47 days in Cuba Itinerary

47 days in Cuba Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Newark
Fly:  12 h
1
Santiago de Cuba
— 6 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Havana
— 14 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Vinales
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Varadero
— 6 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
5
Cayo Largo
— 3 nights
Bus:  2 h 45 min
6
Cienfuegos
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Trinidad
— 6 nights
Drive:  4 h
8
Cayo Guillermo
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Newark

6
nights
Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba ©
Santiago de Cuba has taken almost as much influence from Haiti and the Dominican Republic as it has from Havana, distilling a concoction of cultures to create a city with a distinct identity.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santiago de Cuba: Holguin (Cayo Saetia Island & Guayabo Falls), Bayamo (Parque Cespedes, Casa Natal De Carlos Manuel De Cespedes, &more) and Salto del Guayabo (in Julio Antonio Mella). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, make a trip to Casa Museo Granjita de Siboney, examine the collection at Emilio Bacardi Moreau Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin de los Helechos.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Santiago de Cuba trip planner.

Newark, USA to Santiago de Cuba is an approximately 10.5- hour flight. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Newark in December; daily highs in Santiago de Cuba reach 85°F and lows reach 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Bayamo, Holguin, Rancho El Dajao, Salto del Guayabo, Sierra Maestra
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Cayo Saetia Island ©
Cayo Saetia Island
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia ©
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia
Sierra Maestra ©
Sierra Maestra

14
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, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Malecón of Havana, contemplate the long history of Old Square (Plaza Vieja), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and get to know the fascinating history of Old Havana.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Havana tour planner.

You can fly from Santiago de Cuba to Havana in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Santiago de Cuba in December, plan for little chillier nights in Havana, with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Vinales.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Espiritu Santo Church (Iglesia Del Espiritu Santo)
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Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Walking tours

3
nights
Vinales

Vinales ©
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Get out of town with these interesting Vinales side-trips: Cueva del Palmarito (in Pinar del Rio) and Cayo Jutias (in Minas de Matahambre). There's still lots to do: appreciate the views at Valle de Vinales, Head underground at Cuevas de Santo Tomas, head off the coast to Cayo Levisa, and don't miss a visit to Mural de la Prehistoria.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Vinales holiday builder tool.

Traveling by car from Havana to Vinales takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Vinales are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cueva del Palmarito, Cayo Levisa, Cayo Jutias
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Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Cayo Levisa ©
Cayo Levisa
Cayo Jutias ©
Cayo Jutias

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Varadero: Crab Monument (in Cardenas) and Matanzas (Cuevas de Bellamar, Cuartel de Bomberos de Matanzas, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Varadero Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Delfinario, examine the collection at House of Rum, and play a few rounds at Varadero Golf Club.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Varadero trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Vinales to Varadero in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Varadero can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Matanzas, Crab Monument
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Josone Park ©
Josone Park
Cueva de Saturno ©
Cueva de Saturno

3
nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Castillo en Las Nubes in Soroa (about 58 minutes away). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Paraiso, head off the coast to Cayo Rico, look for all kinds of wild species at El Torreon Nursery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Mal Tiempo.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cayo Largo trip planner.

You can fly from Varadero to Cayo Largo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Cayo Largo are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Castillo en Las Nubes
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Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach
Punta Mal Tiempo ©
Punta Mal Tiempo

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cienfuegos: Santa Clara (Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado, Statue of Che Guevara Holding a Child, &more), Iglesia de San Juan Batista (in Remedios) and Cueva de los Peces (in Playa Larga). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Parque Jose Marti, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de Valle, contemplate the long history of Bay of Pigs, and take in the dramatic scenery at El Nicho Waterfalls.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cienfuegos itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Cayo Largo to Cienfuegos in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in January, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Santa Clara, Bay of Pigs, Iglesia de San Juan Batista, Cueva de los Peces
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El Nicho Waterfalls ©
El Nicho Waterfalls
Che Guevara Mausoleum ©
Che Guevara Mausoleum
Parque Jose Marti ©
Parque Jose Marti

6
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Trinidad: Vegas Grande Waterfall (in Topes de Collantes) and Sancti Spiritus (Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo & Parque Serafin Sanchez). There's much more to do: make a trip to Plaza Mayor, contemplate the long history of Valle de los Ingenios, see the interesting displays at Museo de Historia Municipal, and appreciate the views at San Luis Valley.

To find out how to plan a trip to Trinidad, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Cienfuegos to Trinidad takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Cienfuegos in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Trinidad, with lows around 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, Topes de Collantes
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Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes

2
nights
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 1st (Mon): get your game on at Rocarena Climbing Center and then identify plant and animal life at Birdwatching with Paulino Lopez Delgado. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Pilar, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cayo Guillermo, and then step off the mainland to explore Cayo Media Luna.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cayo Guillermo trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Trinidad to Cayo Guillermo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Trinidad in January, Cayo Guillermo is little chillier at night with lows of 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Cayo Coco
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Playa Pilar
Playa Pilar
Cayo Guillermo ©
Cayo Guillermo
Birdwatching with Paulino Lopez Delgado ©
Birdwatching with Paulino Lopez Delgado

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