18 days in Cuba Itinerary

18 days in Cuba Itinerary

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18 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Cayo Guillermo
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
2
Trinidad
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Havana
— 7 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 15 min
4
Cayo Largo
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
5
Varadero
— 4 nights
Fly:  13 h
End: Zurich

1
night
Cayo Guillermo

Cayo Guillermo
A kay of the Jardines del Rey archipelago, Cayo Guillermo has become a popular international tourist destination, buoyed by the construction of luxury all inclusive resorts that dot the paradisal island.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): head off the coast to Cayo Media Luna, then kick back and relax at Cayo Guillermo, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Pilar.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cayo Guillermo planning website .

Zurich, Switzerland to Cayo Guillermo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Cayo Guillermo is minus 6 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Zurich in January; daily highs in Cayo Guillermo reach 31°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Pilar
Playa Pilar
Cayo Guillermo ©
Cayo Guillermo
Cayo Media Luna ©
Cayo Media Luna

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Trinidad side-trips: Santa Clara (Israeli Cemetery of the Hebrew Community of Santa Clara, Che Guevara Mausoleum, &more) and El Nicho Waterfalls (in Cienfuegos). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Ancon Beach, shop like a local with Galerie D'Art Calleyro, examine the collection at Museo de Historia Municipal, and steep yourself in history at Valle de los Ingenios.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Trinidad itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cayo Guillermo to Trinidad in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Cayo Guillermo in January, Trinidad is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Havana.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Santa Clara, Parque Guanayara, El Nicho Waterfalls, Topes de Collantes
Highlights from your plan
Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach
Che Guevara Mausoleum ©
Che Guevara Mausoleum
Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes

7
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Havana is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Malecón of Havana, don't miss a visit to Old Havana, contemplate the long history of Revolution Plaza, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Havana trip builder tool .

Getting from Trinidad to Havana by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Trinidad in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Havana, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Espiritu Santo Church (Iglesia Del Espiritu Santo)
Highlights from your plan
Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Old Havana ©
Old Havana

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.
On the 7th (Fri), stroll through Playa Paraiso and then appreciate the views at Valle de Vinales. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa Mal Tiempo, then kick back and relax at Sirena Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Hatchery.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cayo Largo online visit planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Havana to Cayo Largo in 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Havana in February since evenings lows in Cayo Largo dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Varadero.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Valle de Vinales
Highlights from your plan
Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Varadero: Matanzas (Pharmaceutical Museum, Parque de la Libertad, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Varadero Beach, get advice or help at Convention Center Plaza America, observe the fascinating underwater world at Delfinario, and don't miss a visit to Parque Central.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Varadero trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Cayo Largo to Varadero takes 3 hours. Traveling from Cayo Largo in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Varadero, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Matanzas
Highlights from your plan
Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Josone Park ©
Josone Park
Cuevas de Bellamar ©
Cuevas de Bellamar

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