Western and Central Cuba by e-bike

Decelerated, authentic and in a small group with a maximum of twelve participants.

“Experience” Cuba at a decelerated pace on an e-bike. In western and central Cuba you will experience authentic Cuba, always with enough time to let the Caribbean island with its unique flair take effect on you. The routes lead on low-traffic roads, through traditional villages and along the wild Caribbean coast. In addition to the vibrant capital Havana, you will get to know the nature reserve Las Terrazas, the spectacular limestone formations in Viñales, the beautiful coast of the Bay of Pigs, the Punta Gorda peninsula and the interesting colonial towns of Sancti Spíritus and Trinidad. The almost daily cycling tours allow for leisurely travel, the luggage is transported in the accompanying vehicle – which you are also allowed to get into when you are tired. Of course, there are also bathing breaks: Cayo Jutías, Playa Larga, Trinidad and Cayo Las Brujas are some of Cuba’s still pristine beaches.

On this tour you will stay in Casa Particulares (private Cuban guesthouses) and in small hotels. This also allows for authentic travelling, as the warm host families lovingly take care of their guests. If you wish, they will also cook dinner for you (not included), alternatively you can have dinner in the nearby restaurants. All accommodation is carefully and regularly checked by our Cuban partner agency.

The daily cycling distances are 15-80 kilometres on mainly hilly roads, without extreme climbs. An average level of fitness is required, and on the longer routes it is possible to hop on the accompanying bus along the way.

The dates

16.05.2022-30.05.2022
06.06.2022-20.06.2022
04.07.2022-18.07.2022
05.09.2022-19.09.2022
31.10.2022-14.11.2022

Further dates for winter 2022/23 are planned.

The travel itinerary

Day 1 To Havana / Arrival Havana
Flight e.g. with Luxair/Air France to Havana (Luxembourg-Paris/Charles de Gaulle 07.30-08.35, connecting flight Paris/Charles de Gaulle-Havana 10.55-14.50). Welcome at the airport by a representative of our local partner agency and transfer to your accommodation. At the casa particular, the warm hosts are happy about your arrival and welcome you. Overnight stay at the Casa Particular La Siguaraya or similar, Havana.

 

Day 2 Havana
A coco taxi takes you through Centro Havana to the old town. There you walk through the lively streets to the most important sights: Capitol, Plaza de Armas, Templete, Palace of the Captains General, Cathedral Square, Plaza Vieja, Hemingway’s “Bodeguita”, etc. After lunch (not included), you will ride in style in an American vintage car towards the El Morro fortress and along the world-famous waterfront promenade, the Malecón. Afterwards, you will take over your e-bike and start exploring modern Havana (Vedado and Miramar districts). At Revolution Square you admire the iconic silhouette of Che Guevara and the monument to José Martí, past the legendary Colón cemetery you reach the Miramar residential district with its imposing villas. From there it is not far to the Casa Particular. Overnight stay at the Casa Particular La Siguaraya or similar, Havana. (F)

🚲 approx. 15 km, flat.

 

Day 3 Havana – Viñales, visit of a tobacco farm
On the tobacco route you reach Pinar del Río, the greenest of all Cuban provinces. It is known for its characteristic craggy limestone cliffs, the Mogotes, and for the best tobacco soils in the world. On a tobacco farm you will learn about the production process from the leaf to the cigar and can admire the skilled hands of the “torcedores”, the cigar rollers. After the tour, a Cuban lunch is served and after coffee you can enjoy an exquisite cigar. From the provincial capital of Pinar del Río, you will ride the e-bikes through the scenic and hilly green countryside, which is one of the most beautiful in Cuba. At the end of today’s tour, you will be rewarded with a beautiful view of the Viñale Valley. Overnight stay at the Casa Particular Joel Prieto or similar, Viñales. (B,M)
🚲 approx. 50 km, hilly.

 

Day 4 Day trip Cayo Jutías with bathing opportunity
Today you undertake a day trip to the Cayo Jutías peninsula on the north coast of the province of Pinar del Río. Passing fields, limestone formations and working farmers with ox carts, you will ride your e-bikes through the wonderful green landscape towards the coast. There is time to swim and relax on a paradisiacal white sand beach, and you can have lunch in one of the small restaurants (not included). In the late afternoon, a bus takes you back to your accommodation. Overnight stay at the Casa Particular Joel Prieto or similar, Viñales. (F)
🚲 approx. 60 km, hilly.

 

Day 5 Viñales – Las Terrazas
By e-bike you start from Viñales to the cave “Cueva de los Portales”, Che Guevara’s hiding place and base during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and continue through the beautiful landscape of the National Park “La Güira” with its stone sculptures. You will have lunch on the way (box lunch). After a refreshing break, the route leads to the main road on roads with little traffic. There the bus will be waiting to take you the last kilometres to the Las Terrazas eco-reserve. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Moka**, Las Terrazas. (B,LB,A)
🚲 approx. 90 km, hilly (Note: it is possible to board the bus at any time).

