20 days in Cuba Itinerary

20 days in Cuba Itinerary

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20 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Vilnius
+2
Fly + Taxi + Train:  17​h 30​min
1
Santiago de Cuba
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Havana
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Varadero
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Trinidad
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Cayo Guillermo
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Holguin
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Vilnius

2
nights
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 18th (Sat), stroll the grounds of Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, then explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, and finally get to know the fascinating history of La Gran Piedra (The Big Rock). Keep things going the next day: stroll around Cespedes Park, then get engrossed in the history at Casa de Diego Velazquez, then pause for some serene contemplation at El Cobre Basilica, and finally don't miss a visit to Casa Museo Granjita de Siboney.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Santiago de Cuba journey planning site .

Vilnius, Lithuania to Santiago de Cuba is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Vilnius to Santiago de Cuba due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Vilnius in January: high temperatures in Santiago de Cuba hover around 33°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

El Cobre Basilica
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Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca ©
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca
El Cobre Basilica ©
El Cobre Basilica
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption ©

7
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sea Turtle Hatchery and Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi. Popular historic sites such as Malecón of Havana and Old Square (Plaza Vieja) are in your itinerary. Explore Havana's surroundings by going to Cayo Largo (Playa Paraiso, Playa Mal Tiempo, & more). There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, get to know the fascinating history of Old Havana, steep yourself in history at El Morro, and make a trip to Plaza de la Catedral.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Havana online tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Santiago de Cuba to Havana takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Santiago de Cuba in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 19°C in Havana. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Cayo Largo
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Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Sea Turtle Hatchery ©
Sea Turtle Hatchery

4
nights
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.
Visiting Varahicacos Ecological Reserve and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Varadero Golf Club and Cuevas de Bellamar. Venture out of the city with trips to Matanzas (Parque de la Libertad, Puente de Bacunayagua, & more). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Varadero Beach, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Delfinario, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia Santa Elvira, and kick back and relax at Coral Beach - Playa Coral.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Varadero holiday maker app .

Getting from Havana to Varadero by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in Varadero can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Matanzas
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Varahicacos Ecological Reserve ©
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve
Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cuevas de Bellamar ©
Cuevas de Bellamar

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo and Palacio de Valle are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Topes de Collantes and Salto del Caburni. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Parque el Cubano, take in the exciting artwork at Galerie D'Art Calleyro, kick back and relax at Ancon Beach, and don't miss a visit to Trinidad de Cuba.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Trinidad trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Varadero to Trinidad in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Varadero in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Trinidad, with lows of 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Sancti Spiritus, Topes de Collantes, Palacio de Valle
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Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes
Parque el Cubano ©
Parque el Cubano
Salto del Caburni ©
Salto del Caburni

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 3rd (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Cayo Media Luna, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cayo Guillermo, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Pilar.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cayo Guillermo attractions planner .

You can drive from Trinidad to Cayo Guillermo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. In February, daily temperatures in Cayo Guillermo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Holguin.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

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

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park, kick back and relax at Playa Esmeralda, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Guardalavaca Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Holguin driving holiday planning site .

You can fly from Cayo Guillermo to Holguin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. February in Holguin sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Esmeralda ©
Playa Esmeralda
Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park ©
Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park
Guardalavaca Beach ©
Guardalavaca Beach

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