17 days in Cuba Itinerary

17 days in Cuba Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Varadero
— 2 nights
2
Cayo Largo
— 2 nights
3
Trinidad
— 3 nights
4
Vinales
— 1 night
5
Havana
— 5 nights

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Coral Beach - Playa Coral and Varadero Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Varadero Golf Club and Varahicacos Ecological Reserve. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Varadero: Matanzas (Cuevas de Bellamar & Pharmaceutical Museum). Next up on the itinerary: raise your glass at Mi Casa Beatles, take in the exciting artwork at Taller de Ceramica Artistica, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Delfinario, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Santa Elvira.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Varadero route planner.

Reykjavik, Iceland to Varadero is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Cuba Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. In December, Varadero is much warmer than Reykjavik - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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

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 25th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Hatchery and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sirena Beach. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Mal Tiempo and then kick back and relax at Playa Paraiso.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cayo Largo road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Varadero to Cayo Largo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Cayo Largo when traveling from Varadero in December, with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sea Turtle Hatchery ©
Sea Turtle Hatchery
Punta Mal Tiempo ©
Punta Mal Tiempo
Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Topes de Collantes and Salto del Caburni. Do some cultural sightseeing at Iznaga Tower and Palacio de Valle. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Ancon Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convento de San Francisco de Asis, admire the sheer force of Parque el Cubano, and examine the collection at Romance Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Trinidad trip builder tool.

You can take a bus from Cayo Largo to Trinidad in 4.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Trinidad can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to 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
Convento de San Francisco de Asis ©
Convento de San Francisco de Asis
Palacio de Valle ©
Palacio de Valle

1
night
Vinales

Vinales ©
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): Head underground at Palenque de los Cimarrones, thenappreciate the views at Valle de Vinales, and then kick back and relax at Cayo Jutias. On the next day, trot along with a tour on horseback, 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 where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Vinales driving holiday planning website.

You can drive from Trinidad to Vinales in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vedado and Malecón of Havana. Discover out-of-the-way places like Taquechel Pharmacy Museum and Castillo de la Real Fuerza. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi, wander the streets of Central Havana, steep yourself in history at Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon).

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Traveling by car from Vinales to Havana takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Havana are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Old Square (Plaza Vieja) ©
Old Square (Plaza Vieja)
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi ©

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