16 days in Cuba Itinerary

16 days in Cuba Itinerary

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16 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Oranjestad, Aruba
Fly:  5 h 45 min
1
Havana
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Vinales
— 3 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  6 h
3
Cayo Largo
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 30 min
4
Varadero
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  10 h
End: Oranjestad, Aruba

5
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Havana is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to El Malecon, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion), contemplate the long history of Old Square (Plaza Vieja), and get to know the fascinating history of Old Havana.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Havana itinerary maker.

Oranjestad, Aruba to Havana is an approximately 6-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Oranjestad to Havana due to the time zone difference. In December, Havana is slightly colder than Oranjestad - with highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Vinales.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
El Morro ©
El Morro

3
nights
Vinales

Vinales ©
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Change things up with these side-trips from Vinales: Cayo Jutias (in Minas de Matahambre) and Cueva de los Portales (in San Diego de los Banos). There's still lots to do: appreciate the views at Valle de Vinales, Head underground at Cueva del Indio, trot along with a tour on horseback, and make a trip to Mural de la Prehistoria.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Vinales trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Havana to Vinales takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cayo Jutias, Cueva de los Portales
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Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Cayo Jutias ©
Cayo Jutias
Horseback Riding Tours

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Paraiso.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cayo Largo sightseeing planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Vinales to Cayo Largo in 6 hours. December in Cayo Largo sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Varadero.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Matanzas (Scuba & Snorkeling, Puente de Bacunayagua, & more). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Josone Park, examine the collection at Museo Municipal Varadero, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia Santa Elvira, and enjoy the sand and surf at Coral Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Varadero trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cayo Largo to Varadero takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Cayo Largo in December, Varadero is slightly colder at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trip

Matanzas
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Varadero Golf Club ©
Varadero Golf Club
Cuevas de Bellamar ©
Cuevas de Bellamar
Coral Beach - Playa Coral ©
Coral Beach - Playa Coral

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