16 days in Bilbao & Cuba Itinerary

16 days in Bilbao & Cuba Itinerary

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16 days in Bilbao & Cuba Itinerary

Start: Bilbao, Spain
1
Bilbao, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  20 h 30 min
2
Holguin, Cuba
— 1 day
Fly:  1 h 45 min
3
Cayo Guillermo, Cuba
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
4
Trinidad, Cuba
— 1 night
+4
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Cayo Largo, Cuba
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
6
Varadero, Cuba
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Vinales, Cuba
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
8
Havana, Cuba
— 4 nights
Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Bilbao, Spain

3
nights
Bilbao, Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bilbao: San Sebastian - Donostia (La Concha Beach, Let's get Basque!, & more). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, take a stroll through Casco Viejo, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and make a trip to Taberna Plaza Nueva.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Bilbao road trip site .

If you are flying in from Spain, the closest major airports are Bilbao Airport and Santander Airport. In July, daytime highs in Bilbao are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Holguin.

Things to do in Bilbao

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

San Sebastian - Donostia
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Food Tours
La Concha Beach ©
La Concha Beach
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao ©
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

1
day
Holguin, Cuba

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Isidore Cathedral, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Esmeralda, and then kick back and relax at Guardalavaca Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Holguin journey planning app .

Explore your travel options from Bilbao to Holguin with the Route module. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Bilbao to Holguin due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bilbao in July, things will get a bit warmer in Holguin: highs are around 39°C and lows about 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Holguin

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Guardalavaca Beach ©
Guardalavaca Beach
Playa Esmeralda ©
Playa Esmeralda
St. Isidore Cathedral ©
St. Isidore Cathedral

1
night
Cayo Guillermo, Cuba

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): head off the coast to Cayo Media Luna, then stroll through Cayo Guillermo, and then kick back and relax at Playa Pilar.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cayo Guillermo vacation builder app .

Getting from Holguin to Cayo Guillermo by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. July in Cayo Guillermo sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa Pilar
Playa Pilar
Cayo Guillermo ©
Cayo Guillermo
Cayo Media Luna ©
Cayo Media Luna

1
night
Trinidad, Cuba

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ancon Beach, make a trip to Plaza Mayor, then see the interesting displays at Romance Museum, then see the interesting displays at Colonial Architecture Museum, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Topes de Collantes.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Trinidad trip builder website .

You can drive from Cayo Guillermo to Trinidad in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. In July in Trinidad, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Topes de Collantes
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Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes

2
nights
Cayo Largo, Cuba

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Sirena Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Hatchery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): kick back and relax at Playa Paraiso and then head off the coast to Cayo Rico.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, go to the Cayo Largo travel route planner.

Explore your travel options from Trinidad to Cayo Largo with the Route module. In July in Cayo Largo, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Varadero.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach
Cayo Rico ©
Cayo Rico

1
night
Varadero, Cuba

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): observe the fascinating underwater world at Delfinario, then walk around Josone Park, then stroll through Varadero Beach, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Artecru.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Varadero online travel planner .

You can fly from Cayo Largo to Varadero in 3 hours. Traveling from Cayo Largo in July, expect little chillier with lows of 25°C in Varadero. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Vinales.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Josone Park ©
Josone Park
Delfinario ©
Delfinario

1
night
Vinales, Cuba

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 30th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Palenque de los Cimarrones, appreciate the views at Valle de Vinales, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Vinales trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Varadero to Vinales by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Havana.

Things to do in Vinales

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Horseback Riding Tours
Palenque de los Cimarrones ©
Palenque de los Cimarrones

4
nights
Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
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, museums, nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of El Malecon, don't miss a visit to Old Havana, contemplate the long history of Old Square (Plaza Vieja), and take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion).

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Havana itinerary planner.

You can drive from Vinales to Havana in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Old Square (Plaza Vieja) ©
Old Square (Plaza Vieja)

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