20 days in Cuba Itinerary

20 days in Cuba Itinerary

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Havana
— 3 nights
Drive
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Soroa
— Few hours
Drive
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Pinar del Rio
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Vinales
— 1 day
Drive
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Playa Larga
— 1 night
Drive
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Cienfuegos
— Few hours
Drive
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Trinidad
— 1 night
Drive
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Sancti Spiritus
— Few hours
Drive
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Santa Clara
— 1 night
Drive
10
Matanzas
— Few hours
Drive
11
Varadero
— 11 nights
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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.
Here are some ideas for day two: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, contemplate the long history of Old Square (Plaza Vieja), steep yourself in history at Castillo de la Real Fuerza, make a trip to Plaza de Armas, then don't miss a visit to Malecón of Havana, and finally appreciate the history behind Neptune Statue.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Havana trip planner.

Bratislava, Slovakia to Havana is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Cuba Standard Time (CST) is minus 6 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Bratislava in April; daily highs in Havana reach 36°C and lows reach 22°C. You will leave for Soroa on the 12th (Sun).

Things to do in Havana

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Soroa

You've now added Soroa Orchid Botanical Garden to your itinerary. On the 12th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Soroa Orchid Botanical Garden.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Soroa journey planner.

You can drive from Havana to Soroa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Soroa are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Pinar del Rio.

Things to do in Soroa

Parks
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Pinar del Rio

Pinar del Río is a Cuban city, capital of Pinar del Río Province. For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Pinar del Rio trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Soroa to Pinar del Rio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Pinar del Rio can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. You will leave for Vinales on the 13th (Mon).

Things to do in Pinar del Rio

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Vinales

Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Vinales online journey planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Pinar del Rio to Vinales takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 24°C. On the 13th (Mon), you're off to Playa Larga.

Things to do in Vinales

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 14:

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Playa Larga

Your day by day itinerary now includes Criadero De Cocodrilos.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Playa Larga online trip builder.

You can drive from Vinales to Playa Larga in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. April in Playa Larga sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Playa Larga

Wildlife · Parks
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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), admire the striking features of Palacio de Valle and then don't miss a visit to Parque Jose Marti.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cienfuegos trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Playa Larga to Cienfuegos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. April in Cienfuegos sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Historic Sites
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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.
To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Trinidad vacation planner.

Getting from Cienfuegos to Trinidad by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April in Trinidad, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. You'll set off for Sancti Spiritus on the 15th (Wed).

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nightlife
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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. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo, then take in the views from Puente Yayabo, and then admire the striking features of Parque Serafin Sanchez.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sancti Spiritus route builder website.

Traveling by car from Trinidad to Sancti Spiritus takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Clara.

Things to do in Sancti Spiritus

Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 16:

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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.
To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Santa Clara journey planning website.

You can drive from Sancti Spiritus to Santa Clara in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. April in Santa Clara sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C at night. On the 16th (Thu), you're off to Matanzas.

Things to do in Santa Clara

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Museums · Parks
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Matanzas

City of Bridges

Though located near a popular tourist resort, Matanzas remains a relatively small town with a strong cultural heritage.
To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Matanzas trip builder app.

Drive from Santa Clara to Matanzas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Matanzas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. On the 16th (Thu), you're off to Varadero.

Things to do in Matanzas

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
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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.
Let the collections at Artecru and Taller de Ceramica Artistica capture your imagination. Visiting Varahicacos Ecological Reserve and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at House of Rum, take in the waterfront activity at Plaza Las Morlas, hunt for treasures at Varadero Street Market, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Delfinario.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Varadero online road trip planner.

Drive from Matanzas to Varadero in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Varadero, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. On the 27th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Varadero

Museums · Shopping · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.