17 days in Cuba Itinerary

17 days in Cuba Itinerary

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17 days in Cuba Itinerary

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

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Varadero Beach and Coral Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Varadero Golf Club and Mi Casa Beatles. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Varadero: Matanzas (Cuevas de Bellamar & Pharmaceutical Museum). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Delfinario, take in the exciting artwork at Taller de Ceramica Artistica, and contemplate the long history of Ambrosio Cave.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Varadero vacation site .

Reykjavik, Iceland to Varadero is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Cuba Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Reykjavik in December, things will get much hotter in Varadero: highs are around 32°C and lows about 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Matanzas
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Coral Beach - Playa Coral ©
Coral Beach - Playa Coral
Varadero Golf Club ©
Varadero Golf Club

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Hatchery and then stroll through Sirena Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mal Tiempo and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Paraiso.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cayo Largo attractions planning app .

You can fly from Varadero to Cayo Largo in 3 hours. Traveling from Varadero in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Cayo Largo, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sea Turtle Hatchery ©
Sea Turtle Hatchery
Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Topes de Collantes and Horseback Riding Tours. Get a sense of the local culture at Parque el Cubano and Palacio de Valle. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Salto del Caburni, don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, stroll through Ancon Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convento de San Francisco de Asis.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Trinidad trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cayo Largo to Trinidad. In December, daily temperatures in Trinidad can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Vinales.

Things to do in Trinidad

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Topes de Collantes, Palacio de Valle
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Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes
Horseback Riding Tours
Salto del Caburni ©
Salto del Caburni

1
night
Vinales

Vinales ©
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
On the 30th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Palenque de los Cimarrones, appreciate the views at Valle de Vinales, and then kick back and relax at Cayo Jutias. Here are some ideas for day two: trot along with a tour on horseback, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Vinales, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Vinales route planner.

Getting from Trinidad to Vinales by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. December in Vinales sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Havana.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Cayo Jutias
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Cayo Jutias ©
Cayo Jutias
Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Horseback Riding Tours

5
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Get a sense of the local culture at El Malecon and Vedado. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi and Castillo de la Real Fuerza. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales, don't miss a visit to Old Square (Plaza Vieja), take a stroll through Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon), and see the interesting displays at Taquechel Pharmacy Museum.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Havana attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Vinales to Havana takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) 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
El Malecon ©
El Malecon

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