30 days in Cuba Itinerary

30 days in Cuba Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cuba itinerary planner

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Cayo Largo
— 2 nights
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Havana
— 5 nights
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Santiago de Cuba
— 5 nights
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Holguin
— 4 nights
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Camaguey
— 3 nights
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Trinidad
— 5 nights
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Varadero
— 5 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): head off the coast to Cayo Rico, kick back and relax at Sirena Beach, then stroll through Sea Turtle Hatchery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Mal Tiempo. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Vinales, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then Head underground at Palenque de los Cimarrones.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cayo Largo trip planning site.

Vancouver, Canada to Cayo Largo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Vancouver to Cayo Largo. In June, Cayo Largo is somewhat warmer than Vancouver - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can fly to Havana.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

Havana

— 5 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales and Vedado. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Playa de Jibacoa will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Havana to Las Terrazas to see Casa Museo de Polo Montanez about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Taquechel Pharmacy Museum, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Arte Colonial, wander the streets of Central Havana, and steep yourself in history at Castillo de la Real Fuerza.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Havana trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cayo Largo to Havana takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Havana

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Santiago de Cuba

— 5 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.
Get in touch with nature at La Gran Piedra (The Big Rock) and Playa El Verraco. Cementerio Santa Ifigenia and El Cobre Basilica are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Santiago de Cuba side-trips: Guantanamo (Catedral de Santa Catalina de Ricci & Palacio Salcines) and Basilica de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre (in El Cobre). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca, brush up on your military savvy at Museo de la Lucha Clandestina, walk around Cespedes Park, and take an in-depth tour of Memorial Vilma Espin Guillois.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Santiago de Cuba visit app.

You can fly from Havana to Santiago de Cuba in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Santiago de Cuba are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Holguin.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Holguin

— 4 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.
Visit Playa Esmeralda and Playa Caletones for some beach relaxation. Get some historical perspective at Cementerio aborigen de Chorro de Maita and Museo El Chorro de Maíta. Venture out of the city with trips to Guardalavaca (Guardalavaca Flea Market & Las Guanas Eco-Archaeologic Trail) and Gibara (Museo de Historia Natural & Bateria de Fernando VII). There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Cayo Saetia Island, get engrossed in the history at Museo Provincial La Periquera, learn the secrets of production at Fabrica de Organos, and don't miss a visit to Hill of the Cross (Loma de la Cruz).

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Holguin day trip planner.

Drive from Santiago de Cuba to Holguin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in June, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Camaguey.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Camaguey

— 3 nights
Camaguey encompasses the central section of Cuba and remains largely agricultural, its economy dependent on small-scale cattle raising and fruit production.
Popular historic sites such as Camaguey Centro and Iglecia de san juan de dios are in your itinerary. Head to Martha Jimenez's Studio Workshop and Casa de Arte Joverfor some retail therapy. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaza del Carmen, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen, steep yourself in history at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad, and see the interesting displays at Museo Provincial General Ignacio Agramonte.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Camaguey day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Holguin to Camaguey takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Trinidad.

Things to do in Camaguey

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Trinidad

— 5 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.
Get some historical perspective at Palacio de Valle and Ruinas de Ingenio San Isidro de los Destiladeros. Museo de Agroindustria Azucarera and Museo de Historia Municipal will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Trinidad: Museo de Arte Cubano (in Topes de Collantes), Santa Clara (Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado, Teatro La Caridad, &more) and Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo (in Sancti Spiritus). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convento de San Francisco de Asis, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Trinity, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Topes de Collantes, and go for a walk through Malecon de Cienfuegos.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Trinidad route planner.

Getting from Camaguey to Trinidad by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In July in Trinidad, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Varadero.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Varadero

— 5 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.
Relax by the water at Coral Beach - Playa Coral and Playa Larga. Head to Taller de Ceramica Artistica and Varadero Street Marketfor some retail therapy. Explore Varadero's surroundings by going to Matanzas (Cuevas de Bellamar, Pharmaceutical Museum, &more). And it doesn't end there: tee off at Varadero Golf Club, delve into the distant past at Cueva de Ambrosio, see the interesting displays at Museo Municipal Varadero, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

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You can drive from Trinidad to Varadero in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Varadero can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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.