23 days in Cuba Itinerary

23 days in Cuba Itinerary

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23 days in Cuba Itinerary

Madrid
Fly:  15​h 45​min
Vinales
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Havana
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
Varadero
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
Trinidad
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Santa Clara
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
Camaguey
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
Santiago de Cuba
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
Madrid

2
days
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 learn about all things military at Cueva de los Portales. On your second day here, admire the verdant scenery at Valle de Vinales, explore the fascinating underground world of Palenque de los Cimarrones, and then Head underground at Cuevas de Santo Tomas.

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Madrid, Spain to Vinales is an approximately 16-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Cuba Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Havana.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks Nature Museums

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Cueva de los Portales
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Jardin Botanico de Vinales ©
Jardin Botanico de Vinales
Cuevas de Santo Tomas ©
Cuevas de Santo Tomas
Palenque de los Cimarrones ©
Palenque de los Cimarrones

4
days
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Museo de Artes Decorativas and Museo del Chocolate will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as FINCA VIGÍA and Playa de Jibacoa. Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon), take a stroll through Fusterlandia, see the interesting displays at Museo del Ron Havana Club, and don't miss a visit to Plaza de San Francisco.

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Traveling by car from Vinales to Havana takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Varadero.

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Beaches Outdoors 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
days
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at House of Rum and Lolo Galeria-Taller. Relax by the water at Cayo Blanco and Varadero Beach. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Coral Beach, browse the eclectic array of goods at Varadero Street Market, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Delfinario, and look for gifts at Plaza Las Morlas.

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Traveling by car from Havana to Varadero takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. January in Varadero sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 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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Cayo Blanco ©
Cayo Blanco
Ambrosio Cave ©
Ambrosio Cave
Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach

3
days
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo and Museo de Arquitectura Colonial. Palacio de Valle and Punta Gorda are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Trinidad Architecture Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Topes de Collantes, take in the dramatic scenery at Salto del Caburni, and don't miss a visit to Iznaga Tower.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Trinidad travel planner.

Getting from Varadero to Trinidad by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. January in Trinidad sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. 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 Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cienfuegos, Sancti Spiritus, Topes de Collantes
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Salto del Caburni ©
Salto del Caburni
Punta Gorda ©
Punta Gorda
Palacio de Valle ©
Palacio de Valle

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Santa Clara de Asis, then examine the collection at Museo de Agroindustria Azucarera, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San Juan Batista.

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Getting from Trinidad to Santa Clara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Santa Clara can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Camaguey.

Things to do in Santa Clara

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Iglesia de San Juan Batista, Museo de Agroindustria Azucarera
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Catedral de Santa Clara de Asis ©
Catedral de Santa Clara de Asis
Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado ©
Teatro La Caridad ©
Teatro La Caridad

2
days
Camaguey

Camaguey ©
Camaguey encompasses the central section of Cuba and remains largely agricultural, its economy dependent on small-scale cattle raising and fruit production.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): shop like a local with Estudio Galeria Magdiel, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coco Beach, make a trip to Galeria Martha Jimenez, then contemplate the long history of Casa Natal del Mayor (Ignacio Agramonte), then steep yourself in history at Inglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Merced, and finally view the masterpieces at Casa de Arte Jover. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at La Isabelica Museum, then experience rural life at Rancho King Touristic Farm, and then contemplate the long history of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Camaguey travel planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Santa Clara to Camaguey takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Camaguey can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Camaguey

Outdoors Beaches Parks

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La Isabelica Museum
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3
days
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Sugar Cane Museum and Casa de Diego Velazquez. Popular historic sites such as San Pedro de la Roca del Morro Castle and Iglesia Sagrada Familia are in your itinerary. Step out of Santiago de Cuba with an excursion to El Cobre Basilica in El Cobre--about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, learn about all things military at Museo de la Lucha Clandestina, see the interesting displays at Emilio Bacardi Moreau Museum, and don't miss a visit to Casa Museo Granjita de Siboney.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Santiago de Cuba vacation builder.

Traveling by train from Camaguey to Santiago de Cuba takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Santiago de Cuba are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

El Cobre Basilica, Sugar Cane Museum
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San Pedro de la Roca del Morro Castle ©
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia ©
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia

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