8 days in Cuba Itinerary

8 days in Cuba Itinerary

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8 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Reykjavik
Fly:  13​h
1
Havana
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Santiago de Cuba
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Cienfuegos
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Varadero
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  15​h
End: Reykjavik

2
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Museo del Naipe. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Old Square (Plaza Vieja), then get to know the fascinating history of Old Havana, and then get to know the fascinating history of El Malecon.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Havana itinerary builder tool .

Reykjavik, Iceland to Havana is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Reykjavik to Havana, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, Havana is much warmer than Reykjavik - with highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Havana

#Historic Sites, #Museums
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Old Havana ©
Old Havana
El Morro ©
El Morro
Old Square (Plaza Vieja) ©
Old Square (Plaza Vieja)

1
night
Santiago de Cuba

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Casa de Diego Velazquez, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Sagrada Familia, then contemplate the long history of Moncada Barracks, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Santa Ifigenia.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Santiago de Cuba trip planner .

You can fly from Havana to Santiago de Cuba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Santiago de Cuba can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

#Historic Sites, #Museums
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Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca ©
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia ©
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia
Moncada Barracks ©
Moncada Barracks

1
day
Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos ©
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): view the masterpieces at Galeria Santiago Hermes, view the masterpieces at Poco Bonito, then don't miss a visit to Parque Jose Marti, then steep yourself in history at Palacio de Valle, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Rancho Luna Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cienfuegos tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Santiago de Cuba to Cienfuegos in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in April, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Varadero.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Rancho Luna Beach ©
Rancho Luna Beach
Palacio de Valle ©
Palacio de Valle
Parque Jose Marti ©
Parque Jose Marti

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 14th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia Santa Elvira, kick back and relax at Coral Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, contemplate the long history of Ambrosio Cave, and then tee off at Varadero Golf Club.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Varadero road trip planner .

You can drive from Cienfuegos to Varadero in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Varadero are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Varadero

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Varadero Golf Club ©
Varadero Golf Club
Ambrosio Cave ©
Ambrosio Cave

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