15 days in Cuba Itinerary

15 days in Cuba Itinerary

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15 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Santiago
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Havana
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 15 min
2
Cayo Largo
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
3
Varadero
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Trinidad
— 2 nights
Drive:  9 h
5
Santiago de Cuba
— 1 night
+2
Train + Taxi + Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Santiago

5
nights
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 Nature & Wildlife Tours and Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales. Malecón of Havana and Castillo de la Real Fuerza will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Old Havana, contemplate the long history of El Morro, wander the streets of Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Havana trip itinerary planner.

Santiago, Chile to Havana is an approximately 13,5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Havana is minus 1 hour. In diciembre, daily temperatures in Havana can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales ©
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales

2
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.
On the 30th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Hatchery and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Paraiso. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Thu): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then appreciate the views at Valle de Vinales.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cayo Largo attractions planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Havana to Cayo Largo in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Havana in diciembre, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 24°C in Cayo Largo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Varadero.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Vinales
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Sea Turtle Hatchery ©
Sea Turtle Hatchery
Horseback Riding Tours
Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Varadero Golf Club. Escape the urban bustle at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve and Coral Beach - Playa Coral. Change things up with a short trip to Cuevas de Bellamar in Matanzas (about 50 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach, contemplate the long history of Cueva de Ambrosio, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Delfinario, and explore the world behind art at Mi Casa Beatles.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Varadero itinerary builder.

You can fly from Cayo Largo to Varadero in 3 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Cayo Largo in diciembre since evenings lows in Varadero dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cuevas de Bellamar
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve ©
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve
Coral Beach - Playa Coral ©
Coral Beach - Playa Coral

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): look for gifts at Casa del Alfarero, take in the awesome beauty at Topes de Collantes, then admire the sheer force of Salto del Caburni, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Convento de San Francisco de Asis. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ancon Beach, don't miss a visit to Ruinas de Ingenio San Isidro de los Destiladeros, and then make a trip to Trinidad de Cuba.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Trinidad trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Varadero to Trinidad in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Varadero in enero, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Trinidad, with lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Trinidad de Cuba, Topes de Collantes
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Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes
Salto del Caburni ©
Salto del Caburni
Convento de San Francisco de Asis ©
Convento de San Francisco de Asis

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.
On the 6th (Wed), enjoy the sea views from Faro del Morro, then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, and finally stroll the grounds of Cementerio Santa Ifigenia.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Santiago de Cuba trip builder tool.

You can drive from Trinidad to Santiago de Cuba in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Trinidad in enero, plan for a bit cooler nights in Santiago de Cuba, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Historic Sites
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Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca ©
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia ©
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia

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