Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.
Hotel in Viñales
Viñales (2 nights)
Lodging for our first two nights will be at Hotel Los Jazmines, Hotel La Ermita, Villa Rancho San Vicente or similar—each situated in the lush Viñales Valley.
Hotel Moka Las Terrazas
Las Terrazas (2 nights)
A unique hotel designed to blend with the forested surroundings of the Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve. (pool)
Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana
Havana (1 night)
* Premiere Hotel
Originally built between 1894 and 1917 as the first European-style shopping center, this lovingly restored Old Havana building is now Cuba's first "true luxury" hotel and includes a modern revival of upscale shopping. Set in an ideal location overlooking Parque Central, the Kempinski celebrated its grand opening in summer 2017. (pool, spa)
This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
Daily Route Options (drag to see full )
|Daily Route Options
|Tobacco Farmer Cultural Interaction (30 Minutes)
|Agricultural Community Project & Dinner (2 Hours)
|Educational Exchanges near Viñales (1 Hour)
|Evening Salsa Class (1 Hour)
|Exchanges at San Diego de Los Baños (1 Hour)
|Las Terrazas Community Interactions with Artists (1 Hour)
|Cuban Masters Cycling Club Members Q&A Exchange & Dinner (2 Hours)
|Exchange Ride with Cuban Masters Cycling Club Members (3 Hours)
|Fuster Community Project Visit (1 Hour)
|Compás Dance Performers & Exchange (2 Hours)
||Historical City Walking Tour (2 Hours)
|Exchange with Cuban Entrepreneurs & Arte Corte (2 Hours)
Humidity and heat can make routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest.
* Includes shuttle.
Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.
Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.
All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
Available Bike Options
The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip or view our full bike fleet in further detail.
Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)
Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.
Touring Bike (Included)
Road Bike (Included)
For trips departing before 4/15/18, please see available bike options here.
- Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
- Snacks and beverages between meals
- Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
- Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
- Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
- Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
- All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
- Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
- On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
- Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
- Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
- Park and other entry fees
- Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
- Select coach transfers
- Baggage transfers and porterage
Get the Straight Talk about This Trip
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
In order to adhere to the US government requirements for travel to Cuba, this trip does not allow for the degree of flexibility we build into all of our other itineraries; as a guest, you must adhere to the full-time schedule of enriching people-to-people educational exchange activities.
New US Regulations for Travel to Cuba—Flights & Hotels
Under the new Cuba travel regulations announced by the US government June 16, 2017 and amended November 9, 2017, Backroads People-to-People group trips remain legally licensed. This means our trips will run as usual and we'll continue to deliver high quality experiences in Cuba. Also, under the new policy, you can still purchase your own commercial flights to Cuba. The new regulations, however, eliminate individual People-to-People licenses. So if you booked your trip on or after June 16, 2017, you cannot extend your stay in Cuba under that license category. That means your flight to Cuba must arrive no earlier than the evening before the Backroads trip start and must depart the evening of the trip end, or no later than the following morning. Beginning November 9, 2017, US policy also prohibits direct financial transactions to entities related to the Cuban military, including various hotels.
When traveling abroad, things don't always go according to plan and, particularly in Cuba, itinerary changes or shifts mid-trip are quite common. In the event of a last-minute change to the scheduled activities, your leaders will find alternate activities that you're sure to enjoy. Expect the unexpected in this region—it's all part of the adventure!
Accommodations & Meals
As "luxury" accommodations in Cuba can generally be very hard to find in smaller towns or be characterized as large all-inclusive, resort-style hotels, our accommodations in the towns we visit outside of Havana are not typical of the Backroads experience. While the hotels are the best available in the towns we visit, even the nicest properties in Cuba do not come close to equaling the accommodations on other Backroads trips.
Please note that although meals are fresh and tasty, the variety will be limited, with many of the same ingredients featured (such as poultry, pork, beans and rice).
The people and places you'll visit on this People-to-People Program in Cuba will stay with you for a very long time. But keep in mind that Cuba is a developing country and travel here isn't always easy; occasional scenes of poverty and litter can be jarring. Still, the beauty of the people, the culture and the landscape shine through, making for an amazing and fulfilling experience.
Why Travel with Backroads in Cuba
We're Leading a New Revolution
Backroads was the first active travel company with an official license to operate tours legally in Cuba – and we were the first U.S. company to offer biking as part of our in-depth exploration of this fascinating and often misunderstood island nation. Our Trip Expert, an avid hiker and biker, has spent most of the past three decades living, working and biking in Cuba. The inside knowledge she's gained while crisscrossing the island has allowed us to create a truly one-of-a-kind trip.
Backroads Custom Titanium Road Bikes Included
A Backroads Custom Titanium bike is included in your trip price. Our fleet is the best in active travel, so you don't have to roll the dice on this vital trip component. Learn why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders. See the bike options for this trip.
The Best Leaders in Cuba
Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Cuba, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.
The Right Local Pairings
Our Trip Leaders combine deep local expertise with a firm grasp of North American expectations around quality of service. By the same token, we pair experienced Backroads leaders with local guides who know how to cater to your needs while cracking open the culture or natural history in ways that are meaningful, memorable and often magical.
Experts with Secrets to Share
In choosing the ideal experts to enrich your travel experience, we look for people with a wealth of local knowledge, but also the ability to convey their insights in English. Too often travelers find themselves smiling politely, not quite understanding what they're being told. Our experts share intriguing facts, anecdotes and inside stories that stay with you forever.
Our Cultural Roots Run Deep
Thanks to our extensive connections in Cuba, Backroads takes you off the beaten track and deep into the region's culture in ways that traditional travel can never hope to do. We know the people and their customs, the legacy of art and architecture, the complex history and politics – and if we're not sure, our amazing local experts can fill in the blanks.
We Speak the Language
If we told you many companies' leaders can't actually speak the language where they lead trips, you'd say incroyable... ridicolo... không the tha thú. At Backroads, fluency in the local language is a given. Find out more on the best leader recruitment, training and development in the business. (And by the way, that was "unforgivable" in Vietnamese.)
We've Set the Standard
For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by
The Value of Casual Hotels
In addition to the ideal balance of comfort and hospitality in our choice of lodgings, this trip featuring Casual Hotels includes nearly all of your meals, plus everything from cocktail receptions to the best snacks along the road. So there's rarely a need to reach for your wallet – we've got you covered.
Choose Your Fellow Travelers
With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in Cuba that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.
Quality You Can Measure
Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.
We Know Where We're Going
Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.