19 days in Cuba & Amsterdam Itinerary

19 days in Cuba & Amsterdam Itinerary

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Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  10 h 15 min
2
Havana, Cuba
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Trinidad, Cuba
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 45 min
4
Vinales, Cuba
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
Varadero, Cuba
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Cienfuegos, Cuba
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
7
Minas de Matahambre, Cuba
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zaanse Schans and The Jordaan. Do some cultural sightseeing at Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, explore the galleries of Body Worlds, examine the collection at Tassenmuseum Amsterdam, and explore the activities along Herengracht.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip planner.

If you are flying in from The Netherlands, the closest major aiports are Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Eindhoven Airport and Eelde Airport. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Havana.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Zaanse Schans
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The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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nights
Havana, Cuba

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): steep yourself in history at Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, then take a stroll through Vedado, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally take a stroll through Central Havana. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi, get to know the fascinating history of Malecón of Havana, then see the interesting displays at Taquechel Pharmacy Museum, and finally make a trip to Old Havana.

For reviews and more tourist information, refer to the Havana itinerary maker site.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Amsterdam to Havana in 10.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Cuba Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in May, expect Havana to be much hotter, temps between 36°C and 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Trinidad.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

2
nights
Trinidad, Cuba

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.
On the 4th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Maria Aguilar, enjoy the sand and surf at Ancon Beach, then examine the collection at Colonial Architecture Museum, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, and finally view the masterpieces at Yudit Vidal Faife. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Romance Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Vegas Grande Waterfall, look for all kinds of wild species at Topes de Collantes, then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto del Caburni, and finally view the masterpieces at Galerie D'Art Calleyro.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Trinidad day trip tool.

Drive from Havana to Trinidad in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May in Trinidad, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Vinales.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Topes de Collantes, Playa Maria Aguilar
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Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach
Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes

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Vinales, Cuba

Vinales ©
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Get some cultural insight at Valle de Vinales and Provincial Museum Of Pinar Del Rio. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Horseback Riding Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Pinar del Rio (La Catedral de Pinar del Rio (Catedral de San Rosendo), Alejandro Robaina Tobacco Plantation, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Palenque de los Cimarrones, don't miss a visit to Mural de la Prehistoria, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Vinales, and step off the mainland to explore Cayo Levisa.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Vinales road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Trinidad to Vinales takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Varadero.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Pinar del Rio, Cayo Levisa
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Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Horseback Riding Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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nights
Varadero, Cuba

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museo Municipal Varadero, then raise your glass at Mi Casa Beatles, then enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach, and finally get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Lolo Galeria-Taller, see the interesting displays at Pharmaceutical Museum, head outdoors with Parque de la Libertad, explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva de Saturno, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia Santa Elvira, and finally see the interesting displays at House of Rum.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Varadero tour itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Vinales to Varadero takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Varadero sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trip

Matanzas
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Cayos Blancos ©
Cayos Blancos
Cueva de Saturno ©
Cueva de Saturno
Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach

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nights
Cienfuegos, Cuba

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to El Nicho Waterfalls and Palacio de Valle. Get a sense of the local culture at Rancho Luna Beach and Museo de Agroindustria Azucarera. Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Clara (Loma del Capiro & Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado) and Iglesia de San Juan Batista (in Remedios). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Cienfuegos, don't miss a visit to Cementerio la Reina, visit Punta Gorda, and pause for some photo ops at Estatua de Benny More.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Cienfuegos planning website.

Traveling by car from Varadero to Cienfuegos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Cienfuegos are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Minas de Matahambre.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Santa Clara, Remedios
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El Nicho Waterfalls ©
El Nicho Waterfalls
Palacio de Valle ©
Palacio de Valle
Rancho Luna Beach ©
Rancho Luna Beach

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nights
Minas de Matahambre, Cuba

Minas de Matahambre ©
Minas de Matahambre is a municipality and town in the Pinar del Río Province of Cuba. On the 15th (Fri), make a trip to Fbrica Dei Sigari and then stroll through Cayo Jutias.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Minas de Matahambre road trip planner.

You can drive from Cienfuegos to Minas de Matahambre in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. May in Minas de Matahambre sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 25°C at night. On the 16th (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Minas de Matahambre

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Cayo Jutias ©
Cayo Jutias

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