20 days in Cuba Itinerary

20 days in Cuba Itinerary

Jan Wallner

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Start: Bratislava
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Havana
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Soroa
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Pinar del Rio
— 1 night
Bus:  30 min
4
Vinales
— 1 day
Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
Playa Larga
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Cienfuegos
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Trinidad
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 30 min
8
Sancti Spiritus
— Few hours
Bus:  1 h 30 min
9
Santa Clara
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
10
Matanzas
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
11
Varadero
— 11 nights
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End: Bratislava

3
nights
Havana

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Here are some ideas for day two: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, contemplate the long history of Old Square (Plaza Vieja), steep yourself in history at Castillo de la Real Fuerza, make a trip to Plaza de Armas, then don't miss a visit to Malecón of Havana, and finally appreciate the history behind Neptune Statue.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Havana trip planner.

Bratislava, Slovakia to Havana is an approximately 16.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Cuba Standard Time (CST) is minus 6 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Bratislava in April; daily highs in Havana reach 36°C and lows reach 22°C. You will leave for Soroa on the 12th (Sun).

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Old Havana ©
Old Havana

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Soroa

Soroa ©
You've now added Soroa Orchid Botanical Garden to your itinerary. On the 12th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Soroa Orchid Botanical Garden.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Soroa journey planner.

You can drive from Havana to Soroa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In April, daytime highs in Soroa are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Pinar del Rio.

Things to do in Soroa

Parks
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Soroa Orchid Botanical Garden ©
Soroa Orchid Botanical Garden

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Pinar del Rio

Pinar del Rio
Pinar del Río is a Cuban city, capital of Pinar del Río Province. For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Pinar del Rio trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Soroa to Pinar del Rio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Pinar del Rio can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. You will leave for Vinales on the 13th (Mon).

Things to do in Pinar del Rio

Tours Parks Wildlife
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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.
To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Vinales online journey planner.

Vinales is just a short distance from Pinar del Rio. In April, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 24°C. On the 13th (Mon), you're off to Playa Larga.

Things to do in Vinales

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Playa Larga

Playa Larga ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Criadero De Cocodrilos.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Playa Larga online trip builder.

You can drive from Vinales to Playa Larga in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Playa Larga sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Playa Larga

Wildlife Parks
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Criadero De Cocodrilos ©
Criadero De Cocodrilos

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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.
On the 14th (Tue), admire the striking features of Palacio de Valle and then don't miss a visit to Parque Jose Marti.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cienfuegos trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Playa Larga to Cienfuegos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Cienfuegos sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Historic Sites
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Palacio de Valle ©
Palacio de Valle
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Parque Jose Marti

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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.
To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Trinidad vacation planner.

Getting from Cienfuegos to Trinidad by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In April in Trinidad, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. You'll set off for Sancti Spiritus on the 15th (Wed).

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Tours Outdoors
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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. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo, then take in the views from Puente Yayabo, and then admire the striking features of Parque Serafin Sanchez.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sancti Spiritus route builder website.

Traveling by bus from Trinidad to Sancti Spiritus takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Santa Clara.

Things to do in Sancti Spiritus

Parks Historic Sites
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Parque Serafin Sanchez ©
Parque Serafin Sanchez
Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo ©
Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo

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Santa Clara

Santa Clara
The scene of one of the most dramatic battles of the Cuban Revolution, Santa Clara today possesses a youthful feel and a reputation for progressive thought.
For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Santa Clara journey planning website.

You can take a bus from Sancti Spiritus to Santa Clara in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. April in Santa Clara sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C at night. On the 16th (Thu), you're off to Matanzas.

Things to do in Santa Clara

Nightlife Parks Historic Sites
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Matanzas

Matanzas
Though located near a popular tourist resort, Matanzas remains a relatively small town with a strong cultural heritage.
To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Matanzas trip builder app.

Drive from Santa Clara to Matanzas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Matanzas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. On the 16th (Thu), you're off to Varadero.

Things to do in Matanzas

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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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.
Let the collections at Artecru and House of Rum capture your imagination. For shopping fun, head to Varadero Street Market or Plaza Las Morlas. There's still lots to do: raise your glass at Mi Casa Beatles, get a taste of the local shopping with Taller de Ceramica Artistica, look for all kinds of wild species at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Oscar Maria de Rojas.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Varadero travel planner.

Traveling by car from Matanzas to Varadero takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. You will leave for home on the 27th (Mon).

Things to do in Varadero

Museums Shopping Outdoors

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Cardenas
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Mi Casa Beatles
Mi Casa Beatles
Cienaga de Zapata ©
Cienaga de Zapata
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve ©
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve

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