Cuba’s Heartbeat: A Motorcycle Odyssey through history

The Ultimate Motorcycle Journey Through the Soul of Cuba. We are going back after a short hiatus!

Tour difficulty

Adventure – This category of MotoDiscovery motorcycle tour is likely to involve at least some unpaved surfaces that can be navigated easily by cars and other vehicles. The BMW F700gs motorcycles are perfectly suited for this environment and having prior off road riding experience is suggested. No single track.
Road Tour
Adventure
Adventure Plus

Days

10

nights

9

Dates

Dec 13 - Dec 22

Price

Rider on BMW F700 $5,940USD

MILES

975

About this tour

Rev your engines for a revolutionary ride through Cuba’s vibrant soul! This isn’t your average sightseeing sojourn; it’s a two-wheeled odyssey that blends the island’s rich tapestry with the exhilaration of the open road. Our meticulously curated itinerary ensures each day brims with cultural gems and historical intrigue, all while maintaining a comfortable pace. Prepare to immerse yourself in a world of captivating sights, classic Cuban cuisine, music & dancing as Cuba is so well known for and the undeniable allure of a bygone era!

Video Introduction

 

All of our adventures are not just epic, They are climate-positive! This tour goes beyond carbon neutral, we’re talking 150% CARBON NEGATIVE. We remove 50% more carbon from the atmosphere than we emit during the entire trip – motorcycles, support truck, the whole shebang! Want to know how we pull off this eco-magic? Head over to our Carbon Partner page and see how we’re making a real difference, one adventure at a time!

This tour is ideal for couples or singles. Culture and history heavily accent this Cuban motorcycle tour, but the quality riding deserves mention. With a well thought out itinerary, this event is packed each day with fascinating interests while maintaining an easy moderate pace. We designate this ride as a Road Tour meaning most roads are paved throughout. Based on experience and comfort you will get a chance to put the great F700Gs to a test on some great gravel roads. The Cuban Historical highlights are abundant as one would expect but recent history is inescapable. Main focus on food, culture and the Cuban people. This one won’t disappoint. We regard it as one of the best in the MotoDiscovery lineup.

 

 

Day 1: Meet in Havana
Meet this evening at your B&B in Habana Vieja (Old Havana). Ride convertible classic cars to your welcome dinner in a local restaurant.
Meals: Dinner
Overnight: Posada de Chacón or similar (B&B), Havana

Day 2: Habana Vieja / Greater Havana / Bay of Pigs (150 miles)
After breakfast, pick up your motorbikes. In order to get familiar with your bike, make a circuit of 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: Private Hostel (B&B), Playa Larga

Day 3: Cienfuegos / El Nicho / Trinidad (120 miles)
This morning you’ll be glad for the F700s as you follow a dirt track along the Caribbean shore to reach the bay city of Cienfuegos. After lunch here, continue along the Caribbean coast to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Trinidad.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Private Hostal (B&B), Trinidad

Day 4: Trinidad (100 miles)
There are many sights and landscapes around Trinidad, so we have a choice: in the north, the Escambray
Mountains with their lakes, waterfalls and idyllic roads. To the south, the village of La Boca and the Ancon beach peninsula. Or we can stay in the city and take a day’s break from motorcycling.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Private Hostel (B&B), Trinidad

Day 5: Topes de Collantes / El Nicho / Santa Clara / Remedios (100 miles)
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. Continue the short distance to Remedios, a beautifully preserved UNESCO World Heritage Site colonial city. Dinner will be a roast suckling pig feast.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Private Hostel (B&B), Remedios

Day 6: Sagua la Grande / Varadero OR Matanzas (184 miles)
Follow the Circuito Norte (North Coast Road) through the Vuelto Arriba tobacco country. Lunch beside the sea in the fishing village of Isabela de Sagua. Then continue to Varadero, Cuba’s premier beach resort or Matanzas (Matanzas, closer to Havana, makes tomorrow’s long ride far more feasible).
Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Private Hostal (B&B), Varadero

Day 7: Matanzas / Havana / Viñales (200 miles)
Head west to skirt Havana to visit Museo Ernest Hemingway (Hemingway’s former home) and then 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. Dinner at Finca Agroecologico El Paraiso.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Private Hostel (B&B), Viñales

Day 8: San Luis y Martínez / Viñales (120 miles)
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 before a scenic return through the mountains via Isabel Rubio and Pons to Viñales.
Overnight: Private Hostel (B&B), Viñales

Day 9: Viñales / Havana (100 miles)
Follow the Circuito Norte coast road (or a route through the mountains) back to Havana. After return 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. Overnight: Private Hostel (B&B), Habana Vieja

Day 10: End of trip
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

What’s included

• Pick up at the airport who arrive on the first day.
• Airport transfer for those who leave on the last day of the itinerary.
• Rental motorbike BMW F700 GS for 8 days.
• English-speaking Cuban road guide
• Support van and driver for luggage transfer, with space for up to 10 passengers.
• 9 overnight stays in casas particulars (B&Bs) of good quality.
• Two meals per driving day included (breakfast and dinner or lunch) and dinner on the first and last
day. Dinners include one drink.
• All entrance fees and tolls.
• Fuel during the entire trip.
• Insurance for bikes.
• Luggage storage for duration of tour.
• Program according to the itinerary if not defined as ‘optional’.

