16 days in Cuba Itinerary

16 days in Cuba Itinerary

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16 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  20 h 45 min
1
Varadero
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Cayo Largo
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Drive:  4 h
3
Cayo Guillermo
— 2 nights
+3
Taxi + Train + Taxi + Fly:  2 h
4
Havana
— 7 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: Zurich

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Varadero Beach and Cayo Blanco. Step out of the city life by going to Saturno Cave and Coral Beach. Go for a jaunt from Varadero to Matanzas to see Pharmaceutical Museum about 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Varadero Street Market, make a trip to Parque Central, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and contemplate the long history of Ambrosio Cave.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Varadero travel planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Varadero is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Varadero is minus 6 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Zurich in November, with highs in Varadero at 32°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Matanzas
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cayos Blancos ©
Cayos Blancos
Cueva de Saturno ©
Cueva de Saturno

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): kick back and relax at Sirena Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Paraiso. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Blanca Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cayo Largo travel planner.

You can fly from Varadero to Cayo Largo in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in November, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach
Playa Blanca Beach ©
Playa Blanca Beach

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nights
Cayo Guillermo

Cayo Guillermo
A kay of the Jardines del Rey archipelago, Cayo Guillermo has become a popular international tourist destination, buoyed by the construction of luxury all inclusive resorts that dot the paradisal island.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Cayo Guillermo and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Pilar.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cayo Guillermo trip builder.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Cayo Largo to Cayo Guillermo in 4 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa Pilar
Playa Pilar
Cayo Guillermo ©
Cayo Guillermo

7
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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.
Visiting Playas de Este and Santa Maria del Mar (Santa Maria Beach) will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at El Malecon and Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion), steep yourself in history at Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabana, get to know the fascinating history of Old Havana, and look for gifts at Almacenes San Jose.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Havana itinerary planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Cayo Guillermo to Havana in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect little chillier evenings in Havana when traveling from Cayo Guillermo in November, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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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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