21 days in Cuba Itinerary

21 days in Cuba Itinerary

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21 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt
Fly:  14​h
1
Havana
— 8 nights
2
Vinales
— 1 night
3
Trinidad
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Cayo Guillermo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Varadero
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Frankfurt

8
nights
Havana

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 Playas de Este and Plaza de San Francisco. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Catedral, steep yourself in history at El Morro, explore the different monuments and memorials at Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon), and take a stroll through Old Havana.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Havana itinerary planner.

Frankfurt, Germany to Havana is an approximately 14-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Cuba Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Traveling from Frankfurt in January, things will get warmer in Havana: highs are around 30°C and lows about 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Vinales.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral
El Malecon ©
El Malecon
Photography Tours

1
night
Vinales

Vinales ©
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Vinales, then admire the verdant scenery at Valle de Vinales, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cuevas de Santo Tomas.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Vinales trip generator.

You can drive from Havana to Vinales in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks Nature
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Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Jardin Botanico de Vinales ©
Jardin Botanico de Vinales
Cuevas de Santo Tomas ©
Cuevas de Santo Tomas

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Plaza Mayor and Ancon Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Trinidad: Che Guevara Mausoleum (in Santa Clara) and Cienfuegos (El Nicho Waterfalls, Palacio de Valle, & more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Trinidad de Cuba, examine the collection at Trinidad Architecture Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Salto del Caburni, and identify plant and animal life at Valle de los Ingenios.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Trinidad online itinerary creator.

You can drive from Vinales to Trinidad in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Trinidad sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cienfuegos, Che Guevara Mausoleum, Trinidad de Cuba
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Valle de los Ingenios ©
Valle de los Ingenios
Trinidad de Cuba ©
Trinidad de Cuba
Palacio de Valle ©
Palacio de Valle

1
night
Cayo Guillermo

Cayo Guillermo
A kay of the Jardines del Rey archipelago, Cayo Guillermo has become a popular international tourist destination, buoyed by the construction of luxury all inclusive resorts that dot the paradisal island.
On the 2nd (Thu), stroll through Cayo Guillermo and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Pilar.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cayo Guillermo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Trinidad to Cayo Guillermo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Varadero.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Pilar
Playa Pilar
Cayo Guillermo ©
Cayo Guillermo

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Saturno Cave and Coral Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Varadero: Matanzas (Estadio Victoria de Giron & Bellamar Caves). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Delfinario, contemplate the long history of Ambrosio Cave, and see the interesting displays at House of Rum.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Varadero itinerary planner.

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Cayo Guillermo to Varadero in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Cayo Guillermo in February since evenings lows in Varadero dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Matanzas
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Ambrosio Cave ©
Ambrosio Cave
Varadero Golf Club ©
Varadero Golf Club

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