8 days in Cuba Itinerary

8 days in Cuba Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cuba trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Varadero
— 1 night
Drive
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Trinidad
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cienfuegos
— 1 night
Drive
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Santiago de Cuba
— 1 day
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Varadero

— 1 night
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), play a few rounds at Varadero Golf Club and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Varadero Beach. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Cueva de Ambrosio, then kick back and relax at Coral Beach - Playa Coral, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cuevas de Bellamar.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Varadero trip planner.

Reykjavik, Iceland to Varadero is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Reykjavik to Varadero due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Reykjavik in August, expect Varadero to be much warmer, temps between 38°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Golf

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Trinidad

— 2 nights
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), see the interesting displays at Colonial Architecture Museum, examine the collection at Romance Museum, then stroll through Topes de Collantes, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Salto del Caburni. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Maria Aguilar and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Trinidad trip planner.

Drive from Varadero to Trinidad in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Trinidad sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C at night. 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 · Nature

Side Trips

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Cienfuegos

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de Valle, make a trip to Parque Jose Marti, take in the exciting artwork at CasaHuella Lisbet Studio, then stop by La Fernandina, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Rancho Luna Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cienfuegos trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Trinidad to Cienfuegos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. August in Cienfuegos sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites
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Santiago de Cuba

— 1 day
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): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, take an in-depth tour of Casa de Diego Velazquez, stroll the grounds of Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, contemplate the long history of Moncada Barracks, then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Faro del Morro.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Santiago de Cuba attractions planner.

You can drive from Cienfuegos to Santiago de Cuba in 10 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In August in Santiago de Cuba, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Historic Sites · Museums
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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.