Cuba - Cuban Wheels - Cycling Holiday
- Seeing the best bits of Cuba in just one week
- Getting off the beaten track on the Zapata Peninsula
- Sipping a mojito or a daiquiri as the sun goes down in Trinidad
- Soak up the incredible atmosphere in old Havana
- Explore the historic centre of Sancti Spirius
- Experience life with a Cuban family in a Casa Particulares
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|1||Arrival into Havana|
|2||Havana and Santa Clara||15 Miles / 24 Kms Approx||100m||B L D|
|3||Santa Clara - Sancti Spiritus||42 Miles / 69 Kms Approx||420m||B L|
|4||Sancti Spiritus to Trindad||45 Miles / 75 Kms Approx||650m||B L|
|5||Trinidad y La Playa||15 Miles / 25 Kms Approx||100m||B L|
|6||Cienfuegos & Playa Larga||42 Miles / 67 Kms Approx||500m||B L|
|7||Zapata Peninsula & Havana||15 Miles / 25 Kms Approx||50m||B L|
|8||Departure from Havana||B|
Meals: B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner | Please keep in mind the distances and ascent information provided are intended to be indicative and may vary from the actuals due to accommodation changes or when compared on different GPS devices and software
For more information download our trip notes
For more information download our trip notes
What an adventure!
Skedaddle holidays are always special and this was no exception – what an adventure! The trip provided a fascinating insight to the history and current situation in Cuba as well as a chance to witness the natural beauty, the UNESCO restored architecture and both sides of the regime. The trip was made particularly special by the other members of our group – Nigel and Simon – as well as Radu (Sedaddle guide), Jackson (Cuban guide) and Herardo (driver). They were a wonderful team. Jackson really made the trip. He really helped us understand the realities of day-to-day Cuba, both now and in the past. He was amazingly level-headed and objective about the history and current situation in Cuba. Jackson also provided music on the road – which kept our son going on the bike rides!
Our favourite two days were (a) the beach day from Trinidad. Lovely to have a swim in such clear water particularly after all the hot weather cycling and (b) the beautiful ride along the coast from Trinidad to the Botanica gardens near Cienfuegos. The botanic gardens were also stunning.
Overall we really enjoyed our trip. We had fun, enjoyed the company and learned lots about Cuba – which was our main reason for going.
Louise, Surrey, UK
As seen in the press...
Saddle Skedaddle’s seven night escorted bike tour begins in Havana before heading through beautiful, colonial-style cities. After staying with a local family, you’ll pedal into French flavoured seaside charmer Cienfuegos and finish on the bird-rich Zapata Peninsula.
The Times (2018), Cycling in Cuba
Worth every penny!
This trip was the best value for money – I would like to do another trip with your team. I’m already planning! Peter from Skeddaddle was great, really easy to be with and very supportive. Our Cuban tour guide, Manuel, made the trip for us. He was great fun, very enthusiastic, always laughing, great with everyone in the group, very well informed about his country – all in all he was an amazing ambassador for Cuba. We wanted to bring him home!
As seen in the press...
For a sweaty adventure, get a bunch of friends to sign up for a group bike holiday in Cuba. With Saddle Skedaddle, options on the Caribbean’s largest island include Cuban Wheels, a week of gentle/moderate cycling (up to 45 miles a day) between the atmospheric towns of Santa Clara, Sancti Spiritus, Trinidad and Cienfuegos in central Cuba, with time for sightseeing and the beach.
Telegraph Travel (October 2016)
An outstanding trip!
Over all the trip was outstanding in an amazing country with breath taking scenery and really warm and welcoming people. The Skedaddle rep was very good and helpful and the guide and the driver were one in a million.
Fantastic leadership skills from guides!
Manuel the local guide was totally amazing. He was helpful, inclusive, friendly, informative, enthusiastic and humorous. He really made the difference and enhanced the Cuban holiday experience. He is also a brilliant cyclist. Manuel really epitomised the phrase ‘nothing is too much trouble‘. Saddle Skedaddle should employ him permanently. Berto the driver was also a great asset to the holiday. The transport/support vehicle was comfortable and spacious. Plenty room for bikes and customers.
It was our first time in Cuba and a great adventure with our friends. We enjoyed meeting everyone else on the trip and loved our guide Eric, bus driver Eglis and Tony from Skedaddle.
The coastal ride out of Trinidad was our favourite day. Fabulous views, a fun road, not so much traffic and the crabs weren’t too bad! Also the short ride to the beach in Trinidad. The valley through which we rode from Sanctus Spiritus to Trinidad was also beautiful.
In general we do not join in group holiday tours…...however, we had an excellent holiday and had the opportunity to view the island from a different perspective as you do when on a bike.
David and Christine, Leeds
I’m unable to eat wheat & gluten or fish so always worry a little when travelling. Both Peter and the Cuban guide Manuel were absolutely brilliant and always made sure the food was ok for me to eat which was very much appreciated. The Cuban guide and coach driver did a fantastic job of sourcing refreshments each day during the ride.
Tony was and is an amazing guide, with his knowledge of the country and his positive, can-do attitude, enthusiasm, and dedication to seeing everyone was taken care of and having a good time. The tour leader makes the trip, and He made the trip memorable.
Loved every minute!
Loved every minute – it was extremely well organised, everything went smoothly, the routes, accommodation and restaurants were all well-chosen and presented a range of Cuban styles!
We experienced a real range of food and restaurants. Generally the food was much better than I’d been led to expect for Cuba! I’d say that the hotel buffets were the least good, offering a mediocre quality of food, but the other non-hotel places where we ate were generally great, plus also offering something special by way of atmosphere / location e.g. the sugar plantation house.
Peter was the perfect tour leader, very knowledgeable and always on hand to ensure everyone had an enjoyable trip
Best guide I have encountered..
This is my 4th overseas cycling trip and alex was by far the best guide I have encountered. He was intelligent, incredibly knowledgable about all aspects of Cuban history, industry, and politics and passionate about his country. He was patient with our never ending questions and had a great sense of humour. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him!
Very good local guide
Excellent breakfast at homestay in Trinidad. Food was much better than expected, which might be a reflection on my pre-conceptions..! Very good local guide too…thought that he and the Skedaddle guide complemented each other well.
We would recommend this trip to others – it is fairly easy cycling (and we did it in very hot weather!) the people, the rural areas, the culture, the music and visiting Havana and Trinidad cities make this a very special experience. Hope to go back again sometime. Cuba is a fascinating place to visit.
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2 nights local home (Casa Particulares – Trinidad)
2 nights local home (Casa Particulares – Playa Larga)
7 breakfasts, 6 lunches provided
5 or 6 days cycling
1 optional rest day
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