20 days in Cuba Itinerary

20 days in Cuba Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cuba tour itinerary planner

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Havana
— 5 nights
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Varadero
— 5 nights
Fly
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Cayo Largo
— 3 nights
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Trinidad
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cayo Guillermo
— 3 nights
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Havana

— 5 nights

Rome of the Caribbean

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Central Havana. You'll explore and learn at Taquechel Pharmacy Museum and Museo de la Farmacia Habanera. Change things up with a short trip to Playa de Jibacoa in Santa Cruz del Norte (about 1 hour away). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Malecón of Havana, take a stroll through Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon), stop by Vedado, and steep yourself in history at Castillo de la Real Fuerza.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Havana itinerary planner.

London, UK to Havana is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Cuba Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Traveling from London in December, expect Havana to be warmer, temps between 32°C and 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Varadero.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Varadero

— 5 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.
Popular historic sites such as Cueva de Ambrosio and Iglesia Santa Elvira are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Varadero Beach and Club ScubAzul. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Varadero: Matanzas (Cuevas de Bellamar, Afroatenas Callejon de las Tradiciones, &more). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, walk around Josone Park, see the interesting displays at House of Rum, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Oscar Maria de Rojas.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Varadero road trip planner.

Getting from Havana to Varadero by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. January in Varadero sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Cayo Largo

— 3 nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa Paraiso and Punta Mal Tiempo. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Sirena Beach and Playa Blanca Beach. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Hatchery and step off the mainland to explore Cayo Rico.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cayo Largo trip site.

Traveling by flight from Varadero to Cayo Largo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Cayo Largo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

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 11th (Mon): get a dose of the wild on Trinidad Sightseeing, make a trip to Plaza Mayor, then examine the collection at Museo de Historia Municipal, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with YuditVidalFaife. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convento de San Francisco de Asis, get a tailor-made plan with Gio's Cuba Photo Tours, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ancon Beach, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Deustua Galeria Taller.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Trinidad road trip planning tool.

Traveling by bus from Cayo Largo to Trinidad takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Cayo Largo in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Trinidad, with lows around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Trinidad

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Cayo Guillermo

— 3 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa Pilar and Cayo Guillermo. Step off the beaten path and head to Melia Cayo Coco Diving Center and Acuavida Spa Talaso. Take a break from Cayo Guillermo with a short trip to Birdwatching with Paulino Lopez Delgado in Cayo Coco, about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Cayo Media Luna.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cayo Guillermo online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Trinidad to Cayo Guillermo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Trinidad in January, plan for little chillier nights in Cayo Guillermo, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

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.