15 days in Cuba Itinerary

15 days in Cuba Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cuba trip maker

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Havana
— 4 nights
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Varadero
— 3 nights
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Trinidad
— 2 nights
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Cayo Guillermo
— 2 nights
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Holguin
— 1 night
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Santiago de Cuba
— 2 nights
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Havana

— 4 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 University of Havana and Castillo de la Real Fuerza. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Malecón of Havana, kick back and relax at Santa Maria del Mar, steep yourself in history at Old Square (Plaza Vieja), and take a stroll through Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon).

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Havana trip itinerary planner.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Havana is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Havana is minus 2 hours. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in September: highs in Havana hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Parks

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like ScubaLibre Varadero and Puente de Bacunayagua. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Varadero: Matanzas (Cuartel de Bomberos de Matanzas, Pharmaceutical Museum, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll through Varadero Beach, Head underground at Cueva de Saturno, walk around Josone Park, and don't miss a visit to Cueva de Ambrosio.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Varadero online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Havana to Varadero by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. September in Varadero sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Trinidad.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

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.
On the 12th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Convento de San Francisco de Asis, see the interesting displays at Museo de Historia Municipal, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, and finally make a trip to Trinidad de Cuba. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Topes de Collantes, take in the dramatic scenery at Salto del Caburni, then get a taste of the local shopping with Deustua Galeria Taller, then kick back and relax at Ancon Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Trinity.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Trinidad trip builder tool.

You can drive from Varadero to Trinidad in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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 14th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with Melia Cayo Coco Diving Center and then relax and rejuvenate at Acuavida Spa Talaso. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Cayo Media Luna, then kick back and relax at Playa Pilar, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cayo Guillermo.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cayo Guillermo tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Trinidad to Cayo Guillermo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Cayo Guillermo, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Holguin.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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 16th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Hill of the Cross (Loma de la Cruz), then stroll around Parque Calixto Garcia, and then kick back and relax at Playa Esmeralda.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Holguin online trip itinerary maker.

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 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Santiago de Cuba

— 2 nights
Santiago de Cuba has taken almost as much influence from Haiti and the Dominican Republic as it has from Havana, distilling a concoction of cultures to create a city with a distinct identity.
On the 17th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Moncada Barracks, stroll the grounds of Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, get engrossed in the history at Casa de Diego Velazquez, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca, and finally enjoy the sea views from Faro del Morro.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Santiago de Cuba attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Holguin to Santiago de Cuba takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Santiago de Cuba are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Historic Sites · Museums

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.