Havana to Havana

8 days from €1,129pp

Leave the resorts of Varadero behind and discover the real Cuba on this eight-day active adventure. Get your blood pumping cycling the hills of the Guaniguanico and El Rosario mountain ranges and marvel at scenic vistas that will take your breath away. Tour a tobacco plantation for a taste of iconic Cuban culture. With its lush scenery, vibrant rhythms, and incredible beaches, this active cycling adventure will have you exploring a side of this island few get to know.
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8 days Havana to Havana

From €1,129 per person

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: Active

Hiking, trekking, biking, rafting, and kayaking adventures all over the world, made for outdoor types.

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

Physical Rating: 3 – Average

Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, avg 10

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Day 1: Havana

Arrive at any time. An arrival transfer is included to the tour’s starting point, a “casa particular” (Cuban home used as a bed and breakfast), for an authentic Cuban experience.

Arrive in Havana at any time. There are no planned activities, so check into the casa and enjoy the city. Your CEO will organize a short meeting in the evening.

Arrival Airport Transfer:
José Martí International Airport – Havana

You will be met at the airport and transferred to the start location to start your adventure. Please note, the included arrival transfer is from Havana’s José Martí International Airport (HAV).

Arrival Day:
Begin your adventure today. There are no planned activities so feel free to explore or rest up for the excitement ahead.

Accommodation

Casa Curazao (or similar)

Day 2: Havana/Viñales

Depart Havana after breakfast and transfer west to Viñales in Pinar del Río, the “Garden Province” of Cuba. Head out on a first short ride in the hills.

Leave Havana this morning and drive to the small village of Viñales. This region is one of the most stunning in Cuba, know for its mogotes (large limestone pincushion hills) that make for spectacular views. In the afternoon, get fitted on a bike and hop in the saddle for the first ride in the area. Although we’re not covering much distance today, it’s a great opportunity to get accustomed to the conditions and prepared for the days ahead.

Enjoy some free time in Viñales after lunch and opt to go caving, hiking, or relax and enjoy the beautiful views of the valley. Viñales is the base for the next three days of cycling, so unpack and get comfortable. Have dinner in the hotel and meet with the CEO in the evening to prepare for tomorrow’s adventure.

Today’s riding distance: approx 20km

Private Vehicle:
Havana – Viñales3h-4h189km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Viñales Cycling
Viñales – Aguas Claras2h-3h 20km

Cycle through the small village of Viñales and out among the limestone mogotes (hills) that make up the landscape. Get ready to get your heart pumping – while we don’t cover a lot of distance today, cycling here involves some ascents and descents and can be challenging at times. There is a support vehicle if you choose to not ride the entire journey.

Private Vehicle
Aguas Claras – Viñales30m14km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Free Time
Viñales Afternoon

Take it easy after a morning of cycling, and check out Viñales.

Informal Spanish Lesson

Sit down with the CEO for a brief lesson on some important words and phrases in español to prepare for the upcoming adventure.

Optional Activities – Day 2

Hiking
Viñales

The countryside around Viñales is lush, fertile and punctuated with mogotes – limestone “haystack” hills. Hire a guide or head off with some friends to explore the area. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes. You may stumble upon a cave with an underwater spring. Dive in and cool off.

Cave Exploration
Viñales

The limestone terrain of the area in the Pinar del Rio province is perfect for creating massive cave systems. Opt for an excursion to visit one or two and explore these unique underground caverns.

 

Accommodation

Viñales Homestay (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 3: Viñales

Cycle through the hilly terrain of the Pinar del Rio province while heading north. The ride leads to the docks at Palma Rubia to catch a ferry to Cayo Levisa for a day of blissing out on the beach. Enjoy free time to relax before returning to Vinales for the night by ferry and private vehicle.

Cayo Levisa is the quintessential white-sand Caribbean beach that has yet to be found by most travellers to Cuba on an island just off the mainland. Enjoy time this afternoon to relax, go for a swim, or snorkel. Later in the afternoon, return to the mainland and hop in the support vehicle for a lift back to Viñales.

Today’s riding distance: approx 50km

Cayo Levisa Cycling
Viñales – Palma Rubia6h-7h 50km

Cycle from Viñales to Palma Rubia. Take in breathtaking scenery cycling past dramatic mountain vistas, stopping a couple of times along the way. After reaching the coast, transfer to a ferry to reach Cayo Levisa.

Ferry
Palma Rubia – Cayo Levisa30m6km

Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

Day Trip Cayo Levisa
Cayo Levisa

Channel your inner Gilligan and strand yourself on this island off the north-west coast of Cuba’s Pinar del Rio province. Other than a few restaurants with delicious seafood, a bunch of palm trees and a mangrove, there isn’t much here except a gorgeous white sand beach accented by aquamarine waters—but what else could you need? Bliss out. Snorkel. Swim. Enjoy!

Ferry
Cayo Levisa – Palma Rubia30m6km

Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

Private Vehicle
Palma Rubia – Viñales

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Optional Activities – Day 3

Swimming

Grab your bathing suit and go for a refreshing swim.

Snorkelling

Put your mask on and get to know the local marine life with by snorkelling in this gorgeous spot.

Accommodation

Viñales Homestay (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 4: Viñales

Cycle the scenic Jagua Vieja road from La Palma, getting a glimpse of life in rural Cuba. Stop for a visit to the National Ernesto (Che) Guevara Monument.

