16 days in Cuba Itinerary

16 days in Cuba Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cuba holiday planner

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Fly to Frank Pais International Airport, Drive to Guardalavaca
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Guardalavaca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Camaguey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cayo Guillermo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sancti Spiritus
— 1 night
Drive
5
Trinidad
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cienfuegos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Matanzas
— 1 day
Drive
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Varadero
— 2 nights
Drive
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Havana
— 1 night
Fly

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Guardalavaca

— 2 nights
Guardalavaca is a town in the Holguín Province of Cuba. On the 26th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Monumento Nacional Bariay. On the next day, explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva de los Panaderos, then make a trip to Bateria de Fernando VII, then stroll through Las Guanas Eco-Archaeologic Trail, and finally hunt for treasures at Guardalavaca Flea Market.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Guardalavaca route builder site.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Guardalavaca is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Cuba Standard Time (CST) is minus 6 hours. In April, Guardalavaca is warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 37°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Camaguey.

Things to do in Guardalavaca

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Camaguey

— 2 nights
Camaguey encompasses the central section of Cuba and remains largely agricultural, its economy dependent on small-scale cattle raising and fruit production.
On the 28th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglecia de san juan de dios, make a trip to Plaza San Juan de Dios, view the masterpieces at Martha Jimenez's Studio Workshop, then contemplate the long history of Plaza del Carmen, then get to know the fascinating history of Parque Ignacio Agramonte, and finally steep yourself in history at Iglesia Nuestra Señora De La Merced.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Camaguey online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Guardalavaca to Camaguey in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in April, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Camaguey

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Cayo Guillermo

— 2 nights
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 29th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cayo Guillermo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): head off the coast to Cayo Media Luna, fulfill a lifelong dream with Delfinario, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Pilar.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cayo Guillermo trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Camaguey to Cayo Guillermo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Sancti Spiritus.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Sancti Spiritus

— 1 night
Sancti Spíritus is a municipality and capital city of the province of Sancti Spíritus in central Cuba and one of the oldest Cuban European settlements. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra Bandidos, make a trip to Trinidad de Cuba, and then take in the views from Puente Yayabo.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sancti Spiritus trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Cayo Guillermo to Sancti Spiritus in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Trinidad.

Things to do in Sancti Spiritus

Museums

Trinidad

— 2 nights
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 2nd (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Iznaga Tower, contemplate the long history of Valle de los Ingenios, then see the interesting displays at Museo de Historia Municipal, then see the interesting displays at Romance Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Topes de Collantes, look for gifts at Casa del Alfarero, enjoy the sand and surf at Ancon Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at YuditVidalFaife, and finally see the interesting displays at Colonial Architecture Museum.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Trinidad trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sancti Spiritus to Trinidad takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Trinidad can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cienfuegos

— 2 nights

Pearl of the South

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.
On the 4th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at El Nicho Waterfalls, then kick back and relax at Rancho Luna Beach, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Santiago Hermes, and finally appreciate the history behind Estatua de Benny More. On the next day, ponder the world of politics at Museo de las Artes Palacio Ferrer, don't miss a visit to Parque Jose Marti, take in the pleasant sights at Malecon de Cienfuegos, then contemplate the long history of Palacio de Valle, and finally wander the streets of Punta Gorda.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cienfuegos travel route planning app.

Drive from Trinidad to Cienfuegos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. May in Cienfuegos sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Matanzas.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Parks · Neighborhoods · Beaches · Historic Sites

Matanzas

— 1 day

City of Bridges

Though located near a popular tourist resort, Matanzas remains a relatively small town with a strong cultural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): Head underground at Cuevas de Bellamar, take in the exciting artwork at Lolo Galeria-Taller, then examine the collection at Pharmaceutical Museum, then head outdoors with Parque de la Libertad, and finally don't miss a visit to Ermita de Monserrate.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Matanzas travel route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Cienfuegos to Matanzas takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Matanzas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Varadero.

Things to do in Matanzas

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Varadero

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): make a trip to Parque Central, tour the pleasant surroundings at Varadero Beach, then stroll around Josone Park, then examine the collection at House of Rum, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Delfinario. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Cayos Blancos, delve into the distant past at Cueva de Ambrosio, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva de Saturno, and finally get advice or help at Convention Center Plaza America.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Varadero tour itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Matanzas to Varadero in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Varadero are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Havana.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Havana

— 1 night

Rome of the Caribbean

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): steep yourself in history at El Morro, steep yourself in history at Old Square (Plaza Vieja), don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Catedral, then steep yourself in history at Castillo de la Real Fuerza, and finally don't miss a visit to Malecón of Havana.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Havana visit planner.

You can drive from Varadero to Havana in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and train. In May, daytime highs in Havana are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites

Cuba travel guide

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Beaches · Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks
The largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba lies just 140 km (90 mi) south of Florida and captivates a growing number of Western visitors with its tropical landscapes and cultural attractions. Sightseeing in Cuba inevitably begins in Havana, a city of photogenic architecture, lively nightlife, and a passion for baseball. The country's smaller colonial towns usually feature central squares, ideal places to meet the locals under wrought-iron street lamps. Savvy visitors escape the cities during their Cuba holidays, devoting plenty of time to the country's charming countryside, where you can get the feel for this diverse land by conversing with friendly tobacco farmers and small-scale fruit producers.