21 days in Cuba Itinerary

21 days in Cuba Itinerary

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21 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Stuttgart
Fly + Drive:  18​h 15​min
1
Vinales
— 2 nights
2
Havana
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Varadero
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Cayo Largo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Trinidad
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Cayo Guillermo
— 1 night
Fly + train:  20​h 45​min
End: Stuttgart

2
nights
Vinales

Vinales ©
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Cayo Levisa, explore the fascinating underground world of Palenque de los Cimarrones, and then admire the verdant scenery at Valle de Vinales. On the next day, Head underground at Cuevas de Santo Tomas, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cayo Jutias.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Vinales travel itinerary planner.

Stuttgart, Germany to Vinales is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Cuba Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Stuttgart in January; daily highs in Vinales reach 31°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Havana.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cayo Levisa, Cayo Jutias
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Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Cayo Jutias ©
Cayo Jutias
Cayo Levisa ©
Cayo Levisa

7
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, museums, nightlife, beaches, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of El Malecon, contemplate the long history of Revolution Plaza, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion), and make a trip to Plaza de la Catedral.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Havana trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Vinales to Havana takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Havana can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral
El Malecon ©
El Malecon
Old Havana ©
Old Havana

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Matanzas (Pharmaceutical Museum & Cuevas de Bellamar). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Varadero Beach, head outdoors with Cienaga de Zapata, Head underground at Cueva de Saturno, and meet the residents at Delfinario.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Varadero driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Havana to Varadero in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Matanzas
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cueva de Saturno ©
Cueva de Saturno
Josone Park ©
Josone Park

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.
Cayo Largo is known for beaches, wildlife, adventure, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Playa Paraiso, identify plant and animal life at El Torreon Nursery, step off the mainland to explore Cayo Rico, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sirena Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cayo Largo vacation maker app .

Fly from Varadero to Cayo Largo in 3 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Cayo Largo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

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

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Trinidad: Cienfuegos (El Nicho Waterfalls, Parque Jose Marti, & more) and Santa Clara (Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado & Che Guevara Mausoleum). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Ancon Beach, examine the collection at Romance Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Iznaga Tower, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Topes de Collantes.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, read Trinidad day trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Cayo Largo to Trinidad with the Route module. In February in Trinidad, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Cienfuegos, Santa Clara, Topes de Collantes
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Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach
Che Guevara Mausoleum ©
Che Guevara Mausoleum
Parque Jose Marti ©
Parque Jose Marti

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Pilar, stroll through Cayo Guillermo, and then step off the mainland to explore Cayo Media Luna.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cayo Guillermo trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Trinidad to Cayo Guillermo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. In February in Cayo Guillermo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa Pilar
Playa Pilar
Cayo Guillermo ©
Cayo Guillermo
Cayo Media Luna ©
Cayo Media Luna

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