15 days in Cuba Itinerary

15 days in Cuba Itinerary

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15 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Santiago de Cuba
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
2
Cayo Largo
— 3 nights
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  3 h 45 min
3
Trinidad
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Cienfuegos
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Varadero
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Havana
— 2 nights
Fly:  11 h 30 min
End: Rome

2
nights
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 your second day here, explore the historical opulence of San Pedro de la Roca del Morro Castle, pause for some photo ops at Monumento al Cimarron, then get engrossed in the history at Casa de Diego Velazquez, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Cespedes Park.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Santiago de Cuba itinerary builder.

Rome, Italy to Santiago de Cuba is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Cuba Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. In October, Santiago de Cuba is somewhat warmer than Rome - with highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

El Cobre Basilica
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Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca ©
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca
El Cobre Basilica ©
El Cobre Basilica
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption ©

3
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 31st (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Paraiso, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca Beach, and then kick back and relax at Playa mal tiempo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Hatchery and then kick back and relax at Sirena Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cayo Largo vacation trip planner.

You can fly from Santiago de Cuba to Cayo Largo in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can take a bus to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

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

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Topes de Collantes and Parque el Cubano. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo and Convento de San Francisco de Asis. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Ancon Beach, see the interesting displays at Museo de Arquitectura Colonial, enjoy breathtaking views from Iznaga Tower, and make a trip to Trinidad de Cuba.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Trinidad vacation planner.

Traveling by bus from Cayo Largo to Trinidad takes 4 hours. November in Trinidad sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Nature 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
Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach

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 5th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Rancho Luna Beach, then admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de Valle, then take a stroll through Punta Gorda, and finally make a trip to Parque Jose Marti.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cienfuegos vacation planner.

You can drive from Trinidad to Cienfuegos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Rancho Luna Beach ©
Rancho Luna Beach
Palacio de Valle ©
Palacio de Valle
Punta Gorda ©
Punta Gorda

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.
On the 6th (Mon), play a few rounds at Varadero Golf Club, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santa Elvira, and then don't miss a visit to Parque Central. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coral Beach, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally contemplate the long history of Ambrosio Cave.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Varadero sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Cienfuegos to Varadero in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in November, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Havana.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cueva de Ambrosio ©
Cueva de Ambrosio
Varadero Golf Club ©
Varadero Golf Club

2
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Playa de Jibacoa and Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales. El Malecon and El Morro will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Old Havana, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, take a stroll through Vedado, and contemplate the long history of Castillo de la Real Fuerza.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Havana vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Varadero to Havana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in November, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa de Jibacoa
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Old Havana ©
Old Havana
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales ©

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