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Vuelta Cuba Bicycle Tour

Your 2 week odyssey bike tour crosses Cuba from Santiago to Havana, east to west with the prevailing winds.

We begin cycling on Cuba’s Caribbean shore in Santiago de Cuba, providing a stunning piece of coastline bordering the Sierra Maestra mountains before crossing into the mountains and staying at the eco lodge El Salton with a natural waterfall serving as the hotel’s pool. We will visit Bayamo, passing through the cultural mecca Camaguey, colonial Sancti Spiritus and Trinidad, the charming city and province of Cienfuegos, the Bay of Pigs, and more, before arriving in Cuba’s capital, Havana.

We’ve been operating this annual tour since 1995 and it continues to be a favorite.

Our experienced support team is second to none and our equipment impresses even the most discerning riders.

A top notch, highly experienced WoWCuba representative accompanies your tour

Dates USD/pax Rooms Remaining Cyclist Seeking Roommate Last Date to Register
  • Start:
    14/01/18
  • End:
    28/01/18
TBA 14 0
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Detailed Tour itinerary

Day 1

Accommodation at Sevilla (or similar).

Arrival times vary, so we suggest that if you’d like to try and meet other group members for pre-dinner cocktails, and maybe get together for dinner, pin on your WoWCuba/MacQueen’s name tag and be in the lobby bar in the hotel at 18:30.

Dinner is on your own tonight. But remember when trying out the cervezas, the mojitos, daiquiris and Cuba libres as your taste may be, do so in moderation – we have an early morning flight to Santiago tomorrow.

No Meals Included | (0 km/0 mi)

Day 2

Our Havana office representative will see you off at your hotel early this morning for a transfer to Terminal 1 for the flight to Santiago de Cuba.

On arrival, you’ll meet your cycle tour support team, then bicycle outfitting, test ride to El Morro for lunch, and the afternoon’s free for relaxing and acclimatizing (and yes, time for a cerveza or two).

Accommodations at the Melia Santiago with dinner at local restaurant.
BB, LB, DB | (12 km/7.5 mi)

Day 3

Van transfer to the city limits where we’ll begin a rural ride through the Sierra Maestra mountains to eco lodge El Salton.

Lunch and dinner at the hotel plus free time for exploring / hiking / birding this afternoon.

BB, LB, DB | (45 km/28 mi)

Day 4

Depart El Salton and continue riding west to the city of Bayamo, capital of Granma province.

Picnic lunch enroute.

Accommodations at Sierra Maestra or Royalton hotels and dinner at a local paladar.

BB, LB, DB | (35km / 21.1mi)

Day 5

Today we’ll head north to Holguin province, cycling one of Cuba’s scenic routes dotted with fresh fruit stands.

Your destination is the coastal town of Gibara with the boutique Hotel Ordoño awaits, featuring a spectacular rooftop bar/lookout.

Family-style dinner at one of our favorite local spots.

BB, LB, DB | (35km / 21.1mi)

Day 6

After breakfast this morning our leisurely ride will take us east to the north shore beach area for lunch and free time before returning to Gibara.

Dinner in town.

BB, LB, DB | (36km / 22.4mi)

Day 7

Breakfast at the hotel followed by van transfer to Camaguey (founded in 1515) with free time to explore the city known for its ballet, museums, and more.

Bicycle taxi tour and dinner in the historic center.

Accommodations at the Gran Hotel or similar and dinner at one of our tour leader’s favorite local restaurants.

BB, LB, DB | (0 km/0 mi)

Day 8

Early van transfer to Moron where we begin a countryside ride to San Jose del Lago.

Lunch and optional ride extension, followed by transfer to historic Sancti Spiritus and accommodations at the charming Don Florencio on the boulevard.

BB, LB, DB | (50 km/31.1 mi)

Day 9

Cycle to the south coast and Manaca Iznaga, just outside colonial Trinidad.

After lunch, we’ll check into the hotel, and then your afternoon is open for exploring this uniquely preserved colonial city.

Lunch at the San Jose Paladar.

Our group’s accommodations for the next two evenings will be at two privately-operated accommodations called Hostal Lola and La Casona, bordering the historic center of Trinidad. Dinner at Sol Ananda overlooking Plaza Mayor.

BB, LB, DB | (53 km/32.9 mi)

Day 10

Ride through the Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills) to the 44 m (144.4 ft) Manaca Iznaga tower. If it’s operating, we’ll take the “sugar train” into town (it’s on us) – a great adventure.

Our return ride will include lunch & walking tour in the city and more free time to frolic in the Caribbean or explore local museums this afternoon.

Dinner at a private local restaurant.

BB, LB, DB | (44 km/27.3 mi)

Day 11

Coastal ride over mainly flat terrain to Guajimico, just west of Cienfuegos. Lunch enroute.

Check in to the Jagua Hotel.

