35 days in Cuba Itinerary

35 days in Cuba Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Santiago de Cuba
— 3 nights
2
Holguin
— 4 nights
3
Camaguey
— 4 nights
4
Trinidad
— 6 nights
5
Varadero
— 5 nights
6
Havana
— 12 nights

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to El Cobre Basilica and La Gran Piedra (The Big Rock). Popular historic sites such as Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption and Basilica de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca, stroll around Cespedes Park, take an in-depth tour of Casa de Diego Velazquez, and contemplate the long history of Moncada Barracks.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Santiago de Cuba travel itinerary planner.

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago to Santiago de Cuba is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Port of Spain to Santiago de Cuba is minus 1 hour. In November, daily temperatures in Santiago de Cuba can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Holguin.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Historic Sites Museums Scenic Drive

Side Trip

El Cobre
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El Cobre Basilica ©
El Cobre Basilica
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca ©
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption ©
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption

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.
Get some cultural insight at Catedral Del Santisimo Salvador De Bayamo and Casa Natal De Carlos Manuel De Cespedes. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa Esmeralda and Hill of the Cross (Loma de la Cruz). When in Holguin, make a side trip to see Bateria de Fernando VII in Gibara, approximately Gibara away. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Cayo Saetia Island, make a trip to Plaza de La Marqueta, stroll around Parque Calixto Garcia, and kick back and relax at Guardalavaca Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Holguin trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Santiago de Cuba to Holguin in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. December in Holguin sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Camaguey.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Casa Natal De Carlos Manuel De Cespedes, Fabrica de Organos, Catedral Del Santisimo Salvador De Bayamo, Bateria de Fernando VII
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Playa Esmeralda ©
Playa Esmeralda
Guardalavaca Beach ©
Guardalavaca Beach
Catedral Del Santisimo Salvador De Bayamo ©

4
nights
Camaguey

Camaguey ©
Camaguey encompasses the central section of Cuba and remains largely agricultural, its economy dependent on small-scale cattle raising and fruit production.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Plaza del Carmen and Martha Jimenez's Studio Workshop. Your inner history buff will appreciate Plaza San Juan de Dios and Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Camaguey Centro, make a trip to Plaza de los Trabajadores, enjoy the sand and surf at Coco Beach, and contemplate the long history of Iglesia Nuestra Señora De La Merced.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Camaguey online trip builder.

Getting from Holguin to Camaguey by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Camaguey

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
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Plaza San Juan de Dios ©
Plaza San Juan de Dios
Plaza del Carmen ©
Plaza del Carmen
Camaguey Centro ©
Camaguey Centro

6
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palacio de Valle and Convento de San Francisco de Asis. Popular historic sites such as Ruinas de Ingenio San Isidro de los Destiladeros and Iglesia de San Juan Batista are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Museo de Agroindustria Azucarera (in Remedios) and Cienfuegos (Guanaroca Lagoon & Delfinario de Cienfuegos). And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Iznaga Tower, examine the collection at Romance Museum, admire the sheer force of Salto del Caburni, and make a trip to Plaza Mayor.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Trinidad trip planner.

Getting from Camaguey to Trinidad by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Cienfuegos, Remedios, Trinidad de Cuba
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Salto del Caburni ©
Salto del Caburni
Convento de San Francisco de Asis ©
Convento de San Francisco de Asis
Iglesia de San Juan Batista ©
Iglesia de San Juan Batista

5
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Varadero Beach and Coral Beach - Playa Coral. Visit Cueva de Ambrosio and Iglesia Santa Elvira for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Varadero side-trips: Matanzas (Cuevas de Bellamar, Pharmaceutical Museum, &more). There's still lots to do: have a few drinks at Mi Casa Beatles, play a few rounds at Varadero Golf Club, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Delfinario, and identify plant and animal life at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Varadero trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Trinidad to Varadero takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Havana.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Matanzas
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cueva de Ambrosio ©
Cueva de Ambrosio
Mi Casa Beatles
Mi Casa Beatles

12
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Popular historic sites such as Malecón of Havana and Castillo de la Real Fuerza are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales and Central Havana. Venture out of the city with trips to Cayo Largo (Sirena Beach, Playa Paraiso, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Fort San Salvador (Castillo De San Salvador De La Punta), hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, don't miss a visit to Revolution Plaza Havana, and take a stroll through Vedado.

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Traveling by car from Varadero to Havana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and train. December in Havana sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Cayo Largo, Espiritu Santo Church (Iglesia Del Espiritu Santo)
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Old Havana ©
Old Havana
Punta Mal Tiempo ©
Punta Mal Tiempo
Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso

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