11 days in Cuba Itinerary

11 days in Cuba Itinerary

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11 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Varadero
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Cayo Largo
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1​h 15​min
3
Havana
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Santiago de Cuba
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Lisbon

2
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.
On the 27th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santa Elvira, and then tee off at Varadero Golf Club. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Callejon de las Tradiciones, then head outdoors with Parque de la Libertad, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Varadero trip tool .

Lisbon, Portugal to Varadero is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Lisbon to Varadero. Traveling from Lisbon in February, expect nights in Varadero to be a bit warmer, around 19°C, while days are warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Matanzas
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Varadero Golf Club ©
Varadero Golf Club
Iglesia Santa Elvira ©
Iglesia Santa Elvira
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve ©
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sea Turtle Hatchery and Playa Blanca Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Playa Mal Tiempo and El Torreon Nursery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cayo Largo: Playa Giron (Museo Giron & Punta Perdiz). The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Cayo Rico.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cayo Largo online tour itinerary planner .

Fly from Varadero to Cayo Largo in 3 hours. Traveling from Varadero in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Cayo Largo, with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Giron
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Sea Turtle Hatchery ©
Sea Turtle Hatchery
Playa Blanca Beach ©
Playa Blanca Beach
Cayo Rico ©
Cayo Rico

3
nights
Havana

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales and Castillo de la Real Fuerza. Explore hidden gems such as Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi and Fort San Salvador (Castillo De San Salvador De La Punta). Take a break from Havana with a short trip to Playa de Jibacoa in Santa Cruz del Norte, about 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, see the interesting displays at Taquechel Pharmacy Museum, walk around Central Park, and take a stroll through Vedado.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Havana tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Cayo Largo to Havana takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Cayo Largo in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Havana, with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Playa de Jibacoa
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales ©

2
nights
Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba
Santiago de Cuba has taken almost as much influence from Haiti and the Dominican Republic as it has from Havana, distilling a concoction of cultures to create a city with a distinct identity.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa El Verraco, view the masterpieces at Galeria Rene Valdes, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Santiago de Cuba trip builder .

Fly from Havana to Santiago de Cuba in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Havana in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Santiago de Cuba, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Spas Parks Outdoors

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