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    Start Havana.

    The group flight arrives in the afternoon and we transfer to our hotel. Land only clients will meet the group at the start hotel in Havana. *Standard Hotel*

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    Cycle through Havana; transfer to Remedios via Santa Clara.

    In the morning, we will have our bike fitting before we set off on a warm-up ride through Residential and Modern Havana. We cycle through the Miramar and Vedado districts to reach the famous landmark of Plaza de la Revolucion. From here we’ll depart by bus and drive eastwards to begin our tour of the island. On the way towards Santa Clara, we’ll stop to eat our picnic lunch, before continuing on to the Che Guevara Mausoleum where we’ll take a short tour of the ‘Che’ museum and see the mausoleum where he is buried along with other revolutionary comrades. Our final destination today is the pretty town of Remedios. Our hotel is a colonial style building located near the main plaza. Today's driving time is approx. 4 hours. *Standard Hotel*

  • 3

    Remedios to Playa Santa Lucia.

    After breakfast, we take a short transfer for 20 minutes out of town in order to bypass a section of busy traffic. The bikes will be waiting at the bridge to Cayo Santa Maria, and from here we begin our tranquil rural Cuba cycling experience! We ride along the quiet north circuit road passing through little country towns. It is a flat route today in order to get used to our bikes and the climate. We will cycle as far as Mayajigua and have a packed lunch before getting on the bus for the afternoon road transfer. We have a long drive today to Playa Santa Lucia on the north coast of Camaguey province, where we will stay overnight and get the first opportunity to dip our toes in the Caribbean Sea. Tonight is all inclusive at the hotel, we’ll have dinner here and all drinks are included. Today's driving is approx. 5 hours. *Standard Hotel*

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    Partial coastal ride to Gibara.

    This morning we depart the hotel in bus and transfer 2 hours to Puerto Padre in Las Tunas province. Starting from the coastal Malecon road, we cycle out of the town heading eastwards on undulating roads. Another picnic lunch will break the ride and give us a rest in the shade. From Uñas to Aguas Claras there are some climbs, then we take a left turn to end in Floro Perez. If anyone wants to cycle all the way to Gibara then there is the option to do so. From Floro Perez to Gibara it is just a short 30 min transfer. Our destination is the charming coastal fishing town of Gibara where we stay in a centrally located hotel and can go out and explore music venues tonight.  Today's driving time is approx. 2.5 hours. *Standard Hotel*

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    Scenic ride to Santiago.

    Today's ride features some climbs and unpaved terrain, the scenery is fantastic and you’ll feel very much off the beaten track. This way we will see a corner of Cuba where few tourists visit, and definitely no others on two wheels! We’ll stop to eat our packed lunch before cycling the final 22km on the main paved road to Guardalavaca. Here we’ll have an hour or so to enjoy the fine golden sand and turquoise waters of Guardalavaca beach – the perfect place to finish a tough ride! We will then transfer to Santiago, arrving in the late afternoon. The city is rich in folklore and comes alive at night time. Today's driving is approx. 3 hours. *Standard Hotel*

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    Morning city tour; visit El Cobre and drive to El Salton.

    Santiago de Cuba is known as the 'City of Heroes' due to the important role it played in the battles for both independence and then the revolution. The morning is spent sightseeing, including a visit to the Moncada Barracks ‐ where the opening shots of the revolution were fired on 26 July 1953 when Castro and his men attacked the barracks. We also visit the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery where both Jose Marti and Fidel Castro are buried. After lunch, we leave the city behind and drive towards the green mountains of the Sierra Maestra, stopping to visit El Cobre, the most sacred pilgrimage site in Cuba. Our destination is El Salton where we’ll take a short walk in the mountains with a local, passing through tropical forest and coffee plantations before stopping for coffee and fruit in a local farmer's home and returning to the hotel for dinner. Today's driving is approx. 2.5 hours. *Standard Hotel*

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    Ride through the Sierra Maestra to Bayamo

    An early start and a challenging ride from the hotel through the Sierra Maestra. As we head deep into the mountains, today's route is dominated by Pico Bayamesa (at 1,730m above sea level it is Cuba's third tallest peak). This is an area of stunning natural beauty and is again rarely visited by tourists. After passing through numerous villages we reach our hotel in Bayamo where we can relax after probably our hardest day's ride. This city is where the Cuban national anthem was composed in mid-19th Century and is one of the original 7 'villas' founded by the Spanish conquerors. *Standard Hotel*

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    Cycle to Manzanillo; transfer to Camaguey.

