49 days in Cuba Itinerary

49 days in Cuba Itinerary

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49 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Havana
1
Havana
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Vinales
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Havana
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Cienfuegos
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Santa Clara
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Topes de Collantes
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Camaguey
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
8
Santiago de Cuba
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Holguin
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
10
Ciego de Avila
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
Trinidad
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
12
Havana
— 7 nights
End: Havana

2
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Santa Maria del Rosario, admire the masterpieces at Casa del Benemerito de las Americas Benito Juarez, then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Artes Decorativas, then stop by El Barrio Chino (Chinatown), and finally see the interesting displays at Museo de la Farmacia Habanera. On the next day, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, examine the collection at Museo Biblioteca Servando Cabrera, explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then take an in-depth tour of Casa Museo de la Barberia, then see the interesting displays at Drogeria Johnson, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of El Templete.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Havana online visit planner .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are José Martí International Airport, Juan Gualberto Gomez International Airport and Vilo Acuña International Airport. In January in Havana, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Vinales.

Things to do in Havana

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Museo de Artes Decorativas ©
Museo de Artes Decorativas
Scuba & Snorkeling
El Barrio Chino (Chinatown) ©
El Barrio Chino (Chinatown)

8
nights
Vinales

Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Get some cultural insight at Palenque de los Cimarrones and Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Horseback Riding Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Vinales side-trips: San Diego de los Banos (Hacienda Cortina & Cueva de los Portales), Pinar del Rio (Alejandro Robaina Tobacco Plantation, La Catedral de Pinar del Rio (Catedral de San Rosendo), &more) and Minas de Matahambre (Fbrica Dei Sigari & Cayo Jutias). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Vinales, explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva de la Vaca, get outside with Parque Prehistorico, Referencia Nacional, and head off the coast to Cayo Levisa.

To find maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Vinales online tour planner .

You can drive from Havana to Vinales in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Vinales are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. On the 19th (Sun), you're off to Havana.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Pinar del Rio, Minas de Matahambre, San Diego de los Banos, Cayo Levisa, La Guira National Park
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cayo Jutias ©
Cayo Jutias
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
Havana

Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Fort San Salvador (Castillo De San Salvador De La Punta), then see the interesting displays at Museo del Chocolate, and then wander the streets of Central Havana.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Havana trip planner.

Drive from Vinales to Havana in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Havana

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Las Terrazas Complex
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Central Havana
Central Havana
Las Terrazas Complex ©
Las Terrazas Complex

4
nights
Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos ©
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.
Visiting Guanaroca Lagoon and Rancho Luna Beach will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Palacio de Valle and Delfinario de Cienfuegos. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Ferrer Palace, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Purisima Concepcion, learn about all things military at Museo Historico Naval de Cienfuegos, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Tomas Acea.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cienfuegos online holiday planner .

You can drive from Havana to Cienfuegos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 21°C. You'll set off for Santa Clara on the 25th (Sat).

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Museo Historico Naval Nacional
Highlights from your plan
Galeria Santiago Hermes ©
Galeria Santiago Hermes
Palacio de Valle ©
Palacio de Valle
Guanaroca Lagoon ©
Guanaroca Lagoon

4
nights
Santa Clara

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Iglesia de San Juan Batista and Museo de Agroindustria Azucarera. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cayo Santa Maria and Playa Cayo Santa Maria. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Clara side-trips: Museo Parrandas Remedianas (in Remedios), Parque natural Rancho Querete (in Yaguajay) and Cayo Santa Maria (Plaza Las Dunas, Playa de las Gaviotas, &more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Teatro La Caridad, appreciate the history behind Parque Albarran, admire the striking features of Fabrica de Tabacos Costantino Perez Carrodegua, and head off the coast to Cayerias Del Norte.

For where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Santa Clara vacation maker app .

Traveling by car from Cienfuegos to Santa Clara takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in Santa Clara sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. You will leave for Topes de Collantes on the 29th (Wed).

Things to do in Santa Clara

Parks Spas Outdoors

Side Trips

Cayo Santa Maria, Remedios, Caibarien, Parque Albarran, Parque natural Rancho Querete
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia de San Juan Batista ©
Iglesia de San Juan Batista
Cayo Santa Maria ©
Cayo Santa Maria
Museo de Agroindustria Azucarera ©
Museo de Agroindustria Azucarera

3
nights
Topes de Collantes

Topes de Collantes ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): head outdoors with Parque Guanayara. On the next day, get a taste of the local shopping with Museo de Arte Cubano, take in the dramatic scenery at Vegas Grande Waterfall, then take in the awesome beauty at Topes de Collantes, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Salto de Javira.

