23 days in Cuba Itinerary

23 days in Cuba Itinerary

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Vinales
— 2 nights
2
Havana
— 4 nights
3
Varadero
— 4 nights
4
Trinidad
— 3 nights
5
Santa Clara
— 2 nights
6
Camaguey
— 3 nights
7
Santiago de Cuba
— 3 nights

2
nights
Vinales

Vinales ©
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Vinales and then see the interesting displays at Cueva de los Portales. Keep things going the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Valle de Vinales, explore the fascinating underground world of Palenque de los Cimarrones, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cuevas de Santo Tomas.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Vinales itinerary planner.

Madrid, Spain to Vinales is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Cuba Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Traveling from Madrid in December, expect Vinales to be much hotter, temps between 32°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Havana.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Cueva de los Portales
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Jardin Botanico de Vinales ©
Jardin Botanico de Vinales
Cueva de los Portales ©
Cueva de los Portales
Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales

4
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Let the collections at Museo del Chocolate and Museo del Ron Havana Club capture your imagination. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Castillo de la Real Fuerza and Playa de Jibacoa. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Callejon de Hamel, stroll the grounds of Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon), steep yourself in history at Plaza de San Francisco, and visit Fusterlandia.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Havana tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Vinales to Havana in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Havana are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Varadero.

Things to do in Havana

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Playa de Jibacoa
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Playa de Jibacoa ©
Playa de Jibacoa
Castillo de la Real Fuerza ©
Castillo de la Real Fuerza
Museo del Chocolate ©
Museo del Chocolate

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cueva de Ambrosio and House of Rum. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Coral Beach - Playa Coral and Cayos Blancos. When in Varadero, make a side trip to see Lolo Galeria-Taller in Matanzas, approximately Matanzas away. The adventure continues: play a few rounds at Varadero Golf Club, make a trip to Parque Central, take in the waterfront activity at Plaza Las Morlas, and hunt for treasures at Varadero Street Market.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Varadero travel route planner.

You can drive from Havana to Varadero in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. In January in Varadero, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Matanzas
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Cueva de Ambrosio ©
Cueva de Ambrosio
Varadero Golf Club ©
Varadero Golf Club
Coral Beach - Playa Coral ©
Coral Beach - Playa Coral

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Palacio de Valle and Iznaga Tower. Do some cultural sightseeing at Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo and Salto del Caburni. Step out of Trinidad to go to Cienfuegos and see Punta Gorda, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Topes de Collantes, examine the collection at Colonial Architecture Museum, and make a trip to Trinidad de Cuba.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Trinidad online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Varadero to Trinidad takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Varadero in January, Trinidad is a bit warmer at night with lows of 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Clara.

Things to do in Trinidad

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cienfuegos, Sancti Spiritus, Topes de Collantes
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Palacio de Valle ©
Palacio de Valle
Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo ©
Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes

2
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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 12th (Thu), appreciate the history behind Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Santa Clara de Asis, examine the collection at Museo de Agroindustria Azucarera, and then take in the pleasant sights at Iglesia de San Juan Batista.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Santa Clara trip planner.

Traveling by car from Trinidad to Santa Clara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Plan for cooler nights when traveling from Trinidad in January since evenings lows in Santa Clara dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Camaguey.

Things to do in Santa Clara

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Remedios
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Museo de Agroindustria Azucarera ©
Museo de Agroindustria Azucarera
Iglesia de San Juan Batista ©
Iglesia de San Juan Batista
Teatro La Caridad ©
Teatro La Caridad

3
nights
Camaguey

Camaguey ©
Camaguey encompasses the central section of Cuba and remains largely agricultural, its economy dependent on small-scale cattle raising and fruit production.
On the 15th (Sun), get a taste of the local shopping with Estudio Galeria Magdiel, kick back and relax at Coco Beach, get a taste of the local shopping with Martha Jimenez's Studio Workshop, then steep yourself in history at Casa Natal del Mayor (Ignacio Agramonte), then steep yourself in history at Iglesia Nuestra Señora De La Merced, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Casa de Arte Jover. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at La Isabelica Museum, then relax in the rural setting at Rancho King Touristic Farm, and then steep yourself in history at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Camaguey trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Clara to Camaguey in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Camaguey

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

La Isabelica Museum
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Coco Beach ©
Coco Beach
Martha Jimenez's Studio Workshop ©
Martha Jimenez's Studio Workshop
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad ©
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad

3
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption and Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cementerio Santa Ifigenia and Siboney Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santiago de Cuba: Sugar Cane Museum (in Guama) and El Cobre Basilica (in El Cobre). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Casa de Diego Velazquez, steep yourself in history at Moncada Barracks, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Sagrada Familia, and see the interesting displays at Emilio Bacardi Moreau Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Santiago de Cuba online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Camaguey to Santiago de Cuba in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Sugar Cane Museum, El Cobre Basilica
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Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption ©
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption
El Cobre Basilica ©
El Cobre Basilica
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca ©
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca

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