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9 Day Guided Enduro Motorcycle Tour in Central Cuba

Havana, La Habana, Cuba

Scenic and Panoramic Motorbike Tour in Cuba

Join Profil Cuba-Reisen and ride the most scenic & panoramic roads of Cuba! This scenic and panoramic motorbike tour will lead you through scenically very attractive stages and this tour contains beach stays at Atlantic and Caribbean shores, city nightlife, as well as low mountain range passages. With an enduro, the most suitable motorbike for Cuba’s street conditions, your tour will be unforgettable, being able to reach the furthermost corners and the most delightful places of the island.

Key information

  • Terrain: asphalt with different qualities
  • Bike: rental bike
  • Riding gear: not included
  • Mileage: 1,190 kilometers / 739 miles
  • Daily rides: 50 - 220 kilometers / 31 - 137 miles
  • Meals: all breakfasts

Meet the guides

Luis
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Havana
  • Discover the historical old town of Havana
  • Traverse the central region of the Escambray Mountains
  • Reach Varadero along the coast and the Carretera del Norte
  • Ride over narrow roads to Matanzas and Jagüey Grande
  • Take the road along the Bay of Pigs up to Girón
  • Visit the crocodile farm of Guamá
  • 8 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


7 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer available:
José Martí International Airport (US$35 per person)
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Accommodation

You may choose to be primarily accommodated in medium class hotels or primarily in private homes (casas particulares), but due to availability issues, accommodation at hotels only or in casas only is not possible.

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Cuba

Get a first impression of Cuba and some information from your tour guide while enjoying your welcome drink at your hotel. Depending on the time of arrival, you have the chance to discover the nightlife in the old town of Havana and to enjoy dinner (optional) in one of the most beautiful squares of the historical old city center. Live music in small bars and cafés makes you move your feet to the vivid music of Cuba. You can go for a stroll through animated streets and alleys and can stop for a rest in one of the restaurants and cafés under the open sky.

Day 2: Test drive in Havana, 50 kilometers / 31 miles

After breakfast, you discover the historical old town of Havana and its culinary highlights. You get back to your accommodation and afterward, change your clothes and take your motorbike at Parque Central. In order to get familiar with your bike, you do a short and relaxed tour throughout the city and get back to the hotel for dinner (optional).

Day 3: Havana - Zapata Peninsula / Bay of Pigs, 220 kilometers / 137 miles

You leave early today in order to avoid working up a sweat in city traffic. Your first longer stage leads you over narrow roads to Matanzas and finally to Jagüey Grande. You spend the night at “Bohíos de Don Pedro” resort or at the simple but attractive resort of Guamá. The next morning, you pay a visit to the crocodile farm of Guamá.

Day 4: Zapata Peninsula - La Boca / Playa Ancón (Trinidad), 100 kilometers / 62 miles

You take the road along the Bay of Pigs up to Girón where invading troops, trained by the American CIA, landed in April 1961. They attempted to overthrow the Cuban revolutionary government which was established two years earlier. Then, the president John F. Kennedy half-heartedly supported the unloved project which he had taken over from his predecessor. The invasion failed and nearly every invader was put into Cuban prisons.

If you like, you can get more information about the historical event in the little museum. You drive along the coast on poorly maintained roads up to Cienfuegos and have a little break. Afterward, you follow Carretera del Sur up to Trinidad where you will stay overnight in Las Cuevas hotel or in a smart Casa Particular. After dinner in a private restaurant (optional), you enjoy the vibrant nightlife in the city streets.

Day 5: Tour to Valley of the Sugar Mills, 100 kilometers / 62 miles

After a short tour through the historical city center of the former sugar metropolis, you continue your one-day excursion to the Valley of the Sugar Mills, embedded in a wonderful landscape northeast of Trinidad. From the observation tower “Torre de Iznaga”, formerly used to monitor the slaves working in the sugarcane fields, you can let your gaze wander over the huge sugarcane fields to “Topes de Collantes”, the central region of the Escambray Mountains. After your return, you spend another night in Trinidad or at a beach hotel on Ancón Peninsula.

