30 days in Cuba Itinerary

30 days in Cuba Itinerary

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Santiago
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Santiago de Cuba
— 3 nights
Drive
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Holguin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cayo Guillermo
— 2 nights
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Cayo Santa Maria
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Clara
— 1 night
Drive
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Trinidad
— 4 nights
Bus
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Cayo Largo
— 3 nights
Fly
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Varadero
— 4 nights
Drive
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Vinales
— 2 nights
Drive
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Havana
— 7 nights
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Santiago de Cuba

— 3 nights
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.
Santiago de Cuba is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, stroll around Cespedes Park, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Ave del Paraiso, and take an in-depth tour of Casa de Diego Velazquez.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Santiago de Cuba attractions planner.

Exeter, UK to Santiago de Cuba is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Cuba Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Holguin.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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Holguin

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Esmeralda, then enjoy the sand and surf at Guardalavaca Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Hill of the Cross (Loma de la Cruz), then make a trip to Cueva de los Panaderos, and then make a trip to Bateria de Fernando VII.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Holguin trip planner.

You can drive from Santiago de Cuba to Holguin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Holguin can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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Cayo Guillermo

— 2 nights
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.
On the 7th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Birdwatching with Paulino Lopez Delgado and then soothe aching muscles at Acuavida Spa Talaso. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Cayo Guillermo, then fulfill a lifelong dream with Delfinario, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Pilar.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cayo Guillermo online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Holguin to Cayo Guillermo takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In January in Cayo Guillermo, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Cayo Santa Maria.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

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Cayo Santa Maria

— 1 night
An island off Cuba's north central coast, Cayo Santa Maria has become known for its long sandy beaches and all inclusive resorts.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): browse the different shops at Plaza La Estrella, look for all kinds of wild species at Acuario-Delfinario Cayo Santa Maria, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cayo Santa Maria.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cayo Santa Maria trip planner.

Travel from Cayo Guillermo to Cayo Santa Maria in 4 hours. In January in Cayo Santa Maria, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Clara.

Things to do in Cayo Santa Maria

Parks · Shopping · Beaches · Outdoors
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Santa Clara

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado, make a trip to Statue of Che Guevara Holding a Child, then make a trip to Teatro La Caridad, then pause for some photo ops at Che Guevara Mausoleum, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Israeli Cemetery of the Hebrew Community of Santa Clara.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Santa Clara vacation planner.

You can drive from Cayo Santa Maria to Santa Clara in 2 hours. Traveling from Cayo Santa Maria in January, plan for little chillier nights in Santa Clara, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Santa Clara

Historic Sites
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Trinidad

— 4 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Trinidad: Cienfuegos (El Nicho Waterfalls, Galeria Santiago Hermes, &more). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Topes de Collantes, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ancon Beach, and steep yourself in history at Valle de los Ingenios.

Plan trip to Trinidad with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Santa Clara to Trinidad in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Clara in January, Trinidad is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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Cayo Largo

— 3 nights
The stress of modern life feels a million miles away when you holiday on Cayo Largo, a small and unspoiled resort island off the coast of Cuba.
On the 15th (Fri), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Playa Paraiso. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Sirena Beach, head off the coast to Cayo Rico, stroll through Playa Blanca Beach, and identify plant and animal life at El Torreon Nursery.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cayo Largo travel route planner.

Take a bus from Trinidad to Cayo Largo in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Trinidad in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Cayo Largo, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Varadero.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:

Varadero

— 4 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Varadero: Matanzas (Club ScubAzul, Afroatenas Callejon de las Tradiciones, &more). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Varadero Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cayos Blancos, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Delfinario, and stroll around Josone Park.

For reviews and tourist information, go to the Varadero trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cayo Largo to Varadero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Cayo Largo in January, expect little chillier with lows of 19°C in Varadero. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Vinales.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 21:

Vinales

— 2 nights
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then appreciate the views at Valle de Vinales, and then Head underground at Palenque de los Cimarrones. On your second day here, make a trip to Mural de la Prehistoria, explore the fascinating underground world of Cuevas de Santo Tomas, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Vinales.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Vinales online holiday maker.

Traveling by car from Varadero to Vinales takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Vinales can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Havana.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 23:

Havana

— 7 nights

Rome of the Caribbean

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Havana is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Malecón of Havana, steep yourself in history at Revolution Plaza Havana, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and make a trip to Old Havana.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Havana trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Vinales to Havana takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 30:

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.