Cycle Cuba: East

8 Days | Explore eastern Cuba by bike, from Havana to Varadero and the peaceful beauty of the pristine Yumuri Valley

5 out of 5 based on 25 reviews submitted.
CAD $1,500
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Experience Cuba from two wheels as you cycle around the east of this laidback Caribbean island. Travel the colourful streets of Havana, cycling alongside vintage cars on your way to the verdant Bay of Pigs. Discover the UNESCO Word Heritage sites of Cienfuegos and Trinidad, pay homage at Che Guevara’s final resting place in Santa Clara, cycle the pristine and undiscovered Yumuri Valley, and enjoy the perfect beaches of vibrant Varadero. This is the very best of eastern Cuba. Experience the Cuba that lies beyond the rum and cigar scene all from the saddle of your bike. 

Trip overview

Map of Cycle Cuba: East including Cuba
Havana, Cuba
Havana, Cuba
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Cycling through Caribbean Cuba gives you unique access to parts of the island that are off the beaten track
  • Cycle through the pristine valley of Yumuri, an untouched paradise far off the usual tourist track.
  • Pay homage to the legendary Che Guevara's at his final resting place in the very heart of Cuba, Santa Clara.
  • Ride through an often surprising variety of scenery; from the decaying charm of Old Havana to long dusty farming roads to dramatic limestone karst landscapes Cuba has it all!
  • Indulge in some sun, sand and sea on the buzzing beaches of Varadero.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, World Bicycle Relief. Donations provide school kids, health workers, and farmers in far-out areas with bicycles that provide access to education, healthcare, and income.

Is this trip right for you?
  • The guesthouses (casas) we use are much nicer than your average Cuban dwelling and each room is unique. Regardless of where you stay, power cuts and breaks in hot water supply are sometimes unavoidable, as in any developing country – but we believe that this is all a part of the local experience. To help set your expectations correctly, please read the ‘Accommodation’ section of the Essential Trip Information.
  • To complete this trip it is important that you are both confident and competent in riding a bicycle.
  • On this trip we have a single leader that rides with the group, and another that drives the support vehicle (acting as a back marker where needed)
  • This is a cycling trip, so it requires a certain amount of cycling fitness. This being said, there’s always a comfortable, air-conditioned support vehicle following close by.
  • The Caribbean climate can be very hot and humid. It's important to wear the appropriate clothing, drink plenty of water and apply sun protection regularly. Lycra cycling shorts are ideal for warmer temperatures.
  • Internet access can be hard to come by, and when it's available it's sometimes unreliable. This is, on the other hand, a great opportunity to take a break from modern devices and have a true holiday.
  • Cuba's roads aren't always paved, but when they are they can range from smooth to downright terrible. That being said, it’s a fun experience to share the road with tractors, vintage American cars and horse-drawn carriages.
  • While Cuban food can sometimes seem limited due to a ban on imported goods, your guide will steer you towards the best eateries in each destination you visit.
  • Cuba is different and that’s what makes it such a fascinating destination. You will find that things don’t always go according to plan or work the way they do back home. Regulations concerning foreigners and currency may appear strange to you, transport sometimes runs late and sometimes the water in your bathroom can run cold and the electricity fail. In order to get the most out of your holiday, a degree of patience, good humour and understanding is a definite advantage. Cuba may not be wealthy in a monetary sense, however if you approach your holiday with an open and enquiring mind, the warm welcome you receive from Cubans will ensure you a rich and rewarding holiday experience.
  • Import restrictions make the purchase of new bicycles a difficult challenge - our bikes come from a variety of different manufacturers but are all mechanically sound.


