12 days in Cuba Itinerary

12 days in Cuba Itinerary

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Fly
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Holguin
— 1 night
Fly
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Havana
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cienfuegos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Trinidad
— 4 nights
Drive
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Varadero
— 2 nights
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Holguin

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 10th (Fri), stroll around Parque Calixto Garcia and then stroll around BioParque Rocazul. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Museo El Chorro de Maíta.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Holguin travel itinerary planner.

Toronto, Canada to Holguin is an approximately 7-hour flight. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Toronto in September; daily highs in Holguin reach 38°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Havana.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks · Historic Sites
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Havana

Rome of the Caribbean

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 11th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Bacardi Building and then make a trip to Plaza de Armas. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Central Havana and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Havana trip website.

Traveling by flight from Holguin to Havana takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Havana sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Havana

Tours · Neighborhoods · Parks
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2
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Cienfuegos

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.
On the 14th (Tue), explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Tomas Acea, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Purisima Concepcion, and then explore the historical opulence of Jagua Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): make a trip to Parque Jose Marti, admire the striking features of Palacio de Valle, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Delfinario de Cienfuegos.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Cienfuegos trip site.

Traveling by car from Havana to Cienfuegos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Cienfuegos can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Trinidad de Cuba and Colonial Architecture Museum. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Convento de San Francisco de Asis, view the masterpieces at YuditVidalFaife, stroll around Parque Central Cespedes, and look for all kinds of wild species at Parque el Cubano.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Trinidad road trip website.

Traveling by car from Cienfuegos to Trinidad takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September in Trinidad, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Trinidad

Wildlife · Tours · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): hunt for treasures at Varadero Street Market and then look for all kinds of wild species at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia Santa Elvira, then snap pictures at Puente de Bacunayagua, and then see the interesting displays at Pharmaceutical Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Varadero trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Trinidad to Varadero in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 25°C. You'll set off for home on the 21st (Tue).

Things to do in Varadero

Wildlife · Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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.