24 October 2016
Cycling through pincushion hills, sampling Cuban rum at a distillery, hearing salsa music float through the streets of Havana, walking across one of the island's famed white sand beaches while gazing out across the crystal blue Caribbean . . . leave the resorts of Varadero behind and discover the real Cuba on this eight-day active adventure. Get your blood pumping cycling hills and mountain ranges, marvel at scenic vistas that will take your breath away and tour a tobacco plantation for a taste of iconic Cuban culture. With its lush scenery, vibrant culture and incredible beaches, this cycling adventure will have you exploring a side of Cuba that few rarely get to know.
Your wonderful cycling holiday begins in the Cuban capital Havana. There are no planned activities on the first day so check into our hotel and enjoy the city. Left to decay after the revolution, in 1982 Old Havana became Cuba’s first Unesco world heritage site, with its mix of Baroque and neoclassical monuments, arcades, balconies, wrought-iron gates and courtyards. Today you can begin to immerse yourself in everything Cuban by strolling along the seafront, sitting in a cafe and listening to the infectious and watching the old American cars go by.
After a meeting with your tour guide leave Havana after breakfast and a short journey west brings you to Pinar del Río, the “Garden Province” of Cuba. Enjoy a city tour with a visit to the must-see tobacco factory. Transfer to your hotel for lunch then spend the afternoon cycling around the pincushion hills of Viñales, a beautiful small town perfect for outdoor activities. Return to your campsite for dinner. Pinar del Río province has some of the most beautiful landscapes and scenery in the country.
Cycle to Cayo Jutías, on the North coast, a virtually unspoiled beach. Take in the breathtaking scenery as you ride past dramatic mountain vistas, stopping en route for a picnic lunch. This coastal route ends at a beautiful white beach with crystal clear water. Then check into your hotel in the Viñales Valley for dinner.
More wonderful scenery today when you cycle over Jagua Vieja road to La Palma. Enjoy a well-earned break for a picnic lunch, after which you ride back along a picturesque route to Valle de Ancón where you arrive at your hotel in time for dinner. Today you will have cycled around 40 miles.
Cycle around Las Terrazas, site of Cuba’s first Unesco sanctioned biosphere reserve. Visit the 19th century ruins of coffee plantations and coffee houses. Enjoy a picnic lunch surrounded by majestic mountains and beautiful scenery, then continue cycling to Soroa, known as the “rainbow of Cuba,” because of its heavy rainfall and resulting rainbows. The region is endowed with clear rivers and tall trees, and features Cuba’s most complete orchid garden.
Cycle around Las Terrazas, site of Cuba’s first UNESCO sanctioned biosphere reserve. Visit the 19th century ruins of coffee plantations and coffee houses. Enjoy a picnic lunch surrounded by majestic mountains and beautiful scenery, then continue cycling to Soroa. Soroa is known as the “rainbow of Cuba,” because of its heavy rainfall and resulting rainbows. The region is endowed with clear rivers and tall trees, and features Cuba’s most complete orchid garden. Approximate Distance: 65 km Approximate Distance Biked: 20 km
Leave your bike behind today as you are driven back to the capital to soak up some more culture. Enjoy a walking tour of old and modern Havana for full appreciation of this vibrant city, including a visit to a rum museum. One of the city’s most prominent attractions is its music and clubs. Everywhere you go you hear and feel music, and people dance in the streets. Tonight have one last traditional Cuban dinner, and enjoy a musical night on the town with the group.
Your memorable cycling tour of Cuba ends today. Say farewell to your new found friends before continuing your holiday at one of the many beach resorts on the island, taking another tour, or beginning your journey back home.
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