9 days in Cuba Itinerary

9 days in Cuba Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cuba itinerary planner

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Vinales
— 2 nights
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Playa Giron
— 1 night
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Cienfuegos
— 1 night
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Trinidad
— 1 night
Drive
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Varadero
— 1 night
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Havana
— 2 nights

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Vinales

— 2 nights
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Explore Vinales' surroundings by going to Cayo Largo (Sirena Beach & Playa Paraiso). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the views at Valle de Vinales, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, explore the fascinating underground world of Palenque de los Cimarrones, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Vinales trip itinerary website.

Havana to Vinales is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in March, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Playa Giron.

Things to do in Vinales

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Playa Giron

— 1 night
On the 29th (Sun), kick back and relax at Caleta Buena, explore the activities along Bay of Pigs, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Giron.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Playa Giron holiday planner.

Drive from Vinales to Playa Giron in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daytime highs in Playa Giron are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Playa Giron

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Cienfuegos

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): stop by La Fernandina, then make a trip to Parque Jose Marti, then contemplate the long history of Palacio de Valle, and finally stop by Punta Gorda.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cienfuegos route maker app.

You can drive from Playa Giron to Cienfuegos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March in Cienfuegos, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites

Trinidad

— 1 night
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.
On the 31st (Tue), steep yourself in history at Valle de los Ingenios, examine the collection at Romance Museum, make a trip to Plaza Mayor, then see the interesting displays at Colonial Architecture Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Ancon Beach.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Trinidad itinerary builder website.

Drive from Cienfuegos to Trinidad in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in March, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Beaches

Varadero

— 1 night
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.
On the 1st (Wed), examine the collection at House of Rum, explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva de Saturno, then enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach, and finally walk around Josone Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Varadero planner.

Traveling by car from Trinidad to Varadero takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Havana.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Havana

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Old Square (Plaza Vieja), make a trip to Plaza de la Catedral, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, then get to know the fascinating history of Malecón of Havana, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at CicloCuba. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion), then don't miss a visit to Old Havana, and then appreciate the history behind Neptune Statue.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Havana trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Varadero to Havana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and train. In April, daytime highs in Havana are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Trails

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.