What’s not included

  •  International flight tickets between USA and Cuba.
  • Airport transfers after individual extension of trip.
  • Cuban tourist visa.
  •  Items of a personal nature (alcohol, laundry, tips, etc.)
  • Mandatory health insurance and Medical Evacuation insurance.

FULL PRICE LIST

Rider on BMW F700GS
$5,940USD Rider on a BMW F700GS
Passenger
Pillion Passenger $3190USD Shared occupancy
Single occupancy supplement.
Add $400USD
Deposit per person
$1500

Minimum number of participants for this price; 8  riders.
Price increases in the event of massive inflation or price increases are reserved.

All rooms are shared, double occupancy. If you request to not share a room the single occupancy supplement applies. If we are unable to find a roommate for you, the single supplement will apply. No exception.

Travel and interruption insurance is highly recommended. Health insurance is mandatory by Cuba.

To ensure a smooth experience, take a moment to familiarize yourself with our refund and cancellation policy.

03/12/2024

Day 1: Havana

Day 2, Habana Vieja / Greater Havana / Bay of Pigs (150 miles)

Day 3, Cienfuegos / El Nicho / Trinidad (120 miles)

Day 4, Trinidad (100 miles)

Day 5, Topes de Collantes / El Nicho / Santa Clara / Remedios (100 miles)

Day 6, Sagua la Grande / Varadero OR Matanzas (184 miles)

Day 7, Matanzas / Havana / Viñales (200 miles)

Day 8, San Luis y Martínez / Viñales (120 miles)

Day 9, Viñales / Havana (100 miles)

Day 10, End of trip

FAQ

All details of your travel are planned and carried out with our Select Cuban Guides and include:

“Support for the Cuban People” is a category of legal travel to Cuba that limits benefits to the Cuban government and military. To meet the requirements, travelers must:
  • Have a full schedule of activities that support the Cuban people
  • Promote independent activity to strengthen civil society in Cuba
  • Stay at a casa particular (B&B)
  • Support local businesses and independent entrepreneurs
  • Eat at privately owned restaurants
  • Avoid transactions at military-owned businesses
  • Focus on local immersion
  • Participate in experiences guided by locals

Cuba is generally considered safe for travelers, but it’s important to be aware of potential risks and take necessary precautions:

  • Exercise caution and be aware of your surroundings, especially in crowded tourist areas or urban centers.
  • Keep your belongings secure and within sight to prevent theft or pickpocketing.
  • Avoid displaying expensive jewelry, electronics, or large sums of money in public places.
  • Use reliable transportation options, such as registered taxis or reputable car rental companies.
  • Stay in well-lit and populated areas, especially at night, and be cautious when walking alone.
  • In case of emergency or if you witness a crime, contact the local police or emergency services.

We recommend registering with the STEP program, https://step.state.gov/

Yes. Please make sure your Passport is valid at least 6 months beyond your Cuban travel entry date. You can get the Visa at the airport when flying in or purchase the Visa online. Most airlines will have this Visa available, for an example, American airlines has the Visa available at the ticket purchase for $50 plus $35 processing fee. Please check with your airline about their practice or contact us and we will direct you to an online service where you can obtain the Visa in advance.

On average about 12 people. A mix of men and women. Great for couples!

Exploring Cuba by motorcycle can be an exciting adventure. Here are some key points to consider for a safe road trip:

  • Observe and obey traffic laws, speed limits, and road signs.
  • Be cautious of road conditions, especially in rural areas or less-traveled routes.
  • Take breaks when needed to avoid driver fatigue, especially during long drives.
  • Plan your route in advance and consider using GPS navigation or having a reliable map handy.
  • Be mindful of pedestrians, cyclists, and local transportation sharing the road.

Good. We think it is important to be prepared. Once you have registered for this tour you’ll receive from a very comprehensive Tour Information Booklet weeks in advance of your departure. All the topics you would require to be optimally prepared for your travels are covered. Cuba is unique in may ways so call if you have any questions.

Certainly. We facilitate custom and private tours all the time. Just be aware that MotoDiscovery takes seriously our obligation to fulfill the demands of the USA government in providing a full schedule of  P2P activities. You will be asked to document the experience as part of our effort to be compliant. Plan ahead. Start talking it up among your friends. Ride Cuba with MotoDiscovery. The time to do it is now.

Don’t take our word for it

Thanks a million for just a wonderful week in Chihuahua. Your guidance, suggestions, stories with insight into local life were all amazing. Thanks for your patience and your ability to organize such an event. MotoDiscovery is easy to recommend after such an experience. Thanks again…
- Ron W., Victoria, B.C.

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE

By requesting a booking, you’ll be able to reserve your spot on this tour. Closer to the tour date you will receive an email with payment information and you will be able to make a deposit or pay the entire balance. Your tour’s go/no-go decision depends on reaching the minimum number of riders. We’ll let you know once confirmed. Minimums vary by destination. In the event a tour is cancelled due to not meeting minimums, a refund will be provided. Alternatively, riders may opt to transfer their deposit to another available tour, if applicable.

To avoid potential changes and rebooking complications, we kindly request you hold off on booking flights and other non-refundable tour arrangements until we finalize the tour’s go/no-go decision.

Domestic tour go/no-go decisions are made no later than 30 days prior to departure date. International tours: 45 days prior.

CUSTOM TOUR

If you would like to customize this itinerary and create a Tailor Made Journey just for you and your companions, we will be happy to help. Click here to inquire, or call us to speak to our travel professionals.

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