16 days in Cuba Itinerary

16 days in Cuba Itinerary

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16 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Havana
— 5 nights
2
Vinales
— 2 nights
3
Cienfuegos
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Trinidad
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Santa Clara
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Varadero
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Havana
— Few hours
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Rome

5
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Get some historical perspective at El Malecon and Revolution Plaza. Do some cultural sightseeing at Old Havana and Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana. Take a break from Havana with a short trip to Las Terrazas Complex in Las Terrazas, about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Old Square (Plaza Vieja), admire the striking features of Bacardi Building, enjoy the sand and surf at Playas de Este, and wander the streets of Iglesias de San Francisco de Paula.

Before you visit Havana, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Rome, Italy to Havana is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Rome to Havana, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Rome, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Havana, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Vinales.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Las Terrazas Complex
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Old Havana ©
Old Havana
El Malecon ©
El Malecon
Old Square (Plaza Vieja) ©
Old Square (Plaza Vieja)

2
nights
Vinales

Vinales ©
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cayo Levisa, Cueva del Indio and Valle de Vinales. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): admire the verdant scenery at Valle de Vinales and then Head underground at Cueva del Indio. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Cayo Levisa.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Vinales trip website .

Traveling by car from Havana to Vinales takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Vinales

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Cayo Levisa
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Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Cayo Levisa ©
Cayo Levisa
Cueva del Indio ©
Cueva del Indio

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Centro Cultural El Cubanisimo, Palacio de Valle, Bay of Pigs, and other attractions you added. On the 29th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Pigs and then enjoy the sand and surf at Caleta Buena. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Cementerio la Reina, pause for some photo ops at Estatua de Benny More, then look for gifts at La Fernandina, then steep yourself in history at Palacio de Valle, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at Centro Cultural El Cubanisimo.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cienfuegos trip maker app .

You can drive from Vinales to Cienfuegos in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In February, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Caleta Buena, Bay of Pigs
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Bay of Pigs ©
Bay of Pigs
Palacio de Valle ©
Palacio de Valle
Cementerio la Reina ©
Cementerio la Reina

2
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 can plan Trinidad trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by car from Cienfuegos to Trinidad takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In March, daytime highs in Trinidad are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Clara.

Things to do in Trinidad

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Topes de Collantes
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Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes
Museo de Historia Municipal ©
Museo de Historia Municipal
Salto del Caburni ©
Salto del Caburni

few
hours
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 3rd (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado, identify plant and animal life at Loma del Capiro, and then pause for some photo ops at Che Guevara Mausoleum.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Santa Clara trip maker .

Traveling by car from Trinidad to Santa Clara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in March, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Santa Clara

Wildlife Parks
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Loma del Capiro ©
Loma del Capiro
Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado ©
Che Guevara Mausoleum ©
Che Guevara Mausoleum

4
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.
Visiting Varadero Beach and Coral Beach will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Pharmaceutical Museum and Ambrosio Cave. Explore Varadero's surroundings by going to Parque de la Libertad (in Matanzas) and Cardenas Cathedral (in Cardenas). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Cueva de Saturno, kick back and relax at Cayo Blanco, see the interesting displays at House of Rum, and walk around Josone Park.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Varadero online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Santa Clara to Varadero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Havana.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Matanzas, Cardenas Cathedral
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cayos Blancos ©
Cayos Blancos
Cueva de Saturno ©
Cueva de Saturno

few
hours
Havana

Havana ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): steep yourself in history at FINCA VIGÍA and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Havana Cathedral.

Discover how to plan a Havana trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Varadero to Havana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites
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Finca Vigía ©
Finca Vigía
Havana Cathedral
Havana Cathedral

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