16 days in Cuba Itinerary

16 days in Cuba Itinerary

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16 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Budapest
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Varadero
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Cienfuegos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Trinidad
— 4 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Cayo Largo
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1​h 15​min
5
Havana
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Budapest

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 Ambrosio Cave and Plaza Las Morlas. Get outdoors at Varadero Beach and Varadero Golf Club. Take a break from Varadero with a short trip to Bellamar Caves in Matanzas, about 52 minutes away. There's more to do: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience and tour the pleasant surroundings at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Varadero itinerary maker.

Budapest, Hungary to Varadero is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Budapest to Varadero due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Budapest in February: high temperatures in Varadero hover around 32°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trip

Cuevas de Bellamar
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cueva de Ambrosio ©
Cueva de Ambrosio
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve ©
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): admire the striking features of Palacio de Valle, then take a stroll through Punta Gorda, then don't miss a visit to Parque Jose Marti, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Guanaroca Lagoon. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Delfinario de Cienfuegos and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rancho Luna Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cienfuegos trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Varadero to Cienfuegos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive 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

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Topes de Collantes and Convento de San Francisco de Asis. Get in touch with nature at Ancon Beach and Horseback Riding Tours. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo, take in the dramatic scenery at Salto del Caburni, examine the collection at Romance Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque el Cubano.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Trinidad sightseeing planner.

Drive from Cienfuegos to Trinidad in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Topes de Collantes, Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo
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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa mal tiempo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): see the vivid underwater world at Cayo Rico and then kick back and relax at Playa Paraiso.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cayo Largo itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Trinidad to Cayo Largo in 4 hours. In February in Cayo Largo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (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
Cayo Rico ©
Cayo Rico

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales and Bacardi Building. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like El Malecon and Plaza de la Catedral. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Old Havana, see the interesting displays at Museo del Chocolate, contemplate the long history of El Morro, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion).

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Havana trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Cayo Largo to Havana in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Cayo Largo in February, Havana is little chillier at night with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales ©
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Old Havana ©
Old Havana

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