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Cuba cycle tour details

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WoWCuba / MacQueen’s Island Tours pioneered the Cuban cycle tourism industry in 1994, making us the longest-running international cycle tour operator in Cuba. Our sales office in Canada can provide assistance in arranging flights on your behalf from Canada or the Caribbean to Cuba and facilitates convenient payment for services. A year round operations office in Havana ensures your travel runs smoothly. Experienced, expertly qualified company representatives complement and enrich your cycling holiday.

Our Cuba cycle tours are accompanied by multilingual company destination representatives/mechanics, bilingual local guides, professional drivers, and fully equipped support vehicles. They provide exceptional support while sharing their intimate knowledge of the country. Our team offers mechanical and language assistance as well as a great sense of fun and adventure.

While not being intrusive, they are always happy to answer any question you may have. Our resident representatives are in Cuba to ensure your holiday is hassle-free. We accept up to 24 participants on our group cycle tours, although an average tour is typically closer to 15.

Skill Level

Each tour is designed to be accessible for novice to advanced cyclists. Average daily distances are 50-60 km (30-40 miles). A support van is on hand to shorten your cycling distances, if desired, and extra mileage is usually available to extend your cycling.

Our Bicycle Fleet

High quality, professionally maintained 27-speed hybrid bicycles outfitted for touring. Our current touring fleet consists mainly of the Specialized Sirrus Comp, the Specialized Vita Comp  and Specialized Vita Pro, although we do have other options available (including Evox electric-assist bikes, a Periscope Co-Motion tandem and youth equipment) to satisfy the individual needs of our clients. Other companies may claim that their bikes are the best in Cuba, but we are certain those in the know will agree that  no one 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.

Based on past experiences of loss and/or damage in transit combined with a lack of replacement parts in Cuba, we do not recommend bringing your own bike. We encourage helmet use and have many sizes to choose from. If you have a favorite helmet you are welcome to bring it along. Many experienced cyclists also bring their personal saddles and clipless pedals. A custom-designed high-capacity, specially-outfitted enclosed bicycle trailer accompanies our group tours, providing a secure environment for our equipment and protecting it from the elements while in transit.

The Cycling, Our Support, Skill Level & Free Time

Bicycle touring should be fun, so if you ever find the wind too strong, distance a little long, or terrain too hilly, our support van is ready to give you a lift. Daily distances average 50 km (31 mi) with additional mileage often available. Our goal is to finish cycling by lunch thus avoiding cycling during the heat of the day.

Meals & Beverages

As per itinerary, we usually breakfast at hotels and use a considerable number of carefully-selected private dining establishments which receive consistently high praise from our participants. One beverage is included per meal. Please see our FAQ page for info on vegan diets. Bottled water is included on rides. While we think the food in Cuba is healthy and tasty, relative to what some travelers are used to at home, there is less variety and some comment that it can be bland or not all that creative especially in hotels. Eggs (fried, boiled or in omelets) plus fresh fruit, fruit juice, coffee and tea make up a typical breakfast. Lunch and dinner usually provides a choice of fish, chicken or pork, accompanied by black beans and rice. Our tour leader provides snacks for rides and normally travels with his personally-selected condiments to enhance your dining experiences. Food is generally not “spicy hot” but rather seasoned with such spices as garlic, cumin, basil, bay leaf and more. We also enjoy visiting private restaurants (paladars) and roadside fresh fruit stands as much as available on our travels, which tend to be the highlight of our gastronomical experiences on tour. The water in most hotel kitchens is filtered but we provide bottled water for all rides and recommend bottled water on any short holiday. Vegetarian and pescatarian diets are easily accommodated on tour while vegan diets can be a little more tricky, so vegans may want to consider bringing along protein supplements. For those with gluten-free diets, we often recommend sticking to rice/meat dishes in Cuba, which are staples and not difficult to accommodate. The variety of alternative gluten-free dishes or gluten-free ingredients to found locally is unfortunately not great here in most restaurants, but certainly you won’t go hungry. Rye/barley are uncommon. Rice & beans are always available and a staple in local diets.

Accommodations

Our guided group tours generally stay at small scale resorts selected to provide personal service and an intimacy not available in larger properties. Character inns and villas are typical. Most hotels have a 3 to 4 star rating from a variety of Cuban hotel chains. All have private baths and air conditioning. Rooms are almost always equipped with twin single beds.

Singles

We are happy to match you up with a roommate for any of our trips if available. If no suitable roommate is able to be identified for your tour date, the single supplement charge applies (payable when tour balance is due).

Medical Considerations

We recommend that participants have some cycling experience and be in reasonably good physical condition. Our guides have First Aid training and medical facilities in Cuba are very good. MacQueen’s Island Tours recommends emergency medical insurance to participants and you can purchase this service in advance through your local travel insurance provider. If your insurance does not cover you in Cuba (especially for non-licensed US travelers), Asistur coverage is available for local purchase upon arrival in Cuba prior to proceeding through the Cuban Immigration counters.

What Is Included?

Accommodations, meals per itinerary, high quality bicycle rental, guide & mechanical services, support van, hotel/restaurant gratuities, and souvenir water bottle. The Vuelta Cuba includes an airport transfer to catch the domestic flight to Santiago de Cuba on Day 2. We occasionally leave a meal or two open when options are greatest and inclusive meals/beverages are detailed in our published itineraries. We also occasionally use “all inclusive” properties where all your meals, drinks and many recreation options are included. All scheduled meals come with one national brand drink.

What Is NOT Included?

Gratuities for tour staff, additional beverages, medical and cancellation insurance, flights (unless otherwise indicated), passport fees, tourist visa, options purchased locally such as scuba diving, horseback riding, museum fees, theatre and items of a personal nature etc.

Gratuities

WoWCuba / MacQueen’s Island Tours includes standard gratuities for hotels, servers, domestics, musicians and porters on all Cycle Tours. Tips for tour staff, with whom you’ll build a personal relationship and who are the key to the enjoyment of your holiday, are encouraged and welcomed. Weekly tips for cycling holidays typically range from $50-$100 CUC per person per staff member (tour leader, tour guide, driver, tour leader) More info on Gratuities in Cuba.

Repeat Clients

We appreciate your loyalty and look forward to seeing your faces again. A 5% “Alumni Discount” is available to anyone who has taken a previous cycle tour with WoWCuba / MacQueen’s Island Tours

The Fine Print

WoWCuba/MacQueen’s Island Tours acts only as the agent for the suppliers providing the means of transportation and all other related travel services. We assume no responsibility, however caused, for injury, loss or damage to person or property in connection with any service resulting directly from the following: acts of God, detention, annoyance, terrorism, thefts, pilferage, civil disturbances, government restrictions or regulations including non-compliance with US licensed travel categories, strikes, delays and expenses arising from quarantine, failure of any means on conveyance to arrive or depart as scheduled, discrepancies or change in transit or hotel services over which we have no control or other financial loss whether to persons or property arising out of certain risks and danger which may occur during a bicycle trip, including but not limited to the hazards of biking in general. Regulations governing charter flights allow for changes to the published itinerary without prior notice. ALL connecting flight reservations are made at passenger’s own risk. We reserve the right to make changes in the itinerary where deemed advisable for the comfort and well-being of trip members. Tour leaders have the right to dismiss participants who may be jeopardizing the safety or enjoyment of the tour.