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Vuelta Cuba Bicycle Trip

Epic 2-week journey from Santiago to Havana

Cross Cuba on an odyssey journey from east to west, with the prevailing winds at your back. Stunning coastline bordering the Sierra Maestra serves as a backdrop before crossing the mountains to El Salton eco lodge, traversing to the north shore and the hidden gem of a coastal town Gibara, cultural capital Camaguey in central Cuba, then visiting the colonial meccas of Sancti Spiritus and Trinidad. The bayside city of Cienfuegos and its impressive architecture beckons before a paradisiacal afternoon of snorkeling in Caleta Buena in the Bay of Pigs. The final two nights in Cuba’s famous capital, Havana, round off the epic cycling and cultural experience.

Highlights: Cross Cuba on an odyssey journey from east to west, with the prevailing winds at your back. Stunning coastline bordering the Sierra Maestra serves as a backdrop before crossing the mountains to the El Salton eco lodge, traversing to the north shore and the hidden gem of a coastal town Gibara, cultural capital Camaguey in central Cuba, then visit the colonial meccas of Sancti Spiritus and Trinidad. The bayside city of Cienfuegos beckons before a paradisiacal afternoon of snorkeling in Caleta Buena. The final two nights in Cuba’s famous capital, Havana, round off the epic journey.

Days 1-2 Overnight in Havana and early morning domestic flight to Santiago de Cuba for bicycle outfitting & test ride to El Morro castle at the entrance to the bay. Historical briefing, welcome dinner.

Days 3-4 Cycle to the eco lodge El Salton where you’ll learn about life in the Sierra Maestra during a birdwatching/hiking session with a local naturalist. Continue to the cradle of Cuba’s idependence in Bayamo where you’ll attend a Cuban cultural performance at the Casa de la Trova.

Days 5-6 Fresh fruit stands dot our scenic cycling route to Gibara. Lodging at the boutique inn Ordoño. Explore flooded caves, sometimes used as evacuation shelters during storms. Pass a local wind farm enroute to a remote rural village with great lagoons for swimming.

Days 7-8 Transfer to the cultural city of Camaguey, where you’ll be squired around the center by local bicycle taxi entrepreneurs, then ride to the thermal baths in scenic San Jose del Lago. Continue to colonial Sancti Spiritus and the charming Don Florencio Inn in its historic center.

Days 9-10 Take the scenic route along and you can tour a genetic cattle farm & a slave tower before arriving in impeccably-preserved colonial Trinidad. Exchange with Cuban artisans in their galleries, take a dip in the Caribbean, attend a Cuban cultural performance at night.

Days 11-12 Cycle bordering the southern coastline to explore the Cienfuegos Botanical Garden, the mountain lake and reservoir in Hanabanilla, and the historic center of Cienfuegos, a French-influenced city with some truly stunning architecture.

Days 13-14 Snorkel amidst tropical fish in a natural breakwater in the Bay of Pigs. In Havana discover a natural protected landscape at the Escaleras de Jaruco Park, indulge in Cuba’s finest pizza in the beach town of Guanabo, then take some time to explore the capital’s wonders before experiencing meals at some of its finest paladars, in the company of our capable team.

Day 15 Breakfast & Departure

Legal US Travelers: Have a read through our Bicycle Tour FAQ’s and also our US Participants page for more information on how to travel legally to Cuba on one of these trips. Essentially, you can consider two options:

a) Group Educational People to People License where your Cuba travel dates must coincide exactly with our published trip dates and our organization files all paperwork on your behalf or
b) Support the Cuban People License a self-certifying category where pre/post trip extensions may be also included, providing they comply with license criteria.

Note: In the summer/rainy season we suspend our group cycling programs. Summer temperatures are usually not the most favorable for cycling in this destination, in addition to the higher probability of rain which can result in slick road conditions with the high # of diesel vehicles on the roads in Cuba. For those interested in exploring Cuba’s roads on 2 wheels in the summer, we highly recommend the independent bicycle rental services available at CicloCuba in Old Havana.

Book a tour date just for your party. It doesn’t matter if you’re a single traveler or an entire extended family. Or inquire to see whether we can create a new tour date to suit your schedule. Pricing is scaled depending on season and group size. The larger the group, the lower the price and vice versa. Click above on your preferred tour date and then on Reserve to view pricing for your group size. Exclusivity is available on any scheduled tour date for which WoWCuba has not yet accepted deposits from confirmed participants.

