35 days in Cuba Itinerary

35 days in Cuba Itinerary

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35 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Port of Spain, Trinidad
Fly:  13 h 15 min
1
Santiago de Cuba
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Holguin
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Camaguey
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Trinidad
— 6 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Varadero
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Havana
— 12 nights
Fly + Bus:  5 h 15 min
End: Port of Spain, Trinidad

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca and Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. Visit El Cobre Basilica and La Gran Piedra (The Big Rock) for their historical value. Step out of Santiago de Cuba to go to El Cobre and see Basilica de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, examine the collection at Emilio Bacardi Moreau Museum, get engrossed in the history at Casa de Diego Velazquez, and steep yourself in history at Moncada Barracks.

To see where to stay, maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read Santiago de Cuba online travel route planner .

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago to Santiago de Cuba is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time to Cuba Standard Time is minus 1 hour. November in Santiago de Cuba sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Holguin.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

El Cobre
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Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca ©
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca
El Cobre Basilica ©
El Cobre Basilica

4
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.
Relax by the water at Playa Esmeralda and Guardalavaca Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Hill of the Cross (Loma de la Cruz) and Parque Calixto Garcia. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Holguin: Bateria de Fernando VII (in Gibara), Catedral Del Santisimo Salvador De Bayamo (in Manzanillo) and Casa Natal De Carlos Manuel De Cespedes (in Bayamo). There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Cayo Saetia Island, don't miss a visit to Plaza de La Marqueta, visit Fabrica de Organos, and identify plant and animal life at Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Holguin journey planner.

Getting from Santiago de Cuba to Holguin by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Camaguey.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trips

Catedral Del Santisimo Salvador De Bayamo, Casa Natal De Carlos Manuel De Cespedes, Bateria de Fernando VII
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Playa Esmeralda ©
Playa Esmeralda
Guardalavaca Beach ©
Guardalavaca Beach

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Plaza San Juan de Dios and Martha Jimenez's Studio Workshop. Step off the beaten path and head to Plaza del Carmen and Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Camaguey Centro, enjoy the sand and surf at Coco Beach, make a trip to Gallery Larios, and walk around Parque Ignacio Agramonte.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Camaguey trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Holguin to Camaguey takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Camaguey can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Camaguey

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

6
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Convento de San Francisco de Asis and Ruinas de Ingenio San Isidro de los Destiladeros. Explore hidden gems such as Iglesia de San Juan Batista and Parque el Cubano. Get out of town with these interesting Trinidad side-trips: Museo de Agroindustria Azucarera (in Remedios) and Cienfuegos (Guanaroca Lagoon, Palacio de Valle, &more). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ancon Beach, don't miss a visit to Trinidad de Cuba, examine the collection at Museo de Historia Municipal, and look for gifts at Casa del Alfarero.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Trinidad trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Camaguey to Trinidad in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Trinidad sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Varadero.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Cienfuegos, Remedios, Trinidad de Cuba
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Iglesia de San Juan Batista ©
Iglesia de San Juan Batista
Convento de San Francisco de Asis ©
Convento de San Francisco de Asis
Palacio de Valle ©
Palacio de Valle

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cueva de Ambrosio and Mi Casa Beatles. Visit Varadero Beach and Coral Beach - Playa Coral for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Varadero: Matanzas (Cuevas de Bellamar, Pharmaceutical Museum, &more). And it doesn't end there: play a few rounds at Varadero Golf Club, enjoy the sand and surf at Cayos Blancos, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Delfinario.

To find where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Varadero online route planner .

You can drive from Trinidad to Varadero in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Havana.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Matanzas
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cueva de Ambrosio ©
Cueva de Ambrosio
Iglesia Santa Elvira ©
Iglesia Santa Elvira

12
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Get some historical perspective at Malecón of Havana and Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Havana and Old Square (Plaza Vieja). Get out of town with these interesting Havana side-trips: Cayo Largo (Sirena Beach, Playa Paraiso, &more). There's still lots to do: visit Central Havana, contemplate the long history of Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana, see the interesting displays at Taquechel Pharmacy Museum, and make a trip to Revolution Plaza.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Havana trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Varadero to Havana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daytime highs in Havana are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Cayo Largo, Espiritu Santo Church (Iglesia Del Espiritu Santo)
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Old Havana ©
Old Havana
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales ©
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales

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