24 days in Cuba Itinerary

24 days in Cuba Itinerary

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24 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Varadero
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Havana
— 8 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Santiago de Cuba
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Camaguey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Trinidad
— 4 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Cayo Largo
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Vancouver

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.
Get some historical perspective at Iglesia Santa Elvira and Cueva de Ambrosio. Get in touch with nature at Coral Beach - Playa Coral and Varahicacos Ecological Reserve. Change things up with these side-trips from Varadero: Matanzas (Pharmaceutical Museum, Cuevas de Bellamar, & more) and Cardenas Cathedral (in Cardenas). Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Delfinario, and admire the masterpieces at Mi Casa Beatles.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Varadero trip site .

Vancouver, Canada to Varadero is an approximately 10-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Vancouver to Varadero. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Vancouver in December; daily highs in Varadero reach 32°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Havana.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Matanzas, Cardenas Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Coral Beach - Playa Coral ©
Coral Beach - Playa Coral
Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve ©
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve

8
nights
Havana

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Malecón of Havana and Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Havana, don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Catedral, steep yourself in history at Castillo de la Real Fuerza, and wander the streets of Vedado.

Before you visit Havana, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Varadero to Havana by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana

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 12th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Moncada Barracks, stroll the grounds of Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, then take an in-depth tour of Casa de Diego Velazquez, then explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca, and finally get to know the fascinating history of La Gran Piedra (The Big Rock). Here are some ideas for day two: learn about all things military at Museo de la Lucha Clandestina, take in the architecture and atmosphere at El Cobre Basilica, then see the interesting displays at Emilio Bacardi Moreau Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Santiago de Cuba online tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Havana to Santiago de Cuba takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Havana in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 24°C in Santiago de Cuba. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Camaguey.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Historic Sites Museums Scenic Drive

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

2
nights
Camaguey

Camaguey ©
Camaguey encompasses the central section of Cuba and remains largely agricultural, its economy dependent on small-scale cattle raising and fruit production.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Plaza San Juan de Dios, take in the exciting artwork at Martha Jimenez's Studio Workshop, then steep yourself in history at Plaza del Carmen, then get to know the fascinating history of Camaguey Centro, and finally contemplate the long history of Iglesia Nuestra Señora De La Merced. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Parque Ignacio Agramonte, contemplate the long history of Casa Natal del Mayor (Ignacio Agramonte), then examine the collection at Museo Provincial General Ignacio Agramonte, and finally kick back and relax at Coco Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Camaguey trip builder .

Traveling by car from Santiago de Cuba to Camaguey takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Trinidad.

Things to do in Camaguey

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Plaza San Juan de Dios ©
Plaza San Juan de Dios
Plaza del Carmen ©
Plaza del Carmen
Camaguey Centro ©
Camaguey Centro

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Iglesia de San Juan Batista and Salto del Caburni. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo de Agroindustria Azucarera and Museo de Historia Municipal. Take a break from Trinidad with a short trip to Palacio de Valle in Cienfuegos, about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Topes de Collantes, admire the sheer force of Parque el Cubano, see the interesting displays at Romance Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ancon Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Trinidad travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Camaguey to Trinidad in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Camaguey in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Trinidad, with lows of 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

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

3
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Mal Tiempo and Sirena Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Sea Turtle Hatchery and Cayo Rico. Explore Cayo Largo's surroundings by going to Vinales (Horseback Riding Tours & Valle de Vinales). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Paraiso.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cayo Largo trip maker tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Trinidad to Cayo Largo. Traveling from Trinidad in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 22°C in Cayo Largo. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

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