35 days in United States, Cuba & Sydney Itinerary

35 days in United States, Cuba & Sydney Itinerary

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35 days in United States, Cuba & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles, United States
— 7 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
2
Havana, Cuba
— 5 nights
bus:  3​h
3
Vinales, Cuba
— 3 nights
bus:  4​h 30​min
4
Playa Larga, Cuba
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Cienfuegos, Cuba
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Trinidad, Cuba
— 3 nights
bus:  6​h
7
Havana, Cuba
— 1 night
Fly + foot:  13​h 30​min
8
New York City, United States
— 7 nights
bus + Fly:  26​h
9
Sydney, Australia
— 1 night
End: Sydney, Australia


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7
nights
Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
You've added Venice Beach and Boardwalk, Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica State Beach, and other attractions to your itinerary. The adventure continues: stop by Grand Central Market and admire the landmark architecture of Bradbury Building.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip builder app .

Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Los Angeles is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Sydney in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Los Angeles. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Havana.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Rodeo Drive, Catalina Island Company
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Catalina Island Company ©
Catalina Island Company
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

5
nights
Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Torreon de la Chorrera, Free Walking Tour Havana, Havana Bus Tour, and other attractions. Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales and Castillo de la Real Fuerza will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi and Vedado. Step out of Havana to go to Las Terrazas and see Las Terrazas Complex, which is approximately 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Taquechel Pharmacy Museum, take a stroll through Iglesias de San Francisco de Paula, take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Iglesia de San Agustin o San Francisco el Nuevo, and get to know the fascinating history of Las Mansiones de Miramar.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Havana travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to Havana by flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Havana due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in December: high temperatures in Havana hover around 32°C and lows are around 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Sat) before leaving for Vinales.

Things to do in Havana

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Las Terrazas Complex, Torreon de la Chorrera
Highlights from your plan
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales ©
Taquechel Pharmacy Museum ©
Taquechel Pharmacy Museum

3
nights
Vinales, Cuba

Vinales ©
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hacienda Cortina as well as Excursion Vinales. When in Vinales, make a side trip to see La Guira National Park in Los Palacios, approximately 1h 15 min away.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Vinales sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Havana to Vinales in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Vinales can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Larga.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Hacienda Cortina, La Guira National Park
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Hacienda Cortina ©
Hacienda Cortina
Excursion Vinales ©
Excursion Vinales

3
nights
Playa Larga, Cuba

Playa Larga ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Punta Perdiz, Cueva de los Peces and Playa Larga. On the 10th (Tue), get outside with Punta Perdiz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Playa Larga and then stroll through Bay of Pigs.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Playa Larga itinerary planner.

You can drive from Vinales to Playa Larga in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Playa Larga can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Fri) before leaving for Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Playa Larga

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Bay of Pigs, Punta Perdiz
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Bay of Pigs ©
Bay of Pigs
Playa Larga
Playa Larga
Zapata Swamp ©
Zapata Swamp

2
nights
Cienfuegos, Cuba

Cienfuegos ©
The city of Cienfuegos sits in a scenic natural bay, attracting visitors from across the country and further afield since its establishment in the early 19th century.
You've added Rancho Luna Beach, Jagua Castle, Parque Jose Marti, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Estatua de Benny More, then don't miss a visit to Parque Jose Marti, and then take a stroll through Punta Gorda. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Guanaroca Lagoon, step into the grandiose world of Jagua Castle, and then stroll through Rancho Luna Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cienfuegos holiday planner.

Drive from Playa Larga to Cienfuegos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Guanaroca Lagoon ©
Guanaroca Lagoon
Palacio de Valle ©
Palacio de Valle
Rancho Luna Beach ©
Rancho Luna Beach

3
nights
Trinidad, Cuba

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Free Walking Tour Trinidad, Valle de los Ingenios and Salto del Caburni. On the 15th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra Bandidos and then view the masterpieces at Yudit Vidal Faife. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Valle de los Ingenios, then admire the landmark architecture of Manaca Iznaga, then make a trip to Church of the Holy Trinity, and finally take in the local highlights with Free Walking Tour Trinidad.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Trinidad route planning app .

Traveling by car from Cienfuegos to Trinidad takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Havana.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra Bandidos, Vegas Grande Waterfall, Playa Maria Aguilar
Highlights from your plan
Vegas Grande Waterfall ©
Vegas Grande Waterfall
Salto del Caburni ©
Salto del Caburni
Yudit Vidal Faife ©
Yudit Vidal Faife

1
night
Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes El Floridita as well as El Cristo De La Habana. On the 18th (Wed), pause for some photo ops at El Cristo De La Habana and then get a taste of local nightlife at El Floridita.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Havana travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Trinidad to Havana takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Havana

Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
El Floridita ©
El Floridita
El Cristo De La Habana ©
El Cristo De La Habana

7
nights
New York City, United States

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
You've added Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Bryant Park, Central Park, and other attractions to your itinerary.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our New York City travel planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Havana to New York City takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Havana in December, things will get cooler in New York City: highs are around 10°C and lows about 2°C. On the 26th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Tours Parks

Side Trip

Dumbo
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Ellis Island ©
Ellis Island
Dumbo ©
Dumbo
Chelsea Market ©
Chelsea Market

1
night
Sydney, Australia

Sydney
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Sydney in 26 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, flight, and train. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from New York City to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in December, things will get warmer in Sydney: highs are around 32°C and lows about 21°C. On the 29th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Parks

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