9 days in Cuba Itinerary

9 days in Cuba Itinerary

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9 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
Cayo Guillermo
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 45 min
2
Varadero
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Havana
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 15 min
4
Cayo Largo
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  8 h 15 min
End: Ottawa

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Cayo Media Luna, stroll through Cayo Guillermo, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Pilar.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cayo Guillermo day trip planner.

Ottawa, Canada to Cayo Guillermo is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Ottawa in January, with highs in Cayo Guillermo at 31°C and lows at 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa Pilar
Playa Pilar
Cayo Guillermo ©
Cayo Guillermo
Cayo Media Luna ©
Cayo Media Luna

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): examine the collection at House of Rum, enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach, then stroll around Josone Park, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Delfinario.

Start your trip to Varadero by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Cayo Guillermo to Varadero in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. Traveling from Cayo Guillermo in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 19°C in Varadero. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Havana.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Josone Park ©
Josone Park
Delfinario ©
Delfinario

4
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Havana is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Malecón of Havana, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, steep yourself in history at Revolution Plaza, and get to know the fascinating history of Old Havana.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Havana online tour builder .

Traveling by car from Varadero to Havana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and train. January in Havana sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Old Havana ©
Old Havana

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Paraiso and then admire the verdant scenery at Valle de Vinales. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Hatchery and then stroll through Sirena Beach.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cayo Largo journey maker app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Havana to Cayo Largo in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

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
Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach

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