15 days in Cuba Itinerary

15 days in Cuba Itinerary

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15 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Havana
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Varadero
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Trinidad
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Camaguey
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Santiago de Cuba
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h
End: London

3
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Get some cultural insight at Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales and Vedado. Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi and Fort San Salvador (Castillo De San Salvador De La Punta) will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Castillo de la Real Fuerza, deepen your understanding at University of Havana, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and take a stroll through Central Havana.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Havana online trip itinerary builder .

London, UK to Havana is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from London to Havana, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from London in November; daily highs in Havana reach 33°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Havana

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Iglesia Santa Elvira and Cueva de Ambrosio. Get some cultural insight at Mi Casa Beatles and Taller de Ceramica Artistica. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Varadero: Matanzas (Cuevas de Bellamar, Pharmaceutical Museum, & more). And it doesn't end there: play a few rounds at Varadero Golf Club, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coral Beach - Playa Coral, and pause for some photo ops at Crab Monument.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Varadero trip itinerary maker .

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 32°C in November, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Matanzas, Cardenas
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Varadero Golf Club ©
Varadero Golf Club
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve ©
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve
Cueva de Ambrosio ©
Cueva de Ambrosio

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Topes de Collantes and Playa La Boca. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Convento de San Francisco de Asis and Salto del Caburni. Step out of Trinidad with an excursion to Palacio de Valle in Cienfuegos--about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Parque el Cubano, trot along with a tour on horseback, enjoy breathtaking views from Iznaga Tower, and don't miss a visit to Church of the Holy Trinity.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Trinidad online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Varadero to Trinidad by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in November, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Camaguey.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

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

1
night
Camaguey

Camaguey ©
Camaguey encompasses the central section of Cuba and remains largely agricultural, its economy dependent on small-scale cattle raising and fruit production.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Plaza San Juan de Dios, view the masterpieces at Martha Jimenez's Studio Workshop, admire the architecture and history at Plaza del Carmen, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de los Trabajadores, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Camaguey Centro.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Camaguey online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Trinidad to Camaguey takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In November in Camaguey, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Camaguey

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Plaza San Juan de Dios ©
Plaza San Juan de Dios
Plaza del Carmen ©
Plaza del Carmen
Camaguey Centro ©
Camaguey Centro

1
night
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 20th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, stroll the grounds of Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, then get outside with La Gran Piedra (The Big Rock), then enjoy the sea views from Faro del Morro, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Cespedes Park, get engrossed in the history at Casa de Diego Velazquez, brush up on your military savvy at Museo de la Lucha Clandestina, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at El Cobre Basilica, and finally make a trip to Antonio Maceo Revolution Square.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Santiago de Cuba attractions planning website .

Drive from Camaguey to Santiago de Cuba in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Santiago de Cuba, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Historic Sites Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

El Cobre Basilica
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Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca ©
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia ©
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia
La Gran Piedra (The Big Rock) ©
La Gran Piedra (The Big Rock)

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