16 days in Cuba Itinerary

16 days in Cuba Itinerary

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16 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  13​h
1
Havana
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Cayo Largo
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Varadero
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Trinidad
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h
5
Santiago de Cuba
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: London

4
nights
Havana

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Photography Tours. Visit Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales and Castillo de la Real Fuerza for their historical value. When in Havana, make a side trip to see Las Terrazas Complex in Las Terrazas, approximately Las Terrazas away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museo Napoleonico, visit Vedado, don't miss a visit to Calle Obispo, and walk around Central Park.

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London, UK to Havana is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Havana due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in July, with highs in Havana at 38°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Havana

Tours Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Las Terrazas Complex
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales ©
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales
Las Terrazas Complex ©
Las Terrazas Complex

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Vinales and then trot along with a tour on horseback. On the next day, head off the coast to Cayo Rico, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mal Tiempo, and then identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Hatchery.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cayo Largo road trip planning website .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Havana to Cayo Largo in 1.5 hours. In July in Cayo Largo, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Varadero.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Vinales
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Horseback Riding Tours
Sea Turtle Hatchery ©
Sea Turtle Hatchery
Cayo Rico ©
Cayo Rico

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 discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Cueva de Ambrosio. Escape the urban bustle at Varadero Golf Club and Coral Beach - Playa Coral. Go for a jaunt from Varadero to Matanzas to see Cuevas de Bellamar about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia Santa Elvira, don't miss a visit to Parque Central, and appreciate the history behind Crab Monument.

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Traveling by flight from Cayo Largo to Varadero takes 3 hours. Traveling from Cayo Largo in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Varadero, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Crab Monument, Cuevas de Bellamar
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Coral Beach - Playa Coral ©
Coral Beach - Playa Coral
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Topes de Collantes and Parque el Cubano. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Salto del Caburni and Convento de San Francisco de Asis. Venture out of the city with trips to Museo de Arte Cubano (in Topes de Collantes) and Cienfuegos (Malecon de Cienfuegos, Palacio de Valle, &more). There's more to do: make a trip to Trinidad de Cuba and see the interesting displays at Museo de Historia Municipal.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Trinidad route planning app .

Getting from Varadero to Trinidad by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cienfuegos, Topes de Collantes, Trinidad de Cuba
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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

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 26th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Casa de Diego Velazquez, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Faro del Morro. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at El Cobre Basilica, then contemplate the long history of Moncada Barracks, and finally take a memorable drive along La Gran Piedra (The Big Rock).

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

Getting from Trinidad to Santiago de Cuba by car takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July in Santiago de Cuba, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trip

El Cobre Basilica
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca ©
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca
El Cobre Basilica ©
El Cobre Basilica
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption ©

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