18 days in Cuba Itinerary

18 days in Cuba Itinerary

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18 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Budapest
Fly:  17​h
1
Havana
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Vinales
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Cienfuegos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Trinidad
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
5
Guardalavaca
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Budapest

3
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Havana is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, beaches, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Malecón of Havana, make a trip to Old Havana, contemplate the long history of El Morro, and examine the collection at Wifredo Lam Center.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Havana road trip planning website .

Budapest, Hungary to Havana is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Budapest to Havana is minus 6 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Budapest in November; daily highs in Havana reach 33°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Vinales.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Walking tours

2
nights
Vinales

Vinales ©
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): Head underground at Cueva del Indio, make a trip to Mural de la Prehistoria, and then admire the verdant scenery at Valle de Vinales. Keep things going the next day: trot along with a tour on horseback, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cuevas de Santo Tomas, and then laugh and play at Palenque de los Cimarrones.

Before you visit Vinales, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Havana to Vinales takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in November, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Horseback Riding Tours
Cuevas de Santo Tomas ©
Cuevas de Santo Tomas

2
nights
Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos ©
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 18th (Wed): kick back and relax at Rancho Luna Beach and then admire the sheer force of El Nicho Waterfalls. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Parque Jose Marti, then admire the striking features of Palacio de Valle, then wander the streets of Punta Gorda, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Delfinario de Cienfuegos.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cienfuegos day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Vinales to Cienfuegos in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In November, daily temperatures in Cienfuegos can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
El Nicho Waterfalls ©
El Nicho Waterfalls
Parque Jose Marti ©
Parque Jose Marti
Punta Gorda ©
Punta Gorda

2
nights
Trinidad

Trinidad ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Trinidad de Cuba, steep yourself in history at Valle de los Ingenios, and then see the interesting displays at Museo de Historia Municipal. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Topes de Collantes, take in the exciting artwork at Galerie D'Art Calleyro, then kick back and relax at Ancon Beach, then see the interesting displays at Romance Museum, and finally make a trip to Plaza Mayor.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Trinidad online travel route builder .

Getting from Cienfuegos to Trinidad by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In November, daytime highs in Trinidad are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Guardalavaca.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Topes de Collantes, Trinidad de Cuba
Highlights from your plan
Valle de los Ingenios ©
Valle de los Ingenios
Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

7
nights
Guardalavaca

Guardalavaca ©
Guardalavaca is a town in the Holguín Province of Cuba. Venture out of the city with trips to Salto del Guayabo (in Julio Antonio Mella), Cementerio aborigen de Chorro de Maita (in Banes) and Gibara (Museo de Historia Natural, Bateria de Fernando VII, & more). Spend the 27th (Fri) exploring nature at Parque Monumento Nacional Bariay. The adventure continues: stroll through Playa Blanca, make a trip to Plaza Pesquero, identify plant and animal life at Las Guanas Eco-Archaeologic Trail, and hunt for treasures at Guardalavaca Flea Market.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Guardalavaca trip planner.

Traveling by car from Trinidad to Guardalavaca takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In November in Guardalavaca, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. You will leave for home on the 29th (Sun).

Things to do in Guardalavaca

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Gibara, Rafael Freyre, Cementerio aborigen de Chorro de Maita, Parque Monumento Nacional Bariay, Salto del Guayabo
Highlights from your plan
Salto del Guayabo ©
Salto del Guayabo
Bateria de Fernando VII ©
Bateria de Fernando VII

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