- 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
Arrival into Havana’s José Martí International Airport, where your local guide and driver will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for the night.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
- Ascent: 100m
After an arrival briefing and once checked out the hotel we’ll head out for a guided city tour by bike. Our route will take us through the Miramar and Vedado Districts and will include stopping for photographs at Revolution Square. We’ll then carry on to the Old City, before heading along the famous seafront road, the Malecon.
After the City Cycle Tour we collect a packed Lunch and transfer to Santa Clara where we visit the Che Guevara Mausoleum and the centre of the city.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch
- Ascent: 420m
Today we have a short transfer through the busy centre traffic to a small town on the outskirts of Santa Clara called Miller where we begin cycling.
The Carretera Central is the original Havana to Santiago Road but now that the nearby highway has been built, this road has become a secondary route and traffic is light and local. Expect to share the road with horses, carts, bikes, tractors and the occasional Russian truck! We’ll be cycling through agricultural communities and the road undulates past sugar cane and pasture land. Along the way, we’ll stop for a picnic lunch before carrying on to Sancti Spiritus. Depending on the progress we make during the ride, we might need to transfer the last section into Sancti Spiritus.
This evening we’ll have time to wander through the historic centre of Sancti Spiritus one of the seven original “villas” constructed by the Spanish Conquistadors.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch
- Ascent: 650m
A lovely ride with plenty of small hills to keep you entertained on the way. Setting off from Sancti Spiritus, we take the main Sancti Spiritus to Trinidad road stopping for lunch in Manacas Iznaga where we visit the remains of a sugar plantation. Previously sugar cane and refining was big business in this area and Trinidad grew extremely rich thanks to this produce.
From Manacas it’s a short ride to Trinidad where we check into our casas particulares and enjoy the experience of staying with a local family. In the evening we’ll eat at the Casa Felix and later have some free time to explore the delights of Trinidad.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch
- Ascent: 100m
Trinidad, with its Spanish architecture, beautifully preserved cobbled streets, tiled roofs and fine palaces, is one of the loveliest cities in Cuba. Little wonder it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
As well as taking time to visit this beautiful city we’ll also cycle to the nearby Playa Ancon beach for lunch and a swim. Following this we return for a guided tour of the city. Or should you prefer you can spend the afternoon relaxing and taking in a slice of Cuban daily life.
This evening we will have the opportunity to have a group meal and enjoy some of the varied cultural music and dance available in Trinidad. A must during any visit is the Casa de la Música – arguably the best music venue in Trinidad. Here you’ll find live music concerts and vibrant Afro-Cuban music and it is a great way to get a taste of local music culture. You’ll also be able to take your two left feet on a salsa dancing journey here too.
Our evening meandering will also take us to Palenque de los Congos Reales. This open patio on Trinidad’s music alley boasts an eclectic menu incorporating salsa and Son (Cuban popular music). The highlight of the night however is the late-night rumba drumming with its smooth African rhythms and energetic dancers.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch
- Ascent: 500m
This morning, we set off from Trinidad by bike and ride towards Cienfuegos. Along the route we have glimpses of the Caribbean coast to our left and the lush Escambray Mountains to the right. It’s a fairly gentle morning’s ride with lunch taken at the lovely setting of the Botanical Gardens just past Arimao.
It’s from here we then transfer to Cienfuegos Cuba’s ‘Pearl of the South’ a place that has delighted visitors with its French elegance and vibrant Caribbean spirit. Founded in 1819 by French émigrés its architecture has earned it a UNESECO World Heritage Site and is a lovely place to wander around before we continue to Playa Larga.
Once here you’ll have the opportunity to relax on white sands of the beautiful Playa Larga beach and take a dip before your evening meal.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch
- Ascent: 50m
Depending on the group there may be a change in the early dawn to spend the morning exploring the Zapata Peninsula. This area is a protected nature reserve, famous for being one of the most important sites for birdwatching in Cuba. It is the natural habitat of the smallest birds in the world – the bee hummingbird – and there is a good chance you will see one of these, as well as the Cuban National bird, the Cuban Trogon or Tocororo which can usually be observed along the roadside.
