Explore the Caribbean island of Cuba famous for its history, cities, beaches, and the hospitality of the people in this “women-first” tour (spouses/partners welcome) led by adventure motorcyclists and authors Carla King and Christopher Baker.
First, we'll cruise the winding roads southeast towards Cienfuegos and make a stop to visit the museum at the Bay of Pigs. Then we'll explore Trinidad, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful cities on the Caribbean coast.
From Trinidad we will ride out to the mountains of Topes de Collantes to experience its lush tropical forests, waterfalls and enjoy the view over Lake Hanabanilla. Santa Clara, so famous for Che Guevara and his capture of the city, is next on our list of destinations.
We will of course get to see the mausoleum and museum of Che Guevara.
The further route takes us to the north coast with its magnificent white sand beaches and crystal-clear turquoise waters.
This and much more awaits you on this motorcycle tour in Cuba!
ABOUT YOUR GUIDES
Carla King’s motorcycle misadventures began at age 14 in rural North Carolina when she identified the broken down Honda Enduro in the barn as her escape vehicle. Her dad told her “If you can fix it you can ride it” unaware that he was setting her up for a career in adventure travel. A six-week solo journey through France in the 80s led to months-long sojourns in Europe, China, Africa, India, Mexico, and the Caribbean. She is the author of two books based on her travels and her writing has appeared in many anthologies, newspapers, and magazines. Find out more about Carla at www.carlaking.com.
Christopher Baker shipped his motorcycle to Cuba in 1996 and rode more than 7,000 miles during a three-month motorcycle journey as a licensed journalist, resulting in publication of his Moon Cuba guidebook and his award-winning National Geographic travelogue Mi Moto Fidel: Motorcycling Through Castro’s Cuba. A Lowell Thomas Award-winning travel journalist, Christopher is one of the world’s foremost authorities on Cuba and has led many motorcycle tours through the country. Learn more about Christopher at www.cubamotorcycletours.com
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR US CITIZENS
Since 2011 all U.S. citizens can participate in ‘people-to-people’ programs that provide for ‘meaningful interaction’ with Cubans. We have designed special departures for U.S. citizens that conform to the requirements of a general license for “people-to-people” educational exchange per Cuba Assets Control Regulations, 31 CFR Part 515 administered by the Dept. of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control.
|Start/Finish:||La Habana (Havana)|
|Duration:||8 days vacation, 6 riding days|
|Route:||Total distance: 1217 km, 756 miles
Daily distances: 70-290 km, 43-180 miles
|Accommodations:||Comfortable middle-class hotels and casa particulares|
|Highlights:||La Habana (Havana), Cueva de los Peces, Bahía de Cochinos (Bay of Pigs), Cienfuegos, Hanabanilla Dam, Topes de Collantes National Park, Valle de los Ingenios, Monumento-Memorial Che Guevara, Cayo Santa Maria beaches|
|Minimum number of participants:||8
Please note paragraph 4.2. a) of our terms and conditions of travel to find out more about the cancellation of tour through Edelweiss Bike Travel when the minimum number of participants is not reached - Terms and Conditions
|DAY 1:||Arrival in La Habana (Havana)|
|DAY 2:||La Habana (Havana) - Cienfuegos|
|DAY 3:||Cienfuegos - Trinidad|
|DAY 4:||Trinidad - Cayo Santa Maria|
|DAY 5:||Cayo Santa Maria - Remedios|
|DAY 6:||Remedios - Varadero|
|DAY 7:||Varadero - La Habana (Havana)|
|DAY 8:||Departure from La Habana (Havana)|
The daily riding kilometres are approximate distances and may vary. The first and last days mentioned in the itinerary are the arrival and departure days; there is no riding on these days. Bear in mind the time difference between your country of origin and your travel destination. Arrival time should be arranged before 3 pm on the arrival day. Please book your flights accordingly. Route and overnight places may change due to unforeseen events.
|Tour price per person||sharing room,|
riding 2 up
Guided City Tour (no hotel overnight included)
|$ 195,-||$ 195,-|
Cuba Travel Authorization Documents (mandatory for US citizens)
|$ 200,-||$ 200,-|