13 days in Cuba Itinerary

13 days in Cuba Itinerary

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13 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  8 h 45 min
1
Havana
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Vinales
— 1 night
Bus:  30 min
3
Pinar del Rio
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h
4
Trinidad
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Cardenas
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
6
Varadero
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  10 h 15 min
End: Detroit

3
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales and Taquechel Pharmacy Museum. Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi and Museo de las Telecomunicaciones de la Habana "ETECSA" will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Malecón of Havana, shop like a local with Fototeca de Cuba, contemplate the long history of Old Square (Plaza Vieja), and make a trip to Old Havana.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Havana online tour itinerary planner.

Detroit, USA to Havana is an approximately 9- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, car, and flight. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Detroit in February: high temperatures in Havana hover around 81°F and lows are around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Vinales.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales ©
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales

1
night
Vinales

Vinales ©
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Centro Cultural Polo Montanez. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): get a taste of local nightlife at Centro Cultural Polo Montanez, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, then find something for the whole family at Palenque de los Cimarrones, and finally appreciate the views at Valle de Vinales.

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You can drive from Havana to Vinales in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in March, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Pinar del Rio.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks Nature Nightlife
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Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Centro Cultural Polo Montanez ©
Centro Cultural Polo Montanez
Palenque de los Cimarrones ©
Palenque de los Cimarrones

1
night
Pinar del Rio

Pinar del Rio ©
Pinar del Río is a Cuban city, capital of Pinar del Río Province. La Catedral de Pinar del Rio (Catedral de San Rosendo) has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): experience rural life at Alejandro Robaina Tobacco Plantation.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Pinar del Rio trip itinerary planner.

Pinar del Rio is very close to Vinales. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in March, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Trinidad.

Things to do in Pinar del Rio

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Guanahacabibes Peninsula
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3
nights
Trinidad

Trinidad ©
Built on sugar and seemingly preserved in molasses, the town of Trinidad attracts visitors with its well-aged 19th century architecture and rustic charm, showcasing the sounds, scents, and sights of days gone by.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Trinidad Sightseeing as well as Catedral de la Purisima Concepcion. Do some cultural sightseeing at Palacio de Valle and Ruinas de Ingenio San Isidro de los Destiladeros. Discover out-of-the-way places like Convento de San Francisco de Asis and Galerie D'Art Calleyro. Get out of town with these interesting Trinidad side-trips: Cienfuegos (CasaHuella, Galeria Santiago Hermes, &more). And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Galeria Boca 253, see the interesting displays at Museo de Historia Municipal, shop like a local with Deustua Galeria Taller, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Trinity.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Trinidad online trip maker.

Drive from Vinales to Trinidad in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Trinidad

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cienfuegos
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Palacio de Valle ©
Palacio de Valle
Convento de San Francisco de Asis ©
Convento de San Francisco de Asis
Trinidad Sightseeing ©
Trinidad Sightseeing

1
night
Cardenas

Cardenas ©
Cárdenas, Calle Calzada Cárdenas is a municipality and city in the Matanzas Province of Cuba, about 116km by air east of Havana. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Museo Oscar Maria de Rojas. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Museo Oscar Maria de Rojas, examine the collection at Museo Casa Natal de Jose Antonio Echeverria, then appreciate the history behind Crab Monument, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardenas Cathedral.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cardenas trip planner.

You can drive from Trinidad to Cardenas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Varadero.

Things to do in Cardenas

Museums Historic Sites
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Museo Oscar Maria de Rojas ©
Museo Oscar Maria de Rojas
Cardenas Cathedral ©
Cardenas Cathedral

2
nights
Varadero

Varadero ©
One of the largest resort towns in the Caribbean, Varadero boasts a 20 km (12 mi) long stretch of sand, lined with hotels and all-inclusive resorts.
House of Rum has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): examine the collection at House of Rum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Varadero Beach, then admire the masterpieces at Mi Casa Beatles, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia Santa Elvira, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Taller de Ceramica Artistica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): stop by Plaza Las Morlas, then identify plant and animal life at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Varadero day trip site.

Traveling by car from Cardenas to Varadero takes an hour. In March, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Iglesia Santa Elvira ©
Iglesia Santa Elvira
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve ©
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve

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