Our tour bus & trailer depart our Havana outfitting facility at 08:30 on Day 1 of this trip for ground transfer to Sancti Spiritus. Note that some trip members arrange to transfer independently directly from other points in Cuba (or fly into Santa Clara rather than Havana) and meet us in Sancti Spiritus, thereby avoiding the longish ground transfer from Havana. But if flying into Havana, you’re certainly welcome to transfer to Sancti Spiritus along with our team. If you prefer to delay the departure, just let us know. We like to arrive by dark, so try and leave at the latest by noon.
Begin in colonial Sancti Spiritus, a 500+-year old villa that’s recently undergone a facelift in its historic center to celebrate. We’ll continue to Cuba’s most colonial city Trinidad before continuing to one of our favorite cities in Cuba, Cienfuegos, the “Pearl of the Caribbean”. Spend an all inclusive afternoon snorkeling amongst tropical fish inside a natural breakwater in the Bay of Pigs area before heading to historic Old Havana. Back in Havana, we’ll show you some of the city’s best restaurants and partake in the capital’s many cultural opportunities before it’s time to bid farewell (or hasta pronto) to the friendly people in Cuba.
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The tour bus & trailer depart our outfitting facility in the Kohly neighborhood of Havana this morning @ 08:30 for ground transfer to Sancti Spiritus. Any tour participants interested in transferring along with our tour team should be at the Centro de Negocios Kohly by 08:20 with their belongings. Some trip members arrange to transfer independently from other points in Cuba (or fly into Santa Clara) and meet the group in Sancti Spiritus, thereby avoiding the longish ground transfer from Havana.
A lunch stop will be recommended enroute by our team (extra, local $). During the trip and outfitting your WoWCuba team will brief you on local etiquette including currency, bathrooms, lineups, water, personal safety and safe cycling. Our group riding system includes a lead rider, a sweep rider and a support bus that accompanies the group at all times, provides refreshment stops and advances to points of navigational difficulty as required.
Accommodation at the charming new Don Florencio inn. Dinner in town at Meson de la Plaza.
DB | (0 km/mi)
Cycle to Banao, an agricultural town, and visit a specialist in genetic cattle breeding for a brief conference. Our ride ends at the Manaca Iznaga entrance. Lunch in one of our favorite Trinidad paladars. Walking tour of the colonial center including visits to and exchanges with local artists in their private galleries.
Lodging tonight in Trinidad at the privately-operated Hostal Lola, just a stone’s throw from the historic Plaza Mayor.
Dinner at local restaurant.
BB, LB, DB | (53 km/32 mi)
Breakfast at the inn and loop out to the Caribbean and Ancon Beach before heading back to Manaca Iznaga. The 45-m tower was built in 1816 by Alejo Iznaga Borrell to oversee slaves in the surrounding sugarcane fields. In its day, the area’s irrigation system built by his brother was extensive and integral for the family’s agricultural expansion.
Free time for exploring colonial Trinidad or snorkeling/swimming in the Caribbean at the Ancon Peninsula. Dinner tonight in town at a local paladar.
This evening: soak up an authentic Cuban cultural performance at the Casa de la Musica.
BB, LB, DB | (45 km/27 mi)
An early breakfast is followed by a ride southwest towards Montemar Natural Park and Caleta Buena, a natural breakwater with great snorkeling and diving, rife with tropical fish swimming in plain view.
The Zapata Peninsula, one of the largest wetlands in the Antilles attracting migratory and endemic bird life, is a Biosphere Reserve. The area features one of the largest freshwater reservoirs in the country, and is also of historical importance (Bay of Pigs Invasion). We highly recommend the optional purchase of snorkeling or diving packages available on site.
Lunch in Caleta Buena. Your tour leader will provide background on one of Cuba’s staples and primary export products, rum, and lead a sampling session to enable participants to appreciate the various varieties available in the local marketplace and their unique nuances.
Late afternoon transfer to Cuba’s capital, Havana with dinner enroute at El Ajiaco, a Cuban specialty restaurant in the fishing village of Cojimar. Accommodation in Havana at Hotel Copacabana (or similar).
