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
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Trinidad
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
3
Holguin
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Santiago de Cuba
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Lisbon

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve and Puente de Bacunayagua. Step out of Varadero with an excursion to Cuevas de Bellamar in Matanzas--about 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, play a few rounds at Varadero Golf Club, steep yourself in history at Cueva de Ambrosio, and kick back and relax at Coral Beach - Playa Coral.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Varadero itinerary planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Varadero is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Lisbon to Varadero due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in February, you will find days in Varadero are much hotter (32°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Matanzas, Crab Monument
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Coral Beach - Playa Coral ©
Coral Beach - Playa Coral
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve ©
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve
Puente de Bacunayagua ©
Puente de Bacunayagua

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Iznaga Tower and Convento de San Francisco de Asis. Take a break from Trinidad with a short trip to Palacio de Valle in Cienfuegos, about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Topes de Collantes, walk around Parque el Cubano, take in the dramatic scenery at Salto del Caburni, and examine the collection at Museo de Historia Municipal.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Trinidad trip planner .

Traveling by car from Varadero to Trinidad takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Trinidad sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Holguin.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Palacio de Valle, Trinidad de Cuba, Topes de Collantes
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Salto del Caburni ©
Salto del Caburni
Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes
Convento de San Francisco de Asis ©
Convento de San Francisco de Asis

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Cayo Saetia Island. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park, kick back and relax at Playa Esmeralda, and then take some stellar pictures from Hill of the Cross (Loma de la Cruz).

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Holguin trip planning website .

You can drive from Trinidad to Holguin in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Fabrica de Organos
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Cayo Saetia Island ©
Cayo Saetia Island
Playa Esmeralda ©
Playa Esmeralda
Hill of the Cross (Loma de la Cruz) ©

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): cruise along La Gran Piedra (The Big Rock), then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, then stroll around Cespedes Park, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Santiago de Cuba planner .

Traveling by car from Holguin to Santiago de Cuba takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. March in Santiago de Cuba sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca ©
Cespedes Park ©
Cespedes Park
La Gran Piedra (The Big Rock) ©
La Gran Piedra (The Big Rock)

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