guide, a very authentic experience. Very well organized, well-balanced between (some) tough rides, (humidity and heat!!) and some surprise treats like freshly picked banana or mango, a nice little river or a beach to refresh in, a swimming pool at a nice hotel at the end of the day, etc. The landscapes are breathtaking: red soil, palm tree, and some glimpses of the ocean... The last part of the trip in Havana is also worthy, short but intense! I suggest to stay an extra couple of days, on your own, in order to really appreciate its richness and complex history.

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Ottilie S Posted on: 

Great variation in countryside & experiences, very well selected region.

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Samuel B Posted on: 

An awesome way to see Cuba, and a Cuban tour guide certainly gives you a more local experience and gets you closer to things, even more so than by just being on the bike.....

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Cheryl T Posted on: 

I enjoyed experiencing Cuba beyond the gates of on all-inclusive resort. We learned a great deal while cycling through the beautiful countryside.

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Reimer G Posted on: 

The physical challenge was not as great as we feared, so we were well prepared. Beautiful scenery, mostly good roads, very friendly locals. Excellent bicycles provided. The group interacted and got along well with each other and with the driver and guide. We felt safe wherever we went, both with the locals around and with the traffic.

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Serena V Posted on: 

Dear G Adventures, This e-mail is just to compliment G Adventures for the wonderful experience I had in Cuba. I went on a biking tour from April 16 to 23, and I can really say I left my heart there. Everything in the organization went really well, thanks to our wonderful guide, David, and our fantastic bus driver, Rodolfo. I was positively impressed by the hotel selection, the quality of the bus (with lots of space and air conditioning) and of the bikes, and generally by the selection of places to visit and activities to do. The west of Cuba is fantastic, looks like a tropical garden, and touring it by bike was probably the best way to have a feeling not only of the places but also of the poeple, the smells, the richness of vegetation and of animals... and everyone in the group had a very positive attitude and was just as impressed as I was. So, if you have a chance to keep things the way they were for me, I am sure everyone booking a G Adventure in Cuba will be as happy as me! Thank you, and I am really looking forward to having a new adventure with you! Serena

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Kristan B Posted on: 

The trip was excellent and I would highly recommend this tour to anyone. The tour leader was very informative, enthusiastic and entertaining. There were so many high points like the cycle to the Cayo Jutias beach, stopping for a snack at a countryside fruit and sugarcane stand, trying to salsa at the Vinales bar where the locals dance, cycling to Las Terrazas, seeing the town, staying at La Moca.

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Anne R Posted on: 

It was a fantastic trip. The guide was excellent -- very helpful, friendly, knowledgeable. We had good group dynamics and the leader helped this. There were a few glitches that could have been solved with better communication on G Adventures.'s part. The cycling routes were scenic and interesting.

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David B Posted on: 

I thoroughly enjoyed the trip . Pedro our guide was informative of Cuban life , personable ,eager to please and easy going. The group for people I was with were just great to be with . Bikes were satisfactory . Hotels were great especially the Moka and the hotel in Town of Pinar del Rio whatever its name. Food was so so and the definite low point . Pedro our guide was very good in locating fresh fruit which was very enjoyable and the last night we went to a Paladares a Private restauatant which was the best meal I had during the trip. I liked the idea of making our lunches as opposed to having a big meal for lunch but having done the kayak Cuba trip the year before the food there was better. I have been to Cuba 7 times in he past and the food was the least enjoyable of the trips I have been on. However the enjoyment of the cycling the nice hotels and the varied experience of life in Cuba more than made up for the limited Diet . I might suggest the use of private restauarants on occasion. Overall I had a great time would not hesitate to recommend it and give it a 9 out of ten . Thanks for a great vacation

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Philippe R Posted on: 

Great tour. I specifically enjoyed having a local guide who knew the culture, people, shortcuts, and indepth knowledge.

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James C Posted on: 

Fantastic in every way. Any cycling tour with 15 members must be well organized, and this tour was perfectly organized. Our tour leader, David, spoke 99.999% fluent English, was very voluble and interesting, and had a wealth of knowledge and insight re Cuban history, society, culture, etc -- all presented without, notably, much hint of regurgitated propaganda. The pace of the tour, the places we stayed, the events, after-hours activities, and the variety of activities all made for a fine trip. From Day 1 to Day 8, everything went smoothly, and all of the members were pleased, if not thrilled, to be a part of this tour. Special marks must go to our tour leader, David, who established a friendly rapport with us minutes after meeting us at the airport on our arrivals. Other tour members who had taken part in other G Adventures tours commented that David was far and away the finest leader they ever toured with.

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Reimer G Posted on: 

The physical challenge was not as great as feared, we were well prepared. Beautiful scenery, mostly good roads, very friendly locals. Excellent bicycles provided. The group interacted and got along well w each other and w the driver and guide. We felt safe wherever we went, both with the locals around and w the traffic.

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Isabelle C Posted on: 

One of the best way to see Cuba! With a very generous local guide, a very authentic experience. Very well organized, well-balanced between (some) tough rides, (humidity and heat!!) and some "treats" as a banana or mango freshly picked, a nice little river or a beach to refresh itself, a swimming pool at a nice hotel at the end of the day, etc. The landscape are breathtaking: red soil, palm tree, mogote, and some glimpse to the ocean... The last part of the trip in La Habana is also worthy, short but intense. I suggest to stay an extra couple of days, by itself, in order to really appreciate it richness and complex history.

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Kelly T Posted on: 

Challenging cycling (the physically rating was accurate). A great group of people and very nice to have the local guides to help you learn about the country.

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Paul J Posted on: 

Very interesting to see the way Cuba has been coping with the U.S. embargo.

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Janna G Posted on: 

Great tour leader (David) and driver (Jose); both genuine people who were genuinely concerned that we all had a great time. The tour was a perfect introduction to the beautiful and confusing country that is Cuba.

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Deborah E Posted on: 

The tour was a great introduction to life in rural Cuba as well as the big city and the route was very beautiful, challenging, interesting, with lots of great places to see and tour. Our leader was exceptional. David described every aspect of life in Cuba and answered literally thousands of our questions. He was totally committed to the trip and gave us 100%. Jose, the bus driver, was also wonderful and helpful. Accommodations were mostly very good.\

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Gritt O Posted on: 

It was a real adventure. Overall I enjoyed the trip

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Edward T Posted on: 

I felt honoured to participate in this inside view of a fascinating country. David, the guide, was excellent at providing information and soliciting questions. The trip was well balanced between cycling, touring, and riding the bus.

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Sian B Posted on: 

We usually cycle tour on our own but we definitely got a lot more out of our holiday by signing up for the G Adventures tour. Based on reports from friends and the web we arrived with low expectations of food and accommodation in Cuba but were pleasantly surprised on the tour. The best thing was having the local guide David who was so knowledgeable and told us all about Cuban history and life as well as introducing us to some local people.

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Jacqueline W Posted on: 

Great tour, fabulous scenery and a great group of people to cycle with.

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Lisa A Posted on: 

What an amazing way to see Cuba! Loved the up-close approach on the bike. The bikes looked a little old at first glance, but they were extremely sturdy and very comfortable given the shape of many of the roads. Really enjoyed the opportunities to interact with local folks, and the meals at local farms were amazing. David was very passionate about his country and its history. Very willing to answer questions and share his opinions. Great mix of riding, relaxing, and interaction. Another great trip with G Adventures!

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Michelle P Posted on: 

The tour was nicely organized with a fabulous balance of time outdoors in the beautiful scenery, and also time spent interacting with people and the culture. I had a good time with the group, and David is an incredibly knowledgeable guide.

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