Day 6: Trinidad - Cayo Santa Maria via Topes de Collantes, 200 kilometers / 124 miles

Today, you traverse the central region of the Escambray Mountains, Topes de Collantes. Driving past the Hanabanilla Dam, you finally reach Santa Clara after two hours drive. The conquest of the city on December 29th, 1958, by Revolutionary Troops under the command of Ernesto Che Guevara, finally led to the victory over the army of the Cuban dictator and president Fulgencio Batista. Three days later, he fled into exile in the US, the Public Treasury of Cuba with him. After a short stop in the city, you make your way through Remedios up to Cayo Santa María where you spend the night at an attractive all-inclusive hotel.

Day 7: Cayo Santa Maria - Varadero, 140 kilometers / 87 miles

Your motorbike trip continues, shortly after leaving “Terraplens”, the connection between the archipelago of Cayo Santa María and the main island, you take a short break in Remedios in order to marvel at the unique colonial city center. Along the coast and using the Carretera del Norte, you reach Varadero after a few hours of drive. You stay overnight in Varadero which is the best-known bathing spot of Cuba.

Day 8: Varadero - Havana, 160 kilometers / 99 miles

You seize the opportunity to explore the peninsula in the morning. After lunch at your hotel, you check out and arrive in Havana after a few hours of drive on Carretera del Norte on a lovely track almost without traffic. You return the motorbikes and check into your next hotel, located in the old city of Havana. You review the highlights of your tour during dinner together.

Day 9: Time for departure or to enjoy some more days

This day is at leisure. If you want to stay some more days in Cuba, Profil Cuba-Reisen would be pleased to help you with an additional booking.

Notes: Profil Cuba-Reisen usually books the hotels mentioned. Unfortunately, it is possible that Profil Cuba-Reisen has to alter the reservation at short notice because of the current capacity situation. This could occasionally lead to changes in the itinerary.

Motorcycle details

The enduro bike is the most suitable motorbike for Cuba’s street conditions. Profil Cuba-Reisen only operates small groups and use their own well-maintained German BMW enduro motorcycles, type F 700 GS (55 kw), equipped with removable cases on both sides. It is a travel enduro model motorcycle built in 2016. The bike is available from noon of the second day until 14:00 of the penultimate day.

Road information

Profil Cuba-Reisen mainly moves on ordinary roads that can be of different quality. Sometimes, off-road tracks can be offered if the customers want.

Skill level required for this tour: Advanced

  • Can ride for 5-6 hours
  • Extensive riding experience
  • Assistance on demand (if required)
  • Experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • Comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Guides

Luis Enrique González Saez

Location

The motorcycle tour will lead you through several areas in Central Cuba.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Rental motorbike (from noon of the second day until 2 p.m. of the penultimate day)
  • English-speaking travel guide
  • 8 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfasts
  • Luggage storage for the duration of the tour
  • Maps for every stage

What's not included

  • Fuel (full-to-full-rule, roughly around 130 EUR)
  • International flight (bookable with Profil Cuba-Reisen)
  • Airport transfers (bookable with Profil Cuba-Reisen)
  • Visa
  • Support vehicle during the tour

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at José Martí International Airport (HAV). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

Airport: José Martí International Airport Airport transfer available: José Martí International Airport (US$35 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 28 days before arrival.
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Availability

Start: Wednesday October 28, 2020
End: Thursday November 5, 2020

Tour information

Profil Cuba-Reisen reserves the right to carry out the trips with a higher or smaller number of participants. Cancellation due to low registration rate will be announced no later than 28 days before the trip starts.

A shared double room is available on the request.

 

Early bird discount

If booking at least two months in advance, there is a 5% discount on the motorcycle tour price for tours starting between June and September.

Low season
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September 2nd 
Mid season
  • March
  • April
  • September 30th 
  • October
High season
  • January
  • February

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