12 days in Cuba Itinerary

12 days in Cuba Itinerary

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12 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Athens
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Havana
— 2 nights
2
Pinar del Rio
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
3
Vinales
— Few hours
4
Havana
— 1 night
5
Cienfuegos
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Trinidad
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Santa Clara
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Cienfuegos
— 2 nights
bus:  5​h
9
Varadero
— 2 nights
shuttle:  2​h
10
Havana
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Athens

2
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Museo del Ron Havana Club. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Catedral, admire the landmark architecture of Havana Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Castillo de la Real Fuerza, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de San Francisco, and finally steep yourself in history at Old Square (Plaza Vieja). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museo del Ron Havana Club, get behind the scenes at Partagas Cigar Factory, make a trip to El Capitolio, get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion), then appreciate the extensive heritage of El Malecon, and finally kick back and relax at Playas de Este.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Havana day trip site .

Athens, Greece to Havana is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Cuba Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Athens in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Havana: highs are around 33°C and lows about 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Pinar del Rio.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches
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Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral
El Malecon ©
El Malecon
Old Havana ©
Old Havana

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Pinar del Rio

Pinar del Rio ©
Pinar del Río is a Cuban city, capital of Pinar del Río Province. On the 25th (Mon), steep yourself in history at PALACIO DE GUASCH, take an in-depth tour of Provincial Museum Of Pinar Del Rio, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Catedral de Pinar del Rio (Catedral de San Rosendo), and finally don't miss a visit to Alejandro Robaina Tobacco Plantation.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, read our Pinar del Rio online journey planner .

Drive from Havana to Pinar del Rio in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow time for the bus ride to Vinales.

Things to do in Pinar del Rio

Historic Sites Museums
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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.
You've now added Cueva del Indio to your itinerary. On the 25th (Mon), explore the fascinating underground world of Palenque de los Cimarrones, then admire the verdant scenery at Valle de Vinales, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva del Indio.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Vinales online driving holiday planner .

Vinales is just a stone's throw from Pinar del Rio. In November in Vinales, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Havana.

Things to do in Vinales

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Cueva del Indio ©
Cueva del Indio
Palenque de los Cimarrones ©
Palenque de los Cimarrones

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Havana

Havana
To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Havana trip planner.

Drive from Vinales to Havana in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 26th (Tue), you're off toCienfuegos.

Things to do in Havana

Tours Outdoors Nightlife
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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.
You've now added Jagua Castle to your itinerary. On the 26th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de Valle, don't miss a visit to Parque Jose Marti, and then explore the historical opulence of Jagua Castle.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cienfuegos day trip site .

Drive from Havana to Cienfuegos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

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

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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.
On the 27th (Wed), explore and take pictures at Valle de los Ingenios.

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You can drive from Cienfuegos to Trinidad in 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. On the 27th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Santa Clara.

Things to do in Trinidad

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Valle de los Ingenios ©
Valle de los Ingenios

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Che Guevara Mausoleum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Clara online trip builder .

You can drive from Trinidad to Santa Clara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daily temperatures in Santa Clara can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cienfuegos.
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Che Guevara Mausoleum ©
Che Guevara Mausoleum

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Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos ©
El Nicho Waterfalls has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): admire the sheer force of El Nicho Waterfalls.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cienfuegos trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Clara to Cienfuegos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Varadero.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Nature Parks
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El Nicho Waterfalls ©
El Nicho Waterfalls

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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 29th (Fri): make a trip to Cueva de Ambrosio, stroll through Varadero Beach, then don't miss a visit to Parque Central, and finally explore the world behind art at Mi Casa Beatles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Cayos Blancos and then stroll around Josone Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Varadero day trip planner .

You can drive from Cienfuegos to Varadero in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In November in Varadero, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Havana.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cayos Blancos
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Josone Park ©
Josone Park
Cayos Blancos ©
Cayos Blancos

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nights
Havana

Havana ©
To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Havana travel tool .

Traveling by car from Varadero to Havana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites
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El Morro ©
El Morro
Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana ©
Paseo del Prado ©
Paseo del Prado

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