24 days in Cuba Itinerary

24 days in Cuba Itinerary

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24 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Sofia
Fly:  20​h
1
Holguin
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Havana
— 6 nights
+3
Fly + taxi + train + taxi:  2​h
3
Cayo Guillermo
— 2 nights
taxi + train:  1​h 30​min
4
Cienfuegos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Trinidad
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Varadero
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Sofia

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): kick back and relax at Guardalavaca Beach. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park, then admire the sheer force of Guayabo Falls, and then kick back and relax at Playa Esmeralda.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Holguin vacation builder.

Sofia, Bulgaria to Holguin is an approximately 20-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Sofia to Holguin due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sofia in February, things will get much hotter in Holguin: highs are around 34°C and lows about 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to fly to Havana.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa Esmeralda ©
Playa Esmeralda
Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park ©
Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park
Guardalavaca Beach ©
Guardalavaca Beach

6
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playas de Este and FINCA VIGÍA. Get some cultural insight at Fusterlandia and Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon). Step out of Havana to go to Santa Cruz del Norte and see Playa de Jibacoa, which is approximately 1:15 hours away. There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at National Museum of Fine Arts, take a stroll through Vedado, don't miss a visit to Callejon de Hamel, and examine the collection at Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion).

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Havana vacation trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Holguin to Havana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Havana when traveling from Holguin in February, with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Playa de Jibacoa
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El Morro ©
El Morro
Central Havana
Central Havana
Vedado ©
Vedado

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Birdwatching with Paulino Lopez Delgado and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Pilar and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cayo Guillermo.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cayo Guillermo vacation planner.

You can fly from Havana to Cayo Guillermo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Havana in March, Cayo Guillermo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos ©
The city of Cienfuegos sits in a scenic natural bay, attracting visitors from across the country and further afield since its establishment in the early 19th century.
Step out of the city life by going to El Nicho Waterfalls and Rancho Luna Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Parque Jose Marti and Punta Gorda. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cienfuegos: Santa Clara (Che Guevara Mausoleum & Statue of Che Guevara Holding a Child). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Palacio de Valle, contemplate the waterfront views at Guanaroca Lagoon, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Purisima Concepcion.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cienfuegos vacation builder.

You can fly from Cayo Guillermo to Cienfuegos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Clara
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Palacio de Valle ©
Palacio de Valle
Guanaroca Lagoon ©
Guanaroca Lagoon
Rancho Luna Beach ©
Rancho Luna Beach

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Valle de los Ingenios and Plaza Mayor. Escape the urban bustle at Topes de Collantes and Salto del Caburni. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Ancon Beach, don't miss a visit to Trinidad de Cuba, contemplate the long history of Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo, and view the masterpieces at Basso Art & Souvenir Gallery.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Trinidad tour planner.

You can take a bus from Cienfuegos to Trinidad in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sancti Spiritus, Topes de Collantes
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Salto del Caburni ©
Salto del Caburni
Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes
Convento de San Francisco de Asis ©
Convento de San Francisco de Asis

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.
Get in touch with nature at Coral Beach and Cayo Blanco. Step off the beaten path and head to House of Rum and Ambrosio Cave. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Varadero: Matanzas (Scuba & Snorkeling & Bellamar Caves). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, look for gifts at Plaza Las Morlas, and Head underground at Saturno Cave.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Varadero travel itinerary creator.

You can drive from Trinidad to Varadero in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March in Varadero, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Matanzas
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Varahicacos Ecological Reserve ©
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve
Cueva de Ambrosio ©
Cueva de Ambrosio
Cuevas de Bellamar ©
Cuevas de Bellamar

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