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Western Cuba Bicycle Tour

Begin in Cuba’s capital, Havana, in the heart of the historic old city. Marvel at the antique cars, stunning architectural restoration projects and engage yourself with the friendly locals as we make our way to the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the Sierra del Rosario mountain range and National Natural Monument Viñales.

At Soroa, spend your afternoon in the orchid garden, visit the waterfall or indulge in a fantastic massage after your ride. Continue through rural countryside to National Natural Monument, Viñales Valley, and Los Jazmines with a panoramic view of the pincushion hills (mogotes) and valley below. Back in Havana, we like to wrap up our week with an afternoon cultural activity, and a farewell dinner hosted by your rep at a local paladar restaurant.

Dates USD/pax Rooms Remaining Cyclist Seeking Roommate Last Date to Register
  • Start:
    12/03/17
  • End:
    19/03/17
$2758 double room

$3261 single room

3  10/02/17
  • Start:
    19/11/17
  • End:
    26/11/17
TBA 14 0
  • Start:
    17/12/17
  • End:
    24/12/17
TBA 14 0
  • Start:
    04/02/18
  • End:
    11/02/18
TBA 14 0
  • Start:
    18/02/18
  • End:
    25/02/18
TBA 14 0
  • Start:
    11/03/18
  • End:
    18/03/18
TBA 14 0
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Western Cuba Bicycle Tour Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Accommodations at the Hotel Sevilla in Old Havana (or similar).

If you’ll be in town in time we often make a suggestion for a group restaurant/dinner and coordinate a 7:30 pm reservation there for any participants interested in getting together for a meet & greet this evening.

No Meals | (0 km/0 mi)

Day 2

Early breakfast at the hotel and 08:30 pickup for a short drive to our bicycle storage facility. Transfer east of Havana where we’ll ride from the Escaleras de Jaruco north to the towns of Hershey and Santa Cruz with elevated views of the north coast enroute.

Our ride ends at Guanabo beach at El Piccolo paladar where wood-fired brick oven pizza’s the lunch specialty. They feature a small-scale urban agriculture project and a fowl/small animal collection. Guanabo or Santa Maria beach time can be provided before continuing into Havana for a panoramic bus tour of the capital.

Dinner tonight at El Divino, a private Mantilla restaurant operated by a Cuban-Italian couple with its fabulous wine cellar, collection of more than 110 fruit trees (some of which are facing extinction in Cuba), environmental education for children, and more.

BB, LB, DB | (46 km/28 mi)

Day 3

Breakfast at the hotel, depart by van then cycle inland to the Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve.

Our ride ends at Soroa Hotel where we have lunch at the entrance to the waterfall before a free afternoon to explore the orchid gardens, hiking or horseback riding.

Accommodation at Soroa or late afternoon transfer to the town of San Diego de los Baños for lodging at Mirador de San Diego.

Dinner at the hotel.

BB, LB, DB | (25 km/15 mi)

Day 4

Breakfast at the hotel, begin cycling the central road through small villages to Viñales for lunch at the Palenque de los Cimarrones before checking out the view of the valley from the Los Jazmines lookout.

Accommodation and dinner this evening at Los Jazmines, La Ermita or Rancho San Vicente.

BB, LB, DB | (54 km/33 mi)

Day 5

Breakfast at the hotel and return to Viñales to cycle through the valley bordering the Sierra del Infierno to Pons.

Continue through Cabeza to the mountains for lunch at La Guabina. This province is noted for growing the best tobacco in the world.

After lunch return to Viñales for a tour of a private botanical garden and dinner at at El Olivo.

BB, LB, DB | (64 km/39 mi)

Day 6

Breakfast at the hotel and cycle along the north shore this morning before lunch at the Farmer´s House in Las Terrazas and free time for swimming this afternoon at the San Juan river.

For those interested in hiking or exploring, Las Terrazas is a very successful experiment in sustainable development and reforestation.

They also feature the first and one of only 2 zip lines in Cuba (optional, payable locally) with a scenic view over the lake and community.

Accommodations and dinner at La Moka eco lodge.

BB, LB, DB | (45 km/27 mi)

Day 7

Breakfast and ride the central road towards Havana.

Family-style chicken & all the trimmings are on the lunch menu at El Aljibe restaurant in Miramar.

Check in to Hotel Sevilla.

Dinner hosted by our representative tonight at San Cristobal paladar.

BB, LB, DB | (40 km/24 mi)

Day 8

Breakfast at the hotel. End of services.

BB | (0 km/0 mi)

Notes

Meals

  • BB: breakfast w/ beverage
  • LB: lunch w/ beverage
  • DB: dinner w/ beverage
  • AI: All Inclusive

Note
Itinerary and hotels subject to availability.

Western Cuba Bicycle Tour – Hotel list by tour date

Check-in Check-out Property Area
05-feb-17 07-feb-17 Melia Habana Havana
07-feb-17 08-feb-17 Mirador de San Diego San Diego de los Baños
08-feb-17 10-feb-17 Ermita, Jazmines or R. San Vicente Viñales
10-feb-17 11-feb-17 La Moka Las Terrazas (Artemisa)
11-feb-17 12-feb-17 Memories Miramar Havana
19-feb-17 21-feb-17 Sevilla Havana
21-feb-17 22-feb-17 Soroa Artemisa
22-feb-17 24-feb-17 Ermita, Jazmines or R. San Vicente Viñales
24-feb-17 25-feb-17 La Moka Las Terrazas (Artemisa)
25-feb-17 26-feb-17 Sevilla Havana
Check-in Check-out Property Area
12-mar-17 14-mar-17 Habana Libre Havana
14-mar-17 15-mar-17 Mirador de San Diego San Diego de los Baños
15-mar-17 17-mar-17 La Ermita Viñales
17-mar-17 18-mar-17 La Moka Las Terrazas (Artemisa)
18-mar-17 19-mar-17 Sevilla Havana

What’s 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 day 2-7
  • 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.

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 CUC/person discount to the first 4 cyclists to register and pay deposit on any group cycle tour (may be combined with alumni discount) Not available. 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


The leaders were terrific–they were dedicated to giving us the best experience possible (riding support, tour guiding, great snacks and terrific restaurants). The trip was so well organized and thoughtfully planned that I was convinced I saw the best of everything in a week– from riding along vast farming areas to exploring national park land to encountering local people in the small towns wherever we went–this trip had it all. I believe it is the only tour where all the guides actually live there. They are either native-born Cubans or are connected to the Cuban community through living there for decades. This makes for a very authentic experience and if you had any problems, they would be the best equipped to handle it. They've been running these tours for so many years and have ironed out all the details for the most ideal routes and getting you the most exposure to the Cuban way of life.

D. Silverman
03/01/2017


These guys really know the area and more importantly really know the people. They can get you in to places that other don't even know about.

P. Collins
10/12/2016


I love this company and do not think you could do better. You get good value for the money spent, get to see the real Cuba and are looked after so well. I have never eaten better in my life than on WowCuba trips, despite Cuba's reputation for bland, uninteresting food. The company has sourced the best accommodations and places to eat, as well as the best cycling routes. The bikes they provide are great and there is always a technician along to solve any problems with the bikes. (This is basically what I told my four friends who came on this trip, their first to Cuba, their first cycling trip anywhere and their first exposure to WowCuba. All of them thanked me at the end of the trip for recommending it to them.)

N. Stewart
02/12/2016

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