Today’s ride starts in the Acón Valley, a scenic area with similar landscapes to Viñales that is relatively untouched from tourism. Expect a leisurely ride to begin, before finishing the day on some of the larger hills in the area. This area is primarily rural farmland, giving a unique glimpse into the daily life of Cubans outside of larger towns.

Today’s riding distance: approx 37km, with the option to cycle back to Viñales (additional 30km)

Private Vehicle
Viñales – La Palma

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Cycling La Palma to Vinales
La Palma – Viñales1h-2h 37km

Cycle over the beautiful Jagua Vieja from La Palma to Vinales. Enjoy easy cycling at the beginning, before a final climb.

Accommodation:

Viñales Homestay (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 5: Viñales/Soroa

Visit a tobacco factory before transferring to the historic Cueva de los Portales, a cave that was used by Che Guevara as the headquarters of the Cuban Army during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Later, cycle along the Carretera Central, passing through the National Park La Güira.

Due to the richness of the soil, Pinar del Río accounts for 59 per cent of Cuba’s tobacco plantation, with the first factory opening in 1760. Visit a tobacco factory to watch cigars being produced before transferring to Cueva de los Portales, a cave where Che Guevara commanded Cuba’s occidental army during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Take time wandering the grounds and check out some of Che’s artifacts that were left behind.

Enjoy a picnic lunch before an afternoon bike ride to La Güira, the ruins of a former politician’s mansion that is now a National Park. Make sure to check out the impressive gates to the park and keep an eye out for the many species of birds that call this area home. Later, transfer to your accommodation in Soroa.

Today’s riding distance: approx 16km

Cigar Tour
Viñales

Pinar del Rio is tobacco country. Fans of the ubiquitous Cuban cigar will be hard-pressed not to be impressed by this tour. See fields of green plants punctuated by thatch roof drying huts, then witness a demonstration of how the cured leaves are hand-rolled, cut and packaged. Prepare for the smell. The smell of tobacco is heady and headache-inducing. Buy a box to bring home to friends. Or smoke them all by yourself.

Private Vehicle
Viñales – Cueva de los Portales

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Cycling to La Güira
Cueva de los Portales – La Güira3h 16km

Cycle from Cueva de los Portales over Carretera Central to La Güira. The central highway is by no means the busy road that this would be in many other countries. Although there is some traffic on the roads, there is space to ride freely among the jagged peaks of the west of Cuba – known as Mil Cumbres, or “1000 summits.”

Private Vehicle
La Güira – Soroa

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 

Accommodation:

Soroa Homestay (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 6: Soroa

Cycle from Soroa to Las Terrazas, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve known for its lush, green surroundings and thriving art community.

In 1968, Fidel Castro started what was known as a green revolution: reforesting the Sierra del Rosario mountains that were logged by Spanish conquistadors, along with nurturing nearby land damaged by hurricanes, to try and improve the lives of citizens living in this remote region. This also marked the birth of Las Terrazas, a small eco-village that is now a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Start the day back in the saddle and cycle from Soroa to Las Terrazas. Throughout the ride, stop at some local communities to see rural Cuban life and learn about the history of the region. Most of the cycling today is moderate, with one steep hill to climb. After arriving in Las Terrazas, enjoy free time to explore the beautiful natural surroundings. Go for a hike, bird-watching, or wander through the open studios and pottery workshops of this vibrant art community.

Today’s riding distance: approx 35km, with the option to cycle back to Soroa (additional 17km)

Cycling Las Terrazas
Soroa – Las Terrazas1h-2h 18km

Enjoy the area’s natural beauty cycling from Soroa to Las Terrazas, the site of Cuba’s first UNESCO-sanctioned biosphere reserve. Todays’s ride has one difficult hill to climb, with stops along the way to visit local communities and learn about the history of the area. Option to return to Soroa by bike or travel in the bus.

Free Time
Las Terrazas

Enjoy free time in this beautiful natural setting, or check out the local artisans.

Private Vehicle
Las Terrazas – Soroa23km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 

Accommodation:

Soroa Homestay (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 7: Soroa/Havana

Travel back to the capital and enjoy a walking tour of Havana, including a visit to the rum museum.

One of the oldest cities in the western hemisphere, Havana was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. It contains a wealth of colonial architecture, and the old city and streets around the malecon (ocean-side walkway) are best discovered on foot. After arriving back to the city, go on a walking tour of Havana’s highlights. Revel in the bustle, history, and rhythms of this fascinating Caribbean capital city.

 

Private Vehicle
Soroa – Havana2h90km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Havana City Walking Tour
Havana1h-2h

Take a walking tour of Havana and find out what your CEO loves best about this amazing city. See city highlights that may include La Catedral de San Cristóbal de La Habana, the Palacio de los Marqueses de Aguas Claras (which now houses a restaurant), the Museo de Arte Colonial and the Plaza de Armas, with its statue of Manuel de Céspedes (one of the leaders of the Cuban independence movement). Use this walk as a jumping off point to explore the rest of this lively city.

Accommodation:

Casa Curazao (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 8: Havana

Depart at any time.

Departure Day

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

Meals included:

Breakfast

What’s Included

  • Arrival transfer
  • Guided cycling with support vehicle (6 days)
  • Visit to a traditional cigar factory in Pinar del Río
  • Havana city tour
  • Rum museum visit
  • Informal Spanish lesson
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Casas particulares (homestays) (7 nts).

Meals

7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Allow USD180-235 for meals not included.

Transportation

Private vehicle, bicycle, support vehicle, walking.

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

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