17 days in Cuba Itinerary

17 days in Cuba Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cuba attractions 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 day
Drive
5
Trinidad
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cienfuegos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Matanzas
— 1 night
Drive
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Varadero
— 4 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 1st (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Monumento Nacional Bariay. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Cueva de los Panaderos, then don't miss a visit to Bateria de Fernando VII, then hike along Las Guanas Eco-Archaeologic Trail, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Guardalavaca Flea Market.

Make your Guardalavaca itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

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 to Cuba Standard Time is minus 6 hours. In October, Guardalavaca is much hotter than Amsterdam - with highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Camaguey.

Things to do in Guardalavaca

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

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 3rd (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglecia de san juan de dios, steep yourself in history at Plaza San Juan de Dios, take in the exciting artwork at Martha Jimenez's Studio Workshop, then admire the architecture and history at Plaza del Carmen, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Parque Ignacio Agramonte, and finally contemplate the long history of Iglesia Nuestra Señora De La Merced.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Camaguey trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Guardalavaca to Camaguey in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November in Camaguey, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Camaguey

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): fulfill a lifelong dream with Delfinario, kick back and relax at Playa Pilar, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cayo Guillermo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Cayo Media Luna and then relax and rejuvenate at Acuavida Spa Talaso.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cayo Guillermo trip maker 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. In November, daytime highs in Cayo Guillermo are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sancti Spiritus.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Sancti Spiritus

— 1 day
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. On the 6th (Sat), examine the collection at Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra Bandidos, make a trip to Trinidad de Cuba, and then snap pictures at Puente Yayabo.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sancti Spiritus tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cayo Guillermo to Sancti Spiritus takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): stroll through Ancon Beach, look for gifts at Casa del Alfarero, then don't miss a visit to Iznaga Tower, and finally contemplate the long history of Valle de los Ingenios. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Salto del Caburni, look for all kinds of wild species at Topes de Collantes, then see the interesting displays at Museo de Historia Municipal, and finally make a trip to Plaza Mayor.

Before you visit Trinidad, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Sancti Spiritus to Trinidad in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): ponder the world of politics at Museo de las Artes Palacio Ferrer, don't miss a visit to Parque Jose Marti, then pause for some photo ops at Estatua de Benny More, then contemplate the long history of Palacio de Valle, and finally stop by Punta Gorda. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of El Nicho Waterfalls, enjoy the sand and surf at Rancho Luna Beach, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Delfinario de Cienfuegos.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Cienfuegos trip tool.

You can drive from Trinidad to Cienfuegos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Matanzas.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches · Outdoors

Matanzas

— 1 night

City of Bridges

Though located near a popular tourist resort, Matanzas remains a relatively small town with a strong cultural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): examine the collection at Pharmaceutical Museum, head outdoors with Parque de la Libertad, then don't miss a visit to Ermita de Monserrate, then meet some fierce fish with Club ScubAzul, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cuartel de Bomberos de Matanzas.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Matanzas online trip maker.

You can drive from Cienfuegos to Matanzas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Matanzas can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Matanzas

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Varadero

— 4 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.
Varadero is known for beaches, nature, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach, hunt for treasures at Varadero Street Market, delve into the distant past at Cueva de Ambrosio, and see the interesting displays at House of Rum.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Varadero trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Matanzas to Varadero takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Varadero are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Havana.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Old Square (Plaza Vieja), make a trip to Plaza de la Catedral, then contemplate the long history of Castillo de la Real Fuerza, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Malecón of Havana, and finally don't miss a visit to El Capitolio.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Havana trip itinerary website.

Getting from Varadero to Havana by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November in Havana, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites

Cuba travel guide

4.4
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.