Accommodation in Havana at the classic Hotel Sevilla in Old Havana (or similar).
BB, LB, DB | (46 km/28 mi)
After breakfast, transfer east of Havana. We’ll ride from the Escaleras de Jaruco Park (a Natural Protected Landscape) north to the towns of Hershey and Santa Cruz with elevated views of the north coast enroute. Some of the plants in the park include male cedar, mahogany, white quava, cigua, caisimón, white oak, and a local shiny-leafed poison ivy plant called “guao”.
Among the endemic species are the manuí spur, guairaje, Cuban platanillo, cat’s tai, walnut and more. Near our stop at El Árabe you can appreciate the Orchid Tree (Bauhinia), curujeyes, ferns, epiphytes and many other species. Our ride ends with lunch in Guanabo beach at El Piccolo, a paladar restaurant where wood-fired brick oven pizza’s the specialty. They feature a small-scale urban agriculture project with sale of fruit, vegetables, in-house cured meats, plus a fowl/small animal collection.
Guanabo or Santa Maria beach time can be provided. Dune protection programs are in place here; climate change regulations and enforcement regarding coastal reconstruction limitations will eventually change the face of the community. Continue into Havana for a panoramic city orientation by bus before cleaning up for your farewell dinner tonight at San Cristobal paladar in Central Havana.
BB, LB, DB | (45 km/27 mi)
- B: Breakfast
- L: Lunch
- D: Dinner
- BB: Breakfast w/beverage
- LB: Lunch w/beverage
- DB: Dinner w/beverage
- AI: All Inclusive
Itinerary and hotels subject to availability.
Hotel list by tour date
|05-nov-17||07-nov-17||Don Florencio||Sancti Spiritus|
|09-nov-17||10-nov-17||Jagua, La Union, Faro Luna or Pasacaballos||Cienfuegos|
|01-apr-18||03-apr-18||Don Florencio||Sancti Spiritus|
|05-apr-18||06-apr-18||Jagua, La Union, Faro Luna or Pasacaballos||Cienfuegos|
- Experienced Canadian company representatives for in-country reception and support
- Souvenir water bottle, rental of handlebar map bag or rear insulated trunk bag & helmet (some clients prefer to bring their own helmets, saddles, and clipless pedal/shoe systems and we have no problem with installing those on our equipment)
- Professional mechanic on tour
- Experienced bilingual Cuban and Canadian guides
- Air conditioned support bus
- Accommodations as per itinerary, mainly 3-4* properties, all with private bath & a/c
- Meals as per itinerary (all meals include minimum of one drink)
- Cuba cycle jersey (includes shipping to your home)
- WoWCuba reps take care of tips for restaurants and accommodations (porters, reception staff, musicians, etc.) while on tour with you. If you feel the services of your Havanatur tour guide, Transtur driver and WoWCuba/MacQueen’s Island Tours tour leader warrant recognition, gratuities are welcomed. Click here for more info on tipping etiquette in Cuba.
- Snacks and cold beverages provided for rides
- High quality, professionally maintained 27-speed hybrid bicycles outfitted for touring. Our current touring fleet consists mainly of the the Specialized Sirrus Comp, the Specialized Vita Comp and Specialized Vita Pro although we do have other options available to satisfy the individual needs of our clients. We also have a limited number of Evox electric-assist bikes available for a small upgrade fee. Other companies may claim that their bikes are the best in Cuba, but we are certain those in the know will agree that noone offers a comparable rental fleet to ours. Our Specialized bikes have a MSRP of $1000+ and are maintained by one of the most experienced, knowledgeable bicycle mechanics we know.
What’s not included
- Additional beverages
- Additional gratuities
- Medical and cancellation insurance
- Cuban departure tax
- International flights
- Tourist visa
- Passport fees
- Optional excursions, museum fees, theatre and items of a personal nature etc.
- Private or collective transfers from/to airport upon your international arrival/departure. Inquire when requesting quotation.