17 days in Cuba Itinerary

17 days in Cuba Itinerary

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17 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  26​h
1
Havana
— 4 nights
2
Vinales
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Varadero
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Trinidad
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Cayo Guillermo
— 1 night
Fly:  32​h
End: Johannesburg

4
nights
Havana

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 classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Malecón of Havana, steep yourself in history at Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana, get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion), and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Havana trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Havana is an approximately 26-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Havana due to the time zone difference. In July, Havana is much hotter than Johannesburg - with highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Vinales.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Old Havana ©
Old 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 7th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva del Indio, then don't miss a visit to Mural de la Prehistoria, and then admire the verdant scenery at Valle de Vinales. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): Head underground at Cuevas de Santo Tomas, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Vinales.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Vinales online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Havana to Vinales takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Vinales can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks Nature Tours
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Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Horseback Riding Tours
Cuevas de Santo Tomas ©
Cuevas de Santo Tomas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): kick back and relax at Varadero Beach, walk around Josone Park, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Delfinario, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Cayos Blancos. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at House of Rum, explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva de Saturno, see the interesting displays at Pharmaceutical Museum, then head outdoors with Parque de la Libertad, and finally Head underground at Cuevas de Bellamar.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Varadero vacation planning tool .

You can drive from Vinales to Varadero in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Matanzas
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cueva de Saturno ©
Cueva de Saturno
Josone Park ©
Josone Park

3
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.
Explore Trinidad's surroundings by going to Che Guevara Mausoleum (in Santa Clara) and Cienfuegos (El Nicho Waterfalls & Parque Jose Marti). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, take in the awesome beauty at Topes de Collantes, kick back and relax at Ancon Beach, and examine the collection at Museo de Historia Municipal.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Trinidad trip planner .

Getting from Varadero to Trinidad by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Trinidad are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Cienfuegos, Trinidad de Cuba, Topes de Collantes, Che Guevara Mausoleum
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Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Che Guevara Mausoleum ©
Che Guevara Mausoleum

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Cayo Media Luna, enjoy the sand and surf at Cayo Guillermo, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Pilar.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cayo Guillermo day trip app .

Traveling by car from Trinidad to Cayo Guillermo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. In July in Cayo Guillermo, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 29°C at night. On the 15th (Wed), you're off tohome.

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

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