17 days in Cuba Itinerary

17 days in Cuba Itinerary

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17 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Brussels
train + Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Havana
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
2
Vinales
— 2 nights
bus:  7​h 15​min
3
Playa Larga
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
4
Trinidad
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
5
Cienfuegos
— 2 nights
bus:  4​h 45​min
6
Varadero
— 2 nights
shuttle:  2​h
7
Havana
— 1 night
Fly + train:  13​h 30​min
End: Brussels

2
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
On the 10th (Sun), explore the different monuments and memorials at Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon), don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Catedral, then steep yourself in history at Old Square (Plaza Vieja), then wander the streets of Central Havana, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Arte Continua. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Santa Maria del Mar, then appreciate the extensive heritage of El Malecon, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playas de Este.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Havana road trip site .

Brussels, Belgium to Havana is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Brussels to Havana. In March, Havana is much warmer than Brussels - with highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Vinales.

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Old Square (Plaza Vieja) ©
Old Square (Plaza Vieja)
Central Havana
Central Havana
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana

2
nights
Vinales

Vinales ©
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): appreciate the views at Valle de Vinales, get engrossed in the history at Provincial Museum Of Pinar Del Rio, then identify plant and animal life at Guanahacabibes Peninsula, and finally experience rural life at Alejandro Robaina Tobacco Plantation. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Cuevas de Santo Tomas and then kick back and relax at Cayo Jutias.

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You can drive from Havana to Vinales in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. March in Vinales sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Larga.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Pinar del Rio, Cayo Jutias, Guanahacabibes Peninsula
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Cayo Jutias ©
Cayo Jutias
Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Guanahacabibes Peninsula ©
Guanahacabibes Peninsula

2
nights
Playa Larga

Playa Larga ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Larga and then identify plant and animal life at Zapata Swamp. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Museo Giron and then stroll through Caleta Buena.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Playa Larga travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Vinales to Playa Larga in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Playa Larga

Parks Beaches Outdoors

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Playa Giron
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Zapata Swamp ©
Zapata Swamp
Playa Larga
Playa Larga
Museo Giron ©
Museo Giron

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Salto del Caburni and Playa Maria Aguilar. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ancon Beach and Plaza Mayor. When in Trinidad, make a side trip to see Museo de Agroindustria Azucarera in Remedios, approximately 1h 55 min away. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Topes de Collantes, don't miss a visit to Ruinas de Ingenio San Isidro de los Destiladeros, head outdoors with Parque Guanayara, and examine the collection at Museo de Historia Municipal.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Trinidad trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Playa Larga to Trinidad by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. March in Trinidad sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Maria Aguilar, Topes de Collantes, Museo de Agroindustria Azucarera, Parque Guanayara
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Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes
Salto del Caburni ©
Salto del Caburni
Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach

2
nights
Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos ©
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 20th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at El Nicho Waterfalls, then get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Santiago Hermes, then don't miss a visit to Parque Jose Marti, and finally take a stroll through Punta Gorda. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ponder the world of politics at Ferrer Palace and then kick back and relax at Rancho Luna Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cienfuegos travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Trinidad to Cienfuegos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In March, daily temperatures in Cienfuegos can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. On the 21st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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El Nicho Waterfalls ©
El Nicho Waterfalls
Rancho Luna Beach ©
Rancho Luna Beach
Punta Gorda ©
Punta Gorda

2
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.
On the 22nd (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach, examine the collection at Pharmaceutical Museum, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia Santa Elvira, admire the masterpieces at Mi Casa Beatles, then identify plant and animal life at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Cayo Blanco.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Varadero journey planner .

You can drive from Cienfuegos to Varadero in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Havana.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Matanzas
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve ©
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve
Iglesia Santa Elvira ©
Iglesia Santa Elvira

1
night
Havana

Havana ©
On the 24th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Callejon de Hamel and then get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion).

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Havana trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Varadero to Havana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Museums Neighborhoods
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Callejon de Hamel ©
Callejon de Hamel

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