38 days in Cuba Itinerary

38 days in Cuba Itinerary

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38 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Varadero
— 8 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Cayo Guillermo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Trinidad
— 6 nights
4
Vinales
— 3 nights
5
Havana
— 12 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
Holguin
— 5 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Brussels

8
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.
Attractions like Varadero Beach and Coral Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Varadero: Matanzas (Ediciones Vigia, Pharmaceutical Museum, & more) and Cardenas City (in Cardenas). There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Delfinario, explore the fascinating underground world of Saturno Cave, don't miss a visit to Cactus Patriarch, and look for all kinds of wild species at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Varadero trip itinerary maker.

Brussels, Belgium to Varadero is an approximately 20-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Brussels to Varadero. Traveling from Brussels in January, things will get much hotter in Varadero: highs are around 30°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Matanzas, Cardenas City
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Delfinario ©
Delfinario
Cayos Blancos ©
Cayos Blancos

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then identify plant and animal life at Birdwatching with Paulino Lopez Delgado. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Pilar, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Delfinario de Cayo Guillermo, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cayo Guillermo.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cayo Guillermo vacation trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Varadero to Cayo Guillermo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Varadero in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Cayo Guillermo, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

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.
Kids will enjoy Ancon Beach and Delfinario de Cienfuegos. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Trinidad: Santa Clara (Statue of Che Guevara Holding a Child & Che Guevara Mausoleum) and Cienfuegos (El Nicho Waterfalls, Punta Gorda, & more). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, tour the pleasant surroundings at Valle de los Ingenios, admire the sheer force of Salto del Caburni, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Topes de Collantes.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Trinidad trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Cayo Guillermo to Trinidad in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Trinidad can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Vinales.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cienfuegos, Santa Clara, Trinidad de Cuba, Topes de Collantes
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Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach
Rancho Luna Beach ©
Rancho Luna Beach
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

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 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the verdant scenery at Valle de Vinales, don't miss a visit to Mural de la Prehistoria, Head underground at Cuevas de Santo Tomas, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Vinales trip planner.

Traveling by car from Trinidad to Vinales takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Havana.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Cayo Jutias
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Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Cayo Jutias ©
Cayo Jutias
Cuevas de Santo Tomas ©
Cuevas de Santo Tomas

12
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Attractions like El Malecon and Paseo del Prado make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: make a trip to Plaza de la Catedral, get to know the fascinating history of Old Havana, take a stroll through Callejon de Hamel, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon).

To see where to stay and other tourist information, refer to the Havana travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Vinales to Havana by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Holguin.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral
El Malecon ©
El Malecon
El Morro ©
El Morro

5
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.
Bring the kids along to Guardalavaca Beach and Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park. Change things up with a short trip to Cementerio aborigen de Chorro de Maita in Banes (about 1:20 hours away). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Esmeralda, make a trip to Hill of the Cross (Loma de la Cruz), get to know the fascinating history of Campina Taina, and stroll through Parque Calixto Garcia.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Holguin trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Havana to Holguin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Holguin sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Guardalavaca Flea Market, Cementerio aborigen de Chorro de Maita
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Guardalavaca Beach ©
Guardalavaca Beach
Playa Esmeralda ©
Playa Esmeralda
Cayo Saetia Island ©
Cayo Saetia Island

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