11 days in Cuba Itinerary

11 days in Cuba Itinerary

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Start: Aldie
Drive + Fly:  27 h
1
Holguin
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  5 h 30 min
2
Cayo Guillermo
— Few hours
Drive:  30 min
3
Cayo Coco
— 1 night
Taxi + Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Sancti Spiritus
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h
5
Topes de Collantes
— 1 night
Taxi + Bus:  1 h
6
Cienfuegos
— Few hours
Bus:  3 h
7
Cayo Largo
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
8
Varadero
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
9
Matanzas
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
10
Havana
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
11
Vinales
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  17 h 30 min
End: Aldie

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Holguin

Holguin ©
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.
You've now added Playa Esmeralda to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Esmeralda.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Holguin trip itinerary maker app.

Aldie, USA to Holguin is an approximately 10.5- hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from Aldie in January, things will get much warmer in Holguin: highs are around 84°F and lows about 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Holguin

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Playa Esmeralda ©
Playa Esmeralda

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Cayo Guillermo

Cayo Guillermo
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.
Playa Pilar has been added to your itinerary. On the 4th (Mon), kick back and relax at Playa Pilar.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Cayo Guillermo trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Holguin to Cayo Guillermo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Cayo Guillermo are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Cayo Coco.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Playa Pilar
Playa Pilar

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Cayo Coco

Cayo Coco ©
White sand beaches and calm waters have led to booming tourism in Cayo Coco, one of the main islands of the Jardines Del Rey archipelago.
Birdwatching with Paulino Lopez Delgado has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Birdwatching with Paulino Lopez Delgado.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cayo Coco travel route planner.

Cayo Coco is just a stone's throw from Cayo Guillermo. In January, daily temperatures in Cayo Coco can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Sancti Spiritus.

Things to do in Cayo Coco

Wildlife Parks
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Birdwatching with Paulino Lopez Delgado ©
Birdwatching with Paulino Lopez Delgado

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Sancti Spiritus

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. Trinidad de Cuba has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Trinidad de Cuba.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sancti Spiritus online trip itinerary builder.

Do a combination of taxi and train from Cayo Coco to Sancti Spiritus in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sancti Spiritus when traveling from Cayo Coco in January, with lows around 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Topes de Collantes.
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Trinidad de Cuba ©
Trinidad de Cuba

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Topes de Collantes

Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Topes de Collantes.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Topes de Collantes trip maker app.

Getting from Sancti Spiritus to Topes de Collantes by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. January in Topes de Collantes sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 81°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Topes de Collantes

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes El Nicho Waterfalls. Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at El Nicho Waterfalls.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cienfuegos journey planning app.

Getting from Topes de Collantes to Cienfuegos by combination of taxi and bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Topes de Collantes in January since evenings lows in Cienfuegos dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Nature Parks
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El Nicho Waterfalls ©
El Nicho Waterfalls

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Cayo Largo

Cayo Largo ©
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.
You've added Punta Mal Tiempo, Sirena Beach, Playa Paraiso, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 7th (Thu), head off the coast to Cayo Rico and then stroll through Playa Paraiso. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Sirena Beach and then stroll through Punta Mal Tiempo.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cayo Largo trip itinerary site.

Traveling by bus from Cienfuegos to Cayo Largo takes 3 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Cayo Largo can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Varadero.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach
Punta Mal Tiempo ©
Punta Mal Tiempo

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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.
You've now added Varadero Beach to your itinerary. On the 8th (Fri), stroll through Varadero Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Varadero road trip planning app.

Fly from Cayo Largo to Varadero in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Cayo Largo in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Varadero, with lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Matanzas.

Things to do in Varadero

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach

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Matanzas

Matanzas ©
Though located near a popular tourist resort, Matanzas remains a relatively small town with a strong cultural heritage.
Pharmaceutical Museum has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): examine the collection at Pharmaceutical Museum.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Matanzas online vacation planner.

You can drive from Varadero to Matanzas in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 62°F. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Havana.

Things to do in Matanzas

Museums
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Pharmaceutical Museum ©
Pharmaceutical Museum

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Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fusterlandia, Old Square (Plaza Vieja), Gran Teatro de La Habana, and other attractions you added. On the 9th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Malecón of Havana, enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Maria del Mar, and then don't miss a visit to Fabrica De Arte Cubano. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Old Havana, then see a show at Gran Teatro de La Habana, then don't miss a visit to Old Square (Plaza Vieja), and finally take a stroll through Fusterlandia.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Havana trip planner.

Traveling by car from Matanzas to Havana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Vinales.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Nightlife Neighborhoods
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Old Havana ©
Old Havana
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Old Square (Plaza Vieja) ©
Old Square (Plaza Vieja)

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Vinales

Vinales ©
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
You've now added Valle de Vinales to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): appreciate the views at Valle de Vinales.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Vinales trip maker.

Drive from Havana to Vinales in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January in Vinales, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 64°F at night. On the 11th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vinales

Nature Parks
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Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales

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