Cuba 12 Day Tour

12-DAY CUBA MOTORCYCLE TOUR 

Dec 12-23, 2017

$8,095.50 – base price

Join acclaimed moto-journalist and Cuba expert Christopher P. Baker on this fantastic itinerary that takes in the very best of Western and Central Cuba. After exploring Havana’s highlights (including a cigar factory), ride west through Viñales, the scenic heart of tobacco country. You’ll also explore the city of Santa Clara, with its vast monument and mausoleum of Che Guevara… ride into the foothills of the SIerra Escambray mountains to marvel at El Nicho waterfall… savor nights beside the gorgeous beaches at Cayo Las Brujas and Varadero… plus delight in the tranquil colonial city of Trinidad.

Photos copyright Christopher P Baker

$8,095.50

base price

What's Included?

  • Overnight stays in hotels/casas particulares
  • All breakfasts plus specific meals as listed
  • Motorcycle rental including unlimited kilometers
  • Motorcycle insurance (no deductible on damage)
  • Local Cuban guide on motorcycle acting as lead, plus Christopher P. Baker as Cuba expert and sweeper
  • Support bus for shuttle services and luggage transport, including driver
  • State-approved guide in support bus
Cuba 12 Day Tour Map

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Havana

This afternoon we meet at our hotel, the Four Points by Sheraton. After our introductory briefing, we’ll mount our bikes for a get-acquainted ride around Havana, taking in such highlights as the Plaza de la Revolución and seafront Malecón boulevard. This evening we’ll dine at one of Havana’s most exclusive paladares (private restaurants).
Overnight: Four Points by Sheraton
Meals: D

**Travel to Havana is individual’s responsibility. PLEASE BE SURE TO ARRIVE AT LEAST ONE DAY PRIOR**

Day 2

HAVANA – VIÑALES

This morning we head to the lovely mountain community of Las Terrazas, where we’ll learn about this remarkable sustainable community project and meet with Chris’ friend, world-renowned artist Lester Campa. Then continue along the Autopista to visit the Cuevas de Los Portales, a vast cavern where Che Guevara set up his army headquarters during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. We then follow a thrilling mountain route to to Viñales, boasting Cuba’s most exquisite scenery. We’ll overnight with locals families.
Overnight Casas particulares (private home B&Bs)
Meals: BL

Day 3

Viñales

We’ll enjoy a thrilling mountain route to San Luis y Martínez and Finca Pinar San Luis, where Chris introduces us to his pal Hirochi Robaina, the most famous tobacco farmer in Cuba. After a traditional Cuban lunch at Finca Quemado de Rubi, return to Viñales via the sublimely scenic Valle de Santo Tomás.
Overnight: Casas particulares (private homes)
Meals: BL

Day 4

VIÑALES – BAY OF PIGS

Today we’ll enjoy riding via the Costera Norte (north coast road) to Jaimanitas, on the western outskirts of Havana. Here enjoy a delicious family-style lunch at Fusterlandia—the remarkable studio-home of artist José Fuster. We’ll then head east along the Autopista (freeway) for Playa Larga (one of the Bay of Pigs invasion landing sites), where we’ll learn about Cuba’s conservation programs with Frank Medina, Director of Parque Nacional Zapata (Cuba’s largest national park, preserving the largest swamp in the Caribbean). This evening relax over beers beachside!
Overnight: Casas particulares
Meals: BD

Day 5

BAY OF PIGS – TRINIDAD

Another exciting day today as we head along the Caribbean shore to visit the excellent Museo Playa Girón telling the Cuban version of the failed CIA-sponsored Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961. Then through gorgeous farmland to Cienfuegos, stopping at the former sugar processing community of Pepito Tey. We arrive in time for lunch in Trinidad—the perfectly-preserved crown jewel of Cuban colonial cities. You’ll have time to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site and dine at leisure, perhaps hosted by the local families with whom we overnight.
Overnight: Casas particulares (private homes)
Meals: BL

Day 6

REST DAY IN TRINIDAD

This morning Christopher will lead a walking tour of the historic colonial core, including a fascinating meeting with a close friend whose magnificent one-of-a-kind bas relief carvings will leave you awed. The rest of the day is at leisure for self-guided exploration before our group dinner tonight at paladar Sol Ananda.
Overnight: Casas particulares (private homes)
Meals: BD

Day 7

TRINIDAD – CAYOS DE VILLA CLARA

A sensational ride today through the superbly scenic Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills), where we’ll explore Sitio Histórico Guaimiro, a restored 18th-century sugar plantation home. Then, passing the rugged Alturas de Banao mountains, we head to Sancti Spíritus, where we hope to meet with Cuba’s motocross champion—a chance, perhaps, to ride the challenging course yourself. We continue via Reserva Jobo Rosado and the town Jaguajay before an awe-inspiring ride along a pedraplen (causeway) leading over turquoise and azure waters to the Cayos de Villa Clara. We’ll arrive with plenty of time to relax at our hotel fronting a sugar-white beach.
Overnight: Villa Las Brujas
Meals: B

Day 8

CAYOS DE VILLA CLARA – SANTA CLARA – CIENFUEGOS

Returning to the mainland, we’ll visit the Museo de Azucarero (Sugar Museum), in a former sugarcane processing mill. Passing through Remedios—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—we’ll arrive at Santa Clara to visit the huge monument and mausoleum of revolutionary icon Che Guevara. Then through gorgeous farmland to El Nicho, a stunning waterfall at the base of the Sierra Escambray mountains. We’ll visit the Grupo Teatro de Los Elementos—a fascinating cultural program in a rural hamlet—then continue to Cienfuegos for the night.
Overnight: Hotel Jagua
Meals: BL

Day 9

CIENFUEGO – VARADERO

This morning learn about baseball in Cuba from one of Chris’ friends—a former national team pitcher. We then follow the two-lane Carretera Central (Central Highway) through sleepy agricultural towns and countryside where oxen still plough the fields. We’ll stop en route at Finca La Coincidencia for a fascinating encounter with the artist owner of this unique organic farm and art project. Finally we arrive at Varadero, Cuba’s principal beach resort, where you can relax beachside with a well-earned beer!
Overnight: Motel Punta Blanca
Meals: B

Day 10

VARADER0 – HAVANA

We head back to Havana via the port city of Matanzas, stopping en route to visit Orgániponico Alamar, Cuba’s premier private organic farm. Enjoy a delicious lunch here before continuing to Museo Ernest Hemingway—the author’s former home on the southeast outskirts of Havana. Dinner is at leisure.
Overnight: Four Points by Sheraton
Meals: BL

Day 11

HAVANA

This morning we visit a cigar factory to watch torcedores hand-rolling such world-famous cigars as Montecristos, Romeo y Julietas, and Cohibas. Then ride to Habana Vieja, the city’s remarkable cobbled colonial quarter, which we’ll explore on foot, including visits to the Taller Experimental de Gráfica. We’ll lunch at Azucar, overlooking Plaza Vieja, then further explore Havana by motorcycle, including a visit to a fascinating mechanic’s workshop, before dropping off our bikes. This evening we’ll ride in classic convertible cars for a sensational dinner at La Guarida—Havana’s premier private restaurant.
Overnight: Four Points by Sheraton
Meals: BD

Day 12

Say farewell to Cuba

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