    Today we have another early start as we have a long day ahead. Leaving Bayamo by bike, we exit the city and pass through agricultural towns and sugar cane plantations on a fast and flat ride cycling westwards towards the coast. We’ll learn about the importance of sugar in Cuba's history. Upon reaching Manzanillo we’ll have lunch at a local fish restaurant on the coastal road. From here we transfer to Camaguey City. Today's driving is approx. 4 hours. *Standard Hotel*

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    Bike taxi tour of Camaguey; transfer to Banao and cycle to Trinidad.

    Camaguey is the youngest UNESCO heritage site in Cuba, characterized by 'tinajones' ‐ large, earthen jugs found in the squares, churches and gardens that were originally used to store water during drought periods. After an early breakfast, we have a tour along the four plazas by ‘bicitaxi’ allowing us to whizz around in true Cuban style! Afterwards we will transfer by bus to Banao. After a picnic lunch, we’ll cycle from Banao on a scenic route all the way to the town of Trinidad. We’ll arrive for a welcome drink at Casa de Alberto which will be our group hub for the next two days, and from here the guide will assist getting everyone to their nearby casa particulares.  Today's driving is approx. 3 hours. *Casa*

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    Short walk; ride to 'El Cobre'; transfer to Santiago de Cuba.

    Today is free to soak up the atmosphere of Trinidad or join an optional excursion to explore the surrounding areas. For example you can walk the 'El Cubano' trail in the nearby national park. This evening we recommend a visit to Trinidad's Casa de la Trova (the 'House of Music') for traditional Cuban music and dancing. *Casa*

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    Cycle the coastal road to Cienfuegos.

    This morning we cycle the coastal road. Literally sandwiched by the mountains and the sea, the road clings to the shimmering Caribbean coastline all the way to Cienfuegos. We pass small communities and cross bridges over picture perfect bays. After some short sharp hills, we start to enjoy stunning views of the only city founded by French in Cuba. The road then undulates through mango groves until it reaches the Botanical Garden of Cienfuegos, we’ll stop here to relax and take a break in the beautiful natural environment. A wonderful place to admire the trees and flora whilst sipping on a freshly opened coconut. We’ll finish riding just outside of the city, and arrive to the casas in bus. *Casa*

  • 12

    Ride to Caleta Buena; transfer to Playa Larga.

    This morning we depart by bus, the short distance to the village of Navarra where we’ll start our ride. The route today covers a variety of landscapes. This is a day for discovering the rural heart of Cuba as we pass through small communities dedicated to agriculture and charcoal production. We ride through the biggest marshland in Cuba (Zapata's Peninsula), stopping at Playa Giron for a chance to learn about the CIA backed ‘Bay of Pigs’ invasion in 1961. From here we have a short ride to lunch in Caleta Buena, a natural sea pool teeming with tropical fish. Afterwards we continue by bus to Playa Larga where we’ll again stay in casas particulares. Today's driving is approx. 1.5 hours. *Casa*

  • 13

    Cycle to organic farm for lunch: transfer to Matanzas.

    A short transfer to Jaguey Grande just beyond the National Motorway takes us to our starting point. Today we ride alongside citrus plantations in the heart of the island, arriving in time for a country lunch at ‘Finca Coincidencia’ an organic farm in the centre of Matanzas province. The property is home to a family venture that combines farming, art and eco-friendly agricultural methods. In the afternoon, we transfer north to the city of Matanzas where we’ll spend the night. Today's driving time is approx. 2 hours. *Standard Hotel*

  • 14

    To Havana via Playa Jibacoa.

    For the final ride of the tour we depart directly from the hotel in Matanzas, climbing out of the city as we leave and head westwards. The first section of the route may involve encountering some road traffic, however after we turn near the town of Ceiba Mocha and begin the climb to Picadura Valley pass, we’ll soon find ourselves in peaceful and beautiful surroundings where we can enjoy valley views and the occasional small village. After reaching the lookout point we are rewarded with a long stretch of flat/downhill roads that take us all the way to the Caribbean coastline. We end the ride at the beach, arriving in time to have a barbecue grill lunch at a hotel, make the most of an all-inclusive pool bar, and of course having a well-earnt swim and cool down in the water! From Playa Jibacoa we then drive back to the Miramar district of Havana in time to grab a shower and get ready to enjoy the last night of the tour in the capital. Today's driving time is approx. 1.5 hours. *Standard Hotel*

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    Sightseeing in Havana; transfer to the airport.

    Today there is a city tour of old Havana, described as a living museum, with its marvellous monuments, cathedrals and palaces. We will lunch at the famous Hemingway haunt La Bodeguita del Medio, and have the chance to try his favourite Mojito cocktail (made with rum, lime, mint and sugar). After lunch we transfer to the airport for those on the group flight to London. Passengers travelling independently will leave the group in Havana.

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