18 days in Cuba Itinerary

18 days in Cuba Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cuba trip planner

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Havana
— 5 nights
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Vinales
— 1 day
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Havana
— 1 night
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Varadero
— 2 nights
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Trinidad
— 1 night
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Cienfuegos
Drive
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Santa Clara
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Trinidad
— 5 nights
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Havana
— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes El Floridita, Miramar, El Templete, and other attractions you added. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Malecón of Havana, make a trip to Paseo del Prado, stop by Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon), and get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion).

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Belgrade, Serbia to Havana is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Cuba Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Belgrade in November, with highs in Havana at 33°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Vinales.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Vinales

— 1 day
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
You've now added Cueva del Indio to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): admire the verdant scenery at Valle de Vinales, Head underground at Palenque de los Cimarrones, then Head underground at Cueva del Indio, then Head underground at Cuevas de Santo Tomas, and finally make a trip to Mural de la Prehistoria.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Vinales road trip planner.

Getting from Havana to Vinales by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Vinales are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Havana.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks · Nature

Havana

— 1 night

Rome of the Caribbean

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Havana day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Vinales to Havana takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 3rd (Tue), you're off to Varadero.

Things to do in Havana

Tours · Museums · Nightlife · Historic Sites

Varadero

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Cueva de Ambrosio, make a trip to Ermita de Monserrate, stroll around Josone Park, then stroll through Varadero Beach, and finally have a few drinks at Mi Casa Beatles. On the next day, head outdoors with Parque de la Libertad, explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva de Saturno, then examine the collection at House of Rum, then meet the residents at Delfinario, and finally kick back and relax at Cayos Blancos.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Varadero trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Havana to Varadero in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. You'll set off for Trinidad on the 5th (Thu).

Things to do in Varadero

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Trinidad de Cuba, then enjoy breathtaking views from Iznaga Tower, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Trinity.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Trinidad day trip planning app.

Getting from Varadero to Trinidad by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Trinidad sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Trinidad

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Parque Jose Marti.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cienfuegos trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Trinidad to Cienfuegos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cienfuegos can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Santa Clara.
Highlights from your trip

Santa Clara

The scene of one of the most dramatic battles of the Cuban Revolution, Santa Clara today possesses a youthful feel and a reputation for progressive thought.
On the 6th (Fri), appreciate the history behind Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado and then appreciate the history behind Che Guevara Mausoleum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Santa Clara trip planning app.

You can drive from Cienfuegos to Santa Clara in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Santa Clara can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Trinidad.

Trinidad

— 5 nights
You've now added Disco Ayala to your itinerary. See some other sides of Trinidad: don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, stroll through Valle de los Ingenios, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Topes de Collantes, and see the interesting displays at Romance Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Trinidad trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Santa Clara to Trinidad takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. On the 11th (Wed), you'll travel to Havana.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Havana

— 2 nights

Rome of the Caribbean

Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional de Belas Artes de Cuba, make a trip to El Capitolio, then take an in-depth tour of Museo de Arte Colonial, then contemplate the long history of Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana, and finally wander the streets of Iglesias de San Francisco de Paula.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Havana online trip planner.

You can drive from Trinidad to Havana in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Parks

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.