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 culture, and incredible beaches, this active cycling adventure will have you exploring a side of this island few get to know.
Bicycle, private vehicle, support vehicle, walking.
Casas particulares (homestays) (7 nts).
Local Living: Havana Homestay, Havana. Arrival transfer. Guided cycling with support vehicle (6 days). Cayo Levisa day trip. Traditional cigar factory visit in Pinar del Rao. Cueva de los Portales visit. Las Terrazas visit. Havana city tour. Fusterlandia visit. Informal Spanish lesson. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Cycle through pincushion hills, hear Cuban salsa music float through the streets of Havana, walk across one of Cuba's famed white-sand beaches, gaze out across the crystal-blue Caribbean.
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.
Day 2 Havana/Via±ales (1B, 1D)
Depart Havana after breakfast and transfer west to Via±ales in Pinar del Rao, the Garden Province of Cuba. Head out on the first ride a circular route around Via±ales, cycling past the famous mogotes (limestone pincushion hills) of the region.
Day 3 Via±ales (1B, 1L)
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.
Day 4 Via±ales (1B, 1L, 1D)
Get immersed in Cuba's tobacco growing region while cycling to San Luis, a village famous for producing the world's best tobacco. Enjoy lunch at one of the local vegas (farms), followed by a visit to a tobacco factory in Pinar del Rio, before returning to Via±ales.
Day 5 Via±ales/Soroa (1B, 1L)
Cycle 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. After, transfer to Soroa in the support vehicle.
Day 6 Soroa (1B, 1D)
Cycle from Soroa to Las Terrazas, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve known for its lush, green surroundings and thriving art community.
Day 7 Soroa/Havana (1B, 1L)
Travel back to the capital and enjoy a walking tour of Havana, including a visit to the rum museum and the dreamy Fusterlandia neighbourhood to check out the street art.
Day 8 Havana (1B)
Depart at any time.