15 days in Cuba Itinerary

15 days in Cuba Itinerary

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15 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Havana
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 15 min
2
Cayo Largo
— 2 nights
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  3 h 45 min
3
Trinidad
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Cienfuegos
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Varadero
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: Lisbon

4
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa de Jibacoa and Castillo de la Real Fuerza. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at El Malecon and Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of El Morro, make a trip to Old Square (Plaza Vieja), appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Havana, and examine the collection at Museo del Chocolate.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Havana trip itinerary builder.

Lisbon, Portugal to Havana is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Havana is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Lisbon in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°C in Havana. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Playa de Jibacoa
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Old Square (Plaza Vieja) ©
Old Square (Plaza Vieja)
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales ©

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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.
On the 5th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Hatchery and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sirena Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Paraiso and then head off the coast to Cayo Rico.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Cayo Largo custom trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Havana to Cayo Largo takes 1.5 hours. In July in Cayo Largo, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

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

4
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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.
Get outdoors at Topes de Collantes and Ancon Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Yudit Vidal Faife and Romance Museum. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo, don't miss a visit to Iznaga Tower, trot along with a tour on horseback, and get a taste of the local shopping with Basso Art & Souvenir Gallery.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Trinidad trip planner.

You can take a bus from Cayo Largo to Trinidad in 4 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Trinidad can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Sancti Spiritus, 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

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.
On the 11th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Rancho Luna Beach and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Delfinario de Cienfuegos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Parque Jose Marti, then take a stroll through Punta Gorda, and then contemplate the long history of Palacio de Valle.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cienfuegos custom trip planner.

Getting from Trinidad to Cienfuegos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. July in Cienfuegos sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Palacio de Valle ©
Palacio de Valle
Rancho Luna Beach ©
Rancho Luna Beach
Delfinario de Cienfuegos ©
Delfinario de Cienfuegos

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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 13th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Ambrosio Cave, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coral Beach, and then kick back and relax at Varadero Beach. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then examine the collection at Pharmaceutical Museum, and then tee off at Varadero Golf Club.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Varadero sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Cienfuegos to Varadero takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. July in Varadero sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Pharmaceutical Museum
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cueva de Ambrosio ©
Cueva de Ambrosio
Varadero Golf Club ©
Varadero Golf Club

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