16 days in Cuba Itinerary

16 days in Cuba Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cuba trip itinerary builder

This plan was created by another user. Make it your plan

Route & dates

Start: Split
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Havana
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Vinales
— 3 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  7 h 30 min
3
Santiago de Cuba
— 1 night
Drive:  9 h
4
Trinidad
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Santa Clara
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Cienfuegos
— 1 night
+2
Train + Taxi + Fly:  25 h
End: Split

3
nights
Havana

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Yuniel Delgado Studio. Popular historic sites such as Malecón of Havana and Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales, explore the landscape on two wheels at CicloCuba, wander the streets of Central Havana, and view the masterpieces at Estudio Taller Santacana.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Havana using our trip planner.

Split, Croatia to Havana is an approximately 14.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Cuba Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Split in September: high temperatures in Havana hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Vinales.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi ©
Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana

3
nights
Vinales

Vinales ©
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cayo Jutias and Horseback Riding Tours. Get some cultural insight at Valle de Vinales and Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus. Change things up with these side-trips from Vinales: Cayo Largo (Sea Turtle Hatchery & Sirena Beach). The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and Head underground at Palenque de los Cimarrones.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Vinales day trip site.

Drive from Havana to Vinales in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Vinales are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Vinales

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Cayo Largo, Cayo Jutias
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Cayo Jutias ©
Cayo Jutias
Sea Turtle Hatchery ©
Sea Turtle Hatchery

1
night
Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba ©
Santiago de Cuba has taken almost as much influence from Haiti and the Dominican Republic as it has from Havana, distilling a concoction of cultures to create a city with a distinct identity.
On the 23rd (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca, then get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Lucha Clandestina, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at El Cobre Basilica, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, get engrossed in the history at Casa de Diego Velazquez, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, then contemplate the long history of Moncada Barracks, then get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Rene Valdes, and finally examine the collection at Museo del Ron.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago de Cuba trip maker app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Vinales to Santiago de Cuba in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. In September in Santiago de Cuba, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

El Cobre
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca ©
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca
El Cobre Basilica ©
El Cobre Basilica
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption ©
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption

2
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Convento de San Francisco de Asis and Church of the Holy Trinity. Head to Basso Art & Souvenir Gallery and Galerie D'Art Calleyrofor some retail therapy. Go for a jaunt from Trinidad to Topes de Collantes to see Museo de Arte Cubano about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Topes de Collantes, get a taste of the local shopping with Deustua Galeria Taller, admire the sheer force of Salto del Caburni, and examine the collection at Museo de Historia Municipal.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Trinidad tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Santiago de Cuba to Trinidad by car takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Clara.

Things to do in Trinidad

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Topes de Collantes
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes
Convento de San Francisco de Asis ©
Convento de San Francisco de Asis
Salto del Caburni ©
Salto del Caburni

1
night
Santa Clara

Santa Clara ©
The scene of one of the most dramatic battles of the Cuban Revolution, Santa Clara today possesses a youthful feel and a reputation for progressive thought.
On the 28th (Mon), pause for some photo ops at Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado, look for all kinds of wild species at Loma del Capiro, then take an in-depth tour of Museo de Artes Decorativas, then don't miss a visit to Teatro La Caridad, and finally stroll around Parque Leoncio Vidal.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Clara trip planner.

Traveling by car from Trinidad to Santa Clara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in September, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Santa Clara

Parks Wildlife Museums
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Loma del Capiro ©
Loma del Capiro
Museo de Artes Decorativas ©
Museo de Artes Decorativas
Teatro La Caridad ©
Teatro La Caridad

1
night
Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos ©
The city of Cienfuegos sits in a scenic natural bay, attracting visitors from across the country and further afield since its establishment in the early 19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): stroll the grounds of Cementerio Tomas Acea, get a sense of history and politics at Ferrer Palace, shop like a local with Galeria Santiago Hermes, then pause for some photo ops at Estatua de Benny More, and finally wander the streets of Punta Gorda.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cienfuegos trip builder tool.

Drive from Santa Clara to Cienfuegos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Cienfuegos can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Cementerio Tomas Acea ©
Cementerio Tomas Acea
Estatua de Benny More ©
Estatua de Benny More
Punta Gorda ©
Punta Gorda

Similar Plans

17 days in Cuba BY A USER FROM DENMARK April, popular sights Preferences: April Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 19 days in Miami & Havana BY A USER FROM BAHRAIN March, popular sights Preferences: March Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 18 days in Europe, South America, Central America & Caribbean BY A USER FROM TURKEY February, popular sights Preferences: February Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 15 days in Cuba BY A USER FROM IRELAND September, popular sights Preferences: September Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 14 days in Santiago de Cuba BY A USER FROM CANADA March, popular sights Preferences: March Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 15 days in Cuba BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM January, popular sights Preferences: January Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 15 days in Havana, Mexico & Costa Rica BY A USER FROM SLOVAKIA March, popular sights Preferences: March Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 36 days in Havana, Ile-de-France & Karachi BY A USER FROM PAKISTAN March, popular sights Preferences: March Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 22 days in United States & Havana BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, popular sights Preferences: August Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 22 days in United States, Montreal & Havana BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, popular sights Preferences: October Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 14 days in United States & Caribbean BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES May, popular sights Preferences: May Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 31 days in South America, Caribbean, Mexico & United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, popular sights Preferences: December Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium
See more plans