9 days in Cuba Itinerary

9 days in Cuba Itinerary

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9 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Madrid
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  21 h
1
Varadero
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Havana
— 5 nights
Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: Madrid

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): kick back and relax at Coral Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Delfinario, then stroll through Josone Park, then explore the fascinating underground world of Saturno Cave, and finally don't miss a visit to Parque Central.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Varadero custom trip planner.

Madrid, Spain to Varadero is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Cuba Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Madrid in October: high temperatures in Varadero hover around 34°C and lows are around 24°C. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Havana.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cueva de Saturno ©
Cueva de Saturno
Josone Park ©
Josone Park

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, sightseeing, museums, nightlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of El Malecon, make a trip to Plaza de Armas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playas de Este, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion).

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Havana trip builder.

Traveling by car from Varadero to Havana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. October in Havana sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
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Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Old Havana ©
Old Havana

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