23 days in Cuba Itinerary

23 days in Cuba Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cuba Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Havana, Bus to Vinales
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Vinales
— 2 nights
Drive
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Havana
— 4 nights
Drive
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Varadero
— 4 nights
Drive
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Trinidad
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Clara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Camaguey
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santiago de Cuba
— 3 nights
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Vinales

— 2 nights
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

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

Havana

— 4 nights

Rome of the Caribbean

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 Santa Maria del Mar. Take a break from Havana with a short trip to Playa de Jibacoa in Santa Cruz del Norte, about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Callejon de Hamel, steep yourself in history at Finca Vigía, make a trip to Plaza de San Francisco, and visit Fusterlandia.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Havana online route planner.

Getting from Vinales to Havana by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Varadero.

Things to do in Havana

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 5:

Varadero

— 4 nights
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 Varadero Golf Club. Museum-lovers will appreciate House of Rum and Lolo Galeria-Taller. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Cayos Blancos, stroll through Varadero Beach, make a trip to Parque Central, and take in the waterfront activity at Plaza Las Morlas.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Varadero road trip 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Trinidad.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Golf

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9:

Trinidad

— 3 nights
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.
Appreciate the collections at Colonial Architecture Museum and Romance Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Palacio de Valle and Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo. Take a break from Trinidad with a short trip to Punta Gorda in Cienfuegos, about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Iznaga Tower, identify plant and animal life at Topes de Collantes, make a trip to Trinidad de Cuba, and admire the sheer force of Salto del Caburni.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Trinidad planning site.

Getting from Varadero to Trinidad by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Trinidad when traveling from Varadero in January, with lows around 32°C. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Santa Clara.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:

Santa Clara

— 2 nights
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

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:

Camaguey

— 3 nights
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

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:

Santiago de Cuba

— 3 nights
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 Casa de Diego Velazquez. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca and Siboney Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santiago de Cuba: El Cobre Basilica (in El Cobre) and Sugar Cane Museum (in Guama). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, 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 · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 20:

Cuba travel guide

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Beaches · Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks
The largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba lies just 140 km (90 mi) south of Florida and captivates a growing number of Western visitors with its tropical landscapes and cultural attractions. Sightseeing in Cuba inevitably begins in Havana, a city of photogenic architecture, lively nightlife, and a passion for baseball. The country's smaller colonial towns usually feature central squares, ideal places to meet the locals under wrought-iron street lamps. Savvy visitors escape the cities during their Cuba holidays, devoting plenty of time to the country's charming countryside, where you can get the feel for this diverse land by conversing with friendly tobacco farmers and small-scale fruit producers.