After a 90-minute all inclusive sunset boat cruise, including a visit to the Jagua Castle and fishing villages in the Cienfuegos Bay, we’ll have dinner at a private paladar restaurant in Punta Gorda.

BB, LB, DB | (55 km/34.2 mi)

Day 12

Today our cycling will take us to the Cienfuegos Botanical Garden and then inland towards the mountain lake Hanabanilla for lunch in a spectacular setting. Return to Cienfuegos.

Dinner at one of our favorite Cienfuegos paladars.

BB, LB, DB | (45 km/28 mi)

Day 13

Ride west from Cienfuegos to Montemar Natural Park, on the Bahía de Cochinos (Bay of Pigs).

Lunch at Caleta Buena, a natural breakwater teeming with tropical fish and optional diving and snorkeling. Lunch included.

Van transfer to Havana with accommodation at Hotel Sevilla and dinner in the private restaurant San Cristobal in Central Havana.

BB, LB, DB | (48 km/29.8 mi)

Day 14

Morning drive to rural area of Jaruco where we’ll ride the “Escaleras de Jaruco”, with some great vistas of the north coast enroute, towards eastern Havana beach area of Guanabo for lunch at a local Italian paladar with a wood-fired brick oven and awards for their urban agriculture projects.

Afternoon van/walking tour of the capital visiting the Columbus Cemetery, Revolution Square, Capitol building, Gran Teatro, Obispo Street and many of the restored squares in Old Havana.

Farewell dinner hosted tonight by your tour leader in Mantilla at El Divino, a private restaurant featuring a spectacular wine cellar, orchard with over 110 fruit trees facing extinction in Cuba, and admirable social/community projects.

BB, LB, DB | (42 km/26.1 mi)

Day 15

Breakfast and departure.

BB | (0.0 km/0.0 mi)

Notes

Meals

  • B: Breakfast
  • L: Lunch
  • D: Dinner
  • BB: Breakfast w/1 beverage
  • LB: Lunch w/1 beverage
  • DB: Dinner w/1 beverage
  • BAI: Breakfast All Inclusive
  • LAI: Lunch All Inclusive
  • DAI: Dinner All Inclusive

Notes

Itinerary and hotels subject to minor changes.

We strive to maintain up to date information, but please request a quotation to confirm prices.

Early Booking Bonus: $50/person discount to the first 4 cyclists to register and pay deposits on any tour departure (may be combined with alumni discount). Not available

Total Distance

Typical Tour: ~500 km (310.7 mi) in 12 days of riding. Cycling days average 41.67 km (25.89 mi) per day.
Mileage is approximate and may vary according to the group’s desires.

Avid Cyclists

Most days allow for additional mileage if desired.

Slow Cyclists

Slow riders are not usually a problem. However, very slow riders or “bird watchers” may not attain proposed mileage. While this is very unusual, it does occasionally happen and a short hop on the bus usually compensates for lack of speed.

Vuelta Cuba Bicycle Tour – Hotel list by tour date

Check-in Check-out Property Area
15-ene-17 16-ene-17 Sevilla Havana
16-ene-17 17-ene-17 Melia Santiago or Casa Granda Santiago de Cuba
17-ene-17 18-ene-17 El Salton Santiago (Sierra Maestra)
18-ene-17 19-ene-17 Royalton or Sierra Maestra Bayamo, Gran,a
19-ene-17 21-ene-17 Ordoño Gibara, Holguin
Check-in Check-out Property Area
21-ene-17 22-ene-17 Gran Hotel Camaguey
22-ene-17 23-ene-17 Don Florencio Sancti Spiritus
23-ene-17 25-ene-17 Hostal Lola & La Casona Trinidad
25-ene-17 27-ene-17 Jagua, La Union or Faro Luna Cienfuegos
27-ene-17 29-ene-17 Habana Libre Havana

What is 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)
  • Snacks and cold beverages provided for rides
  • Domestic flight from Havana to Santiago de Cuba on Day 1
  • 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.
  • 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 is 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.

Guaranteed Departures & Available Discounts

All tour dates are guaranteed to operate for paid participants with the following condition:

If the minimum number of cyclists on a 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). View details here.

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.

What Clients Are Saying About WoWCuba Bicycle Tours


These guys know their stuff and have the disposition to show you the best time you could possibly have on a bike in Cuba. What a way to see the land, eat fabulous food, engage with the citizens and learn the rich history of this land. Go and take your friends and family!

K. Mulherin
21/12/2016


Not knowing much about Cuba besides knowing we couldn't go there for my whole life, I had the time of my life! You should consider looking into WowCuba to see what they have to offer for trips. The Western route had a lot of variety and yes, some hills, but there were a bunch of us who walked them. The reward was a delicious feast of snacks and drink refreshments. If I could turn around and do it over again for another week, I would, but I want to go to another area and do that one. If you want to consider it, I'll go with you 🙂

J. Couture
05/12/2016


good deal - can't miss

D. Race
03/12/2016

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