23 days in Cuba Itinerary

23 days in Cuba Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  15 h
1
Havana
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
2
Vinales
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
3
Minas de Matahambre
— 1 day
Drive:  5 h 30 min
4
Cienfuegos
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Trinidad
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
6
Sancti Spiritus
— 1 day
Drive:  6 h 30 min
7
Holguin
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
8
Santiago de Cuba
— 3 nights
Train + Taxi:  5 h
9
Baracoa
— 1 night
Drive:  10 h
10
Camaguey
— 1 night
Train + Taxi:  3 h 15 min
11
Cayo Guillermo
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Lisbon

4
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Photography Tours, Salsabor a Cuba Dance School, Malecón of Havana, and other attractions you added. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vedado and El Morro. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museo del Ron Havana Club and Taller experimental de Grafica. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Havana, don't miss a visit to Cuba Libro, contemplate the long history of Revolution Plaza Havana, and admire the landmark architecture of Bacardi Building.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Havana trip planning site.

Lisbon, Portugal to Havana is an approximately 14.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time to Cuba Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from Lisbon in November, expect Havana to be somewhat warmer, temps between 33°C and 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Vinales.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral
Central Havana
Central Havana
Vedado ©
Vedado

2
nights
Vinales

Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): trot along with a tour on horseback, then Head underground at Cuevas de Santo Tomas, and then admire the verdant scenery at Valle de Vinales. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Cayo Levisa and then identify plant and animal life at Guanahacabibes Peninsula.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Vinales vacation planner.

Getting from Havana to Vinales by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in November, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Minas de Matahambre.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Pinar del Rio Province
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Horseback Riding Tours
Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Cuevas de Santo Tomas ©
Cuevas de Santo Tomas

1
day
Minas de Matahambre

Minas de Matahambre ©
Minas de Matahambre is a municipality and town in the Pinar del Río Province of Cuba. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): kick back and relax at Cayo Jutias.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Minas de Matahambre trip planner.

You can drive from Vinales to Minas de Matahambre in an hour. In November in Minas de Matahambre, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Minas de Matahambre

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Cayo Jutias ©
Cayo Jutias

1
day
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes El Nicho Waterfalls as well as Palacio de Valle. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at El Nicho Waterfalls, explore the activities along Guanaroca Lagoon, then wander the streets of Punta Gorda, then admire the striking features of Palacio de Valle, and finally make a trip to Parque Jose Marti.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cienfuegos trip site.

Traveling by car from Minas de Matahambre to Cienfuegos takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. November in Cienfuegos sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Nature Parks Neighborhoods
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Palacio de Valle ©
Palacio de Valle
Guanaroca Lagoon ©
Guanaroca Lagoon
El Nicho Waterfalls ©
El Nicho Waterfalls

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo, Parque Central Cespedes and Casa de la Musica. Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Salto del Caburni, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Topes de Collantes, then make a trip to Plaza Mayor, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Ancon Beach, walk around Parque Central Cespedes, take in the dramatic scenery at Parque el Cubano, identify plant and animal life at Valle de los Ingenios, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Convento de San Francisco de Asis.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Trinidad trip maker.

Drive from Cienfuegos to Trinidad in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In November, daytime highs in Trinidad are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Sancti Spiritus.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Topes de Collantes, Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo
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Salto del Caburni ©
Salto del Caburni
Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes
Convento de San Francisco de Asis ©
Convento de San Francisco de Asis

1
day
Sancti Spiritus

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. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Laguna La Redonda, Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra Bandidos and Trinidad de Cuba. On the 27th (Sun), explore the activities along Laguna La Redonda, make a trip to Trinidad de Cuba, and then examine the collection at Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra Bandidos.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sancti Spiritus trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by bus from Trinidad to Sancti Spiritus takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Holguin.

Things to do in Sancti Spiritus

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Laguna La Redonda
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Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra Bandidos ©
Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra Bandidos
Trinidad de Cuba ©
Trinidad de Cuba

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cristobal Colon Park, Cayo Saetia Island and Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Playa Esmeralda, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park, and then head off the coast to Cayo Saetia Island.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Holguin route planner.

Getting from Sancti Spiritus to Holguin by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in November, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Guardalavaca Flea Market
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Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park ©
Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park
Playa Esmeralda ©
Playa Esmeralda
Cayo Saetia Island ©
Cayo Saetia Island

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Casa de las Tradiciones as well as Casa de La Trova. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, head off the coast to Granma Island (Cayo Granma), take a memorable drive along La Gran Piedra (The Big Rock), take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Lucha Clandestina, then take an in-depth tour of Casa de Diego Velazquez, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Casa de La Trova. Here are some ideas for day two: join in the after-dark buzz at Casa de las Tradiciones, step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca, contemplate the long history of Moncada Barracks, then pause for some serene contemplation at El Cobre Basilica, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, and finally stroll around Cespedes Park.

Make your Santiago de Cuba itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Holguin to Santiago de Cuba in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Baracoa.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

El Cobre Basilica
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Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption ©
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca ©
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca
El Cobre Basilica ©
El Cobre Basilica

1
night
Baracoa

Baracoa ©
Baracoa is a municipality and city in Guantánamo Province near the eastern tip of Cuba. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Playa Blanca, Casa de la Trova and El Yunque. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): get outside with El Yunque, then kick back and relax at Playa Blanca, then take in a show at Casa de la Trova, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Baracoa trip maker tool.

Getting from Santiago de Cuba to Baracoa by combination of train and taxi takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Camaguey.

Things to do in Baracoa

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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El Yunque ©
El Yunque
Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion ©
Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion
Casa de la Trova ©
Casa de la Trova

1
night
Camaguey

Camaguey ©
Camaguey encompasses the central section of Cuba and remains largely agricultural, its economy dependent on small-scale cattle raising and fruit production.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Plaza del Carmen as well as Camaguey Centro. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Plaza San Juan de Dios, make a trip to Camaguey Centro, get a taste of the local shopping with Martha Jimenez's Studio Workshop, take in the history at Plaza del Carmen, then kick back and relax at Coco Beach, and finally pick up some local products at Mercado Agropecuario El Rio.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Camaguey trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Baracoa to Camaguey by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. On the 4th (Sun), you'll travel to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Camaguey

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches
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Plaza del Carmen ©
Plaza del Carmen
Plaza San Juan de Dios ©
Plaza San Juan de Dios
Camaguey Centro ©
Camaguey Centro

4
nights
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Pilar and Cayo Guillermo. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Cayo Media Luna.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cayo Guillermo journey planner.

Getting from Camaguey to Cayo Guillermo by combination of train and taxi takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. December in Cayo Guillermo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 8th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

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

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