31 days in Cuba Itinerary

31 days in Cuba Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cuba visit planner

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Holguin
— 2 nights
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Santiago de Cuba
— 2 nights
Drive
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Camaguey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cayo Guillermo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Clara
— 1 night
Drive
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Trinidad
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cienfuegos
— 2 nights
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Cayo Largo
— 3 nights
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Varadero
— 4 nights
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Vinales
— 2 nights
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Havana
— 7 nights
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Holguin

— 2 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.
Step out of Holguin to go to Gibara and see Cueva de los Panaderos, which is approximately 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Guardalavaca Beach, take some stellar pictures from Hill of the Cross (Loma de la Cruz), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Pesquero, and look for all kinds of wild species at Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Holguin travel route tool.

Milan, Italy to Holguin is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Cuba Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Milan in March, with highs in Holguin at 35°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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 4th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, don't miss a visit to La Alameda, then steep yourself in history at Moncada Barracks, then examine the collection at Emilio Bacardi Moreau Museum, and finally make a trip to Casa Museo Granjita de Siboney. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Cespedes Park, get engrossed in the history at Casa de Diego Velazquez, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Ave del Paraiso, then explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca, and finally enjoy the sea views from Faro del Morro.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Santiago de Cuba online route planner.

Drive from Holguin to Santiago de Cuba in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Camaguey.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Camaguey

— 2 nights
Camaguey encompasses the central section of Cuba and remains largely agricultural, its economy dependent on small-scale cattle raising and fruit production.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santa Ana, view the masterpieces at Martha Jimenez's Studio Workshop, take in the history at Plaza del Carmen, then get to know the fascinating history of Parque Ignacio Agramonte, then contemplate the long history of Casa Natal del Mayor (Ignacio Agramonte), and finally contemplate the long history of Iglesia Nuestra Señora De La Merced. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Coco Beach, contemplate the long history of Plaza San Juan de Dios, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglecia de san juan de dios.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Camaguey trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Santiago de Cuba to Camaguey in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santiago de Cuba in March, expect slightly colder with lows of 21°C in Camaguey. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Camaguey

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): soothe aching muscles at Acuavida Spa Talaso and then identify plant and animal life at Birdwatching with Paulino Lopez Delgado. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Cayo Guillermo, then fulfill a lifelong dream with Delfinario, then step off the mainland to explore Cayo Media Luna, and finally kick back and relax at Playa Pilar.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cayo Guillermo trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Camaguey to Cayo Guillermo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. March in Cayo Guillermo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Santa Clara.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Clara

— 1 night
The scene of one of the most dramatic battles of the Cuban Revolution, Santa Clara today possesses a youthful feel and a reputation for progressive thought.
On the 10th (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Che Guevara Holding a Child, walk around Parque Leoncio Vidal, then pause for some photo ops at Che Guevara Mausoleum, and finally don't miss a visit to Teatro La Caridad.

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You can drive from Cayo Guillermo to Santa Clara in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Cayo Guillermo in March since evenings lows in Santa Clara dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Santa Clara

Parks

Trinidad

— 3 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.
Trinidad is known for beaches, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, take in the awesome beauty at Topes de Collantes, examine the collection at Romance Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convento de San Francisco de Asis.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Trinidad trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Clara to Trinidad takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Trinidad can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Trinidad

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
On the 14th (Mon), admire the striking features of Palacio de Valle, then take in the dramatic scenery at El Nicho Waterfalls, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Guanaroca Lagoon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Santiago Hermes, get a sense of history and politics at Museo de las Artes Palacio Ferrer, make a trip to Parque Jose Marti, view the masterpieces at Poco Bonito, then pause for some photo ops at Estatua de Benny More, and finally take a stroll through Punta Gorda.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cienfuegos trip builder website.

Drive from Trinidad to Cienfuegos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Cienfuegos are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Cayo Largo

— 3 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 16th (Wed), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Playa Paraiso. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Sirena Beach, stroll through Punta Mal Tiempo, head off the coast to Cayo Rico, and look for all kinds of wild species at El Torreon Nursery.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cayo Largo day trip planning app.

Traveling by bus from Cienfuegos to Cayo Largo takes 3.5 hours. In March in Cayo Largo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can fly to Varadero.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Varadero

— 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Varadero side-trips: Matanzas (Parque de la Libertad, Cuevas de Bellamar, &more) and Cardenas Cathedral (in Cardenas). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Varadero Beach, examine the collection at House of Rum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia Santa Elvira, and walk around Josone Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Varadero trip builder app.

You can fly from Cayo Largo to Varadero in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Cayo Largo in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Varadero, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Vinales.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Vinales

— 2 nights
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): make a trip to Mural de la Prehistoria, then Head underground at Cuevas de Santo Tomas, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Valle de Vinales. On the next day, trot along with a tour on horseback and then stroll through Cayo Jutias.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Vinales travel planner.

Drive from Varadero to Vinales in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Vinales can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Havana.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Havana

— 7 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: don't miss a visit to Malecón of Havana, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, get to know the fascinating history of Old Havana, and contemplate the long history of El Morro.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Havana trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Vinales to Havana takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Neighborhoods

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.