WoWCuba can tailor-make your bespoke itinerary. If only the most deluxe hotels available in Cuba will do, or if you prefer to end your days in the comfort of unique small-scale private inns with a private chef, if you dream of adding in a cooking class, dance lesson, a morning paddle in the Cienfuegos Bay, or a meeting with organic gardeners or beekeepers…Our team can curate your custom Cuban travel experience exactly to your specifications. Call or email us to get started with the planning.

All tour dates are guaranteed to operate for paid participants with the following condition: If the minimum number of cyclists on a group tour (5, except 10 for Vuelta) is not met, then MacQueen’s Island Tours/WoWCuba reserves the right to offer the advertised itinerary accompanied only by our tour leader/mechanic in a support car/van. Unsold tour space is normally released 30 days prior to tour departure

Cycle Tour Early Booking Bonus:
$50 USD/person discount to the first 4 cyclists to register and pay deposit on any group cycle tour (may be combined with alumni discount)

Back-to-Back Tours:
Second consecutive cycle tour, Deduct $95 CUC per person, plus 10% discount. Bicycle jersey excluded from 2nd tour.

Alumni Discount:
5% off the land only price for repeat participants. View details here.

Early Bird Group Discount:
5% off the land only price for groups of 6 or more booking together 90+ days prior to tour start. View details here.

Included:

  • 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 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.

Excluded (Extra):

  • Additional beverages
  • Additional gratuities
  • Medical and cancellation insurance
  • 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 reserving.
  • View our Equipment & Bicycle Rental 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 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 o 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.
  • 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)

The largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba is a fascinating country. With relatively little traffic, friendly and curious locals, an eternal summer, endless unspoiled coastline and a fascinating blend of cultures, it’s an ideal place to explore by bicycle. When we first ventured into the world of cycle touring in Cuba, we virtually had no competitors. Nowadays, there are multiple companies, with varied levels of experience, offering everything from basic trips geared to students and backpackers and little support, to all-inclusive trips with very large price tags geared to luxury travelers. How do you know which operator is right for you? Read on…

MacQueen’s Island Tours/WoWCuba has specialized in delivering high quality supported cycle tours to Cuba since 1994.

We have resident company representatives who’ll introduce you to their favorite local spots, a large fleet of undisputedly the best rental bicycles available in Cuba individually selected for their components, comfort and suitability to the terrain, and all the experience, expertise and accessories to ensure an unforgettable cycle vacation in Cuba. Insight and authenticity are ensured by our use of local guides on all group cycle tours. To ensure that services are delivered to the high standards our clients expect, on or behind the scenes, a member of the WoWCuba team is there to ensure the experience is everything you imagined it to be. Our group cycling activities are mainly focused in the mornings, leaving many afternoons free for independent exploration, relaxation, hiking, swimming, reading, and more.

Our trips are geared to more sophisticated, experienced travelers who appreciate creature comforts, are looking to recharge and understand Cuba’s culture far beyond the ordinary. Besides that, we think you’ll agree that cycling is the perfect medium for socializing with like-minded people, allowing you to drink in Cuba’s sights and sounds at your own pace. And if that weren’t enough, while you’re riding you’ll be working off some of the calories you’ll consume indulging in Cuba’s burgeoning restaurant scene. WoWCuba’s tour leaders are die-hard foodies and take great pride in ensuring that we go above and beyond to deliver a superior food experience as part of our trips. One of our trips leaders has even graduated from a prestigious culinary school in Canada, and our participants are fortunate to sample some of the finer nuances of Cuban cuisine and beverages with the added touches and spice our team brings to the experience.

Having spent all of our adult lives exploring Cuba, we have fostered lasting and meaningful relationships with local operators. Some of our clients have marveled about how members of a WoWCuba trip seem to have roads paved for them on check-in, extra touches magically appear at the dining table, and hugs and warm family welcomes are regularly extended to our tour leaders when they appear to pay a visit to the homes of locals. Allow our team to show you the natural beauty of Cuba, and you’ll discover (as we have) that the real warmth is found in the hearts of the people.

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