21 days in Cuba Itinerary

21 days in Cuba Itinerary

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21 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Manama
Fly:  21 h
1
Havana
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Varadero
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Vinales
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
4
Santa Clara
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
5
Cayo Largo
— 2 nights
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  9 h 30 min
6
Trinidad
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
7
Cayo Guillermo
— 1 night
+3
Taxi + Train + Taxi + Fly:  5 h 30 min
8
Havana
— 2 nights
Fly:  21 h
End: Manama

6
nights
Havana

Havana ©
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: make a trip to Malecón of Havana, get to know the fascinating history of Old Havana, steep yourself in history at Revolution Plaza, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Havana online road trip planner.

Manama, Bahrain to Havana is an approximately 21- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Manama to Havana. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Manama in March since evenings lows in Havana dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Espiritu Santo Church (Iglesia Del Espiritu Santo)
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Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Old Havana ©
Old Havana

2
nights
Varadero

Varadero ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): walk around Josone Park, then kick back and relax at Varadero Beach, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva de Saturno, and finally examine the collection at House of Rum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): get advice or help at Convention Center Plaza America and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cayos Blancos.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, read Varadero trip planner.

Drive from Havana to Varadero in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. In March, daytime highs in Varadero are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Vinales.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cayos Blancos
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cueva de Saturno ©
Cueva de Saturno
Josone Park ©
Josone Park

2
nights
Vinales

Vinales ©
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 20th (Fri): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva del Indio, and then get in on the family fun at Palenque de los Cimarrones. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Mural de la Prehistoria and then admire the verdant scenery at Valle de Vinales.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Vinales travel route planner.

You can drive from Varadero to Vinales in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March in Vinales, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Clara.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks Nature Tours
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Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Horseback Riding Tours
Mural de la Prehistoria ©
Mural de la Prehistoria

2
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.
On the 22nd (Sun), go for a walk through Iglesia de San Juan Batista, then walk around Parque Leoncio Vidal, then pause for some photo ops at Che Guevara Mausoleum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Statue of Che Guevara Holding a Child. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Loma del Capiro, pause for some photo ops at Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado, then stroll the grounds of Israeli Cemetery of the Hebrew Community of Santa Clara, then take an in-depth tour of Museo de Artes Decorativas, and finally make a trip to Teatro La Caridad.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Santa Clara attractions app.

You can drive from Vinales to Santa Clara in 6 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In March, daily temperatures in Santa Clara can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Santa Clara

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Iglesia de San Juan Batista
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Parque Leoncio Vidal ©
Parque Leoncio Vidal
Che Guevara Mausoleum ©
Che Guevara Mausoleum
Statue of Che Guevara Holding a Child ©

2
nights
Cayo Largo

Cayo Largo ©
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 24th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Sirena Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Paraiso. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mal Tiempo.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cayo Largo road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Santa Clara to Cayo Largo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Santa Clara in March, Cayo Largo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): make a trip to Plaza Mayor, examine the collection at Romance Museum, then see the interesting displays at Colonial Architecture Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ancon Beach, and finally contemplate the long history of Valle de los Ingenios. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Topes de Collantes, see the interesting displays at Museo de Historia Municipal, and then don't miss a visit to Trinidad de Cuba.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Trinidad day trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cayo Largo to Trinidad in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in March, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Trinidad de Cuba, Topes de Collantes
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Valle de los Ingenios ©
Valle de los Ingenios
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach

1
night
Cayo Guillermo

Cayo Guillermo
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 28th (Sat): kick back and relax at Cayo Guillermo and then stroll through Playa Pilar.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cayo Guillermo day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Trinidad to Cayo Guillermo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. In March, daytime highs in Cayo Guillermo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa Pilar
Playa Pilar
Cayo Guillermo ©
Cayo Guillermo

2
nights
Havana

Havana ©
On the 29th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional de Belas Artes de Cuba, steep yourself in history at Plaza de San Francisco, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Havana Cathedral, and finally kick back and relax at Playas de Este.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Havana day trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of taxi, train, and flight from Cayo Guillermo to Havana takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Havana when traveling from Cayo Guillermo in March, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
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Finca Vigía ©
Finca Vigía
Museu Nacional de Belas Artes de Cuba ©
Havana Cathedral
Havana Cathedral

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