Map of Cycle Cuba: East including Cuba



6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners


Bicycle, Support Vehicle (Bus)


Standard Guesthouse (7 nights)

  • Havana - Complimentary Arrival Transfer
  • Cienfuegos - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Trinidad - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Santa Clara - Che Guevara Mausoleum and Museum (entrance fee)
  • Havana - Leader led City Tour of Old Havana
  • Matanzas Bicycle Tour
Add on activities
  • Classic American Car Tour of Havana - Urban Adventures (guide & transport included - EUR66
  • Havana - Museum of the Revolution (entrance fee) - EUR8
  • Havana - National Museum of Fine Arts (entrance fee) - EUR5
  • Havana - Jose Marti Memorial tower entrance fee - EUR3
  • Havana - Buena Vista Social Club Performance (entrance fee) - EUR34
  • Havana - Half-day Ernest Hemingway Tour (guide and transport included 2 pax min required) - EUR68
  • Cienfuegos - Palacio de Valle (entrance fee) - Free
  • Trinidad - Romantic Museum (entrance fee) - EUR5
  • Trinidad - Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra los Bandidos (entrance fee) - EUR3

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Important notes

1. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information. 
3. Bicycle hire is included in your trip price. Please advise your height at time of booking so we can organise a suitably sized bike.
4. Bike helmets are compulsory on this trip. You are unable to purchase or hire bike helmets locally so please ensure you bring your own bike helmet from home.
5. Travel insurance is compulsory for all travellers entering Cuba. You may be asked to show proof of your travel insurance by immigration staff upon arrival at Havana Airport.
6. Please advise bedding configuration requests to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel to aid guesthouse and rooming allocations. You may request your confirmed guesthouse name and address inside 7 days of departure from your booking agent. Rest assured, the transfer driver will know the address of your assigned guesthouse.
7. We recommend you bring enough cash to last your whole time in Cuba. This is currently the best option and will provide you with the best value for money. Please see the ‘Money Matters’ section of the Essential Trip Information for more details.
8. For non-US passport holders, we recommend travelling to Cuba via Canada, Europe, South or Central America. Please refer to the ‘Passports, visas and entry requirements’ section of the Essential Trip Information for further details.
9. For US passport holders this trip operates under the “Support for the Cuban People” category (§ 515.574) and requires a signed and countersigned travel affidavit. Our licensing agreement only allows one night of pre-tour accommodation to be booked and no post-tour accommodation. Please refer to the ‘Passports, visas and entry requirements’ section of the Essential Trip Information for further details.

Essential Trip Information

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5 out of 5 based on 25 reviews submitted.
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Grainne · Traveled October 2023
This was a special trip for myself and my husband. the reality of our cycling trip to Cuba exceeded all our expectations. The care of the Crew for our team, their historical knowledge and great senses of humour truly made it very special. Thanks Intrepid.
Review submitted 29 Oct 2023

Peter · Traveled October 2023
Thoroughly worthwhile and enjoyable trip. Never forced to continue if unwilling although everyone on our trip completed each day. Well run by specialists in the field, can't wait to go again!
Review submitted 27 Oct 2023

Siobhan · Traveled July 2023
The team - Rainer, Danny, Ariel and Junior, particularly Rainer; their expertise, humour, friendliness and general warm and welcoming nature made the trip better than I could ever have expected. It was absolutely amazing and in the most part, it was down to Rainer's team. I cannot thank them enough. Cuba did not disappoint. It exceeded all of my expectations. I have been to some amazing places as part of this trip and met brilliant people. My knowledge of Cuban history, culture and society was enhanced greatly from this trip. Rainer, the tour leader, was outstanding in communicating information about Cuba's history, culture and society. Cuba has always been a destination I have wanted to visit, and this tour has exceeded my expectations. I loved every moment of this trip and felt excitement and happiness the whole time. The people and places were out of this world. Rainer and his team made this trip really special and I will never forget them.
Review submitted 29 Jul 2023

Seónaidh · Traveled July 2023
We did The Cuba East cycling tour as part of our honeymoon and enjoyed every minute! Our leader, Rainer was always on hand with expert advice about where to eat and general local knowledge. No ask was too big, which meant we didn't have to waste time searching for good food, shops etc. Best holiday I've ever had!
Review submitted 27 Jul 2023

Claire · Traveled July 2023
Having never done anything like this before I'd definitely recommend this trip as as a really interesting way to get to know Cuba and have experiences you might otherwise miss. The tour leader Rainer and the whole team really made this an unforgettable experience and I learned so much everyone we met along the way. Really keen to continue learning about Cuba and to get back out on the bike.
Review submitted 24 Jul 2023
Cycle Cuba: East
CAD $1,500