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Cuba West

21st January 2019 - 5th February 2019 (16 days)

Cuba is an island paradise suspended in time, though the resumption of diplomatic relations with the USA during the last five years could change this. Experience the vibrancy, rhythm and old world charm of Havana, and visit Trinidad, Cuba's best preserved colonial city. Ride through the spectacular landscape of Vinales and enjoy the wonderful beaches and the fabulous scenery of the Escambray Mountains.
This is a moving on tour with rest days in the main centers of interest – Havana and Trinidad. The cycling will be at a relaxed pace, covering 25-100kms per day, allowing time to fully immerse in the ambiance of a unique but threatened way of life. Roads are surfaced but poorly maintained in places. Traffic is light. There are some hilly days. There will be full vehicle support and a local guide.

  • Holiday Type Guided
  • Tour Manager Richard Dugdale
  • Grade Moderate
  • Booking Status Fully Booked
  • Accommodation Hotel & Guesthouse
  • Board Basis Some Meals
  • Travel Arrangements Air
  • Road / Off Road Road
  • Holiday Style Moving-on
  • Vehicle Support Full Vehicle Support
  • Holiday Ref 01870

Price
£3,300

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Monday 21st January

Fly from London Gatwick on Virgin Airlines flight VS063 to Havana, Cuba, departing at 1230. Arrive Havana 1740. Transfer to hotel. Stay 2 nights.

Tuesday 22nd January

Assemble bikes. Sightseeing tour of Havana by bike (34km) and on foot.

Wednesday 23rd January

Cycle to Las Terrazas. 70km. Stay 1 night.

Thursday 24th January

Cycle to San Diego de los Banos. 77km Stay 1 night.

Friday 25th January

Cycle to Vinales. 98km. Stay 2 nights

Saturday 26th January

Cycle to Cayo Jutia. 56km. Opportunity to spend time on the beach.

Sunday 27th January

Coach transfer to Santa Clara. Stay 1 night.

Monday 28th January

Visit the Che Guevara Mausoleum and train in Santa Clara. Transfer to Topes de Collantes Park. Transfer to Trinidad. Stay 2 nights.

Tuesday 29th January

Cycle to Playa Ancon for swim. 26km. Rest of day free in Trinidad.

Wednesday 30th January

Cycle to Jardin Botanico. 86km. Transfer to Cienfuegos. Stay 1 night.

Thursday 31st January

Transfer to Navarra. Cycle to Caleta Buena. 71km. Transfer to Playa Larga. Stay 1 night.

Friday 1st February

Cycle to Finca Coincidensia. 90km. Transfer to Matanzas. Stay 1 night.

Saturday 2nd February

Cycle to Playa Jibacoa. 62km. Vehicle transfer to Havana. Stay 2 nights.

Sunday 3rd February

Free day in Havana. Pack bikes for the journey back to UK.

Monday 4th February

Walking tour of Old Havana in the morming. Afternoon transfer to the airport for Virgin Airlines flight VS064 to London Gatwick, departing at 2010.

Tuesday 5th February

Arrive London Gatwick at 0950.

Accommodation & Meals

This will be in tourist class hotels or private homes. Rooms will be shared two per room. Breakfasts are included every morning, plus lunches on cycling days and evening meals on three nights.

Vehicle Support

A coach for the transfer of luggage will accompany the group on all moving on days and will transfer the group and cycles as per the itinerary.

Passports, Visa & Health

EU citizens must hold a passport that is still valid on the date of their return to their home country. A tourist card is required for Cuba. Information on how this can be obtained will be provided by the Tour Manager.
There are no compulsory health-related requirements for EU residents, although it is strongly recommended that you are up to date with typhoid, hepatitis A, diptheria, tetanus and polio vaccinations. You should consult your doctor at least 3 months prior to travel to obtain these.

Travel Insurance

Our Booking Conditions stipulate that, for holidays outside the UK, travel Insurance is mandatory. Details of the level of cover needed and other conditions you should check are stated in the Booking Conditions. CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours Ltd cannot accept responsibility for any costs that may be incurred due to insufficient insurance cover.

Price

The price of £3,300 is based on a minimum number of 13 people taking part in the holiday and is calculated at a rate of US$1.42 to £1 sterling (based on exchange rates published Yahoo finance on 26 March 2018; please note Booking Conditions, clause 3). If there are insufficient bookings by 12th November 2018, we will contact you and return all monies paid, although in certain circumstances the holiday may still run at below minimum numbers but at the same price.