Alternatively we have a relaxing morning before setting off on a gentle bike ride into the Nature Reserve to observe the local flora and fauna and return to the hotel in time to pack our bikes onto the bus and set off back to Havana.
On arrival, we have lunch and then enjoy a walking tour of Old Havana. Described as a living museum with its marvellous monuments, cathedrals and palaces, this is the finest surviving Spanish colonial complex in the Americas.
Preserved by a combination of little war damage, post revolution restoration work and the millions of dollars invested since it was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1982.
The evening together would of course not be complete without a memorable evening meal, mojitos and perhaps a spot of salsa until the early hours of the morning, for those with the energy and the moves.
- Meals: Breakfast
After breakfast you’ll be free to explore Havana, stock up on cigars and souvenirs and take a leisurely lunch.
Early evening we depart for the airport for flight connections arriving back in the UK / Europe the following day.
For those looking to add a little more time in Havana, this can easily be arranged.
This itinerary is a guide to our Cuban Wheels Tour. It is important to note that it may be subject to change in relation to road and weather conditions, etc.
Our Cuba trip covers a wide range of different terrains. A lot of the route sticks to quiet surfaced roads which although tarmaced may not be in the best condition. In a few places, we may follow unsurfaced dirt roads which can be a little rough in places although you don’t require any mountain biking ability to ride them. Although generally undulating, large climbs are few and far between with our support vehicle being on hand for anyone needing a lift up any steeper sections.
Cycling Adventures Grade
Aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 holidays
Suitable for those looking for some cycle friendly routes
Some modest climbs
Possibly sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc)
Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!
For more information about our grading system click here.
Is this suitable for you?
Holidays that are graded as a 2-3, will have aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 holidays. These tours are still suitable for those perhaps who have recently got into cycling, and offer an array of accessible, cycle friendly routes, cycle paths and quiet roads, however there will be some days / sections where you may have to tackle some ups and downs, the occasional steeper climb and perhaps some varying terrain (forest tracks, gravel paths etc). Suitable for those with a decent level of physical fitness, looking for some leisurely rides with occasional (achievable!) challenges along the way.
Dates & Prices
Are you keen to only travel with your family or friends? Struggling to find the right date? Well, we can organise a private departure for this tour and tailor aspects to suit your group's specific needs. Contact our friendly team and we'll help you turn your dream into reality.
A) All accommodation (twin or double occupancy)
B) Full tour service including Cuban cycling guides, back up vehicle etc.
C) Unless stated at least one leader qualified in First Aid.
D) Entrance fees to National Parks or sites, which are an integral part of the itinerary.
E) Meals as per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Evening meal)
F) Airport collection/drop off on scheduled arrival and departure days
What's not Included
A) Flights and associated costs of travelling with a bike
B) Cuban Tourist Card (approx £25)
C) Bike Hire (available if required)
D) Tips for guides, etc.
E) Travel insurance
F) Bar bills, hotel refreshments, laundry, telephone calls, souvenirs, etc.
G) Personal clothing and equipment.
H) Medical check up and innoculations.
I) Airport transfers on days other than the scheduled arrival and departure days.
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Cuban photo diary
Read about this photogenic island full of history, cycling and old cars!
Louise, Surrey, UKWhat 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.
The Times (2018), Cycling in CubaAs 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.
Sophie, ShrewsburyWorth 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!
Telegraph Travel (October 2016)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.
Martin, UKAn 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.
Lucy, ScotlandFantastic 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.
Stuart, WashingtonBeautiful views!
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.
David and Christine, LeedsDifferent perspective...
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.
Pip, UKWonderful service
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.
Kevin, USAAmazing guide!
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.