51 days in Cuba, Porto & Punta Cana Itinerary

51 days in Cuba, Porto & Punta Cana Itinerary

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Start: Porto, Portugal
1
Porto, Portugal
— 1 night
Fly:  14 h 30 min
2
Havana, Cuba
— 19 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Trinidad, Cuba
— 27 nights
+5
Bus + Train + Taxi + Fly + Shuttle + Drive:  14 h
4
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  10 h 30 min
End: Porto, Portugal

1
night
Porto, Portugal

Porto ©
Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
On the 4th (Sat), explore the activities along Douro River, then take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours. On the next day, look for gifts at Livraria Lello, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre dos Clerigos, then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco, and finally go for a stroll along the water at Cais da Ribeira.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Porto travel route tool.

If you are flying in from Portugal, the closest major aiport is Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Havana.

Things to do in Porto

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Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Walking tours
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

19
nights
Havana, Cuba

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Venture out of the city with trips to Matanzas (Pharmaceutical Museum & Cuevas de Bellamar), Cayo Largo (Playa Paraiso, Sirena Beach, &more) and Cueva de Saturno (in Varadero). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Malecón of Havana, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, don't miss a visit to Paseo del Prado, and steep yourself in history at Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana.

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

Getting from Porto to Havana by flight takes about 14.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time to Cuba Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from Porto in July, expect Havana to be somewhat warmer, temps between 38°C and 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Trinidad.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Cayo Largo, Matanzas, L'Antigua Habana, Espiritu Santo Church (Iglesia Del Espiritu Santo), Cueva de Saturno
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Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso

27
nights
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.
Explore Trinidad's surroundings by going to Santa Clara (NaturArte, Che Guevara Mausoleum, &more), Topes de Collantes (Museo de Arte Cubano & Vegas Grande Waterfall) and Cienfuegos (CasaHuella, Malecon de Cienfuegos, &more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Topes de Collantes, steep yourself in history at Valle de los Ingenios, and admire the verdant scenery at San Luis Valley.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, use the Trinidad tour planner.

Traveling by car from Havana to Trinidad takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Trinidad are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Punta Cana.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Cienfuegos, Santa Clara, Sancti Spiritus, Topes de Collantes, Cuba
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Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Parque Jose Marti ©
Parque Jose Marti

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nights
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana ©
In an area boasting beaches that face both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, vacations in Punta Cana have been popular with tourists since the early 1970s.
On the 21st (Fri), see the interesting displays at Aromas Museum, kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and then stop by Nino's Liquors. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Bavaro Beach and then explore the activities along Hoyo Azul.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Punta Cana online journey planner.

Getting from Trinidad to Punta Cana by combination of bus, train, flight, shuttle, and car takes about 14 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, flight, and shuttle. The time zone changes from Cuba Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors Parks Adventure
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Bavaro Beach ©
Bavaro Beach
Zipline
Hoyo Azul ©
Hoyo Azul

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