32 days in Cuba Itinerary

32 days in Cuba Itinerary

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32 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Izmir, Turkey
Fly:  22​h 15​min
1
Holguin
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Santiago de Cuba
— 4 nights
Drive:  9​h
3
Trinidad
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Cienfuegos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Varadero
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Cayo Largo
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1​h 15​min
7
Havana
— 8 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Izmir, Turkey

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hill of the Cross (Loma de la Cruz) and Cayo Saetia Island. Explore Holguin's surroundings by going to Gibara (Bateria de Fernando VII & Museo de Historia Natural), Casa Natal De Carlos Manuel De Cespedes (in Bayamo) and Las Guanas Eco-Archaeologic Trail (in Guardalavaca). There's lots more to do: walk around BioParque Rocazul, look for all kinds of wild species at Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park, don't miss a visit to Plaza de La Marqueta, and stroll through Playa Esmeralda.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Holguin online tour itinerary planner .

Izmir, Turkey to Holguin is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Cuba Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Izmir in December, expect Holguin to be much warmer, temps between 34°C and 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Gibara, Las Guanas Eco-Archaeologic Trail, Casa Natal De Carlos Manuel De Cespedes
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Cayo Saetia Island ©
Cayo Saetia Island
Hill of the Cross (Loma de la Cruz) ©
Playa Esmeralda ©
Playa Esmeralda

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca and Casa de Diego Velazquez. Go for a jaunt from Santiago de Cuba to El Cobre to see Basilica de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: walk around Cespedes Park, cruise along La Gran Piedra (The Big Rock), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sierra Maestra, and take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Lucha Clandestina.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Santiago de Cuba trip planning site .

Getting from Holguin to Santiago de Cuba by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. December in Santiago de Cuba sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Trinidad.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Sierra Maestra, Rancho El Dajao, Cobre, Basilica de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre
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Cespedes Park ©
Cespedes Park
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca ©
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia ©
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Trinidad de Cuba and Topes de Collantes. Take a break from Trinidad with a short trip to Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo in Sancti Spiritus, about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convento de San Francisco de Asis, examine the collection at Colonial Architecture Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Iznaga Tower, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ancon Beach.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Trinidad online vacation maker .

Traveling by car from Santiago de Cuba to Trinidad takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Santiago de Cuba in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Trinidad, with lows around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Sancti Spiritus, Topes de Collantes
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Salto del Caburni ©
Salto del Caburni
Trinidad de Cuba ©
Trinidad de Cuba
Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes

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 off the beaten path and head to Palacio de Valle and Delfinario de Cienfuegos. Change things up with these side-trips from Cienfuegos: Santa Clara (Teatro La Caridad, Che Guevara Mausoleum, & more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Guanaroca Lagoon, admire the striking features of Ferrer Palace, wander the streets of Punta Gorda, and admire the sheer force of El Nicho Waterfalls.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cienfuegos online road trip planner .

You can drive from Trinidad to Cienfuegos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Trinidad in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Cienfuegos, with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Santa Clara
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Delfinario de Cienfuegos ©
Delfinario de Cienfuegos
Palacio de Valle ©
Palacio de Valle
Teatro La Caridad ©
Teatro La Caridad

4
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Coral Beach - Playa Coral and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Matanzas (Cuevas de Bellamar, Pharmaceutical Museum, & more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Varadero Beach, identify plant and animal life at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, observe the fascinating underwater world at Delfinario, and delve into the distant past at Cueva de Ambrosio.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Varadero trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Cienfuegos to Varadero takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Varadero can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Matanzas
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Coral Beach - Playa Coral ©
Coral Beach - Playa Coral
Varadero Golf Club ©
Varadero Golf Club

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Sea Turtle Hatchery. Venture out of the city with trips to Vinales (Valle de Vinales & Jardin Botanico de Vinales). There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Cayo Rico, identify plant and animal life at El Torreon Nursery, and kick back and relax at Playa Paraiso.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cayo Largo online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Varadero to Cayo Largo by flight takes about 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in Cayo Largo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Havana.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Vinales
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Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Horseback Riding Tours
Sea Turtle Hatchery ©
Sea Turtle Hatchery

8
nights
Havana

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Photography Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Malecón of Havana, stroll around Central Park, see the interesting displays at Taquechel Pharmacy Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Havana visit planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Cayo Largo to Havana takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Cayo Largo in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 19°C in Havana. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Photography Tours

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