16 days in Cuba Itinerary

16 days in Cuba Itinerary

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Fly
1
Havana
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Vinales
— 3 nights
Bus to La Habana, Fly to Santiago
3
Santiago de Cuba
— 1 night
Drive
4
Trinidad
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Santa Clara
— 1 night
Drive
6
Cienfuegos
— 1 night
Fly

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi and Vedado. Popular historic sites such as Malecón of Havana and Old Square (Plaza Vieja) are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take an in-depth tour of Fototeca de Cuba, view the masterpieces at Yuniel Delgado Studio, and get a taste of the local shopping with Cubas Historiske Arkiv Asger Jorn paintings.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Havana trip itinerary tool.

Split, Croatia to Havana is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Cuba Standard Time (CST) is minus 6 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Split in September, with highs in Havana at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Vinales.

Things to do in Havana

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 19:

3
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Vinales

Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cayo Jutias and Sea Turtle Hatchery. Get some cultural insight at Valle de Vinales and Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus. Go for a jaunt from Vinales to Cayo Largo to see Sirena Beach about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: trot along with a tour on horseback, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and Head underground at Palenque de los Cimarrones.

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Traveling by car from Havana to Vinales takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September in Vinales, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Vinales

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 22:

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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.
On the 23rd (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca, then get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Lucha Clandestina, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at El Cobre Basilica, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, get engrossed in the history at Casa de Diego Velazquez, then stroll the grounds of Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, then contemplate the long history of Moncada Barracks, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo del Ron.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Santiago de Cuba holiday planning website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Vinales to Santiago de Cuba in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Santiago de Cuba are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Trinidad.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 22 — 24:

2
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Convento de San Francisco de Asis and Ruinas de Ingenio San Isidro de los Destiladeros. Head to YuditVidalFaife and Casa del Alfarerofor some retail therapy. Go for a jaunt from Trinidad to Topes de Collantes to see Museo de Arte Cubano about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Topes de Collantes, get a taste of the local shopping with Basso Art & Souvenir Gallery, examine the collection at Museo de Historia Municipal, and take in the exciting artwork at Galerie D'Art Calleyro.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Trinidad tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Santiago de Cuba to Trinidad by car takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Clara.

Things to do in Trinidad

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 27:

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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 28th (Mon), pause for some photo ops at Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado, look for all kinds of wild species at Loma del Capiro, then take an in-depth tour of Museo de Artes Decorativas, then don't miss a visit to Teatro La Caridad, and finally stroll around Parque Leoncio Vidal.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Clara trip planner.

Traveling by car from Trinidad to Santa Clara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in September, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Santa Clara

Parks · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 28:

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): stroll the grounds of Cementerio Tomas Acea, get a sense of history and politics at Museo de las Artes Palacio Ferrer, shop like a local with Galeria Santiago Hermes, then pause for some photo ops at Estatua de Benny More, and finally wander the streets of Punta Gorda.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cienfuegos trip builder tool.

Drive from Santa Clara to Cienfuegos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Cienfuegos can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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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.