 

Day 6 Las Terrazas
Let yourself be enchanted by the nature and tranquillity of Las Terrazas. In the morning, explore the biosphere reserve and its forests by e-bike. The tour leads past the ruins of a former hacienda of a coffee farmer to the Río San Juan. The bathing area there is ideal for refreshment before the return journey. The afternoon is at leisure (without e-bike use). There are possibilities for a canopy tour or a boat trip across the lake of the local community. Dinner is at the El Romero Restaurant (subject to availability). This restaurant is part of the sustainable community and is considered a pioneer of vegetarian cuisine in Cuba. Overnight at Hotel Moka**, Las Terrazas. (B, A)
🚲 max. 25 km, hilly.

 

Day 7 Las Terrazas – Australia – Playa Larga
Today, a longer bus ride over the Cuban highway in the direction of central Cuba is on the programme. Before you reach the legendary Bay of Pigs, you will visit the former sugar village of Australia and gain interesting insights into Cuban sugar cultivation. From there you cycle with the e-bikes along the Ciénaga de Zapata National Park, a marshy area rich in birds, to the Bay of Pigs. Playa Larga is a quiet Cuban coastal town that has so far been spared the big tourist crowds and therefore gives an authentic impression. After check-in, there is time for a walk along the beach. Overnight stay at the Casa Particular Villa Playa Tropical or similar, Playa Larga. (F)
🚲 approx. 30 km, flat.

 

Day 8 Playa Larga – Cienfuegos
On a varied route you cycle along the Bay of Pigs. The road runs parallel to the coast a few metres from the sea, on the opposite side of the road the dense vegetation of the swamp rises up like a wall. The tour leads to Cuba’s largest cenote “La Cueva de los Peces”, to “Punta Perdiz” (a paradise for diving) and to “Playa Girón” (the scene of bloody battles during the CIA-supported invasion of Cuba in 1961). In Playa Girón you will visit the local museum, where you can see, among other things, an old aeroplane from that time. The last e-bike stage of the day leads to Caleta Buena, where you will have lunch and time to relax by the sea. The bus takes you to Cienfuegos, the pearl of the south. Founded by the French, the city with its many colonial buildings still exudes French flair today. Overnight stay at Casa Particular Maikel or similar, Cienfuegos. (B/M)
🚲 approx. 54 km, flat.

 

Day 9 Cienfuegos – Trinidad
After breakfast, explore the centre of Cienfuegos by e-bike. The city is considered the cleanest in Cuba. The main axis of the city, the Prado, is reminiscent of the Champs Elysées. The road to Trinidad leads through hilly greenery, with the mountain ranges of the Sierra Escambray to your left. You will have lunch in the midst of nature on a farm. Well fortified, you cycle on the panoramic road along the “Caribbean coast” to Trinidad – when you see the sign “Bienvenidos a Trinidad“, you have made it! In the evening, there is the opportunity to take a foray into the lively musical nightlife (not included). There is live music in many bars, “Casa de la Música” or “Casa de la Trova” are particularly well-known. Overnight stay at Casa Particular Osmari y Alberto or similar, Trinidad. (B,M)
🚲 max. 80 km, first hilly, later flat.

 

Day 10 Trinidad
A city walk through Trinidad, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will transport you to another age – with its colonial architecture, the city centre looks like a living open-air museum. From the elegant “Plaza Mayor”, lined with magnificent mansions, you walk through the cobblestone-paved alleys where the sugar barons’ carriages once drove. After visiting the local museum, taste a typical cocktail from the region. In the afternoon, take an e-bike excursion to Playa Ancon. The beautiful sandy beach is made for a refreshing swim and a relaxing end to the day. Overnight stay at the Casa Particular Osmari Y Alberto or similar, Trinidad. (F)
🚲 approx. 22 km, flat.

 

Day 11 Trinidad – Sancti Spíritus
The first destination of today’s cycling stage is the valley of the sugar cane mills and the hacienda of the sugar barons Manaca Iznagak. The look into the past, into the time of slavery, is at the same time a look into a time when sugar was the green gold and played an important role on the world markets. Many profited from the boom in the sugar industry and came into quick wealth. The large observation tower at the hacienda can be climbed at your own risk. After the visit, continue along the foothills of the Sierra Escambray to the provincial capital of Sancti Spíritus. The city is one of the seven first cities founded in Cuba, and to this day it has retained some of its original and colonial flair. In the evening you can walk to the oldest stone arch bridge in Cuba, the Yayabo Bridge – a wonderful photo motif when the bridge is reflected in the river of the same name! Overnight stay at Hotel E Rijo*** or similar, Sancti Spiritus. (B, LB)
🚲 max. 80 km, hilly (complete route)

 

Day 12 Sancti Spíritus – Remedios – Cayo Las Brujas
The bus takes you to Placetas, from where you ride the e-bikes through small villages to the colonial town of Remedios, one of the oldest towns in Cuba. Its historic centre is the scene of the “Parrandas” (local festivities and Cuban cultural heritage) every year around Christmas time. You get back on the bus and drive over the causeway to Cayo Santa María. The long sandy beach is perfect for a relaxing afternoon. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Villa Las Brujas or similar, Cayo Las Brujas. (B,A)
🚲 approx. 40 km, slightly hilly/rising.

