25 days in Cuba Itinerary

25 days in Cuba Itinerary

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25 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Rethymnon, Crete
shuttle + Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Havana
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Varadero
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Cayo Largo
— 3 nights
+4
Fly + foot + bus + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Trinidad
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Cayo Guillermo
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  25​h
End: Rethymnon, Crete

9
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
When in Havana, make a side trip to see Las Terrazas Complex in Las Terrazas, approximately 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Malecón of Havana, steep yourself in history at Old Square (Plaza Vieja), admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional de Belas Artes de Cuba, and don't miss a visit to Old Havana.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Havana tour itinerary planner .

Rethymnon, Greece to Havana is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of shuttle and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of ferry and flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Rethymnon to Havana due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Rethymnon, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Havana, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Las Terrazas Complex, Espiritu Santo Church (Iglesia Del Espiritu Santo)
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Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Old Havana ©
Old Havana

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Varadero: Matanzas (Cuevas de Bellamar, Parque de la Libertad, & more). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Varadero Beach, stroll around Josone Park, head outdoors with Cienaga de Zapata, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Delfinario.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Varadero trip planner .

You can drive from Havana to Varadero in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Matanzas
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Josone Park ©
Josone Park
Cuevas de Bellamar ©
Cuevas de Bellamar

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.
Take a break from Cayo Largo with a short trip to Valle de Vinales in Vinales, about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Paraiso, identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Hatchery, stroll through Playa Blanca Beach, and head off the coast to Cayo Rico.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cayo Largo road trip planner.

Fly from Varadero to Cayo Largo in 3 hours. Traveling from Varadero in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 23°C in Cayo Largo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Valle de Vinales
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Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Trinidad: Santa Clara (Statue of Che Guevara Holding a Child & Che Guevara Mausoleum) and Cienfuegos (Galeria Santiago Hermes, Punta Gorda, & more). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Ancon Beach, see the interesting displays at Museo de Historia Municipal, admire the verdant scenery at San Luis Valley, and don't miss a visit to Trinidad de Cuba.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Trinidad online vacation builder .

Explore your travel options from Cayo Largo to Trinidad with the Route module. In February, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Cienfuegos, Santa Clara, Trinidad de Cuba, Topes de Collantes, San Luis Valley
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Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach
Che Guevara Mausoleum ©
Che Guevara Mausoleum
Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes

2
nights
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.
On the 10th (Mon), get your game on at Rocarena Climbing Center and then look for all kinds of wild species at Birdwatching with Paulino Lopez Delgado. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Pilar, then stroll through Cayo Guillermo, and then head off the coast to Cayo Media Luna.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cayo Guillermo trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Trinidad to Cayo Guillermo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Cayo Coco
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Playa Pilar
Playa Pilar
Cayo Guillermo ©
Cayo Guillermo
Birdwatching with Paulino Lopez Delgado ©

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