LODGING – CUBAN ADVENTURE RIDE

LODGING AND DINING

PLATE CUBA ADV RIDE

The U.S. “Support for the Cuban people” license allows individuals to travel freely to Cuba as they wish.

Havana

Day 1: Meet in Havana

Our support vehicle will pick us up at the Airport and we’ll head to our B&B in Old Havana.

  • We’ll meet this evening at our B&B in Habana Vieja (Old Havana) for a welcome reception.
  • Meet with our Cuban Motorcycle Guide Luis Enrique González Saez.
  • Our welcome dinner will be nearby at Chacón 162, a popular ‘bikers bar’ and restaurant.

Meals: Dinner                                                                                                                                                                           

Overnight: Posada de Chacón or similar (B&B), Havana

Day 2: Stage 1 Habana Vieja / Greater Havana / Bay of Pigs

After breakfast, we’ll pick up our Motorcycles and get familiar with them on a Circuit around greater Havana.

  • Then head east via the Escaleras de Jaruco hills and Madrugada, and along the Autopista (the freeway) and via the Zapata Peninsula to Playa Larga (“Bay of Pigs”).
  • Overnight by the beach where the CIA trained Cuban-American exile army came ashore in April 1961.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Overnight: Hostal Enrique (B&B), Playa Larga

Day 3, Stage 2: Cienfuegos / El Nicho / Trinidad

This morning you’ll be glad for the F700s as we’ll follow a dirt track along the along the Caribbean shore to reach the bay city of Cienfuegos.

  • After lunch in Cienfuegos, and a brief stop to explore the city, we’ll follow a superbly scenic route as we climb into the Sierra Escambray mountains and continue along the Caribbean coast to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Trinidad.
  • Trinidad is Cuba’s most authentic and perfectly preserved colonial city.
  • This evening and enjoy strolling the cobbled colonial streets, plus music and dance at one of Trinidad’s many clubs.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Overnight: Casas particulares (B&Bs), Trinidad

Day 4, Stage 3: Topes de Collantes / El Nicho / Santa Clara / Remedios 

We’ll take a switchback to Topes de Collantes, high in the Sierra Escambray mountains, then (riding skills permitting) follow a steep dirt track down to El Nicho waterfall for lunch.

  • Then head via Manicaragua to Santa Clara, stopping to visit the Conjunto Escultórico Comandante Ernesto Che Guevara.
  • The vast monument, mausoleum, and museum dominating Plaza de la Revolución–and other key sites associated with the final battle, in December 1958, that eventually toppled the brutal Batista regime.
  • Then continue the short distance to Remedios, a beautifully preserved UNESCO World Heritage Site colonial city.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner. Dinner will be a roast suckling pig feast.                                                                                                                                                    

Overnight: Hostal La Estancia & Casona Cueto, or similar (B&B), Remedios

Day 5, Stage 4: Sagua la Grande / Varadero OR Matanzas

Follow the Circuito Norte (North Coast Road) through the Vuelto Arriba tobacco country and beautiful coastal mountain landscapes of Villa Clara.

  • Lunch beside the sea in the fishing village of Isabela de Sagua.
  • Then continue to Varadero, Cuba’s premier beach resort where a sugar-white beach, and scores of hotels, spill along the full 8-mile length of the Hicacos Peninsula.
  • Tonight, enjoy dinner at Salsa Suárez paladar, and take in the varied nightlife of Varadero or in Matanzas (Matanzas, closer to Havana, makes tomorrow’s long ride far more feasible.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Casas particulares, Varadero or Matanzas

Day 6: Stage 5 Matanzas / Havana / Viñales

Head west to skirt Havana to visit Museo Ernest Hemingway (Hemingway’s former home)

  • Then onto Las Terrazas, an eco-resort in the Sierra de Órganos mountains.
  • Lunch here before continuing west to Viñales, a charming village in the heart of tobacco country and Cuba’s most scenic valley.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner. Dinner at Finca Agroecologico El Paraiso.

Overnight: Casas particulares, Viñales

Day 7, Stage 6: San Luis y Martínez / Viñales

Full-day excursion offers a sinuous ride into the tobacco growing region of Vuelto Abajo.

  • Visit and then lunch at a famous private tobacco farm.
  • Then a scenic return through the mountains via Isabel Rubio and Pons to Viñales.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Overnight: Casas particulares, Viñales

Day 8, Stage 7  Viñales / Havana

Follow the Circuito Norte coast road, the route through the mountains, back to Havana.

  • After returning of the motorbikes,
  • Transfer to your B&B in Habana Vieja.
  • Tonight enjoy a final dinner close by at 5 Sentidos, one of Havana’s finest private restaurants.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Overnight: Posada de Chacón or similar, Habana Vieja

Day 9: End of trip

Today transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

  • Or, if you wish, you can stay some more days in Cuba.

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