16 days in Cuba Itinerary

16 days in Cuba Itinerary

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16 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Reykjavik
Fly + Drive:  19​h 15​min
1
Cayo Guillermo
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
2
Trinidad
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Cayo Largo
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Varadero
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Havana
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Reykjavik

1
day
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 19th (Fri), step off the mainland to explore Cayo Media Luna, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cayo Guillermo, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Pilar.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cayo Guillermo itinerary planner .

Reykjavik, Iceland to Cayo Guillermo is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Cuba Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. In July, Cayo Guillermo is warmer than Reykjavik - with highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

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

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ancon Beach and El Nicho Waterfalls. Step out of the city life by going to Valle de los Ingenios and Topes de Collantes. Change things up with these side-trips from Trinidad: Cienfuegos (Estatua de Benny More, Parque Jose Marti, & more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Plaza Mayor, see the interesting displays at Colonial Architecture Museum, and admire the sheer force of Salto del Caburni.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Trinidad trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Cayo Guillermo to Trinidad in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cienfuegos, Topes de Collantes
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Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Valle de los Ingenios ©
Valle de los Ingenios

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa Paraiso and Sirena Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Mal Tiempo and Cayo Rico. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Hatchery and kick back and relax at Playa Blanca Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cayo Largo trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Trinidad to Cayo Largo. In July in Cayo Largo, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Varadero.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach
Playa Blanca Beach ©
Playa Blanca Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): stroll through Varadero Beach, Head underground at Saturno Cave, then examine the collection at Pharmaceutical Museum, and finally head outdoors with Parque de la Libertad. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Josone Park, admire the masterpieces at Mi Casa Beatles, then examine the collection at House of Rum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Cayo Blanco.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Varadero trip planner .

Getting from Cayo Largo to Varadero by flight takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Cayo Largo in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Varadero, with lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Havana.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Matanzas
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cayos Blancos ©
Cayos Blancos
Cueva de Saturno ©
Cueva de Saturno

5
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Visit El Malecon and Plaza de la Catedral for some beach relaxation. Get a sense of the local culture at Old Havana and Old Square (Plaza Vieja). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion), take in the spiritual surroundings of Havana Cathedral, contemplate the long history of FINCA VIGÍA, and make a trip to Revolution Plaza.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Havana trip builder .

You can drive from Varadero to Havana in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

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

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