22 days in Cuba Itinerary

22 days in Cuba Itinerary

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22 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Varna
Fly + Drive:  27​h
1
Trinidad
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Cayo Guillermo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Varadero
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Havana
— 7 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Holguin
— 2 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Varna

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 El Nicho Waterfalls and Valle de los Ingenios. Take a break from the city and head to Ancon Beach and Parque el Cubano. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Trinidad: Cienfuegos (Punta Gorda & Parque Jose Marti). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Topes de Collantes, take in the exciting artwork at Galerie D'Art Calleyro, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convento de San Francisco de Asis, and take in the dramatic scenery at Salto del Caburni.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Trinidad trip itinerary planner.

Varna, Bulgaria to Trinidad is an approximately 27-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Cuba Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from Varna in February, expect Trinidad to be much hotter, temps between 33°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cienfuegos, Topes de Collantes
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Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes
Salto del Caburni ©
Salto del Caburni
Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Birdwatching with Paulino Lopez Delgado and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Pilar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Isla Media Luna and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cayo Guillermo.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cayo Guillermo sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Trinidad to Cayo Guillermo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. February in Cayo Guillermo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Varadero.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Birdwatching with Paulino Lopez Delgado
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Playa Pilar
Playa Pilar
Cayo Media Luna ©
Cayo Media Luna
Cayo Guillermo ©
Cayo Guillermo

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Coral Beach and Cayo Blanco. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Josone Park and House of Rum. Explore Varadero's surroundings by going to Matanzas (Scuba & Snorkeling & Bellamar Caves). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach, don't miss a visit to Parque Central, Head underground at Saturno Cave, and identify plant and animal life at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Varadero custom trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Cayo Guillermo to Varadero takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Varadero when traveling from Cayo Guillermo in February, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Havana.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Matanzas
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve ©
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve
Cuevas de Bellamar ©
Cuevas de Bellamar

7
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Relax by the water at Playas de Este and Playa de Jibacoa. Explore hidden gems such as Fusterlandia and Vedado. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Catedral, examine the collection at Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion), explore the world behind art at National Museum of Fine Arts, and get to know the fascinating history of Old Havana.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Havana trip builder.

You can drive from Varadero to Havana in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Havana can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Holguin.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa de Jibacoa
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Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral
Playa de Jibacoa ©
Playa de Jibacoa
Vedado ©
Vedado

2
nights
Holguin

Holguin ©
Not overly touristy, Holguin offers a different perspective on Cuban life, standing as a major city that doesn't seek to commercialize its past or cover itself in all inclusive resorts.
We've included these beaches for you: Guardalavaca Beach and Playa Esmeralda. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cayo Saetia Island and BioParque Rocazul. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park and get great views at Hill of the Cross (Loma de la Cruz).

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Holguin trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Havana to Holguin in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa Esmeralda ©
Playa Esmeralda
Cayo Saetia Island ©
Cayo Saetia Island
Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park ©
Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park

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