22 days in Cuba Itinerary

22 days in Cuba Itinerary

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22 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Cayo Guillermo
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Trinidad
— 5 nights
+4
bus + foot + bus + foot + Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Cayo Largo
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
4
Havana
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Varadero
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Toronto

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): head off the coast to Cayo Media Luna, then kick back and relax at Cayo Guillermo, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Pilar.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cayo Guillermo day trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Cayo Guillermo is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight. Traveling from Toronto in December, things will get warmer in Cayo Guillermo: highs are around 32°C and lows about 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

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

5
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 a sense of the local culture at Iglesia de San Juan Batista and Guanaroca Lagoon. Discover out-of-the-way places like Topes de Collantes and Convento de San Francisco de Asis. Get out of town with these interesting Trinidad side-trips: Cienfuegos (Delfinario de Cienfuegos, Palacio de Valle, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Parque el Cubano, see the interesting displays at Museo de Historia Municipal, enjoy breathtaking views from Iznaga Tower, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Trinidad travel planner .

Traveling by car from Cayo Guillermo to Trinidad takes 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 December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Trinidad, with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cienfuegos, Trinidad de Cuba, Iglesia de San Juan Batista, Topes de Collantes
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia de San Juan Batista ©
Iglesia de San Juan Batista
Palacio de Valle ©
Palacio de Valle
Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes

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 24th (Tue): stroll through Playa Mal Tiempo, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Hatchery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sirena Beach. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Playa Paraiso and then appreciate the views at Valle de Vinales.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cayo Largo trip planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Trinidad to Cayo Largo. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

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

8
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Central Havana and Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vedado and Malecón of Havana. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi, steep yourself in history at Old Square (Plaza Vieja), don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Catedral, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Havana visit planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Cayo Largo to Havana in 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Cayo Largo in December since evenings lows in Havana dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales ©
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales
Vedado ©
Vedado

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Coral Beach - Playa Coral and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cueva de Ambrosio and Pharmaceutical Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Varadero: Matanzas (Puente de Bacunayagua & Cuevas de Bellamar). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach, identify plant and animal life at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, get a taste of the local shopping with Taller de Ceramica Artistica, and explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva de Saturno.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Varadero online trip planner .

You can drive from Havana to Varadero in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in Varadero can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Matanzas
Highlights from your plan
Coral Beach - Playa Coral ©
Coral Beach - Playa Coral
Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Iglesia Santa Elvira ©
Iglesia Santa Elvira

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