20 days in Cuba Itinerary

20 days in Cuba Itinerary

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20 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Milan
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  21 h 30 min
1
Varadero
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Cienfuegos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Trinidad
— 4 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  3 h 45 min
4
Cayo Largo
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
5
Santiago de Cuba
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h
6
Havana
— 4 nights
Fly:  13 h 45 min
End: Milan

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.
Get some historical perspective at Ambrosio Cave and Iglesia Santa Elvira. Get a sense of the local culture at Pharmaceutical Museum and Taller de Ceramica Artistica. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Varadero Beach, identify plant and animal life at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cayo Blanco.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Varadero itinerary planner.

Milan, Italy to Varadero is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Milan to Varadero is minus 6 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Milan in August since evenings lows in Varadero dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Matanzas
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cueva de Ambrosio ©
Cueva de Ambrosio
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve ©
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de Valle, then wander the streets of Punta Gorda, then don't miss a visit to Parque Jose Marti, and finally explore the activities along Guanaroca Lagoon. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Purisima Concepcion, meet the residents at Delfinario de Cienfuegos, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Rancho Luna Beach.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cienfuegos trip planner.

You can drive from Varadero to Cienfuegos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. August in Cienfuegos sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) 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

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.
Visiting Ancon Beach and Horseback Riding Tours will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Convento de San Francisco de Asis and Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo. Step out of Trinidad with an excursion to Museo de Agroindustria Azucarera in Remedios--about 2 hours away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Romance Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Yudit Vidal Faife, don't miss a visit to Parque Central Cespedes, and admire the sheer force of Parque el Cubano.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Trinidad trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Cienfuegos to Trinidad in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August in Trinidad, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Museo de Agroindustria Azucarera, Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo
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Convento de San Francisco de Asis ©
Convento de San Francisco de Asis
Salto del Caburni ©
Salto del Caburni
Museo de Agroindustria Azucarera ©
Museo de Agroindustria Azucarera

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Hatchery and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa mal tiempo.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cayo Largo travel itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Trinidad to Cayo Largo in 4 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Cayo Largo can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Sea Turtle Hatchery ©
Sea Turtle Hatchery
Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Cayo Rico ©
Cayo Rico

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, step into the grandiose world of San Pedro de la Roca del Morro Castle, then cruise along La Gran Piedra (The Big Rock), and finally make a trip to Casa Museo Granjita de Siboney. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Casa de Diego Velazquez, stroll the grounds of Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, then contemplate the long history of Moncada Barracks, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Siboney Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Santiago de Cuba itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Cayo Largo to Santiago de Cuba takes 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Havana.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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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

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate El Malecon and Old Square (Plaza Vieja). Get a sense of the local culture at El Morro and Old Havana. Take a break from Havana with a short trip to Playa de Jibacoa in Santa Cruz del Norte, about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales, make a trip to Plaza de la Catedral, take a stroll through Vedado, and admire the landmark architecture of Bacardi Building.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Havana custom trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Santiago de Cuba to Havana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Havana are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Playa de Jibacoa
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Old Square (Plaza Vieja) ©
Old Square (Plaza Vieja)
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales ©
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales

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