Price Includes

  • Return flights from London Gatwick to Havana
  • Coach transfers between hotels and airport in Cuba
  • Coach to transfer luggage and group where necessary
  • 14 nights hotels/private houses, B&B basis, sharing rooms
  • 11 lunches and 3 evening meals
  • Bottled water on cycling days
  • Services of an English speaking guide throughout the tour
  • CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours costs

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel to and from London Gatwick airport
  • Meals in transit
  • Evening meals, except on 3 nights
  • Drinks with evening meals
  • Refreshments on non-cycling days
  • Entrance fees to Train Museum and Che Guevara Mausoleum (budget US$20)
  • Visa costs (currently £24)
  • Gratuities for support crew
  • Any other personal expenses
  • Travel Insurance

Payment Schedule

A deposit of £800 per person is payable upon booking, with the final balance of £2,500 per person to be paid ten weeks prior to departure, by 12th November 2018.

Cancellations

Should you be forced to cancel your booking for any reason you must notify us in writing. Cancellation charges are as follows:

Written notice received:

Before 12th November 2018

From 12th November 2018 through to departure

 

Cancellation charge:

Deposit (£800)

100% (£3,300)

The Area Covered By The Holiday

The hotel in Havana is in the old quarter, giving easy access to the newly restored heart of the city. From here, we take a vehicle transfer beyond the city limits then cycle west through the Pinar Del Rio. This picturesque rural area is the region where the world’s finest tobacco is cultivated in the shadow of the Mogotes, strange rounded limestone mounds reminiscent of Guilin.
Passing through the Sierra del Resarto hills, we overnight at Las Terrazas, San Diego Los Banos and Vinales. We’ll then cycle to Cayo Jutias in the far west before returning by a different route east to the dripping tropical forest. Much of this area has been declared a Unesco Biosphere reserve. From Cayo Jutia we have a long vehicle transfer east to Santa Clara, with a visit to the derailed train museum and Che Guevara’s Mausoleum.
From Santa Clara we transfer to Trinidad, one of the jewels of Cuba. Always considered a national monument by Cubans, the whole city has been declared a World Heritage Site. Two nights are spent in Trinidad for exploration of the town and an optional ride down the Ancon Peninsula to the Caribbean for a swim. Eventually we head west and eventually end in Havana for two nights to soak up the atmosphere of this charming city before heading home.

Rides & Rest Days

This tour is best suited to regular cyclists. Daily mileages are not excessive, and there are rest days for sightseeing in Havana, Santa Clara and Trinidad. There are also days when we use the coach to transfer the group the whole, or part way, to our next destination. It is hilly in places, and roads are surfaced, though sometimes poorly maintained.
It is not practical to ride as one group, thus riding in smaller groups of similar speed and ability is recommended, re-grouping occasionally. You will be supplied with route information.

Accommodation & Meals

This will be in tourist class hotels or private homes. Rooms will be shared two per room. Breakfasts are included every morning, plus lunches on cycling days and evening meals on three nights.

Group Information

The maximum group size will be 18 excluding the Tour Manager(s).

Weather & Clothing

The weather should be mainly fine and hot with day time maximum temperatures around 25 degrees C, but rain is possible, so bring waterproof clothing.

Cycles & Equipment

A well-maintained touring or ATB will be suitable. You will not need to carry luggage, but a bar bag or rack-top pack will be useful for spare clothing, camera, sun lotion, snacks etc. You should also carry a water bottle. It is advisable to fit a calibrated cycle computer, as this will aid navigation. Lights should not be necessary. Each participant will be expected to carry sufficient spares and tools to deal with punctures and minor repairs; cycle spares will not be available on route.
Helmets are not mandatory, but if you do not intend to wear one, please check that your travel insurance will cover you in the event of a claim.

Maps & Guides

A map showing the general route only will be provided. If you wish to purchase your own map, we have used International Travel Map – Cuba – ISBN 155341184 - 6. The Lonely Planet Cuba (ISBN 1-74059-120-8) and Cuba Insight Guide (ISBN 10-981-258-606-9) are good sources of information.

Travel Insurance & Advice

Before booking you should check the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice or on 0845 850 2829.
It is necessary that all travellers to Cuba obtain a tourist visa card before departure from the UK. Information will be provided on how to apply; budget £24.

Other Information

Money
The official currency is the Cuban Peso (CUP), but the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC) was introduced by the Cuban authorities to take all foreign currencies out of circulation, and it offers an alternative that is in almost all senses equal to the US dollar. It replaces the dollar as currency where previously dollars were quoted in places such as hotels, restaurants and so called 'dollar shops', and it is the new 'tourist' currency. Some places only accept Cuban pesos and others only Pesos Convertible (usually tourist related establishments). US Dollars are not accepted for payment, and a 10% commission is charged to exchange them. Money should only be changed at official exchange bureaus or banks to avoid scams confusing the two currencies. There are currently 1.42 CUC to £1.