16 days in Cuba Itinerary

16 days in Cuba Itinerary

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16 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Stockholm
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Havana
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Varadero
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Trinidad
— 4 nights
+4
bus + foot + bus + foot + Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Cayo Largo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Holguin
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Stockholm

5
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 Malecón of Havana and Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales. You'll explore and learn at Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi and Taquechel Pharmacy Museum. There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, steep yourself in history at Old Square (Plaza Vieja), take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion), and take a stroll through Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon).

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Havana trip itinerary builder tool .

Stockholm, Sweden to Havana is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Stockholm to Havana. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Stockholm in February: high temperatures in Havana hover around 32°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales ©
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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 13th (Thu), kick back and relax at Coral Beach - Playa Coral and then kick back and relax at Varadero Beach. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Cueva de Ambrosio, identify plant and animal life at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, and then explore the world behind art at Mi Casa Beatles.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Varadero online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Havana to Varadero takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. February in Varadero sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Coral Beach - Playa Coral ©
Coral Beach - Playa Coral
Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve ©
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve

4
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.
Palacio de Valle and Iglesia de San Juan Batista are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Topes de Collantes and Horseback Riding Tours. When in Trinidad, make a side trip to see Ferrer Palace in Cienfuegos, approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convento de San Francisco de Asis, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ancon Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Parque el Cubano, and see the interesting displays at Romance Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Trinidad trip builder .

Traveling by car from Varadero to Trinidad takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in February, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cienfuegos, Topes de Collantes, Iglesia de San Juan Batista
Highlights from your plan
Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes
Iglesia de San Juan Batista ©
Iglesia de San Juan Batista
Convento de San Francisco de Asis ©
Convento de San Francisco de Asis

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): admire the verdant scenery at Valle de Vinales and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Paraiso. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): kick back and relax at Sirena Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Hatchery, and then stroll through Playa Mal Tiempo.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cayo Largo trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Trinidad to Cayo Largo. In February in Cayo Largo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Holguin.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Valle de Vinales
Highlights from your plan
Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Sea Turtle Hatchery ©
Sea Turtle Hatchery
Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park, kick back and relax at Playa Esmeralda, and then kick back and relax at Guardalavaca Beach.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Holguin trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Cayo Largo to Holguin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in February, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Esmeralda ©
Playa Esmeralda
Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park ©
Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park
Guardalavaca Beach ©
Guardalavaca Beach

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