25 days in Cuba Itinerary

25 days in Cuba Itinerary

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25 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Ljubljana
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Cayo Largo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Playa Ancon
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
3
Trinidad
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Cienfuegos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Santa Clara
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Cayo Coco
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
7
Cayo Guillermo
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 30 min
8
Holguin
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Santiago de Cuba
— 2 nights
Train + Taxi:  3 h 15 min
10
Baracoa
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 45 min
11
Havana
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
12
Vinales
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
13
Matanzas
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
14
Cardenas
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
15
Varadero
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  17 h
End: Ljubljana

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Cayo Largo

Cayo Largo ©
The stress of modern life feels a million miles away when you holiday on Cayo Largo, a small and unspoiled resort island off the coast of Cuba.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Paraiso and then identify plant and animal life at El Torreon Nursery. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Cayo Rico, then identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Hatchery, and then stroll through Sirena Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cayo Largo trip planning tool .

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Cayo Largo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Ljubljana to Cayo Largo. In December, Cayo Largo is much hotter than Ljubljana - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Playa Ancon.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach
Sea Turtle Hatchery ©
Sea Turtle Hatchery

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Playa Ancon

Playa Ancon
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Maria Aguilar.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Playa Ancon tour itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cayo Largo to Playa Ancon. December in Playa Ancon sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in Playa Ancon

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Topes de Collantes, see the interesting displays at Romance Museum, then make a trip to Plaza Mayor, then stroll through Ancon Beach, and finally view the masterpieces at Galerie D'Art Calleyro. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Trinidad de Cuba, then contemplate the long history of Valle de los Ingenios, and then examine the collection at Museo de Historia Municipal.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Trinidad holiday site .

Trinidad is very close to Playa Ancon. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Trinidad de Cuba, Topes de Collantes
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Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at El Nicho Waterfalls, then look for gifts at La Fernandina, then shop like a local with Galeria Santiago Hermes, and finally make a trip to Parque Jose Marti. On the next day, wander the streets of Punta Gorda, admire the striking features of Palacio de Valle, and then explore the historical opulence of Jagua Castle.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cienfuegos trip website .

Getting from Trinidad to Cienfuegos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Cienfuegos are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Santa Clara.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Jagua Castle ©
Jagua Castle
Parque Jose Marti ©
Parque Jose Marti
El Nicho Waterfalls ©
El Nicho Waterfalls

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado, appreciate the history behind Statue of Che Guevara Holding a Child, then don't miss a visit to Teatro La Caridad, then appreciate the history behind Che Guevara Mausoleum, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Israeli Cemetery of the Hebrew Community of Santa Clara.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Santa Clara travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cienfuegos to Santa Clara in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cayo Coco.

Things to do in Santa Clara

Historic Sites
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Che Guevara Mausoleum ©
Che Guevara Mausoleum
Statue of Che Guevara Holding a Child ©
Teatro La Caridad ©
Teatro La Caridad

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Cayo Coco

Cayo Coco ©
White sand beaches and calm waters have led to booming tourism in Cayo Coco, one of the main islands of the Jardines Del Rey archipelago.
On the 27th (Fri), get your game on at Rocarena Climbing Center and then look for all kinds of wild species at Birdwatching with Paulino Lopez Delgado.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cayo Coco trip planner .

You can drive from Santa Clara to Cayo Coco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Santa Clara in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Cayo Coco, with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Cayo Coco

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
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Birdwatching with Paulino Lopez Delgado ©
Rocarena Climbing Center ©
Rocarena Climbing Center

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night
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 28th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Cayo Media Luna, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cayo Guillermo, and then kick back and relax at Playa Pilar.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cayo Guillermo tour site .

Cayo Guillermo is just a short distance from Cayo Coco. In December, daytime highs in Cayo Guillermo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Holguin.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa Pilar
Playa Pilar
Cayo Guillermo ©
Cayo Guillermo
Cayo Media Luna ©
Cayo Media Luna

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Esmeralda, then enjoy the sand and surf at Guardalavaca Beach, and then make a trip to Plaza de La Marqueta.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Holguin tour website .

You can fly from Cayo Guillermo to Holguin in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December in Holguin, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Holguin

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Fabrica de Organos
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Guardalavaca Beach ©
Guardalavaca Beach
Playa Esmeralda ©
Playa Esmeralda
Plaza de La Marqueta ©
Plaza de La Marqueta

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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.
On the 30th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Casa de Diego Velazquez, contemplate the long history of Moncada Barracks, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, then walk around Cespedes Park, then don't miss a visit to Casa Museo Granjita de Siboney, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin de los Helechos, then get a taste of life in the country at Rancho El Dajao, and then take an unorthodox tour of Cobre.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Santiago de Cuba trip planner .

You can drive from Holguin to Santiago de Cuba in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Santiago de Cuba can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Baracoa.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Rancho El Dajao, Cobre
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Cespedes Park ©
Cespedes Park
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia ©
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca ©
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca

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night
Baracoa

Baracoa ©
Baracoa is a municipality and city in Guantánamo Province near the eastern tip of Cuba. On the 1st (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Maguana Beach, then get outside with El Yunque, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Baracoa road trip planning site .

Getting from Santiago de Cuba to Baracoa by combination of train and taxi takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Havana.

Things to do in Baracoa

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:
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El Yunque ©
El Yunque
Maguana Beach ©
Maguana Beach

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Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Havana is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, beaches, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Malecón of Havana, steep yourself in history at El Morro, don't miss a visit to Old Square (Plaza Vieja), and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Havana trip maker tool .

Getting from Baracoa to Havana by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Vinales.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Old Havana ©
Old Havana

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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 6th (Mon): appreciate the views at Valle de Vinales, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, then Head underground at Cuevas de Santo Tomas, and finally don't miss a visit to Mural de la Prehistoria.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Vinales online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Havana to Vinales in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Vinales are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Matanzas.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Cuevas de Santo Tomas ©
Cuevas de Santo Tomas
Mural de la Prehistoria ©
Mural de la Prehistoria

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Matanzas

Matanzas ©
Though located near a popular tourist resort, Matanzas remains a relatively small town with a strong cultural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): examine the collection at Pharmaceutical Museum, take in the views from Puente de Bacunayagua, and then kick back and relax at Cayos Blancos. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Callejon de las Tradiciones, then get outside with Parque de la Libertad, then view the masterpieces at Lolo Galeria-Taller, and finally Head underground at Cuevas de Bellamar.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Matanzas online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Vinales to Matanzas in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Cardenas.

Things to do in Matanzas

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Highlights from your plan
Cuevas de Bellamar ©
Cuevas de Bellamar
Pharmaceutical Museum ©
Pharmaceutical Museum
Cayos Blancos ©
Cayos Blancos

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Cardenas

Cardenas ©
Cárdenas, Calle Calzada Cárdenas is a municipality and city in the Matanzas Province of Cuba, about 116km by air east of Havana. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Museo Oscar Maria de Rojas, don't miss a visit to Cardenas City, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cardenas Cathedral.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cardenas trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Matanzas to Cardenas in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Cardenas are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Cardenas

Museums Historic Sites
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Museo Oscar Maria de Rojas ©
Museo Oscar Maria de Rojas
Cardenas Cathedral ©
Cardenas Cathedral
Cardenas City ©
Cardenas City

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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.
On the 10th (Fri), observe the fascinating underwater world at Delfinario, then walk around Josone Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach, and finally examine the collection at House of Rum.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Varadero road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Cardenas to Varadero takes an hour. January in Varadero sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Josone Park ©
Josone Park
Delfinario ©
Delfinario

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