14 days in Cuba Itinerary

14 days in Cuba Itinerary

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14 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Madrid
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Havana
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Vinales
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Trinidad
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
4
Topes de Collantes
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Varadero
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Madrid

5
nights
Havana

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Castillo de la Real Fuerza. Get some historical perspective at Malecón of Havana and Old Havana. Step out of Havana to go to Santa Cruz del Norte and see Playa de Jibacoa, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales, explore the different monuments and memorials at Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon), wander the streets of Vedado, and don't miss a visit to Plaza de San Francisco.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Havana road trip app .

Madrid, Spain to Havana is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Madrid to Havana due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Madrid in December; daily highs in Havana reach 32°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Vinales.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Playa de Jibacoa
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales ©

1
night
Vinales

Vinales ©
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
On the 10th (Tue), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva del Palmarito.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Vinales visit planner.

Traveling by car from Havana to Vinales takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. December in Vinales sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Vinales

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Cueva del Palmarito
Highlights from your plan
Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Palenque de los Cimarrones ©
Palenque de los Cimarrones
Cueva del Palmarito ©
Cueva del Palmarito

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.
On the 12th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Maria Aguilar, don't miss a visit to Church of the Holy Trinity, and then contemplate the long history of Valle de los Ingenios. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Deustua Galeria Taller, admire the sheer force of Salto del Caburni, then shop like a local with Galerie D'Art Calleyro, then kick back and relax at Ancon Beach, and finally stroll through Playa La Boca.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Trinidad trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Vinales to Trinidad in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Trinidad are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Topes de Collantes.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Maria Aguilar
Highlights from your plan
Valle de los Ingenios ©
Valle de los Ingenios
Salto del Caburni ©
Salto del Caburni
Playa La Boca ©
Playa La Boca

1
day
Topes de Collantes

Topes de Collantes ©
On the 14th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Vegas Grande Waterfall, then take in the awesome beauty at Topes de Collantes, then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto de Javira, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Museo de Arte Cubano.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Topes de Collantes visit planner.

Getting from Trinidad to Topes de Collantes by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Topes de Collantes

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes
Vegas Grande Waterfall ©
Vegas Grande Waterfall
Salto de Javira ©
Salto de Javira

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.
On the 15th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia Santa Elvira, then stroll through Varadero Beach, and finally get outside with Parque de la Libertad. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Cayos Blancos, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then explore the world behind art at Mi Casa Beatles.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Varadero trip planner.

Drive from Topes de Collantes to Varadero in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Matanzas
Highlights from your plan
Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve ©
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve
Cayos Blancos ©
Cayos Blancos

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