8 days in Cuba Itinerary

8 days in Cuba Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cuba trip itinerary builder

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Havana
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Clara
— 1 night
Drive
3
Cienfuegos
— 1 night
Drive
4
Sancti Spiritus
Drive
5
Camaguey
— 1 night
Drive
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Trinidad
— 1 night
Drive
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Holguin
— 2 nights
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Havana

— 1 night

Rome of the Caribbean

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
On the 26th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Revolution Plaza Havana, appreciate the extensive heritage of Malecón of Havana, and then contemplate the long history of Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Havana Cathedral, make a trip to Plaza de la Catedral, steep yourself in history at Old Square (Plaza Vieja), then contemplate the long history of El Morro, and finally don't miss a visit to Paseo del Prado.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Havana trip site.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Havana is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Havana due to the time zone difference. In June, Havana is a bit warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Clara.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites

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 28th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Teatro La Caridad, appreciate the history behind Che Guevara Mausoleum, and then pause for some photo ops at Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Santa Clara trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Havana to Santa Clara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June in Santa Clara, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cienfuegos.

Cienfuegos

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): shop like a local with CasaHuella Lisbet Studio and then don't miss a visit to Parque Jose Marti.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cienfuegos online route builder.

You can drive from Santa Clara to Cienfuegos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sancti Spiritus.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Shopping · Museums

Sancti Spiritus

Sancti Spíritus is a municipality and capital city of the province of Sancti Spíritus in central Cuba and one of the oldest Cuban European settlements. On the 29th (Tue), snap pictures at Puente Yayabo and then admire the striking features of Parque Serafin Sanchez.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sancti Spiritus online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cienfuegos to Sancti Spiritus takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Cienfuegos in June, Sancti Spiritus is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Camaguey.

Things to do in Sancti Spiritus

Parks
Highlights from your trip

Camaguey

— 1 night
Camaguey encompasses the central section of Cuba and remains largely agricultural, its economy dependent on small-scale cattle raising and fruit production.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): make a trip to Camaguey Centro, steep yourself in history at Iglesia Nuestra Señora De La Merced, don't miss a visit to Gallery Larios, then get to know the fascinating history of Parque Ignacio Agramonte, then get to know the fascinating history of Plaza del Carmen, and finally view the masterpieces at Martha Jimenez's Studio Workshop.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Camaguey online holiday planner.

Drive from Sancti Spiritus to Camaguey in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Camaguey when traveling from Sancti Spiritus in June, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Camaguey

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Trinidad

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): examine the collection at Museo de Historia Municipal, make a trip to Plaza Mayor, examine the collection at Romance Museum, then see the interesting displays at Colonial Architecture Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ancon Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Trinidad online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Camaguey to Trinidad takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Camaguey in June, Trinidad is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Holguin.

Things to do in Trinidad

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

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.
On the 2nd (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Guardalavaca Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Esmeralda, and then stroll through Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Holguin travel route planning site.

Traveling by car from Trinidad to Holguin takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July, daily temperatures in Holguin can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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.