25 days in Cuba Itinerary

25 days in Cuba Itinerary

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25 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Rethymnon, Crete
shuttle + Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Holguin
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Cayo Largo
— 2 nights
+4
Fly + foot + bus + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
3
Trinidad
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Cienfuegos
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Varadero
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Havana
— 7 nights
Fly + shuttle:  16​h 15​min
End: Rethymnon, Crete

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cayo Saetia Island and Playa Esmeralda. Take a break from Holguin with a short trip to Cementerio aborigen de Chorro de Maita in Banes, about 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Playa Pesquero, get great views at Hill of the Cross (Loma de la Cruz), don't miss a visit to Plaza de La Marqueta, and stroll around Parque Calixto Garcia.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Holguin visit planning app .

Rethymnon, Greece to Holguin is an approximately 22-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Rethymnon to Holguin. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Rethymnon in January, with highs in Holguin at 34°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cementerio aborigen de Chorro de Maita, Fabrica de Organos
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Cayo Saetia Island ©
Cayo Saetia Island
Playa Esmeralda ©
Playa Esmeralda
Playa Pesquero ©
Playa Pesquero

2
nights
Cayo Largo

Cayo Largo ©
The stress of modern life feels a million miles away when you holiday on Cayo Largo, a small and unspoiled resort island off the coast of Cuba.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mal Tiempo, look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Hatchery, and then step off the mainland to explore Cayo Rico. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Vinales and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cayo Largo trip planner .

You can fly from Holguin to Cayo Largo in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and flight. In January, daytime highs in Cayo Largo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Vinales
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Sea Turtle Hatchery ©
Sea Turtle Hatchery
Cayo Rico ©
Cayo Rico
Horseback Riding Tours

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Salto del Caburni and Parque el Cubano. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Topes de Collantes and Trinidad de Cuba. Step out of Trinidad with an excursion to Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo in Sancti Spiritus--about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Ruinas de Ingenio San Isidro de los Destiladeros, see the interesting displays at Museo de Historia Municipal, trot along with a tour on horseback, and kick back and relax at Playa La Boca.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Trinidad trip itinerary maker app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cayo Largo to Trinidad. Traveling from Cayo Largo in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 32°C in Trinidad. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sancti Spiritus, Topes de Collantes
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Salto del Caburni ©
Salto del Caburni
Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes
Convento de San Francisco de Asis ©
Convento de San Francisco de Asis

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palacio de Valle and Guanaroca Lagoon. Get outdoors at Rancho Luna Beach and Caleta Buena. Change things up with these side-trips from Cienfuegos: Santa Clara (Parque Leoncio Vidal & Teatro La Caridad), Museo Giron (in Playa Giron) and Iglesia de San Juan Batista (in Remedios). The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Delfinario de Cienfuegos, appreciate the history behind Estatua de Benny More, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Purisima Concepcion, and ponder the world of politics at Ferrer Palace.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cienfuegos itinerary planner .

You can drive from Trinidad to Cienfuegos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Trinidad in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Cienfuegos, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Giron, Santa Clara, Iglesia de San Juan Batista
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Iglesia de San Juan Batista ©
Iglesia de San Juan Batista
Palacio de Valle ©
Palacio de Valle
Guanaroca Lagoon ©
Guanaroca Lagoon

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cueva de Ambrosio and Mi Casa Beatles. Visiting Varadero Golf Club and Cuevas de Bellamar will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Varadero side-trips: Matanzas (Cuartel de Bomberos de Matanzas & Pharmaceutical Museum). There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, appreciate the history behind Crab Monument, and stroll through Coral Beach - Playa Coral.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Varadero trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Cienfuegos to Varadero takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Varadero can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Havana.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Matanzas, Crab Monument
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Varahicacos Ecological Reserve ©
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve
Cueva de Ambrosio ©
Cueva de Ambrosio
Varadero Golf Club ©
Varadero Golf Club

7
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Get some historical perspective at Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales and Iglesia Bautista El Calvario. Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi and Fort San Salvador (Castillo De San Salvador De La Punta) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Havana: Playa de Jibacoa (in Santa Cruz del Norte), Salto de Sorao (in Soroa) and Banos del San Juan (in Las Terrazas). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, contemplate the long history of Castillo de la Real Fuerza, examine the collection at Museo Napoleonico, and stroll around Central Park.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Havana itinerary planning app .

Drive from Varadero to Havana in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and train. In February in Havana, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trips

Playa de Jibacoa, Salto de Sorao, Banos del San Juan
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Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales ©
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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