21 days in Cuba Itinerary

21 days in Cuba Itinerary

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Varadero
— 3 nights
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Cayo Largo
— 2 nights
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Cienfuegos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Trinidad
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cayo Guillermo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Holguin
— 1 night
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Havana
— 6 nights
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Varadero

— 3 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.
Appreciate the collections at Pharmaceutical Museum and Lolo Galeria-Taller. Get in touch with nature at Varadero Beach and Varahicacos Ecological Reserve. Take a break from Varadero with a short trip to Ediciones Vigia in Matanzas, about 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia Santa Elvira, stroll around Josone Park, and take in the exciting artwork at Artecru.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Varadero trip itinerary planning tool.

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Varadero is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Ljubljana to Varadero, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Ljubljana in October; daily highs in Varadero reach 35°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors · Shopping · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Cayo Largo

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then admire the verdant scenery at Valle de Vinales. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Mal Tiempo, enjoy the sand and surf at Sirena Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Hatchery.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cayo Largo visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Varadero to Cayo Largo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Varadero in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Cayo Largo, with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Beaches

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 5th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Guanaroca Lagoon, appreciate the history behind Estatua de Benny More, view the masterpieces at Galeria Santiago Hermes, then get a sense of history and politics at Museo de las Artes Palacio Ferrer, then view the masterpieces at Poco Bonito, and finally view the masterpieces at CasaHuella. On your second day here, stop by La Fernandina, contemplate the long history of Palacio de Valle, then go for a walk through Malecon de Cienfuegos, and finally meet the residents at Delfinario de Cienfuegos.

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Take a bus from Cayo Largo to Cienfuegos in 3.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Cienfuegos can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Trinidad

— 4 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.
Appreciate the collections at Museo de Historia Municipal and Galerie D'Art Calleyro. Get a sense of the local culture at Convento de San Francisco de Asis and Trinidad Sightseeing. Step out of Trinidad to go to Topes de Collantes and see Museo de Arte Cubano, which is approximately 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at YuditVidalFaife, identify plant and animal life at Topes de Collantes, enjoy breathtaking views from Iznaga Tower, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Trinidad trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cienfuegos to Trinidad in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November in Trinidad, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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 11th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Birdwatching with Paulino Lopez Delgado and then identify plant and animal life at Melia Cayo Coco Diving Center. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Cayo Media Luna, then kick back and relax at Playa Pilar, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cayo Guillermo.

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Traveling by car from Trinidad to Cayo Guillermo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Cayo Guillermo, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Holguin.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Holguin

— 1 night

City of Parks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Guardalavaca Beach, then stroll through Playa Esmeralda, and then identify plant and animal life at Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park.

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Getting from Cayo Guillermo to Holguin by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in November, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Havana

— 6 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.
Head to Espacio de Arte Triana & Usich and Jorge Gil Estudio Galeriafor some retail therapy. Get a sense of the local culture at Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales and Taquechel Pharmacy Museum. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, don't miss a visit to Malecón of Havana, contemplate the long history of El Morro, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion).

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Havana online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Holguin to Havana takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in November, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

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.