13 days in Cuba Itinerary

13 days in Cuba Itinerary

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13 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  15​h
1
Havana
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Cayo Largo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Trinidad
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Cayo Guillermo
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h 45​min
5
Holguin
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h
End: Lisbon

3
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi and Cuevas de Bellamar. Get a sense of the local culture at El Malecon and Old Havana. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion), make a trip to Old Square (Plaza Vieja), and explore the different monuments and memorials at Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon).

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Havana journey planning website .

Lisbon, Portugal to Havana is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time (WET) to Cuba Standard Time (CST) is minus 5 hours. In September, Havana is a bit warmer than Lisbon - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Cuevas de Bellamar
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Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales ©

2
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.
On the 18th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Paraiso and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mal Tiempo. On your second day here, stroll through Sirena Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Hatchery.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cayo Largo trip builder website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Havana to Cayo Largo in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Sea Turtle Hatchery ©
Sea Turtle Hatchery
Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach

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.
Horseback Riding Tours and Parque el Cubano are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Topes de Collantes and Salto del Caburni. Change things up with a short trip to Palacio de Valle in Cienfuegos (about 1h 20 min away). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Convento de San Francisco de Asis, make a trip to Iznaga Tower, view the masterpieces at Galerie D'Art Calleyro, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ancon Beach.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Trinidad trip itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cayo Largo to Trinidad. September in Trinidad sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Trinidad

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Palacio de Valle, Topes de Collantes
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Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes
Horseback Riding Tours
Salto del Caburni ©
Salto del Caburni

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 23rd (Mon): 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.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cayo Guillermo road trip planner.

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. In September, daytime highs in Cayo Guillermo are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Holguin.

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

1
night
Holguin

Holguin ©
Not overly touristy, Holguin offers a different perspective on Cuban life, standing as a major city that doesn't seek to commercialize its past or cover itself in all inclusive resorts.
On the 24th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Esmeralda, and then take some stellar pictures from Hill of the Cross (Loma de la Cruz).

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Holguin trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Cayo Guillermo to Holguin in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa Esmeralda ©
Playa Esmeralda
Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park ©
Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park
Hill of the Cross (Loma de la Cruz) ©

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