Trans Cuba “Ciclo Temba Version”

  • Destination: Cuba, Trans Cuba.
  • Duration: 16 days.
  • Arrives: 03/20/2020
  • Departs: 04/04/2020
  • Days of cycling: 14
  • Usual daily distances: 30 km to 100 km (with flexible options).
  • Terrain: There are hills and rolling countryside on this tour so a reasonable basic level of fitness is recommended.
  • Support vehicle: 100%
  • Tour staff: 1 tour leader, 1 driver, 1 mechanic, 1 cultural guide.
Ciclo Temba (Old Cyclist) A great way to do a Cuba End to End ride. This version takes its own sweet time and skips the longer stretches of the “Full Monty” sportive ride.
 
This is an easier version of the Trans Cuba Sportive event. With maximum 100k rides, you may ride any distance you prefer up to the 100k mark. For this tour you will need a road bike. We will bus some of the longer sections, and unlike Trans Cuba proper we have time for a quick visit to the beautiful city Santiago. This ride will give you time to dally a little more and take time to absorb Cuban life. We will still visit our youth cycling club in Las Tunas and include a number of city walks along the route.

See it all; Holguín, Baracoa, Guantánamo, Santiago, Bayamo, Las Tunas, Camagüey, Trinidad, Cienfuegos, Pinar Del Rio, María La Gorda, Havana. This tour starts in Holguin and ends in Havana. The riding begins in the very east and ends in the far west. You then fly to Holguin and will travel by bus to Baracoa to start your cycle adventure. This trip is a photographic dream.

Cost

US$3270. Should you register looking to share with an another and we are not able to find an acceptable companion, you will need to pay the Single Supplement charge.

TOUR GALLERY

DAY BY DAY INFO

Friday March 20th.

Clients arrive on Holguin airport. Group pick up by the tour bus to bring to the hotel. Set up the bikes. Free time in the city.

– Cycling: optional city tour by bike.
– Accommodation: Hotel Mirador de Mayabe.
– Meals Included: Dinner.

Saturday March 21st.

After breakfast, be ready for a bus drive to Baracoa, approximately 4 hours.

– Cycling: optional city tour by bike.
– Accommodation: Hotel El Castillo
– Meals Included: Breakfast / Dinner.

Sunday, March 22nd.

Today we ride the coastal road. A flat scenic ride through desert-like areas with mountains on the right and the Caribbean Sea on the left. Tonight we will be in the hotel located right at the mouth of Guantanamo Bay. Great mojitos.

– Cycling: Max 100 km.
– Accommodation: Hotel Caimanera.
– Meals Included: Breakfast / Dinner.

Monday, March 23rd.

The plan is to bus to a point close to Santiago and do a short morning ride into the city, have a planned lunch and do the city by bus. Santiago is a vibrant city and there is lots to see and do. San Juan Hill, the cemetery, the plazas and the boulevard are all intriguing places to visit.

– Cycling: 40km.
– Accommodation: Hotel San Juan.
– Meals Included: Lunch/Dinner/breakfast.

Tuesday, March 24th.

Today our journey begins with a visit to El Cobre and Cuba’s famous Basillica de Nuestra Señora del Cobre.

– Cycling: Max 100 km.
– Accommodation: Hotel Sierra Maestra.
– Meals Included: Breakfast / Dinner.

Wednesday, March 25th.

A short ride today takes us into Las Tunas, the home of our first sponsored children’s team. Some of the kids will come out to greet you on the road and guide you to the hotel. In the evening, we will be the guests of this club and they will host us with a fine Cuban BBQ.

– Cycling: 77 km.
– Accommodation: Hotel Las Tunas.
– Meals Included: Breakfast/Dinner BBQ.

Thursday, March 26th.

Today we transfer across the endless carretera central From Las Tunas to Sancti Spiritus, with a lunch stop and city walk in Camaguey.

– Walking: 3 km.
– Accommodation: Hotel Rancho Hatuey.
– Meals Included: Breakfast / Dinner.

Friday, March 27th.

The rolling hills down the “Valley of the Sugar Mills” or “Valle de los Ingenios”, will take you out to the coast and the historic city of Trinidad. Lunch stop at the Manacas – Iznaga.

– Cycling: Max 100 km.
– Accommodation: Hotel Ancón.
– Meals Included: all-in.

Saturday, March 28th.

A wonderful coastal road from Trinidad to Cienfuegos. Nothing is too difficult on this route.

– Cycling: Maximum 85 km.
– Accommodation: Hotel Rancho Luna.
– Meals Included: all-in.

Sunday, March 29th.

After breakfast, we will walk the city centre in Cienfuegos after lunch, ride to the Bay of Pigs.

– Cycling: Maximum 100 km.
– Accommodation: Hotel Playa Larga.
– Meals Included: Breakfast / Dinner.

Monday, March 30th.

A small town 35 kilometers southwest of Havana, San Antonio de Los Baños typifies “Old Cuba”. This sleepy little town is a laid back place with lots to offer the avid camera buff.

– Cycling: Maximum 100 km.
– Accommodation: Hotel Las Yagrumas.
– Meals Included: Breakfast / Dinner.

Tuesday, March 31st.

From one sleepy little town to another. Today we ride out of the hotel and head to San Diego de Los Baños, located at the foot of the Sierra Rosario mountain range. Take an evening stroll and check out the locals.

– Cycling: Maximum 95 km.
– Accommodation: Hotel Mirador de San Diego.

– Meals Included: Breakfast / Dinner.

Wednesday, April 1st.

From La Cueva de Los Portales and up over “Americano”, it has a masculine name but is a bitch of a climb, then to La Palma and to the very beautiful Valle Viñales. Tonight we stay in the city of Pinar Del Rio.

– Cycling: Maximum 90 km.
– Accommodation: Hotel Vueltabajo.
– Meals Included: Breakfast / Dinner.

Thursday, April 2nd.

It is 147 km from the city outskirts to the hotel Maria La Gorda. This is a very flat route and over the last 12 days you have gain strength and fitness, most riders are astonished at how they have improved and the ride to lunch at Sandino seems almost too easy.

– Cycling: Maximum 100 km.
– Accommodation: Hotel María La Gorda.
– Meals Included: Breakfast / Dinner.

Friday, April 3rd.

After breakfast a morning dip, we then bus back to Havana, stopping in Pinar for a short lunch and bathroom break. Tonight we will find a nice place to enjoy dinner together.

– Cycling: 0.
– Accommodation: Hotel Presidente.
– Meals Included: Breakfast / Dinner.

Saturday, April 4th.

Well, it is time to part and we hope your stay was a good one. We endeavour to do our best to make sure you are happy and safe and that we have been able to help you with all your needs. We love our country and realize it is not perfect, Cuba is in transition and we really hope to see you back in the not too distant future
Hasta Pronto.

– Depart today.
– Accommodation: Your own home tonight.
– Meals Included: breakfast.

Cycle Rental

Bicycle Breeze has bike rentals at great prices. For this tour you will need either a hybrid (my choice) a sport touring or a endure gravel bike. All will work. Should you prefer to bring your own that is fine with us, you will get the same mechanical assistance as the renters.
 
Check your travel company for costs of shipping your bike. Depending on your country of embarkation you may be better to rent. Renting has other positive aspects. Your bike will not get lost in transit. It is far easier to travel without a bike box and spare bikes are on the bus for renters. The negative side is that this is not your favourite ride.

Customize This Tour

With a group of 10 or more riders, Bicycle Breeze can offer the ability to customize a tour to suit your needs. Contact us to start planning your next great adventure.