For photos and tourist information, go to the Topes de Collantes vacation planner.

You can drive from Santa Clara to Topes de Collantes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Santa Clara in January since evenings lows in Topes de Collantes dip to 32°C. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Camaguey.

Things to do in Topes de Collantes

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Parque Guanayara
Highlights from your plan
Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes
Vegas Grande Waterfall ©
Vegas Grande Waterfall
Salto de Javira ©
Salto de Javira

3
nights
Camaguey

Camaguey ©
Camaguey encompasses the central section of Cuba and remains largely agricultural, its economy dependent on small-scale cattle raising and fruit production.
Plaza del Carmen and Parque Ignacio Agramonte are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Plaza San Juan de Dios and Rancho King Touristic Farm. There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Camaguey Centro, see the interesting displays at Museo Provincial General Ignacio Agramonte, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen, and take in the exciting artwork at Martha Jimenez's Studio Workshop.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Camaguey trip planner.

Traveling by car from Topes de Collantes to Camaguey takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in February, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Camaguey

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Iglecia de san juan de dios ©
Iglecia de san juan de dios
Plaza del Carmen ©
Plaza del Carmen
Plaza San Juan de Dios ©
Plaza San Juan de Dios

5
nights
Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Comandancia de la plata and Granma Island (Cayo Granma). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca and Sugar Cane Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santiago de Cuba: El Cobre (Basilica de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre & El Cobre Basilica) and Guantanamo (Catedral de Santa Catalina de Ricci & Zoologico de Piedra). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Parque Nacional de Baconao, kick back and relax at Playa El Verraco, stroll through Siboney Beach, and learn about all things military at Museo de la Lucha Clandestina.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Santiago de Cuba trip planner.

Getting from Camaguey to Santiago de Cuba by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Holguin.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Guantanamo, El Cobre, First Coffee Plantations in the Southeast of Cuba, Cobre, Rancho El Dajao
Highlights from your plan
Comandancia de la plata ©
Comandancia de la plata
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca ©
El Cobre Basilica ©
El Cobre Basilica

3
nights
Holguin

Holguin ©
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.
To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Holguin trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Santiago de Cuba to Holguin in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in February, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Ciego de Avila.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bayamo, Playa Blanca, Las Guanas Eco-Archaeologic Trail, Parque Monumento Nacional Bariay
Highlights from your plan
Playa Esmeralda ©
Playa Esmeralda
Museo El Chorro de Maíta ©
Museo El Chorro de Maíta
Wax Museum ©
Wax Museum

3
nights
Ciego de Avila

Ciego de Avila ©
Ciego de Ávila is a city in the central part of Cuba and the capital of Ciego de Ávila Province. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cayo Media Luna and Laguna La Redonda. Take a break from the city and head to Birdwatching with Paulino Lopez Delgado and Playa Pilar. Get out of town with these interesting Ciego de Avila side-trips: Moron (Laguna de la Leche & Galeria Pauyet), Cayo Guillermo (in Cayo Guillermo) and Rocarena Climbing Center (in Cayo Coco). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Salto del Guayabo Waterfall, examine the collection at Fundacion Alejo Carpentier, gain insight at University of Ciego de Avila, and look for all kinds of wild species at Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ciego de Avila online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Holguin to Ciego de Avila in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in Ciego de Avila

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Cuba, Moron, Cayo Guillermo, Cayo Coco
Highlights from your plan
Cayo Media Luna ©
Cayo Media Luna
Laguna de la Leche ©
Laguna de la Leche

3
nights
Trinidad

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.
You've now added Casa de la Musica to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn and have fun at Casa de la Musica.

To see traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Trinidad trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Ciego de Avila to Trinidad in 3 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. On the 19th (Wed), you're off to Havana.

Things to do in Trinidad

Nightlife Classes
Highlights from your plan
Casa de la Musica ©
Casa de la Musica

7
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Get some cultural insight at Museo Napoleonico and Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Coral Beach - Playa Coral and Cuevas de Bellamar. Explore Havana's surroundings by going to Playa de Jibacoa (in Santa Cruz del Norte), Varadero (Scuba & Snorkeling & Cactus Patriarch) and Matanzas (Puente de Bacunayagua, Boca de Guama, &more). See even more of Havana: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, make a trip to Sculpture Conversation, contemplate the waterfront views at Banos del San Juan, and step into the grandiose world of Castillo en Las Nubes.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Havana trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Trinidad to Havana takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Matanzas, Soroa, Varadero, Las Terrazas, Cardenas Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Coral Beach - Playa Coral ©
Coral Beach - Playa Coral
Cuevas de Bellamar ©
Cuevas de Bellamar

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