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National Parks & Latin Rhythms into Havana

Lush Viñales farmlands. White-sand beaches and turquoise waters. Historic Havana, biospheres and national parks. See it all riding side by side with the locals. We're one of the few US companies running trips in Cuba, so if you've been thinking about travel to this one-of-a-kind country, now is the time! And no one immerses you into this country's natural beauty, culture and history like we do.

THIS ITINERARY: 7 days, 6 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Casual Hotels

FROM: $5,599 - $5,799 pp dbl occ
($500 for sgl occ)

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Start/End Havana

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights
  • Embark on this unique US-approved Biking Trip—Backroads was the first to launch a trip of this kind!
  • Journey by bike to magical Havana, crossing unique mogotes, tobacco farms and Las Terrazas Biosphere
  • Pedal alongside the Cuban Masters Cycling Club through beautiful natural areas, rural villages and captivating colonial towns
  • Engage with local people from all walks of life—from farmers and entrepreneurs to Cuba's famous artisans and dancers
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Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
7 Days Casual Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

Cycle through Viñales National Park amid dramatic domed hills or mogotes | Get to know a family at their prize-winning farm and enjoy a farm-to-table feast | Visit a tobacco farm and learn how the leaves are rolled into cigars | Bike to the miles-long white-sand beaches of Cayo Jutías and dine on fresh fish | Expert salsa dancers teach you how to move to the rhythm | In the evening, join the locals for more music.

Vinales Hotel, Cuba
Hotel Los Jazmines
Viñales
| Casual Hotel

Hotel Los Jazmines is a pastel-pink colonial-style building boasting incredible views of the lush Viñales Valley. (pool) (Please note our accommodations may change to one of the hotel's sister properties: Hotel La Ermita, Villa Rancho San Vicente or similar.)

Days 3-4

Bike with members of the Cuban Masters Cycling Club from the Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve to Havana | Artists welcome us to Las Terrazas, a sustainable eco-village within the reserve.

Hotel Moka Las Terrazas, Cuba
Hotel Moka Las Terrazas
Las Terrazas
| Casual Hotel

A unique hotel designed to blend with the forested surroundings of the Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve. (pool)

Days 5-7

Discuss art and its influence during a visit to the studio of José Fuster, dubbed Picasso of the Caribbean | Join an award-winning journalist who has lived in Cuba for over 20 years for an informative Q&A session | We're treated to a performance by the young Habana Compás dance group | Starting in the Plaza de Armas, Havana's oldest square, explore vibrant Habana Vieja with an expert from the city's Historian's Office and witness the preservation efforts firsthand | Local entrepreneurs and paladar (restaurant) owners share their passions and stories of how they launched their businesses | Meander through lively plazas and side streets including Callejón de los Peluqueros, home of a community project centered around one of Cuba's most famous hairdressing salons.

Hotel Parque Central
Hotel Parque Central
Havana
| Casual Plus Hotel

Set in an ideal location overlooking Parque Central, this lovingly restored Old Havana building is steeped with history and has fantastic views from its rooftop pool. (pool, spa)

Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy

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Activity Level: 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. LEARN MORE.

Day 1
Biking
Level 1 | 11 miles* | 700 ft. gain
Level 2 | 17 miles | 900 ft. gain
Other
Tobacco Farmer Cultural Interaction (30 minutes)
Agricultural Community Project & Dinner (2 hours)
Day 2
Biking
Level 2 | 26 miles* | 1300 ft. gain
Level 3 | 36 miles* | 1500 ft. gain
Level 4 | 45 miles* | 1600 ft. gain
Other
Cultural Exchanges near Viñales (1 hour)
Evening Local Dancers & Musicians Exchange (1 hour)
Day 3
Biking
Level 1 | 16 miles* | 500 ft. gain
Level 2 | 21 miles* | 800 ft. gain
Level 3 | 37 miles* | 1900 ft. gain
Level 4 | 48 miles | 3000 ft. gain
Other
Community Interactions with Artists (1 hour)
Cuban Masters Cycling Club Members Q&A Cultural Exchange & Dinner (2 hours)
Day 4
Biking
Level 2 | 24 miles* | 1700 ft. gain
Level 3 | 35 miles* | 2200 ft. gain
Level 4 | 52 miles | 3400 ft. gain
Other
Cultural Exchange Ride with Cuban Masters Cycling Club Members (3 hours)
Cultural Exchange in San Blas (1 hour)
Cultural Exchange in Las Terrazas (2 hours)
Day 5
Biking
Level 2 | 26 miles* | 800 ft. gain
Level 3 | 37 miles* | 1200 ft. gain
Level 4 | 45 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Other
Cultural Exchange Ride with Cuban Masters Cycling Club Members (3 hours)
Fuster Community Project Visit (1 hour)
Cultural Exchange with Cuban Entrepreneurs & Arte Corte (2 hours)
Day 6
Other
Historical City Walking Tour (2 hours)
Cultural Exchange with City Expert & Community Interactions in Old Havana (2 hours)
Daycare Center Visit (30 minutes)
Arte Corte Community Interactions (1 hour)
Q&A with Marc Frank (1 hour)
Habana Compás Dance Performance & Cultural Exchange (2 hours)
Day 7
Other
Vedado Food Market Visit (30 minutes)
Vedado Neighborhood Walk (1.5 hours)
* Includes shuttle.

Note: The terrain on this trip ranges from fairly flat to rolling to hilly and challenging. Most of the roads we follow are paved, though there are some short sections of dirt and gravel that can be quite bumpy. On the secondary—and scenic!—roads we follow we'll encounter a significant amount of potholes, rough sections and some large gravelly sections where road work is ongoing. Also, humidity and heat can make routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest.

What's Included

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.

Touring Bike

A proven classic, our most popular custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Touring Bike

A proven classic, our most popular custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners
  • 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

Straight talk

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.

The Support for the Cuban People Experience

Backroads remains licensed by the United States Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to engage, organize and conduct authorized Support for the Cuban People group travel to Cuba. These trips engage participants in meaningful interactions with individuals in Cuba. 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 will have a full schedule of enriching Support for the Cuban People activities.

New US Regulations for Travel to Cuba—Flights & Hotels

Under the new rules issued by the US Department of Treasury on June 5, 2019, the group People-to-People educational travel category has been eliminated. However, Backroads trips fall under the Support for the Cuban People general license category, meaning our trips remain legally licensed and we can continue to book guests and run our 2020 and beyond trips. We'll continue to deliver high-quality experiences in Cuba. You can still purchase your own commercial flights to Cuba—when doing so, select that you will be traveling under the OFAC category of Support for the Cuban People general license. ​Also, if you are subject to US jurisdiction you may extend your stay in Cuba and book your flights according to your added days. If you are not extending your stay before or after our Backroads trip, your flight to Cuba must arrive no earlier than the evening before the Backroads trip start and must depart no later than the morning after the trip end.

Beginning November 9, 2017, US policy also prohibits direct financial transactions to entities related to the Cuban military, including various hotels. Please feel free to contact us with questions or concerns about your travel arrangements for the days before or after your Backroads trip. And for more information on the new guidelines, please refer to OFAC's FAQs. For a complete list of restricted hotels and other entities, please refer to the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. (You'll notice that Backroads stays in some the hotels on this restricted list—we're able to do so by being "grandfathered in" since we made our reservations prior to the rollout of the government's new rules.)

Itinerary Changes

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 scheduled activities, your leaders will find alternate activities. 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).

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