17 days in Cuba Itinerary

17 days in Cuba Itinerary

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17 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Havana
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Santiago de Cuba
— 1 night
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  6 h
3
Varadero
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Cienfuegos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Trinidad
— 3 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  3 h 45 min
6
Cayo Largo
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Milan

3
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): admire the striking features of Bacardi Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Jibacoa, then contemplate the long history of Castillo de la Real Fuerza, and finally wander the streets of Vedado.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Havana trip builder.

Milan, Italy to Havana is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Milan to Havana, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Milan in December: high temperatures in Havana hover around 32°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Havana

Neighborhoods Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Playa de Jibacoa
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Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales ©
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales
Vedado ©
Vedado
Central Havana
Central Havana

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 25th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Casa de Diego Velazquez, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, then stroll through Cespedes Park, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Santa Ifigenia.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Santiago de Cuba holiday planner.

You can fly from Havana to Santiago de Cuba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Havana in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 24°C in Santiago de Cuba. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Varadero.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca ©
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption ©
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia ©
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia

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.
On the 27th (Wed), have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, look for all kinds of wild species at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, and then kick back and relax at Varadero Beach. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Coral Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Taller de Ceramica Artistica, then tee off at Varadero Golf Club, and finally steep yourself in history at Ambrosio Cave.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Varadero itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Santiago de Cuba to Varadero in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santiago de Cuba in December, plan for little chillier nights in Varadero, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Varadero Golf Club ©
Varadero Golf Club
Cueva de Ambrosio ©
Cueva de Ambrosio
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve ©
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve

2
nights
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 29th (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de Valle, take a stroll through Punta Gorda, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Purisima Concepcion, and finally make a trip to Parque Jose Marti. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Guanaroca Lagoon, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Delfinario de Cienfuegos, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Rancho Luna Beach.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cienfuegos vacation builder.

Drive from Varadero to Cienfuegos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December in Cienfuegos, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to 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

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Topes de Collantes and Horseback Riding Tours. Do some cultural sightseeing at Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo and Convento de San Francisco de Asis. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Parque el Cubano, take in panoramic vistas at Iznaga Tower, make a trip to Parque Central Cespedes, and examine the collection at Museo de Historia Municipal.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Trinidad tour planner.

You can drive from Cienfuegos to Trinidad in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December in Trinidad, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. On the 3rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Sancti Spiritus, Topes de Collantes
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Salto del Caburni ©
Salto del Caburni
Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes
Convento de San Francisco de Asis ©
Convento de San Francisco de Asis

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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.
Visit Cayo Rico and Playa Paraiso for some beach relaxation. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sea Turtle Hatchery and El Torreon Nursery.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cayo Largo itinerary maker.

Traveling by bus from Trinidad to Cayo Largo takes 4 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Sea Turtle Hatchery ©
Sea Turtle Hatchery
Cayo Rico ©
Cayo Rico
Playa Blanca Beach ©
Playa Blanca Beach

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