Getting to know a country as rich and varied in Cuba in just 7 days is certainly a challenge. But we love a challenge here at Vamos Cuba, so when a customer says they only have 7 days in Cuba, we set to work putting together the perfect itinerary that would include some of the best sights the island has to offer. If you’re interested in building your own 7 day Cuba itinerary, get in touch today!
A trip to Cuba wouldn’t be complete without a few days in Havana. Havana is the beating heart of Cuba and is filled with sights, sounds and smells that will stay with you for a lifetime. We would recommend flying into Havana and spending the first day roaming the streets and checking out the museums and art galleries on offer. Shutterbugs and the Insta-famous will love this post on the secret spots around Havana to snap the best pictures.
On day two, we’d recommend getting out of the city and heading to Cienfuegos, a city set in a bay on the stunning south coast of Cuba. The drive is just under three hours on the Autopista Nacional and you’ll get to see some incredible sights along the way. Cienfuegos is nicknamed The Pearl of the South, and you’ll soon see why. Like Cuba’s answer to Paris, Cienfuegos is classy, seductive and filled with feisty Caribbean spirit. Enjoy the sights and the delicious sea breeze.
After a whistlestop tour of Cienfuegos, it’s on to Trinidad. No 7-day Cuba itinerary would be complete without a trip to this stunning town. There’s plenty to see along the way, including pristine beaches, secluded waterfalls and even a flamingo farm. It’s worth spending a day travelling and getting your feet wet at one of the more secluded beaches you’re going to find in Cuba. When you arrive in Trinidad, we’d recommend a trip to a local Paladar from some delicious home-cooked food followed by a cocktail and salsa dancing the night away.
Once you’re in Trinidad, you’ll be greeted with some of the most incredible Colonial architecture you are ever likely to see. The city was made a World UNESCO Heritage Site in 1988 and you’ll soon discover why. Get lost in the winding streets and feel the stress melting away. There are plenty of sights to see, including the Palacio Cantero, the Church of the Holy Trinity and the National Museum of the Struggle Against Bandits. Trinidad is a compact town and you’ll get around easily by foot.
After a hearty breakfast with your casa host, we’d recommend hitting the road to Vinales in Western Cuba. The drive will take around six hours, but as always, there is plenty to see along the way. Vinales is known for its lush landscapes and the whole town is surrounded by low-level mountain ranges. If you get the chance, it’s worth visiting a tobacco farm while in Cuba so you can see how the famous export, the cigar, is made.
Vinales is an outdoor lover’s paradise, with horseback riding, cycling, rock climbing and hiking routes all around the Vinales valley. On your second full day in Vinales, we’d recommend getting out and exploring everything the countryside has to offer. There are many caves in the area so it’s worth finding a tour guide who knows the area well enough to show you around.
As your 7-day Cuba itinerary comes to a close, there’s still time to head back to Havana to squeeze in any of the sights you missed the first time. Enjoy a leisurely meal in one of the cities many restaurants, or spend your last evening strolling down the Malecon with the rest of the Havana natives. Your trip to Cuba might be coming to an end, but you can be sure the memories will stay with your for a lifetime.
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