8 days in Cuba Itinerary

8 days in Cuba Itinerary

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8 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  1​h
1
Havana
— 2 nights
Bus:  6​h 30​min
2
Trinidad
— 2 nights
Bus + Train:  3​h 15​min
3
Santa Clara
— 1 night
Bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Varadero
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Ottawa

2
nights
Havana

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
On the 9th (Sun), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, steep yourself in history at Castillo de la Real Fuerza, then get to know the fascinating history of Malecón of Havana, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at CicloCuba. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Old Square (Plaza Vieja), then steep yourself in history at Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales, and then make a trip to Plaza de Armas.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Havana trip itinerary app .

Ottawa, Canada to Havana is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Ottawa in February, things will get much warmer in Havana: highs are around 32°C and lows about 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Trinidad.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales ©
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales

2
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.
On the 11th (Tue), stroll through Playa Maria Aguilar, stroll through Ancon Beach, then see the interesting displays at Colonial Architecture Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Galerie D'Art Calleyro.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Trinidad road trip website .

Drive from Havana to Trinidad in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Trinidad can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Santa Clara.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Maria Aguilar
Highlights from your plan
Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach
Colonial Architecture Museum ©
Colonial Architecture Museum
Galerie D'Art Calleyro ©
Galerie D'Art Calleyro

1
night
Santa Clara

Santa Clara ©
The scene of one of the most dramatic battles of the Cuban Revolution, Santa Clara today possesses a youthful feel and a reputation for progressive thought.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Loma del Capiro, then take an in-depth tour of Museo de Artes Decorativas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Santa Clara de Asis, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Israeli Cemetery of the Hebrew Community of Santa Clara.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Santa Clara travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Trinidad to Santa Clara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Santa Clara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Catedral de Santa Clara de Asis ©
Catedral de Santa Clara de Asis
Loma del Capiro ©
Loma del Capiro
Museo de Artes Decorativas ©
Museo de Artes Decorativas

2
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cueva de Ambrosio and Mi Casa Beatles. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Iglesia Santa Elvira. Explore Varadero's surroundings by going to Cardenas Cathedral (in Cardenas) and Matanzas (Parque de la Libertad & Pharmaceutical Museum). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, stroll through Varadero Beach, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Delfinario, and kick back and relax at Cayos Blancos.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Varadero trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Clara to Varadero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February in Varadero, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Matanzas, Cardenas Cathedral
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Varahicacos Ecological Reserve ©
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve
Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cueva de Ambrosio ©
Cueva de Ambrosio

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