19 days in Cuba Itinerary

19 days in Cuba Itinerary

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19 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: St. John's
Fly:  19​h
1
Havana
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Varadero
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Santa Clara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Cienfuegos
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Trinidad
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Cayo Santa Maria
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
7
Cayo Guillermo
— 1 night
taxi + train:  3​h 30​min
8
Camaguey
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Holguin
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Santiago de Cuba
— 1 night
+4
Fly + foot + bus + foot + bus:  14​h 30​min
11
Vinales
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
12
Matanzas
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
13
Havana
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: St. John's

2
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
On the 2nd (Thu), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, deepen your understanding at University of Havana, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Catedral, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, and finally steep yourself in history at Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales. On the next day, make a trip to Cuba Libro, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Malecón of Havana, then stroll around Central Park, and finally capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Havana visit planning app .

St. John's, Canada to Havana is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from St. John's to Havana. Traveling from St. John's in January, things will get much warmer in Havana: highs are around 30°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Havana

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Photography Tours

1
night
Varadero

Varadero ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, kick back and relax at Varadero Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia Santa Elvira, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve.

To find out how to plan a trip to Varadero, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Havana to Varadero takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. January in Varadero sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Clara.

Things to do in Varadero

Tours Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve ©
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve
Iglesia Santa Elvira ©
Iglesia Santa Elvira

1
night
Santa Clara

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Loma del Capiro, appreciate the history behind Che Guevara Mausoleum, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Santa Clara de Asis, then appreciate the history behind Statue of Che Guevara Holding a Child, then get engrossed in the history at Museo de Artes Decorativas, and finally stroll around Parque Leoncio Vidal.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Santa Clara holiday maker site .

You can drive from Varadero to Santa Clara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Santa Clara are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Santa Clara

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Loma del Capiro ©
Loma del Capiro
Parque Leoncio Vidal ©
Parque Leoncio Vidal
Che Guevara Mausoleum ©
Che Guevara Mausoleum

1
night
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.
On the 6th (Mon), admire the sheer force of El Nicho Waterfalls, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Tomas Acea, admire the striking features of Ferrer Palace, then don't miss a visit to Parque Jose Marti, and finally admire the striking features of Palacio de Valle.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cienfuegos itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Santa Clara to Cienfuegos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in Cienfuegos sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Palacio de Valle ©
Palacio de Valle
El Nicho Waterfalls ©
El Nicho Waterfalls
Cementerio Tomas Acea ©
Cementerio Tomas Acea

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 7th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Trinidad de Cuba, kick back and relax at Ancon Beach, then head outdoors with Parque Guanayara, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Topes de Collantes. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Valle de los Ingenios, then admire the sheer force of Vegas Grande Waterfall, and then stroll through Playa Maria Aguilar.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Trinidad holiday planning site .

Traveling by car from Cienfuegos to Trinidad takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Cienfuegos in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Trinidad, with lows around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cayo Santa Maria.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Topes de Collantes, Playa Maria Aguilar, Parque Guanayara, Trinidad de Cuba
Highlights from your plan
Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach
Trinidad de Cuba ©
Trinidad de Cuba
Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes

1
night
Cayo Santa Maria

Cayo Santa Maria ©
An island off Cuba's north central coast, Cayo Santa Maria has become known for its long sandy beaches and all inclusive resorts.
On the 9th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de las Gaviotas, then stroll through Playa Cayo Santa Maria, then look for all kinds of wild species at Acuario-Delfinario Cayo Santa Maria, and finally head off the coast to Cayo Santa Maria.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Cayo Santa Maria trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Trinidad to Cayo Santa Maria in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Trinidad in January since evenings lows in Cayo Santa Maria dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Cayo Santa Maria

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cayo Santa Maria
Highlights from your plan
Playa Cayo Santa Maria ©
Playa Cayo Santa Maria
Cayo Santa Maria ©
Cayo Santa Maria

1
night
Cayo Guillermo

Cayo Guillermo
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 10th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Cayo Media Luna, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cayo Guillermo, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Pilar.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cayo Guillermo trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Cayo Santa Maria to Cayo Guillermo takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in January, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Camaguey.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Pilar
Playa Pilar
Cayo Media Luna ©
Cayo Media Luna
Cayo Guillermo ©
Cayo Guillermo

1
night
Camaguey

Camaguey ©
Camaguey encompasses the central section of Cuba and remains largely agricultural, its economy dependent on small-scale cattle raising and fruit production.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Estudio Galeria Magdiel, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglecia de san juan de dios, stroll around Casino Campestre, then take in the exciting artwork at Martha Jimenez's Studio Workshop, and finally admire the architecture and history at Plaza del Carmen.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Camaguey tour itinerary planner .

Do a combination of taxi and train from Cayo Guillermo to Camaguey in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Camaguey, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Holguin.

Things to do in Camaguey

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Plaza del Carmen ©
Plaza del Carmen
Martha Jimenez's Studio Workshop ©
Martha Jimenez's Studio Workshop
Casino Campestre ©
Casino Campestre

1
night
Holguin

Holguin ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Guardalavaca Beach, stroll around BioParque Rocazul, then take some stellar pictures from Hill of the Cross (Loma de la Cruz), and finally stroll around Parque Peralta (Parque de las Flores).

For where to stay and other tourist information, read Holguin trip builder app .

You can drive from Camaguey to Holguin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Holguin are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Guardalavaca Beach ©
Guardalavaca Beach
Hill of the Cross (Loma de la Cruz) ©
Parque Peralta (Parque de las Flores) ©

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night
Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba ©
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 13th (Mon), stroll around Cespedes Park, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Ave del Paraiso, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, then wander the wide-open spaces of Rancho El Dajao, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin de los Helechos, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Santiago de Cuba tour itinerary 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 January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. You will leave for Vinales on the 14th (Tue).

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rancho El Dajao
Highlights from your plan
Cespedes Park ©
Cespedes Park
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca ©
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia ©
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia

1
night
Vinales

Vinales ©
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
On the 15th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then get outside with Parque Prehistorico, Referencia Nacional, then appreciate the views at Valle de Vinales, and finally 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.

You can drive from Santiago de Cuba to Vinales in 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and shuttle. Traveling from Santiago de Cuba in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Vinales, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Matanzas.

Things to do in Vinales

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Palenque de los Cimarrones ©
Palenque de los Cimarrones

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hours
Matanzas

Matanzas
Though located near a popular tourist resort, Matanzas remains a relatively small town with a strong cultural heritage.
To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Matanzas online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Vinales to Matanzas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. You will leave for Havana on the 16th (Thu).

Things to do in Matanzas

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

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nights
Havana

Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Sculpture Conversation, explore the galleries of Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi, then examine the collection at Taquechel Pharmacy Museum, and finally take a stroll through Central Havana. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion), then see the interesting displays at Museo Napoleonico, and finally examine the collection at Drogeria Johnson.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Havana trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Matanzas to Havana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Museums Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Sculpture Conversation ©
Sculpture Conversation

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