13 days in Cuba Itinerary

13 days in Cuba Itinerary

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13 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  20 h 15 min
1
Varadero
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Cienfuegos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Trinidad
— 3 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  3 h 45 min
4
Cayo Largo
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
5
Havana
— 2 nights
Fly:  20 h 45 min
End: Berlin

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): kick back and relax at Varadero Beach and then play a few rounds at Varadero Golf Club. Keep things going the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, and then contemplate the long history of Ambrosio Cave.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Varadero sightseeing planner.

Berlin, Germany to Varadero is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Berlin to Varadero due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Parks Golf
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cueva de Ambrosio ©
Cueva de Ambrosio
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve ©
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve

2
nights
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.
On the 9th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Palacio de Valle, kick back and relax at Rancho Luna Beach, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Delfinario de Cienfuegos. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Parque Jose Marti, take a stroll through Punta Gorda, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Guanaroca Lagoon.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cienfuegos travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Varadero to Cienfuegos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. December in Cienfuegos sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Palacio de Valle ©
Palacio de Valle
Guanaroca Lagoon ©
Guanaroca Lagoon
Rancho Luna Beach ©
Rancho Luna Beach

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.
Visiting Topes de Collantes and Ancon Beach will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo and Convento de San Francisco de Asis. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Romance Museum, stroll through Parque el Cubano, take in the dramatic scenery at Salto del Caburni, and get a taste of the local shopping with Galerie D'Art Calleyro.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Trinidad custom trip planner.

You can drive from Cienfuegos to Trinidad in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow time for the bus ride to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo, Topes de Collantes
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Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes
Convento de San Francisco de Asis ©
Convento de San Francisco de Asis
Salto del Caburni ©
Salto del Caburni

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): stroll through Playa Paraiso and then kick back and relax at Playa mal tiempo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): kick back and relax at Sirena Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Hatchery.

To find reviews and other tourist information, go to the Cayo Largo vacation trip planner.

Getting from Trinidad to Cayo Largo by bus takes about 4 hours. December in Cayo Largo sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Sea Turtle Hatchery ©
Sea Turtle Hatchery
Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach

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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 16th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Old Havana, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion), and then get to know the fascinating history of El Malecon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of El Morro, contemplate the long history of Castillo de la Real Fuerza, make a trip to Plaza de la Catedral, then see the interesting displays at Museo del Chocolate, and finally steep yourself in history at Old Square (Plaza Vieja).

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Havana vacation trip planner.

Getting from Cayo Largo to Havana by combination of flight and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Cayo Largo in December since evenings lows in Havana dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Museums
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Old Havana ©
Old Havana
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Old Square (Plaza Vieja) ©
Old Square (Plaza Vieja)

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