28 days in Cuba Itinerary

28 days in Cuba Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cuba trip planner

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Havana
— 6 nights
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Vinales
— 2 nights
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Varadero
— 3 nights
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Cayo Largo
— 2 nights
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Cienfuegos
— 2 nights
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Trinidad
— 4 nights
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Cayo Guillermo
— 2 nights
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Holguin
— 3 nights
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Santiago de Cuba
— 2 nights
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Havana

— 6 nights

Rome of the Caribbean

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, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Malecón of Havana, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take a stroll through Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon), and get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion).

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Havana tour itinerary planner.

Malaga, Spain to Havana is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Malaga to Havana is minus 6 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Malaga in March, with highs in Havana at 32°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Vinales.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Neighborhoods

Vinales

— 2 nights
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then appreciate the views at Valle de Vinales, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Palenque de los Cimarrones, then step off the mainland to explore Cayo Levisa, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cayo Jutias.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Vinales trip planning website.

You can drive from Havana to Vinales in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. April in Vinales sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Varadero.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Varadero

— 3 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Varadero: Matanzas (Parque de la Libertad, Pharmaceutical Museum, &more). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Varadero Beach, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Delfinario, walk around Josone Park, and stroll through Cayos Blancos.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Varadero trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Vinales to Varadero takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Cayo Largo

— 2 nights
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.
On the 12th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Paraiso. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Hatchery, enjoy the sand and surf at Sirena Beach, and then kick back and relax at Punta Mal Tiempo.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cayo Largo itinerary planner.

You can fly from Varadero to Cayo Largo in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Cayo Largo are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Cienfuegos

— 2 nights

Pearl of the South

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 14th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Santiago Hermes, don't miss a visit to Parque Jose Marti, go for a walk through Malecon de Cienfuegos, then stop by Punta Gorda, and finally admire the striking features of Palacio de Valle. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at El Nicho Waterfalls, then view the masterpieces at Poco Bonito, then explore the historical opulence of Jagua Castle, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Museo de las Artes Palacio Ferrer.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cienfuegos attractions planning tool.

Take a bus from Cayo Largo to Cienfuegos in 3.5 hours. April in Cienfuegos sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Trinidad

— 4 nights
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.
Explore Trinidad's surroundings by going to Santa Clara (Museo de Artes Decorativas, Statue of Che Guevara Holding a Child, &more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, admire the verdant scenery at San Luis Valley, examine the collection at Museo de Historia Municipal, and kick back and relax at Ancon Beach.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Trinidad holiday planner.

Getting from Cienfuegos to Trinidad by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Trinidad can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cayo Guillermo

— 2 nights
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.
On the 20th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Birdwatching with Paulino Lopez Delgado and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Cayo Guillermo, then head off the coast to Cayo Media Luna, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Pilar.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cayo Guillermo trip builder.

Drive from Trinidad to Cayo Guillermo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Holguin.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Holguin

— 3 nights

City of Parks

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.
Take a break from Holguin with a short trip to Las Guanas Eco-Archaeologic Trail in Guardalavaca, about 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Guardalavaca Beach, stroll around Parque Calixto Garcia, make a trip to Hill of the Cross (Loma de la Cruz), and stroll through Playa Pesquero.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Holguin road trip app.

You can drive from Cayo Guillermo to Holguin in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In April, daily temperatures in Holguin can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trip

Santiago de Cuba

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Casa de Diego Velazquez, steep yourself in history at Moncada Barracks, then see the interesting displays at Emilio Bacardi Moreau Museum, then stroll around Cespedes Park, and finally admire the natural beauty at Jardin de los Helechos. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, pause for some serene contemplation at El Cobre Basilica, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre, make a trip to La Alameda, then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca, and finally enjoy the sea views from Faro del Morro.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Santiago de Cuba road trip planning tool.

Drive from Holguin to Santiago de Cuba in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Santiago de Cuba are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Cuba travel guide

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Beaches · Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks
The largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba lies just 140 km (90 mi) south of Florida and captivates a growing number of Western visitors with its tropical landscapes and cultural attractions. Sightseeing in Cuba inevitably begins in Havana, a city of photogenic architecture, lively nightlife, and a passion for baseball. The country's smaller colonial towns usually feature central squares, ideal places to meet the locals under wrought-iron street lamps. Savvy visitors escape the cities during their Cuba holidays, devoting plenty of time to the country's charming countryside, where you can get the feel for this diverse land by conversing with friendly tobacco farmers and small-scale fruit producers.