17 days in Cuba Itinerary

17 days in Cuba Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cuba route planner

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Bus to Larnaca, Fly to Havana
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Havana
— 4 nights
Drive
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Vinales
— 1 night
Drive
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Cienfuegos
Drive
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Trinidad
— 3 nights
Bus
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Cayo Santa Maria
— 3 nights
Drive
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Varadero
— 3 nights
Drive
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Havana
— 1 night
Fly to Larnaca, Bus to Paphos

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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 Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi and Central Park. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Malecón of Havana, contemplate the long history of Old Square (Plaza Vieja), make a trip to Paseo del Prado, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion).

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Havana sightseeing planner.

Paphos, Cyprus to Havana is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, car, and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Paphos to Havana is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Paphos in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 26°C in Havana. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Vinales.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Vinales

— 1 night
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva del Indio and then appreciate the views at Valle de Vinales.

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

Traveling by car from Havana to Vinales takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks · Nature

Cienfuegos

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 22nd (Tue), admire the striking features of Palacio de Valle, don't miss a visit to Parque Jose Marti, and then take in the dramatic scenery at El Nicho Waterfalls.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cienfuegos trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Vinales to Cienfuegos by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. June in Cienfuegos sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Trinidad

— 3 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 23rd (Wed), stroll through Valle de los Ingenios, then don't miss a visit to Palenque de los Congos Reales, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convento de San Francisco de Asis, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Topes de Collantes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): stroll through Ancon Beach, don't miss a visit to Parque Central Cespedes, examine the collection at Romance Museum, then make a trip to Plaza Mayor, and finally admire the sheer force of Parque el Cubano.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Trinidad online visit planner.

Getting from Cienfuegos to Trinidad by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Cienfuegos in June since evenings lows in Trinidad dip to 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cayo Santa Maria.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cayo Santa Maria

— 3 nights
An island off Cuba's north central coast, Cayo Santa Maria has become known for its long sandy beaches and all inclusive resorts.
Explore hidden gems such as Iglesia de San Juan Batista and Spas & Wellness. When in Cayo Santa Maria, make a side trip to see Parque natural Rancho Querete in Yaguajay, approximately Yaguajay away. There's more to do: browse the different shops at Plaza La Estrella and tour the pleasant surroundings at Acuario-Delfinario Cayo Santa Maria.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cayo Santa Maria vacation planning tool.

Getting from Trinidad to Cayo Santa Maria by bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Trinidad in June, expect little chillier with lows of 28°C in Cayo Santa Maria. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Cayo Santa Maria

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Puente de Bacunayagua and Cueva de Ambrosio. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Varadero: Matanzas (Cuevas de Bellamar & Ermita de Monserrate). There's lots more to do: stroll through Varadero Beach, get a taste of local nightlife at Mambo Club, enjoy the sand and surf at Coral Beach - Playa Coral, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Delfinario.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Varadero road trip tool.

You can drive from Cayo Santa Maria to Varadero in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Cayo Santa Maria in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Varadero, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Havana.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Havana

— 1 night

Rome of the Caribbean

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Havana driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Varadero to Havana in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and train. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites
Highlights from your 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.