27 days in Cuba Itinerary

27 days in Cuba Itinerary

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27 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Zagreb
Fly:  18 h
1
Havana
— 3 nights
bus:  14 h
2
Santiago de Cuba
— 3 nights
Bus:  5 h 30 min
3
Baracoa
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h 45 min
4
Camaguey
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
5
Cayo Santa Maria
— 2 nights
Bus:  5 h 45 min
6
Trinidad
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 45 min
7
Cienfuegos
— 2 nights
Bus:  4 h 45 min
8
Varadero
— 2 nights
Bus:  8 h
9
Vinales
— 2 nights
Bus:  30 min
10
Pinar del Rio
— Few hours
Bus:  3 h
11
Havana
— 1 night
Fly:  41 h
End: Zagreb

3
nights
Havana

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Get a sense of the local culture at Malecón of Havana and Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi. Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales and Castillo de la Real Fuerza will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Havana with a short trip to Playa de Jibacoa in Santa Cruz del Norte, about 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate the long history of Fort San Salvador (Castillo De San Salvador De La Punta), take an in-depth tour of Museo de las Telecomunicaciones de la Habana "ETECSA", and make a trip to Plaza de la Catedral.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Havana trip itinerary maker app .

Zagreb, Croatia to Havana is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Zagreb to Havana. In December, Havana is warmer than Zagreb - with highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Playa de Jibacoa
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales ©
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca and Faro del Morro. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cementerio Santa Ifigenia and Basilica de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre. Change things up with a short trip to Guayabo Falls in Holguin (about 1h 25 min away). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa El Verraco, tour the pleasant surroundings at Siboney Beach, steep yourself in history at Moncada Barracks, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Sagrada Familia.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Santiago de Cuba travel route planner.

You can fly from Havana to Santiago de Cuba in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Havana in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Santiago de Cuba, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Baracoa.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Basilica de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre, Guayabo Falls
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca ©
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia ©
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia

2
nights
Baracoa

Baracoa ©
Baracoa is a municipality and city in Guantánamo Province near the eastern tip of Cuba. On the 26th (Thu), get outside with Canon del Rio Yumuri. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Maguana Beach, then stroll around Parque Independencia, then examine the collection at Museo Arqueologico la Cueva Del Paraiso, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Baracoa travel planning site .

Do a combination of train and taxi from Santiago de Cuba to Baracoa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Camaguey.

Things to do in Baracoa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Canon del Rio Yumuri
Highlights from your plan
Maguana Beach ©
Maguana Beach
El Yunque ©
El Yunque
Museo Arqueologico la Cueva Del Paraiso ©

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.
On the 29th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Coco Beach, then view the masterpieces at Martha Jimenez's Studio Workshop, and then admire the architecture and history at Plaza del Carmen.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Camaguey trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Baracoa to Camaguey takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cayo Santa Maria.

Things to do in Camaguey

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Plaza del Carmen ©
Plaza del Carmen
Martha Jimenez's Studio Workshop ©
Martha Jimenez's Studio Workshop
Coco Beach ©
Coco Beach

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Cayo Santa Maria, kick back and relax at Playa de las Gaviotas, and then kick back and relax at Playa Cayo Santa Maria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, identify plant and animal life at Acuario-Delfinario Cayo Santa Maria, and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Las Salinas.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cayo Santa Maria itinerary builder site .

Drive from Camaguey to Cayo Santa Maria in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Cayo Santa Maria are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cayo Santa Maria

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Las Salinas, Cayo Santa Maria
Highlights from your plan
Cayo Santa Maria ©
Cayo Santa Maria
Playa Cayo Santa Maria ©
Playa Cayo Santa Maria
Las Salinas ©
Las Salinas

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Topes de Collantes and Church of the Holy Trinity. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Ancon Beach and Playa Maria Aguilar. When in Trinidad, make a side trip to see Vegas Grande Waterfall in Topes de Collantes, approximately 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Valle de los Ingenios, view the masterpieces at Yudit Vidal Faife, get a taste of the local shopping with Galerie D'Art Calleyro, and get outside with Parque Guanayara.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Trinidad travel website .

Drive from Cayo Santa Maria to Trinidad in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Cayo Santa Maria in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Trinidad, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Topes de Collantes, Playa Maria Aguilar, Parque Guanayara
Highlights from your plan
Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes
Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach
Valle de los Ingenios ©
Valle de los Ingenios

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at El Nicho Waterfalls, then don't miss a visit to Parque Jose Marti, then wander the streets of Punta Gorda, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Ferrer Palace.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cienfuegos online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Trinidad to Cienfuegos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Trinidad in January since evenings lows in Cienfuegos dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Palacio de Valle ©
Palacio de Valle
Rancho Luna Beach ©
Rancho Luna Beach
El Nicho Waterfalls ©
El Nicho Waterfalls

2
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.
On the 6th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Cueva de Ambrosio, identify plant and animal life at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, explore the world behind art at Mi Casa Beatles, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santa Elvira, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Varadero Beach. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Cayos Blancos, then don't miss a visit to Parque Central, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Varadero road trip planning app .

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 January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Vinales.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Cayos Blancos
Highlights from your plan
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve ©
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve
Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cueva de Ambrosio ©
Cueva de Ambrosio

2
nights
Vinales

Vinales ©
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Valle de Vinales and Palenque de los Cimarrones. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cayo Jutias and Cuevas de Santo Tomas. Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, make a trip to Mural de la Prehistoria, and get outside with Parque Prehistorico, Referencia Nacional.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Vinales online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Varadero to Vinales in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Vinales are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Pinar del Rio.

Things to do in Vinales

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Cayo Jutias
Highlights from your plan
Cayo Jutias ©
Cayo Jutias
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales

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hours
Pinar del Rio

Pinar del Rio
Pinar del Río is a Cuban city, capital of Pinar del Río Province. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Provincial Museum Of Pinar Del Rio and then don't miss a visit to Alejandro Robaina Tobacco Plantation.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Pinar del Rio driving holiday planner.

Pinar del Rio is just a stone's throw from Vinales. In January in Pinar del Rio, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Havana.

Things to do in Pinar del Rio

Tours Parks Wildlife

1
night
Havana

Havana
Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Havana trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Pinar del Rio to Havana in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Havana

Tours Nightlife Outdoors

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