16 days in Cuba Itinerary

16 days in Cuba Itinerary

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16 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Ljubljana
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Havana
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
2
Vinales
— 3 nights
shuttle:  8​h 15​min
3
Cienfuegos
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
4
Trinidad
— 2 nights
bus:  6​h 30​min
5
Varadero
— 3 nights
shuttle:  2​h
6
Havana
— Few hours
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Ljubljana

4
nights
Havana

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Photography Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Malecón of Havana, contemplate the long history of Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales, make a trip to Plaza de la Catedral, and examine the collection at Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Havana trip itinerary planner.

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Havana is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Ljubljana to Havana. In November, Havana is much warmer than Ljubljana - with highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Vinales.

Things to do in Havana

Tours Historic Sites Wildlife
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Photography Tours
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral

3
nights
Vinales

Vinales ©
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Explore hidden gems such as Jardin Botanico de Vinales and Cayo Jutias. Step out of Vinales with an excursion to Alejandro Robaina Tobacco Plantation in Pinar del Rio--about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, Head underground at Cueva del Indio, and don't miss a visit to Mural de la Prehistoria.

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Getting from Havana to Vinales by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. November in Vinales sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Wed) before leaving for Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Pinar del Rio, Cayo Jutias
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Cuevas de Santo Tomas ©
Cuevas de Santo Tomas
Jardin Botanico de Vinales ©
Jardin Botanico de Vinales
Cayo Jutias ©
Cayo Jutias

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.
On the 20th (Wed), stroll the grounds of Cementerio Tomas Acea and then get a sense of history and politics at Ferrer Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at El Nicho Waterfalls, take a stroll through Punta Gorda, then take in the pleasant sights at Malecon de Cienfuegos, then don't miss a visit to Parque Jose Marti, and finally appreciate the history behind Estatua de Benny More.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cienfuegos trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Vinales to Cienfuegos in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. November in Cienfuegos sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Punta Gorda ©
Punta Gorda
Estatua de Benny More ©
Estatua de Benny More
El Nicho Waterfalls ©
El Nicho Waterfalls

2
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.
On the 22nd (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Ancon Beach. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Yudit Vidal Faife, don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, then make a trip to Cerro de la Vigia, and finally head outdoors with Parque Guanayara.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Trinidad sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Cienfuegos to Trinidad takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Sun) before leaving for Varadero.

Things to do in Trinidad

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Parque Guanayara
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Parque Guanayara ©
Parque Guanayara
Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

3
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.
To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Varadero trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Trinidad to Varadero takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Varadero are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Havana.

Things to do in Varadero

Tours Outdoors Nightlife
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Havana

Havana
To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Havana trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Varadero to Havana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and train. On the 27th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Tours Nightlife Outdoors
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