29 days in Cuba Itinerary

29 days in Cuba Itinerary

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29 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly:  11 h 45 min
1
Havana
— 10 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Vinales
— 3 nights
+6
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  7 h 15 min
3
Cayo Guillermo
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
4
Trinidad
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Santa Clara
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
6
Cayo Largo
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
7
Varadero
— 4 nights
Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: Edmonton

10
nights
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, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Malecón of Havana, steep yourself in history at El Morro, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion), and appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Havana.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Havana driving holiday planning site.

Edmonton, Canada to Havana is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Edmonton to Havana is 2 hours. Traveling from Edmonton in February, expect Havana to be much warmer, temps between 32°C and 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Vinales.

Things to do in Havana

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

3
nights
Vinales

Vinales ©
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Step out of Vinales to go to Minas de Matahambre and see Cayo Jutias, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: appreciate the views at Valle de Vinales, head off the coast to Cayo Levisa, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, and make a trip to Mural de la Prehistoria.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Vinales vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Havana to Vinales in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. March in Vinales sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cayo Jutias, Cayo Levisa
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Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Cayo Jutias ©
Cayo Jutias
Cayo Levisa ©
Cayo Levisa

1
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.
On the 7th (Sat), head off the coast to Cayo Media Luna, enjoy the sand and surf at Cayo Guillermo, and then kick back and relax at Playa Pilar. On the next day, have some family-friendly fun at Rocarena Climbing Center and then identify plant and animal life at Birdwatching with Paulino Lopez Delgado.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cayo Guillermo road trip planner.

Getting from Vinales to Cayo Guillermo by combination of bus and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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.
Explore Trinidad's surroundings by going to Cienfuegos (Galeria Santiago Hermes, El Nicho Waterfalls, &more). There's much more to do: make a trip to Plaza Mayor, stroll through Valle de los Ingenios, see the interesting displays at Romance Museum, and get outside with Parque Guanayara.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Trinidad route builder website.

You can drive from Cayo Guillermo to Trinidad in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Trinidad can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Santa Clara.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Cienfuegos, Cuba, Topes de Collantes, Trinidad de Cuba
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Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Parque Jose Marti ©
Parque Jose Marti

2
nights
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 14th (Sat): make a trip to Statue of Che Guevara Holding a Child, then pause for some photo ops at Che Guevara Mausoleum, then walk around Parque Leoncio Vidal, and finally appreciate the history behind Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Loma del Capiro, explore the different monuments and memorials at Israeli Cemetery of the Hebrew Community of Santa Clara, don't miss a visit to Teatro La Caridad, then take an in-depth tour of Museo de Artes Decorativas, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Fabrica de Tabacos Costantino Perez Carrodegua.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Clara trip builder website.

Getting from Trinidad to Santa Clara by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daily temperatures in Santa Clara can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Santa Clara

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Parque Leoncio Vidal ©
Parque Leoncio Vidal
Che Guevara Mausoleum ©
Che Guevara Mausoleum
Statue of Che Guevara Holding a Child ©

2
nights
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 16th (Mon): stroll through Playa Paraiso and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Mal Tiempo. On the next day, head off the coast to Cayo Rico, look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Hatchery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sirena Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cayo Largo sightseeing site.

You can fly from Santa Clara to Cayo Largo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Santa Clara in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 23°C in Cayo Largo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Varadero.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach
Punta Mal Tiempo ©
Punta Mal Tiempo

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 out of town with these interesting Varadero side-trips: Matanzas (Callejon de las Tradiciones, Pharmaceutical Museum, &more). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Delfinario, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cayos Blancos.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Varadero online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Cayo Largo to Varadero in 3 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Varadero when traveling from Cayo Largo in March, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Matanzas
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cueva de Saturno ©
Cueva de Saturno
Josone Park ©
Josone Park

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