8 days in Cuba Itinerary

8 days in Cuba Itinerary

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Fly
1
Havana
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Santiago de Cuba
— 1 night
Drive
3
Cienfuegos
— 1 day
Drive
4
Varadero
— 2 nights
Fly

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Havana

Rome of the Caribbean

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Old Square (Plaza Vieja), don't miss a visit to Old Havana, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Malecón of Havana.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Havana holiday site.

Reykjavik, Iceland to Havana is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Reykjavik to Havana is minus 5 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Reykjavik in April, with highs in Havana at 36°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 11:

1
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Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba has taken almost as much influence from Haiti and the Dominican Republic as it has from Havana, distilling a concoction of cultures to create a city with a distinct identity.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Casa de Diego Velazquez, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Sagrada Familia, then steep yourself in history at Moncada Barracks, and finally stroll the grounds of Cementerio Santa Ifigenia.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Santiago de Cuba trip planning app.

Getting from Havana to Santiago de Cuba by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 12:

1
day
Cienfuegos

Pearl of the South

The city of Cienfuegos sits in a scenic natural bay, attracting visitors from across the country and further afield since its establishment in the early 19th century.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Santiago Hermes, shop like a local with Poco Bonito, then don't miss a visit to Parque Jose Marti, then contemplate the long history of Palacio de Valle, and finally kick back and relax at Rancho Luna Beach.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cienfuegos tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Santiago de Cuba to Cienfuegos in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Cienfuegos are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Varadero.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 13:

2
nights
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 14th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia Santa Elvira, then kick back and relax at Coral Beach - Playa Coral, and then stroll through Varadero Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, then explore the ancient world of Cueva de Ambrosio, and then play a few rounds at Varadero Golf Club.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Varadero itinerary planner.

Drive from Cienfuegos to Varadero in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In April, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Golf
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 15:

Cuba travel guide

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Beaches · Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks
The largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba lies just 140 km (90 mi) south of Florida and captivates a growing number of Western visitors with its tropical landscapes and cultural attractions. Sightseeing in Cuba inevitably begins in Havana, a city of photogenic architecture, lively nightlife, and a passion for baseball. The country's smaller colonial towns usually feature central squares, ideal places to meet the locals under wrought-iron street lamps. Savvy visitors escape the cities during their Cuba holidays, devoting plenty of time to the country's charming countryside, where you can get the feel for this diverse land by conversing with friendly tobacco farmers and small-scale fruit producers.