 

Day 13 Cayo Las Brujas – Varadero – Havana
By bus you return to Havana via Varadero. Due to the long distance of almost 400 kilometres, you will arrive in the Cuban capital in the evening. Overnight stay at La Siguaraya or similar, Havana. (F)

 

Day 14 Farewell to Cuba
Check-out in the morning, depending on flight time transfer (with Spanish-speaking driver) to the airport and return flight to Europe, e.g. with Air France/Luxair at 17.10 hrs.

 

Day 15 Back home
If flying with Air France/Luxair: Arrival in Paris/Charles-de-Gaulle at 08.20 and onward flight to Luxembourg (09.35-10.35).

 

F=breakfast, M=lunch, LB=lunchbox, A=dinner
Programme and hotel subject to change

The e-bikes

Our partner Caribbean Tours is proud of its high-quality e-bikes. All bikes were imported from Germany, and our own bike workshop ensures that the e-bikes are in perfect condition. For this tour, a German trekking e-bike with a Bosch motor is used, which is easy to ride and copes well with Cuba’s potholes and rough asphalt. The 28-inch wheels, 4 support levels and 8 gears make it the ideal e-bike for the hills and roads of the island. The front suspension absorbs the bumps from the rough Cuban asphalt, ensuring a comfortable ride. With these e-bikes you are well equipped for this unique adventure trip.

The bikes are equipped with normal pedals (flat pedals). If you prefer click pedals, you can bring your own click pedals, which will then be fitted when you pick up the e-bike. It is also possible to bring your own bicycle saddle.

13x CORRATEC E-POWER 28 ACTIVE*

The most important facts:
• Trekking e-bike
• Motor: Bosch Active Line 36V, 250W, 25km/h / Bosch
Intuvia Display
• Battery power: 400Wh
• Frame: Aluminium
• Shimano Nexus 8.gear drive with twist shifter
• Support levels: 4
• Magura HS 11 hydraulic rim brake
• Weight: 23.5 kg

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* Technical specifications may vary.

 

It is compulsory to wear a suitable cycle helmet during the cycling tours. We recommend that you bring your own bicycle helmet as our partner Caribbean Tours can only provide helmets to a limited extent. Please also note that the use of the e-bike is only allowed in the presence of the guide. Participants of the tour should be at least 14 years old and at least 140cm tall.

The "Caribbean factor"

The Caribbean, especially Cuba, is an up-and-coming tourist region, but cannot be compared to Europe in terms of standard. Especially the “Caribbean flair” so appreciated by all travellers can lead to discrepancies, as many travelers have wrong ideas about the quality and availability of tourist services. Our partner Caribbean Tours therefore expressly points out that the standard of the hotels, restaurants, means of transport, public facilities etc. does not reach European standards. The hotels cannot be compared with Central European standards, despite their own statements about their categories (stars) and/or their affiliation to international hotel chains. Due to the colonial style of many city hotels in Cuba, not all rooms have windows or, under certain circumstances, only overlook the inner courtyard. Our partner Caribbean Tours always tries to book rooms with windows, but this cannot always be guaranteed.

The road conditions in Cuba are by no means up to European standards. Some of the roads are not in good condition (bumpy, with potholes and in places not asphalted). It is therefore often necessary to drive slowly. Animals and carriages are also not uncommon on the road. For these reasons, travel times may be longer. “Caribbean punctuality” does not correspond to European punctuality. This was taken into account when planning the trip, as well as in the trip description and travel information.

When purchasing services in Cuba, our partner Caribbean Tours is dependent on state tourism organisations and cannot conclude contracts directly with the individual service providers. This results in certain restrictions in the choice of service providers and the possibility to intervene directly with the service provider.

 

Electricity voltage
The electricity voltage in Cuba is 110-120V/60Hz.

Luggage
Please note that transport in Cuba is limited to one piece of luggage per person (approx. 20kg) plus hand luggage.

Add-on tour
We operate these tours together with our partner Caribbean Tours.

Private tour
This tour can also be booked as a private tour for two persons (from 3.995,00 € per person, subject to availability, subject to exchange rate fluctuations) on your preferred dates with a German or English speaking local tour guide. We would be happy to prepare a personal offer for you – please contact us!

Entry Cuba (as of 04/2022) with:

• For EU citizens with a passport valid for at least six months at the time of entry.
• Entry form “Declaración Jurada de Salut” completed online in advance (link will be sent with travel documents)
• Visa = tourist card (maximum validity 30 days)
• Overseas health insurance

Masks are still compulsory in public areas.