30 days in Cuba, United States & Mexico Itinerary

30 days in Cuba, United States & Mexico Itinerary

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30 days in Cuba, United States & Mexico Itinerary

Start: Wellington, New Zealand
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Houston, United States
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Lake Charles, United States
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
New Orleans, United States
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h
4
Havana, Cuba
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Vinales, Cuba
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Playa Giron, Cuba
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Trinidad, Cuba
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Santa Clara, Cuba
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Havana, Cuba
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
10
Merida, Mexico
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

2
nights
Houston, United States

Houston
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
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Wellington, New Zealand to Houston is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Wellington to Houston due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Wellington in June, things will get warmer in Houston: highs are around 39°C and lows about 28°C. On the 21st (Sun), you'll travel to Lake Charles.

Things to do in Houston

Parks Museums Outdoors

1
night
Lake Charles, United States

Lake Charles
Lake Charles is a brackish lake located on the Calcasieu River in Southwest Louisiana, United States, situated almost entirely within the Lake Charles city limits. To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lake Charles trip planner .

Drive from Houston to Lake Charles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Lake Charles

Museums Parks Outdoors

5
nights
New Orleans, United States

New Orleans
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
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Traveling by car from Lake Charles to New Orleans takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Lake Charles, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in New Orleans, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 33°C. On the 28th (Sun), you're off toMexico City.

Things to do in New Orleans

Tours Nightlife Outdoors

3
nights
Havana, Cuba

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
On the 30th (Tue), make a trip to El Capitolio and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Revolution Plaza, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion), then steep yourself in history at Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana, and finally appreciate the history behind Neptune Statue.

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Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Havana takes 4 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Havana is 1 hour. Traveling from Mexico City in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Havana: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Vinales.

Things to do in Havana

Tours Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana ©
El Capitolio ©
El Capitolio

1
day
Vinales, Cuba

Vinales ©
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cayo Jutias Tour. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): get a dose of the wild on Cayo Jutias Tour, find something for the whole family at Palenque de los Cimarrones, and then admire the verdant scenery at Valle de Vinales.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Vinales day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Havana to Vinales takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July in Vinales, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Playa Giron.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Cayo Jutias Tour ©
Cayo Jutias Tour
Palenque de los Cimarrones ©
Palenque de los Cimarrones

2
nights
Playa Giron, Cuba

Playa Giron ©
Playa Giron is known for museums, beaches, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Bay of Pigs, see the interesting displays at Museo Giron, get outside with Punta Perdiz, and enjoy the sand and surf at Caleta Buena.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Playa Giron travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Vinales to Playa Giron in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Playa Giron

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Bay of Pigs
Highlights from your plan
Punta Perdiz ©
Punta Perdiz
Bay of Pigs ©
Bay of Pigs
Museo Giron ©
Museo Giron

2
nights
Trinidad, Cuba

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.
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Traveling by car from Playa Giron to Trinidad takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. You will leave for Santa Clara on the 7th (Tue).

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Tours Outdoors

2
nights
Santa Clara, Cuba

Santa Clara ©
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 7th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Teatro La Caridad, appreciate the history behind Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado, then walk around Parque Leoncio Vidal, then pause for some photo ops at Che Guevara Mausoleum, and finally appreciate the history behind Statue of Che Guevara Holding a Child. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Loma del Capiro, then go for a walk through Iglesia de San Juan Batista, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Santa Clara de Asis.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Santa Clara attractions planning site .

Getting from Trinidad to Santa Clara by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Santa Clara, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Havana.

Things to do in Santa Clara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Iglesia de San Juan Batista
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia de San Juan Batista ©
Iglesia de San Juan Batista
Che Guevara Mausoleum ©
Che Guevara Mausoleum

2
nights
Havana, Cuba

On the 9th (Thu), take a stroll through Fusterlandia, admire the landmark architecture of Havana Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Wifredo Lam Center, then steep yourself in history at Finca Vigía, and finally take a stroll through Callejon de Hamel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, take some stellar pictures from José Martí Memorial, then steep yourself in history at Castillo de la Real Fuerza, and finally admire the striking features of Bacardi Building.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Havana online route maker .

Traveling by car from Santa Clara to Havana takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Sat) before leaving for Merida.

Things to do in Havana

Tours Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Castillo de la Real Fuerza ©
Castillo de la Real Fuerza
Callejon de Hamel ©
Callejon de Hamel

5
nights
Merida, Mexico

Merida ©
Yucatan's busy capital, Merida remains a mid-sized urban center offering an impressive list of cultural activities, eclectic nightlife, and a chance to see tropical examples of French and Italian architecture.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Merida: Valladolid (Catedral de San Servasio & Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico -- MUREM), Uxmal (in Uxmal) and Chichen Itza (Cenote Ik kil & Chichen Itza). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Ruta Puuc, pause for some serene contemplation at Convento de San Antonio de Padua, wander the wide-open spaces of Hacienda Sotuta de Peon, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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You can fly from Havana to Merida in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Havana in July: highs in Merida hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Chichen Itza, Valladolid, Cenote Hubiku, Convento de San Antonio de Padua, Uxmal
Highlights from your plan
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Ruta Puuc ©
Ruta Puuc

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