36 days in Cuba Itinerary

36 days in Cuba Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cuba trip planner

Make it your trip
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Holguin
— 4 nights
Drive
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Santiago de Cuba
— 3 nights
Fly
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Havana
— 7 nights
Drive
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Vinales
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Varadero
— 4 nights
Fly
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Cayo Largo
— 2 nights
Bus
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Cienfuegos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Trinidad
— 4 nights
Drive
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Santa Clara
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Cayo Santa Maria
— 1 night
Drive
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Cayo Coco
— 1 night
Drive
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Cayo Guillermo
— 1 night
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Holguin: Catedral Del Santisimo Salvador De Bayamo (in Manzanillo), Bayamo (Paseo Bayames, Casa Natal De Carlos Manuel De Cespedes, &more) and Gibara (Museo de Historia Natural, Bateria de Fernando VII, &more). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Esmeralda, learn the secrets of production at Fabrica de Organos, stroll through Guardalavaca Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Holguin trip planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Holguin is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Holguin is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Tel Aviv in October, you will find days in Holguin are a bit warmer (37°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santiago de Cuba

— 3 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.
Step out of Santiago de Cuba to go to El Cobre and see El Cobre Basilica, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca, steep yourself in history at Moncada Barracks, and examine the collection at Emilio Bacardi Moreau Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Santiago de Cuba tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Holguin to Santiago de Cuba in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Havana.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Historic Sites · Spas · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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: get to know the fascinating history of Malecón of Havana, contemplate the long history of Old Square (Plaza Vieja), make a trip to El Capitolio, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

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

Fly from Santiago de Cuba to Havana in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in October, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Vinales.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

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 25th (Mon): appreciate the views at Valle de Vinales, make a trip to Mural de la Prehistoria, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cuevas de Santo Tomas. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then step off the mainland to explore Cayo Levisa.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Vinales trip tool.

You can drive from Havana to Vinales in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Vinales are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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 (Afroatenas Callejon de las Tradiciones, Pharmaceutical Museum, &more) and Cardenas Cathedral (in Cardenas). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Artecru, Head underground at Cueva de Saturno, and stroll through Cayos Blancos.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Varadero day trip planning website.

Getting from Vinales to Varadero by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in October, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

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 31st (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Hatchery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sirena Beach, and then kick back and relax at Playa Blanca Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Paraiso.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cayo Largo trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Varadero to Cayo Largo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Cayo Largo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Cienfuegos

— 3 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.
Cienfuegos is known for nature, beaches, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Parque Jose Marti, do sightseeing your way with Caribbean Pearl Tours, take in the dramatic scenery at El Nicho Waterfalls, and get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Santiago Hermes.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cienfuegos trip planner.

Take a bus from Cayo Largo to Cienfuegos in 3.5 hours. In November in Cienfuegos, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

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.
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, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convento de San Francisco de Asis, appreciate the views at San Luis Valley, and get outside with Trinidad Sightseeing.

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You can drive from Cienfuegos to Trinidad in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Trinidad can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Santa Clara.

Things to do in Trinidad

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Clara

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): make a trip to Statue of Che Guevara Holding a Child, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Santa Clara de Asis, then appreciate the history behind Che Guevara Mausoleum, and finally don't miss a visit to NaturArte. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Israeli Cemetery of the Hebrew Community of Santa Clara, then pause for some photo ops at Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado, then identify plant and animal life at Loma del Capiro, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San Juan Batista.

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Traveling by car from Trinidad to Santa Clara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Cayo Santa Maria.

Things to do in Santa Clara

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Cayo Santa Maria

— 1 night
An island off Cuba's north central coast, Cayo Santa Maria has become known for its long sandy beaches and all inclusive resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de las Gaviotas, identify plant and animal life at Acuario-Delfinario Cayo Santa Maria, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cayo Santa Maria.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cayo Santa Maria trip maker app.

Drive from Santa Clara to Cayo Santa Maria in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Cayo Santa Maria when traveling from Santa Clara in November, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Cayo Coco.

Things to do in Cayo Santa Maria

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Cayo Coco

— 1 night
White sand beaches and calm waters have led to booming tourism in Cayo Coco, one of the main islands of the Jardines Del Rey archipelago.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for all kinds of wild species at Birdwatching with Paulino Lopez Delgado, and then soothe aching muscles at Acuavida Spa Talaso.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cayo Coco trip planning website.

You can drive from Cayo Santa Maria to Cayo Coco in 3.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Cayo Coco can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Cayo Coco

Wildlife · Parks · Spas · Outdoors

Cayo Guillermo

— 1 night
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 13th (Sat): get close to the beloved marine mammals with Delfinario, kick back and relax at Playa Pilar, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cayo Guillermo.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Cayo Guillermo tour planner.

Cayo Guillermo is just a short distance from Cayo Coco. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Cuba travel guide

4.4
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.