8 days in Cuba Itinerary

8 days in Cuba Itinerary

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8 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Reykjavik
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  15​h
1
Varadero
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Trinidad
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Cienfuegos
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Santiago de Cuba
— 1 day
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Reykjavik

1
night
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.
On the 10th (Fri), tee off at Varadero Golf Club and then enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Ambrosio Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Coral Beach, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cuevas de Bellamar.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Varadero day trip planning site .

Reykjavik, Iceland to Varadero is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Reykjavik to Varadero. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Reykjavik in August; daily highs in Varadero reach 38°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Varadero

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Cuevas de Bellamar
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Coral Beach ©
Coral Beach
Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Varadero Golf Club ©
Varadero Golf Club

2
nights
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.
On the 12th (Sun), examine the collection at Colonial Architecture Museum, then see the interesting displays at Romance Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Topes de Collantes, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Salto del Caburni. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Maria Aguilar and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Trinidad trip maker tool .

You can drive from Varadero to Trinidad in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Trinidad can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Trinidad

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Topes de Collantes, Playa Maria Aguilar
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Horseback Riding Tours
Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes
Romance Museum ©
Romance Museum

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de Valle, don't miss a visit to Parque Jose Marti, view the masterpieces at CasaHuella, then stop by La Fernandina, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Rancho Luna Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cienfuegos online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Trinidad to Cienfuegos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Cienfuegos can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks
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Rancho Luna Beach ©
Rancho Luna Beach
Palacio de Valle ©
Palacio de Valle
La Fernandina ©
La Fernandina

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day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, get engrossed in the history at Casa de Diego Velazquez, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, then steep yourself in history at Moncada Barracks, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Rene Valdes, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Santiago de Cuba trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Cienfuegos to Santiago de Cuba takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In August in Santiago de Cuba, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Shopping
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Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca ©
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca
Moncada Barracks ©
Moncada Barracks
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption ©

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